The Summer Olympics in Rio started off quietly with heats and qualifiers throughout the weekend. Sunday brought a few major races in men’s and women’s swimming pushing world records even farther.
Michael Phelps contributed in the second leg of the 4×100 and adding a body length lead before his teammate Ryan Held and finisher Nathan Adrian secured the gold. This was America’s second gold following Shooter Ginny Thrasher’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning over the weekend. Phelps adding to his well decorated history received his 19th gold medal and 23rd medal overall.
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Katie Ledecky took gold in the 400 meter freestyle along with beating her previous world record by almost two seconds. Lengths ahead of the other swimmers in her qualifying round and in the feature Ledecky was in a race against herself. This was her 12th record she has set. Full story here.
Last week was rough for Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump after continued arguing with a gold star family and refusing to endorse House speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain. Moves that continued to show division within the GOP. Saturday Trump tried to amend these rifts by endorsing Ryan saying, “we may disagree on a couple things but mostly we agree and we’re going to get a lot done and we’re going to do wonderful things.” Full story here.
As America continues to show unfavorable view towards both major candidates the Green Party picked Jill Stein as their nominee. Jill Stein thanked Bernie Sanders supporters for keeping the revolution alive through her. Stein stated that many of her party’s beliefs were the same as Sanders, and the polls and starting to show she is no longer a fringe candidate. Polling up to 6 percent recently Stein has found herself farther along than most would expect. Read more here.