Saturday 22 October 2016

What you missed at Rio 2016 last night - Seven events you need to catch up on

Published 09/08/2016 | 08:17

Silver medalist Yulia Efimova of Russia poses during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Breaststroke Final
Silver medalist Yulia Efimova of Russia poses during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Breaststroke Final

It was another busy night at the Rio Games. Here's what you missed while you were sleeping.

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1. Annalise Murphy bumped into medal position after disqualification

Ireland's Annalise Murphy has received a big boost in her hunt for an Olympic medal.

The Dubliner was lying in fourth position after the first two races of the laser radial class, winning the first and coming 14th in the second, but has jumped to third after China's Xu Lijia was disqualified from race 2 for an infringement.

Murphy came an agonising fourth at London 2012 and is back on the water later today.

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2. Great Britain's gymnasts finish an agonising fourth in the team final

Great Britain's gymnasts delighted the nation in 2012 when they won their first Olympic medal in a century, and such has been their form since - an array of international silverware - that there were even rumours that they might upgrade the colour of their gong in Rio.

The team of Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Nile Wilson, Brinn Bevan, and captain Kristian Thomas were slated to begin on the rings - their weakest discipline, and were unable to reduce the deficit as the competition progressed. A fall from Louis Smith during the pommel horse was the nail in the coffin, and quintet were unable to replicate the triumph of four years ago.

Wilson's gutsy performance was an exemplary Olympic debut, and there were numerous positives to take from the evening, but a bitter pill to swallow for the British team, whose disappointment was in stark contrast to ecstatic gold medallists, Japan.


3. ...but Tom Daley wins bronze with Daniel Goodfellow

Tom Daley encountered the familiar brilliance of Chinese divers in his 10m synchro final with partner Daniel Goodfellow, with the British pair performing admirably but ultimately never really in contention for gold at the  Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.

Nevertheless, the scale of their achievement in finishing third, behind American pair David Boudia and Steele Johnson was clear for all to see when the Team GB duo shared a delighted embrace in the pool after their final dive.

Daley and Goodfellow dived last, but had to wait for the result to flash up on the scoreboard to see if they had overhauled the German team who were occupying third. “It was an agonising wait, which seemed to go on for an eternity,” Daley said. “I knew how it was going to feel if we had won the bronze, but I just stood there not knowing. I was just so relieved it turned out the way it did.”


4 Russian swimmer with doping convictions wins silver to a chorus of boos

It was disappointment for Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, who shocked the world - not least herself - when she won a stunning gold medal in the 100 metre breaststroke in London at just 15 years of age.

The defending champion was unable to retain her crown, nor finish on the podium, in a race featuring Yulia Efimova, the Russian swimmer who has previously served 16 months for doping offences. The controversial starter managed a silver medal, won to a torrent of boos from the crowd at the Aquatics Stadium, and was ignored by her fellow competitors in a race won by a delighted Lilly King of the United States, who broke the Olympic record in the process.


5. Usain Bolt's press conference threatens to outshine Olympic opening ceremony

Ben Bloom arrived for Usain Bolt's press conference expecting some of the sprinter's infamously confident and charismatic rhetoric. What he received was the athlete arriving with a troupe of samba dancers, played in by a DJ, cocktails flowing, and signed pairs of trainers distributed to awe-struck journalists: lightning struck Rio's press centre as the Bolt circus arrived in town


6. Djokovic's Olympic ambitions are put on hold for another four years as he is bundled out of the men's doubles

It's been a torrid few days for world number one, Nokak Djokovic. Argentina's Juan Martín del Potro, despite having been stuck in an elevator for forty minutes earlier that day, proved an insurmountable obstacle on Sunday, and - less than 24 hours later - the Serb came unstuck again, exiting the men's doubles at the hands of Brazilian fourth seeds,  Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.


7. James Guy denied medal by convicted drug cheat

James Guy refused to dwell on defeat to convicted drugs cheat Sun Yang despite missing out on an Olympic medal as the Chinese swimmer won gold on Monday.

Australia's Mack Horton won Saturday's 400 metres freestyle ahead of Sun and afterwards was scathing in his criticism of the man he beat into silver, prompting threats on social media from China.

Sun, who has served a lenient doping suspension since the London 2012 Games where he won two titles, responded to win the 200m freestyle on Monday.

Siobhan O'Connor qualified fastest for Tuesday's 200m individual medley final to give Britain hope of a third medal in the pool after Adam Peaty's 100m breaststroke gold and Jazz Carlin's 400m freestyle silver.

That was after Guy, world champion ahead of Sun in 2015, finished fourth.

"It's devastating really. Fourth is the worst place you can get," the 20-year-old from Bury said.

"I can see where Mack is coming from and I'm great friends with Mack.

"It's quite difficult. He (Sun) has done his time. FINA (swimming's world governing body) have said he's here.

"I'm going to race him. I can't say, 'You're not swimming'. He's here, I've got to deal with it and move on.

"That's what I've tried to do and unluckily I've come fourth."


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