Another Gold Medal For Simone Biles
RIO DE JENEIRO (AP) —It's a gold and silver for the U.S. in the women's gymnastics floor exercise. The gold goes to Simone Biles, who closes out her Olympics with four golds and a bronze, while teammate Aly Raisman got the silver. She leaves Rio with three medals and has six overall in her career.
The five medals by Biles ties the most for an American woman in a single Olympics, and her four golds tie an Olympic record shared by three others.
Danell Leyva of the U.S. earned the silver medal in men's parallel bars. He finished behind Oleg Verniaiev of the Ukraine, who has won two medals in these Olympics.
Team USA's Caleb Paine has won the bronze medal in Finn class sailing. It's the first sailing medal for the United States at the Rio Games. Paine was sailing in his first Olympics after beating 2008 silver medalist Zach Railey in the selection process.
The U.S. racked up two medals in the men's triple jump. Christian Taylor, who is from Fayetteville, Georgia, successfully defended his title while teammate Will Claye finished second, just as he did four years ago. Taylor, who won gold in London in 2012 at 17.81, set the benchmark with a season-leading mark of 17.86 on his first attempt.
The United States women's field hockey team placed fifth at the Olympics, the program's best finish in 20 years. The Americans lost their quarterfinal match to Germany and their final ranking is based on their second-place finish in pool play. The Americans also placed fifth at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
The women's volleyball team has qualified for the semifinals. In their quarterfinal match with Japan the Americans prevailed in three sets. The unbeaten U.S. won 25-16, 25-23, 25-22 and has dropped just five sets all tournament. The semifinals will take place Thursday.
The American beach volleyball team of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross is playing today for a spot in the gold medal match. The opposition comes from the Brazilian world champions. Walsh Jennings is going for her fourth gold, and Ross is looking to improve on the silver she earned at the 2012 London Olympics.
Usain (you-SAYN') Bolt is on track for another gold medal. The winner of the 100-meter sprint on Sunday has advanced from his preliminary heat in the 200. He has his eye set on lowering his world record mark of 19.19 in the event. Semifinals in the 200-meters are set for Wednesday with the final for Thursday. Bolt is looking to win this eighth Olympic gold medal.
An update look at the medal count shows Uncle Sam's team with 81. Broken down the U.S. has 28 gold, 26 silver and 27 bronze. China is second with 48 medals overall and Britain is third with 43.