Leading up to the Rio Olympics, swimmers Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, Amanda Beard, and gymnast McKayla Maroney explained that they all suffered dark times after going for the gold.
Singapore exploded in celebration Saturday after homegrown swimming hero Joseph Schooling beat U.S. legend Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly in Rio to win the tiny republic's first ever Olympic gold. It's been a wi. (I would) dive in every time and fail, what I thought was failing.
Phelps and Ledecky will be back in the pool this weekend, and gymnastics enthusiasts can catch the individual apparatus events this upcoming weekend. Both teams then found the net with their first four penalties, but Brazil's bid for a first gold medal looked lost when national hero Marta saw her effort saved by Lydia Williams.
It was a far cry from the London Games, where "Missy The Missile" became only the second American woman to take four gold medals in a single Olympics.
"My career would definitely be different - I guess you would say I'd be like the Michael Phelps of swimming if he wasn't there", said Lochte talking to NBC.
But one news outlet, Mercury News, which covers the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area news, had one very regrettable headline about the evening of competition.
"I want to be with him more.
But I remember watching the Olympics and wishing I had the chance to go play for a gold medal".
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Australia's Mitch Larkin grabbed the silver in 1:53.96, just ahead of Russia's Evgeny Rylov with the bronze in 1:53.97. Joseph Schooling of the Philippines won gold in 50.39. Franklin failed to even make it to the final of her two individual events.
And two other Americans won gold, too.
She's already got a job lined up in Atlanta after the Olympics and made it clear she would be retiring no matter the results.
All times Eastern and medal events are in bold.
He was lauded by the Rio crowd, with one banner proclaiming "Phelps Greatest Olympian Ever". Shi Jinglin claimed bronze for China. I'm ready to retire and I'm happy about it.
"I think we are coming home in 12 days and my father will still be drunk", - Croatian Valent Sinkovic knows what the celebrations will be like after winning the men's double sculls with brother Martin. "If anything, I think especially that race, it helped motivate me", Lochte said.
Shortly after that swim, he raced again to qualify for Friday night's final of the 100m butterfly, in which he is also bidding for his fourth consecutive gold, and told reporters later: "My body is in pain".
Le Clos finished second to Phelps in the 200m butterfly this time and felt he had let down his parents Bert and Geraldine, who have been diagnosed with cancer.