What a weekend for the Olympics!
One of the biggest pieces of news coming out from Rio right now is on the women’s tennis side — during the doubles tournament, Venus and Serena Williams were UPSET by the Czechoslovakian duo of Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova in the first round, 6-3, 6-4. They’re out ALREADY!
The Williams pair was definitely down after losing, but they didn’t seem too torn up despite the surprising upset, telling reporters:
“I wouldn’t stay it’s devastating. We had a chance to compete for our country, we did the best that we can. We had a blast out there.”
The pair had won gold in the 2000, 2008, and 2012 doubles tournaments at previous Olympic Games, so there’s no question they were heavy favorites to win.
Watch the highlights of their match (below):
On the swimming side, Katie Ledecky won her second gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle finals Sunday night, with a phenomenal time of 3:56:46 in the event. How strong was that time? Well, she broke the world record to win gold!!
The 19-year-old had won gold in 2012 at London with a nearly-record breaking performance, so it was AH-Mazing to see her do it again — and set a record in the process — last night.
“She swims like a guy. Her stroke, her mentality: She’s so strong in the water. I’ve never seen a female swimmer like that. She gets faster every time she gets in, and her times are becoming good for a guy. She’s beating me now, and I’m, like, ‘What is going on?'”
Headed back to the world of upsets, it’s not just Venus and Serena who are leaving the games early; star men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic, representing Serbia, was eliminated in the first round of the men’s singles tournament on Sunday, too!
In a stunning upset, the world’s number one ranked player was beat 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) by Juan Martin Del Potro from Argentina. Wow!!!
Djokovic had been the odds-on favorite to win gold in men’s singles this year, and now… no more.
Something must be in the water over on the tennis side, right?!
In a very, VERY cool Olympic upset Zambia’s Mathews Punza — the 112th-ranked judo athlete in the world — pulled off what might end up being the biggest upset of the entire Olympics this summer!
In the preliminary judo rounds on Sunday, he defeated the 6th-ranked judo athlete in the world, Golan Pollack of Israel, in less than two minutes!!!
Pollack was understandably devastated by the loss, as you can see from the highlights (below):
Punza may not medal — he has a long way to go in the judo preliminaries and medal rounds — but what a memorable and unlikely upset. Good for Zambia!!
Women’s gymnastics held their qualifying rounds on Sunday night, too, and there were some notable surprises there for the American team.
Fan favorite Gabby Douglas did not qualify for the gymnastics all-around event, and the way she missed out was pretty crazy!
Douglas, along with teammates Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, finished first, second, and third in the qualifying round, which is amazing!
But… Biles and Raisman finished first and second, and because of one little important rule — only two gymnasts per country can move on to the all-arond finals — Douglas got shut out of a chance at a medal!
Oh no! Work hard for four years, come down to Rio, give it your all and put out a great performance and miss out by this much! Ugh!!
Regardless, we know Biles and Raisman are going to hold it down for the Americans in the medal rounds for women’s gymnastics!!
What a wild weekend on the Olympic side — and it’s only weekend one!!
What has been your most memorable Olympic moment so far?! What are you looking forward to seeing this week??
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[Image via NBC.]