Not much of a day for the US at the Olympics. 17 Year old New Jersey native Sydney McLaughlin placed 5th in the semi-finals of the 400-meter hurdles. An odd sport, for sure. Hopefully she'll be back as a more mature 21 year old in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
There was a touching moment of sportsmanship when American Abbey D'Agostino and New Zealander Nikki Hamblin crossed legs on a 5,000 meter qualifying run. After picking herself up, D'Agonstino helped Hamblin to her feet:
"Get up. We have to finish this," then hoisted her to her feet to restart the run.Judges advanced them both to the finals without comment.
Turned out, D'Agostino took the worst of it, hobbled because she had hurt her ankle. So, when Hamblin got to the finish, she waited for her new friend, where they exchanged a warm hug before the American got carted off in a wheelchair.
|Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas|
Simone Biles crushing her competition, including her teammate Aly Raisman (who won Silver) in the floor exercises, for her fourth Gold of the olympics. They're already starting to talk about her as the best women's gymnast ever. Who am I to judge?