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Michael Gross â€“ Famous Swimmer
Full Name: Michael Gross
Date of Birth: 17 th June, 1964
Sport involved in: Aquaticsâ€”Swimming
Career: Michael Gross is considered to be the finest swimmer in the world in the 200 meter butterfly event between 1981 and 1988. Gross is also known as â€œThe Albatrossâ€ because of his long arms. Between 1981 and 1988, the 200m butterfly swimming event was dominated by Gross, who won two world championships and four European championships and set four world records in the event. He won two World Championships titles in 1982. Gross participated in the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games for the first time. In the Games, he won gold medals in the 200 meter freestyle and 100 meter butterfly swimming competitions. In the events, Gross set two world records. In the 200 meter butterfly event, Gross finished in the second place. He was a member of the silver medal winning 4x200 meter relay team. In 1986, Gross won two more World Championships title. In the 1988 Seoul Summer Games , Gross won another Olympic title in the 200 meter butterfly event. In the 4x200 meter relay swimming competition, his team finished in the third position. In 1991, Gross won the World Championships title for the fifth time and retired from professional swimming. Gross won a total of thirteen medals at the World Championships including five gold medals. He won fifteen gold medals at the European Championships. Gross was elected the German "Athlete of the Year" four times in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1988.
Performance at the Olympics: Michael Gross appeared in the Olympics for the first time in the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games . He broke his own world record in the 200 meter freestyle swimming event and won his first Olympic title. Gross won the 100 meter butterfly event beating American Pablo Morales and setting yet another world record. In the 200 meter butterfly event, the favorite Gross finished in second place losing to Jon Sieben of Australia. In the 4x200 meter relay event, his team ended up winning silver medal. In his next Olympics appearance in the 1988 Seoul Summer Games , Gross won gold medal in the 200 meter butterfly swimming competition. Gross was also a member of the bronze medal winning team in the 4x200 meter relay competition.
Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament.
Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.
In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.
Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.
Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did
French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.