This is the final week of the Rio Olympics and the competition has been amazing. One of Monday’s highlights was Americans Laurie Hernandez and Simone Biles taking the silver and bronze medals on the balance beam, but nothing compared to the dive for gold in the 400-meter final.
1. Diving for gold
When Bahamian Shaunae Miller dove to cross the finish line in the women’s 400 meters to beat USA’s Allyson Felix, Miller grabbed an Olympic gold medal. She also ignited a big debate. Can a runner win the medal if they dive and leave their feet to cross?
Miller apparently is golden. The photo finish was confirmed and Olympic rules state that “the first athlete whose torso … reaches the vertical plane of the closest edge of the finish line is the winner.”
2. No water issues in the 10K
After months and months of negative reports about the water quality, all eyes were fixed on the waters off Copacabana Beach where the 10-kilometer marathon was staged. Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands won the gold in 1-hour, 56 minutes and 32 seconds. Afterwards, swimmers seemed just fine with it.
3. Sexist Olympics?
These Rio games are not without scrutiny and serious criticism. The latest from a Colorado law professor who believes male athletes continue to get more media coverage and attention than more deserving female athletes.
Nancy Leong offers up Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky as her example, where Phelps was the main focus of a newspaper article after he won the silver while Ledecky, who had smashed a world record to win a gold, got the secondary headline.
What to watch today
The US women’s basketball team continues their quest for gold against Japan in the quarterfinals. The American’s have won 46 straight games and they are averaging 104 points per game and beating their opponents by an average of 41 points.
Simone Biles goes for gold in the women’s individual floor exercise.
Usain Bolt takes on Americans Justin Gatlin and LeShawn Merritt in the men’s 200-meter semifinals.