Monday 5 December 2016

What you missed last night at Rio 2016 - Phelps moves to 21 golds as Serena crashes out

Published 10/08/2016 | 07:52

Serena Williams (USA) of USA reacts during her match against Elina Svitolina (UKR) of Ukraine. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Serena Williams (USA) of USA reacts during her match against Elina Svitolina (UKR) of Ukraine. REUTERS/Toby Melville

It was another night of history being made and shocks being endured. Here's what you missed in Rio while you were sleeping.

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1. Michael Phelps wins his 20th and 21st Olympic gold medals

The American - already by a distance the most decorated Olympian of all time - stormed to 200m butterfly victory and held off the challenge of South African Chad le Clos, who could only finish fourth.

Less than an hour later - after shedding tears on the podium while being awarded his 20th Olympic gold medal - Phelps anchored the USA to 4x200m freestyle relay glory.

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2. Serena Williams crashes out of the singles with shock defeat

An Olympic tennis tournament of shocks has delivered the most seismic of all after defending champion Serena Williams crashed out to a Ukrainian upstart.

The 22-time grand slam winner looked on the verge of tears after enduring arguably the biggest meltdown of her entire career, serving five double-faults in a single game towards the end of a 6-4 6-3 third-round defeat to Elina Svitolina.

They were among 37 unforced errors from the Wimbledon champion, whose demise capped a miserable Rio 2016 for the Williams sisters following their first-round doubles defeat and Venus’s singles loss at the same stage.

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3. Media bus attacked while travelling between venues at Rio games

A media transport bus has had two windows smashed after being attacked while travelling between venues at the Rio Olympic Games on Tuesday.

The bus was travelling between the Deodoro zone and the main transport mall in the Olympic Park at around 7:30pm local time (23:30BST) when the incident occurred with about a dozen media on board.

The IOC said in a statement: "We are aware that a media bus travelling from Deodoro to Barra on the Transcarioca had two windows broken by objects coming from the surrounding area.

"The security authorities are now investigating the incident and we await their report before making further comment."

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4. BBC apologises after commentator's 'homophobic remark' during tennis match

A BBC commentator at the Olympics faced a "casual homophobia" row last night after suggesting he did not want to see two men kissing.

The presenter, Paul Hand, faced a barrage of abuse after quipping "let's hope they don't go on to two blokes sat next to each other" during footage of multiple couples kissing in the crowd.

The comments were said in jovial tone but viewers sent dozens of messages on Twitter expressing outrage.

It came during a pause in the match as Team GB's Johanna Konta qualified for the women’s tennis singles quarter-finals after winning a deciding set thriller over Svetlana Kuznetsova.

 

5. 'Green abyss' diving pool alarms spectators but organisers insist 'no risk whatsoever'

Consternation over the colour of water in the pool threatened to overshadow the women's 10m synchronised diving final on Tuesday at the Olympics.

Far from the glimmering blue seen in Monday's men's event, the pool was an increasingly murky green as the women progressed through their dives.

Tom Daley, who won bronze for Team GB in the diving pool, tweeted a pictures of the water, saying: "Ermmm, what happened?!"

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6. David Oliver Joyce becomes the latest Irish boxer to exit the Olympics

Lightweight David Oliver fought bravely but was ultimately outclassed in his last 16 bout with Albert Selimov.

The Azerbaijan fighter, seeded second, was a unanimous winner on a score of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.

He will take a holiday with his family before deciding on whether to continue in the amateur ranks.

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