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Here’s what happened Monday in Rio — PHOTOS

RIO DE JANEIRO — The third day of Olympic competition featured a couple of notable firsts: Rafaela Silva captured host Brazil’s initial gold medal of the Rio Games and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the only American ever to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.

American Lilly King won a trash-talking duel with Russian Yulia Efimova for the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday night, the U.S. men’s basketball team surged after a slow start, beating Venezuela 113-69, and Serena Williams struggled before beating France’s Alize Cornet 7-6 (5), 6-2 in her bid for a second consecutive singles gold medal.

Silva, who grew up on one of Rio’s hillside shanty towns, won judo’s 57-kilogram division, then, overwhelmed with emotion, performed the Brazilian version of the Green Bay Packers’ “Lambeau Leap” to celebrate with her compatriots Monday.

It was, at the least, a momentary reprieve for the host country bracing for what once seemed unthinkable: an early exit by its men’s soccer team from the Olympic tournament. Brazil finds itself needing a victory against Denmark to advance and avoid another huge embarrassment two years after a demoralizing 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals of the World Cup.

Brazilian fans aren’t just booing their men’s soccer team. After months of dire predictions from abroad about the mosquito-borne Zika virus, some locals are doing some stinging of their own: They’re jeering U.S. athletes and taunting them over the fears that kept some competitors away from South America’s first Olympics.

In the women’s sabre tournament, Muhammad, sporting a plain black Muslim head scarf under a red, white and blue mask, was a winner in her opening bout before bowing out. A New Jersey native who started fencing in part because the uniform allowed her to adhere to the tenets of her faith, Muhammad also competes in the team event later this week.

Australia won the first gold medal for rugby sevens at the Olympics, beating archrival New Zealand 24-17 in the women’s final Monday night.

A day after adding a record 19th gold medal to his collection, Michael Phelps is swimming the 200 meter butterfly semifinal Monday night and fellow American Katie Ledecky is swimming the women’s 200 meter freestyle.

Other highlights from Day 3 of the Rio Games:

WALKING THE WALK: King took exception to Efimova, who has served a ban for doping and had her ban for the Rio Olympics overturned, raising her finger in the No. 1 sign after winning her heat in the semifinals. King beat Efimova in the final and crowed afterward about a clean victory. “There is a way to become the best and do it the right way,” she said.

GOLF DEBUT : The first Olympic golf shot in 112 years will be hit by the lone Brazilian in the men’s field. The International Golf Federation tapped into what few Olympic roots it has by selecting Adilson da Silva to be the first to tee off Thursday. Also in the opening threesome: Graham DeLaet of Canada, a country IGF President Peter Dawson called the defending champ — George Lyon of Canada won the gold medal at the St. Louis Games in 1904.

BRAZIL BLEAK : It has come to this for the Brazilian men’s soccer team: The fans are so disappointed with the team that they heckled Neymar and chanted the name of the women team’s star during a lackluster, scoreless tie against Iraq over the weekend. Brazil is now facing elimination — a prospect that once seemed unthinkable in the soccer-obsessed Olympic host country.

BILES BROUHAHA : NBC announcer Al Trautwig says he regrets tweeting that the adoptive mother and father of U.S. gymnastics star Simone Biles were not her parents. Trautwig angered adoption advocates by refusing to refer to Ron and Nellie Biles as the 19-year-old’s parents. Ron Biles, her maternal grandfather, and his wife Nellie adopted Simone 16 years ago. Trautwig said, “to set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone’s parents.”

SPECTACULAR SEAS : Sailing, not the dirty water, was finally the focus on troubled Guanabara Bay during a spectacular start to the Olympic regatta on Monday. Windsurfers sped across the waves toward Flamengo Beach in a fresh breeze, against the imposing backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain. Robert Scheidt won the second race in the Laser class. He’s trying to become the first Olympic sailor and first Brazilian to win six Olympic medals.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL : Another game, another rout for the U.S. women’s basketball team.

Diana Taurasi scored 13 points and Elena Delle Donne added 12 to help the Americans beat Spain 103-63 in group play Sunday.

The victory was the 43rd consecutive for the U.S. (2-0) in the Olympics. The contest was a rematch of the 2014 world championship gold medal game that the Americans won by 13. While this win wasn’t as easy as the Americans’ 65-point victory over Senegal, the U.S. coasted against Spain (1-1) after the first few minutes.

WOMEN’S TENNIS : One destroyed racket — and one poor set — later, Serena Williams is safely into the third round of the Rio Olympics as she bids for a second consecutive singles gold medal.

The No. 1-seeded American struggled for quite a while before emerging with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over France’s Alize Cornet.

Williams started off by taking the first three games, but then dropped five of the following six. During that troublesome stretch, Williams reacted to losing two games in a row by slamming her equipment against the back of her sideline chair.

WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL : Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won their second match of Pool C play, defeating Wang Fan and and Yue Yuan of China, 21-16, 21-9.

The Chinese duo stayed with the Americans for the first half of the first set before the Americans pulled away to improve to 2-0.

Walsh Jennings and Ross play next on Wednesday against Switzerland in pool play.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL : The U.S. rallied from one set down to win 18-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 15-8 over the Netherlands to improve to 2-0 in Pool B play.

The scrappy Netherlands group already took down medal favorite and third-ranked China in five sets — 25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-13 — in an upset Saturday.

Dutch captain Maret Balkestein-Grothues had to be helped off midway through the fourth set with a right ankle injury and didn’t return.

MEN’S BOXING : Nico Hernandez of the United States pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the Olympics’ first three days with a unanimous decision over Russia’s Vasilii Egorov, the European champion and runner-up at last year’s world championships.

Hernandez won 29-28 on all three cards, blocking Vasilii’s big shots before countering with his own combinations and body shots. He has won two fights in the first three days and is one win away from a medal.

MEN’S TENNIS : Novak Djokovic’s Rio Olympics are over.

The 12-time major champion lost in doubles along with Serbian teammate Nenad Zimonjic. The two fell 6-4, 6-4 to third-seeded Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in the second round.

The world’s top-ranked player is still seeking his first Olympic gold.

WOMEN’S FIELD HOCKEY : The U.S. claimed its second straight win against a top-three team in women’s field hockey, beating No. 3 Australia 2-1.

Michelle Vittese and Caitlin van Sickle scored for the Americans, who defeated No. 2 Argentina 2-1 in their Olympic opener on Saturday.

The fifth-ranked Americans, who lead Pool B with six points, moved closer to qualifying for the quarterfinals. The top four teams in each six-team pool advance.

WOMEN’S ROWING : After a day off due to gusty winds, Olympic rowers got back in their boats with the outstanding U.S. women’s eight making a strong debut in Rio.

The Americans qualified for Saturday’s final in 6 minutes, 6.34 seconds, a whopping eight seconds ahead of the Netherlands.

Britain won the second heat in 6:09.52 and is lining up as the strongest candidate to smash the dynasty of the Americans, who’ve won 10 consecutive world and Olympic titles in the event.

MEN’S DIVING : China is 2-for-2 in Olympic diving, as Chen Aisen and Lin Yue dominated men’s 10-meter synchronized platform title with 496.98 points.

Americans David Boudia and Steele Johnson earned silver with 457.11. Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow of Britain took bronze with 445.45, rallying from fifth place after the fourth of six rounds.

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