Rio 2016: Day #4

As if Day #3’s events were any different, Day #4 has certainly been quite a busy one for the United States, as they have already won 5 gold medals, 8 Silver & 8 Bronze Medals, bring their current totalled amount of medals to 21, with China falling slightly behind on the medal table with 15 medals (7 Gold, 3 Silver & 5 Bronze). Team GB currently lead with 4 medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver & 2 Bronze), while Australia have 8 medals (4 Gold & 4 Silver).

We are coming dangerous close to another monster shock following last night’s tennis event, because not only is Serena Williams a set down, but she’s not a break behind in the second set to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. If looks could kill, Serena Williams stomps around the baseline. This would be a very bad time for you to ask her if you can have a fiver.

Elina Svitolina, who should be noted, isn’t without pedigree, as the 21 year old is the world number 20 with four WTA titles to her name. She has even consolidated her break of serve and is just three games from knocking Serena Williams out of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

The current score is as follows: Serena Williams 4-6 1-3 Elina Svitolina

Leon Taylor (Olympic Diving Silver Medallist for the BBC): “I wish I had an answer to why the pool was green. As I arrived, it was blue but went greener and greener. It looked the colour of a gherkin. There might be a bit of imbalance with algae. Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson’s third and fourth dives kept them in the contest until the last round. They needed the best dive of their careers but it was not to be for a medal.

Serena Williams has managed to hold the aid of a good drop shot against the errant Elina Svitolina, but even so, the Ukrainian only has to hold her at least three times in order to pull off something without a hitch. Just recently, Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the men’s singles Tennis event.

Serena Williams has just served five (you heard that right) double faults in the same event to give away what could quite possibly be a crucial break and as she sits on her chair, she appears to be close to tears.

21 year old Elina Svitolina has just knocked Serena Williams out with an overall score of 4-6 3-6.

The United States won the women’s team Gold, placing Team GB in fifth place, while Team GB’s men beat Brazil with an overall score of 9-1 for the first hockey win.

The Rugby Sevens Men’s team beat Kenya with an overall score of 31-7, while Japan have beaten New Zealand.

We’re already halfway through the weightlifting final and it has already become pretty clear that three athletes are in a league of their own, at the snatch as such.

Kim Myong Hok of North Korea, China’s Shi Zhiyong and Daniyar Ismayilov of Turkey had only started lifting when their competitors had used up their three attempts at the lower weights, and it was Ismayilov who was able to take the early lead, by lifting 163kg in the Men’s -69kg final.

Shi Zhiyong is sitting in second on 162kg and is followed by Hok, who was able to manage 157kg. Next up for them is the clean and jerk.

Alistair Magowan (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “GB windsurfer Nick Dempsey has won an appeal after being hit and knocked off his board by Lithuanian competitor Juozas Bernotas during the sixth race of the regatta. Dempsey, who won silver at London 2012, leads the standings ahead of defending champion Dorian van Russelberghe of the Netherlands by a point, but will now increase his lead. The incident led to the Brit finishing 14th, having won three of the first four races, but he will now be given an average score instead.

Colombia are 1-2 to the United States, and the World & Olympic Champions, the United States, are closing in on their victory against Colombia and have fought back against them from 1-0 down in order to lead 2-1 with just 15 minutes remaining.

The United States are already through to the last eight, but a win in this game will help to ensure that they can finish the group stage unbeaten. By winning, as they always say, this will help them to breed their confidence.

Colombia have equalised with the United States right at the end of the football match, as Catalina Usme has pinged in a beauty of a free-kick, and it looks like this match will end in a draw for both sides.

Ireland’s David Joyce had fought hard in the men’s lightweight 60kg boxing, but was no match for Azerbaijan’s Albert Selimov who had managed to claim victory by winning all three rounds, the third round of which was reached with a unanimous decision.

It’s all over for the women’s football as Colombia have earned a point, making it their first ever at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, thanks to a last-minute strike against the United States. This does not, however, change anything though where the Americans are concerned, as they are set to progress on to the quarter-finals as the Group G winners.

News just in…Shi Zhiyong has won the Gold medal in the Men’s 69kg weightlifting event after lifting a combined total of 352kg to win the men’s Olympic 69kg weightlifting title. Daniyar Ismayilov of Turkey has led after a 163kg snatch, but was only able to manage 188kg at a clean and jerk in order to win Silver with a combined 351kg (kilograms), but Izzat Artykov of Kyrgyzstan has lifted a combined 339kg to win Bronze.

This is the schedule for the events that are coming up soon:

2:03 AM – Men’s 100m Freestyle – Semi-Finals

2:19 AM – Women’s 200m Freestyle – Final

2:28 AM – Men’s 200m Butterfly – Final

2:37 AM – Women’s 200m Butterfly – Semi-Finals

3:03 AM – Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Semi-Finals

3:29 AM – Women’s 200m Individual Medley – Final

3:38 AM – Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay – Final

Michael Phelps has just made history again as he has claimed his 20th Olympic Gold Medal in the Men’s 200m Butterfly. Masato Kasai has powered through to take Silver, while Tamas Kenderesi finishes in third place with Bronze. Where is Chad Le Clos? He’s in fourth place as it all fell apart for him in the final 50m of the Men’s 200m Butterfly.

Mark Foster (Former Freestyle World Swimming Champion for the BBC): “That’s just one of those races that had everything. It was tight at the end but he just went out there and took them on. You can see how much it meant to him. He’s the man, isn’t he?

Tom Fordyce (Chief Sports Writer in Rio de Janeiro): “Fabulous from Phelps, the man who first dominated and redefined swimming, then fell out of love, and then came back from the depths to win again. First renaissance, now redemption.

Katie Ledecky of the United States has just won Gold with a finishing time of 1:53.73, and believe it or not, she was 15 at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games when she won her first Gold for Team GB. Isn’t that fantastic? I think it is.

Rebecca Adlington (Double Olympic Gold Medallist for BBC One): “What a night to be here. I love Siobhan-Marie O’Connor to bits. She’s one of the nicest people and I hope she gets the medal she deserves. Siobhan is up at 03:29 BST.

Andrew Willis & Craig Benson will be taking to the pool shortly for the men’s 200m breaststroke semi-finals. Willis had made the final of this event at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games and finished eighth, while Benson is looking into qualifying for his first Olympic final.

Rebecca Adlington: “Both Andrew Willis and Craig Benson will feel they have something to prove because Ross Murdoch, the European champion, isn’t in the team. They must know that people are talking behind their backs.

Adrian Moorhouse (1988 Olympic 100m breaststroke champion for the BBC): “That was a personal best time for Willis. He’s delivered and should be really pleased. He held his technique, was very strong and finished well. He’s been consistent throughout his career since 2012.

Team GB’s Andrew Willis after he qualified for the men’s 200m breaststroke final: “I’m dead chuffed with that. I felt good. I tried to pick it up on the back end. A PB and I’m chuffed with that. It’s all to play for now. I’ve been in this position so many times. I’m not going to take anything for granted. I’ll try and stick to what I did tonight and hopefully the rest will mess around a bit and l sneak through.

Rebecca Adlington: “He’s a great character to have on the team and very funny as well. What a fantastic swim. It will be such a close final tomorrow night.

Adrian Moorhouse: “That gold means a lot to Phelps, to win gold in the event he started out in back in 2000 in Sydney.

Rebecca Adlington: “Siobhan-Marie O’Connor will be feeling sick before the race. You feel like you want to throw up, it’s not the nicest experience. I used to get so nervous. I think we’ll see Hosszu break the world record but hopefully Siobhan can get close enough to her to put pressure on her.

Tom Fordyce: “Four years ago Siobhan-Marie O’Connor was Britain’s youngest swimmer at the London Olympics, a wide-eyed 16-year-old chasing experience as much as a medal. Not this time. As the fastest qualifier from the semi-finals she has the queen slot in lane four – but she will have to come past the fearsome Katinka Hosszu in five to win GB’s second swimming gold of these Games. Is the Iron Lady for turning? We shall see…

Katinka Hosszu has won the Gold Medal in the Women’s 200m individual medley, and all is not lost as Team GB’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor has won Silver and has set a new British record with a finishing time of 2:06.88.

Adrian Moorhouse: “Siobhan-Marie O’Connor gave everything. That was a great swim.

Tom Fordyce: “You can take The Hoss to water, and you can’t stop her winning golds. Remarkable again from Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, splendid silver from GB’s O’Connor.

Rebecca Adlington: “I am so happy for Siobhan-Marie. It was so close. We thought Siobhan wouldn’t catch Hosszu but she did not give up and she’ll be over the moon with that swim.

What a fantastic result! James Guy for Team GB has won silver in the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay, with the United States winning gold after finishing with an overall time of 7:00.66.

Michael Phelps has just won his 21st Olympic Gold Medal and he’s certainly making history for the books.

Rebecca Adlington: “Unbelievable. That’s quicker than at the world championship and James Guy finally has that medal around his neck.

Mark Foster (Former Freestyle World Swimming Champion for BBC One): “They all swam so well but we found a star tonight, Duncan Scott really stepped up with reaching the 100m final and then he swam so well in that final.

Adrian Moorhouse: “We are as giddy as kittens. It’s not easy trying to read your notes while getting up to punch the air. It’s been a great night for Great Britain.

Rebecca Adlington: “From now it is a rule that James Guy has to go in the final leg. He was so good.

Rebecca Adlington: “Siobhan is only 20 and has another Olympics in her. She has progressed so much that I have no doubt we’ll see her in that gold spot on the podium.

Speaking to BBC One, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor said that: “It feels pretty unreal. I am trying not to cry but it is the best feeling in the world. It doesn’t seem real but seeing my family I was getting choked up. It means everything, I have worked so hard for it. It has been tough but it is so, so worth it. Sometimes you think ‘is it my time’? It just shows what determination can do and all the hard work has paid off but I would not have been able to do it without my amazing team.

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor’s father, Sean O’Connor, speaks to BBC One and says that: “If she could stay fit and well I was hoping she’d get a silver medal and she showed it. But I didn’t expect the time. She has a condition but she never moans and has had a good block of work this year and you can see what she’s capable of when she’s fit and well. Siobhan coming away with a medal, I don’t think it’ll get any better for me.

Rebecca Adlington: “I think this is the best we have done for a very long time and we still have some big races to come. I am thrilled for James Guy especially because this is extra special after the week he has had.

Mark Foster: “As a country we have improved so much. We have strength in depth and there’s character in the team. The future is bright.

Duncan Scott:I felt I had to step things up this year. It’s unreal to win. We fought with everything we had.

Stephen Milne: I can’t believe it. These guys were amazing and it was a real honour to swim with them.

Dan Wallace: I was lucky to make the team and knew I had to step it up and did that tonight.

James Guy:The first few days were tough for me. I’ve got faster and faster the more I’ve been racing. The team is young and we’ll be ready for the title in Tokyo.

Here are the final medal listings for Day #4:

Country
1

United States
9 8 9 26
2

China
8 3 6 17
3

Hungary
4 1 1 6
4

Australia
4 0 5 9
5

Russia
3 6 3 12
6

Italy
3 4 2 9
7

South Korea
3 2 1 6
8

Japan
3 1 10 14
9

France
2 3 1 6
10

Thailand
2 1 1 4
11

Great Britain
1 3 2 6
12

Germany
1 2 0 3
12

Sweden
1 2 0 3
14

Brazil
1 1 0 2
15

Chinese Taipei
1 0 2 3
16

Belgium
1 0 1 2
16

Greece
1 0 1 2
16

Netherlands
1 0 1 2
19

Argentina
1 0 0 1
19

Colombia
1 0 0 1
19

Croatia
1 0 0 1
19

Kosovo
1 0 0 1
19

Slovenia
1 0 0 1
19

Vietnam
1 0 0 1
25

Indonesia
0 2 0 2
25

New Zealand
0 2 0 2
25

North Korea
0 2 0 2
25

South Africa
0 2 0 2
29

Canada
0 1 4 5
30

Kazakhstan
0 1 3 4
31

Ukraine
0 1 1 2
32

Azerbaijan
0 1 0 1
32

Denmark
0 1 0 1
32

Malaysia
0 1 0 1
32

Mongolia
0 1 0 1
32

Philippines
0 1 0 1
32

Slovakia
0 1 0 1
32

Turkey
0 1 0 1
39

Uzbekistan
0 0 2 2
40

Spain
0 0 1 1
40

Georgia
0 0 1 1
40

Israel
0 0 1 1
40

Kyrgyzstan
0 0 1 1
40

Poland
0 0 1 1
40

Portugal
0 0 1 1
40

Switzerland
0 0 1 1
40

United Arab Emirates
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

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

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

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

Ireland
0 0 0 0

Belarus
0 0 0 0

India
0 0 0 0

Serbia
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

Estonia
0 0 0 0

Mexico
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 #4’s events have officially come to a close. Please make sure to check back soon for Day #5 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to all of you for a fantastic fourth day and I hope and wish all of you a good night.

Alex Smithson

Feel free to leave a reply :-)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s