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imagesThis weekend was yet again jammed pack with wins, losses, and drama surrounding the Summer Rio Olympics. Check out the highlights and stories you may have missed.

Michael Phelps swam third in the 4×100 meter medley relay, a race the Americans would ultimately win and set a new Olympic Record. This was Phelps’ 23rd gold medal (28th overall), however the limelight was stolen by Ryan Murphy who also set a new backstroke world record in the first leg of the race.

Michael Phelps also set the record straight this weekend, and confirmed that he would not be back for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Ryan Lochte had originally hinted to reporters that Phelps would return.

Simone Manuel was at it again this weekend when she took silver in the women’s 50 freestyle and then anchored as the U.S. women won the 4×100 medley. Winning the medley, the American’s clinched their 1,000th Summer Olympics gold medal.

The Rio Olympics has had its fair share of distractions that only got more intense when American swimmer Ryan Lochte was held up at gunpoint along with three other U.S. swimmers. Their wallets were taken by men posing as police officers.

The American gymnastics team took center stage this weekend again, as Simone Biles took her third gold of the Olympics for her performance on the vault. To no one’s surprise, the competition wasn’t even close. Madison Kocian secured the silver medal in the uneven bars event on Sunday with a score of 15.833, her second Olympic medal. Russian Aliya Mustafina took the gold with a 15.900 mark.

The United States women’s national soccer team took a stunning loss to Sweden in the quarterfinals. The two teams played to a 1-1 thought two extra time periods, and it came down to penalties. Sweden took the American’s out in the shootout 4-3, kicking the gold-medal favorites out of the competition early.

Monday is going to bring some exciting matches as well. Men’s beach volleyball quarterfinals, women’s gymnastics balance beam final, and women and men’s cycling trials aren’t to be missed.

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