Highlights From Day 15
Published 21 August 2016
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Mo Farah became the first British athlete to win four Olympic gold medals on the track on a historic athletics finale at Rio 2016.
Farah completed the unprecedented double-double of 5,000m and 10,000m wins at both London 2012 and Rio 2016, to prove his long-distance dominance.
The 33-year-old turned on the burners to bring home an emotional gold medal in 13:03.30, and secure Team GB’s 65th of the Games to equal the medal tally recorded at London 2012. In the last race of the final athletics session of Rio 2016, Great Britain collected their record-breaking 66th medal in the women’s 4x400m relay.
Eilidh Doyle led the team off and handed over to Anyika Onuora, who kept Great Britain in the medal hunt. Emily Diamond took over and consolidated Great Britain’s third place, a distant third behind the run-away juggernauts, the USA in gold and Jamaica in silver.
On the anchor leg, the now three-time Olympic medallist Christine Ohuruogu locked in Great Britain’s third place position, holding off a stern challenge from Ukraine and Poland to secure our place on the podium.
The bronze was Great Britain’s 66th medal of Rio 2016, the first time in history that a nation has hosted an Olympics and then gone on to better its medal tally in the following away Games.
Other highlights of day 15 included:
Nicola Adams showed her class to become a two-time Olympic champion.
The 33-year-old was beaming with pride after defeating France’s Sarah Ourahmoune by unanimous decision in the gold medal match. Following a powerful performance in the opening two rounds, she finished the bout in the ascendancy to earn the favour of the judges.
Having won gold at London 2012, Adams becomes the first British boxer to defend an Olympic title since Harry Mallin in 1920 and 1924, and only the second boxer to ever retain. She is the first female boxer to win two Olympic gold medals.
Liam Heath stormed across Lagoa like a flash to capture K1 200m gold to add to the silver medal he collected in the K2 on Thursday.
Heath and paddle partner Jon Schofield were edged to silver in the K2 event but there was no looking back this time for Heath. Despite falling behind early on, Heath motored through the field and accelerated away to grab gold in 35.197 seconds, GB’s 25th gold and first of day 15.
Vicky Holland won Great Britain’s first ever women’s triathlon medal when she out-sprinted her teammate and housemate Non Stanford to take bronze.
The decisive 10k around Fort Copacabana was dominated by American world champion Gwen Jorgensen and Switzerland's defending Olympic champion Nicola Spirig, who took gold and silver respectively. That left the British pair of Holland and Stanford to race to the finish for one place on the podium.
Holland crossed the line first in 1:57.01, three seconds ahead of her best friend Stanford, and they embraced at the finish line. The third Brit in the race, Helen Jenkins, finished 19th in 2:01.07.
Bianca Walkden showed poise and aggression to take bronze in the women’s heavyweight division with a commanding performance over Morocco’s Wiam Dislam.
A barrage of second-round strikes set up the 7-1 victory, making some amends for a semi-final defeat earlier in the night. It wasn’t to be for Mahama Cho, who suffered an agonising late loss, 5-4 against Brazil's Maicon Siqueira, to finish fourth in the men’s heavyweight division.
Cho started his competition in the best possible way, turning over the world champion and Olympic silver medallist Anthony Obame of Gabon 12-6, while Walkden was in commanding form early on, picking apart Papua New Guinea’s Samantha Kassman 14-1 as both moved into the quarter finals.
Tougher challenges lay await, with Cho having to come through the heavyweight division's second seed Sajjad Mardani of Iran. With their bout locked at 3-3, it went to a golden point and Cho scored the decisive point with five seconds on the clock. Walkden's quarter-final was more straightforward, as she defeated reigning Olympic champion Milica Mandic of Serbia 5-0.
Walkden battled Zheng Shuyin in a tense semi-final which was settled by a third round head shot, 4-1 to the Chinese. Cho's gold medal hopes were also ended when his semi-final went all the way to a golden point round. With the scores 1-1 in regulation time, his opponent Radik Isayev of Azerbaijan seized his moment to win 4-1.
In other athletics finals, Lynsey Sharp ran an impressive 800m to finish sixth in a PB of 1:57.69, while Andrew Butchart finished sixth behind Mo Farah in 13:08.61 in the 5000m. Morgan Lake cleared 1.93m in the women's high jump final to place 10th and Charlie Grice recorded a time of 3:51.73 to finish 12th in the 1500m final.
Joe Choong was forced to settle for 10th in modern pentathlon despite entering the final running and shooting round in the mix for medals at Deodoro.
After finishing eighth in fencing and third in the swimming events, Choong’s eighth place in the riding discipline left him in a podium position, third, heading into the final phase. But, with his shooting off target, he finished 28th in the round.
Jamie Cooke needed to recover after a disappointing fencing round, where he finished 28th. He won the swimming event but 11th in the riding and 19th in run and shoot left him 14th overall.
Britain’s 10m platform synchro bronze medallist, Tom Daley, was left crushed after a below-par series of dives meant he was eliminated from the 10m platform individual event at the semi-final stage.
Daley, who had topped the charts in the preliminaries with a huge score of 571.85, jumped to a score of 403.25 which left him stranded at the bottom of the semi-final standings in 18th place, missing out on qualification to the final.
Charley Hull put up a sterling rally on the final day of the inaugural Olympic women’s golf tournament but fell two shots short of the podium.
The 20-year-old started her fourth round four shots off the lead and gained two strokes on third place during her last outing at Reserva de Marapendi, finishing three under par. In a competitive field, Hull ended up in joint 10th place, while Catriona Matthew tied for 22nd place.