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Rio Olympics Day 16
The last day of Rio had some deciding events and USA had the last punch and the last laugh by winning the last few gold medals of Rio Olympics 2016. USA were up against Serbia in men’s basketball final and were the eventual winners. It was an amazing display of skill and teamwork that led the Americans to the top of the podium. However, Claressa Maria Shields was the sole American boxer competing for the gold and the 21 year old created history by becoming the first American boxer to retain her Olympic crown.
Final: USA 96, SRB 66 The #USABMNT dominates Serbia to win a third straight Olympic gold medal on Sunday afternoon at Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro. The USA now has a 25-game Olympic win streak and a 53-game winning streak in major competition, including Olympics, FIBA World Cup and FIBA Americas Championship games. Recap: bit.ly/16OlyMNTvsSRBGoldRecap
Denmark delivered a shocking punch by dethroning the French in men’s handball. It came as a surprise for many as Denmark never won a single medal of any color in the sport and defeated the reigning champions for gold. Now, that was a bolt from the blue!
Last two days at Rio brought some real jubilation for the home crowd as Brazil broke the ice for an Olympic gold in football and yesterday, the men’s volleyball team won the gold against all the odds. The nation erupted with jubilation!
That’s all from the sports as USA finished the Olympic tally with 46 gold medals and 121 medals in total. Great Britain also succeeded in edging past China with 27 gold medals while china was only able to secure 26 gold medals. Questions have risen on China’s drop down while USA had their most successful outing. Besides that, Brazil also succeeded in claiming 7 gold medals. Brazil had their best run in the history of Olympics at Rio 2016. Nonetheless, Rio has done extraordinarily well to stage such a great event. Despite all the controversies, the games attracted praise from around the globe.
The closing ceremony had the real flare of a great Brazilian party that wouldn’t be complete without Samba. Just like the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony was filled with colors, dance, emotions and the real South American magic. There were many proud athletes who said goodbye to Olympics and the notable one was Usain Bolt, who bid farewell with his traditionally unique trademark move. Carlos Arthur Guzman, the head of the Rio Olympic organizing committee, was the proudest man on the occasion as he thanked the people of Rio and staff for arranging a great show. The passing of the flag was done and now the legacy of the games rest firmly in the hands of Japan. 16 memorable days, the party is now over at Rio; see you all at Tokyo 2020!
Rio Olympics Day 15
Another amazing night, filled with spectacular extravaganza, was witnessed at Rio. The penultimate day of Rio 2016 had some real surprises stored for fans. There were many firsts last night, and we only have once word to describe it: INCREDIBLE!
Football belongs to Brazil and the team under the supreme leadership of Neymar proved it without any doubt. Brail defeated Germany on a penalty shout out and held the gold for the first time in the history of Olympics. The chase is finally over and now Brazil can celebrate; the big moment has arrived. And guess what: the immortal was there to cheer for Brazil.
Heading towards the pool for water-polo, and it was a nail-biting final between the two arch rivals, Serbia and Croatia. However, the Serbs held their momentum to defeat their bitter rivals and the defending champions with a convincing margin. The first Olympic crown for Serbia!
Chen Long from China was ecstatic after defeating Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in men’s badminton final. You have to feel for the Malaysian as it was his third consecutive Olympic defeat in the final. Since he is 33 years old, this was said to be his last short at glory. Nevertheless, congratulations to the Chinese!
Number 33 wasn’t lucky for Wei but it turned out to be a successful number for Nicole Adams. The British is now the most successful amateur boxer from her country after successfully retaining her boxing gold. Tremendous achievement and brilliant way to say goodbye!
Moving towards the basketball court, the Americans had their last test against the resilient Spaniards in women’s basketball final. However, the greatest team ever left no loopholes and retained their crown without much effort. 8th gold for USA in basketball! A tremendous record to beat; invincible, aren’t they?
From the track, you might have heard of “triple-triple” but last night, it was “double-double” for Mo Farah. The British athlete with an incredible engine became the first man in more than 100 years to successfully defend 10,000m and 5,000m crown. A legend of long-distance!
The girls from USA now have one more gold medal around their necks as they won 4*400m relay. This wasn’t it as the delight was doubled by the men’s team by winning gold in the same event. And to triple the treat, Matt Centrowitz became the first American to win 800m. It’s raining gold for USA!
Ruth Beitia from Spain won the gold in women’s high jump and it was her first Olympic gold. However, the controversial, Caster Semenya paid no attention towards the controversies surrounding and kept her focus intact, claiming the gold medal in women’s 800m. Time for critics to praise the lady!
— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) August 21, 2016
One more day to go and some medals still to be decided but USA is still leading the tally while Great Britain and China are fighting hard for the second spot. However, the party is raging in Rio.
Rio Olympics Day 14
Day 14 at Rio kicked-off with some unexpected results. Heading straight to the track, Usain Bolt made history after achieving his “triple-triple”. The amazing Jamaican kept his nerve and won the gold in men’s 4*100m relay. Immortality personified!
Last night, Usain Bolt completed a triple-triple. pic.twitter.com/YUimjXVYP7
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 20, 2016
This Olympic belongs to women as they have shown immense commitment and sheer determination to prove their metal. One of such examples includes Team USA. The women’s team made the nation proud by winning the 4*100m relay, confirming one more gold medal for the country.
In the basketball arena, USA was up against their toughest challenge of the games so far, Spain, but the Americans brought their A game to rib the Spaniards. The final score was 82-76 and USA are now heading to the final where they’ll meet Serbia.
Women’s football was full of surprises this time around but in the final, the dream run of Sweden came to a halt against the mighty Germans. The German team proved to be the better side on the day, rubbing the Swedish hopes to win the gold. The Germans and won the final by 2 goals to 1. The home crowd was stunned to see their team losing in the bronze medal match as well. Utter disappoint for the local fans!
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) August 19, 2016
Carolina Marin of Spain defeated PV Sindhu of India in a close contest. Marin is the world champion but Sindhu, the young Indian, made her nation proud and became an inspiration for many.
Great Britain won their first ever gold in women’s field hockey. The team was impressive throughout but had to surpass a tough challenge posed by a composed Dutch side. The defending champions were an inch away from clinching their third consecutive gold but the Brits snatched it away from them. Nonetheless, gold well served!
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) August 19, 2016
That’s all from today, and USA is still flying high at the top with a standout lead, while Great Britain and China are done with the chase, opting to compete in a battle of their own. Two days to go, will the Brits finish above the Chinese?
Rio Olympics Day 13
Day 13 of Rio 2016 brought lot to cheer about, especially for countries like Jordan and Iran. The rising star of taekwondo, Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin is not only the youngest Iranian athlete to win an Olympic medal but also the first Iranian women to do so. Her bronze in 57kg-class will serve as an inspiration for many Iranian female athletes to come. Amazing feat!
Moving ahead, the thread of surprises in taekwondo was not over as Jordon got its first ever Olympic gold medal thanks to Ahmad Abughaush, who was competing against the Russian, Alexey Denisenko in 68kg. The 20 year old was the last man standing. A national hero, Abughaush!
In the women’s 57kg category, the defending champion, Jade Jones, was up against Spain’s Eva Calvo Gomez. After a thrilling second round performance, Jones stole the top position. The Olympic crown retained!
— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 19, 2016
The Jamaican thunder Bolt has been sensational so far and is now closing on his “triple triple” finale. Last night, he got his hands on the second gold of the games in the 200m and that too with a convincing margin. Jamaica’s greatest export has now his eyes set on being the greatest of all time.
2008: 100m gold🏅200m gold🏅
2012: 100m gold🏅 200m gold🏅
2016: 100m gold🏅 200m gold🏅
The greatest ever. pic.twitter.com/7HQuGcZZwC
— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) August 19, 2016
Its Ashton Eaton again, the reigning champion in the Decathlon, is now the first man to defend his Olympic crown in Decathlon. The American sealed the show with his amazing performance in the 1550m, finishing the decathlon with 8893 points and tying the Olympic record. In the women’s 400m hurdle, Dalilah Muhammed sealed the gold for team USA. Ryan Crouser’s throw to setup a new Olympic record sums up the memorable night for USA in track and field.
Heading to the basketball court, it’s no surprise that team USA will take on Spain in the semifinal of men’s competition but the women side will face the Spanish challenge in the final though. Team USA has been impressive so far but French made it difficult for them in the semis, scoring the second highest score against USA so far. However, the girls from USA showed their class and now have their eyes set on gold.
Day 13 brought more success for Japan in wrestling, as Risako Kawai won gold in women’s 63kg category but she’ll be remembered for her interesting celebration. After winning the bout, the wrestler smacked her coach on the floor in an epic manner. Interesting way to express joy!
Last night was celebration time but had some controversies as well. Team USA qualified for the women’s 4*100m final but after a bizarre re-run. In the qualifying heat, Allyson Felix suffered lane intrusion from the Brazilian runner that resulted in baton drop. However, the authorities took notice and USA had to re-run while the Brazilians were disqualified.
Day before yesterday, Kaori Icho of Japan achieved a remarkable landmark by becoming the first athlete in the history to won four consecutive gold medals in a completion. Last night, Saori Yoshida had her eyes set on equalizing the record of her compatriot but she was in tears after losing to Helen Maroulis of USA in the 53kg final. The 13-time Olympic champion was shocked and it was quite apparent on podium as well because taking silver medal was rather heavy for her.
— USA Wrestling (@USAWrestling) August 19, 2016
It’s great to see how field hockey has transformed over the years and those once termed as minnows, have improved a lot. The latest example is Argentina winning the Olympic gold beating Belgium in a thrilling final.
Ren Qian of China is only 15 years old and is now an Olympic champion. The athlete dived for gold in women’s 10m platform diving, giving a splendid start to her career. Amazing achievement for the teenager!
Finally, good news for local fans as Brazil has won its second gold in sailing thanks to an amazing show by Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze in the 49er FX skiff sailing final. Cuba also won its first gold of Rio Olympic games 2016. Cuba's Julio Cesar La Cruz danced around the ring against Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov to claim his first Olympic gold through a unanimous vote.
Serbia has showcased an amazing display of temperament against USA to reach the volleyball final. The Serbs created history and shocked the world by defeating the world number 1. You now know who the hot favorite is!
Japan now has 12 gold medals in their tally, as Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi have won the women’s doubles in table tennis defeating Denmark. For Team Great Britain, Brownlee Brothers did their country proud. Alistair retained his Olympic triathlon crown while his brother Johnny had the second spot.
— Olympics (@Olympics) August 18, 2016
It was an amazing night at Rio with emotions, controversies, and jubilation all around. However, team USA is still leading the charts while Great Britain and China have started a competition on their own, sitting at the second and third spot respectively.
Rio Olympics Day 12
Day 12 kicked off with the most anticipated event of the day, men’s 200m semi-finals, because it featured Usain Bolt. The fastest man on earth cruised to victory, edging a step closer to triple. He has his eyes set on three consecutive Olympic golds this time as well. The perfect sign-off for the immortal!
Despite the chants for Bolt, team USA stole the show in track and field events. At first, the US trio made a clean sweep in the 100m women’s hurdle, claiming the gold, silver and bronze. Ali, Rollins and Catlin made the medal frenzy day even more special for team USA. Tianna Bartoletta and Brittney Reese kept the US flag high by sealing the gold and silver respectively in long-jump. Bartoletta, the current world champion, is now an Olympic champion as well with her impressive 7m17 jump.
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) August 18, 2016
The new Jamaican sprinting sensation, Elaine Thompson, added another triumph to her tally by winning the women’s 200m sprint. She has been blazing fast in Rio 2016 and has already secured two gold medals, defining Jamaica’s supremacy in sprint. Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya won the gold in men’s 3000m steeplechase keeping the tradition alive. Kenya has won every gold medal in steeplechase event of Olympics for the past 21 years.
In men’s basketball, the stage was set for quarterfinals and the last three out of four spots were decided. Talking about the powerhouse, USA sailed past Argentina with a convincing margin. The final score was 105-78. In the other ties, Australia surpassed the challenge posed by Lithuania without a glint, while Spain thrashed France in almost a one-sided affair. Let’s see who succeeds in claiming the last spot, Croatia or Serbia. The talking point is Spain meeting USA in the semis, now that’s going to be a thriller.
On to the semifinals!
— ESPN (@espn) August 17, 2016
Good news for Brazilians as the home side demolished Honduras with a hefty margin 6-0. Neymar scores the fastest ever Olympic goal after just 14 seconds. They are now into the final and guess who they are going to meet there, Germany! The world champions wasted no time in scoring two goals to take an early lead against Nigeria, giving their opponents no chance to settle down. With revenge reigning supreme, a gripping final is expected between the two nations as the Brazilian nation is still lurching from the 7-1 humiliation. Will the revenge be sweet or served ice cold?
Brazil 6-0 Honduras FT:
Neymar and Gabriel Jesus both score twice as the hosts reach the Olympics final in style. pic.twitter.com/1TbmRR0Qg8
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 17, 2016
History was made by the Japanese! The reigning wrestling champion of Japan and the current Olympic champion, Kaori Icho, made history by winning the 58kg final in women’s wrestling. The Japanese iron lady is now the only athlete in the history of Olympic Games to defend her crown on three different occasions making it four Olympic golds in a row for her. Remarkable achievement indeed! That wasn’t it for Japan as Eri Tosaka also won the gold in 48kg bout making it two golds in a day for Japan. The supremacy is retained!
Heading towards women’s field hockey, girls from Great Britain will play against Netherlands in the final tomorrow. Great Britain surpassed New Zealand in the semis to reach the final for the first time in history. London 2012 bronze medalists have their aims set on the gold this time.
— Great Britain Hockey (@_GBHockey) August 18, 2016
Stumbling of Mo Farah, gender verification of Caster Semenya and the loneliness of the sole Russian athlete in track and field were among the hot discussions of last night. Not to forget, Simone Biles is living her dream as she was seen enjoying some junk food and receiving a kiss on cheek from her crush, Zac Efron. The real show of sportsmanship was witnessed last night when Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand stumbled during her 5000m qualifying and instead of avoiding her competitor, D'Agostino of USA, she helped her rival get up and continue. Such moments are quite rare in such competitions but this proves that humanity is still a better medal served than any gold. D'Agostino, despite having the ankle injury, completed the race where Hamblin was waiting for her. What an emotional moment it was.
American Abbey D'Agostino (Tore ACL) & New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin help each other finish the race after colliding. pic.twitter.com/2vpxPnY5bW
— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) August 17, 2016
All in all, it was a great night at Rio and coming up are the news from BMX Cycling and women’s golf as the events went underway today. USA is leading the medal tally while Great Britain and China are in the chase, sitting on the second and third spot respectively.
Rio Olympics Day 11
Last night at Rio 2016, Brazil’s journey for gold ended in disappointment. It was devastating for the local crowd as fans as the respective teams failed to succeed at Volleyball and Football too. It was without a doubt an unpleasant night that will not be forgotten easily.
— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 16, 2016
At first, it was the women's football team that suffered a shocking semi-final exit, losing 4-3 on penalties to a determined Swedish side which defeated the reigning champions in the quarter-finals. And then, the crowd was stunned at the Volleyball arena to see their team lose to China. A quarter-final exit for the defending champions was not something that could be digested easily. A bitter blow for Brazil nonetheless. However, the night had some pleasant surprises for the home crowd as one of their locals, Robson Conceicao, won the first gold for his country in lightweight boxing. He has proven to be more than an inspiration to many.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 17, 2016
For the cycling event, you can never see a team better than that of Team Great Britain. The Brits have been brilliant so far and have 12 gold medals so far, the same number they won back during the Olympics held in London 2012. Comparatively, only Netherlands have come this close with 10 medals out which 5 are gold. Additionally, the team won 2 more gold medals last night leveraging exceptional performances from Jason Kenny and her fiancee Laura Trott who are going to marry in September. The Golden couple has been on a roll and have been the pillars of strength for team GB. Now the real question here is whether or not team GB can be overcome.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 17, 2016
4th gold for Biles! Who has showcased her astounding skills and is now recognized to be one of the greatest gymnast of all time. On day 11, Simone Biles proved her worth by winning her 4th Olympic gold in her last bid. She now has four gold medals and one bronze medal breaking the 22 year record. Simply incredible! Also, Amy Tinkler who is the youngest athlete in Team Great Britain, has won a bronze medal, thus adding great value to the team.
Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev is now an Olympic champion after defeating the 10-time world champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan in Parallel bars. The 22-yearold did not stumble and is leaving Rio with gold around his neck.
Heading towards the field, was Christian Taylor who sealed the gold for USA in triple jump. Though the reigning champion failed to break the world record, but he is still going down as the greatest athlete in jump. The most talked and anticipated athlete of this era, Usain Bolt completed his heat in 200m with a qualifying margin, but that really doesn’t matter for him as he saved his breath for where it matters the most.
However, another Jamaican stole the show, as Omar McLeod grabbed gold in 110m hurdle and his excitement revealed how overwhelming it is to be an Olympic champion. Party hard dude, you’ve earned it!
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon hailing from Kenya stretched hard in the last lap to take the gold in 1500m. It was first Olympic gold as she celebrated it with tears of joy.
Derek Drouin turned his bronze from London 2012 to gold this time in men’s high jump competition. The Canadian made no mistake to seal the top spot of the podium.
Argentina’s Santiago Lange is going down as another great story in Olympics history as the 54-year old won his first gold medal in Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull sailing race. Being the oldest competitor in the games, Lange recently defeated cancer to outdo himself and others at the Olympics. Incredible! Also, China’s Yuan Cao dived his way to gold in men’s 3m springboard final keeping China’s tally increasing.
— CNN (@CNN) August 17, 2016
As for Russia, the sole competitor in filed and track from the country is out in the cold. The doping charges have cost Russia greatly.
On the other hand, another proposal was made at the games, this time it being initiated by William Claye, who proposed his girlfriend right away after winning triple jump for USA. Quite the lucky guy.
That’s it from today as USA is still leading the medal tally, while Great Britain and China are battling it out for the second spot. Let’s see if Great Britain can finish ahead of China for the first time. 5 more days to go!
Rio Olympics Day 10
Another exciting day was witnessed at Rio 2016, as the focus was on two major superstars, Simone Biles and Usain Bolt. The Jamaican Thunderbolt enjoyed his triumphant return by winning the third consecutive gold in 100m, while the American gymnast was eyeing a record 5 Olympic gold medals. Unfortunately, Biles couldn’t accomplish that as a slip summed up her record and she had to settle for a bronze. But there wasn’t any disappoint as she was positive to compete and lose to a better opponent. A true display of competitive sprit!
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) August 16, 2016
It was all track and field on day 10 with controversies, bad weather and a local hero dominating the headlines. The local boy, Thiago Braz da Silva, made history by defeating the reigning champion and the world record holder, Renaud Lavillenie, in Pole Vault competition. The Brazilian not only snatched the gold from Renaud but also broke the champions previous best to set a new world record. The crowd cheered for the local boy for bringing home gold medal for Brazil in athletics. Outstanding achievement!
In women 400m, the show was filled with drama as Shaunae Miller held the gold despite stumbling. Despite the injury, Miller did not compromise on her celebration and enjoyed every bit of it. Moving ahead, it was David Rudisha who successfully defended his Olympic gold in men’s 800m to become the only man to do so after Peter Snell in 1964. The enthusiastic Kenyan opened his strides and gave his opponents no chance to step ahead of him. The qualifying heats of 110m hurdle will spot the athletes race again as the organizers called the day off due to worsening weather conditions.
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) August 16, 2016
Russians are still not welcome at Rio! The Russian boxer, Evgeny Tishchenko, won the gold medal in men’s 91kg heavyweight but was booed by the audience continuously. Don’t worry lad, you have the Olympic medal around your neck – that is all that really matters!
Elia Viviani of Italy sealed the gold in Omnium after Mark Cavendish of Great Britain collided with the South Korean rider, forcing the injured Korean to leave the arena on stretcher with an oxygen mask.
In women’s field hockey, three semifinalists were decided with Great Britain set to take on New Zealand, while Germany will either play Argentina or Holland.
Simone Biles failed to secure her 4th consecutive gold in the Olympic Games as she fell short in women’s balance team and had to settle for a bronze only. The gold went to Sanne Wevers of Netherland but Biles has been sensational throughout. The moment she slipped, the dream to take home the 5th gold medal was over. Si Gwang Ri got his country their second gold medal of the games with topping the podium in men’s individual vault competition. Also, the reigning world champion in gymnastics rings event added an Olympic gold to his medal tally and inspired his country to their 2nd gold of the games.
The British dressage queen, Charlotte Dujardin, added one more gold medal to her country’s tally making Great Britain’s weekend worth remembering. 16th gold for Great Britain and she won that in some style!
Roman Vlasov wrote another great story of the Olympic Games as the Russian was almost unconscious in the semis but came from behind to seal the gold.
Talking about Bolt and Biles and ignoring Anita Wlodarczyk is no way fair. The great Polish athlete is the best in hammer-throw and is now closing on breaking men’s world record. She is simply unstoppable and with a gold and new world record, she is now the greatest competitor in the sport.
And finally, it was the first Olympic gold for Bahrain! Ruth Jebet won the gold medal in women's 3000m steeplechase final. The 19 year old fell just short of breaking the world record but still celebrated like there was no tomorrow!
Rio Olympics Day 9
If you were watching Olympics on Sunday, then you were blessed with witnessing history in the making! A historic night was concluded yesterday making it the most momentous day of Rio Olympic Games 2016 so far. The best in the world, Usain Bolt, heated up the arena with his lightning-fast performance. He won the 100m race and made it 3 gold medals in a row. Immortality defined! He wasted no time in sharing his joy posting an immediate message on social media applauding his fans in Jamaica.
Bolt was not the only one to make history but there was another superstar in making. Simone Biles showcased an absolute clinic display in vault claiming her third Olympic gold medal. Only two more to go and she will be the greatest American gymnast of all time.
— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 14, 2016
For the first time in the history of Olympic Games, two South Americans finished one-two. Caterine Ibarguen representing Colombia secured the gold in women’s triple-jump while Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela settled for silver.
Another world record was created on track as Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa not just won the gold medal but also broke the 17-year-old record of Michael Johnson. Well done!
As the day was progressing, records in the history books were being broken left, right and center. Andy Murray also played his part in rubbing the history books by winning the Olympic gold in individual tennis and becoming the only player to retain his crown. In the mixed doubles final, it was an all American affair but Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock stood tall winning the Olympic gold beating the compatriots Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram. Venus is now the most decorated tennis player of modern Olympic surpassing her sister Serena. In women’s doubles, it was Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina from Russia who won the gold.
— British Tennis (@BritishTennis) August 15, 2016
A guaranteed gold medal for Giles Scott in men’s Finn class who had an unassailable lead – but how unfortunate as he won’t be able to receive the gold until Thursday. It has been a splendid week for Great Britain and adding more joy was Justin Rose who secured the first Olympic medal in gold in 112 years. Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner sealed gold and silver for Britain in velodrome. Max Whitlock also added two more gold medals to Great Britain’s tally winning gold in floor exercise and pommel horse. It was the first time that Great Britain won gold in gymnastic – and that too, two in an hour. Party time for the Brits!
Cuba also had their share of medals as Ismael Borrero Molina secured the first medal for his country in 59kg wrestling defeating the tough Shinobu Ota of Japan. In fencing, it was Ukraine’s men’s epee team who defeated the Russians in the quarterfinal to take revenge of the women’s team defeat in saber’s team final last night. Kenya also secured gold in women’s marathon thanks to some outstanding display by Jemima Jelagat Sumgong, who also broke the world record on her way to Olympic gold.
What a day it was and the excitement just keeps getting intense as the days are progressing. USA is leading the medal tally but will there be a full stop?
Rio Olympics Day 8
A splendid evening in Rio ended bidding farewell to one of the greatest athletes of all time, Michael Phelps. With 23 gold medals around his neck, Michael Phelps said goodbye to his Olympic career by winning gold in his last attempt. The end of an Era, truly! Also, it was another day of US dominance in the pool as the country grabbed two more gold medals in 4*100m medley relay in both women’s and men’s events. USA is now the first and the only country to have 1000 Olympic gold medals. Michael Phelps played the anchor’s role in men’s event while Simone Manual led the women’s team to the Olympic glory. Coming straight from the pool, Pernille Blume of Denmark won the gold medal in 50m freestyle, just a fraction ahead of USA’s Simone Manual. It was gold for Italy as well in 1500m freestyle as Gregorio Paltrinieri sealed the Olympic glory for his country.
Straight from the tennis court; ladies and gentleman please mark this name Monica Puig, a girl from Puerto Rico, ranking below par, now an Olympic champion. What a memorable night for Monica and all the people from Puerto Rico. It was the first time in the history of the games that an athlete hailing from Puerto Rico stood at the top of the podium.
The athletic arena was set on fire with Usain Bolt walking in; however, it was Nafissatou Thiam who was on fire. The Belgian won the gold in the heptathlon creating history and was excited and emotional after winning the accolade. Elaine Thompson of Jamaica is now the fastest sprinter in the world after winning the women 100m battle. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was in search of her third consecutive gold but was denied by her compatriot with a blistering run.
Moving ahead, it was Jeff Henderson who topped the podium after registering a huge jump in the long jump competition, securing another gold medal for USA. It was a close call! The excitement was huge as the fans were waiting anxiously for Bolt but there was someone else who was busy creating history. Mo Farah won the 10,000m race to retain his Olympic gold and become the first British field athlete to win 3 gold medals in Olympics.
The stage was set and it was Iran’s Sohrab Moradi who left the arena with a gold medal around his neck. The Iranian weightlifter raised the bar high to secure the gold in 94kg competition. It was Russia all over in the women’s saber final defeating Ukraine comfortably to run away with the Olympic gold. It’s now the 6th gold medal for the Russians. USA won the bronze but created history by doing so as it was the first medal in the event for USA since 2008 but also Ibtihaj Muhammad, the only American athlete to wear the hijab, is now an Olympic bronze medalist as well.
In cycling, Team GB is running high and another gold medal is expected since Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner both have qualified for the men’s sprint final. Team GB also defended their gold medal in women’s team pursuit outclassing their opponents, USA, in the final. In women’s keirin, it was Elis Ligtlee hailing from Netherland who won the gold medal. The Dutch registered a strong display to hold off all her competitors before the finishing line.
Good news for the local fans as Brazil is heading to the semi-final in men’s football. Neymar was on the score sheet as Brazil tackled their neighbors Colombia easily to reach the last four. Eyes set on Olympic gold! However, a disappointing result appeared for the local fans as Brazil lost to Argentina in a thrilling encounter of basketball. So far the best match of the competition!
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 14, 2016
Gabriele Rossetti won the 2nd gold for Italy in skeet shooting. Good golden days for Italy. In rowing, the dominance is still not clear but it was a hard fought day for the athletes. Kim Brennan won the gold in women’s individual scull, while Team GB secured one more in men’s team pursuit. In the men’s single sculls rowing finale, a disputed gold is yet to be settled since New Zealand and Croatia crossed the line together. Who will walk away with the gold remains to be decided!
Well, the most vital news of the day has to be Usain Bolt as he won his heat in some fashion, showing no signs of competition. A great day indeed! New records, new champions and excitement at its peak! There’s lot more for tomorrow so stay tuned. So far, USA stands tall at the medal tally followed by Great Britain and China.
Rio Olympics Day 7
Friday, August 12, 2016, was a day full of surprises at Rio 2016. It would not be wrong to say that it was the most exciting day of Rio Olympic Games 2016, as it was filled with drama, excitement, shockers and much more. Let’s begin with the revival of a tennis star, Rafael Nadal. The man who had broken his wrist two months ago, and had joined the Olympic party with no preparation, is now an Olympic gold medalist. The Spaniard won the Olympic gold in men’s double final and added one more medal to his country’s tally. Great to see the king of clay back in action.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 13, 2016
Also, the track was all set to raise the temperatures and Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana wasted no time in creating a sensational world record, winning the first athletic gold in Rio 2016. Oh, not to forget, China sealed both the gold and the silver medal in Olympic 20km race. Wang Zhen kept his nerves in the tiring journey and crossed the line adding one more gold medal to his country’s tally. USA also won their first gold in athletics leveraging Michelle Carter’s outstanding display of strength in women’s shot-put.
Team Great Britain showcased extraordinary display of strength on water last night stealing the greatest prize in rowing once again. It’s five in a row for team GB in men’s coxless fours now. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning also added a delight in Team GB’s camp with gold in women’s pair event and successfully defended their Olympic glory. Jérémie Azou and Pierre Houin rocked the show with their remarkable performance in men’s lightweight double sculls, confirming gold for France. The European champions are now the Olympic champions – tremendous achievement in their first attempt. However, Ilse Paulis and Maaike Head of Netherlands sealed the gold in women’s light weight double sculls showcasing a grueling charge to victory.
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) August 12, 2016
Heading towards women’s soccer, it was a night no one can forget. The defenders of the gold and 3-time world champions, USA, were dethroned by the resilient Swedish. A miserable display of football from USA! In the next quarter-final, the home team was up against the Australian super-girls. However, after an exciting and ruthless display on the field, the match was decided on penalties where the Aussies missed the decisive penalty allowing the Brazilians to go through. A sigh of relief for Brazil!
Michael Phelps was in search of his 23rd gold medal but had to settle for silver in men’s 100m butterfly due to a splendid display by Singapore’s Joseph Schooling. Once a fan, now a champion – Schooling defeated his all time favorite to create history. What a feeling it is to beat the man you grew up admiring. Despite the fact that Phelps failed in his last attempt, it was a great night for team USA. The team collected 3 out of 4 gold medals to set the bars even higher for the next time. First it was Madeleine Dirado who won the gold in women’s 200m breaststroke and then it was incredible Ledecky who sealed the show in women’s 800m freestyle. 5th gold for Ledecky in Rio 2016, a successful outing for her! Not to forget Dirado’s run as she stole the gold from the iron lady, Hosszu, from Hungry. Wow, that’s an achievement in its own! Adding one more to the glory, it was Anthony Ervin won the gold in 50m freestyle becoming the oldest Olympic champion in pool at the age of 35. Sheer dominance from Team USA, expendables!
Cyclist Bradley Wiggins is now the most decorated Olympian hailing from Great Britain with 5 gold medals. Wiggins along with team GB displayed an outstanding display in men’s team pursuit defeating the world champions Australia in a nail-biting final. Gold and a kiss from his wife, a night to remember for Wiggins! In the women’s event, it was the Chinese who dominated and left the arena with gold.
Some athletes cry on the podium
Some belt out the anthem
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 13, 2016
Gold for France in Judo as Teddy Riner defeated Hisayoshi Harasawa of Japan in a hard fought quest for gold. Bonchan Ku representing South Korea won the gold in individual Archery to strengthen his country’s dominance in the sport. North Korea also won a gold medal in Weightlifting and it was Russia who secured gold in team foil fencing after a straggling battle with France.
It was an exciting day overall with some new world records. Dreams were accomplished and upsets were witnessed. USA is still leading the leader board but for how long?
Rio Olympics Day 6
It was an amazing spectacle of sports at Rio as day 6 showcased some unbelievable and overwhelming results. Congrats to Fiji, a rugby crazy nation, on winning their first gold medal in the games. Fiji is known as a strong competitor in the sport but failed to impress at international arena. However, the story was not the same in Rio. Time to celebrate for islanders as the gold is coming home.
Since day 1, the pool has brought exceptional results keeping the excitement at par. Day 6 again displayed brilliant results as Michael Phelps won his 22nd gold in men’s 200m individual medley. What an amazing performer he has been so far and is now the most successful Olympic athlete of all time. Not many are aware but Phelps has now broken the 2,000 years old record and if someone has to break his record it might take another 2000 years. Hats off to a legend! A unique history was created in pool as two gold medals were won in one event and two different national anthems were played at the podium. It was Simone Manuel, from USA, and Canada’s Penny Oleksiak, touched the wall at the same time. Quite unusual but it was the second time in Olympic history a dead heat was witnessed.
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) August 12, 2016
The American wonder girl, Simone Biles, is not an athlete anymore but a celebrity now. On day 6, the exciting gymnast led team USA to Olympic glory followed by a gold medal performance in women’s’ individual event. An all-time classic display of gymnastic!
Olympic welcomed golf for the first time and it was Great Britain’s Justin Rose who was in the spotlight on the first day in the event. Incidentally, he was ignored by major PGA stars. The Englishmen put the ball in the hole from 189-yard. The time he knocked the ball, spectators went crazy chanting, it’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! He is currently sitting on the 4th place behind the leader Marcus Fraser of Australia.
South Korea dominated in the Archery and succeeded in retaining their supremacy on day 6 as well. Chang Hye-jin added one more gold medal to her country’s medal tally by winning the women’s individual event. Same goes for Ma Long of China who won the gold in the men’s individual table tennis event. China also won Women's Team Epee to enter the double figures in gold.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 12, 2016
Canoe Slalom event had some exciting results on day 6. Slovakia claimed the gold in Men's Canoe Double, while Spain’s Maialen Chourraut won gold in Women's Kayak. A blazing night was witnessed at the judo arena where Lukas Krpalek of Czech Republic won the gold in men’s 100kg, while Kayla Harrison of United States outclassed her opponents in women’s 78kg. Tremendous stuff from the pitcher! Team Great Britain also won the gold in team spirit event of track cycling. The British are raising the bar!
Major sprints were seen in the rowing event, which was at full swing last night. Germany dominated the event with two gold medals in both men and women quad sculls. Unstoppable! Croatia stole the limelight in men’s double sculls while in the men’s lightweight men’s four it was the Swiss who topped the podium. In men’s pairs event, the kiwis kept their nerves to run away with the gold while in women’s double sculls, the Polish girls crossed the line before the rest.
— Embassy of Poland US (@PolishEmbassyUS) August 11, 2016
That’s all from the sports but it was also quite a disturbing night as Dirk van Tichelt of Belgium made the evening worse by getting into a fight with hotel workers. The two boxers accused of rape attempt were released but the authorities said that the inquiry is not over. The dark eye is still in Rio. Anyways, USA leads the medal tally with 16 gold medals followed by China with 11. It seems that the race is almost over, but let’s just wait as the unexpected can happen anytime.
Rio Olympics Day 5
South Korea is enjoying a dream run in Rio 2016 as their athletes are demonstrating exceptional talent. The third consecutive gold medal by Jon Jongoh in men’s 50m pistol has placed South Korea third on the table. The most iconic moment of the summer Olympic Games came when gymnasts Lee Eun-Ju, 17, from South Korea took a picture with Hong Un Jong, 27, from North Korea. Surprisingly it won’t please many back home in North!
— 9GAG (@9GAG) August 9, 2016
Karen Armstrong, 43, the supermom, is now the most decorated female athlete in road cycling with her recent glory in Rio 2016 road cycling event. The entire stadium was in tears; emotional moment indeed!
Moving ahead, we saw Michael Jung saying goodbye to Rio with a gold and silver medal to his name. It was mission accomplished for the German equestrian who took his Olympic medal tally to 3 gold medals.
The rivalry between the Russian, Efimova, and American, Lilly King, is still hot and burning as both the athletes will face-off again in women’s 200m breaststroke final. This is the final chance for Efimova to equalize the scores with her rival.
From men’s football, good news for Brazilian fans as the home team clinched their first victory of the tournament by defeating Denmark 4-0. A sigh of relief finally! This wasn’t it as their neighboring rivals, Argentina were booted out after drawing their last game 1-1 against Honduras. Joy for Brazil!
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) August 11, 2016
Great news for Brits as their team secured their second gold medal of the games, thanks to Joe Clark, who won gold in men's K-1 kayaking slalom. This wasn’t it as day 5 proved to be vital for team GB. After Joe, it was Chris Mears and Jack Laugher who dived for gold in men’s synchronized 3m diving taking the medal tally to 3.
The Chinese, Xiang Yanmei, won the gold in women’s 69kg weightlifting despite the injury concerns. Way to go young lady.
Day 5 proved to be a golden day for Japan. Kohei Uchimura successfully defended his London 2012 crown in gymnastic becoming the first man to do so since 1972. The real joy emerged when Mashu Baker and Haruka Tachimoto topped the podium in their respective categories in judo but failed to impress for long.
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A surprising ending was witnessed when Lyu Xiaojun of China broke the world record beating his previous, but it was Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan who clinched the gold as he was the lighter man. Fortune favors the brave, first gold for Kazakhstan!
Heading towards the pool; Australia found its new Olympic hero, Kyle Chamers, who won gold in the men’s 100m freestyle becoming the first Australian to claim the glory since 1968. Katie Ledecky is living up to the expectations as she played the anchor role in Team USA’s 4*200 women’s freestyle victory. Nothing less can be expected from the magnificent swimmer. Mireia Belmonte García of Spain won the gold in women’s 200m butterfly.
Moving to basketball, the powerhouse, Team USA, escaped defeat only through a narrow margin as they clinched a close victory against Australia. The scores were 98-88!
The major highlight of the day was the first independent medal and it was claimed by Fehaid Al Deehani in men’s double trap. He represented Kuwait in London 2012 Olympics.
Disappointing news came from the tennis court because of rain disrupting scheduled proceedings. On the other hand, the mystery of green pool is still not solved.
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) August 10, 2016
Mixed results from day 5 but positive vibes appeared to rule the social media. At the end of day 5, it was again USA leading the table with 11 gold medals followed by China with 10. The extravaganza is expected to pick up heat in the coming days, so stay connected.
Rio Olympics Day 4
Day 4 of Rio 2016 belonged to team USA as their ever-shining star Michael Phelps won another gold medal for them. With two more gold medals on day 4, Michael Phelps is now the most decorated athlete the world has ever seen. A prolific run in 200m butterfly took his tally to 20, while another win in 4*200 team relay made it 21. He now holds 25 Olympic medals, greatest of all time! This wasn’t it for Team USA as Katy Ledecky continued her dream run with her second gold in the games. The 19-year old stunned her opponents with a memorable swim in 200m freestyle. Such an exceptional talent she is. Overall it was a memorable day at pool with the ”Iron Lady”, Katinka Hosszu, winning her third gold medal in 200m medley. The Hungarian also broke the world the record in her chase for the gold. She is making her Rio 2016 experience worth remembering. That’s all from the pool where the Americans dominated day 4.
Jubilation for China as Shi Zhiyong won the men's 69kg weightlifting title. In women’s football, team USA, the hot favorites to win the gold, were held back by the impressive Colombian side with a late equalizer. It has been a great night with some really disappointing results. Yesterday, it was Novak Djokovic who left Rio with utter disappointment and now it’s Serena Williams who will be saying goodbye to Rio after her 3rd round loss in individual event. She had already lost the opening tie in women’s doubles. Her dream to retain the Olympic gold is over now. Shocking end to her reign! Although all the top seeds are out of Rio 2016, Nadal is continuing his impressive run and now has to face Giles Simon of France to book a place in the Quarter-finals. The Iranian flag bearer, Zahra Nemati, is the only athlete who will be competing in Olympics and Paralympics this year. The 31-year-old athlete representing Iran in individual archery, lost her tie against the Russian opponent despite being backed by the crowd. We salute her efforts!
In gymnastics, it was Team USA once again who won the gold in women’s team event powered by some strong performance by the “Fierce Five”, led by Simone Biles. The amazing display by team USA was not ordinary but out of this world. Khasan Khalmurzaev of Russia won the third gold medal for his country. Despite receiving strong opposition from the crowd, it’s hard for Russian athletes to deliver their greatest display yet some have proved the odds wrong. It was a proud moment for Khalmurzaev as he was in tears after winning his first gold in 81kg judo. South Korea landed another gold medal, this time in men’s epee final. Sangyoung Park registered a memorable comeback to by going 14-9 down and scoring six consecutive points claiming the gold for his country. Now that was intense! Tina Trstenjak won the first gold medal for Slovenia in Rio 2016 representing her country in 63kg judo. She couldn’t hold her emotions after winning. Justified!
The 62kg weightlifter form China, Deng Wei, lifted 147kg not just to win the gold but also to set a new world record. Impressive stuff from the Chinese, bravo! Greek Anna Korakaki won the women's 25m pistol final adding another gold-plated win to her country’s bucket. Well, talking about men’s football, there’s something seriously wrong with the Brazilian side as the host and the hot favorites led by the impressive Neymar were held 0-0 in their second consecutive tie, and this time it was Iraq. The nightmare is prevailing! The home crowd was vocal at the basketball court backing their side that showcased an impressive display against the favorites Spain. The Brazilian side overcame the Spanish challenge giving the local crowd something to cheer about.
With lots of going around, Germany and France also won their first gold medals in men’s fencing while the Nigerian rower made history by becoming the first athlete from her nation to compete in the event. Some disappointing headlines also made news as a bus full of reporters and journalists was attacked by some unhappy fans. Jubilance, disappointments, and booing; it all happened on the day with Team USA holding on to their top stop with 9 gold medals followed by China with 8.
Rio Olympics Day 3
World records, proposals, grudges, glory and much more – day 3 of Rio 2016 was quite exciting to say the least. However, it was also a sad day for those supporting Djokovic as his Rio 2016 journey came to an abrupt end when he lost his first match in men’s doubles. Del Porto also had a shocking day as he also lost his doubles match after a stunning victory over Novak Djokovic yesterday. Serena Williams kept her chase for gold alive after winning her singles match convincingly. It was all grudge between the two prolific swimmers, Lilly King and Yulia Efimova, where King emerged from the pool as the eventual winner. The Chinese, Sun Yang, won gold for his country but it turned out to be a controversial win after being blamed for doping. However, it was Katinka Hosszu who defined her supremacy in the pool. The Hungarian already has two gold medals around her neck and won the semifinal bout of 200m individual medley too. The shocker of the day came when Michael Phelps was held by a 19-yearold Hungarian, Tamas Kenderesi, in men’s200m semifinal.
The NBA powerhouse, US, registered a comfortable win against Venezuela. The star-studded side defeated their opponents with a convincing margin. The women side also displayed beautiful game on the court defeating Spain 103-63 concluding a successful day for team USA on court. Oscar Figueroa Mosquera won the first gold for his country in 62kg weightlifting. The Colombian veteran was in tears after winning the gold and announced his retirement immediately. An emotional moment indeed! In the rugby sevens, it was the Aussies who proved their worth by defeating their neighbors, New Zealand, in the final. The girls went for the gold and held it hard but the Haka performance by the kiwis was a treat for their fans who had to settle for silver. Canada claimed the bronze and it was their first medal in the event. History was made! In other news, it was Yana Egorian who claimed the gold in the saber final. Shohei Ono, the Japanese weightlifter, won the gold in the 72kg category. On the other hand, Sukanya Srisurat of Thailand won gold in 58kg weightlifting. Rafaela Silva became the first Brazilian to win gold in Rio 2016 Judo event. Lin Yue and Chen Aisen, the Chinese duo, won the gold in men's 10m synchronized event adding another into their tally.
Despite all the news about gold in the air, some interesting and disappointing news made the headlines as well. Another rape attempt was observed as a boxer attempted to rape the house keeper. Love blossomed when Rio 2016 volunteer Marjorie Enya proposed to Brazil rugby sevens player, Isadora Cerullo, after the final and thankfully, she said yes! And not to forget the fans also saw a glimpse of Usain Bolt as he appeared for the first time in front of the media. Day 3 has been exciting and we expect the same level of excitement in the coming days as well.
Rio Olympics Day 2
Rio Olympics 2016 is in full swing and the medal tally is changing every day. The medal game is getting strong, pumping the athletes to give their best shot. On the first day, it was the Aussies who dominated the ladder board but things changed drastically at the end of day 2 as USA once again captured the top spot with 12 medals followed by China with 8. Both the superpowers have grabbed 3 gold medals each. Lest look at some of the major highlights from day 2 that made the news. In the preliminary round of women basketball, the Americans displayed their dominance by thrashing Senegal 121-56. Unlike the men’s side, the women side is more composed and have familiar faces from WNBA since no comprises was made on the selection of the team. The team is looking strong and dominant and is expected to attain the glory without any hindrance. The South Korean’s continued their strong run in Archery as the team secured the gold in women’s archery team event. The Italians also showcased their A-game on the second day by securing 2 gold medals in Judo and Fencing. Fabio Basile kept his nerve in men’s judo 145 lbs. category, adding the first gold to his country’s tally, while Daniele Garozzo doubled the number by securing gold in men’s fencing foil event.
— European Judo Union (@europeanjudo) August 7, 2016
Simone Biles once again proved that she is the best gymnast in the world by qualifying for the main round in floor, beam and vault. The Chinese, Long Qingquan secured the glory for his nation in the men’s 123 lbs. weightlifting. The day has seen nothing outstanding but the return of the prince, Michael Phelps in the pool, however, excited the fans. The US started their dominance in the pool once again by claiming 2 gold medals from the designated 4 on day 2. Michael Phelps won the gold in 4*100 freestyle relay increasing his Olympic tally to 19. In the women’s 400 m freestyle, Kathleen Ledecky made the new world record and also added gold to her country’s medal tally. Adam Peaty of Great Britain also scored a new world record in men’s 100 m breaststroke on his way to secure the gold medal. Sarah Sjostrom also placed herself on top of the podium in women’s100 m butterfly. The Swedish wonder girl was expected to bring gold to her country and she proved the anticipators right by her performance. There were some shocking results in the tennis court as Novak Djokovic was eliminated in the first round of men’s individual event, while the Williams sisters also lost their way after securing three consecutive gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012. However, Andy Murray of Great Britain qualified for the next round through a convincing victory over his counterpart.
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) August 8, 2016
The extravaganza is going strong with the party in Rio at full swing. The Americans are at the top of ladder board but the Chinese are chasing strong showing no signs of giving. Let’s see who rules the third day.
Rio Olympics Day 1
With all the controversies surrounding the event, it all started without a hitch. The real surprise came when the 19-year old, Virginia Thrasher, succeeded in attaining the first gold medal of the games in 10-m air rifle. It was her first appearance and her first medal for the US. So the first gold went to USA but it was the Aussies who dominated the first day. USA claimed five medals and tied with the counterparts, Japan and China. In the men’s cycling road race, it was Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet who topped the podium claiming the first gold for his country. The host country also secured its first medal but it was not gold but silver as Felipe Wu was not good enough to edge past Hoang Xuan Vinh in men’s 10m air pistol event. It was Vietnam’s first gold medal in the games but also Hoang ended the long drought of his country.
One of the major talking points of the games is the return of rugby in the games for the first time since 1924. A shocker appeared as Fiji outclassed United States, ranked 5th in the world. However, the US displayed their A game in their next bout against Colombia demolishing them with 48-0. Well, no matter who’s playing with a strong team, New Zealand are the hot favorites in both men and women events. The kiwis started their campaign thrashing the minnows Kenya 52-0 and extended their dominance by outclassing the 9th placed side, Spain 31-5.
Alexander Massialas, the top ranked fencer in the world was in search of first individual gold medal for his country but his search ended just short as he had to settle for silver. Calling his day disappointing will be a bit harsh as he ended the drought for a medal of his country in individual men’s fencing since 1984. The war-torn refugee from Syria, Yusra Mardini was in the news after her impressive showdown in 100-m butterfly. She won the heat and the hearts but failed to qualify for the semi-final as her time was not good enough.
However, it was an amazing night at the pool as 4 new world records were broken but the American who has dominated the sport fell short of claiming the gold. The experts call it a new era as Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the gold in 400-m individual medley while the Aussies secured the top spot in 400-m women’s relay. In the men’s event, it was Japan’s Kosuke Hagino who ended the US streak in the 400-m medley by claiming the gold.
— Olympics (@Olympics) August 7, 2016
Majlinda Kelmendi from Kosovo, a land not many have heard of, won the gold medal in women judo. It was the country’s first appearance in the games and a medal on the first night, Impressive much! In tennis, it has been quite shocking to see the US performing below par. With John Isner skipping the game due to personal reasons, the responsibility was on the shoulders of Jack Sock and Steve Johnsons, the top ranked American in the games. However, Jack Sock lost in his first match making it more intense for Johnson. All the other sports are going in full swing and without a hitch. After an impressive day 1, the Aussies were on top with two gold medals followed by Hungary with the same number. USA, Japan and China secured five medals a piece.
Rio Olympics Day 0
August 05, 2016, was the opening day of the Olympic Games – the day was marked by some samba magic, which was very unfortunate since many were looking for more. However, the excitement was at still at its peak. Out of expectation, the Brazilians served the audience with some real magic. The loud and vibrant presentation of Brazilian culture held the audience captive for a while, keeping them intact for the four-hour long celebration. If you were not in Rio that night, we swear you missed a lot. Not everything was as pleasant as it was expected because the sound of boos started raining in as soon as the rivals, Argentina, walked in. Talking about the parade of nations, the pageant had some newbie’s like South Sudan, Kosovo, and the team of refuges. It was all going smooth despite the fact that the Russian team was there too. It was surprising because of the team’s involvement in the infamous doping scandals. Cheers were also heard for nations that hold large Brazilian communities, like Italy. After the parade, the first big test of stamina and the most anticipated part was the lighting the cauldron. Out of expectation, it was de Lima, the late replacement of Pele who got the honor. The creators promised “the coolest party” and did they deliver!
Before the opening ceremony went underway, the games had already kicked-off. The day 0 of the games was deducted for Archery and it was South Korea that proved its dominance once again. The South Korean athletes dominated the ranking round in both men and women ties. It was Kim Woo-jin breaking the world record in men’s individual and becoming the first world-record breaker in Rio Olympics 2016. He claimed the world record with the score of 700/720 breaking the previous record of counterpart of 699/720.
4th August 2016
The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is just a few hours away but the events have already begun with full force.
In the men’s football event, Iraq and Denmark kicked off the proceedings with a 0-0 draw, while in Group B, Sweden and Colombia ensured a thrilling encounter but with no result as the final score was 2-2. Nigeria and Japan also played in Group B and it proved to be a goal fest. Both teams kept on attacking on each other’s goal but it was Nigeria that came on top with final score of 5-4. In the Group C, Mexico and Germany also delivered memorable performances but the tie ended in a 2-2 draw. In the other match of Group C, South Korea demolished Fiji with 8 goals to nil giving them no chance to settle. The Group D saw Honduras and Portugal starting the competition on a high, registering their first wins. Honduras came on top against a resilient Algerian side with 3 goals to 2, while Portugal saw off Argentina with a comfortable 2-0 victory.
In the Group E encounter, Sweden closely edge-passed South Africa with 1 goal to zero, while Brazil demolished China with 3 goals to nil. Canada was up against Australia in the first encounter of Group F; however, it proved to be one-sided affair with Canada claiming the win with 2 goals to nil. In the next Group F encounter, it was Germany that destroyed the minnows Zimbabwe giving them no chance to realize what’s happening on the field. The final score was 6-1 and that placed Germany comfortably on top of Group F. USA started their title defense with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand but it was France that made the mark in Group G with a 4-0 win over Colombia.
Passing of The Torch
August 04, 2016, saw the Brazilian Surfing Legend, Rico de Souza carry the official Olympic torch in a unique style as he carried the torch on a surfboard replicating his joy of surfing being included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Next in line was Arthur Pedroso, a volunteer who actively participated in the Olympic Village since it’s opened. Next, Matyas Szabo, the Romanian-born-German fencer held the torch. The son of Olympic gold medalists, Vilmos Szabo and Reka Lazar, Matyas will be participating in his first Olympic games and is confident to grab gold. Matyas handed over the torch to Malawian athlete Kefasi Chitsala who will participate in 5000m.
Next in line was Ceci Wollman, the 18 year old who is representing Bermuda in her first Olympic games. She handed over the torch to Luigi Teilemb, who will be representing a country very few know about, Vanuatu. The 24-year-old rower will be among the few athletes from his country. Charly Suarez, the two time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist took the torch form Luigi. The Filipino boxer has come to Rio with high spirits of winning a gold medal. Participants of the refugee team and members of the South Sudanese squad then held the torch.
Not just athletes but also some famous Brazilian personalities carried the torch and ran on the streets of Rio. Some of them were overcome with emotions including the Brazilian actress Sheron Menezes, the Brazilian world cup hero, Cafu, who led Brazil to their fifth football world cup, and the Brazilian Super model, Adriana Lima. Dr. Mohammed Yunus, the initiator of microfinance banking and a Noble Prize winner also held the torch describing it as an achievement. The most exciting moment of the day was when Ivy Faria, the daughter of Brazilian goal scoring legend, Romario, held the torch and ran. She suffers from Down syndrome but was excited to carry the torch in her hometown along with her proud father.
The journey of the torch is still moving forward with many big names to hold the torch, but the final bearer is still a mystery. Stay tuned to know all about the journey of the torch as only a few hours are left for the opening ceremony.
August 03, 2016
The women football event kicked off with the defending champions, USA, up against New Zealand. A competitive match was expected, but the showdown ended up being a one-sided affair as the defending champions passed on smoothly with a comfortable 2-0 victory. The Brazilian women football team also started their title chase with a 3-0 victory over China. As far as men’s football event is concerned, the Brazilian side, led by the exciting Neymar, will begin their title chase in the Olympic stadium tomorrow. Disappointments in the World Cup 2014 and first round knockout in Copa America 2016 have increased pressure on the home side. However, the team is expected to do great and write history this time around as they are the hot favorites to win the Olympic gold. Competitions in the other disciplines will commence from tomorrow.
In other Rio Olympic news, the Olympic torch is in Rio and it is still a secret or you may call it a surprise that who will be the final bearer of the torch as Pele was expected to do so but there is no confirmed news so far. Moving ahead, the refugee team has arrived in the Olympic village and has received an ecstatic reception. Not a lot is expected from them but they bring the message of peace for Olympics in Rio 2016 and that is their main motive.
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