Kristi Castlin wins bronze in Olympic hurdles

Brianna Rollins provided one of the gold medals when she won the Women's 100-meter hurdles.

Pleasantville's Nia Ali, 27, took silver in the women's 100-meter hurdles finals - with teammates Brianna Rollins and Kristi Castlin taking the gold and bronze.

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson became the first woman since the late Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 to complete the Olympic 100m-200m double when she won the half-lap event in 21.78 on Wednesday night.

The first Rio story I saw Wednesday was about Evan Jager's second-place finish in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase finals, and it included video of him closing the gap on eventual victor Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya, who won in an Olympic record 8 minutes, 3.28 seconds.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Tianna Bartoletta reflected on her first Olympic title and a rush of American medals and gave it a catchy name: "awesome hour". So, by all rights, she should get to name it.

Agatha and Barbara, the defending world champions, beat Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross in the semifinals on Tuesday night to reach the finals.

It's the first sweep of this event in Olympic history - and the first sweep in ever by U. and it comes one day after the USA men were shut out of the 110 hurdles for the first time (in a non-boycotted Olympics).

A banner evening, for sure.

The U.S. women's track and field team have achieved better success in harvesting gold, than the men - or all medals for that matter.

"I was overweight and not training properly and just couldn't jump anymore", Bartoletta said.

Ma Long of China plays against Quadri Aruna of Nigeria during their Men's team table tennis first round match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Not long after that, the hurdlers made history. Rollins clocked a time of 12.48 to lead a sweep of the podium for Team USA, a first in history for any nation.

And yes, they realized what their fellow Americans were up to.

Ali shared the moment with her toddler son Titus, bringing him onto the track at the Olympic Stadium during a lap of honour.

That fired Ali up.

After the race, Rollins called her relationship with her two teammates "like a sisterhood". "So I was told a lot of times that my career was over. And I want people to know that your children, embrace them completely because they're a part of your struggle but they're a bigger part of your victory". "I knew it was going to be a hard road back".

Rollins celebrates her 25th birthday tomorrow, August 18!

Former Clemson star Brianna Rollins led team US to its first medals sweep in Rio Wednesday night. It was an fantastic opportunity.

"Every time I saw somebody get on the stand I tried not get emotional because I was like 'Oh, my God I could really get on the stand, '" Castlin said.

Following the race, the three Team USA athletes huddled on the track just past the finish line, waiting for the results: Rollins at 12.48 and Ali at 12.59 popped up quickly in the top two positions. If she isn't, this is a good way to go out.

Between events, the men's 200-meter semifinals proved dramatic, with Andre De Grasse challenging Usain Bolt to a duel over the final meters, when Bolt typically slows to a jog to conserve energy for the final.

"Probably, I should have rested it instead of running on it", said Gatlin, who finished second to Bolt in the 100.

American equestrains Kent Farrington of Wellington, Lucy Davis, McLain Ward and Elizabeth Madden earned a silver medal in team show jumping. A hint of things to come.

"We're from all different states and universities".

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