Day 2 Round up: Phelps increases gold count

While Michael Phelps increased his record Olympic gold medal collection to 19, world's number one tennis player Novak Djokovic crashed out in the first round.

Published : Aug 08, 2016 13:31 IST

Nobody has more Olympic gold medals than Michael Phelps.
Nobody has more Olympic gold medals than Michael Phelps.

Nobody has more Olympic gold medals than Michael Phelps.

Michael Phelps  won a record 19th gold medal as the United States secured victory in the men's 4x100 metre relay.

- World number one  Novak Djokovic  suffered a shock elimination in the first round of the men's singles tennis tournament, going down in straight-sets to  Juan Martin Del Potro.

- Netherlands'  Annemiek van Vleuten  had a horror crash in the women's road race, suffering fractures in her spine as compatriot Anna van der Breggen took gold.

- Three world records were beaten in the pool, including  Adam Peaty  in the men's 100m breaststroke final and  Katie Ledecky  in the women's 400m freestyle final.

- The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, fell victim to the Czech pairing of  Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova  in the women's doubles, the former losing their perfect Olympic record in the process.

- The Murray brothers, Andy and Jamie, were also ousted in the men's doubles, going down to Brazilian pair Thomaz Bellucci and Andrea Sa in straight sets.


"This morning I swam, and this afternoon I play Yahtzee with my roommate. I just chilled and took it easy," said Sweden's  Sarah Sjostrom, after breaking her own world record in the women's 100m butterfly final.

"He's a great champion, a friend for a long time. I know how important this event was for him. He wanted the gold medal, but I also believe he knows about my effort. I talked to him all through my rehab. I'll always be thankful for his words. We respect each other so much. It was a spectacular match from any point of view," Argentina's  Del Potro  said of Djokovic, following his 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2) win over the Serbian. 

"I am now in the hospital with some injuries and fractures, but will be fine. Most of all [I am] super disappointed after [the] best race of my career," said  Van Vleuten  following her horrific crash.


Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, added to his record tally with a 19th gold medal. The 31-year-old secured it in the men's 4x100m relay, alongside Nathan Adrian, Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Held. 


Majlinda Kelmendi  made history for  Kosovo , winning a gold medal in the women's 52kg judo category - the nation's first ever medal at the Olympics. 

Meanwhile, Peaty's world-record effort helped Great Britain register their first gold of the Games. 

COMING UP: More medals up for grabs in the pool, women's rugby sevens final

Monday's action sees finals in the men's 200m freestyle, the women's 100m backstroke, the men's 100m backstroke, and the women's 100m breaststroke.

Tom Daley begins his challenge for gold as he teams up with Dan Goodfellow in the 10m synchro diving competition.

Meanwhile, the winner of the women's rugby sevens tournament will be decided, with New Zealand, Great Britain, Australia and Canada all in contention. 


Brazil's football side that has Barcelona superstar Neymar, was held to its second scoreless draw of the men's tournament and is on the brink of elimination. It faces Denmark on Wednesday, needing a win to guarantee a spot in the quarter-finals. 

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