Olympics Day Seven: Track Triumphs And Swimming Successes

The Olympic Stadium has been transformed from a football pitch in the group stages to a suitable arena for the track and field which gets underway today.

Todays action inlcudes men’s archery, women’s shot put, team pursuit finals and six rowing finals plus a whole lot more.

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. All medals, even if I cover the event, shall be listing under ‘medals’ at the bottom of the post.

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Current order of sports; Women’s Football, Swimming, Athletics, Archery, Rowing

Women’s Football

It is quarter-final day. Teams have to win the match or accept no further part in the competition. Teams have to go out whilst remaining mentally composed defensively.

USA v Sweden

17:01 – Kick off happens just after the hour mark as the team photos and captains exchanges take a moment longer than expected.

17:13 – Both sides keep pushing forward but the defense are strong for each team at this early stage.

17:16 – Sweden have an injury as the physios have to help Rolfö off the pitch in a lot of agony. She sits down on a seat in the subs area and continues to receive emergency treatment as they are forced to make an early substituition.

17:23 – The Swedish team do not look weakened by having to make that early change and are still managing to get into the final third but USA are putting them under pressure when they slip up and lose possession.

17:30 – USA nearly score and are able to humiliate the Swedish defense as it bounces off the keeper and hits a defender who has to frantically turn with it to clear it away.

17:43 – Hope Solo (USA) goes to punch the ball away and absolutely thumps one of the Swedish players in the box on the head in doing so. No foul is given and no injury occurs but it looked like it had the potential to be very risky.

17:47 – As they go into the tunnel for half time both teams will be figuring out how they can break the stalemate in the last 45 minutes without taking it to extra time.

18:09 – The American team have had two dangerous free kicks in the first six minutes of the second half but the first goes well wide of the post and the second is stopped strongly by the keeper.

18:17 – With 30 minutes to go both sides are still seeking a goal. Just one goal here will be enough for their team to get to the semi-finals.

18:18 – Sweden take that 1-0 lead! They quickly work the ball forwards with quick passes and Blackstenius gets free and is able to run ahead of the defenders to slot the ball past Holo at the far post.

18:30 – There is just less that 20 minutes to go and Sweden are working the ball well in defence to stop America having much chance of possession and getting near goal.

18:36 – Morgan scires for USA to level it back at 1-1. Either team will need another goal to progress. If that is not managed they will go to extra time.

18:49 – America push forward in added time and have two shots on goal but neither come to anything useful.

18:51 – It is the end of the 90 minutes so extra time is in order to split these two teams.

19:08 – The match is just ten minutes into the first half of extra time. The USA have generally dominated this game with 23 shots against Sweden’s 4 but the Swedish defence is remaining strong and determined to keep any more goals out.

19:13 – It is half time in extra time and the game is still tied 1-1. If Sweden can beat USA here it will be a massive shock and blow those medal positions even further wide open.

19:23 – Some players have played over 110 minutes of this match and after a lot of end to end running a few of them are starting to get cramp. Even Hope Solo, who has not had to make very many blocks in front of goal, is on the floor stretching her legs whilst a teammate receives treatment.

19:25 – Sweden score with about five minutes of extra time remaining. They get the ball into the net and an american player is unable to stop it bouncing around and it is hit into the back of the net BUT IT DOES NOT COUNT as the flags are waved by the lineswoman. Still 1-1.

19:31 – USA nearly get the winner but the ball just curls away from the goal in the last minute of added time in the 30 minutes of extra time. And the whistle goes for the match to be decided on penalties.

19:35 – USA are to shoot first as the crowd move from their seats to spare ones behind the goal. Morgan’s shot to the bottom left is blocked.

19:37 – Sweden score, as Solo goes early and the wrong way, to put them 1-0 up.

19:38 – USA go left and send the keeper right. 1-1.

19:39 – Sweden respond and make it 2-1 after four shots in total.

19:40 – Lloyd shoots for USA and manages to find the net for her team when it really mattered.

19:41 – Solo saves the Swedish defenders shot and levels it out at 2-2 after six shots. USA then score their fourth shot.

19:42 – Sweden’s captain scores to bring it to 3-3 after eight shots in total.

19:43 – USA miss and if Sweden score their goal they will knock the powerhouse Americans out.

19:44 – Sweden score! They are though! The Olympic and world champions are out!

China v Germany

20:00 – The two teams kick off. Germany will be hoping to win this match but after the shock exit of USA they will no doubt be on their defensive guard and looking for the gold medal and Olympic title.

20:05 – Germany are already dominating this game and in the first couple of minutes had chances from free play and a corner.

20:15 – China are getting moments on the ball but they are losing possession almost immediately or launching it upfront to positions nowhere near their teammates.

20:30 – China are starting to try and stop the German team by bringing them down at every chance but if they are not careful they will not only start getting yellow card but also end up conceding one in a dangerous position and end up conceding a goal.

20:34 – China go on the counter-attack but are stopped very quickly by the Germans. In fact they barely have to go near the Chinese team to get the ball from their feet.

20:46 – I honestly have no idea how China have managed to handle the constant attacks from the German team but they have and at the end of the first half it is still 0-0. Germany will be bitterly disappointed and need to figure out something special to break down the Chinese defense in the second half.

21:10 – Germany got the ball past the keeper and several defenders but a Chinese defender is able to chest it away and kick it clear.

21:12 – Chinese’s mission is going to be even greater now as Shanshan Wang goes in with a high foot and gets sent off. They now only have ten players left to defend the final 30+ minutes.

21:28 – Despite now being against a team with ten players for over fifteen minutes Germany have still not managed to put an instoppable shot towards the keeper.

21:31 – At last, to China’s disappointment, Behringer takes a shot from long distance and it curls away from the keeper and into the back of the net. Germany now lead 1-0 with fifteen minutes to go.

21:40 – The German team have a moment of weakness and give away a penalty. China go to take it but it bounces of the post and back out the live play. If it was just a touch further in it would have been out of reach of the keeper. Five minutes to go and Germany still lead 1-0.

21:49 – China are unable to find an equaliser and they are out of the competition. Germany are through to the semi-finals after winning 1-0 in 90 minutes.

Canada v France

23:00 – The match gets underway. France are the favourites here, especially given their form, but Canada should certainly not be ruled out.

23:12 – Le sommer (France) goes down in the vox and she claims it is a penalty but the referee tells her to get up and play continues.

23:19 – France have had more possession and looked the stronger side of the two but when they end up passing the ball around in defence Canada put pressure on them. They need to be careful or they may end up making a costly mistake.

23:27 – Canada have committed more fouls (five) at the 25 minute mark than France (three) and are in far more dangerous positions.

23:37 – In the last couple of minutes ot is the Canadians that have had more possession of the ball and are trying to get past the French defense but they need to work a little harder to do so rather than just trying to lob balls over the top of players like Renard.

23:44 – Canada’s number two, Chapman, is in real pain and looks to have possibly dislocated her shoulder and the team have to make a sub at the end of the first half.

00:14 – Canada take the lead thanks to Schmidt being part of the build up play and then getting the ball back to her to fire the ball in at close range. They lead 1-0.

00:16 – But Schimdt then commits a foul and gets a yellow card. The free kick sees the ball get headed towards goal and it is only a slight deflection that saves them as it ends up bouncing off the crossbar and back into play to be cleared away.

00:38 – There are 10 minutes of the match left and France are still fighting for an equalising goal to give them any chance to keep them in the competition.

00:48 – With just a couple of minutes left it looks like France are going to go out. With the USA making an early exit I thought France would end up being in the final for sure but it looks like I am going to be wrong (again).

00:51 – That is it. The referee has called full time and the French are OUT. Today is proving to be a day full of women’s footballing shocks.

Brazil v Australia

02:00 – The game gets underway. The stadium is fairly full as the locals come out to give their women’s team all the support they can muster.

02:10 – Australia have started this match by being agressive and putting themselves in the faces of Brazil but when the referee interferes they look angry and bemused.

02:20 – Brazil are really pushing for a goal and making Australia go from end to end to try and get the ball and maintain it. Neither team can surely keep this pace up throughout.

02:30 – Australia are still pushing really hard against Brazil to ensure they do not get through on goal. The amount of fouls they are commiting, stopped by the referee or not, is incredible. Brazil are still pushing to get a goal in the first half at the same high intensity as they started the match with.

02:40 – It is just over 40 minutes into the match and Australia have committed nine official fouls against Brazil’s three. They look to be playing dirty and going in hard in the hopes of injurying a key player.

02:47 – Australia get the ball into the box and the Brazil keeper goes to clear it. In doing so she crashes into one of her own players and seems to knock her out or at least has caused some rib damage. It seems unlikely that she will resume playing after halftime.

03:10 – It is not a good day for keepers going to clear the ball in the box and causing injury. This time the Australian Williams collides with a Brazilian and injures herself but after a couple of moments treatment she seems okay to carry on and defend the incoming corner.

03:15 – It took until just under the 60th minute of the match before one of the Australian tackles proved to be a dangerous one as a Brazilian has to be stretchered off the pitch from having a boot heftily kicked into her ankle causing her balance to be completely off balance.

03:30 – The match is nearly at the 75th minute and Australia are yet to have a corner kick. That is how dominate this Brazilian team, who have had nine, have beem throughout the match and how strong their defensive line is. Having said that it is also credit to how good Australia’s defence have been to maintain the match at 0-0.

03:42 – Australia have their best shot of the match so far from a shot at distance but it bounces off the crossbar and eventually descends behind the goal for a goalkick.

03:48 – There is an absolutely stunning shot from Brazil but the Australian keeper, the earlier injured Williams, manages to stop it right on the edge of the line to keep her team in it just as they hit the 90th minute mark.

03:49 – It is two minutes into the four of added time and Australia finally have several corners in a row.

03:50 – The third corner is promptly stopped as an Australian player infringes one of the Brazilians in the box. Brazil are able to go on the counter-attack and get themselves a corner.

03:51 – For the second time in the four women’s quarter-final matches we are going to 30 minutes of extra time. I hope the crowd can handle the match going past midnight.

04:01 – Five minutes into extra time and Brazil have a shot towards goal that is moldly deflected to give them yet another corner. Like all the rest though it does not mount to a goal.

04:14 – There are fifteen minutes left and the match is still 0-0. It is looking increasingly likely that this might go to penalties but both sides are tiring and could end up losing concentration and making a mistake.

04:16 – The Australians end up giving away a freekick right outside the box from a hand ball and they pack the entire team into the defensive wall. The ball ends up flying over the top though.

04:23 – My left eye is twitching (from tiredness) like it is personally responsible for scoring the winning goal in this match. There are five minutes left on the extra time clock and both teams are still going end to end to try and get a winning goal rather than taking it to the penalty spot.

04:28 – Brazil are able to get one more corner from the 120 minutes but after a lot of fumbling around it is taken out of play and the referee blows the whistle for penalties.

04:33 – Brazil take the first shot of the shoot out and they score it.

04:34 – Australia ignore the crowd being against them and score. Level at 1-1.

04:35 – Williams gets a hand to the second shot but it still ends up in the back of the net for Brazil.

04:36 – A very similar penalty is taken by the Australian team and they too score. Still level at 2-2.

04:37 – Brazil manage to score with a half chip shot right into the left side of the frame. Australia also score by sending the keeper the wrong way. Both sides are still level pegging at 3-3.

04:38 – Again the Brazil team score. Austalia’s captain follows them up and sends the keeper the wrong way like her last teammate. All square at 4-4.

04:39 – Marta, the captain of Brazil and their fifth penalty taker, has her penalty blocked by Williams BUT Australia’s is also saved. It is still 4-4. To sudden death we go.

04:40 – Brazil’s six taker scores it. Australia has to score to keep their hopes alive.

04:41 – Australia’s Hayman manages it to bring it to 5-5. Another round of sudden death ot must be.

04:42 – Monica places the ball on the spot and it slowly rolls into the back of the net for Brazil.

04:43 – Australia hit the back of the net again. It is now 6-6.

04:45 – Brazil score again. Australia do not as Kennedy’s shot is saved and pushed away. The host nation are through to the semi-finals.

Swimming

From dashing in the 50m freestyle to a hefty performance of 1500m swimmers are putting themselves on show in the first session of the day. There are also more relay heats and finals happening over the course of the two sessions as well.

Women’s 200m Backstroke

Finals

02:02 – Franklin (USA) and Hosszu (Hungary) take part in this race but the former has not looked very good at this meet. It also has Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) that won gold back in 2004 and is now 31 years old so if she gets a medal here that would be an incredible comeback.

02:07 – Dirado (USA) wins in just under two minutes and six seconds and is in absolute disbelief. Hosszu can only manage silver and Caldwell (Canada) gets bronze.

Men’s 100m Butterfly

Final

02:11 – Cseh (Hungary), Phelps (USA), Le Clos (South Africa) and Schooling (Singapore) take part in this final.

02:14 – At the turning point at 50m it is Schooling that turns first right on world record pace.

02:15 – Schooling wins with an Olympic Record after registering a time of 50.39 seconds. Phelps, Le Clos and Cseh ALL finish with the same time to get silver.

03:00 – It is clear that all the swimmers feel it is the most ridiculous to ever happen. They join hands, laughing as the commentator introduces them all and step up onto the silver medal podium together. What a bizarre meet this is turning out to be!

Women’s 800m Freestyle

Final

02:21 – Ledecky (USA), Kohler (Germany) and Carlin (GB) take part in this 16 length race.

02:23 – At 200m Ledecky is swimming a good second under world record race but this is obviously a race that needs careful pacing.

02:26 – With 300m to go Ledecky has increased her distance ahead of the field and the world record. The wheels would have to completely fall off for her not to get the gold medal here.

02:30 – The world record in Ledecky’s  8.04.79 minutes way ahead of the rest of the pool. All the swimmers going into this would have known that they were probably chasing silver and not gold.

Men’s 50m Freestyle

Final

02:50 – Adrian (USA) takes part in this but has not looked at his best in the last few days. Brazil has a chance of a medal here with P.

02:51 – Ervin (USA) wins gold ahead of Manaudou (France) and Adrian in 21.4 seconds.

Women’s 50m Freestyle

Heats

17:02 – The first swimmer female from the UAE, Albedwawi, participates in the first heat of four athletes. Thet (Myanmar) wins it in just over 30 seconds.

17:06 – 14 year old Tyurina (Tajikistan) wins the second heat with a respectable 31.1 seconds.

17:09 – Palau’s Misech wins the third heat with a personal best of under 30 seconds.

17:12 – The fourth heat of twelve is won by Furgeson (Marshall Islands) in just over 28 seconds.

17:15 – As Kuwait are currently banned from the Olympics Faye Hussain, competing under to IOA flag, wins the fifth heat in just under 27 seconds.

17:18 – The six heat is won by Torrez (Boliva) with a low 26second time.

17:21 – Bjornsen (Norway) gets the seventh heat, a hand over the rest, in just a smidge over 25 seconds.

17:24 – Puerto Rico’s Garcia wins the eighth heat in a hands length under 25 seconds.

17:27 – 24.7 seconds wins Dekker (Netherlands) the ninth heat. Egyptian Osman gets an African continent record with her time to finish second.

17:30 – The first seeded heat, the tenth so far, is won in 24.4 seconds by Herasimenia (Belarus).

17:33 – Halsall (GB) gets her first race of the meet and wins in 24.2 seconds and pulls away from the field slightly as she does so.

17:36 – Blume (Denmark) 24.2 seconds wins the final heat of this event ahead of Sjostrom (Sweden) and Bronte Campbell (Australia).

Men’s 1500m Freestyle

Heats

17:40 – Heat one gets underway. This is a race of 30 lengths so will take quite some time for the swimmers to complete at a sensible and balanced pace. It includes Hutchins (New Zealand) and Mellouli (Tunisia).

17:56 – Mellouli wins the race, way ahead of the rest of the pack, in fifteen minutes and seven seconds. He will also be competing in the open water event in a few days time.

18:00 – The second heat gets underway and has two Brazil swimmers in. The criwd will presumably not keep up their cheering throughout the entire 30 lengths.

18:15 – Druzhinin (Russia) wins the second heat in just under fifteen minutes to get a personal best. No doubt he will view that as a massive personal achievement.

18:17 – The third heat gets underway and has two Spanish swimmers and Enderica (Ecuador) participating. A South Korean athlete was due to take part in lane eight but has pulled out so only seven swimmers go.

18:35 – Ipsen (Denmark) finishes the third heat in fifteen minutes and five seconds which is a slower time than the previous heat.

18:51 – Micka (Czech Republic) wins in 14 minutes and 58 seconds despite barely using his legs until the last length of the race.

Athletics

It is the first day of athletics including the women’s heptathlon, men’s discus and 20km walk.

Women’s Heptathlon

100m Hurdles

The first round of the women’s heptathlon gets underway. Members are put into heats based on their entry times to make the races a little more interesting for the crowd and to ensure they are all pushed equally. The times may be a little slower in general as the track is very wet.

13:37 – The first race gives the winner, Zsivoczky-Farkas a personal best and just over 1000 points.

13:44 – The second heat but they have a false start from Oeser (Germany) so have to reset.

13:47 – Nwaba (USA) also causes a false start so they have to have yet another go and they finally get away cleanly on their third try.

13:49 – Latvian world bronze medalist, Ikauniece-Admidin, wins the second heat whilst bronze European medalist pulls up mid-race and her 2016 Olympic dreams are over.

13:52 – Johnson-Thompson (GB) takes part in the third heat and will no doubt be hoping it gets away without the issues present in the sixth.

13:55 – Vetter (Netherlands) wins heat three just ahead of the British athlete. This is the first heat where the winner has not got a personal best.

14:00 – Jessica Ennis-Hill (GB) takes part in the fourth heat next to Theisen Eaton (Canada).

14:02 – Ennis-Hill wins with the fastest time of the heats to take the early competition lead, just outside her season best, a comfortable distance ahead of the rest of the field.

High Jump

14:46 – The athletes are split between two heats based on their high jump quality but the weather is awful and they struggle to get their tape to stick to the ground because of the large amount of rain on the run up area (there does not seem to be the usual big mops to clear away the excess water).

16:29 – The high jump is still underway as they go up in a couple of centimetre height increases at a time and work through the 32 woman field.

16:38 – As the bar is raised to 1.89m were are nearing the business end of the competition as a lot of the athletes have had three fouls at previous heights.

17:30 – UPDATE: British athletes Johnson-Thompson and Ennis-Hill finish the high jump in first and third. The former breaks the British record in the high jump by successfully getting over 1.98m and finishing first in the high jump puts her into first in the lead after two events.

Shot Put

01:18 – This is one of the weaker events for Ennis Hill and on her third throw she improves to manage 13.86m.

01:19 – Thiam, going into this event in second place, gets a throw of 14.91m and that may very well be enough for her to take the overall lead at the end of this event.

200m

02:05 – The first heat gets underway and only includes seven runners after one person has already dropped out of the competition.

02:06 – Visser (Netherlands) wins the race but it is the time that means points not winning and it was not that fast.

02:14 – Chefer (Brazil) wins the second heat with a seasons best of 24.11 seconds and that may have been helped by the crowd cheering her along.

02:22 – The third heat is won in 23.93 seconds by

02:29 – Johnson-Thompson wins the final heat in 23.27 but Ennis-Hill does enough to retake the lead at the end of day one.

Men’s 800m

These heats see three runners automatically getting theough to the next round with some making it through as fastest losers so the fastest runners will not have to go all out to get through.

Heats

14:14 – Djibouti’s Souleiman wins the first heat to get one of the three automatic qualifiers spot in the next round.

14:20 – The second heat finishes with Kszckot (Poland) winning the first qualifying spot on offer as he eases down to the line.

14:28 – Rudisha (Kenya) the defending Olympic champion and world record holder finishes the race first as he just pulls away from the field whilst also looking very calm and relaxed.

14:36 – Kipketer (Kenya) joins his two fellow countrymen competing in this event in the next round after finishing his race in first place.

14:44 – Nigel Amos (Botswana), who was expected to at least get out of the heats despite having a poor season, fades at the end of the fifth heat and is out of this event.

14:52 – Mcbride (Canada) wins the next to last race of the heats, in just under one minute and 46 seconds to get through to the next round.

15:01 – The final heat is won by Bosse (France), who is looking to set the record straight after missing out on a European championship medal, in one minute and 48 seconds.

Women’s Shot Put

Qualification

14:07 – The competition is about to get underway and the athletes are desperately trying to keep their shot put dry and away from the rain. One has a towel on her head to keep her neck and shoulder dry and is constantly drying the shot put out. They do that as officials run around finding parasols to keep their tables dry.

14:24 – Several throwers are getting automatic qualification into the final from their very first throw including Gong (China).

14:33 – Adams (New Zealand), who as the highest seeded threw last in group a, is amongst the other throwers that automatically qualify in the first round of throws and can now go and prepare for the final tonight.

14:38 – After a foul with her first throw Saunders (USA) manages to do enough for an automatic qualifying spot just before Carter (USA) joins her with good enough throw to make the final too.

14:50 – Six throwers from the group A qualifying heat do enough to get an automatic qualifying spot in the final.

Women’s 10000m

Unsurprisingly they only do this event once so we are straight into the final. This is the first medal going to be handed out in the athletics. Over thirty women take part in this morning session final. The world record has stood since 1993, which given that means the record is older than me, is literally a lifetime in the sporting world.

15:20 – With nineteen laps to go the first runner, an Azerbaijan woman, has a problem and pulls out of the race.

15:30 – As they reach ten laps to go the field is well and truly stretched out as athletes are lapped several times and Ayana (Ethiopia) is really going for it and looks like she has the world record pace in her sights.

15:37 – Despite going for nearly ten minutes by herself Ayana has managed to pick the pace up. She has only run this distance on the track twice (and when I found that out I thought she was off her rocker to do so – How wrong I am!) and is looking to do the double of this and the 5000m later in the meet.

15:45 – Ow.My.God. Ayana breaks the 23 year old world record by thirteen seconds. Cheruiyot (Kenya) gets a lifetime best for second. Dibaba (Ethiopia) gets third. Fourth, Nawowuna (Kenya) becomes one of the few women to get under 30 minutes and manages a time that would have won any other Olympics in recent history. She has dragged nearly the whole field to a personal best.

Men’s 400m

Heats

01:07 – The first heat gets underway and sees a big variety of talent including one of the Borlee (Belgium) brothers.

01:08 – In just under 45 seconds the race is complete as Cedenio (Trinidad and Tobago), the sixth fastest in 2016 going into the Olympics, wins it and gets one of the three automatic qualifying spots.

01:15 – The second heat is lining up to take to the blocks and includes Taplin (Grenada) in lane four.

01:16 – Taplin eases off near the end of the race and does not at all look tired as he just casually walks of the track without doing any sort of heavy breathing. 

01:22 – Jonathan Borlee (Belgium) the brother of the one in the first heat takes part in the third heat.

01:23 – The South African Niekerk wins in comfortably and looks fairly at ease but not so much as Taplin did at the end of the last heat.

01:30 – Thebe (Botswana), one of the fastest youngsters in the world, and previous Olympic medallist Rooney (Great Britain) compete in the next heat.

01:31 – The Botswana athlete crosses the line third but I think Rooney may get disqualifed as he crossed the inside line between lane two and one.

01:32 – Rooney does not get disqualified but will have to rely on his time to see if he can get an automatic qualifying spot as he finishes outside the top three.

01:38 – Jogging across the line, after easing off just as he came out of the final bend, to get first in heat five is Merritt (USA).

01:45 – The next to last heat contains Verburg (USA), James (Grenada) and Hudson-Smith (GB).

01:47 – It is James that eases off towards the line to finish first and get one of those automatic qualifying spots. Hudson-Smith joins him but Verburg will be trying to hold onto a fastest losers spot.

01:54 – The final heat of this event ends with Khamis (Bahrain) winning in 45 seconds.

Women’s 100m

Heats

02:40 – The first proper heat, after preliminary rounds for some of the other runners took part this morning, gets underway with Desiree Henry (GB) winning in 11.08 seconds. Ahoure (Ivory Coast) gets the second automatic qualifying spot in the next round.

02:47 – The Dutch Schippers, the ex-heptahlon athlete, competes in the second heat and wins it in 11.16 seconds but she is really slow out of the blocks and to get going.

02:57 – America’s Bowie wins in 11.13 seconds to win the third heat.

03:03 – Ta-Lou (Ivory Coast) and Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) take part in the fourth heat.

03:04 – Fraser-Pryce wins it in 10.94 seconds despite having a rather injury ridden season. Certainly a statement to say “I am back and I am ready”.

03:09 – The automatic qualifying spots for heat five go to Bartoletta (USA) and Swoboda (Poland) as they finish 0.01 seconds apart.

03:22 – After a medal ceremony one of the much faster heats takes place. The winning time is 11 seconds flat by Ahye (Trinidad and Tobago). Williams (Jamaica) gets the second qualifying spot.

03:28 – The runners of heat seven get brought up to silence the crowd and also because somebody had a fingernail on the line.

03:29 – Eventually they are away and Thompson (Jamaica) just grabs first ahead of the Brazilian Santos who gets the second qualifying spot.

03:34 – As this is the last event in the stadium the crowd are slowly filling out and going home as it gets close to midnight in Rio. There will be a lot more people in the crowd come the final though that is for sure. A few have stuck around to see the South American record holder, Brazil’s Krasucki, and the roar that goes around the stadium as she is introduced is huge.

03:35 – Gardner (USA) gets the first qualifying spot in 11.09 just ahead of South Africa’s Horn.

Archery

This is the final day of individual competition at the archery arena as the men’s event comes to a conclusion. Going into the day are sixteen men hoping that they can work their way through the matches and make it to that final gold medal match.

Men’s Third Round (16 Archers)

Match One: Ricardo Soto (Chile) v Sjef Van Den Berg (Netherlands)

13:00 – This first match of the final 16 archers gets underway.

13:02 – The first set gets split 27-27 as the archers find their rhythm. Van den Berg’s right eye is looking a lot better and less bloodshot than it did on the last competition day he took part in.

13:04 – The Dutch archer takes the second set 29-26 to lead the match 3-1.

13:06 – Set three allows Van Den Berg to extend his lead thanks to winning 29-28.

13:08 – Soto needed to win the fourth set and does exactly that with the perfect 30-28. He has to replicate it in the fifth set.

13:10 – The Chilean archer does enough to win the third set 28-26 and as a result sends the match to a one arrow shoot off.

13:13 – Both archers get a nine and as they are very close in distance they are bringing the tape measure out. It’s a tie! So they are going to another shoot off round.

13:15 – Soto can only manage an arrow on the line between eight and nine whilst Van Den Berg gets it comfortably in the nine and it is he that will go through to the final eight.

Match Two: Atanu Das (India) v Seungyun Lee (South Korea)

13:20 – Both these archers will be hoping to get through to the quarter-finals with less of a battle than those in the match before them. The clouds have decided to well and a truly opened and it is raining rather heavily.

13:22 – Lee shows his statement of intent by winning the first set with a perfect 30 against Das’s 28.

13:24 – The second set looks incredibly close as Lee continues to hit the ten zone until his final arrow that can only managae an eight. As a result the first set is reversed in the Indians favour as he manages to get the perfect score. The match is level.

13:26 – The third set sees the worst score from three arrows by both archers as they only manage 27 each to split the points and keep the match level as 3-3.

13:29 – Das required a ten to draw the fourth set but only managed a nine to allow Lee to take the match lead 5-3 going into the final set.

13:31 – Lee wins the final set as Das can only manage a draw to give him the final one match point he needed.

Match Three: Witthaya Thamwong (Thailand) v Jean-Charles Valladont (France)

13:35 – The Frenchman wins the first set 29-26. I would be very surprised if he is unable to win this match with relative ease.

13:38 – Both archers are seeming very consistent as they both replicate their first set performance for it to finish 29-26.

13:40 – Thamwong is out in three straight sets as he only manages 28 to another 29 from Valladont.

Match Four: Riau Ega Agatha (Indonesia) v Mauro Nespoli (Italy)

13:43 – Agatha beat the world number one and world record holder in his first round of the competition and if his good form continues today will make Nespoli really battle for the match.

13:45 – Nespoli wins the first set 29-25 to take the early 2-0 match lead.

13:47 – The Italian wins the second set 29-27 and is looking in great form today.

13:50 – After three straight sets anither match is over as Nespoli wins 6- thanks to a final set of 27-26. Ega Agatha is out.

Match Five: Antonio Fernandez (Spain) v Taylor Worth (Australia)

13:54 – Worth wins set one 29-25 to take the 2-0 lead.

13:56 – Both archers can only manage 27 in the second set to split the match points and let Worth take the 3-1 lead.

13:59 – Fernandez now trails 1-5 as the Australian grabs the third set 27-26.

14:01 – Worth is unable to wrap the match up in the fourth set and gives the Spanish archer another chance to find a way back into the match. The set goes to Fernandez 29-26.

14:03 – The match is finished in the fifth set as Worth manages 29-27 to win the match 7-3.

Match Six – Florian Floto (Germany) v Bonchan Ku (South Korea)

14:08 – Ku takes the first set 29-28 as both archers get so close to a perfect start.

14:11 – They share the second set 26-26 to allow Ku  to keep the lead 3-1.

14:13 – Flotus manages to win the third set 28-27 to balance the match back out.

14:16 – The match now stands 5-3 in favour of Ku as he manages a perfect 30 against Flotus’s 26.

14:18 – Flotus is able to get a 29 but Ku equalises it to get a draw in the fifth set which is enough to give the South Korean the 6-4 lead and win the match.

Match Seven: Takahuru Furukawa (Japan) v Juan Rodriguez (Spain)

14:22 – The archers draw the first set 27-27 to effectively make it a practice round as the match stands at 1-1.

14:25 – The Japanese archer takes the match lead 3-1 with a second set score of 29-27.

14:27 – It is Furukawa that wins the third set 28-26 to extend his match lead to 5-1.

14:29 – Rodriguez keeps himself in the match by winning the fourth set 27-25 to leave him needing a win in the final set to take it to a shoot off.

14:32 – It is the Japanese archer going through to the final eight after winning the fifth set 29-28.

Match Eight: Zach Garrett (USA) v Brady Ellison (USA)

14:34 – Ellison has already to knock out one of the American team to get to this third round. The coaches will be very disappointed that the way they ranked has resulted in yet another all American clash at such an early stage of the competition. Both of these archers would have a chance of a medal but one will have to leave sooner than expected.

14:38 – The first set is tied 29-29 for them to split the match points. Neither are going to give this match up without a very strong fight.

14:40 – Ellison eases ahead in the match 3-1 in the second set by getting another 29 whilst Garrett can only manage 28.

14:42 – The third set goes to Garrett as the previous set scores are reversed to 2-28 in his favour. The match levels back out at 3-3. Both of these archers are in fantastic form and losing either of them will be a real shame for the competition.

14:44 – Garrett has a shocked of a fourth round and loses it 21-28 to give his American compatriot a 5-3 lead going into the final set.

14:47 – The match ends as it begun with a 2o-29 draw to give Ellison the match win 6-4 and the last available place in the final eight male archers.

Men’s Quarter-Finals (8 Archers)

Seungyun Lee (South Korea) v Sjef Van Den Berg (Netherlands)

19:00 – The first match of the evening session gets underway and Lee will be looking to progress nearer to help South Korea do the double of winning all four archery events at two consecutive Olympics.

19:02 – Lee wins the first set 29-28 to take the early 2-0 match lead.

19:04 – The second set does to the Dutch archer 29-28, after one of Lee’s arrows is not touching the line and therefore not upgraded, to make it 2-2.

19:06 – After a lot of delibiration Van Den Berg wins the third set 28-27 to take the match lead 4-2.

19:08 – The fourth set brings the match back level as Lee wins the set 28-27. Van Den Berg had great arrow grouping in the nine.

19:12 – Lee, the former number one, is out of the competition as he can only manage 29 against Van Den Berg’s perfect 30 in the final set.

Mauro Nespoli (Italy) v Jean-Charles Valladont (France)

19:15 – The all European match opens with both archers having stray arrows and as a result Nespoli takes the first set 27-26 to take the match lead.

19:19 – Set two is drawn 27-27 to give Nespoli a lead of 3-1 and put him just three points away from winning the match.

19:21 – Valladont makes a recovery and wins the third set 29-27 to draw the match points at 3-3.

19:24 – The Frenchman is making a strong recovery by winning the fourth set 29-26 to just need a draw in the final set.

19:27 – Nespoli survives as Valladont misses getting a nine arrow onto the line by about a mm. The Italian wins the set 29-28 and takes it to a shoot off.

19:30 – Valladont manages a ten with his one arrow and Nespoli can only manage an eight to allow the Frenchman through to the semi-finals.

Taylor Worth (Australia) v Bonchan Ku (South Korea)

19:34 – Worth wins the first set 28-26 against the only remaining Korean in the men’s competition.

19:37 – Ku responds and gets a perfect 30-27 in the second set to level the match back out 2-2.

19:39 – The Australian wins the third 29-27 to go back into the match lead 4-2.

19:40 – Match points are level as Ku gets the perfect 30 against Worth’s 27. It is down to the last set.

19:44 – These two archers cannot be split and the fifth set is tied 26-26 to take them to a shoot off.

19:45 – Ku gets a ten but Worth can only manage a nine. The remaining South Korean is through to the semi-finals.

Takahuru Furukawa (Japan) v Brady Ellison (USA)

19:50 – Ellison, who has knocked out his two fellow Americans to get here, can only draw the first set to share the points with the Japanese archer.

19:52 – Ellison also takes the second set 28-25 to take the 3-1 match lead.

19:54 – The American will just need a draw in the fourth set to win the match as he secures the third set 28-27.

19:56 – Furukawa is out at the quarter-final stage as Ellison draws the fourth set 29-29 to win the match 6-4.

Men’s Semi-Finals

Jean-Charles Valladont (France) v Sjef Van Den Berg (Netherlands)

20:02 – It is the Dutch archer that takes the match lead after winning the first set 28-26.

20:04 – Van Den Berg draws the second set, as both archers get a lowly 25 by their standards in this competition, to go 3-1 up.

20:07 – The Frenchman is able to level the match back out and wins the third set 28-25 to give him every chance of being able to put the match into his favour.

20:08 – Valladont now has the match lead 5-3 as he gets 26-24 and just needs a draw in the final set to go into the gold medal match.

20:11 – The Dutch archer will have to shoot for bronze as the Frenchman wins the fifth set 29-26.

Bonchan Ku (South Korea) v Brady Ellison (USA)

20:15 – Both archers have a very good opening set and have to share the set from scoring 29 points each.

20:18 – The second set is also drawn at 29 points each to make the match points 2-2.

20:19 – Set three looks like Ellison is going to take it 29-28 but one of Ku’s arrows is on the line and gets upgraded to a 29 as well. It is another shared set.

20:22 – At last a set is won by one of the archers. Ku is the lucky one and gets 27-26 and takes the match lead 5-3 with one set to go.

20:24 – Ellison hits the spider right on the centre of the target in the last round and finishes with a 29. And Ku can only manage a nine at the end to get 28. It is a shoot off!

20:27 – The American can only manage an eight in the shoot off after he shakes just before release. Ku gets a nine and is in the gold medal match.

Men’s Medal Matches

Bronze Medal Match: Sjef Van Den Berg (Netherlands) v Brady Ellison (USA)

20:35 – Ellison, after losing literally minutes ago, wins the first set 27-26 against the Dutchman that had the entire time of Ellison’s match to recover from his defeat.

20:39 – Van Den Berg is able to bring the matu back level to 2-2 as he wins the second set 27-26.

20:40 – The American archer gets the perfect 30 to win the third set against the Dutchman’s 28.

20:43 – Ellison gets the bronze medal as he gets the fourth set 28-25 after finishing fourth in London 2012. He can finally add an individal Olympic title to his very impressive list of career achievements.

Gold Medal Match: Jean-Charles Valladont v Bonchan Ku (South Korea)

20:46 – Neither of these two archers have looked in their best form of the competition this evening. France have not had a medal in this archery event since 1998 so Valladont, the world number four, will be hoping to pull this match off aginst world number two Ku.

20:49 – Ku looked very nervous ahead of the first set but he gets a perfect 30 to make Valladont’s 28 look rather ordinary.

20:51 – Valladont takes ages releasing his last arrow and can only manage to get 26 compared to Ku’s 28. The South Korean leads 4-0 in this gold medal match.

20:54 – Ku gets excited and starts to celebrate as he initially goes 29-28 up before he realises Valladont had a 9*. It gets upgraded and they share the set. Can Ku calm himself for the fourth set?

20:56 – The South Korean needed a ten with his last arrow but can only manage a nine to lose the fourth set. Valladont wins the set 29-28 but still needs to win the next set to send it to a shoot off.

20:59 – Ku can now rightly celebrate for himself and the South Korean team as he secures the last of the four medals for his country. He wins the fourth set to snatch the match. Valladont has to settle for silver.

Rowing

Due to other events most of the races have not been included in my coverage by all the medals can be found in the medal section at the bottom of the page.

Six races on the lake are finals today so many rowers will leave delighted whilst others face botter disppointment for getting so close but not managing just wnough speed sustained throughout the 2000m.

The weather is awfully grey by the lake today as it rains lightly and has some wind to it but is mainly surrounded by mist and an autumnal looking day but they are tough conditions for a rower and especially the less experienced ones with the pressure on them.

Some of the events reaching a conclusion are lonelier than others. For the rowers to make it to the single sculls they have had to been at the very top of their game for several rows and had to use self-strength to get through the pain kicking in at the end whereas the team events allow rowers to find strength in the other person/people. The joy on the faces, from the effort they have put in, when they reach the podium varies so much and the I’ve done this or we’ve done his mentalitity is very clear.

Men’s Single Sculls

Finals

12:30 – We start with the F Final which only has two rowers in. The first is the Kazakstan rower Yakovlev that ended up capsizing his boat twice in the earlier rounds taking on Libyan Gambour.

12:32 – This was never going to be the most exciting race. These two rowers are basically battling out to see whether they final last or next to last in the overall competition. The Kazakstan rower has managed to stay in his boat past the start line this time though.

12:37 – Gambour finishes last and as a result ends the event in last place overall. Yakovlev ends next to last.

12:51 – The E final, which is just getting underway, has a full set of six boats in which includes Peebles (Zimbabwe).

12:55 – Taieb (Tunisia) took the early lead at the 500m mark but he has fallen to second at the halfway mark as Peebles overtakes him.

12:59 – Peebles wins the E final with a big thumbs up as Thailand’s Saensuk comes second and Taieb comes third.

Women’s Single Sculls

Finals

12:40 – The young Togan rower Ayivon, taking part in her first Olympics, who really struggled with the conditions earlier in the meet trails behind a Granados (Peru).

12:49 – It is the Peru rower that finishes the race first to come in 31st in the entire event. Both these rowers are 21 and 19 years old though so will have learnt a lot from this experience to take forward for hopefully following world events and Olympics.

13:00 – Final E is underway in this event and includes a couple of fairly experienced rowers.

13:05 – The Bahamas rower Morley was ahead at the 500m but by 1000m is trailing in a very distant last.

13:10 – Huang (Chinese Taipei), one of the older rowers in this event, wins the race to finish with a slightly more respectable position.

Medal Results

The order shall have the overall sport as a subcategory and then the event followed by the athlete/teams that won gold, silver and then bronze. If there is a new Olympic Record (OR) or World Record (WR) that will also be mentioned.

Rowing

  • Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls: Ilse Paulis + Maaike Head (Netherlands), Lindsay Jennerich + Patricia Obee (Canada) and Wenyi Huang + Feihong Pan (China).
  • Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls: Pierre Houin + Jeremie Azou (France), Gary O’Donovan + Paul O’Donovan (Ireland) and Kristoffer Brun + Are Strandli (Norway).
  • Women’s Pairs: Helen Glover + Heather Stanning (Great Britain), Genevieve Behrent + Rebecca Scown (New Zealand) and Hedvig Rasmussen + Anne Andersen (Denmark).
  • Men’s Four: Great Britain, Australia and Italy.

    Athletics

    • Women’s 10000m: Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) (WR), Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) and Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) – Read the athletics section for more coverage.
    • Men’s 20km Walk: Zhen Wang (China), Zelin Cai (China) and Dane Bird-Smith (Australia).
    • Women’s Shot Put: With a national record Carter (USA) wins, Adams (New Zealand) and Márton (Hungary).

    Cycling

    • Men’s Team Pursuit: Great Britain (WR), Australia and Denmark.
    • Women’s Team Sprint: China, Russia and Germany.

    Judo

    • Men’s 100kg+: Teddy Riner (France), Hisayoshi Harasawa (Japan) and Rafael Silva (Brazil) + Or Sasson (Israel).
    • Women’s 78kg+: Émilie Andéol (France), Idalys Ortiz (Cuba) and Kanae Yamabe (Japan) + Yu Song (China).

    Archery

    • Men’s Individual: Bonchan Ku (South Korea), Jean-Charles Valladont (France) and Brady Ellison (USA) – Read the archery section for more coverage.

    Gymnastics

    • Women’s Trampoline: Rosie Maclennan (Canada), Bryony Page (Great Britain) and Li Dan (China).

    Weightlifting

    • Women’s 75kg: Rim Jong-Sim (North Korea), Darya Naumava (Belarus) and Lidia Valentín (Spain).

    Shooting

    • Women’s Skeet: Diana Bacosi (Italy), Chiara Cainero (Italy) and Kim Rhode (USA).
    • Men’s 50m Rifle Prone: Henri Junghaenel (Germany), Kim Jong-Hyun (South Korea) and Kirill Grigoryan (Russia).

      Swimming

      • Women’s 200m Backstroke: Dirado (USA), Hosszu (Hungary) and Caldwell (Canada) – Read the swimming coverage for more details.
      • Men’s 100m Butterfly: Joseph Schooling (Singapore) (OR) gets gold. Phelps (USA), Le Clos (South Africa) AND Cseh (Hungary) SHARE silver. – Read the swimming coverage for more details.
      • Women’s 800m Freestyle: Ledecky (USA) (WR), Carlin (GB) and Kapas (Hungary) – Read the swimming coverage for more details.
      • Men’s 50m Freestyle: Ervin (USA), Manaudou (France) and Adrian (USA) – Read the swimming coverage for more details.

        Equestrian

        • Team Dressage: Germany, Great Britain and United States.

        Tennis

        • Men’s Doubles: Spain, Romania and United States.

        Fencing

        • Men’s Team Foil: Russia, France and United States.

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