Rio 2016: U.S. Wins 1,000th Gold Medal in Summer Games History

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The U.S. medal count continues to grow at the Rio Olympics.

Michael Phelps wrapped up his 23rd career gold medal by putting the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4×100 medley relay. Ryan Murphy set a world record in the 100 backstroke during the relay, finishing in 51.85. Nathan Adrian pulled away on the freestyle to win in an Olympic-record time of 3 minutes, 27.95 seconds.

The U.S. claimed its 1,000th gold medal in Summer Olympics history when Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel won the women’s 4×100-meter medley. Their winning time was 3 minutes, 53.13 seconds. The U.S. is the first nation to win 1,000 summer golds, more than double the next-best nation.

American Jeff Henderson took the long jump gold medal by overtaking Luvo Manyonga of South Africa by one centimeter on his last jump. Defending champion Greg Rutherford of Britain received bronze.

There was gold earned in rowing as the U.S. women’s eight won its third straight Olympic competition, finishing ahead of Britain and Romania. Americans have won 11 straight world and Olympic titles in the event since 2006.

Simone Manuel of the U.S. earned another medal in the pool, this one a silver in the women’s 50-meter freestyle. Pernille Blume of Denmark won the gold.

American swimmer Connor Jaeger came away with silver in the 1,500-meter freestyle, an event won by Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri.

On the track, Tori Bowie of the United States was a silver medalist in the women’s 100 meters. Elaine Thompson won the race in 10.71 seconds, ending fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s bid to win the event for a third straight Olympics.

Massachusetts native Genevra Stone captured a silver medal in the women’s single sculls. Australian Kim Brennan built a huge lead early in the race and had no trouble holding off a late-charging Stone to take the gold.

Britain beat the world-champion United States in the finals of the women’s cycling team pursuit. Britain broke the world record while finishing about 2.2 seconds ahead of the Americans, who set the record earlier Saturday.

The U.S. women’s fencing team took the bronze, making team member Ibtihaj (IHB’-tih-haj) Muhammad the first American medalist to compete wearing a hijab.

Venus Williams has guaranteed herself a fifth Olympic medal by teaming with Rajeev Ram (rah-HEEV’ rahm) to win their semifinal match in mixed doubles. Williams was a first-round loser in women’s singles and doubles at Rio.

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