Sarah Sjostrom: bronze after the gold and silver
Day 6 brought medals but no titles for the European swimmers: Russia enjoyed a great day with silver from Yulia Efimova and bronze from Evgeny Rylov, and Sarah Sjostrom also earned a bronze, her third medal in Rio.
A fine night for Russia in Rio, on Day 6 of the swimming finals. They clinched two medals, first Yulia Efimova came second in the women’s 200m breaststroke, soon compatriot Evgeny Rylov touched in third in the men’s 200m back, though this would have easily been another silver as he was just 0.01sec away from being second.
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom added a bronze to her tally in the women’s 100m free, a kind of completion of the collection which had already featured a gold (100m fly) and a silver (200m free) – Sarah has a really fantastic meet here in Rio. (Note, that the race saw two winners, as US Simone Manuel and Canada’s Penny Oleksiak tied for the first place.)
In the fourth final, the men’s 200m IM, the two European participants gave their best, Germany’s Philip Heintz came 6th while Britain’s Dan Wallace finished 8th in the race where Michael Phelps won his 22nd Olympic title.
In water polo, on Day 2 of the women’s tournament Italy earned a brilliant and a bit of unexpected 8-7 win over Australia and on its way to win Group A, where the Russians thrashed the host Brazilians 14-7. In Group A Spain and Hungary staged a tense match with a lot of twists and turns, at the end the Spaniards prevailed (11-10), though here the US team seems too strong.