Today sees the archery first and second round matches continue in rapid succession as well as the final group matches for the women’s football. The are medals up for grabs in the pool with diving and swimming as well as on the mat for gymnastics and judo plus a lot more.
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Current order of events; Women’s Football, Swimming, Archery, Water Polo, Rowing, Other Sports
This is the last day of group stages for the women’s football. Both groups play at the same time to ensure full effort is put in by all. A summary of who qualifies will be provided at the end of each group stage match at the bottom of the section.
South Africa v Brazil (Group E)
01:52 – The stadium is filling up fairly impressively compared to some of the other games. This will no doubt be because the home nation is taking part and can seal top spot with at least a draw today otherwise they will depend on the other game result (China v Sweden) and goal difference.
01:59 – Bruna does the captain roles of the coin toss and the swapping of badges as Marta is rested for this match for when they progress into the rest of the competition. There are seven changes from the starting line-up that beat Sweden in the last match.
02:01 – The whistle gets the first half underway in front of an incredible 40,000 fans, which is far more significant than the majority of the matches so far.
02:09 – Even though the Brazil team is basically the ‘B team’ they are still getting good possession of the ball and working it forward slowly but tactically.
02:18 – Whilst Brazil are working their way forward well they are being a little scrappy in the final third and keep giving the ball back to the South Africans.
02:25 – The South African keeper has to leap up and get her fingertips onto the bottom of the ball to tip it over the crossbar to deny Brazil of an opening goal for a little longer.
02:31 – There has still not been a breakthrough goal in the match but Brazil are getting most of the shots away but South Africa are having the odd one as well.
02:36 – With ten minutes of the first half to go South Africa are starting to get increasingly physical in this game and they will need to be careful or the referee will start punishing them come the second half.
02:40 – The Brazil captain gets a tellow card and one of the South African players is down needing to receive medical treatment.
02:46 – Marta is looking rather concerned from her seat on the bench that her team have not managed to score against South Africa. The famous Sport Moth has found its way to Manaus and is flying around in front of the camera. At halftime the score remains 0-0.
03:03 – The match gets back underway and Brazil seem to have a new game plan to get the ball into the box more effectively. They have also brought Marta on much to the delight of the crowd.
03:11 – South Africa are able to stop Brazil from having the ball in the box but they seem completely unable to go on the counter and it quickly makes its way back to the goalkeeper.
03:22 – A change is made to the South African team and they will no doubt be hoping those fresh legs can release pressure from the team defensively and hopefully develop additional chances upfront.
03:29 – Despite having a huge numbers of players to make up an extended back line South Africa are still coming under pressure. With 20 minutes to go if they can hold on to a clean sheet they can be very pleased with themselves in this match.
03:40 – With just over five minutes to go Brazil very nearly grab the winning goal but the keeper is able to parry the powerful ball away and release the danger for just a couple of seconds.
03:45 – The crowd keep thinking that the host nation has done enough to drive the ball into to the net but they keep being mildly off target or blocked by the keeper who is having a great game. There are just a couple of minutes remaining.
03:47 – Brazil’s coach looks very concerned and almost in tears at the fact that his team have not managed to get a goal and a win out of this match.
Germany v Canada (Group F)
20:00 – The match gets underway at the same time as the other Group F match Australia v Zimbabwe. This is likely to be a high tempo game throughout but especially in the initial stages.
20:13 – Germany, the higher ranked team of the two, get a goal from a penalty just after ten minutes to put them ahead 1-0.
20:25 – It is all square at the 25 minute mark as Canada get themselves on the scoresheet. Both teams really want to win this match to finish the group stages on a high.
20:35 – The referee gives a free kick to Germany after they get pushed over on the ball by a Canadian player. It is in a very dangerous position.
20:36 – As the free kick is sent towards the goal is goes straight over the top of the crossbar.
20:46 – Germany get one last chance to go back ahead before halftime from a corner but that and the second shot misses the target and they go into the tunnel still tied at 1-1.
21:02 – The second half is underway both sides will have been told by their coaches to tighten up defence and create more goal chances.
21:16 – Canada are able to take the lead for the first time in match with a header into the box from a launch of the ball from a free kick near the halfway line. They lead 2-1.
21:20 – Throughout this match Germany have managed to get through on goal but the majority of their shots are not even challenging to keeper to need to make a save.
21:33 – Unusually it looks like Germany are panicking when they get the ball and are really looking stressed about trailing the match by a goal.
21:41 – With five minutes to go Germany get another corner and all the players go to the near post but a header is completely mis-judged and goes well wide of the target.
21:45 – The Canadian keeper dives an incredible distance across the ground to stop the ball from going in at the far post. Germany still trail 1-2 with just a couple of minutes remaining.
21:50 – Despite persistance from the German team they are unable to find the equalising goal in the three minutes of added time.
New Zealand v France (Group G)
23:00 – The game gets underway. France will be hoping to dominate this game and get at least a few goals but the New Zealand defence can be challenging to break down.
23:13 – France are being the more aggressive side in the game and have conceded three fouls against the New Zealand team. One of the Kiwis will be carefully this match after getting a red card from their last match overturned.
23:24 – France are not dominating in front of goal as much as might have been expected in advance of this match but they are starting to look more united and working further towards the box.
23:36 – France just need a draw in this match to finish second in the group but it is still a surprise that they have made a sub at this point in the first half. They clearly want to win the match and also be able to defend strongly as they bring Le Sommer on.
23:39 – Le Sommer has been on the pitch for a matter of moments but as a shot from a teammate bounces of he crossbar she is able to get the rebound to give them a 1-0 lead.
23:49 – France go into halftime with the lead but it could easily have been a two goal lead as they have a few strong minutes of play at the end of the forty five.
00:13 – Then minutes into the second half and some French fans in the audience are noticably cheering the team along and doing a little sing along to go with it. Le Sommer is continuing to find herself in front of goal and getting her teammates and the ball into a good position. She has been a real gamechanger for the French. They still lead 1-0.
00:21 – France manages to double the lead as a cross is brought into the box and Cadamuro goes running in to get a head on it and there is nothing the three defenders around her or the keeper can do about it. 2-0.
00:36 – It is looking increasingly likely that New Zealand are not going to be able to break the USA defensive line down with just over ten minutes to go.
00:41 – The first foul a New Zealand player commits in the entire game comes in the 82nd minute and results in the player getting a yellow card as it was very synical challenge.
00:50 – It gets worse for the Kiwis as France are awarded a penalty and Cadamuro sends the keeper in the opposite direction to get her second goal of the match. 3-0 for France.
Colombia v USA (Group G)
23:00 – It is time for kick off and USA will be hoping to get the three matches out of this match but Colombia will make it a real challenge for them.
23:15 – Both teams have had chances in the first 15 minutes but Colombia are looking the weaker side defensively as the back line struggles to maintain an effective shape.
23:26 – Colombia have a freekick and it goes straight towards Hope Solo but as she goes to her knees to catch it the ball just whizzes straight through her legs and bulges the net. The Americans trail a goal behind the Colombians. 1-0.
23:34 – The USA have just made a sub and it seems to be a tactical one as the player coming off sprints off the pitch and does not seem in any discomfort. They are clearly desperate to change the dynamic of the game.
23:42 – The dream scoreline for Colombia comes to an abrupt end as a ball is put towards goal and bounces off the crossbar but the keeper is unable to get back to the other side of the frame and the three defenders cannot stop the ball either as it is hit in for the rebound. 1-1.
23:49 – USA go into halftime the more pressured side of the two in the majority of the match and will be bitterly disappointed at the way the goal was conceded. Colombia will be looking for second wind and to be able to carry on pushing in the second half to get back into the lead.
00:15 – Colombia have largely been on the defensive in the first ten minutes of the second half. So much so that the US back line is practically on the halfway line and are able to apply immense pressure to the Colombians. If this continues a goal will no doubt go to USA soon. It remains 1-1.
00:18 – And sure enough the Americans manage to get a goal to take the lead for the first time in the match just before the 60 minute mark. Colombia have to go on the attack now if they want any chance of getting through as a third place team. 2-1 to USA.
00:36 – The Colombian team are certainly giving it their all to have a chance on goal and the manager is making slightly more attacking changes but they are having to spend so much time chasing the ball that they are looking increasingly weary when they have it.
00:48 – As Colombia have a free kick in the dying moments of the game, and it is curled into the net with another Hope Solo error, it looks like this game might end in a draw after all.
- South Africa manage to keep a clean sheet against host nation Brazil to keep their group E match at 0-0. Sweden hold China to a 0-0 draw as well to finish third in the group.
- Zimbabwe lose to Australia 6-1 whilst Canada go on to win against Germany 2-1 in Group F. Canada top the group, Germany come second and Australia will have to see how other matches go to if they get through as third place team whilst Zimbabwe are going home.
- Group G sees Colombia get a 2-2 draw against the USA and France is able to win 3-0 against New Zealand. USA and France secure qualification out of the group stages. New Zealand are in third but will have to wait and see how the final games of the other groups go.
- Sweden and Australia qualify into the next round as the best third place teams.
Today sees a men’s relay race take place at the heat and finals stage as well as several individual women’s and men’s semi-finals and finals in the early hours.
Men’s 100m Freestyle
17:02 – The first heat only has three swimmers taking part.
17:03 – Urena (Dominican Republic) gets a lifetime best of under 52 seconds to win the first heat. That is actually a really good time for somebody solely invited rather than in a seeded heat.
17:05 – The second heat has a full compliment of swimmers with all eight lanes in action.
17:06 – Ignor Mogne (Mozambique) wins the second heat with a lifetime best. Three swimmers manage to get sub 51 seconds.
17:07 – Shane Ryan competes for Ireland in the third heat.
17:09 – Algerian Sahnoune manages to win the third heat with a sub 50 second time. Ryan also manages to get that sub 50 time to come second.
17:11 – The fourth heat of eight for this event gets underway with two Hungarian swimmers hitting the 50m wall first.
17:12 – Dylan Carter (Trinidad and Tobago) manages to secure a lifetime best and get under 49 seconds for the first time to win heat four. The two Hungarian swimmers also manage sub 49.
17:14 – Duncan Scott (Great Britain) takes part in the fifth heat in lane six.
17:15 – Scott gets a new British record with a 48 second flat time and will certainly make it into the semi-finals.
17:19 – Condorelli (Canada) wins the sixth heat but it is slower than several swimmers in the earlier heats so some swimmers in that heat will certainly end up missing out on the semi-finals.
17:20 – Nathan Adrian (USA) the defending Olympic champion takes part in the seventh heat. It also has Ben Proud (GB) in.
17:21 – Chalmers (Australia) hit the wall first in just less than 48 seconds to get a youth world record.
17:23 – The final heat gets underway and the crowd are very excited as Nilo (Brazil) takes to the blocks. It also includes Mcevoy (Australia) who is favourite for this heat.
17:24 – Mcevoy hits the wall first to go into the semi-final as fourth fastest.
02:02 – Dressel and Adrian (both USA) take part in this first semi-final along with Mcevoy (Australia) and Schooling (Singapore). The winner could literally come from any lane in this one.
02:04 – Defending Olympic champion Nathan Adrian in lane one manages to touch the wall first to practically confirm his place in the final eight.
02:06 – The second semi-final includes new junior world record holder Chalmers (Australia) and the new British record holder Scott (GB) in the middle lanes.
02:12 – Starting orders put the teams on the blocks and they get underway.
02:13 – Chalmers wins the second semi-final to get another junior world record and enters the final fastest. The Brazilian Chierighini finishes fifth in the race but it is enough to get him into the final eighth. The crowd are absolutely delighted.
Women’s 200m Freestyle
02:17 – Sjostrom (Sweden), Pellegrini (Italy) and Ledecky (USA) all take part in this absolutely stacked final. The world record, currently held by Pellegrini, may very well go this evening.
02:21 – At the halfway point Mckeon (Australia) hits the wall first with Ledecky just a fingertip behind her.
02:22 – Ledecky is able to battle on with a very fast finish to add the title of Olympic champion to World champion.
Men’s 200m Butterfly
02:26 – Michael Phelps (USA) is expected by many people to win this event, and has his young child Boomer in the crowd, but he will have to beat Chad Le Clos (South Africa) and Laszlo Cseh (Hungary) to do so.
02:29 – The second attempt to get the swimmers underway is successful after the starter pulls them off the blocks for too much noise from the crowd.
02:31 – Phelps manages to win in the last couple of seconds. That is his fourth medal in this Olympic event. 16 years of dominance.
Women’s 200m Butterfly
17:31 – The first heat that only contains four swimmers comes to an end with Ustundag (Turkey) grabbing the win by a two second margin.
17:33 – Amy Wilmott (GB) takes place in the second heat, which is the first seeded heat, with Hentke (Germany) who has won medals on the international stage previously.
17:36 – The 16-year-old Hasegawa (Japan) finishes first in the heat ahead of Yukei (China) and Hentke.
17:37 – Hosszu (Hungary) is supposed to take part in third heat but decides to pull out because of having to do a final in the evening session after the semi-final of this event.
17:41 – Adams (USA) wins the heat with a time she seems very happy with. She breathes to the side when she swims and that causes her to be a bit unbalanced which is something she could improve.
17:43 – Several swimmers in heat four will no doubt be trying to ignore the fact that medal contender Hosszu has decided to pull out of this event and will desperately be trying to focus on their own performance.
17:46 – Belmonte (Spain) wins the heat just ahead of Flickinger (USA) to go through as fastest first and third swimmers.
02:38 – This first semi-final is not overly impressive and first place can go to anybody but they will need a fast time to fend off those in the second race.
02:40 – Chinese swimmers Yilin Zhou and Yufei Zhang manage to touch the wall first but their time is well within reach of at least five of the swimmers in the second semi-final.
02:45 – Belmonte Garcia (Spain), Flickinger (USA) and Hentke (Germany) take part in the second speedier heat.
02:48 – It is the world leader Groves (Australia) that has a whole body length lead at the 100m mark.
02:49 – Groves manages to hang on for first in nearly a whole second quicker than the first semi-final finisher. Belmonte Garcia touches the wall in second.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke
17:52 – The first hear is currently underway. These are coming through swimmers but it includes Synders (Australia) who is swimming family pedigree but he can only manage a time slower than his entry time.
17:55 – Cerdiera, Brazil’s fastest seed in this event, starts in the second heat so the crowd give him a big encouraging cheer before he dives in the water. But the enthusiasm of the crowd means that the swimmers have to be taken off the blocks to start again.
17:58 – Quinn (Ireland) is able to get to the wall first after chasing down Cerdiera, who went out really strongly but faded off, to be a bit of a crowd spoiler.
18:01 – The swimmers for the first properly seeded heats of the event, including Van Der Bergh (South Africa) make their way out of the callroom and take to the blocks.
18:03 – Koseki hits the 150m mark first and is on world record pace but ends up easing off a little in the last 25m. He still finishes first but misses setting a record.
18:06 – The fourth heat has Willis (GB) and Koch (Germany) in the central two lanes. One swimmer chooses not to participate in the event and leaves a lane empty.
18:08 – Andrew Willis manages to beat Koch to the wall in just under two minutes and nine seconds to help them both secure their places in the semi-finals.
18:10 – The last heat contains Benson (GB), Simon (Brazil) and Prenot (USA) and shoukd produce the fastest times.
18:14 – Chupkov (Russia), Cordes (USA) and Prenot hit the wall first. Chupkov goes into the semi-final as the fastest qualifier.
03:06 – Balandin (Kazakstan) hits the wall first at the 100m mark with Koseki (Japan) chasing.
03:07 – 19-year-old Watanabe (Japan) gets an Olympic record to finish the semi-final first. His teammate Koseki ends in third with Josh Prenot (USA) squeezed in between.
03:10 – The second semi-final has two Chinese and two Great British swimmers in as well as Cordes (USA) and Koch (Germany).
03:15 – Willis (GB) wins the second semi-final with a personal best ahead of Cordes.
Women’s 200m Individual Medley
03:31 – Hosszu (Hungary) will be desperate to win this race after pulling out of the earlier event to be rested for this one. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (GB) will be her biggest competitor here based on performance at the meet so far.
03:34 – At the last 50m Hosszu is ahead and on her own world record pace. She can only manage to get a new Olympic record. She may very well have lost that if she had done the semi-final earlier in this afternoon session.
03:35 – O’Connor gets another new British record and personal best, after getting a new one to make it to the final, to finish in second.
Men’s 4×200m Freestyle
18:18 – The first of the two heats get underway. It includes USA, South Africa, Poland and France.
18:20 – South Africa, who are resting Chad Le Clos as this stage of the event as he has the 200m butterfly tonight, finish the first heat in first.
18:25 – The final leg sees USA have a massive lead to touch the wall first. From the last 50m South Africa drop from a credible second a risky fifth.
18:27 – Australia, Great Britain and Russia all take part in the second heat. They are preparing to leave the call room and are massively pumping their teammates up.
18:34 – A lot of the teams are pretty level at the 500m mark but Hungary in lane eight are absolutely miles behind.
18:37 – Great Britain are able to win the second heat, as fastest qualifier for tonights final, ahead of Russia and Germany.
03:41 – The last event of the session gets underway and sees so many medallists part of teams trying to do enough to enough to get another goal for themselves and their countries.
03:49 – Phelps does the last leg of the relay to bring the USA team home first. GB manage second and Japan get third.
- Katie Ledecky (USA) wins the women’s 200m freestyle ahead of Sjostrom (Sweden) and Mckeon (Australia). World record holder Pellegrini finishes fourth.
- Michael Phelps (USA) secures the gold in the men’s 200m butterfly to become the first swimmer to get a medal in the same event in four Olympic games (Since Athens 2004). Masato Sakai (Japan) secures silver and 19-year-old Tamas Kenderesi (Hungary) gets bronze.
- Groves (Australia) goes into the women’s 200m butterfly final as fastest qualifier. Belmonte Garcia (Spain) makes second and Yilin Zhou (China) goes in third fastest. This is the event that Hosszu (Hungary) pulled out of to focus on the IM final in three races time.
- Watanabe (Japan), Willis (GB) and Prenot (USA) go though as to three fastest qualifiers into the final of the men’s 200m breaststroke.
- Hosszu (Hungary), O’Connor (GB) and Dirado (USA) touch the wall first to get the medal positions in the women’s 200m individual medley. Hosszu gets a new olympic record.
- Phelps wins his second gold of the evening with USA in the men’s 4×200m freestyle relay. Great Britain manage silver and Japan are just pushed out to bronze.
The aim to narrow down 64 men and 64 women continues with first and second round matches. This is due to carry on for a couple more days yet.
Men’s First Round Eliminations (64 Archers)
13:00 – The first match of the day is between Lucas Daniel (France) and Miguel Alvarino Garcia (Spain).
13:06 – Garcia had taken the first two sets to lead 4-0. If Daniel, who finished fourth at the European championships, wants any chance to remain in this competition he must win the third set.
13:08 – The Frenchman does not manage to win the third set and allows Garcia to take the match in three quick sets to progress to the final 32.
13:10 – Seungyun (South Korea) takes on the host nations Xavier Daniel.
13:15 – The Brazilian loses the first two sets as Lee is able to put in a 28 and a 30 whilst he can only manage 22 and 27.
13:17 – Daniel gets his best score of the match so far with a 28 in set three to grab the two set points as Lee only manages a 27. If he can find at least a draw in set four then he may be able to take it to a shoot off in set five.
13:19 – The crowd politely applause Lee winning the fourth set 28-26 but there is a clear tone of disappointment that Xavier Daniel is out of the competition.
14:21 – The first set gets underway with a ten from Anton Prilepov (Belarus) who takes on Ricardo Soto (Chile).
14:22 – Despite getting two tens Prilepov finishes the first round on 27 to give Soto a chance to find a way back into it. The Chilian is only able to get a nine however and the first set is tied to make it 1-1.
14:25 – Soto is unable to do enough to beat Prilepov’s 27 as he only gets 26. As a result he trails 1-3 and will need to win the next set to ease the pressure a little.
14:28 – It is not quite as much as Soto would have wanted but he manages to tie the set with 27 each to keep Prilepov’s advantage at two points 4-2.
14:30 – The fourth set goes to the Chilian 29-27 to bring the score back level at 4-4. One archer will need to win the set to stop it going to a shoot off.
14:32 – It is a shoot off. The targets are changed to make it easier to judge the closest to the centre if it is a score draw.
14:35 – Soto, the sixteen year old, wins it with a ten against the top twenty ranked in the world Prilepov’s nine. Soto progresses to the final 32.
14:37 – The next archers are introduced to the crowd. Bernardo Oliveira (Brazil) is whooped and cheered, helped by his coach encouraging them along, as he prepares to start his match against Alec Potts (Australia).
14:42 – The third set gets underway with Potts leading 3-1 after the first set was tied.
14:44 – Potts can only manage to get a draw 27-27 from the third set to make the score 4-2. If he can manage a win in the fourth set host nation representative Oliveira will be out.
14:46 – We are going to a fifth set as the match becomes 4-4 as Potts can only manage an eight with his last arrow to lose the set 27-26.
14:49 – Oliviero does not initially realise what he has done in the fifth set but the Brazilian archer competing in his first Olympics wins 27-26 to grab the match 6-4.
15:43 – At the end of the second set Atanu Das (India) has managed to get 29 in both to give him a 4-0 lead in the match against Nepal’s first ever Olympic archer Jitbahadur Muktan.
15:45 – The match is over as Das secures a 6-0 lead by getting a perfect 30 in the third set. The Nepal archer is out but should be proud to have made it into the 64 competitors.
15:50 – The next archers are introduced for this first round match. Adrian Andres Puentes Perez (Cuba) takes on Ernesto Boardman (Mexico).
15:52 – The Cuban wins the first set 25-24 to have the early lead in the match.
15:55 – Boardman is also able to get his competition properly underway 26-23. It will be a relief to him to get some points on the board as at nineteen he missed qualification for the 2012 Olympics and had to ignore people tell him his time was over to carry on training more intensely to make it to Rio.
15:57 – The third set is clinched by a single point by the Mexican archer as the Cuban can only manage 26 points from his three arrows.
16:00 – The fourth set sees the match level back out at 4-4 as the Cuban is able to secure the set 27-26.
16:02 – I am really struggling to handle Boardman’s bow. He has a shiny purple bow which would be fine but he has an orange string and a tan sort of balance. It looks like something somebody puts together on the cheap as an amateur not a professional competitor.
16:03 – It is the Cuban that manages to win the fifth set 28-24 to progress to the matches for the final 32 archers.
19:00 – The first match of the afternoon session gets underway between Dapeng Wang (China) and Elias Malave (Venezuala).
19:02 – After the first set arrows are tallied up and confirmed to the judge the two points go to Malave 27-24.
19:04 – Despite getting the first ten of the match, Malave is unable to win the second set. Wang makes it level 2-2 after shooting 25-24.
19:07 – The Venezualan gets pats of the cheek by his coach, much like something a grandparent does to a small child, as he takes the third set 28-26 to give him the 4-2 lead.
19:10 – The third set is replicated in the fourth with Malave again winning 28-26 to take the match and progress to the next round of the competition.
19:12 – The two archers competing in this match enter the arena. Ahmed El-Nemr (Egypt), who secured a seasons best in the ranking round for the first round, takes on Taylor Worth (Australia) who got a bronze medal in the men’s team event.
19:15 – The Egyptian needed a nine to win the first set but can only manage a six and ends up losing the set 24-26 to give Worth the 2-0 lead.
19:17 – The wind seems to be getting a bit challenging again, as it did in the afternoon session yesterday, and El-Nemr seems to be struggling with them more as he loses the second set 23-27.
19:20 – The match comes to a swift end as Worth manages to finish with 29-24 to get the third sets points to take him to 6-0.
20:22 – Jake Kaminski (USA) takes the first set from Marcus D’Almeida (Brazil) to the crowds disappointment.
20:23 – The Brazilian manages to level the match at 2-2 by winning the second set with a decent result of 28-26.
20:25 – Kaminski clinches the third set 29-28 to give him the 4-2 match lead.
20:28 – The American archer is able to ignore the massive support for his opposition and wins the fourth set 29-26 with an incredible 50% success rate of hitting a 10.
20:30 – After getting a personal best in the ranking round Libya’s Ali Elghrari will be hopeful his form can continue. He takes on USA’s Brady Ellison.
20:33 – It is Ellison that takes the first set 29-27 after two arrows of the set are verified.
20:36 – Elghrari, Libya’s first Olympic archer, is really struggling at the end of the second round and only manages 23 against Ellison’s perfect 30.
20:38 – As the Libyan can only find the white around the edge of the target he finishes the third set with 20 as Ellison again gets the perfect 30. The American is through to the next round with eight out of nine arrows scoring 10s.
Men’s Second Round Eliminations (32 Archers)
13:54 – The archers get reintroduced to the crowd after already entering the arena once today. Spain’s Miguel Alvanno Garcia takes on former world number one South Korean Seungyun Lee.
13:57 – The first ten of the match goes to the Spaniard and the Korean responds to secure a ten as well. But Garcia is not able to secure the set, despite only needing to hit gold with his final arrow, and hands it to Lee.
14:00 – Lee resumes being on top form and wins the second set 29-23. Garcia cannot afford any more errors of judgement if he wants any chance of not leaving the competition in this first match.
14:03 – They both do their best to win the set but end up sharing the points after scoring 29 each. The Korean now leads 5-1 so the pressure is very much on Garcia as he needs to win to deny his opponent.
14:04 – At the end of the fourth set it is Lee that wins thanks to a score of 28-27 and will progress to the round of the last 16.
15:15 – The crowd can get excited again as Bernardo Oliviero (Brazil) comes back onto the range. Ricardo Soto (Chile) asks the Brazilian to shoot first.
15:19 – Soto takes the first set to go 2-0 up. Oliviero does enough to split the second set though to bring the score to 1-3.
15:21 – The third set finishes 27-24 in Soto’s favour so he just requires a draw in the fourth set to make it to the final 16. Oliviero will have to push really deep here.
15:24 – Unfortunately Oliviero is unable to do enough to win the set and as a result Soto, the youngest archer in the competition and Chile’s youngest ever Summer Olympian, is in the last 16.
16:28 – Atanu Das (India) and Adrian Andres Puentes Perez (Cuba) come out into the arena to try and get through to the final 16.
16:30 – Set one goes to the Indian 28-26.
16:32 – Das doubles his lead to 4-0 as he secures the second set 29-26. He is clearly on form today and going into this competition as in the first and second match he has achieved a huge number of tens.
16:35 – The Cuban manages a third set score of 27 which is just enough to bet Das who only manages 26 after a low pressurised third arrow.
16:38 – Puentes Perez is able to take it to the fifth and final set by winning the fourth 28-27 to make the match level at 4-4. A win in the last set for either archer will be enough to enter the last 16.
16:41 – The Cuban, who was the first to win a gold at the Pan-American games loses the fifth set 28-29 to allow the Indian to win the match 6-4.
19:51 – Both archers that won the first two men’s matches of the afternoon session return to the arena to try and get to the final 16. Elias Malave (Venezuala) takes on Taylor Worth (Australia).
19:54 – Worth gets a low 24 in the first set whilst Malave manages 28 to get the first two points.
19:57 – The Australian is able to make a huge recovery in the second set and wins it with a near perfect 29-26. All level at 2-2 now.
19:59 – Malave just loses out on the third set by one point as Worth is able to snatch a 27. The Venezualan trails 2-4 going into the fourth set.
20:01 – Malave gets revenge and wins the first set by one point 28-27 to take it into a fifth set. If either archer wins this set they win the match but a draw will send them to a shoot off.
20:04 – Worth pulls it out of the bag when it really matters to win the set and the match 30-29. The Australian makes t to the last 16.
21:12 – This match sees a USA clash with Jake Kaminski taking on Brady Ellison. Both got an extrodinary amount of tens in their first round matches and were amongst the best of the first round performers today.
21:14 – The first set between the great friends is initially tied at 26-26 but Ellison’s arrow is upgraded to a 10 and wins the set 27-26.
21:17 – Set two goes to Kaminski with a score of 29-27 to bring match back level.
21:19 – The points advantage is bouncing backwards and forwards as Ellison gets a perfect 30 to take the third set and make it 4-2 in his favour.
21:22 – Kaminski is out of the competition, despite getting a huge number of tens in the first two rounds, by only scoring 28-29 so it will be Ellison that represents America for them both.
Women’s First Round Eliminations (64 Archers)
13:22 – Great Britain’s Naomi Folkard who has competed at the Olympics in Athens, Beijing and London takes on Indonesia’s Ika Rochmawati.
13:25 – The first set is a reasonably high scoring one and sees the set points go to Folkard after securing 28 over Ika’s 27.
13:27 – Folkard manages to win the second set, 27-25, of what she has decided will be her last Olympic competition.
13:30 – The third set can only give Folkard one more point as they split the points after both managing a great 29 points. A draw in set four will win her the match.
13:33 – The Indonesian does enough to win the fourth set to take it to the final set. She will have to win the set though to take the match to a shoot off so she will be feeling the pressure.
13:35 – Ika gets 28 points and that secures her the fifth set as Folkard gets three nines to give her 27. It is going to a shoot off.
13:37 – With her shoot off arrow the Indonesian can only manage a seven.
13:38 – Folkard gets a nine on the line between red and gold and as a result it is the British athlete through to the second round.
13:40 – The most experienced women archer at these games takes part in this match. Evangelia Psarra (Greece) is competing in her fifth Olympic games and will be hoping to progress a reasonable distance after coming fourth in the European championships. She takes on Kaori Kawanaka (Japan).
13:43 – The first set sees both archers getting the same amount of points to split the first points at 1-1.
13:45 – The second set comfortably goes to Kawanaka 29-26 to give her the match lead 3-1.
13:47 – Psarra is able to respond to going down, as you would expect somebody with such experience in big competitions would, and brings it back level to 3-3 by winning the third set 27-26.
13:50 – The Greek archer will have to win the fifth set to take the match to a shoot off if she wants any chance of progressing as Kawanaka wins the fourth set 26-25.
13:53 – The final set ends up finishing in Kawanaka’s favour 29-25 for her to go to the final 32 and take on British Naomi Folkard.
14:52 – As the crowd are still on a high after seeing a men’s Brazil archer make it to the final 32 they are introduced to Sarah Nikitin (Brazil) and Un Ju Kang (North Korea).
14:54 – Nikitin could have easily won the first set as Kang can only manage 25 but she keeps the bow held for a long time before releasing and can only manage 24. Kang leads 2-0.
14:58 – Kang wins the second set by quite a comfortable margin do the Brazil coach whips up the crowd to give his archer a bit of an additional boost.
15:00 – Sarah Nikitin is unable to find a response to Kang and loses the third set to bring about an early end to the match. It will be Kang progressing to the last 32.
15:02 – The matches continue to come thick and fast and the crowd must immediately put their archers defeat behind them and get behind Christine Bjerendal (Sweden) and Ana Maria Rendon (Colombia).
15:04 – With the last arrow the Swedish archer would have needed a ten to equal Rendon’s 27 but she can only muster an eight to hand the full two points to the Colombian.
15:08 – The match stands at 2-2 after the second set as Bjerendal is able to just do enough to win the points 25-24.
15:10 – Rendon is unable to improve on her second set score and again manages 24. The Swedish archer manages to find an extra point to win the third set 26-24 and put the match at 4-2.
15:12 – I have just realised the Swedish archer seems to be sponsored by H&M. She manages to get a ten with the final arrow of the fourth set to secure the victory. Rendon is out.
16:08 – At the end of the first set between Lidia Sichenikova (Ukraine) and Khatuna Naimanidze (Georgia) the match points are split at 1-1.
16:10 – The second set goes in the Ukrainian’s favour to lead the match at 3-1.
16:13 – Sichenikova is able to promptly extend her lead to 5-1 and will only need a draw in the fourth set to win this first round match.
16:16 – After clarification of a couple of arrows on the line the Ukrainian wins the fourth set and therefore the match 7-1.
16:18 – Eighteen year old Karoline Lusitania Tatafu (Tonga) takes on part of the South Korean gold medal winning women’s team Hyejin Chang.
16:20 – The first set goes to Chang 28-23 to give her the early lead. The Tongan will have to have the performance of her life to win this match.
16:22 – This match could very quickly be over in Chang’s favour as she wins the second set 27-15. Tatafu is really struggling in the increasingly windy conditions.
16:24 – Unsurprisngly the South Korean pulls another 27 out of the bag as the first Tongan female archer ever can only score 23. Chang progresses to the round of 32.
19:25 – The first women’s match of the afternoon is between Ksenia Perova (Russia) and Natalia Sanchez (Colombia) and this competition marks both archers second Olympic games.
19:27 – The Russian is able to clinch the first set with 26-25.
19:29 – To ensure the win of the second set the Colombian gets a ten with her last arrow to mean Perova can do nothing to even draw the set. The set ends 29-25 and makes the match level at 2-2.
19:32 – The Colombian has a shocker and has to reset the bow with her first arrow and just releases the arrow before the twenty second time limit and she only manages a one. Perova wins the set 28-19 and leads the match 4-2.
19:34 – After the verification of one of Perova’s arrows the fourth set is shared 27-27. She will only need a draw in the fifth set to go through to the final 32.
19:37 – The Russian just does enough as both archers get three eights and tie the set 24-24 for her to take that needed point and win the match 6-4.
19:40 – This is a really big match in terms of progress as Paralympic champion Zahra Nemati (Iran) joins a New Zealand women from the 80’s to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics in archery. She competes against Inna Stepanova (Russia).
19:42 – Stepnova takes the first set 28-21 to get a two point lead in the match.
19:44 – Nemati responds after losing the first set by winning the second 28-27. Before a car accident she was actually a world class taekwondo athlete and retrained in archery so is a huge ambassador for sport.
19:47 – The Russian grabs the third set 28-26 and takes the lead in the match 4-2. These two are basically neck and neck in world rankings so it is likely to be a very close match throughout.
19:49 – Stepanova just does enough to secure the fourth set 27-26 and therefore the match 6-2. The Iranian was so close on each set but could not quite manage it.
20:45 – Another Russian competes today and this time it is Tuiana Dashidorzhieva taking on Bhutan’s Karma Karma.
20:49 – The first set is split 26-26 between the archers to make it 1-1 in the match. It is the Russian that takes the second set though 28-22 to go 3-1 ahead.
20:52 – Both archers have to settle for splitting the points again with the third set ending 26-26 to leave Karma trailing 2-4.
20:54 – The match score stands at 5-3 to the Russian after four sets as they draw 27-27.
20:57 – Eventually Karma is defeated by being able to win the last set. She loses 3-7 in the match after finishing 21-28 in the set.
21:00 – The last match of today at this round takes place between Olga Senjuk (Azerbaijan) and Hui Cao (China).
21:01 – Senjuk, the first Azerbaijan archer to compete at the Olympics, loses 23-28 in the first set.
21:05 – Cao could have won the second set by getting an eight with her final arrow but she can only manage a seven to draw the set 25-25. The match is 3-1 in her favour.
21:07 – It looked like the third set was going to be another shared one but after the judges observe the arrows it is Cao to win the match.
21:10 – Senjuk is unable to do any more in the fourth set and Cao wins 27-26 to secure the match 7-1 with a set to spare.
Women’s Second Round Eliminations (32 Archers)
14:05 – Naomi Folkard (GB) and Kaori Kawanaka (Japan) that re-enter the range to try and secure their place in the final 16. The first round was more challenging for Folkard as she had to win a shootoff to get to this stage.
14:09 – The Japanese archer had an absolute shocker in the first set and can only manage to shoot a three. Folkard wins the set 26-22.
14:12 – Kawanaka is unable to pull back any points in the second set and loses it 26-28 to give Folkard a four point lead in the match.
14:14 – It seems like the Japanese archer was just not at her best today and loses the third set 29-26 to mean Folkard is through to the last 16 in three straight sets.
15:26 – Un Ju Kang (North Korea) and Christine Bjerendal (Sweden) take to the range and start the first set of their final 32 match.
15:28 – The Swedish archer wins the first set 26-25 to get the initial two point lead. Kang did not look overly strong in the first round and there is still plenty of room for improvement in this second match.
15:31 – The first sets final score is reversed and Kang manages to win the two set points 26-25. The match is level 2-2.
15:32 – A lot of coaches have a tripod with a fancy camera/telescope on it to check the target but the Swedish coach has the much more traditional binoculars.
15:33 – The third set goes in the North Koreans favour 25-23 and if she is able to win the fourth will being the match to an early end.
15:35 – Bjerendal can only manage 25 in the fourth set and as a result Kang wins 6-2 thanks to a final set score of 27. Kang will return to the competition in a couple of days time.
16:42 – Lidia Sichenikova (Ukraine) takes on Hyejin Chang (South Korea) who qualified second in the ranking round on day zero of the Olympics.
16:45 – The Ukrainian does not do enough to secure the first set, despite a fairly repsectable score, as the Korean wins it 28-27.
16:47 – Sichenikova is able to improve by a further point on her first round score to get 28 but it is still not enough to secure any set points as Chang manages a 29 to lead 4-0.
16:50 – The Korean fumbles in the third set though and can only manage 26. The Ukrainian manages 28 to win the two points to now only trail 2-4.
16:52 – Chang clinches the fourth set with a three point margin as the Ukrainian can only manage 25 points. The second best ranked at the start of the competition, who also secured team gold, goes into the last 16.
20:07 – This match means that a Russian certainly gets through to the last 16 but it also means one has to be sent home. Previously teammates but right now they will be bitter enemies. Let us find out whether it is Ksenia Perova or Inna Stepanova that manages it.
20:11 – After two sets the points are equally split between the two archers.
20:13 – After losing the second set Stepanova recovers to win the third set with the perfect score of 30.
20:15 – Both Russians are on the top of their game in the fourth set and have to make do with taking one point each as it ends 29-29. Stepanova has the lead 5-3.
20:17 – Stepanova wins the fifth set and the competition with 27-26. She managed to get seven arrows in the ten zone from those 15 arrows. She is on fine form.
21:24 – The crowd are reintroduced to Tuiana Dashidorzhieva (Russia) and Hui Cao (China) as they aim for a place in the last 16.
21:26 – With the first set finishing a high 28-28 the points are split 1-1 between the archers.
21:29 – Cao gets another really good score from the three arrows in the second set to win it 29-25.
21:31 – The match levels out at 3-3 as the Russian wins the third set 28-27 after one of Cao’s arrows does not get upgraded after scrutiny.
21:34 – The Russian needs to win the fifth set to take the match to a shoot off as she loses the fourth 25-27.
21:36 – As the sun sets around the archery range and the clouds close in Cao gets a 10 to draw the set 29-29 to just squeeze here into the final 16.
More water polo action happens today as the women’s groups get their games underway after the men got going yesterday in the open air stadium that contains the 20×30m court.
Russia v Australia (Group A)
17:01 – The swim off for the ball gets the first quarter underway.
17:04 – The Australian McGhee gets them an early goal to take the lead 1-0.
17:06 – Australia double the lead to 2-0.
17:08 – It is the Russian team to get the first 20 second exclusion and Australia use that moment to call the first time out of the match.
17:10 – As they have the player advantage Australia are able to make the most of it and increase the lead to 3-0.
17:14 – The Australian team get an exclusion in the dying moments of the first quarter but Russia are unable to do anything about it as the keeper has a good block.
17:18 – The second quarter gets underway and Russia promptly end up with an exclusion. Just as the Russian player is returning to the game the Australian team are able to make it 4-0.
17:23 – The Russian defense is too weak for the Australian team and less than halfway into the second quarter they lead 6-0.
17:25 – Another time out is called by the Australian team as Russia receive yet another exclusion.
17:29 – At last Russia have a point on the scoreboard but at the minute it looks like a consilation goal in this first half as they trail 1-8.
17:32 – The honker for halftime goes and Australia have a comfortable lead after 30 minutes of play at 8-1. The defense/keeper will be disappointed to have conceded.
17:40 – A minute and a half into the third quarter Russia are able to score to make it 2-8 and then a few moments later they secure another goal to reduce their deficit to five at 3-8.
17:44 – Another Russian timeout means another Australian time out with just less than half of the third quarter to go.
17:46 – Again the extra player proves advantageous to Australia and they make it 9-3 with three minutes to go.
17:49 – After taking quite some time to score in the third quarter Australia manage to get another to make it 10-3.
17:50 – The Russian squad very quickly respond however and make it 4-10 but they really need to push now if they want to have any chance of grabbing a draw.
17:53 – The fourth quarter gets underway and Russia manage to get possession of the ball first. Sadly nobody played the dun dun music as both sides approached the ball however.
17:57 – Two more goals are scored in quick succession and both are in favour of Australia to make it 12-4 with six minutes of the match remaining.
18:02 – Several members of the Australian team get subbed off, with the ability of rolling subs, with two minutes of the last quarter to go.
18:05 – Russia concede another goal so their coach calls a timeout to figure out last moment game plan.
18:07 – With just a few seconds to go Australia make it 14-4. A goal difference of ten could be hugely beneficial to them as the end of the group rankings are calculated.
- Australia beat Russia with a ten goal advantage in Group A of the women’s preliminaries.
After the cancellation of events on day two this is only the third day of rowing action. There are some repechage events happening to give rowers a second chance but the regatta is starting to quickly progress and sees quarter and semi-finals taking place today.
Men’s Single Sculls
12:40 – The first quarter-final comes to a conclusion as Angel Fournier Rodriguez (Cuba) manages to cross the line four seconds ahead of Rhys Grant (Australia). They are joined in the semi-final by Nils Jokob Hoff (Norway). The three other rowers will take part in Semi-Final C/D instead.
12:50 – Mahe Drysdale (Netherlands) wins the second quarter-final. Ondrej Synek (Croatia) finishes comfortably in second and Belarus’s Shcharbachenia.
13:00 – The third quarter-final was won by Hannes Obreno of Belgium. He is joined in the next round with Cabrera (Mexico) and Elbanna (Egypt).
13:11 – The fourth race is won by Damir Martin (Croatia). Alan Campbell (GB) finishes in second and will also go through to the semi-final.
16:10 – The first semi-final E/F gets underway with four rowers taking part as a heron watches on from the side of the lake.
16:11 – Kazakstan are really not very good at staying out of the water in this regatta as the same rower ends up in the water in a similar position to where he capsized last time.
16:19 – Thailand crosses the line in first, Tunisia follows fairly quickly and Vanutu’s rower finally crosses the line. The Kazakstan rower seems to have got him and his boat out of the water.
16:26 – The second E/F semi final sees the lead of over a boat length by the Zimbabwean rower Peebles.
16:30 – In the end it is Peebles that comfortably wins it but it is fairly insignificant now as medal hopes are long gone for all the rowers in this race.
Women’s Single Sculls
13:20 – New Zealander Emma Twigg storms down the lake and take a comfortable first place. A Czech rower finishes second and Mexico manages third. The GB rower will enter the C/D semi-final instead.
13:27 – At the halfway point of quarter-final two it is Gmelin (Switzerland) that is mildly ahead of the pack but it will depend on how the rowers approached the race to if she can hold on.
13:31 – Stone (USA) manages to power through and comfortably win the second race ahead of Gmelin. The Swiss rower looks bitterly disappointed and even a little shocked at the strength of stone.
13:41 – The Danish rower Erichsen grabs first ahead of Zimbabwe’s Thornycroft and a Canadian rower. They progress to the semi-finals to get nearer to the gold.
13:44 – The fourth heat gets underway including the Australian Brennan. There are six rowers in this final quarter-final match.
13:52 – It is Brennan that finishes the race first ahead of the Chinese and Belarus rowers that require a photofinish to determine second and third.
16:36 – The Chinese Taipai rower Huang is a huge distance ahead of the other three boats in her E/F race.
16:40 – Huang maintains her huge lead and wins the race ahead of the three other boats that all manage to make it to the line.
19:46 – At the halfway point The Bahama’s Morley has an almost ten second lead over the other three rowers and is able to drop the pace off comfortably.
16:51 – Togo’s eighteen year old rower Ayivon is the last to cross the line in the second E/F semi-final but this will be a great experience for her to relate to in the future.
13:55 – It is the first A/B semi-final that is the first to get underway and the Australian pair take the initial lead but the rest of the field is still well within reach at the 500m mark.
13:59 – The Australian pair are having to work very hard on the way up to the finishing line and are unable to hold off the Italian pair. France crosses the line in third. They go through to final A whilst the final three go throug to final B.
14:03 – The next A/B match takes to the starting blocks and hope to do enough to get to the medal ranking final.
14:08 – The very strong and highly respected New Zealand team have the lead at the 1500m mark. The race is in for the second and third spots.
14:10 – It is the GB pair and the South African duo that managed to edge to be the best of the rest to secure the final two mort important sports.
Women’s Double Sculls
14:18 – Greece grabs first place just moments before the Lithuanian and USA duos cross the line. The go through to the A final.
14:20 – The next semi-final includes teams from Great Britain, Australia and France.
14:28 – After some initial worrying heats for the British pair, that includes Grainger, they are able to secure second in the race behind the Polish duo.
Men’s Double Sculls
14:32 – There is an issue with the start and the duos are brought back to the blocks to go again.
14:40 – With 500m to go it is the Croatian crew that are in the lead, as they have been throughout the match, but they are being pushed to keep the power up by the three other boats.
14:41 – The Crotian team respond to the pressure and are able to extend their lead slightly as the cross the line. Norway manage second and Great Britain cross in third.
14:48 – Lithuania takes the lead of the next semi-final and whilst their stroke rate is under 40 they look to be putting in a lot of effort to get such a clear gap.
14:50 – They manage to hold onto the lead and are followed home by a very fast approaching Italy and France to progress to the A final.
Lightweight Men’s Fours
14:55 – The first semi-final includes crews from Great Britain, New Zealand and Italy. At the early point it is the Italians that are pulling away from the rest of the field.
14:59 – Italy hold onto the lead and are followed over the line by France and New Zealand. The Kiwi team look really out of breath at the end of the race, compared to the others, and some grab their sides like stitch is kicking in.
15:06 – At the 1500m mark the Switzerland quad have a lead of two seconds over the Danish.
15:09 – Switzerland are able to hold on to the first qualifying spot for the A final. Denmark secure second and Greece finish in third.
15:14 – It is the last chance for these pairs if they want to have any chance of progressing to compete in the medal rows.
15:18 – At 1500m it is the Romanian pair that are ahead but they are panting for air desperately and may end up being caught up just as they go to cross the line.
15:20 – Italy and France are unable to catch the Romanian pair up and the gap between first and second actually seemed to increase in the last 500m.
Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls
15:23 – Great Britain, with Katherine Copeland, take part here with the hopes of getting their performance back on track.
15:28 – With 500m to go it is the USA pair in the lead being kept up with by Japan but the rest of the field seem a fair distance behind.
15:30 – USA win by three quarters of a boat length ahead of Japan. GB finish in third over five seconds by the Japan duo.
15:40 – In almost identical fashion of the women’s pairs repechage the next race here sees Romania keep the lead all the way to the line ahead of Germany and Italy.
Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls
15:46 – Denmark lead the first of the repechages but are doing four more strokes per minute than the Chinese who are chasing them towards the finish line.
15:48 – Denmark manage first, China second and Cuba cross the line in third.
15:53 – The next repechage is underway and has the German team leading the Austrians by just over a boat length at the halfway mark.
15:57 – Germany just holds on to first ahead of the Austrian team and Switzerland cross the line in third place. The Germany team look delighted.
16:05 – This is a fairly touch round for the rowers but it is the South African quad holding of the Belarus team to the line. Russia just about snatches third.
- Men’s single canoe (C1) concludes with Denis Gargaud Chanut (France) getting gold, Matej Benus (Slovakia) securing silver and Takuya Haneda bagging bronze.
- Pairs from China, Malaysia and Canada get the medals for the women’s 10m syncronised platform event in diving.
- The equestrian eventing comes to an end with the team and individual medals up for grabs. France, Germany and Australia get the team medals whilst Michael Jung (Germany), Astier Nicholas (France) and Phillip Dutton (USA) grab the individual medals.
- In the fencing the men’s épée ends with Sangyoung Park (South Korea) getting gold ahead of Geza Imre (Hungary) and Gauthier Grumier (France).
- The women’s teams final in the gymnastic ends with the United Stated winning gold, Russia gets silver and China manage bronze.
- Some of the heavier athletes in Judo are starting to try and get Olympic gold. Today seen the men’s 81kg category happen to give Khasan Khalmurzaev (Russia) the gold after beating Travis Stevens (USA) in the final match. Sergiu Toma (United Arab Emirates) and Takanori Nagase (Japan) get bronze.
- The women’s 63kg category also happened for the Judo. Tina Trstenjak (Slovakia) wins the final match to get gold over Clarisse Agbegnenou (France). Yardin Gerbi (Israel) and Anicka Van Emden (Netherlands) share the bronz medal rostrum.
- Women were shooting the pistol today at the 25m distance. It was Anna Korakaki (Greece) that had the best aim of the day to get gold. Monika Karsch (Germany) had to settle for silver and Heidi Diethelm Gerber (Switzerland) gets bronze.
- More medals were awarded in the weightlifting today. For the women’s 63kg category Wei Deng (China) gets gold ahead of Hyo Sim Choe (North Korea) and Karina Goricheve (Kazakstan).