Wednesday 28 September 2016

What you missed in Rio while you were sleeping and the Irish in action today

Published 18/08/2016 | 08:26

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WHAT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT

1: Watch: 'Lazy' Usain Bolt crosses line laughing with Andre De Grasse as drug cheat Gatlin crashes out of 200m

Usain Bolt jogged and joked his way to his fastest time this year to cruise into the 200 metres final at the Rio Olympics - and then branded his performance "lazy".

The 29-year-old got out well and was well ahead on the home straight before easing off and even sharing a chuckle with Andre De Grasse as the pair crossed the line.

De Grasse, the 100m bronze medallist, ran a Canadian record 19.80secs, with Adam Gemili finishing in 20.08s to qualify in third as a fastest qualifier.

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2: Brazil's beach volleyball hopes are dashed by Germans

Brazil's dream of crowning a home Olympics with a gold medal in women's beach volleyball was ended in the early hours of Thursday morning on a raucous Copacabana Beach.

German pair Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst coolly refused to read the script which said a sport that claims its origins on the Brazilian sands was destined to celebrate its highest accolade on home soil.

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3: American swimmers taken off plane for questions in bizarre twist in 'robbery' investigation'

American swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were taken off a plane at Rio airport as local police investigate Sunday's alleged robbery involving them and two team-mates.

Bentz and Conger, who both won gold medals in the 4x200 metres freestyle relay, claimed their taxi returning to the athletes' village, which also had James Feigen and Ryan Lochte in it, was stopped by men posing as armed police who robbed them.

But that story appears to be starting to unravel, as CCTV footage has emerged in the Brazilian media of Feigen and Lochte (pictured) returning to the village much later than they claimed, and Lochte's wallet, which was supposed to have been stolen, passing through the security check. Rio police have also been unable to find the driver of their taxi.

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4: Mo Farah survives another scare to qualify for 5,000m final

Mo Farah survived another heart-in-mouth moment to keep his bid for a fourth Olympic title on track as he coasted into the final of the 5,000 metres in Rio.

Four days after dragging himself to his feet after a fall to retain his 10,000m crown and become the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic golds, the 33-year-old narrowly avoided crashing to the ground again, this time on the last lap, as he made sure he did just enough to qualify, coming home in third place.

5: Neymar bags double to send Brazil through to final

It took just 14 seconds for Neymar to send Brazil on their way to a fourth Olympic final and within sight of an elusive gold medal.

New Manchester City recruit Gabriel Jesus also scored twice before half-time and goals from Marquinhos, Luan and a Neymar penalty wrapped up a 6-0 semi-final rout of Honduras.

Three times Brazil have had to settle for silver, including in London four years ago when they lost to Mexico, but if they could make it fourth time lucky here on Saturday then Rio might fall in love with the Olympics after all.

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6: Britain through to women's hockey final

Britain will go for gold against Holland in the Olympic women's hockey final on Friday.

Whatever happens, Britain's women have already confirmed their best performance in Olympic hockey history.

They surpassed bronze medal successes, at Barcelona 24 years ago and London 2012, by beating semi-final opponents New Zealand 3-0 in Deodoro thanks to an Alex Danson double and Helen Richardson-Walsh's penalty strike.

WHAT'S ON TODAY

ATHLETICS: Men’s 400m hurdles final Thomas Barr 4.0pm

GOLF: Women’s tournament Round 1 Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow 1.25pm and 2.47pm

MODERN PENTATHLON: Women’s Fencing Natalya Coyle 2.0pm

Men’s Fencing Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe 6.30pm

SAILING: Medal Race 49er Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern 6.05pm

TRIATHLON: Men’s medal race Bryan Keane 3.0pm

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