2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
- SwimSwam previews
- Rio Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
Day 5 of the Olympics concluded with an amazing performance by the American women, who clinched the gold medal in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:43.03. The all-star team consisting of Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya DiRado, and Katie Ledecky put up an amazing race, beating out both Australia and Canada. Australia took the silver medal while the bronze went to Canada, thanks to an amazing anchor leg from Penny Oleksiak (1:54.94).
In comparison to the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, this race was ridiculously faster. Team USA was a whole 2 seconds faster, and China’s team finished 4 seconds faster than they were last summer. Additionally, Sweden posted an almost identical time but still failed to medal. Check out a comparison of the times from the finals in Kazan and Rio in the table below.