Wednesday 28 September 2016

Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin make a splash on day two of Rio Olympics

Published 08/08/2016 | 09:11

Great Britain's Adam Peaty, centre, took gold
Great Britain's Adam Peaty, centre, took gold

Great Britain claimed its first two medals of the 2016 Olympics in the space of 10 minutes on day two in Rio thanks to a gold for Adam Peaty and silver for Jazz Carlin in the pool.

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Here, Press Association Sport wraps up the action from across the Games and looks ahead to day three.

:: Peaty had broken his own world record in the heats of the 100 metres breaststroke with a time of 57.55 seconds and was just 0.07secs slower in the semi-final to cement his status as gold medal favourite, a tag the 21-year-old from Uttoxeter emphatically lived up to with a dominant performance in the final. Peaty led from the outset and streaked away from the competition to lower his own record to 57.13s and win by more than 1.5s.

:: Carlin was the second-fastest qualifier in the women's 400m freestyle, albeit more than four seconds adrift of American Katie Ledecky, who set a new Olympic record in winning her heat and broke her own world record with a time of three minutes 56.46 seconds in the final. Carlin took silver ahead of Ledecky's team-mate Leah Smith.

:: British fencer Richard Kruse earlier saw his bid to become Britain's first medallist dashed by Russia's Timur Safin in their bronze medal play-off in the men's foil. Kruse staged a spectacular comeback from 12-5 down to move within two points of victory, only for Safin to complete a 15-13 win just seconds into the final period.

:: Andy Murray launched the defence of his Olympic title with a 6-3 6-2 win over Viktor Troicki, but the Wimbledon champion and brother Jamie later crashed out of the doubles in the first round, the second seeds losing two tie-breaks - the second 16-14 - to Brazil's Andre Sa and Thomaz Bellucci.

:: The second day of rowing was postponed due to the wind whipping across the Lagoa, meaning reigning women's pair champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were among those squeezed into a rejigged schedule - weather permitting - on Monday and Tuesday.

:: Lizzie Armitstead's week of turmoil ended in disappointment as she could only finish fifth in a dramatic women's road race which saw Holland's Annemiek van Vleuten suffer a nasty crash when leading with less than 11km to go. Van Vleuten spent Sunday evening in intensive care in hospital with concussion and three fractures to her lower back.

Coming up on day three:

:: James Guy will be hoping to claim another medal in the pool in the 200 metres freestyle, although he only scraped into the final - which takes place around 2:20am BST on Tuesday - by 0.01s.

:: Tom Daley, meanwhile, is set to make his first appearance at Rio 2016 in the men's 10m synchro at a more reasonable time of 8pm on Monday evening alongside Dan Goodfellow.

:: The men's team gymnastics final also takes place from around 8pm with Britain looking to upgrade on the bronze won at London 2012.

:: Elsewhere on Monday, the women's -57kg judo will include Commonwealth champion Nekoda Smythe-Davis, Ed Ling goes in the men's trap shooting and Great Britain's women will be hoping to contest the first-ever rugby sevens final at 11pm at Deodoro Stadium.

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