Four silvers for Europe with two bronzes
The silver medals went to European athletes in all four events on Day 7 in Rio – in two, only hundredths separated them from winning the gold: Florent Manaudou (FRA) missed it by 0.01sec, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) by 0.06sec. Hungary had a fine day, Laszlo Cseh also came second while Boglarka Kapas was third, behind Britain’s Jazz Carlin.
A six-medal haul on the penultimate swimming competition day of the Olympic Games were the highlights of the European athletes’ performances. Katinka Hosszu earned her fourth medal, adding a silver to the three golds but perhaps she was a bit disappointed for missing the fourth title by a fingernail. In fact she seemed to be a sure bet but USA’ Maya DiRado caught her up in the last centimetres and touched her out by 0.06sec at the wall.
The tiniest margin possible decided on the gold in the men’s dash: the title-holder Florent Manaudou had to settle for the silver this time as USA’s Anthony Ervin reached the wall first in 21.40 while Manaudou clocked 21.41.
In the men’s 100m fly nothing separated three greats in the hunt for the silver medal (Singapore’s youngster Joseph Schooling won): in a pretty rare three-way tie Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh share the silver with Michael Phelps (USA) and Chad Le Clos (RSA) only to offer one of the most touching moments of the meet as the three heroes stepped onto the podium while holding each others’ hands. It was Cseh’s fourth Olympics and he earned at least one medal
Katie Ledecky (USA) bettered another WR in the 800m but the podium besides her featured two Europeans, Jazz Carlin (GBR) and Boglarka Kapas (HUN).
The diving competition has resumed after an off-day – and some struggling with the water filtration system which turned the pool into green – and in the prelims of the women’s 3m the European divers did a fine job, 8 of the 18 qualified athletes are from the Old Continent, with Tania Cagnotto (ITA) sitting in the highest position (4th) so far.
The water polo tourney has seen the escape of the world and European champion Serbian team as they beat Australia 10-8 (though it was still 7-7 with 5 minutes to go) and earned its first win. Just like Hungary which thrashed Japan 17-7. Croatia earned a crucial win over Italy, Spain beat France with ease and Montenegro ousted the US team. Five European sides have already reached the quarters – Italy, Croatia, Spain, Montenegro and Greece – and Serbia and Hungary have a strong chance to join them, shaping the best eight into a minor European Championships.