Sunday 19 January 2020

What you missed from Rio 2016 last night - Ciara Mageean impresses as hockey team bows out

Ciara Mageean of Ireland crosses the line to finish second in round 1 of the Women's 1500m in the Olympic Stadium, Maracanã, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ciara Mageean of Ireland crosses the line to finish second in round 1 of the Women's 1500m in the Olympic Stadium, Maracanã, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Here's what happened at the Rio Olympics while you were sleeping.

1. Ciara Mageean comes second to world champion to book place in semis

European bronze medallist Ciara Mageean is through to the semi-finals of the 1,500 metres after finishing an eye-catching second to Genzebe Dibaba in heat one last night.

When Dibaba kicked for home with 300m to go but the Down native refused to panic and eased her way from the rest of the field.

Mageean had the luxury of easing down at the finish to take second spot and automatic qualifying place in a time of 4:11.51.

2. Irish hockey team exit Olympics despite gallant display against Argentina

Ireland needed a victory to advance to the last eight in Rio but bowed out after a brave 3-2 defeat to Argentina.

The victors made the better start and scored through a penalty corner but Ireland responded in the second quarter with a penalty corner strike of their own from John Jermyn.

Parity was short-lived for the Irish as the busy David Harte was beaten by a Gonzalo Peillat goal.

Ireland did equalise for a second time when Shane O'Donoghue nutmegged the Argentine keeper to threaten but Peillat added a second from a short corner.

Another brave effort from Craig Fulton's side but they exit the tournament at the group stage.

3. Chloe Magee makes her Rio exit

Donegal's Chloe Magee succumbed to a second Group P defeat to Germany's  Karin Schnaase and is out of the Rio Olympics.

The 27-year-old put in a brave display against the girl ranked 50 places above her in the world rankings but was beaten on a scoreline of 21-14, 21-19.

12 August 2016; Chloe Magee of Ireland in action against Karin Schnaase of Germany during their Women's Singles Group Play Stage - Group P match in the Riocentro Pavillion 4 Arena, Barra da Tijuca, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

4. Phelps shows glimpse of mortality, then says he's done

Joseph Schooling of Singapore built a big lead on the opening lap and easily held off the hard-charging Michael Phelps to win gold in the 100-metre butterfly.  He said afterwards he is ready to retire.

So, unless Phelps decides to come out of retirement again, his final individual race at the Olympics will go down as a silver. He still has a chance to win his 23rd gold medal in his final race of the Olympics, the 4x100 medley relay.

Phelps was sixth at the turn and Schooling - almost exactly a decade younger than the 31-year-old American - wouldn't let him pull off one of his patented comebacks on the return lap. The winning time was 50.39 seconds.

Phelps shared the silver with two other longtime rivals, Chad le Clos of South Africa and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary. They all touched in 51.14.

Joseph Schooling (SIN) of Singapore celebrates his gold win next to Michael Phelps (USA) of USA on the podium. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

5. Bradley Wiggins and Team GB win gold with record-breaking time

Bradley Wiggins will get the headlines for claiming a British record eighth Olympic medal, and fifth gold, but this was a magnificent team performance from the pursuit quartet as they defended Team GB's crown in this event, beating their own world record in the process.

And they had to, as Australia gave them a superb race, going out hard and still leading with four laps to go. Having done the hard yards, Wiggins peeled off and left Steven Burke, Ed Clancy and Owain Doull to power to the line as the Aussie challenge crumbled.

Bradley Wiggins holds his gold medal at Olympics

6.  Jessica Ennis-Hill leads the women's heptathlon

Over halfway home, and Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill is where she wants to be - leading the heptathlon after four of seven events.

With a blistering 200 meters, the defending champion overtook surprise early leader Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium to regain the momentum going into the final day.

With a time of 23.49, Ennis-Hill pushed up her total to 4,057 points, the only woman to break the 4,000-mark. Thiam only set the 24th best time over the 200 meters and fell back to second with 3,985.

Akela Jones of Barbados was third with 3,964.

The heptathlon was supposed to be a battle between Ennis-Hill and Brianne Theisen-Eaton but the Canadian was disappointing throughout the day and was in sixth position with 3,871 points.

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Women's Heptathlon 200m - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Jessica Ennis-Hill (GBR) of Britain competes. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

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