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When Shaunae Miller lunged across the finish line to beat Allyson Felix in the women's 400-meter final on Monday night, she not only secured the gold medal for herself and the Bahamas, she also snapped a pretty impressive streak by the United States.
The Americans did not win a gold medal in the Rio Games on Monday. It marks the first day Team USA has not won at least one Summer Olympics event since Aug. 20, 2008 in Beijing.
The United States won a gold every day after that one in Beijing, every day there was a competition in London in 2012 and each of the first nine days in Rio.
That the streak ended on Monday was a bit of a surprise. Felix was the favorite in the 400 before getting edged. And Team USA also had gymnastics superstar Simone Biles competing on the balance beam. But Biles stumbled during her routine, opening the door for Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands to grab gold in the event. Biles added a bronze medal to the three golds she has already won in Rio.
The U.S. may not have to wait long to get back on the board. Biles is competing in the floor exercise on Tuesday, an event where she is the heavy favorite. The Americans also have defending Olympic champion Christian Taylor competing in the triple jump.