The United States netted its 1,000th alltime gold medal on Saturday, taking the women’s 4x100 meter IM relay.
Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel teamed up to finish in 3:53.13, nearly two seconds faster than Australia.
The women’s eight rowing team won No. 998 Saturday morning, its 11th consecutive title in international competition, and long-jumper Jeff Henderson picked up No. 999 in the evening.
The first American gold medal was won by James Connolly in 1896, who won the triple-jump in Athens to become the first U.S. Olympic champion of the modern era. The United States won nine of 12 track and field events in those Olympics.