Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Historical Olympic Highlights from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
With more than 11,000 sportsmen from 205 countries around the world competing in 42 different sports, this year’s 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are specific to be entertaining. As sportsmen fight for the gold, keep up with highlights from the games. Here are the top highlights from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Olympic history was made ten times over at the 2016 Rio Olympics. And the said Olympic is still on-going so we can anticipate tons of historical highlights in few more days. The Rio Olympics has scheduled its historical final service on August 21, 2016, at 6:00 PM.
MICHAEL PHELPS FOUR CONSECUTIVE GOLD MEDALIST IN ONE OCCASION
Michael Phelps has proven himself to be the greatest swimmer of all time — and perhaps the greatest athletes ever. He’s broken so many records, including his own records, in Rio that gold medal performances are expected.
We no longer want to wait with baited breath to see if Phelps will break the world record or come in first in his races, we presume he'll.
Despite the acquaintance with Phelps’ record breaking performances, these Olympics have been anything but boring. Thursday night, in what may very well have been his last race against teammate and rival (or at least as close to a contest as the GOAT can have), Phelps defeat Ryan Lochte soundly in the 200m individual medley. Once again Phelps has written his name in the history books, earning his 22nd career gold medal and fourth gold medal in Rio Olympics.
With last night’s win he also became the first swimmer to earn four consecutive gold medals in one occasion. He also became one of only three American sportsmen to win an individual event four times, along with track and field Olympians Al Oerter and Carl Lewis.
Like that wasn’t enough, Phelps also beat an early Olympic record, surpassing Leonidas of Rhodes’ 12 man Olympic titles with a 13th individual gold medal. Leonidas won his title over four Olympics (Rio is Phelps’ fifth), earning his last three titles in the 152 BCE Olympics– a 200m race, a 400m race, and a shield-taking race.
At 31 years old, Phelps says Rio will be his last Olympic performance, fair enough considering he’s already the first American man to make five Olympic swim teams. Last night he told reporters he was proud to have finished out his Olympic career in this way, saying, The biggest thing for me through the meet so far is I’ve been able to conclude how I needed to.” But who knows, Phelps might be back; after all, Leonidas won his 12th man Olympic title at age 36.
PHELPS ENDURES SHOCK DEFEAT BY SCHOOL, SINGAPORE’S FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST
Perhaps it had to happen at some point, but it was still shocking when it did. Michael Phelps’s winning streak at Rio 2016 came to a surprise ending on Friday (12 August) night time when 21-year old Joseph Schooling won Singapore’s first Olympic gold medal with victory in the 100m butterfly. Phelps, who’d already won four golds in Rio, was one of three men to finish joint second: Chad Le Clos, Laszlo Cseh, and Phelps shared the silver medal. Social media caught fire after the result, with old images posted of Education jointly with Phelps took in 2008 when Education met Phelps in Singapore.
School was in a state of unbelief when he spoke to reporters soon after. “I 'm sorry if I don't seem like I'm full of emotions but I don't comprehend what to consider – that I actually did it or I'm still preparing for my race,” he said. “I 'm between the two of them.”
SIMONE MANUEL BROKE OLYMPIC RECORD
But Phelps’ performance wasn’t the only record breaking swim of the night. American swimmer Simone Manuel broke the Olympic record in the girls’ 100m freestyle race and became the first African American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming.
She told reporters the victory was bigger than herself: “It’s a whole group of folks that came before me and have been an inspiration to me,” she said. “It’s for all the people after me, who consider they can’t do it. And I simply are interested in being an inspiration to others you could do it.”
IT WAS ANOTHER EXHILARATING NIGHT TIME IN THE POOL.
Britain’s Jazz Carlin fixed her second silver of the Olympics in the girls’s 800m freestyle, as American Katie Ledecky soared to her fourth Rio gold. Katie Ledecky enhanced her rate year in, year out.
Singapore’s Joseph Schooling won his state’s first gold medal with victory in the 100m butterfly as Michael Phelps was denied a 23rd Olympic title. Phelps was one of three men to finish joined second and said after this would be his last Olympics.
Anthony Ervin, a gold medallist in 2000 who spent several years away from the sport, became the first ever Olympic swimming champion – winning the 50m freestyle at the age of 35.
Manuel tied with Penny Oleksiak of Canada who won her fourth medal of the Olympics, the most medals won by a Canadian at an person Summer Olympics. At just 16 years old, Oleksiak also became the youngest Canadian gold medalist in Olympic history (Winter or Summer Olympics).
But that wasn’t the only Olympic history made Thursday night. The Fiji men’ rugby sevens team won Fiji’s first Olympic gold medal with a vital 43-7 victory against Great Britain.
SIMONE BILES BECAME FOURTH STRAIGHT AMERICAN FEMALE TO WIN GOLD
Additionally, Simone Biles and the American women’ gymnastics team continued to preserve their dominance. Biles took gold in the individual all around competitions and teammate Aly Raisman took silver. Biles became the fourth straight American female to win gold in the individual all around, winning by 2.1 points, a larger border of achievement than in the preceding nine Olympics joined.
But Biles’ success was expected; Aly Raisman went into the individual all-around fighting for silver. Raisman says she realized Biles would win gold, “Merely because she wins every single competition.”
Last night Biles also became the first girl in twenty years– and the first American girl ever– to hold the World Championship and Olympic all-around titles concurrently.
But Biles still has more Olympic history to make. If Biles earns one more Olympic gold medal she’ll become the most decorated American Olympic gymnast ever. Two more gold medals in Rio? She’ll tie for most gold medals won by a female gymnast in only one Olympic game. Three more and she’ll break that record.
Biles has three staying Olympic events, vault, balance beam, and– her forte– flooring. And there’s no reason to believe she won’t win gold in all them. She’s, quite simply, among the finest female gymnasts ever, if not the greatest of all time. All that’s left is to demonstrate it.
Biles will compete in the finals for the vault at 1:46 pm ET on Sunday, August 14th, followed by the balance beam final at 2:46 pm ET on Monday. Eventually, she’s going to go for her 5th gold medal on Tuesday, August 16th at 1:47 pm ET.
The legend of Simone Biles will only grow as the Rio Olympics goes on and gymnastics competition wraps up.
HIGH PLAY IN THE HEPTATHLON
EnnisHill has only a 72-point edge on Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam in second, with Johnson Thompson only 100 points adrift.
Johnson Thompson cleared 1.98m – a new British high jump record – to top the leaderboard after two events in the heptathlon but dropped to sixth after a disappointing shot put.
EnnisHill threw a under-best 13.86m, while Johnson Thompson could only manage 11.68m before winning the 200m ahead of her compatriot.
Jo Pavey, 42, finished 15th in the girls’s 10,000m as Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana smashed the world record by 14 seconds.
In shooting, Amber Hill, 18, went out of the girls’s skeet in the semifinals.
ROWERS POLISH ON LAGOA RODRIGO
World champions Glover and Stanning, who won Britain’s first gold of the London Olympics, led from the start and finished 1.2 seconds clear of New Zealand in a time of seven minutes 18.29 seconds.
The pair is unbeaten in 39 races, a run that stretches back five years.
Glover said: “The pressure was enormous. London was a house Olympics and there was nothing more specific but this is defending a title – it means so much.”
In the guys’s four, Sbihi, Nash, Louloudis and London 2012 winner Gregory defeat Australia in a time of five minutes 58.61 seconds.
It was Britain’s fifth consecutive Olympic title in the occasion after victories in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.
Brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan won rowing silver in the lightweight guys’s double sculls to give Ireland their first medal of the Olympics.
EMPTY SEATS AS SPORTS STARTING
In contrast to the jam packed stands and noisy feeling, that greeted day one of track and field at London 2012, bunches at the Estadio Olimpico were thin.
Coordinators say 58% of available tickets were sold for day one of the sport.
“we're not disappointed. Without heroes and local sportsmen, the folks takes more to fall in love with track and field,” said Rio spokesman Mario Andrada.
WORLD RECORD SMASHED
Ethiopian star Ayana obliterated the 10,000m world record in the opening track event of the Olympics.
She took nearly 14 seconds off the previous mark with her time of 29 minutes 17.45 seconds – getting the better of the 29:31.78 create by China’s Wang Junxia in 1993.
Pavey, the first British track athlete to compete in a fifth Olympic Games, said: “I found it rough out there. I’m so honoured to have competed at my fifth Olympics, but in fact, I'm becoming old.”
Britain’s Michael Rimmer qualified for the 800m semifinals, behind defending champ David Rudisha, who won their heat in 1:45.09.
AWAY FROM THE ACTION
China’s Chen Xinyi became the first swimmer to fail a doping test at the Rio Olympics.
Poland’s Olympic weightlifting champion Adrian Zielinski joined brother Tomasz in being sent home after testing positive for nandrolone.
Work has began on returning the water in the dive pool to its original blue colour after it went green.
Britain’s Tom Daley challenged why the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre was close on Friday for training. Coordinators said the water must be still for the pool to return to its blue colour.
Germany’s canoe slalom trainer Stefan Henze is in a Rio hospital with life threatening injuries after a car crash on Friday morning.
Kenyan sports official Michael Rotich suspended over corruption claims.
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