Rio 2016 Olympics Day 12 preview with Steve Landells of IAAF

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Usain Bolt’s next step in his quest for an unprecedented “triple triple” – gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4x100m relay – is a semi-final in the 200m.

Fresh from bagging a third successive Olympic gold in the 100m, Bolt said he was ready to rumble in his favoured event.

In the men’s decathlon, Ashton Eaton is overwhelming favourite, unbeaten in combined events competition since the 2011 world championships in Daegu.

Since his triumph in London, Eaton has won four more world titles — two indoors and two outdoors — and has upped his decathlon world record to 9,045 with his scintillating victory in Beijing last year.


In the 200m, Dafne Schippers will aim to crown her remarkable conversion from heptathlon to specialist sprinter with victory in the women’s 200m.








24-year-old flying Dutchwoman has emerged as one of the stars of women’s sprinting since abandoning the heptathlon following her bronze medal in the 2013 World Championships.OLYMPICS TRACKER-01There is probably no event in the Olympic track and field where a clean sweep seems more feasible than the 100m hurdles.


The phenomenal strength in depth of women’s sprint hurdling means that even the newly minted world record holder Keni Harrison was unable to make the team at last month’s trials.


US hurdlers have been overwhelmingly dominant in the event this year, with seven different American women posting the seven fastest times of 2016.


Brianna Rollins, the 2013 world champion, is likely to be the front-runner but could be pushed all the way by Kristi Castlin and Nia Ali.


Darya Klishina, the sole Russian athlete allowed to compete at the Rio Games in the wake of the doping scandal that has rocked track and field, will compete in the women’s long jump final.


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Rio 2016 Olympics day 11 round-up

Sport360 staff 17/08/2016

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon produced a startling last-lap sprint to outpace favourite Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia to win the Olympic women’s 1500m gold on Tuesday.

Kipyegon clocked 4min 08.92sec after her burst over the last 250 metres, world record holder Dibaba taking silver in 4:10.27.

American Jennifer Simpson claimed bronze in 4:10.53.

Elsewhere, Omar McLeod produced a flawless performance to win the gold medal in the Olympic 110m hurdles.

McLeod raced home in 13.05sec after smoothly clearing each of his 10 hurdles as the battle for silver and bronze unfolded behind him.

Cuba-born Spaniard Orlando Ortega took silver in 13.17sec with Dimitri Bascou of France third in 13.24sec.Meanwhile, In the men’s high jump, Canada’s Derek Drouin beat a quality field to add the Olympic crown to his world title after a cliff-hanger of a final in Rio.

Drouin cleared 2.38 metres in Tuesday’s competition, edging Qatari Mutaz Barshim into the silver medal spot to become Canada’s first Olympic high jump champion since 1932.OLYMPICS TRACKER-01

Barshim, the world indoor silver medallist, took silver after posting a height of 2.36 while Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko, who was runner-up to Drouin at last year’s world championships, took bronze with 2.33m.

In table tennis, Li Xiaoxia, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning combined to win the women’s gold to keep China on target for their third consecutive Games cleansweep of titles.

The Chinese women swept aside Germany’s Han Ying, Shan Xiaona, and Petrisse Solja 3-0 to add another gold to the table tennis superpower’s wins last week in the men’s and women’s singles.

Earlier in the day, Usain Bolt took another step in his quest for an unprecedented sprint “triple triple” when he safely negotiated the first round of the 200m.

Justin Gatlin, who won silver behind Bolt in the 100m, also looked comfortable as he won his heat in 20.42sec.

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Rio 2016 Olympian of the Day: Simone Biles

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Simone Biles.

She may have missed out on setting a new record of winning an unprecedented five gymnastics gold medals at the same Games, but winning a record-equalling four golds – in team and individual all-around, vault and floor and one bronze in beam – is a monster achievement nonetheless for the near-flawless American.

The 19-year-old sealed a historic Olympics campaign by topping the podium with a sublime floor routine that once again defied both gravity and logic.

As one of the most-talked about athletes ahead and during the Games, Biles lived up to her reputation and will go down as one of the most-dominant gymnasts of all time.

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