With gusts of up to 30 miles per hour, more than one competitor described the conditions as "borderline", but Park posted a 70 to reach 11 under par, two shots ahead of Ko and Piller, the passionate 31-year-old American who is improbably trying to win gold for the first victory of her career.
That would need no explanation. "It's come true", said Bolt, who overcame a hamstring injury earlier in the summer, then shined throughout a seven-day, seven-race stint in Rio, counting all the heats. The anchor sport of the Olympics has been mired for decades, but especially over the past year, in a cesspool of doping, cheating and bad characters.
The women's final is today at 1:30, with Spain (featuring Anna Cruz!) against a dominant USA squad that is looking for yet another Olympic gold medal. Gasol played with a wrap covering his sore right calf. That held true once again on Friday in Rio when the USA withstood a strong effort from Spain to get the 82-76 win and advance to the gold medal game on Sunday.
The only previous woman to win the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle at the same Games was American Debbie Meyer in 1968. Bearing in mind Ledecky was six seconds shy of the world record she set earlier this year, Britain's Jazz Carlin knows she is scrapping for a second silver of these Games at the very best.
And so it proved as Jorgensen powered clear to win in 1:56.16, 40 seconds clear of Spirig, who took silver , leaving Holland and Stanford duking it out for bronze . It was the culmination of a very focused four-year journey for Jorgensen , who is the star of USA Triathlon's Collegiate Recruitment Program. "I knew it would come down to me and Non, which was the worst thing ever because I wanted this to be us together".
Spain shot just 39% from the field, and US center DeAndre Jordan was the definition of a rim protector with four blocked shots and 16 rebounds. Even when we were losing to Australia, against the United States of America and against France in the group, I was happy with how the team was playing.