Historic performances for USA

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Michael Phelps closed out the Rio Olympics in the only way imaginable.

Saturday's victory in the 4x100 medley relay gave the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal.

If that was the end, and Phelps insists it is, what a way to go.

Phelps said that Saturday was how he wanted to finish his career.

He said: "Getting off the bus walking into the pool tonight, I pretty much felt myself starting to cry. Last time putting on a suit, last time walking out in front of thousands of people representing my country."

The U.S. women's 4x100-meter medley relay team won gold - and reached a milestone for the United States.

Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel teaming up to prevail at the Rio Games on Saturday night is being recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the nation's 1,000th gold medal in Summer Olympics history.

Manuel swam the last leg, and when she hit the wall her three teammates hugged on the pool deck. Their winning time was 3 minutes, 53.13 seconds.

The U.S. is the first nation to win 1,000 summer golds, the first of those coming in 1896. No other nation comes close - the Soviet Union stopped at 473 golds, and no other country is on pace to reach the milestone until 2100.

The USOC is planning to recognize the 1,000th gold in the coming days, though exact plans on that front remain unclear.

Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena advanced to the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament, beating Austria 21-14, 21-15.

Dalhausser is going for his second Olympic gold medal. He also won in Beijing with partner Todd Rogers.

The Brazilian crowd taunted the Americans by shouting "Zika" whenever they served on Saturday night. But it failed to slow them down.

In the previous match Saturday night, Australia rallied after losing the first set to beat Poland and advance to a quarterfinal matchup with American women Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross.

The Americans are 4-0 in their career against Australians Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden, who beat Poland 15-21, 21-16, 15-11.

The late-night matches at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue have apparently caused some confusion and led to a very slight change in the schedule.

Originally, the final match of the day's final session was listed at midnight. Or, more specifically, 00:00 local time.

But that also kicked the match onto the next day's schedule. So Saturday's last match would show up in the Olympic information system on Sunday's slate.

Starting Tuesday, the official starting time for the final game has been at 23:59 p.m.

The match just starts 1 minute late.



 
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