Olympics Day Six: Aiming For Gold

The weather was not that nice in Rio yesterday and a lot of crowds were slightly lacking numbers as the rain beat down onto arenas and seats. It did not make things too tricky for the archers and the water polo players did not seem to mind but it did see the rowing getting cancelled.

Today will hopefully be a better one and give outdoor sports competitors more people to watch them and the organisers a chance to hand out a few more medals. It may even be good enough for the first Olympic golf event since 1904 to go undisrupted on its first day.

As always we’ll be updating you on all the action throughout the day so be sure to pop back and keep refreshing and remember if you are looking for a certain sport they are divided, and if needs be subdivided into events or match, to make it easier to find.

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Current covered sports ordering; Swimming, Volleyball, Track Cycling, Archery, Water Polo, Rowing

Swimming

The first session of the day at the Olympic aquatic centre has heats for four events. There will be semi-finals and four finals happening in the evening session.

Men’s 50m Freestyle

This is a really fast paced event and some swimmers will only breath once down the entire lane so the commentary here will be very limited. We will likely be looking at 21 seconds to make the semi-finals.

Heats

17:02– The first of eleven heats gets the event underway and Hoxha of Albania wins in just under 23 seconds.

17:04 – Sylvester (Vincent and The Grenedines) wins heat two in less than 26 seconds.

17:07 – Augustine II (Micronesia) finishes the third heat fastest.

17:08 – Hilal (Tanzania) gets the win in heat four with a personal best of 23.7 seconds.

17:11 – Niane (Senegal) wins the fifth heat in 23.6 seconds.

17:13 – Hong Kong’s Jeffery finishes heat sixth in 22.4 seconds. Ryan (Ireland) finishes third in 23.8 seconds.

17:15 – Heat seven is won Tjon-A-Joe (Suriname) in 22.2 seconds.

17:17 – It is Yu (China) that gets the crown for heat eight in 22.2 seconds.

17:19 – The first of the seeded heats, the ninth one to leave the blocks, is won by Mcevoy (Australia) in 21.8 seconds. Four swimmers manage under 22 seconds.

17:21 – Heat ten sees Adrian (USA) touch the wall in 21.6 seconds ahead of Ervin (USA) and Proud (GB). 

17:23 – The last heat, number eleven, has two Brazilians in and the defending Olympic champion Manaudou (France). Govorov (Ukraine) wins the race ahead of the Frenchman in 21.4 Seconds.

17:25 – Govorov goes through as fastest qualifier for the semi-finals ahead of Adrian and Ervin. Proud also makes it through to the next round.

Semi-Finals

02:05 – The first heat ends with Manaudou (France) winning in the same time that gave him the world championship win just ahead of Adrian (USA).

02:13 – Govorov (Ukraine) finishes the second heat just hundreds of a second ahead of Ervin (USA). 

02:14 – Brazil’s Fratus makes it into the final alongside Ben Proud (GB).

Women’s 200m Breaststroke

Final

02:15 – The swimmers head out of the call room and includes British swimmers Tutton and Renshaw as well as Efimova (Russia) and the world record holder Pedersen (Denmark).

02:18 – At the 100m mark Mckeown (Australia) turns at the wall first.

02:19 – Kaneto (Japan) turns first with 50m left to go as the swimmers all start to notch up their speed.

02:20 – The Japanese swimmer gets silver, Efimova gets silver and China’s Shi that gets bronze.

Men’s 200m Backstroke

Final

02:23 – Pebley (USA), Rylov (Russia) and Larkin (Australia) take part in this final and start to come out to the poolside.

02:27 – They push off the wall and get underway. The German Diener has the best start in lane eight.

02:28 – America’s Murphy hits the final 50m turn first ahead of Larkin.

02:29 – Murphy wins gold, Larkin gets silver and Rylov gets bronze. They all managed one minute and 53 second finishes.

Women’s 200m Backstroke

Semi-Finals

02:32 – Seebohm (Australia) and Graf (Germany) take part in the first semi-final.

02:37 – Fesikova (Russia) hits the quarter mark first. Caldwell (Canada) hits first at the half way and three quarter point.

02:38 – Caldwell eases off at the end of the rest to do enough to get first and a place in the final without pushing her body that little bit too far.

02:40 – The second semi-final includes ‘Iron Lady’ Hosszu (Hungary), IOC member Coventry (Zimbabwe) that handed out medals at a ceremony last night and world record holder Franklin (USA).

02:46 – Hosszu (Hungary) hits the 50m and 100m turns first just behind world record pace.

02:47 – The Hungarian gets the fastest time in the world this year ahead of Dirado (USA) and Hocking (Australia). Coventry, the 31 year old Zimbabwean that has won at a previous Olympics, swims fast enough to qualify for the final as well.

Men’s 200m Individual Medley

Final

03:06 – Hagino (Japan), Wallace (GB) and Pereira (Brazil) take part in the final of this but they will have to get past world record holder Lochte (USA) and Olympic record holder Phelps (USA) to have any chance of a medal.

03:09 – The race that the Baltimore Ravens are pausing their American Football game for is underway.

03:11 – Phelps wins the 200m IM gold, for the fourth consecutive Olympics, just outside getting a new record. Hagino gets silver and Shun (China) gets bronze. Lochte ends up in the middle of the pack and outside the medals by some distance.

Women’s 100m Freestyle

Final

03:27 – The Australian Campbell sisters take on Oleksiak (Canada) and Weitzeil (USA).

03:30 – Cate Campbell hits the wall first after 50m ahead of world record pace.

03:31 – Manuel (USA) gets gold with an Olympic record and shares it with the 16 year old Oleksiak as they get the same time. The American is the first black woman to win a gold medal in an Olympic swimming pool.

Women’s 800m Freestyle

This is a long race and if the swimmer is not feeling their best or has tired legs from other races in the last couple of days they may really struggle towards the end.

Heats

17:27 – Six swimmers get the first heat underway. Amusingly there is a swimmer called Gruest Slowing (Guatemala) which is not a great name for a swimmer needing to remain fast. A commentators nightmare of “Slowing is slowing”.

17:36 – Risztov (Hungary) wins the first heat. She is doing the open water race in a few days so this is a bit like a warm up event for her.

17:39 – The second heat is underway and contains Belmonte (Spain) that won a gold medal in the evening session yesterday.

17:47 – It is Belmonte that wins the heat in eight minutes and 25 seconds. That should be enough to put her into the final, with swimmers in the following two heats, but she will have to wait to find out.

17:50 – Friis (Denmark) and Boyle (New Zealand) take part in the third heat. It is likely to generally be a lot faster than the second one was.

18:00 – It is the Danish swimmer that wins that heat ahead of Ashwood (Australia) and Boyle. The New Zealander is currently in fourth place into the final with one very fast heat still to go.

18:02 – The final heat includes Carlin (GB), Ledecky (USA) and Kapas (Hungary).

18:11 – Ledecky manages to get a new Olympic record with her win of the final heat. Kapas and Carlin both finish in eight minutes 19 seconds to both go into the final second and third fastest. Belmonte gets into the final as slowest qualifier.

Men’s 100m Butterfly

There are six heats for this event and then there will be semi-finals to follow this evening and the final tomorrow.

Heats

18:15 – The first heat just has three swimmers competing so they all have a decent chance of coming away saying they won an Olympic heat but they are incredibly unlikely to make it into the semi-finals.

18:17 – Toure (Mali) finishes in under 58 seconds with a rather strange approach to his stroke.

18:19 – The second heat has Condorelli (Canada) in and would be most likely to touch the wall first despite his slow enter time.

18:20 – Condorelli wins his heat in 51.99 seconds and that time would usuallt be enough to clinch a place in the semi-final but he will have to go and swim off and see what happens in the other heats.

18:21 – Heat three, the last unseeded heat, has Brazilians Martin and Macedo in as well as James Guy (GB) taking part.

18:24 – The time of 51.7 seconds wins it for Guy, which helps him push his way nearer to the semi-final, but he too will have a nervous wait.

18:25 – Cseh (Hungary) takes part in the fourth heat but overall this heat is likely to be a similar pace if not slower than the previous one.

18:26 – The Hungarian does indeed win it with 51.5 but looks absolutely shattered afterwards and may very well struggle to improve on that in the following round.

18:28 – Le Clos (South Africa) and Shields (USA) takes part in the next to last heat of this event. If Le Clos is in better form than he was for the 200m freestyle he might have a chance to to put a good time in to get into the semis.

18:30 – Shields wins the heat in 51.5 seconds ahead of Metella (France) and Le Clos.

18:31 – The final heat of this event includes Phelps (USA) and Schooling (Singapore).

18:34 – Schooling grabs first with 51.4 seconds, to go in fastest into the semi-finals, ahead of Phelps and Li (China).

18:35 – Britain’s James Guy makes it into the semi-final as seventh fastest.

Semi-Finals

03:49 – Phelps (USA) has just had to sprint from his medal ceremony of the earlier final to get to the call room for this first semi-final. He competes against Condorelli (Canada) and Guy (GB).

03:50 – Cseh (Hungary) wins the heat in just under 52 seconds and Phelps, who will be aching and slightly un-prepared, finishes second.

03:52 – The second semi-final has Schooling (Singapore) and Le Clos (South Africa) going for a time to get into the final.

03:56 – Schooling hits the wall first in 50.83 seconds to go into the final fastest a comfortable distance ahead of all the rest in both semi-finals.

Women’s 200m Backstroke

This is a nice simple event where the swimmers cannot see each other apart from on the turns. If somebody has an injury to one side of their body it can really cause them to veer off towards the lane guides.

Heats

18:37 – Heat one only has four swimmers competing in it but I cannot imagine any of them making it into the sixteen fastests for the semi-finals but I would more than happily like to be proven wrong.

18:40 – Avramova (Turkey) finishes first in two minutes and 12 seconds. The Switzerland swimmer Van Berkel looks like she could have pushed harder for a little longer but only kicked hard right at the vey end.

18:42 – The second heat contains World and Olympic record holder as well as defending champion Missy Franklin (USA) but she really has not had very good form recently and whilst she may make it through the next rounds I would be surprised if she is able to get a medal out of this event.

18:45 – Graf (Germany) wins the second heat ahead of Bouchard (Canada). Franklin only finishes in third.

18:47 – Hosszu (Hungary), Dirado (USA) and Coventry (Zimbabwe) take part in the next to last heat.

18:50 – The winner, of that third heat Hosszu, gets the fastest time of the year so far in just over two minutes and six seconds.

18:52 – The world number one and two, Seebohm (Australia) and Hocking (Australia), take part in the final heat.

18:54 – It is Hocking that wins it ahead of Zevina (Ukraine) in two minutes and eight seconds with Seebohm finishing third but they all make it to the semi-finals.

Volleyball

Women’s Beach Preliminaries

Switzerland v Netherlands (Pool E)

23:10 – The first timeout is called as the Netherlands lead the first set 8-4 after an ace serve just topples over the net.

23:14 – As the first set makes it to 12-9 in the Netherlands favour the technical timeout happens.

23:21 – The Netherlands still have the lead in the first set but it could easily go to the Swiss as it stands at 18-16.

23:23 – As the Dutch serve one of the Swiss pair try to move out of the way but it catches her ponytail and also stays in the court. The Netherlands win the first set 21-17.

23:30 – The first ten points of the second set are split 8-2 in Switzerland’s favour.

23:33 – The Swiss have a ten point lead over the dutch at 13-3 in the second set. With how this is going it looks likely the match will go to a third deciding set.

23:40 – Despite a strong first set the Netherlands lose the second 21-11. They did manage to force three extra points out of the match from when the Swiss got to 20 but they could not hold them off long enough to make a proper recovery.

23:46 – Switzerland are a third of the way to winning the final set as it stands at 5-3 as a timeout happens for them to refuel and recalculate tactics.

23:49 – The Netherlands nearly make it 6-6 but they catch the net and then make a silly error to trail 5-8.

23:53 – It is an increasingly close to the set coming to an end now as Switzerland lead 13-8.

23:54 – Switzerland have done enough to get out of the pool, and they currently top the table, by winning the third set 15-8.

Men’s Beach Preliminaries

Brazil v Latvia (Pool D)

22:05 – I join this match with ten points split between the teams.

22:09 – The first time out is called as Brazil lead 11-10. They are both third and fourth in their pool at the minute so need good performances if they want to grab second or a best third place team qualification spot.

22:13 – Both teams have 14 points so are two third of their way to winning the first set of the match.

22:17 – The crowd are really getting behind the Brazil duo from Rio, in the arena where music gets the crowd going and really gives a carnival atmosphere, and especially as they get enough to win the first set 21-16. If the host nation can win this match they have a chance of squeezing out of the group stages.

22:24 – Brazil are currently ahead in the second set with an 8-4 lead. Wherever Latvia are serving they are getting such boos from the crowd and they just need to channel that into the ball rather than getting intimidated by it.

22:29 – A technical timeout happens, where the set reaches 21 points in total, as Brazil lead in the second set 12-9. The Latvians are really trying to fight back against the Brazil duo but the crowd are wanting none of it.

22:30 – Latvia pull back the points to make it 12-12 and Brazil choose to call a timeout of their own.

22:34 – The match is still basically neck and neck as each side keeps getting a point and the second set stands at 15-15.

22:37 – It’s 18-18 now. The Latvians have to win this set if they want to take the match any further and have the chance of winning.

22:38 – Latvia lead 20-19 and just need one point to level the match but they mess the serve up and hand the point to Brazil to make it 20-20.

23:40 – Latvia win the set 22-20 after requiring two clear set points to win when it gets around the 20/21 mark for each sides. They will play a third set to 15 to be able to win the match.

22:48 – After an unsuccessful challenge from Latvia Brazil lead the third and final set 9-4.

22:51 – Brazil lead the set 13-5 and the crowd are on the edge of their seats in excitement and belief.

22:53 – The host nations dup win the third set 15-7 to give them the match and that is enough to put them third in the pool and that should be enough to take them into the elimination rounds.

22:54 – Every match ball gets signed and put into the crowd but there is a small child that ends up on court and they gove the ball to him and get him to do a little dig with it too.

22:56 – The highest points scorers on the world circuit, the Latvian duo, finish fourth in the pool and are out of the Olympic competition.

Track Cycling

From speed to stamina both individuals and team members need to have a good balance of both for almost any event in the velodrome. Today is the first day of events so has a lot of time based ranking rounds.

Men’s Team Sprint

This event involves serious speed and stamina to keep it up for the required amount of time. The team follow each other round at top speed and fade away after a lap to leave the last and hopefully fastest cyclist to make it to the line.

Ranking Round

Great Britain win their match against Australia, which is purely for figuring out ranking into the first round rather than an elimination match, with a new Olympic record of 42.562.

South Korea do not qualify for the next stage but the rest are through and have had their next round races figured out on the time they just set.

First Round

21:25 – France take on Poland in the first heat and they manage to take the win by just less than half a second.

21:28 – Australia leads at every point of their heat race against The Netherlands by four tenths of a second.

21:31 – New Zealand race Germany in this first round race. The Kiwis win the match with 42.5 seconds to get a new Olympic record.

21:37 – Venezuela competes against Great Britain, the fastest ranked team, in this next heat. Britain are difficult and take an age to get the starting block altered to their level of stablity. GB win against the South American country by nearly two seconds.

Women’s Team Pursuit

At this stage teams will take to the track by themselves to set times to figure out their rankings for the rounds ahead where they will then compete against each other.

Ranking Round

Poland, who kick off the event first, technically get a new Olympic record but as they are the first team out to do 4km with four women under the new format it is a bit meaningless at this stage of the competition.

The Germans look good with their turns and being close to each others wheels but the distribution of being at the front, and the stamina of some of the riders, is not good enough and they cross the line slowly and fairly apart from each other.

As the first Italian team rider drops off things seem to fall apart for them a little bit as their turns take a little bit of adjusting to it but they manage a time quicker than Poland’s.

New Zealand make a massive improvement on the previous teams and go four seconds faster. They nearly make it under four minutes and 20 seconds but miss out by tenths.

The Australia team should really be pleased with getting under four minutes 20 second after having to battle through pain, bumps and bruises from crashing in training at 60km p/h.

The GB team have a new World Record, which has been set over the last couple of years, in just over four minutes and 13 seconds and is nearly six seconds quicker than the last fastest teams in the event.

USA went out very hard but made a few mistakes that makes their time a second slower than the British but it does mean that the World Champions have room for improvement to give them a real fight.

Archery

After the last couple of days of first and second round matches we are now at the business end of the women’s individual archery. Today will take us from the last sixteen all the way to the gold medal match.

Women’s Third Round (16 Archers)

Match One – Deepika Kumari (India) v Ya-Ting Tan (Chinese Taipei)

The Indian archer was on fairly decent form yesterday after adapting to the weather competitions and competition pressure but she will need to have had a good nights sleep and maintain it today if she wants to have any chance of beating the Taipei archer. If Tan is off her game this match may be significantly easier for Kumari than expected.

13:00 – The archers start the first set and it is Tan that shoots the first arrow of this women’s last sixteen round.

13:01 – Tan wins the first set 28-27 to give her the early lead against the Indian.

13:04 – The match now sees Tan with a 4-0 lead as Kumari only manages 26 in the second set aginst the Taipei archers 29.

13:06 – And it is over in three straight sets to put Tan in the final eight archers after getting a perfect 30-27 to make it 6-0. Kumari tried her best but it was just not enough.

Match Two – Hui Cao (China) v Lisa Unruh (Germany)

Unrah had quite a challenging couple of matches to get to the last sixteen and will be hoping she can make it a bit easier today. Her appointment is a fine competitor on her day though and this match may very well find itself at a shoot off.

13:14 – The first set goes in the favour of Unruh 28-27 and she will be hoping this is a sign she can win a match less less than 6-4 for the first time at this meet.

13:17 – It looks like the German has found some form and is feeling a lot more comfortable with the sunny conditions to win the second set 29-26.

13:20 – Unruh got an eight with her first arrow of the third set and as a result she could not secure points. Cao wins that set 29-28 to leave her trailing in the match 2-4.

13:23 – And the match is done in four sets as the German wins it with a final score of 29 from the three arrows. Cao could only manage 26 to mean she is out of the competition 2-6. Unruh progresses.

Match Three – Bombayla Devi Laishram (India) v Alejandra Valencia (Colombia)

Either of these archers have the chance to go through to the next round as if they are both on form it will be a nip and tuck match. Both competitors have had a fair amount of support in the crowd for the previous rounds so they will no doubt be motivated by that.

13:27 – Despite finishing the round with a ten Laishram could not do enough to win the first set. Valencia wins it 28-26 to take the first two match points.

13:30 – Valencia gets a six in the second set to only manage 23 in total to allow the Indians 26 to be enough to make the match level again.

13:32 – The third set is a lot more of a respectable result for both archers and it is the Mexican that just edges it 28-27 to take the 4-2 match lead.

13:34 – The match is over as Valencia wins the fourth set, despite a lose arrow, 25-23 to give her a place in the final eight.

Match Four – Misun Choi (South Korea) v Inna Stepanova (Russia)

Choi is expected to win this match relatively comfortably. The Russian will have to bring her absolute a-game here is she wants any chance of snatching the odd point from the world number one.

13:41 – Choi wins the first set with 27-26. She will improve in the following areows though to decrease Stepanova’s margin for error.

13:42 – Choi gets an eight with her first arrow to allow the Russian to apply real pressure through the rest of the set.

13:43 – The South Korean manages to get another 27 at the end of the second set but Stepanova really improves and gets 29 to take the second set and level out the match.

13:45 – Stepanova loses the third set 27-29. She needs to at least draw the next set to keep herself in the match but now Choi has found her rhythm she needs perfection.

13:48 – The Russian just manages to hold onto the match by getting a 28-28 draw in the fourth set. Choi just needs a draw in the fifth set now though to win the match.

13:50 – Choi gets 28 whilst Stepanova can only manage 28 in the fifth set. It is the South Korean that goes to the final eight but it was closer than she would have liked.

Match Five – Bo Bae Ki (South Korea) v Sa Yu Htwe (Myanmar)

Expect this match to be wrapped up in three straight sets by Ki. She is by far the better archer and missing the gold on the target is fairly rare for her so Htwe will have to have the shoot of her life to get out of this round.

13:55 – Htwe nearly won the first set and Ki looked very stressed and concerned but Htwe’s last arrow was only a seven to give her 26. The Korean takes the set 27-26.

13:59 – Ow dear. There is no other way to put it other than Htwe just made a cardinal archery error. She completely misguides the arrow and not only does it hit the board but it hits a metal section underneath and dents it and ruins the arrow. She loses the second set 17-29.

14:00 – The Myanmar archer does not let it phase her and finishes the third set with 27 but it is not enough to stop Ki ho gets 29 and progresses to the last eight in three straight sets.

Match Six – Yuhong Qi (China) v Jiaxin Wu (China)

The Chinese team will be disappointed that two of their three archers must face each other at this stag in the competition but at least they can be certain of one making it to the final eight.

14:07 – Wu wins the first set 26-25. You can almost sense the tension between the two archers as the coach watches on from the side unable to give either advice.

14:10 – Wu wins the second set 29-27 and if she can win the next set she goes through to the final eight instead of her compatriot.

14:13 – The third set gets split between the two archers as they both manage 28. It gives Wu a 5-1 lead in the match and she now just needs a draw in set four to win the match.

14:16 – Qi is giving herself a chance to take this match to a shoot off as she wins the fourth set 27-26 to be trailing the match 3-5 with one set to go.

14:18 – Qi manages it and wins the fifth set 28-27 to take the match to a shoot off.

14:20 – Wu gets a ten in the shoot off whilst Qi can only manage an eight. Simulatanious disappointment and joy will be experienced in the Chinese team tonight.

Match Seven – Ane Marcelle Dos Santos (Brazil) v Naomi Folkard (Great Britain)

The Brazilian was certainly motivated by the crowd in her first two matches and will be hoping they can help her find those extra couple of points today. The emotion of her getting this far in the competition have already been very visable on her face but she will need to control all that if she wants to get past Folkard today.

14:25 – The end of the first set goes to Folkard 27-25 but the Brazilian just looks so smiley and happy to still be in the competition.

14:27 – Dos Santos gets 27 in the second set and it is enough for the points to be shared she trails in the match 1-3 which is easily recoverable.

14:29 – The Brazilian does enough to again share a set, this time the third 25-25, to keep trailing in the match 2-4.

14:34 – It is Folkard that goes through to the final eight as she wins the fourth set 25-20. Dos Santos hugs her coach but puts on a brave and happy face in front of the cheering crowd.

Match Eight – Un Ju Kang (North Korea) v Hye Jin Chang (South Korea)

The South Korean is likely to be the victorious archer here today but after the number one seed of the competition left the competition at an earlier stage it is a reminder that the South Korean team do not get everything their own way. Kang will have to dig deep though and ensure she gets nothing less than a nine in each set to have any chance of points.

14:38 – The first set is effectively pointless as they share the points after it ends 27-27.

14:40 – After the second set it is Chang that takes the match lead 3-1 thanks to a score of 28-24.

14:42 – It is the South Korean that takes the third set 29-27 to give her a 5-1 lead. She just needs a draw in the fourth set to round this match up and progress to the final eight.

14:44 – Chang just does enough by getting a 27-27 draw against Kang in the fourth set. She is into the quarter-final round.

Women’s Quarter-Finals (8 Archers)

Match One – Lisa Unruh (Germany) v Ya-Ting Tan (Chinese Taipei)

This is the first match of these quarter-finals. Unrah, an experienced archer, takes on the world number two Tan.

19:00 – The first arrows of the match see both archers get an eight.

19:01 – Tan takes the first set 27-25 to take the early match lead. She seems to have a lot of support in the crowd from fans and teammates.

19:04 – Unruh respinds brilliantly to going behind in a match for the first time in the competition and takes the second set 28-26 to bring the match back level to 2-2.

19:06 – Tan takes the third set 28-27 and can win the match if she can grab the fourth set.

19:08 – The German gets a ten with her first arrow of the fourth set and sees the pressure get to Tan who can only manage an eight. Unruh wins the set 28-26 to bring the match back to 4-4.

19:10 – There is a shoot off in this the first quarter-final match as the fifth set gets shared 26-26 to bring the match to a 5-5 end.

19:12 – Tan only gets a seven with her arrow whilst the German gets a nine. The world number two is out!

Match Two – Misun Choi (South Korea) v Alejandra Valencia (Mexico)

Whilst Valencia has had a decent competition so far this match could prove to be a challenge for her as she takes on one of the hot prospects of the sport.

19:18 – The Mexican takes the first set 25-23 to the delight of a chunk of the crowd after Choi can only manage a truly uncharacteristic five with her first arrow.

19:20 – Valencia wins the second set 29-26. She is one set away from knocking out world number one just seconds after the number two has been defeated.

19:23 – Choi is out! Valencia has beaten the world number one in three straight sets after managing a final 29-27 who ranked first ahead of the first day of competition.

Match Three – Bo Bae Ki (South Korea) v Jiaxin Wu (China)

Reigning Olympic champion Ki, who did the double in London and already has the team gold, should be the favourite here but Wu has had a great competition so far and managed to bear her compatriot in the previous round.

19:27 – Ki is able to win the first set 28-27 as Wu’s last arrow drops down to a secen. The Korean leads 2-0.

19:30 – Wu pulls a 28 out the bag against Ki’s 25 to win the second set to bring the match back level at 2-2.

19:34 – The wind is being a bit irratic at the minute and Wu ends up getting a five with one of her arrows. Ki wins the set 27-22 and resumes the match lead 4-2.

19:36 – Defending Olympic champion Ki progresses to the semi-final matches and can still do the back-to-back double after winning the fourth set 29-26.

Match Four – Naomi Folkard (Great Britain) v Hye Jin Chang (South Korea)

Folkard is the lower ranked of these two archers and scored in the ranking round far lower than Chang so the British archer will have to do something consistently special here.

19:42 – Chang wins the first set 26-25 to take the 2-0 lead in the match.

19:44 – Folkard manages to respond to the pressure and shares the second set 27-27 to make the match score 3-1 in Chang’s favour.

19:46 – The match is now 5-1 in Chang’s favour as she wins the third set 28-27. Anything less than a win in the next two sets will send Folkard home.

19:49 – Folkard is unable to secure the fourth set and is out of the competition. Chang wins 7-1 after managing 28-27 in the set.

Women’s Semi-Finals

Match One – Alejandra Valencia (Mexico) v Lisa Unruh (Germany)

Both of these archers have knocked out the world number one and two seeds and they are only two apart in the rankings themselves so this could go either way.

19:54 -The German has got the first set 27-26 after Valencia drops her last arrow down to a seven.

19:56 – Unruh goes 4-0 up after winning the second set 28-26. If she wins the last one she will be leaving the competition with at least a silver medal.

19:58 – The Mexican wins the third set to keep her in the match 25-23 as she is able to handle the swirling wind slightly better.

20:00 – Unruh has the chance for gold and Valencia will have to battle it out for a bronze medal. The fourth set goes to Unruh to allow her to win the match 6-2.

Match Two – Bo Bae Ki (South Korea) v Hyejin Chang (South Korea)

One of these archers will have to settle for going for bronze as their compatriot will beat them here for the spot in the gold medal match.

20:07 – Well if the match goes like the first set did it could be decided very quicky as Ki wins 25-19. Neither of the archers have looked at their best today and that really shows here.

20:09 – Chang wins the second set 27-24 to level the match at 2-2.

20:12 – The score is replicated with Chang winning the third set to go ahead in the match 4-2 with another 27-24 lead.

20:14 – Set four sees the points being split between the two archers as they both get 26.

20:16 – Chang is the South Korean going through into the gold medal after winning 28-26 to grab the match 7-3. Ki’s dream to get double gold at back to back games are over as she will only compete for the bronze.

Women’s Medal Matches

Bronze Medal Match – Alejandro Valencia (Mexico) v Bo Bae Ki (South Korea)

Ki will be really disappointed to not be going for gold but she will have to compose herself and focus purely on trying to hit the gold zone as much as possible.

20:29 – The first set gives the South Korean the early match lead with a score of 26-25.

20:32 – Mexican fans in the crowd are still going wild everytime Valencia hits the target. She does enough to take the set 29-28.

20:34 – Valencia loses the third set 25-26 to put Ki back in the match lead 4-2.

20:37 – There is a mammoth score difference in the fourth set of 27-21 in Valencia’s favour to bring her level at 4-4 to take it into the fifth set.

20:39 – Ki finishes the match with a perfect 30 to Valencia’s 25. The winner of the gold in London has secured bronze here in Rio and for the first time she shows real emotion in this competition.

Gold Medal Match – Lisa Unruh (Germany) v Hyejin Chang (South Korea)

Unruh managed to beat an archer far better than her by world ranking standards to get her and then beat the Mexican that took out the other top ranked archer. She will need to maintain fabulous form to beat Chang to the gold though.

20:46 – Chang wins the first set 27-26 and Unruh looks a little concerned by her own opening performance.

20:48 – The second set goes to the German 28-26 to level that match back up to 2-2.

20:50 – Unruh makes a mistake in the third set, like she did in the first, and Chang is able to win it 27-26 to go 4-2 up.

20:52 – The German loses the fourth set 27-28 and will have to make do with the silver medal but she would not have expected to have made it this far given her previous opponents. It is Chang that takes the gold home to South Korea and will be joined by compatriot Ki on the podium after she manages bronze.

Water Polo

Women’s Preliminaries

China v USA (Group B)

15:41 – The match gets underway with the first quarters swim off and it is USA that get the possession.

15:45 – USA have taken the early 1-0 lead here. The pool is looking a lot clearer today, which helps to see the tussles happening under the water, than it was yesterday but this might be helped by the lack of rain.

15:46 – The American team have doubled their lead to 2-0 with half of the time left on the first quarter clock. 

15:51 -China call a time out, with just less than two minutes left on the first quarter clock, after the score goes against them 3-1.

15:53 – Steffens scores her second goal of the match to put USA up 4-1 with a minute left before the pause at the end of the quarter.

15:54 – The teams will have chance to discuss strategy on how to improve various elements as the first quarter gets hooted to an end.

15:57 – America win the swim off for the second time to get the next quarter underway.

15:58 – The goal cushion is increased for the US team as they are able to make it 5-1 within the first moments of the second quarter.

16:03 – It could very quickly become a long match for China as they now trail 1-6.

16:10 – The end of the second quarter os called and China will need to put in an incredible performance in the second half to get anything worthwhile out of this match.

16:16 – By the end of the first minute of the third quarter USA are still dominating and have the lead 7-1.

16:17 – China manage to recover a goal to narrow America’s advantage to 7-2.

16:18 – I think the referee just lost his whistle poolside and had to re-attach it to the string. He certainly looked sheepish enough.

16:20 – USA score twice in quick succession to advance their lead to 9-2 with five minutes remaining on the third quarters half.

16:27 – After a time out there is a minute left on the clock and the score is 10-3. Everytime China are able to score they immediately concede at the other end.

16:37 – It happens again. China make it to 4-10 and then concede to find the scoreline 4-11 against them.

16:38 – A time out is called with just under five minutes left on the clock of the fourth quarter.

16:42 – As one of the American team receive an exclusion China choose to use another timeout to impart wisdom onto the players. It is a little regardless as there are only two minutes left on the clock and they need seven goals just for a draw.

16:45 – With fifteen seconds remaining Musselman well and truly seals Chinas fate by scoring again to win the match 12-4.

Rowing

After a long build up and several rounds of competition some rowers have their chance to win the first medals of the meet and become Olympic champions on the Brazilian lake. The events that were due to take place yesterday have been squeezed into today and that might result in some races not quite living up to expectations as the rowers would have built themselves up for yesterday, especially the lightweight scull competitors.

Women’s Pairs

With the semi-finals and the final initially scheduled on the same day these pairs would have felt a huge challenge ahead but the final has been moved to tomorrow afternoon instead to allow them to push it a bit more today.

Semi-Finals

12:30 – The British duo, the Olympic defending champions, take part in the first semi-final alongside the USA and Italy.

12:32 – Great Britain’s duo have taken the lead after the first 500m of the race. They are front loading this race though and going out hard initially and hoping it will be enough to secure first if they fade off a little.

12:34 – At the half way mark the lead has been extended a little and they continue to be the fastest pair.

12:34 – The 1500m mark sees the GB team taking a comfortable lead if nearly five seconds over the Americans. Three crews can go through from this semi-final and the first two are very comfortably safe.

12:38 – GB bring the race home with USA in second and South Africa getting the third spot in the final for the medals.

12:40 – Denmark, New Zealand and France take part in the second semi-final. The six boats in this race will be aiming for the first three spots to go into the A final to have a chance at a medal.

12:46 – At the 1500m mark the Danish are ahead and are pushing at a comfortable rate but the New Zealand team are desperate to come back to secure first for a better lane.

12:48 – Denmark’s lead decreases as they make it over the finish line. New Zealand secure second and Spain just fight off the Chinese for the third spot in the A final. The other three finishers in each race will have to go in the B final for nothing more than positioning.

Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls

Some pairs here may struggle after bulking up to be just near the maximum weight allowance for yesterday to only discover it was cancelled. They will no doubt just be pleased to get back on the water to try to glide into the final.

Semi-Finals

12:52 – China go through the early 500m mark, for the first semi-final, slightly ahead of the South African pair. With the defending Olympic champions, Great Britain, not making it out of the repechages duos will feel they can get something special out of this event.

12:54 – The South African pair have fought back and taken the lead of the race, at the half way mark, by a few hundredths of a second.

12:56 – China seem to have completely messed up, with the row effectively getting stuck in the water, and practically come to a complete stop in the water to put them down in third fighting to hold off Romania for the final qualifying spot to final A.

12:57 – China manage to hold onto to third spot whilst South Africa is able to comfortably win the race ahead of New Zealand.

13:02 – In the second heat it is The Netherlands that have taken an almost full length lead against the rest of the field after the first 500m.

13:06 – The Danish are still ahead at the 1500m mark ahead of Ireland and Canada.

13:08 – Denmark comfortably hold on for first with Canada and Ireland following them in for the other A final qualification spots.

Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls

The men are going to be facing a similar issue to the women here and will have bulked up thinking the race would be tomorrow. They are professional though and will be used to delays from weather conditions but some duos will no doubt handle the distruption better than others.

Semi-Finals

13:10 – China, GB, Ireland, USA, Germany and the world champions France take part in the first semi-final.

13:13 – It is France to get past the half way line first as everybody else battles to be the best of the rest behind them.

13:15 – As they find the 1500m mark France still leads but USA are closing them in just over a second behind.

13:17 – The hooter to signal the finish line goes first for France, then USA and then Ireland. They all get into the A final as they have well timed races. GB are in the B final.

13:22 – At the first 500m mark in the second semi-final it is Norway that has over a boat load ahead of South Africa.

13:26 – After taking the early lead Norway are overtaken by the South Africans to try and get first place to get a better lane in the final. 

13:27 – South Africa and Norway cross the finish line first and Poland grab that third qualifying spot just ahead of the Italians.

Men’s Fours

These boats are are full of very strong rowers and the races can go either way and either be very close to call or there will be an absolute huge chunk between the leader and the rest of the field.

Semi-Finals

13:31 – After 500m the Australians are slightly ahead of the USA and are seeking to win the race to get a good lane in the final.

13:36 – The Italians are absolutely flying at the end of the race to grab third place after initially being behind a quarter of the way through. South Africa managed second and Australia kept a huge margin to get first. The USA faded away terribly near the end.

13:45 – With 500m to to the GB quad have over a five second advantage ahead of Canada and there is no chance that anybody can take first place from them now even as they ease down towards the line.

13:47 – The British quad win the race with Canada and the Netherland getting the final two qualifying spots in the A Final.

Women’s Eights

This is one of the events today that will be a little painful to watch. These boats are full of incredible and world class rowers but if they miss out it in the repechages you have to stare at eight disappointed faces puffing for breath over the finishing line.

Repechages

13:50 – Canada, Romania, Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia take part in this repechage.

15:53 – Canada have the lead at the halfway mark and unless something disasterous happens for one of the crews it is Australia that will be missing out on the qualification spots.

13:56 – Canada have proved to themselves they can do it and that they are here to win as they will go into the final behind USA and GB. Australia do end up losing the race by some margin to allow New Zealand, Romania and the Netherlands to go into the final as well.

Men’s Eights

Much like the women’s event this will result in some very gloomy looking faces at the end of the race. This event is a great chance for the rowers to be united and seek Olympic glory today but having to take part in the repechages will make that dream extra challenging.

Repechages

14:00 – It is New Zealand, Netherlands, Poland, USA and Italy looking for the four spots in the men’s eight final at the weekend.

14:04 – USA hit the 1500m mark in first place and it looks like the Italians are not going to have enough to recover their race and are likely to be going home.

14:06 – Italy are indeed out of the men’s eights. The four teams through in this event will join GB and Germany in the final.

Men’s Quadruple Sculls

Final

14:12 – Germany, the defending Olympic champions, take part in this final with GB, Australia and Ukraine.

14:15 – Germany lead by nearly two seconds at the halfway mark ahead of Australia. Three of these rowers won the gold in London 2012 so understand the pressure and pacing it.

14:18 – Germany win the race by half a boat to get gold ahead of Australia. Estonia get the bronze and look absolutely delighted by their efforts.

Women’s Quadruple Sculls

Finals

14:23 – Ukraine the defending Olympic champions take on Germany, China, Netherlands, Poland and USA.

14:28 – At the halfway point Poland have a fairly hefty lead ahead of Germany and the Netherlands.

14:31 – Poland went out way too hard and are completely unable to perform in the last 500 metres. They end up finishing third with Germany and the Netherlands getting past them in the last 100m.

Men’s Pairs

Final

14:47 – The final is underway at the six pairs aim for the aim of the lake with medals on their mind.

14:49 – At the half way mark New Zealand are starting to push and move to the front of the pack to have a really strong middle section of the race.

14:53 – The kiwis wrap up the race by a comfortable distance with South Africa getting silver and Italy fighting hard at the end to get the bronze medal.

Women’s Double Sculls

Final

15:08 – France, Great Britain, Poland, Greece, Lithuania and USA compete for the medals in this final race of this event.

15:12 – At 1000m the GB duo lead just over half a boat ahead of Poland but they will be pushed for the next half of the race.

15:14 – There are 500m to go and the British have extended their lead over Poland. Lithuania are bobbing comfortably in third place.

15:15 – The Polish find another round of strength to push and take the lead at 250m to go.

15:16 – It is the Polish duo that extend their lead to cross the line first ahead of Great Britain and Lithuania.

Men’s Double Sculls

Final

15:29 – The six crews head off out the starting zone in the hope of getting a medal by the time they reach the end of the lake.

15:32 – Three minutes in and the British have the slowest strokerate per minute of the six boats and as a result they get to the halfway point last.

15:35 – On the way to the line it is the Croatian brothers that have lead since the beginning and have fought back against Lithuania’s pressure.

15:36 – Croatia gets the gold, Lithuania the silver and Norway get the bronze. One of the Norweigan rowers will be happy with that at his seventh Olympics at 40-years-old.

16:05 – What a moment for the Norweigan rower. He has his two children with him on the podium and gives them the little trophy and his teammate does the same as they have their medals hung around their necks. And at the end of the ceremony they both lift the kids up onto their shoulders to celebrate together.

Lightweight Men’s Fours

Final

15:50 – The A final gets underway with Switzerland and Italy in the centre lanes.

15:55 – After a pause in tempo at the 1500m the crews are upping the ante again. Switzerland currently have the lead.

15:57 – Switzerland manage to hold on and get the gold with a fairly comfortable margin. The Danish are bitterly disappointed to have only managed silver. France are pleased enough with bronze.

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