Monday 26 September 2016

Rio 2016: What you missed while you were sleeping and a look at today's diary

Published 12/08/2016 | 07:31

It's final day for Ireland. Sinead Jennings, Claire Lambe, Paul and Gary O'Donovan go for gold in the lightweight double skulls today. Here is a look at what's on and what you missed last night while you were sleeping.

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WHAT YOU MISSED LAST NIGHT

1. Michael Phelps targets last hurrah as glorious career nears the end

Michael Phelps is in the last straight, the final 48 hours of a swimming career which has yielded a record 22 Olympic gold medals with two more still possible.

The 31-year-old American, who plans to retire after the Rio Olympics, won a 22nd Olympic gold and 26th medal in all with victory in the 200 metres individual medley on Thursday night.

It was his fourth successive win in the event, and 13th individual gold medal with one more possible - in Friday's 100m butterfly.

Phelps said: "I've been able to do everything I ever wanted. It all started just as a kid who wasn't afraid.

"Things started hitting me this morning. I was like, 'Wow, I only have to put on a racing suit two more times after tonight' and, 'I only have to warm down one more time after tonight'.

"Those little tiny things I've been saying to Bob (Bowman, his coach) every day.

"Today I was like, 'Tonight's my last 200 ever' - that's a very exciting one.

"The biggest thing for me through the meet so far is I've been able to finish how I wanted to.

"I've been able to come back and accomplish things I've dreamt of.

"To be able to come back and win my fourth 200 IM in a row, I don't even know how to put that into words.

"This has been a very, very special week so far, for me, closing out my career."

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2. Silver for Britain as Fiji win rugby sevens

Great Britain's men won a silver medal in the rugby sevens at Deodoro Stadium - but they were horribly outclassed by final opponents Fiji.

Fiji, coached by former England Sevens supremo Ben Ryan, were in rampant form as they coasted home 43-7 to be crowned inaugural Olympic men's champions in the event and claim the first medal for their country in any sport.

Britain barely got a look-in, such was seven-try Fiji's dominance, but they will return home as runners-up after a competition that also included sevens powerhouses such as New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

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3. Namibian boxer loses first fight while out on bail for alleged sexual assault

Namibian boxer Jonas Junias lost his light-welterweight fight at the Rio Olympics on Thursday night after being released on bail while investigations continue into an alleged sexual assault.

The 22-year-old, who carried his country's flag at the opening ceremony on Friday, was arrested on Sunday after a housekeeper at the Olympic Village made the allegations against him.

Junias was released from detention in time to weigh in for his bout against Hassan Amzile of France. Despite a solid performance, he was beaten by unanimous decision.

Junias was heavily flanked by security and officials through the mixed zone following his contest, and neither he nor his Namibian team coaches responded to reporters' questions.

A second boxer, Moroccan Hassan Saada, was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting two housekeepers at the Olympic Village.

Because he was in custody, he missed the weigh-in for his light-heavyweight bout against Mehmet Unal of Turkey, scheduled for Saturday, and his opponent was awarded a walkover.

Saada was released by the authorities earlier on Thursday after spending six days in jail. According to reports in Morocco, he has been forced to surrender his passport and stay away from the Olympic Village.

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Junias (right) was beaten last night

4. Second gold medal for Simone Biles

Simone Biles won her second gold medal of the Rio Olympic Games when she cruised to victory in the women's all-around competition on Thursday.

The all-conquering 19-year-old, who had already led the United States to team victory, beat compatriot Alexandra Raisman by more than two points, with Russia's Aliya Mustafina in third.

Great Britain's only representative in the final, Ellie Downie, finished in 13th place.

Biles, who is also expected to dominate in three of next week's apparatus finals, led after the first rotation on the vault and, despite briefly surrendering her lead to the Russian, stormed back to take victory in style.

Biles said: "I'm very excited and relieved because I've finally done it. You never know that feeling until it hits you.

"It's amazing to be recognised for all of this success, (but) I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I'm the first Simone Biles.

"I'm just the same Simone. I just have two Olympic gold medals now. I feel like I did my job tonight."

Downey started in sixth place at the vault but fell back after a weaker score on the uneven bars. Solid displays on the beam and floor took her to a total of 56.883, just outside the top 10.

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5. British velodrome action gets off to a record-breaking start

Led by Bradley Wiggins, the British men - who have apparently been breaking world records in training - cruised into the final in the fastest time ever recorded at an Olympics. Wiggins, along with Philip Hindes, Callum Skinner, and Jason Kenny was flying, perhaps inspired by their female counterparts, who had gone one better in their opening ride.

Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Elinor Barker, and Katie Archibald took four tenths from the previous record - a fine statement of intent ahead of their meeting with Canada on Saturday, which will - if this form is anything to go by - set them up for a place in the gold-medal contest.

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WHAT'S ON TODAY

ATHLETICS

Round 1 men’s 800m: Mark English 1.30pm; Men’s 20k walk final: Alex Wright, 6.30pm Round I women’s 1500m: Ciara Mageean, 12.30am(Sat)

Badminton

Men’s Round 1 singles: Scott Evans v Marc Zwiebler 3.20pm; Women’s Round 2 singles: Chloe Evans v Karin Schnaase 1.05am (Sat)

GOLF

Men’s tournament Round 2: Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power 11.30am

HOCKEY

Ireland v Argentina 11.30pm

ROWING

Final women’s lightweight double sculls: Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe, 2.32pm; Final men’s lightweight double sculls: Paul and Gary O’Donovan 2.44pm

SAILING

Races 7 and 8 Laser Radial: Annalise Murphy,5.15pm and 6.30pm; Races 7 and 8 Laser: Finn Lynch, 5.15pm and 6.40pm; Races 1, 2 and 3 49erFX: Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey, 5.05, 6.05 and 7.05; Races 1, 2 and 3, 49er: Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern 5.05, 6.05 and 7.05

Equestrian

Dressage final: Judy Reynolds 2pm

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HOW DID THE IRISH DO YESTERDAY?

Sinead Jennings, Claire Lambe Paul and Gary O’Donovan (Rowing)

Two doubles teams made their finals after both finished third in the semis.

Chloe Magee (Badminton)

Lost her opening fixture 21-7 21-12 against China’s Wang ‘Kitty’ Yihan.

Steven Donnelly (Boxing)

Win over Tuvshinbat Byamba sees welterweight into quarter-final.

Shane Ryan (Swimming)

Bowed out of the Olympics with a third place finish in the 50m freestyle heat.

Hockey

Ireland kept their quarter-final hopes alive with a 4-2 victory over Canada.

Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power (Golf)

Harrington finished on one-under par (70) and seven shots off the pace as Power finished even par (71).

Judy Reynolds (Equestrian)

Qualified for individual dressage final.

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