For Usain Bolt, good things come in threes. The ebuillent Jamaican sprinter led his country’s team to victory in the 4x100m relay on Friday night, taking home his ninth career gold medal. Alongside his victories in the 100m and 200m dashes earlier this week, Bolt has now won three gold medals for the third straight Games, securing his status as the sport’s all-time greatest.
The strong performance of the United States in the Rio Games continued on Saturday, as the American squad tallied its 110th total medal, nearly twice as many as second-place Great Britain (63). American women led Saturday’s highlights, with Gwen Jorgensen taking the first U.S. gold medal in women’s triathlon as the American women’s basketball team steamrolled Spain to win its sixth consecutive gold.
The Good: Before Helen Maroulis took the mat in Rio, no American woman had won a gold medal in wrestling. Her opponent was no less than a living legend in the sport: Japan’s Saori Yoshida, who won the first gold medal awarded in her weight class when the IOC added women’s wrestling in 2004, then defended it in 2008 and again in 2012. That winning streak ended Saturday when Maroulis, a 24-year-old first-time Olympian, defeated Yoshida in a dramatic 4-1 victory.