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iThe United States continues to dominate in the Olympics due to some very talented athletes.

Michael Phelps won a gold in the 200-meter individual medley beating out Ryan Lochte who wasn’t even close. Neither was anyone else in the pool.

Phelps won with an astounding 1.95 seconds over Japan’s Kosuke Hagino. China’s Wang Shun won the bronze, and Ryan Lochte fell behind in 5th. Phelps won the event for a fourth time, an Olympic record. The win makes 22 career gold medals for Phelps, who is hinting that he may not retire after these Olympic Games after all. The win for Phelps left him with 13 medals for individual events, a record that has not been broken since 152 B.C. by Leonidas of Rhodes.

Simone Biles, the 19-year-old gymnast who is taking the Olympics by storm, cemented her position as the most dominant gymnast in the world on Thursday when she won the individual all-around competition. Biles outscored her nearest competitor, teammate Aly Raisman, by a mammoth margin of over 2 points.

Biles has not lost a gymnastics meet since 2013, and it is widely accepted that she is the best in the world, and possibly the best of all time. The real competition was for the silver between Ali Raisman and Russian Gymnast Aliya Mustafina. Aly Raisman said, “Simone’s just in her own league. Whoever gets second place, that’s the winner.”

Fiji, who has participated in 17 different Olympic Games, has never won a medal of any color until now.

The island of 900,000 people can now celebrate after its team won gold in a match over Great Britain, 43-7. The victory, even though it was assured early, still left players on their knees and sprawling on the turf weeping.

Simone Manuel made headlines by becoming the first African-American woman to medal in an individual even in swimming. Her historic win lead her to winning the gold in a stunning win in a dead heat with Canadian teenager Penny Oleksiak. Manuel also made a record time of 52.70 seconds for the 100m freestyle.

Phelps and Ledecky will be back in the pool this weekend, and gymnastics enthusiasts can catch the individual apparatus events this upcoming weekend.

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