Day 3 of the 2016 Rio Olympics is in the books. In spite of all the negative press leading up to the games, we have been provided gripping competition, that has been awe-inspiring for extreme athleticism.
Female judoka from favela captures Brazil’s first gold of Rio Olympics
Silva, who hails from the ill-famed “City of God” favela in western Rio, came into the Games rated at No. 11 and pulled off a number of upsets on her way to topping the podium. Silva’s victory was symbolically important for Brazil as the host country struggles to find something about these Games to feel good about.
Ibtihaj Muhammad make history
Ibtihaj Muhammad may not have won a medal at these Olympics but she made history nonetheless. The American fencer became the first American to compete in the Olympic Games wearing a hijab, the traditional Muslim headdress. The 30-year-old New Jersey native won her first fight against Ukrainian Olena Kravatska before losing to Cecilia Berder of France in the round of 16.
Phelps throws angry shade at Le Clos
Chad le Clos tried a bit of intimidation in the locker room, while waiting to take to the pool in the 200 meter butterfly on Monday night. The South African floated around the room, shadowboxing and flashing a cocky grin. Phelps, who lost to Le Clos in exactly the same event in London, was not amused. The American 19-time gold medalist sat back throwing shade at Le Clos and simmering to himself. Phelps went on to finish second in the race. Le Clos took third.