Day four was full of astonishing upsets and broken dreams at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Ukrainian shows anything can happen at the Olympics
World number one and reigning Olympic champion Serena Williams was eliminated by Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-3 in the round of 16 in the women’s singles this morning. Williams was in tears during the loss as she now travels home without a medal for the first time in her Olympic career. Australian Samantha Stosur was also trounced by German Angelique Kerber in straight sets, ending her Olympic campaign. In the men’s tennis, Raphael Nadal cruised past Italian Andreas Seppi in round two while the fairy tale of Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro continues as he narrowly defeated Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
American’s rule the gymnastics
After some tranquil and beautiful gymnastics, Simone Biles, Aly Baisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez collected the women’s team gold medal in record fashion for Team USA. They won comfortably with a score of 184.897 with Russia claiming silver and China taking home the bronze. Biles led the way for her team by winning the beam and the vault events.
What colour is water?
Synchronised divers were forced to jump into a pool that was inexplicably green for the all important final, however, no one appeared to be bothered about the possible health hazards and the athletes competed regardless. The gold went to China for both the men and women mustering scores of 496.98 and 354.00 respectively.
Rio organisers said: “To ensure a high quality field of play is mandatory to Rio 2016 committee.”
“Water tests at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre diving pool were conducted and it was found to be no risk to athletes’ health. We are investigating what are the causes of the situation but are pleased to say the competition was successfully completed.”
Kimberley Brennan wins singles rowing quarter-final
Australian Rower Kim Brennan won her single sculls quarterfinal by half a boat length and a time of 7:26.86. She showed poise and great strength and now finds herself in lane three for the semi-final tomorrow night at 10:30pm AEST.
Proposal at the Olympics
After the women’s final where Australia won the gold at the Rugby 7’s, venue worker Marjorie Enya entered the pitch and asked a Brazilian player to marry her. She told media afterwards that she was happy people embraced it.
“The Olympic Games can look like closure but, for me, it’s starting a new life with someone,” added Enya. “I wanted to show people that love wins.”
Media bus attacked
An official media bus was hit by projectiles as it was travelling through Rio. It is reported that the bus was hit by stones while 12 passengers were on board. One of the officials said that a turkish volunteer suffered lacerations from a broken window. Three journalist’s were reported to be on board but they did not suffer any harm.
I thought it was no phone’s while you’re competing?
In one of the strangest moments of the games, a French Fencer’s smart phone fell out of his back pocket while competing. Enzo Lefort was battling German Peter Joppich in the men’s individual foil. The crowd booed as Lefort was left red-faced and had to hand his phone to an official.
Australia take bronze in the equestrian team event competition
France took the gold, but Australia got another bronze with Stuart Tinney, Christopher Burton, Shane Rose and Sam Griffiths. The Aussie men finished with a score of 175.30. Australia was able sneak ahead of New Zealand after their legendary rider Mark Todd clipped four fences for 16 penalties in the showjumping.
Phelps makes it 21 gold medals, Aussies make a splash
American swimming legend Michael Phelps has claimed his 21st gold medal by winning the 200m Butterfly and the men’s 4×200 relay. The Aussie men finished the relay in fourth position. In the women’s 200m freestyle, American Katie Ledecky picked up the gold as Australian Emma McKeon powered to a bronze medal from lane seven. Aussie’s Kyle Chalmers and Cameron McEvoy shined in their heats to qualify for the 100m final.
Dutch gymnast sent home
A Dutch gymnast by the name of Yuri Van Gelder has been kicked out of the Olympics after a boozy night out in Rio which is a violation of the Dutch Olympic Committee rules. Van Gelder missed out on the Olympics in 2004, 2008 & 2012. He finally made it this time & qualified for the rings final. Sadly he has now blown his chance. – Jesse Mullens
Screenshot of the medal tally from the Rio 2016 website.
Top photo of the Olympic rings.