Sunday 22 April 2018

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

Team Ireland athlete Rob Heffernan
Team Ireland athlete Rob Heffernan


1: Pat Hickey wheeled out of hospital to face the police

Patrick Hickey has been discharged from hospital and taken to a police station as part of an investigation into the illegal sale of tickets for the Rio Games.

Hickey, who has stood down from his role as president of the Olympic Council of Ireland while the investigation is ongoing, was arrested by Rio police at his hotel on Wednesday morning.

But the 71-year-old was immediately taken to the nearby Samaritano Hospital where he was monitored because of chest pains until approximately 4pm local time on Thursday.

A short OCI statement said he was "accompanied to a police station to complete a disposition".

Patrick Hickey leaves the Hospital Samaritano Barra in a wheelchair. Photo: Sportsfile

2: Usain Bolt storms to yet another Olympic gold medal

Usain Bolt knelt down to kiss the finish line goodbye as he greeted an emotional eighth Olympic title with a mixture of frustration and relief in Rio.

The Jamaican reacted with anger at failing to challenge his world record of 19.19 seconds as he raced to 200 metres gold in tough conditions.

He flew round the bend, but appeared to tie up down the home straight and finished in 19.78secs.

Canada's Andre de Grasse took silver in 20.02s, while France's Christophe Lemaitre edged out Great Britain's Adam Gemili for bronze in agonising fashion, with both men given the same time of 20.12.

Usain Bolt won the 200m in Rio

3: USOC condemns behaviour of swimmers who claimed they were robbed at gunpoint

The United States Olympic Committee has condemned the behaviour of the four swimmers involved in an incident at a petrol station last weekend and apologised for the trouble caused.

Ryan Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medallist, claimed he and team-mates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen were stopped by armed robbers posing as police in their taxi back to the athletes' village following a party.

However, Rio police spotted inconsistencies in their initial statements and, following an investigation, civil police chief Fernando Veloso told a press conference that Lochte had lied to cover up a bizarre episode at a petrol station and the presence of two women the group had met at the party who were in a second taxi.

USOC appeared to corroborate Veloso's version of events and has promised a review into the incident.

USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said in a statement: "The behaviour of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members.

"We will further review the matter, and any potential consequences for the athletes, when we return to the United States.

Ryan Lochte and (left) Jimmy Feigen and (right) Jack Conger arrive back at the Olympic Village security desk after the alleged mugging

4: Indian wrestler thrown out of Olympic Games for doping

India's former Commonwealth champion wrestler Narsingh Yadav has been given a four-year ban for doping and thrown out of the Olympics on the eve of his first bout in Rio.

The 27-year-old, who won the 74kg division at the 2010 Commonwealths and a bronze at last year's world championships, failed a test for an anabolic steroid in June but was cleared by the Indian authorities who accepted his explanation that a rival had sabotaged his food.

But the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed against this decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport's ad hoc division in Rio and it agreed with WADA.

5: USA women's team qualify fastest for 4x100m replay final

The United States qualified fastest for the final of the women's 4x100 metres relay after seizing their second chance when running on their own in the Olympic Stadium.

The defending champions and world record holders were initially disqualified following a botched second changeover between Allyson Felix and English Gardner, but it turned out the former was impeded by the Brazilian team in the lane outside.

As a result the Brazilians were disqualified and the US, after an appeal, were offered a chance to qualify. They raced on their own at the start of Thursday evening's session, needing to better 42.70 seconds to go through.

And Tianna Bartoletta, Felix, Gardner and Morolake Akinosun ran the quickest time of all eight teams, finishing in 41.77secs.

Officially they were a fastest loser in qualifying for Friday's final, though, and they were drawn in lane one.


Heffernan: ‘It makes me f****** sick. These people don’t know me. It’s damaging’ Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE


Men’s 50km walk final Rob Heffernan, Alex Wright, Brendan Boyce 12.0noon


Women’s tournament Round 2, Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadows 11.30am


Women’s swimming, Natalya Coyle, 4.0pm; bonus fencing round 6.0pm; showjumping 7.30pm and combined running and shooting 10.0pm

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