Rio 2016: Day #6

With perfect timing, Day #6 kicks off with a bang as Team GB‘s cyclists, Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes & Callum Skinner have won Gold in the men’s team sprint event. We won gold in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games, then we won gold for the second time at the London 2012 Olympic Games and now we’ve just won gold for a third time at this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. How amazing can it get?

South Africa won Bronze in the Men’s Rugby Sevens match after beating Japan 54-14. Next up though is Great Britain & Fiji, as both are in the final and are competing for a gold as I write this. Simone Biles has won Gold in the gymnastics all-round event.

Rob Vickerman (BBC Sport Rugby Sevens Expert): “These guys have to make sure they the aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity and then the skills. They have the backing of the nation and bat means a lot when you’re hitting the dark days. What an amazing thing to hear that GB will be competing for a gold medal. This GB team has been put together in three weeks and it’s the first time they have played together. It’s quite an emotional story. Add to that, the Fiji coach Ben Ryan signed up at least six of this team.

Luke Reddy (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “For the first time this week these are the signs that meet you at some entrances. What a buzz at this stadium, a real energy and whatever happens there will be a slice of history on offer. There are people here from across the globe but those of a British and Fijian persuasion look most edgy. One Fijian told me there’d be a public holiday back home if they win this. A lot on the line then.

Sir Clive Woodward (World Cup Winning Rugby Union Coach for the BBC): “When Fiji get the ball, we just have to smash them.

Sir Clive Woodward: “Fiji just do not want to go to ground, they’ll do anything to keep the ball moving. The most important thing for GB is cool heads – it’s one score. To beat Fiji you need to get hold of the ball.

Sir Clive Woodward: “A very ominous start. It all came down to a penalty. If you give Fiji the ball it’ll be a long, long evening. Ben Ryan, the Fiji coach, has taken them to a new level.

Sir Clive Woodward: “GB were making a breakthrough but panicked. Once you turn it over to the Fijian fellas it’s easy for them. GB will be upset at turning the ball over so easily. But what a team we’re watching here.

Sir Clive Woodward: “I don’t think it’s any coincidence Fiji aimed for GB’s Dan Norton with that kick. There’s going to be a party in Fiji unless GB can get hold of the ball. Fiji are wonderful runners but they’re so physical.

Sir Clive Woodward: “This is really disappointing. I thought it would be a close game. But the athleticism of this Fiji team – they can walk next to any athlete from any sport and have something special. They are fantastic Olympic athletes.

Sir Clive Woodward: “Team GB actually turned the Fijians over for the first time, but all you saw then was a very fit Fiji side get back into position and tun the ball back over. This is a magnificent display by these amazing athletes from Fiji. They’ve gone completely into another gear.

Sir Clive Woodward: “I’m really pleased about that try. GB have been hugely disappointing. Get back and get another one.

Fiji have just won a Gold Medal in the Men’s Rugby Sevens, and they’ve won their first Olympic medal in any sport in a spectacular and dominant fashion.

Eddie Butler (BBC’s Rugby Commentator): “It is such a moment in the history of Fiji the rugby team and Fiji the nation, because it’s a first Olympic medal and it’s gold.

Rob Vickerman (BBC Sport’s Rugby Sevens Expert for BBC Radio 5 Live): “The biggest reaction of the week was probably the last game when GB beat South Africa and they celebrated on the pitch. That said to me straight away they didn’t expect to reach the final. You could have put four men up against Fiji today and not stopped them. This is Fiji’s day. The world has now seen what rugby sevens can offer the Olympics.

Romania has struck Gold in the Fencing event, and a little earlier on, Romania’s women had secured Gold in the team epee fencing to win their country’s first medal in Rio de Janeiro at this year’s Summer Olympic Games.

Great Britain’s Rugby Sevens Player, Dan Bibby: “I have every single emotion right now. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to gold but I’m so proud of all the boys and what the put into this was outstanding. We had 10 weeks to do this and I knew it would be a bloody tough challenge. We had umpteen meetings about having a gold-medal attitude. We’ve beaten the hell out of each other in training so it was nice to do it to other teams. I think the sport deserves to be here and it’s here to stay. If it can inspire women and boys out there to be sevens players, that makes it for me. It’s awesome.

London-born Fiji coach, Ben Ryan: “It’s amazing. You can’t see I’m smiling – it probably stops me from crying. They saved the best until last. They played some staggeringly good stuff. We wanted to showcase the way Fijian sport can be played and wanted to put smiles on everyone’s face. The entire population – towns and village – will be under siege in Fiji now. I consider what I do now, but Fiji sevens always knew I’d step away for a while now. But hey, I’ll be the first Fiji sevens coach to not be sacked.

In light of the controversial doping scandal, it’s just been revealed that Bulgaria’s Silvia Danekova has just tested positive for drugs. As of now, the types of drugs she tested positive on are unspecified and cannot be named at this time for specific reasons involved. She was due to be competing in the 3,000m Steeplechase event.

Luke Reddy: “English coach Ben Ryan is the most relaxed man linked to Fiji it seems. He tells 5 live he will think about his future in sevens or possibly in the full form of the game.

The Silver Medalist, Katherine Granger on BBC One: “It’s hard to watch the race, that’s the first time we’ve seen it and it’s painful to be winning up until the last 300m. But there is nothing more we could have done, we put it on the line and put in the best performance we could have. I’m immensely proud of the silver. There was a long time when you would not have put money on us to win a medal. Some of the best crews in our event didn’t even make the final. I can finally be happy with a silver. It was the best race we could have put out there.

Team GB’s Silver Medallist, Victoria Thornley: “I believed I was capable of a medal and showing everyone on the biggest stage was something special. The first time I got in a boat I fell in. People said I had the capability to get to the Olympics, but rowing has changed my life completely.

Sir Steve Redgrave (The five-time Olympic Rowing Champion for the BBC): “Katherine Grainger and Victoria Thornley have been together on and off for two years, and their mental strength has got them through the last few months. Everyone said that they would struggle to win a medal and they turned it around, what they did out there was very special indeed. You always dream of giving your best performance in your last race. It was amazing. This is the best medal Kath has won. Because of the hard road she had to get there. What she has done for the sport, for women’s sport, is incredible. I am immensely proud of her.

Philip Hindes: “Nobody would have expected that gold but we always believed in each other. We stepped up as a team.

Jason Kenny: “I am really happy. We were outsiders but it was great to all come together and be on the right side of the close result. The Kiwis were really fast in the semi and to be honest I thought we were relying on them falling to bits, but they didn’t and we still beat them.

Callum Skinner: “To come here as Olympic champion is incredible. It’s not been an easy road, I’ve been to two world champs and was dropped from both of them.

Fiji’s British Coach, Ben Ryan: “I’m a little bit lost for words.The boys were on another scale of phenomenal, they were brilliant. We were fun in the changing rooms, our warm-up was full of enthusiasm and smiling. We made it our point that we were going to enjoy this because that’s the best way we play.

Steve Perry (The Olympic Bronze Medal Swimmer): “Britain’s Molly Renshaw and Chloe Sutton – I’m just hoping one of them can get a medal. They’re absolutely on fire. If they get a medal Britain are going to obliterate anything we’ve done in the pool over the last 50 years.

Rebecca Adlington (Double Olympic Gold Medallist on BBC One): “Ryan Lochte has won all of the world championships. Michael Phelps has won the last two Olympics Games. Those two have dominated this event for so long. So many Brazilian fans are hoping Thiago Silva wins. It’s going to be interesting but you can’t shy away from the fact that everyone thinks Michael Phelps is going to win.

Adrian Moorhouse (1988 Olympic 100m Breaststroke Champion for the BBC): “A brilliant start from Ben Proud. The fastest reaction in the field. He touched the wall right on the stroke, smack in the middle. You can tell he’s really pleased with that.

Team GB’s Ben Proud after he qualified for the 50m Freestyle final: “It’s great. British record or not it’s a ticket to the final. My start wasn’t as good as I hoped. I felt really good and composed and I’m really happy with that result. I think there’s more to come tomorrow.

Rie Kaneto struck Gold in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke event, denying Yulia Efimova any chance of winning Gold.

Adrian Moorhouse: “Chloe Tutton has equalled her best time. She couldn’t quite improve on that – if she’d just gone a little bit faster… she looked like she had the bronze medal.

China’s world number one, Ma Long, struck Gold after beating the countryman, Zhang Jike, with a 4-0 win in the men’s singles to claim the Table Tennis Grand Slam.

Ryan Murphy has won Gold in the Men’s 200m Backstroke Swimming event, beating Mitch Larkin and also the Russian Evgeny Rylov. Mitch takes Silver while Evgeny Rylov takes Bronze.

Adrian Moorhouse: “Ryan Murphy did a brilliant job on that third 50m. His turns were great, excellent technique. He deserved that win.

GB’s Chloe Tutton after finishing fourth in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke: “It’s horrible coming fourth. That’s how it is sometimes.

GB’s Molly Renshaw after finishing sixth in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke: “My aim coming into this was to make the final and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

Steve Perry: “People said that when Mark Spitz when seven medals that it will never happen again. I do believe that there will be a guy who can win multiple gold medals, but not Games after Games like Michael Phelps. Such is the power of Michael Phelps that in the USA they want to change the times of the swimming.

Tom Fordyce (Chief Sports Writer in Rio de Janeiro): “This may have been Fiji’s first ever Olympic medal and GB’s third team sprint gold in three Games, but both provided magical moments. In the velodrome Britain’s trio put right all the problems of the intervening four years, Skinner’s addition earlier this year plus the power of Hindes and experience of Kenny giving their nation’s track team a huge boost. And Fiji’s story – winning gold in the sport they have defined and inspired, coached by Londoner Ben Ryan, transforming the mood of a troubled island nation – is a biopic waiting to happen.

Adrian Moorhouse: “Katinka Hosszu looking for her fourth gold tomorrow night and I’m not sure if there’s anyone to challenge her.

Rebecca Adlington: “Dan Wallace always steps up at the major meet. He’s a wildcard but he’s made everyone sit up and he’s shown he’s here for a reason. It will be very hard for him to get a medal.

Michael Phelps has just won his 22nd Olympic Gold in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley. That’s another for the history books.

Andy Jameson (BBC Commentator & Former British Olympic Swimmer): “I cannot believe how great this is.

Adrian Moorhouse: “What a winner. It’s been a privilege to watch every one of his gold medals but I don’t think I’ve seen one as emotional as that one. He destroyed the field. It was stunning.

Team GB’s Dan Wallace after he finished eighth in the men’s 200m individual medley: “It was a pretty special experience for me. It was amazing to get to an Olympic final – but the names in that final, the occasion was unbelievable. I’ll go back home to Scotland now – I’ve spent four years in America – but I’m ready for a change and excited for the future.

Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak have just won joint golds in the Women’s 100m Freestyle event.

Andy Jameson: “Unbelievable. History at the swimming pool. Our first black lady has won a gold medal in the swimming pool.

Adrian Moorhouse: “That’s quite stunning. That’s hugely emotional. It was a bit unusual to see the Campbell sisters joking in the ready room – can’t you just focus?

Rebecca Adlington: “I’m so shocked by that race. I don’t think it’s sunk in. Cate Campbell broke the world record two months ago – how can you go from that to sixth? It just baffles me.

Rebecca Adlington: “This morning James Guy was the second fastest Brit ever in this event. This will be his eighth race this week, but when you see someone like Michael Phelps swimming about a million, James is only 20 so why not go for it?

Adrian Moorhouse: “James Guy swam really well and it’s great news for the medley relay.

Team GB’s James Guy after he finished seventh in the men’s 100m butterfly semi event: “Michael Phelps is the GOAT (greatest of all time) and he was beside me so it was hard not to get distracted. I think I got a bit cold in the cool room – we were waiting so long for Michael’s presentation. I’ve had a busy week so far and then back tomorrow before an evening off, which is quite nice.

Adrian Moorhouse: “If Joseph Schooling does that tomorrow he might not just get a medal he might get the medal.

Here are the final medal table listings for Day #6:

Country
1

United States
16 12 10 38
2

China
11 8 11 30
3

Japan
7 2 13 22
4

Australia
5 4 6 15
5

South Korea
5 2 4 11
6

Hungary
5 1 1 7
7

Russia
4 8 7 19
8

Great Britain
4 6 6 16
9

Germany
4 3 1 8
10

Italy
3 6 3 12
11

France
2 4 5 11
12

Kazakhstan
2 2 3 7
13

Thailand
2 1 1 4
14

Spain
2 0 1 3
14

Switzerland
2 0 1 3
16

Croatia
2 0 0 2
17

New Zealand
1 4 0 5
18

Netherlands
1 2 2 5
19

Sweden
1 2 1 4
20

Canada
1 1 5 7
20

Brazil
1 1 1 3
21

Belgium
1 1 1 3
21

Slovenia
1 1 1 3
24

Colombia
1 1 0 2
24

Slovakia
1 1 0 2
24

Vietnam
1 1 0 2
27

Poland
1 0 2 3
27

Chinese Taipei
1 0 2 3
29

Czech Republic
1 0 1 2
29

Greece
1 0 1 2
31

Argentina
1 0 0 1
31

Fiji
1 0 0 1
31

Independent Olympic Athletes
1 0 0 1
31

Kosovo
1 0 0 1
31

Romania
1 0 0 1
36

South Africa
0 3 1 4
37

North Korea
0 2 2 4
38

Ukraine
0 2 1 3
39

Azerbaijan
0 2 0 2
39

Denmark
0 2 0 2
39

Indonesia
0 2 0 2
42

Georgia
0 1 1 2
42

Lithuania
0 1 1 2
44

Malaysia
0 1 0 1
44

Mongolia
0 1 0 1
44

Philippines
0 1 0 1
44

Turkey
0 1 0 1
48

Egypt
0 0 2 2
48

Uzbekistan
0 0 2 2
50

Estonia
0 0 1 1
50

Israel
0 0 1 1
50

Kyrgyzstan
0 0 1 1
50

Norway
0 0 1 1
50

Portugal
0 0 1 1
50

Tunisia
0 0 1 1
50

United Arab Emirates
0 0 1 1

Afghanistan
0 0 0 0

Albania
0 0 0 0

Algeria
0 0 0 0

American Samoa
0 0 0 0

Andorra
0 0 0 0

Angola
0 0 0 0

Antigua & Barbuda
0 0 0 0

Armenia
0 0 0 0

Aruba
0 0 0 0

Austria
0 0 0 0

Bahamas
0 0 0 0

Bahrain
0 0 0 0

Bangladesh
0 0 0 0

Barbados
0 0 0 0

Belarus
0 0 0 0

Belize
0 0 0 0

Benin
0 0 0 0

Bermuda
0 0 0 0

Bhutan
0 0 0 0

Bolivia
0 0 0 0

Bosnia & Herzegovina
0 0 0 0

Botswana
0 0 0 0

British Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Brunei
0 0 0 0

Bulgaria
0 0 0 0

Burkina Faso
0 0 0 0

Burundi
0 0 0 0

Cambodia
0 0 0 0

Cameroon
0 0 0 0

Cape Verde
0 0 0 0

Cayman Islands
0 0 0 0

Central African Republic
0 0 0 0

Chad
0 0 0 0

Chile
0 0 0 0

Comoros
0 0 0 0

Congo
0 0 0 0

Cook Islands
0 0 0 0

Costa Rica
0 0 0 0

Côte d’Ivoire
0 0 0 0

Cuba
0 0 0 0

Cyprus
0 0 0 0

Djibouti
0 0 0 0

Dominica
0 0 0 0

Dominican Republic
0 0 0 0

DR Congo
0 0 0 0

Ecuador
0 0 0 0

El Salvador
0 0 0 0

Equatorial Guinea
0 0 0 0

Eritrea
0 0 0 0

Ethiopia
0 0 0 0

Finland
0 0 0 0

FYR Macedonia
0 0 0 0

Gabon
0 0 0 0

Gambia
0 0 0 0

Ghana
0 0 0 0

Grenada
0 0 0 0

Guam
0 0 0 0

Guatemala
0 0 0 0

Guinea
0 0 0 0

Guinea-Bissau
0 0 0 0

Guyana
0 0 0 0

Haiti
0 0 0 0

Honduras
0 0 0 0

Hong Kong, China
0 0 0 0

Iceland
0 0 0 0

India
0 0 0 0

Iran
0 0 0 0

Iraq
0 0 0 0

Ireland
0 0 0 0

Jamaica
0 0 0 0

Jordan
0 0 0 0

Kenya
0 0 0 0

Kiribati
0 0 0 0

Laos
0 0 0 0

Latvia
0 0 0 0

Lebanon
0 0 0 0

Lesotho
0 0 0 0

Liberia
0 0 0 0

Libya
0 0 0 0

Liechtenstein
0 0 0 0

Luxembourg
0 0 0 0

Madagascar
0 0 0 0

Malawi
0 0 0 0

Maldives
0 0 0 0

Mali
0 0 0 0

Malta
0 0 0 0

Marshall Islands
0 0 0 0

Mauritania
0 0 0 0

Mauritius
0 0 0 0

Mexico
0 0 0 0

Micronesia
0 0 0 0

Moldova
0 0 0 0

Monaco
0 0 0 0

Montenegro
0 0 0 0

Morocco
0 0 0 0

Mozambique
0 0 0 0

Myanmar
0 0 0 0

Namibia
0 0 0 0

Nauru
0 0 0 0

Nepal
0 0 0 0

Nicaragua
0 0 0 0

Niger
0 0 0 0

Nigeria
0 0 0 0

Oman
0 0 0 0

Pakistan
0 0 0 0

Palau
0 0 0 0

Palestine
0 0 0 0

Panama
0 0 0 0

Papua New Guinea
0 0 0 0

Paraguay
0 0 0 0

Peru
0 0 0 0

Puerto Rico
0 0 0 0

Qatar
0 0 0 0

Refugee Olympic Athletes
0 0 0 0

Rwanda
0 0 0 0

Saint Kitts & Nevis
0 0 0 0

Saint Lucia
0 0 0 0

Samoa
0 0 0 0

San Marino
0 0 0 0

Sao Tome & Principe
0 0 0 0

Saudi Arabia
0 0 0 0

Senegal
0 0 0 0

Serbia
0 0 0 0

Seychelles
0 0 0 0

Sierra Leone
0 0 0 0

Singapore
0 0 0 0

Solomon Islands
0 0 0 0

Somalia
0 0 0 0

South Sudan
0 0 0 0

Sri Lanka
0 0 0 0

St Vincent & the Grenadines
0 0 0 0

Sudan
0 0 0 0

Suriname
0 0 0 0

Swaziland
0 0 0 0

Syria
0 0 0 0

Tajikistan
0 0 0 0

Tanzania
0 0 0 0

Timor-Leste
0 0 0 0

Togo
0 0 0 0

Tonga
0 0 0 0

Trinidad & Tobago
0 0 0 0

Turkmenistan
0 0 0 0

Tuvalu
0 0 0 0

Uganda
0 0 0 0

Uruguay
0 0 0 0

US Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Vanuatu
0 0 0 0

Venezuela
0 0 0 0

Yemen
0 0 0 0

Zambia
0 0 0 0

Zimbabwe
0 0 0 0

Day #6’s events have officially come to a close. Please make sure to check back soon for Day #7 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to all of you for a fantastic and perfect sixth day and I hope and wish to every single one of you a very good night.

Alex Smithson

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