#POCMedalWatch: Michelle Carter, ‘The Simones,’ Venus Williams and More Excel in Rio

By Sameer Rao Aug 15, 2016

The second weekend of the 2016 Summer Olympics featured even more exceptional performances from Team USA members across a wide range of sports. We continue our coverage of the Rio games with the most medal-filled #POCMedalWatch so far. 

Michelle Carter, Track & Field
Carter’s American record-setting distance of 20.63 meters won her a gold medal in the women’s shot put competition. 

Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Biles continued her winning streak with another gold medal in the women’s vault event. 

Simone Manuel, Swimming
Manuel won both a gold and silver medal in the women’s 4x100m medley relay and 50m freestyle races, respectively.

Nathan Adrian, Swimming
Adrian, whose mother hails from Hong Kong, earned a gold medal in the men’s 4x100m medley relay, and two bronze medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle races.

Anthony Ervin, Swimming
Ervin, who is part Black and Native American, also won a gold medal in the men’s 50m freestyle race.

Jeff Henderson, Track & Field
Henderson won a gold medal in the men’s long jump event. 

Justin Gatlin, Track & Field
Gatlin took home a silver medal in the men’s 100m dash behind Jamaican icon Usain Bolt.

Tori Bowie, Track & Field
Bowie won a silver medal in the women’s 100m dash.

LaShawn Merritt, Track & Field
Merritt won a bronze medal in the men’s 400m dash.

Ibitaj Muhammad, Fencing
The hijab-wearing history-maker won a bronze medal in the women’s team sabre fencing event.

Alexander Massialas, Fencing​
The half-Taiwanese fencer won a bronze medal in the men’s team foil competition.

Miles Chamley-Watson, Fencing
Chamley-Watson, who is biracial Black and White, also won a bronze medal in the men’s team foil competition.

Venus Williams, Tennis
While both Williams sisters lost early in the women’s doubles tennis competition, the eldest sister took home a well-deserved silver medal in the mixed doubles contest.

Rajeev Ram, Tennis
Williams’ mixed doubles partner, the Indian-American Ram, also won a silver medal.

These performances added 17 medals from people of color to Team USA’s 69 overall medals—26 gold, 21 silver and 21 bronze. #POCMedalWatch now sits at 30 total medals. 

View the previous #POCMedalWatch winners here.

(H/t USA Today