Highlights From Day 13
Published 19 August 2016
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Alistair Brownlee showed his class with a totally dominant performance in the men’s triathlon, with younger brother Jonny following him home to claim a Great Britain one-two for gold and silver.
The race was perfectly executed by the British brothers despite the stifling heat on the streets of Copacabana. They got out of the water and into the first group on the cycle leg, before stretching away on the final run to completely control the race.
Alistair becomes the first athlete to successfully defend an Olympic triathlon title, while Jonny took a step up the podium, upgrading from the bronze he won at the London 2012 Games.
Alistair even had time to collect a British and Yorkshire flag, enjoying the moment to its fullest and strolling over the finish line. The siblings immediately embraced and became the first brothers to finish an Olympic event in gold and silver since 1960.
More highlights from day 13 included:
Jade Jones is a two-time Olympic champion after a stellar display of taekwondo won a tense but thrilling gold medal match against Evo Calvo Gomez.
Welsh fighter Jones successfully defended the -57kg featherweight title she claimed at London 2012 with a devastating 16-7 victory over her Spanish opponent. The 23-year-old had to win four contests in total on Thursday to climb to the top of the podium.
Earlier in the day, Jones advanced past Naima Bakkal of Morocco in the last 16 in comprehensive fashion, 12-4, before beating Belgium’s Raheleh Asemani in the quarter-final by scoring seven first-round points then closing out the bout to win 7-2.
Jones faced Nikita Glasnovic in the semi-final and opened up a 4-0 lead before Swedish fighter came back into it at 4-3. Jones stepped up to extend the score to 9-4 and secure her second Olympic medal, before confirming the gold medal in a dominant finale.
Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis stunned China’s Hong Wei and Chai Biao to clinch Great Britain’s first badminton medal since 2004 in an absorbing contest.
The Brits won the opening game 21-18, but Chinese world ranked number five pair took the initiative in the second game and, despite a late rally from Langridge and Ellis, Hong and Chai took it 21-19 to take it to a decider.
A scintillating burst early in game three led the British duo to a 10-2 advantage, swinging the momentum completely. They ran out comfortable winners in the end, 21-10, putting the perfect finish on a heroic effort from the world ranked number 22 Brits, who far outperformed their ranking in Rio.
Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills cruised to seventh place in their medal race and sailed to shore as Olympic champions in the 470 class.
The British pair ruled the waves of Guanabara Bay and took care of business during the fleet races, with a series of consistent performances and three race wins opening up an unassailable 20-point lead at the top of the standings heading into the 10-boat medal race.
It meant they just had to complete the race without disqualification to bring home their first Olympic golds, having won silver at London 2012. Three other boats completed their regattas, with Luke Patience and Chris Grube finishing third in the 470 men’s medal race to place fifth overall.
Dylan Fletcher and Alan Sign started the 49er medal race with an outside chance of climbing on to the podium but the pair’s boat capsized and they could not recover, finishing the race in 10th and fifth overall. Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth sailed to a 10th-place finish in the 49er FX medal race, to finish eighth overall.
Clark and Mills’ gold means Great Britain topped the sailing medal table, with two golds and one silver, following Giles Scott’s finn class triumph and Nick Dempsey’s RS:X windsurfing silver.
Liam Heath and Jon Schofield won a dramatic silver medal by fractions in an explosive K2 200m at Lagoa.
In an electric sprint, Spain’s Saul Craviotto and Cristian Toro landed gold in 32.075, while Heath and Schofield, who finished in 32.368, edged Lithuania’s Aurimas Lankas and Edvinas Ramanauskas. The duo upgraded their London 2012 bronze medal by the finest of margins, 0.014 seconds to be precise.
Adam Gemili came within a hair's breadth of the 200m podium, running the exact same time as France's Christophe Lemaitre but he was edged out of bronze medal position by hundredths of a second.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt sealed a remarkable eighth Olympic gold medal in 19.78, with Canada's Andre de Grasse taking silver in 20.02. Lemaitre and Gemili finished in 20.12 with the Netherlands' Churandy Martina clocking 20.13, but the Frenchman was judged to have crossed the finish line in third.
Eilidh Doyle can be proud of her 400m hurdles final efforts, recording a time of 54.61 and finishing in eighth place. The women’s 4x100m relay team qualified for Saturday’s final in impressive style, while the men’s team advanced as fastest losers.
The team of Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Desiree Henry and Darryl Neita laid a time of 41.93 seconds to qualify behind Jamaica with the second quickest time overall. Richard Kilty, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, James Ellington and CJ Ujah finished fourth behind Japan, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, missing out on the automatic qualification places, but their time of 38.06 was enough to see them progress to the final as the seventh fastest team overall.
High-flying Morgan Lake qualified for Saturday’s high jump final after clearing 1.94m along with 16 others. Charlie Grice ran a strong 3:40.05 semi-final time to qualify in fifth place for the 1500m final on Saturday. Lynsey Sharp ran the second fastest time in the 800m semi-finals behind South Africa’s Caster Semenya in 1:58.65 to book her place in the final.
Defending champion Nicola Adams took one step closer to retaining the Olympic title she won at London 2012. In her semi-final against Ren Cancan of China, Adams started slowly in the first round but regained control in the following three rounds to win by unanimous decision.
The 33-year-old faces France’s Sarah Ourahmoune for the gold medal on Saturday. Light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi collected his bronze medal after a two-day wait for the conclusion of the competition and the medal ceremony, and is officially added to the Great Britain medal count.
Tonia Couch qualified for the 10m platform final with a sterling round of dives before finishing 12th in the final with a score of 323.70. Sarah Barrow finished 23rd overall.
Cycling – BMX
The 2013 BMX world champion Liam Phillips suffered a nightmare start to opening day of competition. He suffered a crash in the first moto of the quarter-final round and could not recover in time for the rest of the round, meaning his Rio 2016 experience came to an abrupt end.
Fellow Brit Kyle Evans was also eliminated at the quarter-final stage after a fifth and two seventh place finishes in his quarter-final.
The Rio 2016 modern pentathlon competition got under way with the fencing ranking round. In the men’s event, Great Britain’s Joseph Choong recorded the eighth best score, of 222, while James Cooke came in 28th with 184. In the women’s event, Kate French ended the ranking round in 19th place with 202, while Samantha Murray scored 184 points to place 31st.
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