Rio 2016: Day #3

What a fantastic way to kick off Day #3, Tom Daley and his team-mate, Daniel Goodfellow have just won Bronze in the Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform event with a finishing score of 444.45. That is absolutely fantastic. Couldn’t have come at a better time, but they have both just done us proud. Go Team GB & go Tom Daley & Daniel Goodfellow! If you want to find out more about Tom Daley & Daniel Goodfellow’s Bronze Medal win for Team GB, please click here.

The medals just keep coming, and following Adam Peaty’s Gold Medal win for Team GB last night and with Michael Phelps making history after winning his 19th Olympic Gold medal, things just get better as each day comes and goes.

So far, Day #3 has been really good, as Ed Ling for Team GB won us our first Bronze Medal before Tom Daley & Daniel Goodfellow won us our second, and Team GB’s women’s rugby team will be taking on Canada for the Bronze Medal in the Rugby Sevens event tonight at 10:30 PM. If you want to find out more ahead of tonight’s Rugby Sevens Olympic Tournament at 10:30 PM, please click here.

Brazil have won their first gold of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games thanks to Rafael Silva, but meanwhile, Team GB’s trio are expected to wait for Brazil to finish their Gymnastic routines on the pommel horse before they can go ahead and make their move during the men’s team final.

The BBC Commentator, Matt Baker, who is one of the two presenters on The One Show alongside Alex Jones, has said that: “They make it look so easy. The hours and effort that’s going into this. The sacrifice to do their very best, and goodness me lads, you’re doing yourself and us very proud.

It’s a breakthrough for Team GB, as the London 2012 Bronze Medallists have won the first penalty corner of the Group B match, making India pay instantly as a result in the Hockey event. Giselle Ansley has just slammed in from inside the D, which brings the overall total as GB 1-0 India.

Prepare to see a flying man-bun, as Louis Smith has just taken to the pommel horse in the men’s team final, after Japan finished with 274.094, leaving Team GB needing 50 on the Pommel Horse to win Gold. This comes shortly after Brinn Bevan completed his routine on the Pommel Horse, and it’s currently 14.866 with just two more to go.

It’s 14.766 for Louis Smith, just .100 off Brinn Bivan’s score, leaving Team GB’s medal hopes hanging in the balance, though they have Max Whitlock waiting to complete the event.

Max Whitlock nailed the pommel horse with a score of 15.400, though it’s been revealed that there is heartbreak for Team GB, as Team GB came fourth, with China coming third with a Bronze Medal, Russia coming second with a Silver Medal and Japan with a Gold Medal, making them the winners of the Men’s team final in Rio de Janeiro.

Luke Reddy for BBC Sport in Rio said during the Rugby Sevens tournament that: “The body language on the Team GB bench is that of a flat battery. This has gone wrong in every possible way. Shoulders slumped on and off the pitch. Again a yellow card has scuppered them. This lot are happy though. Roaring their side on.” This comes after Canada score 26-5 to Team GB.

Tom Daley tweeted to celebrate his and Daniel Goodfellow’s Bronze Medal winfor Team GB.

Luke Reddy: “Team GB’s sevens women have been professional to the core in recent weeks, playing warm-up matches with focus and paying attention to sports science in the finest detail. It came down to moments of split-second thinking. An illegal tug on a shirt, a dangerous tackle, all moments which play out in an instant but have telling repercussions. The men, fourth seeds like the women, will likely be inspired by the run the women have had when they start tomorrow. Scant consolation for the women though. Their chance gone. Canada win the first sevens medal in history.”

Canada are currently 33-10 to Great Britain.

Britain’s Antony Fowler has recovered well after the knockdown and has survived to the end of the round. He is trailing by three, taking him into the final round.

Tom Daley: “Going into the last round there’s an intense pressure in any competition, but when it’s the Olympics it multiplies by a million. It was windy and cold, we were two points ahead of the Germans, and we got them back and we won the bronze.

Daniel Goodfellow: “I was nervous. But when we first started we knew there would be pressure. And we knew we’d be the last divers to go. We just kept our nerve, stayed in the moment and won.

It’s just been revealed that Antony Fowler has lost to the 2013 world champion, Zhanibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan.

Luke Reddy: “There was rugby in 1924 but not sevens. Now two teams can become the first on the list of Olympic rugby sevens winners. Anthems done, Australia and New Zealand are off…

It has been New Zealand from the off and after seeing two superhuman tackles that prevent a try, Kayla McAllister has dived over to get the first points on the board, with the current score being Australia 0-5 New Zealand.

Emma Tonegato has stretched for the line, is she trying for Australia? Well after the review, it’s been confirmed that the try has officially been given. She may have dropped the ball though, bringing Australia 5-5 New Zealand.

Ellia Green has offered the option on the overlap and has dived in to score for the Australians. The open running of the highest order and with an insurmountable lead, there’s 4 minutes to go.

Team GB’s Joshua Kelly has produced a terrific display with his Olympic début in the men’s welterweight division by beating Egypt’s Walid Mohamed in a unanimous decision. This will not get any easier for him, however, as he is preparing to face the world number one, Daniyar Yelleussinov, of Kazakhstan, in the round of 16.

Australia have just literally stamped their class all over this final against New Zealand, as Charlotte Caslick has just made another score at the end with sustained pressure.

Portia Woodman has scored under the posts but the whistle is about to be blown. Australia are 24-15 to New Zealand thus far.

Australia have their first ever gold medal in the women’s Rugby Sevens after beating New Zealand 24-17.

There have been two matches and two wins, but Team GB’s women couldn’t have asked for a much more perfect start to their Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games campaign, as their 3-0 win against Group B rivals India, all thanks to goals from Giselle Ansley, Nicola White & Alex Danson, which now puts them well on the right track to reach the Hockey Semi-Finals. Is there another medal-winning performance on the cards for us? Who knows? We’ll find out soon enough considering that Team GB won bronze at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Team GB’s boxer, Josh Kelly, saw off Walid Mohamed in his welterweight fight tonight and came up with his slightly odd quote afterwards: “I thought he was from a country where the boxers tend to be slightly lighter weight wise so I went out there to try and knock holes in him. If I’d just tried to outbox him it would have been a lot better.“…and on his part-time modelling career: “I just try to keep away from punches, I guess. See how we get on in these next couple of fights and I may end up being the face of something.

Team GB’s Lawrence Okolie is out and will be facing Cuba’s 2015 World Silver Medallist, Erislandy Savon, in the round of 16.

Not a good start for Lawrence Okolie, as Erislandy Savon landed a right-hand on him, causing him to fall on his backside. He is up again though but he needs to survive the final two minutes of the round.

Steve Bunce (BBC Sport’s Boxing Pundit Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live): “That shot he did him with was a textbook shot. We have to remember though that back in June Savon did stop Okolie in the first round.

Lawrence Okolie did manage to recover well and he even stood up to the Cuban. He lost the opening round, but with only 10-9 and he has now started the second round with a painful right-hand on to Erislandy Savon.

Much better from Lawrence Okolie, as he had got directly in Erislandy’s face and having him move more. It did, however, come at the cost of receiving a few punches, though Erislandy Savon appears to have plenty of boxing experience, and the judges have given Erislandy Savon the round.

Lawrence Okolie will need to think of something special in the final round.

Steve Bunce: “The shortest book in history is the book of Cubans knocked out in round three.

The bell sound ends the third round, with Lawrence Okolie going out in the last 16 in Rio de Janeiro. He does deserve a lot of credit for recovering from being completely floored within the first few seconds against the esteemed opponent, Erislandy Savon, and it’s just become official that Erislandy Savon of Cuba has now progressed on to the quarter-finals on points.

Having been knocked out of last night’s women’s doubles alongside her sister, Venus Williams, Serena Williams has just taken the first set against Alize Cornet in the singles’ Tennis event.

Steve Bunce: “Seven or eight years ago Okolie was bordering on obese. Then he found boxing, then he found Anthony Joshua as a friend. It has been an impressive short journey. The best you can do is fight the best you can in your career and that he was he did tonight. He fought the man who will be in the finall, and might just win gold.

Usain Bolt has told people that they should “have faith” in athletics, but has said he cannot be sure if his Olympic Sprint rivals are drug-free. This comes in light of the controversial doping scandal that has been talked about over the past few weeks in the lead up to the Rio Olympics, as well as during the Summer Olympic Games.

The run-up to the games, again, was dominated by Russia’s controversial doping scandal, in which the American rivals, which are Justin Gatlin and LaShawn Merritt, served their drug bans. The news was announced in the last few days following the Opening Ceremony by the International Paralympic Committee that Russia will not compete in the Paralympic Games as a blanket ban was put in place.

The six-time Olympic Champion, Usain Bolt is aiming to retain his 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay titles in this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

Usain Bolt said: “I think we’re going in the right direction,” to which he then added that: “People should have faith. I think we’re weeding out the bad ones.

Luke Reddy on Twitter: “One of #RioOlympics2016 helpers has just proposed to her partner – a player – on the pitch. She said yes. #Brazil“.

Colombia’s Oscar Figueroa is in floods of tears after winning his Gold Medal, after he lifted a combined weight of 318kg.

Serena Williams is into the third round of the women’s singles thanks to a 7-5 6-2 victory over Alize Cornet, and she celebrated by bonking a few balls into the crowd.

Can Team GB’s Paul Drinkhall deliver? He’s had a top-notch Summer Olympic Games of his own so far, as he has become the first Briton to reach the last 16 since 1992, though he will need to have paddles of steel if he wants to be able to get through to the Table Tennis quarter-finals.

Belarusian Vladimir Samsonov stands in his way, the man who ranked ninth in the world, who is also a World Championship Silver Medallist and is also known as the Tai Chi Master in China due to his all-round ability. Team GB’s Paul Drinkhall certainly does have his work cut out considering he’s ranked 58th in the world, but let’s see if he can do it at 1:30 AM.

Team GB have won 3-0 against India with goals from Giselle Ansley, Nicola White & Alex Danson in the women’s pool B Hockey event at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Did you know? Team GB’s Paul Drinkhall went to China at the age of 11 as he wanted to learn how the nation’s players approached the game. That’s dedication for you.

He said that: “It was a real life experience and it really helped my table tennis in terms of getting quicker and better. I had a Chinese coach shortly after that and I worked with him until I was 22 or 23. So I have always had a big Chinese influence in my game and it has certainly helped me.

The World Number One, Serena Williams, has gone through to the third round of the women’s singles tennis event with an overall score of 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 after beating Alize Cornet, though she did lose her temper when she struggled in the first set against France’s Alie Cornet before she was able to progress with the overall score of 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 and she smashed up her tennis racket.

If you’re hoping to see Team GB’s Paul Drinkhall, well it appears you’ll have to wait a little while longer as his match has been delayed.

Paul Drinkhall’s Table Tennis match against Vladimir Samsonov is officially underway.

Tonight is a big night for British Table Tennis conisdering Paul Drinkhall’s bid to become Team GB’s first ever player to make the Olympic quarter-finals, though the 26 year old from Middlesbrough will have to come from behind. He did lose a tight close-knit first game with an overall score of 11-9 against Belarus’ Vladimir Samsonov in the best-of-seven encounter.

James Guy is aiming for a Gold Medal in tonight’s 200m freestyle swimming event at 2:21 AM.

Team GB’s Paul Drinkhall is now three down against Vladimir Samsonov and is currently fighting to stay in the tournament.

China’s Sun Yang has struck Gold in the Men’s 200m freestyle swimming event with a Gold Medal, with  a finishing time of 1:44:65.

Katrina Hosszu has done it! She has won a Gold Medal in the Women’s 100m backstroke, and it’s now two gold medals in just a few days for her.

Ryan Murphy has won a Gold Medal in the Men’s 100m backstroke event and has also broken an Olympic Record.

In the past few minutes, it’s been revealed that Paul Drinkhall lost 4-2 to Belarus’ Vladimir Samsonov in the last 16.

Controversy is in the air tonight where the Women’s 100m Breaststroke event is concerned, and here’s why. This is from Anna Thompson in Rio: “There are many who are unhappy Yulia Efimova is competing in Rio and she was booed in her semi final. She qualified second fastest in the 100m breaststroke and we’re minutes away from what could be a very controversial medal.

Lilly King has taken the Gold medal after winning the Women’s 100m Breaststroke, meaning Yulia Efimova comes second and claims Silver instead. Lilly King has also broken an Olympic Record after clocking up a time of 1:04.93, which is six tenths outside of the traditional world record. Katie Meili of the United States has claimed third place with a Bronze medal.

Adrian Moorhouse: “Lilly King was not going to lose that. I thought at 80m that Efimova was going to come through. But King dug in. She was propelled by something special. It is her first Olympics – what a future she has ahead of her.

The crowd went quiet as Tamas Kenderesi came through to beat Michael Phelps with a finishing time of 1:53.96, though Michael Phelps didn’t seem to be too happy with this result and was appearing to not be easing up as much. Chad le Clos came third and will be in the final.

Katinka Hosszu is up again next as she is in the semis for the 200m individual medley, which makes this a seriously busy night for her indeed.

Chad le Clos: “I can’t say too much about tomorrow, it’s a great opportunity for me and five or six other people. It’s been hard for me this year.

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor is definitely going places, as she has won her semi-final with ease which has put down a marker, and she has just set a new British Record with a winning record time of 2:07.57.

Rebecca Adlington (Double Olympic Gold Medal Winning Swimmer on BBC One): “Siobhan-Marie O’Connor looks fantastic. A huge British record and PB and it looked so controlled and smooth. She can challenge Katinka Hosszu. It will be interesting to see if Hosszu pulls out of the 200m butterfly, which she is due to race in tomorrow as well. She is the Iron Lady of swimming…

Here are the final medal listings for Day #3:

Country
1

United States
5 7 7 19
2

China
5 3 5 13
3

Australia
4 0 3 7
4

Italy
3 4 2 9
5

Japan
3 0 7 10
6

Hungary
3 0 0 3
7

Russia
2 5 3 10
8

South Korea
2 2 1 5
9

Thailand
2 1 1 4
10

Great Britain
1 1 2 4
11

Brazil
1 1 0 2
11

Sweden
1 1 0 2
13

Chinese Taipei
1 0 2 3
14

Belgium
1 0 1 2
15

Argentina
1 0 0 1
15

Colombia
1 0 0 1
15

Croatia
1 0 0 1
15

Kosovo
1 0 0 1
15

Netherlands
1 0 0 1
15

Vietnam
1 0 0 1
21

Indonesia
0 2 0 2
21

New Zealand
0 2 0 2
21

South Africa
0 2 0 2
24

Canada
0 1 3 4
25

Kazakhstan
0 1 2 3
26

Ukraine
0 1 1 2
27

Azerbaijan
0 1 0 1
27

Denmark
0 1 0 1
27

France
0 1 0 1
27

Mongolia
0 1 0 1
27

Philippines
0 1 0 1
27

North Korea
0 1 0 1
33

Uzbekistan
0 0 2 2
34

Spain
0 0 1 1
34

Georgia
0 0 1 1
34

Greece
0 0 1 1
34

Poland
0 0 1 1
34

Portugal
0 0 1 1

Benin
0 0 0 0

American Samoa
0 0 0 0

Afghanistan
0 0 0 0

Aruba
0 0 0 0

Burkina Faso
0 0 0 0

Andorra
0 0 0 0

Belize
0 0 0 0

Armenia
0 0 0 0

Mali
0 0 0 0

Malaysia
0 0 0 0

Bangladesh
0 0 0 0

Refugee Olympic Athletes
0 0 0 0

British Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Brunei
0 0 0 0

Kiribati
0 0 0 0

Liberia
0 0 0 0

Papua New Guinea
0 0 0 0

Seychelles
0 0 0 0

Marshall Islands
0 0 0 0

Somalia
0 0 0 0

Iraq
0 0 0 0

Sierra Leone
0 0 0 0

South Sudan
0 0 0 0

Gambia
0 0 0 0

United Arab Emirates
0 0 0 0

FYR Macedonia
0 0 0 0

Ghana
0 0 0 0

Cameroon
0 0 0 0

Congo
0 0 0 0

Bhutan
0 0 0 0

Cook Islands
0 0 0 0

Comoros
0 0 0 0

Guinea-Bissau
0 0 0 0

Central African Republic
0 0 0 0

Cape Verde
0 0 0 0

Jordan
0 0 0 0

Equatorial Guinea
0 0 0 0

Guinea
0 0 0 0

Micronesia
0 0 0 0

DR Congo
0 0 0 0

Chad
0 0 0 0

Guyana
0 0 0 0

Cambodia
0 0 0 0

Malta
0 0 0 0

Sao Tome & Principe
0 0 0 0

Togo
0 0 0 0

Haiti
0 0 0 0

Samoa
0 0 0 0

Tonga
0 0 0 0

Mauritania
0 0 0 0

Maldives
0 0 0 0

Swaziland
0 0 0 0

Libya
0 0 0 0

Suriname
0 0 0 0

Nicaragua
0 0 0 0

Tuvalu
0 0 0 0

Senegal
0 0 0 0

Nepal
0 0 0 0

Lebanon
0 0 0 0

Madagascar
0 0 0 0

Solomon Islands
0 0 0 0

Vanuatu
0 0 0 0

Pakistan
0 0 0 0

St Vincent & the Grenadines
0 0 0 0

Cayman Islands
0 0 0 0

Niger
0 0 0 0

Uruguay
0 0 0 0

Palestine
0 0 0 0

Hong Kong, China
0 0 0 0

Malawi
0 0 0 0

Syria
0 0 0 0

Liechtenstein
0 0 0 0

Monaco
0 0 0 0

Mozambique
0 0 0 0

Montenegro
0 0 0 0

Sudan
0 0 0 0

Turkmenistan
0 0 0 0

Laos
0 0 0 0

Honduras
0 0 0 0

Rwanda
0 0 0 0

Kyrgyzstan
0 0 0 0

Tanzania
0 0 0 0

Palau
0 0 0 0

Timor-Leste
0 0 0 0

Yemen
0 0 0 0

Independent Olympic Athletes
0 0 0 0

Dominica
0 0 0 0

Nauru
0 0 0 0

Oman
0 0 0 0

Guam
0 0 0 0

Germany
0 0 0 0

Ireland
0 0 0 0

Belarus
0 0 0 0

India
0 0 0 0

Serbia
0 0 0 0

Slovakia
0 0 0 0

Bulgaria
0 0 0 0

Norway
0 0 0 0

Cyprus
0 0 0 0

Guatemala
0 0 0 0

Singapore
0 0 0 0

Tunisia
0 0 0 0

Lithuania
0 0 0 0

Finland
0 0 0 0

Turkey
0 0 0 0

Slovenia
0 0 0 0

Estonia
0 0 0 0

Mexico
0 0 0 0

Israel
0 0 0 0

Switzerland
0 0 0 0

Egypt
0 0 0 0

Austria
0 0 0 0

Cuba
0 0 0 0

Ecuador
0 0 0 0

El Salvador
0 0 0 0

Dominican Republic
0 0 0 0

Czech Republic
0 0 0 0

US Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Iran
0 0 0 0

Ethiopia
0 0 0 0

Qatar
0 0 0 0

Bahamas
0 0 0 0

San Marino
0 0 0 0

Angola
0 0 0 0

Costa Rica
0 0 0 0

Myanmar
0 0 0 0

Kenya
0 0 0 0

Moldova
0 0 0 0

Morocco
0 0 0 0

Venezuela
0 0 0 0

Chile
0 0 0 0

Peru
0 0 0 0

Sri Lanka
0 0 0 0

Puerto Rico
0 0 0 0

Paraguay
0 0 0 0

Romania
0 0 0 0

Saint Kitts & Nevis
0 0 0 0

Lesotho
0 0 0 0

Eritrea
0 0 0 0

Zimbabwe
0 0 0 0

Botswana
0 0 0 0

Jamaica
0 0 0 0

Uganda
0 0 0 0

Namibia
0 0 0 0

Bahrain
0 0 0 0

Burundi
0 0 0 0

Trinidad & Tobago
0 0 0 0

Latvia
0 0 0 0

Bolivia
0 0 0 0

Nigeria
0 0 0 0

Algeria
0 0 0 0

Fiji
0 0 0 0

Mauritius
0 0 0 0

Iceland
0 0 0 0

Zambia
0 0 0 0

Côte d’Ivoire
0 0 0 0

Gabon
0 0 0 0

Antigua & Barbuda
0 0 0 0

Albania
0 0 0 0

Djibouti
0 0 0 0

Saudi Arabia
0 0 0 0

Panama
0 0 0 0

Luxembourg
0 0 0 0

Tajikistan
0 0 0 0

Bosnia & Herzegovina
0 0 0 0

Saint Lucia
0 0 0 0

Grenada
0 0 0 0

Barbados
0 0 0 0

Bermuda
0 0 0 0

Day #3’s events have officially come to a close. Please make sure to check back soon for Day #4 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to all of you for a great third day, and I hope and wish all of you a good night.

Alex Smithson

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