(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The United States is adding to its medal haul after Day Three of the Summer Olympics. Day Three was a big one in the pool for Team USA. Lilly King edged Russian rival Yulia Efimova to win gold in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke. Ryan Murphy took the top prize in the 100-meter backstroke, while Michael Phelps advanced to Tuesday night’s final in the 200-meter butterfly.
The U.S. men’s and women’s basketball teams are rolling in Rio. The men overcame a slow start to crush Venezuela, 113-69, to improve to 2-and-0. Carmelo Anthony passed Michael Jordan for third place on the all-time U.S. Olympic scoring list in the victory. The American women are also 2-and-0 after slamming Spain, 103-63. Both U.S. teams are back on the court on Wednesday.
In other action, American tennis superstar Serena Williams is into the third round of the singles tournament. The U.S. women’s volleyball team survived a scare and downed the Netherlands in five sets to stay unbeaten. The American beach volleyball duo of April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings are 2-and-0 after winning in straight sets, while the American men’s water polo team is 0-and-2 after falling to Spain.
The first U.S. athlete to wear a hijab during the Olympics fell in the women’s sabre tournament. Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad was eliminated in her second bout on Monday. Muhammad will compete in the women’s team sabre on Saturday.
The U.S. heads into Day Four alone atop the medal count standings. The U.S. has captured 19 medals after three full days of competition. Team USA has collected five golds, seven silvers and seven bronze thus far. China is in second place in the overall standings with 13 medals, five of which are gold.
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