Malaysia celebrated its 59th National Day to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British rule in 1957.
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The World Bog Snorkeling Championships is held in southern Wales on August 28, 2016. Entrants must negotiate two lengths of a 60-yard trench through the peat bog in the quickest possible time without using any conventional swimming strokes.
Patrick Dougherty constructs a sculptural installation “The Wild Rumpus,” from branches and sticks on the grounds of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass.
Hardened lava rock from Kilauea, an active volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, is shown in Volcanoes National Park near Kalapana, Hawaii. The current lava flow erupted from a vent on the volcano in May and made its way to the sea in late July. Visitors can hike about 10 miles round trip to see the lava, or take a boat or helicopter tour to see the flow.
The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge crosses a valley in Zhangjiajie in China’s Hunan Province.
Helen Maroulis, a Rockville native, defeated Japan’s Saori Yoshida 4-1 in the 53-kilogram freestyle final to win the first-ever gold medal for an American women’s wrestler.
Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto won the gold medal and set a new Olympic record in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase final at the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Evan Jager of the United States took silver.
Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands took gold in the women’s gymnastics balance beam competition at the Rio Olympics. Laurie Hernandez and Simone Biles of the United States claimed silver and bronze, respectively.