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Friday was a day of firsts in women's badminton, as Carolina Marin defeated India's V.
Sindhu Pusarla in three sets to win Spain's first-ever Olympic gold medal in badminton.
The United States women's water polo team asserted its dominance in the pool throughout preliminaries and the early stages of the knockout rounds, and it did so again Friday with a magnificent performance in the gold-medal game. women now own two golds, two silvers and a bronze in water polo.
Despite Malaysia's loss, Malaysian squash star Wee Wern Low expressed great pride in the performance of the silver medal winners: The bronze-medal match took place Thursday, and it was historic in nature as Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge became the first British tandem to win a Olympic medal in men's doubles.
After winning the first set, the Brits seized momentum to China's Chai Biao and Hong Wei by dropping the second, but Ellis and Langridge rebounded in the third set and took it in blowout fashion to win bronze.
The race for bronze between Japan's Hirooki Arai and Canada's Evan Dunfee was among the most entertaining aspects of the event.
Dunfee actually passed Arai temporarily with a little over a kilometer remaining, but Arai bumped past him, knocked him off stride and managed to hang on for bronze.