Olympics, Day 4: America 2, Russia 0

Lilly King lives up to her trash-talking, and why does anyone even bother trying to beat Uncle Sam's ballers?

It’s been four days, and another swimmer has swum her way into America’s heart.

Lilly King, 19, took home the gold medal in the 100-meter breast stroke last night without the help of performance-enhancing drugs. King has vocally criticized Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova, who failed drug tests in 2014 but was surprisingly allowed to compete in the Olympics after her ban was overturned. Swimmers aren’t known for trash-talking, but King talked a big game and backed it up by beating Efimova for the gold.

But that wasn’t the only event where Americans prevailed in the face of the Russians. Nico Hernandez, a 20-year-old light flyweight boxer, scrapped against Russian Vasilii Egorov in a mini Rocky-vs-Ivan Drago boxing match. Light flyweight, also known as “12-year-olds fighting,” is a 108-pound boxing weight class in which competitors are more skin and bone than muscle. The 5-foot-5 Hernandez beat Egorov in a unanimous decision in what the commentators described as “the biggest upset of these Olympic games so far.”

I don’t know about biggest. On Sunday, Zambian Mathews Punza, 112th-ranked in judo, defeated sixth-ranked Israeli Golan Pollack — the reigning world championship bronze medalist.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic — Serbia’s biggest hope at a gold medal — has been eliminated from men’s singles after losing to Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro. Del Potro almost didn’t make the match because he was stuck in an elevator at the Olympic village for nearly an hour. After being cooped up in a box, del Potro stunned the Serb, and returned to the court on Monday, defeating Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

The U.S. synchronized dive team earned a silver medal on Monday night after teammates David Boudia and Steele Johnson did some cool flips off the high dive. I had to double-check this one: Steele Johnson is his real name. If he’s not already moonlighting as an adult film star, he needs to reconsider.

Not sure if it even qualifies as news at this point, but the U.S. men’s basketball team showed the world that they need to stop trying to beat us yesterday. Their latest victim? Argentina. The Argentines kept up with Uncle Sam’s ballers for a short while, but reality set in when the U.S. went on a 24-4 run. The final score was 113-69.

Not to be outdone, the U.S. women defeated third-ranked Spain 103-63 on Monday. Why do other countries even bother?

The medal count is up to 19 for the United States. Swimmers took home more medals Monday night. China has the second most, with 13, followed by Japan and Russia, with 10, but take those Russian medals with a grain of salt. Even with the talent pool stolen from Wales, Scotland, and Norther Ireland, team Great Britain has only mustered four medals so far. 

U.S. women’s soccer team takes on Colombia at 6 p.m. tonight. If soccer is not your cup of tea, men’s beach volleyball starts at 2:30 p.m. If sports are not your cup of tea, well, too bad. The Olympics have taken over the Bravo network, so no Housewives of White Trash County  until the end of August. Sorry.

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Colin O'Hara

Colin O'Hara, Intrepid Sports Reporter, writes about sports for Creative Loafing and is the only CL writer ever  banned from a certain Croatian stadium, which makes him sort of a bad-ass. Follow him as he Tweets smart-ass sports shit...
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