Miami's Brianna Rollins started out fast and never looked back.
Rollins led a U.S. sweep of the 100-meter hurdles finals at the Rio Games on Wednesday night, winning in 12.48 seconds.
"It's a relief. There has been such, a lot of anticipation," Rollins said. "I have younger brothers and as the oldest I like to lead by example — even from far away."
Though Rollins, an alum of Northwestern High School, was unreachable, it came down to hundredths of seconds for the other two medals.
Nia Ali got silver with 12.59 and Kristi Castlin had 12.61 for bronze.
The United States had such strength in depth this year that they could leave world record holder Kendra Harrison at home and still sweep the race.
The Americans won all three semifinals earlier in the day.
Rollins won the first semi in 12.47 seconds, and Ali followed it up with a second-semi win in 12.65 seconds. Castlin finished the final semi in 12.63 seconds.
Springs' Thompsonthree shots out
Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand is the first 18-hole leader in the history of women's golf in the Olympics.
Jutanugarn had a little bit of everything on her scorecard Wednesday and wound up with a 6-under 65 for a one-shot lead over seven-time major champion Inbee Park and Seiyoung Kim, both of South Korea.
Coral Springs' Lexi Thompson led the three Americans at 68, and Palm Beach Gardens' Stacy Lewis was at 1-under 70.
This is the first time for women's golf to be in the Olympics since the Paris Games in 1900, and back then it was only a nine-hole competition.
Park was playing top competition for the first time in two months because of a thumb injury. She was bogey-free in her round of 66.
Lydia Ko, the No. 1 player in women's golf, holed out from 135 yards on the 15th hole for eagle. She shot 69 and was four shots back.
Farrington helpswin team silver
American equestrains Kent Farrington of Wellington, Lucy Davis, McLain Ward and Elizabeth Madden earned a silver medal in team show jumping.
The U.S. team was hit by a late blow as it went down to three riders Wednesday after Madden pulled out on Wednesday morning because of an injury to her horse Cortes 'C.' France finished the two-round competition on three faults, two fewer than the U.S. team, to win the gold for their second team title in equestrian at Rio.
Germany beat Canada in a jump-off for bronze after both teams finished on a score of eight. Wednesday's competition also served as a third qualifier for Friday's individual medal round, in which all scores are wiped clear.
U.S. water poloin final
It will be the United States versus Italy for women's water polo gold. Maggie Steffens scored four times and the U.S. beat Hungary 14-10 in the semifinals. Golkeeper Ashleigh Johnson of Miami made eight saves.
Maddie Musselman and Kiley Neushul had two goals apiece for the U.S., which is trying to become the first country to repeat as Olympic champions.
The United States has won 21 in a row, including its five games in Rio by a combined score of 61-27. It's the only country to finish on the podium in each of the five Olympics for women's water polo. . . .