Rio Olympic Games medal-winners on Day 2 : US lead medal table as Phelps wins 19th Gold

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Rio Olympic Games medal-winners on Day 2 : US lead medal table as Phelps wins 19th Gold

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SportsCafe Desk

08/08/2016

Day 2 of the Rio Olympics saw the United States take their rightful place at the top with three golds- one of them Michael Phelps with his 19th Olympic gold. The day also had its upsets with Novak Djokovic crashing out in the first-round from tennis and so did the Williams sisters.

After a slow start on day 1, the United States dominated day 2 to land at the top of the medals tally. Three gold medals came their way as they now lead the overall medals tally as well with a total of 12 medals.

Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic Gold with the US win in the men's 4x100m relay team event yesterday. Phelps swam second for the US and took the team into the lead from behind with one of the fastest times on the night. This was also Phelps' 23rd Olympic medal, and he does not look to be stopping anytime soon.

The United States dominated the aquatics yesterday as they won another gold – 19-year old Katie Ledecky created a new World record in the Women's 400m freestyle to give them a second Gold. Ledecky beat her own record even as she destroyed the opposition with a lead of 5 seconds over the fray. Three other bronzes also came their way from the pool.

In bad news for the USA, the Williams sisters crashed out of the women's doubles event after losing 6-3, 6-4, to the Czech team of Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova.

The biggest upset of the tennis arena, however, was Novak Djokovic's first-round exit after a shock 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2) loss to Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro. It was always going to be tough for Djoker against the ex-US Open champ, but this was unexpected. Djokovic, who was hoping for that elusive Olympic Gold, has probably missed his last chance to join Roger Federer in that list.

Majlinda Kelmendi won the first gold for the disputed nation of Kosovo, all of 8 years old, in the 52kg judo event. The World No.1 had won a bronze in 2012 while competing for Albania, but earned a Gold this time competing under the first-time Olympic nation. "I just proved to them that even after the war, even after we survived a war, if they want something they can have it. If they want to be Olympic champions, they can be --even if we come from a small country, a poor country,” she said after the win.

China also hauled in three gold on the day to leapfrog Australia into the second spot on the medals table. Italy with two golds on day 2 is fourth on the table, while South Korea completes the top-5 at the end of day 2.

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