Highlights From Day 11
Published 17 August 2016
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Great Britain recorded their best ever away Games with an eight-medal haul on day 11 and crossed the line with a historical achievement in the velodrome.
Jason Kenny captured an all-time record-levelling sixth Olympic gold with a phenomenal performance in the keirin to bring up the magic number 48 for Great Britian.
Although it seemed barely possible, given the drama we’ve endured from the track this week, there was yet another level of tension as the final was stopped in hugely dramatic fashion, not once, but twice, just as the sprint was about to take place because of riders prematurely passing the derny.
On the restart, Kenny took the third wheel in the line as the race wound up, and waited and waited until the last lap when he came around the outside, powering away from the field to win. Kenny cements his place among the greatest British Olympians with this victory – his third of this Games. He is now a six-time Olympic Champion, and seven-time medallist, across three Games – with a record equal to Sir Chris Hoy.
Laura Trott created history, becoming the most successful British female athlete and the first female to win four Olympic gold medals, with a display of dominance in the omnium. The 24-year-old seized control from the off, taking a 24-point victory while defending the title she won on her Olympic debut at London 2012 in emphatic style.
Becky James lost in the narrowest of margins of the individual sprint final to Kristina Vogel of Germany and collected her second silver medal of Rio 2016. Vogel took the gold medal race, 2-0, having already beaten Katy Marchant in the semi-finals. Marchant went on to win the bronze medal, in straight races, against Elis Ligtlee of the Netherlands, to confirm a medal for each member of the track cycling team.
By winning four medals in the space of an hour, cycling surpassed their medal target of 8-10 by winning 12 medals.
More highlights from day 11 included:
A historic night in the Olympic Arena saw Amy Tinkler and Nile Wilson win bronze medals on the floor and high bar respectively, taking Team GB’s gymnastics medal haul to 7 overall, a best ever Olympic haul for the gymnastics team, surpassing their pre Games target of 3-5.
Inspired by team mates Max Whitlock and Louis Smith, 16-year-old Tinkler from Durham, the youngest member of Team GB and making her Olympic debut, produced a beautiful floor routine to become only the second woman in history to win an individual Olympic medal for Team GB.
Her score of 14.933 saw her finish third behind two Americans; the imperious Simone Biles, taking her fourth gold of the Games with 15.966, and compatriot Alexandra Raisman in silver medal position with 15.500.
Nile Wilson, also an Olympic debutant, became the first British gymnast to win an Olympic high bar medal as he secured bronze with a score of 15.466. Germany's Fabian Hambuchen took gold with a score of 15.766, ahead of Danell Leyva of the United States (15.500), who pipped Wilson to silver with the last routine of the night.
It was a moment Giles Scott had been waiting years for, as he ascended the Olympic podium and collected the gold medal he had confirmed two days earlier.
The finn class medal race was more of a lap of honour for four-time world champion Scott, who forced his way into second place and finished his maiden Olympic campaign in style. He continued Great Britain’s dominance of the event, what had been won for the previous four Games by Sir Ben Ainslie.
Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills opened up a 20-point lead in the 470 class heading into Wednesday's medal race, meaning they could not be toppled and the gold medal would be theirs. Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves finished ninth in the inaugral Nacra 17 class, Nick Thompson was sixth overall in the laser and, despite winning the medal race, Alison Young did not move in the final standings and came back in eighth.
Heading into the 49er and 49er FX medal race, Dylan Fletcher and Alan Sign are fourth, 10 points off the podium places, while Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth are seventh and some distance off the top three.
Jack Laugher added a silver to his Rio 2016 synchro gold with a marvellous 3m springboard performance to bring up a 49th medal for Great Britain.
In a high quality final, Laugher’s consistent execution under pressure saw him record a score of 523.85 to take a comfortable silver. Earlier, he had scraped into the final, qualifying last, but had saved his best for the final.
The medal makes it three for diving so far – surpassing the top of the sport’s target range.
Olympics and world champion Nicola Adam began the defence of her London 2012 flyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Ukraine’s Tetyana Kob, and secured herself at worse a silver medal. On Thursday, she will box China’s Ren Can Can for a place in the gold medal match.
Super heavyweight Joe Joyce powered his way through to the semi-finals and secured a medal with a decision win over Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan. Joshua Buatsi cannot tell the same story after suffering a semi-final defeat against Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Niyazymbetov. He will be awarded a bronze medal when the light heavyweight competition draws to a close on Thursday.
London 2012 medallist Robbie Grabarz put up a fight to force himself back on to an Olympic podium but his 2.33m was only enough for fourth.
Great Britain were represented by Laura Muir and Laura Weightman in the 1500m final, where Muir pushed to get herself in the mix but could not cling on, dropping to seventh in 4:12.88. Weightman came in 11th in 4:14.95.
Dina Asher-Smith confirmed her place in the 200m final. She finished fourth in her heat in 22.49 and advanced to Thursday’s final with the eighth quickest time. Eilidh Doyle ran an impressive 400m hurdles time of 54.99 to finish third in her heat and advance to the final as a fastest loser, like Asher-Smith, the eight quickest to progress.
Earlier in the day, Tiffany Porter, 100m hurdles, and Adam Gemili, 200m, were among those to move through their heats and into semi-finals during Wednesday’s athletics session.
Jack Burnell put in a courageous swim to force himself into contention at the final stage of the 10km open water swim but was disqualified after he touched in fifth place in a time of 1:52.02.0.
The Great Britain showjumping team of Nick Skelton, John Whitaker and Michael Whitaker and Ben Mahar finished 12th overall in the team event. Skelton on Big Star, and Maher on Tic Tac, have qualified for the third individual qualifying round after placing in the top 45 riders in joint 30th.
Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis could not secure themselves a guaranteed Rio 2016 medal but will get the opportunity to play for bronze following a lost to Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan.
The Chinese pair got off to a quick start, taking the first game 21-14 but a fight-back from the Brits kept them in the hunt before going down 21-18 in the second. Langridge and Ellis play another Chinese duo, Chai Baio and Hong Wei, for the men’s doubles bronze medal.
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