Rio Roundup: Day Three

Basketball teams win by double digits, swimmers dominate again in the pool and first gold medal awarded in women’s rugby

But first, Kerri Walsh-Jennings wins again in beach volleyball.

The match took only 34 minutes this time and the American pair of Walsh-Jennings with April Ross outlasted Wang and Yue 21-16, 21-9 to go 2-0 in pool play.

Walsh-Jennings had four stuff blocks in the match, as she won her 23rd straight Olympic match (only lost one set during the London 2012 Olympics during this same span).

This was a much better outcome than what Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson felt, when they lost in two sets to an upstart pair from Austria earlier in the day.

Indoor wise, the American women won a back-and-forth affair against the upstart group from the Netherlands surviving in a five-set thriller.  Next up will be a match against Serbia, Wednesday at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

In basketball, both American teams romped:

The women trounced Spain 103-63 as Diana Taurasi led a balanced attack with 13 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, and one steal.

As for the men, the Americans won 113-69 after being tied at 18 during the first ten minutes.  A 24-4 run to close out the second quarter was the difference.  Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks played in a record 25th game in the Olympics and he passed Michael Jordan (1984, 1992) to occupy third place on the United States men’s basketball scoring list.  He would only need 12 points on Wednesday night to break the record.

Katie Ledecky qualifies for 200 meter freestyle

However, Missy Franklin did not make it–finishing a paltry 13th in the semifinal.

Elsewhere in the pool on Monday:

Rookie Ryan Murphy kept one streak alive as the American men dominated once again in the 100 meter backstroke.  His gold medal winning time was clocked in at 51.97 seconds, a new Olympic record.  The silver went to Xu Jiayu of China, who hit the wall at 52.31 in earning that nation’s first ever medal in the event.

Fellow U.S. Olympic rookie, David Plummer, earned the bronze finishing .09 behind Jiayu at 52.40 seconds.  He managed to set his own record, becoming the oldest medalist in this event at the age of 30 years, 304 days.

And Michael Phelps will try for medal Number 24 on Tuesday as he competes for the fifth in the 200 meter butterfly.

Match perfect for fans Down Under as Australia claims women’s rugby gold

Australia survived a tense match to win gold over the black shirts from New Zealand 24-17.  This after an interesting pair of semifinal matches earlier in the afternoon.  Canada claimed the bronze, beating up on Great Britain by a 33-10 score.

The men begin pool play on Tuesday.

Thought of the Day:

The poor ratings during the Opening Ceremony from Friday night were to be mostly expected.  Friday is usually a night where most Americans like to go out for a dinner and maybe a movie.  Some still find shopping to be quite the pastime, but the proliferation of smartphones provides way more distractions than the old fashioned arcade pool parlor of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The Sports Media Watch website gave quite an interesting comparison of past Nielsen ratings when ABC covered most of the Olympics until Los Angeles in 1984 and the following Winter Games in Calgary during 1988.

And for one decade CBS held firm during their interesting three straight Winter Games streak.  They managed to hold their own reporting from Albertville, France (1992), Lillehammer, Norway with all of the controversy surrounding Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan (1994), and Nagano, Japan (1998) where lead CBS Sports play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz greeted Americans with the first ever glass-filled studio located over a ski loft.

Here is the story behind the numbers, with the overnights punching in at 26.5 which was a full 35 percent from the ultimate British singing gala in 2012:

Rio Opening Ceremony Overnights Tied As Lowest Since At Least ’80

ope to see some of you again on Tuesday afternoon.  Please have a good night and always keep cool with all of this summer heat.

 

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