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lilly-king-2016-o-trials-2322-e1467074496205The Rio Olympics continue to keep audiences glued to the competition. Here are the important highlights from Monday, August 8th.

19-year-old American swimmer Lilly King won gold and set the Olympic record in the 100-meter breaststroke. King beat out Russian rival Yuliya Efimova, who sobbed for nearly five minutes after the loss. King called out Efimova for her two failed drug tests earlier this week and made it clear that she felt there was no place for performance enhancing drugs at the Olympics. The win for King backed up her sizable talk of keeping the Olympics clean.

American Ryan Murphy took home gold as well, setting an Olympic record in the men’s 100 backstroke.

Tensions remained high when Michael Phelps was stared down and taunted by Olympic gold medalist Chad le Clos in their 200 butterfly semifinal. Phelps qualified second and le Clos fourth, meaning that the two will go head-to-head in the final Tuesday night.

Swimmer Missy Franklin’s Rio Games debut was not like she had planned. The usually bubbly American who was titled “one of America’s new sweethearts” after the 2012 London Games with five medals failed to make the 200-meter freestyle final. Franklin finished last in her semifinal heat Monday night with only the 13th-fastest time among 16 swimmers.

The U.S. women’s and men’s basketball teams leave little room for doubt of a total victory. The U.S. men showed no restraint when playing the Venezuelans. Paul George was the leading scorer with 20 points, but his mere presence was what was celebrated due to his devastating leg injury two years ago. The U.S. women beat out Spain for their 43rd consecutive Olympic victory. The total margin of victory over four games for both U.S. teams has been 206 points.

Divers Steele Johnson and David Boudia nailed their final dive at the games and brought home the silver medal for synchronized diving. While it’s become common practice for athletes to thank the Lord, the duo has been in the spotlight even more so for their devout dedication to their Christian faith. The Olympians have continually thanked Jesus for giving them their diving talents, saying that they themselves could not take credit for their win. The duo also commented saying “I’m here to love and serve Christ. My identity is rooted in Christ, not in the flips we’re doing.”

Currently, the United States is leading the medal count with 5 gold, 7 silver, and 7 bronze medals for a total of 19. In second is China, with 13 medals in total.

On Tuesday, there are events that you cannot miss. The women’s team final for gymnastics, the men’s 200 butterfly final, men’s rugby, women’s soccer and beach volleyball will all be highlights for the action-packed day.

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