Phelps, Biles rule supreme in Rio

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here -

MICHAEL Phelps blew away Ryan Lochte and gym­nast Si­mone Biles won her sec­ond gold as the United States took con­trol of the Rio Olympics medals ta­ble on Thurs­day.

As golf made its long-awaited re­turn and Fiji par­tied af­ter a fa­mous rugby win, Phelps was mag­nif­i­cent once again in re­tain­ing his 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley ti­tle.

The race was a last show­down be­tween Phelps and Lochte but Phelps showed no mercy and won by nearly two sec­onds from Ja­pan's Ko­suke Hagino, with Lochte back in fifth.

Af­ter­wards, the 31-year-old wag­gled four fin­gers to sig­nify the four gold medals so far in Rio which have taken him to an in­cred­i­ble 22 Olympic ti­tles and 26 medals al­to­gether.

"I say this a lot, but ev­ery sin­gle day I'm liv­ing a dream come true. As a kid I wanted to do some­thing that no one had ever done be­fore and I'm en­joy­ing it," said Phelps.

"Be­ing able to fin­ish how I won is just some­thing very spe­cial to me and this is why you are seeing more and more emo­tion on the medal podium."

Si­mone Manuel dead-heated with Penny Olek­siak to share vic­tory in the women's 100m freestyle and be­come the first African-Amer­i­can woman to win in Teenager Biles, just days af­ter in­spir­ing the United States to vic­tory in the gymnastics team event, con­jured a sublime ex­hi­bi­tion of ac­ro­bat­ics and tum­bling to claim the al­laround crown.

The 19-year-old is chas­ing five gold medals in Rio, and few would bet against the 1.45m (4ft 9in) Texan ad­ding to her tally in the ap­pa­ra­tus fi­nals to come.

“I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I'm the first Si­mone Biles," she said, de­clin­ing to em­brace com­par­isons with other Olympians. — AFP.

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