Friday Wrap: Rio 2016, Days 12 & 13

BY BOZZA

The quadrennial sporting extravaganza that is the Olympic Games is winding down now, deep into its second week. Welcome to our second Friday Wrap as we take a look at Days 12 & 13 of action from Rio.

Australian Medals:

Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame finished behind crews from Germany and Serbia to claim Bronze in men’s K2 1000 Event.

Will Ryan and Matt Belcher claimed Silver in sailing’s 470 class despite having Ryan go overboard in the medal race.

On a great day at Marina da Gloria, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen also claimed Silver for Australia. The pair began the medal race in third place and moved up into Silver by finishing the necessary number of places ahead of the German crew.

The Quarter Final Curse came to an end:

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The Boomers qualified for the medal rounds for only the fourth time after a dominant victory over Lithuania. They face Serbia in the Semi Final with the victor assured of a medal and a chance for Gold in the final.

Australian BMXers Sam Willoughby and Anthony Dean soared through the Quarter Final rounds and will also compete in the Semi Finals.

Ryan Gregson became the first Australian to reach the men’s 1500m final in 40 years.

Golfer Minjee Lee is within striking distance of the Gold in the Women’s Golf Tournament, a 4 under par 67 in the second round as her only four shots behind leader Inbee Park of South Korea.

Memorable Moments

Usain Bolt’s Olympic Legend continues to grow.

After becoming the first man to claim the 100m Crown three times, the Jamaican crushed the field in the 200m Final to again be the first to win it three times.

On a cold and wet night in the Olympic Stadium the crowd was warmed by the efforts of the legendary Bolt. Rapturous applause followed him as he made his way around the stadium in his victory lap, the crowd knowing they have witnessed something that will most likely never be replicated.

With eight Gold Medals from eight Events across three Olympics, we have the opportunity to see him race one more time in the 4 x 100m Final. Will he sign off from Olympic competition a perfect 9 from 9?

Heartbreaking Moment

Kim Mickle, competing in the Javelin after recovering from a shoulder reconstruction eleven months ago, let go her third javelin throw knowing a big effort was required if she was to advance to the final.

In the effort she again dislocated her reconstructed shoulder. A painful wait lay ahead of Mickle as team doctors were not allowed access to the field and a hurdles race on the track prevented local officials to tend to her.

Her shoulder was eventually reset only after three hours in the operating room.

Biggest Dummy Spit

“AIBA are just corrupt. They’ve robbed me of my Olympic dream,” Irish boxer Michael Conlan ranted after losing as a result of a highly contentious unanimous points decision “Obviously Russia can’t dope this time so they are paying the judges a lot more” he continued. “I will never box an AIBA competition again. Not APB, not WSB, not World Championships or Olympic Games, corruption runs deep…I just think they are rotten to the core.” In case his sentiment had been missed he also flipped the bird to the judges after the bout.

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Conlan’s wasn’t the only interestingly scored bout, Japan’s Satoshi Shimzu knocked down his opponent Magomed Abdulhamidov of Azerbaijan, five times in the third round of their bantamweight clash. You read that right. Five times. Yet the Azerbaijaini was awarded the round and the fight by the judges.

In an interesting post script AIBA announced that the referee and judges from these fights, were to be sent home, AIBA stating they “will not shy away from its responsibilities and is fully committed….[to] always acting in the boxers’ utmost interest.”

As for Vladmair Nikitin, the unanimous winner of his bout with Conlon, he was unable to contest his next bout handing his opponent a walkover victory to the Gold Medal Match.

Suspicious judging or not, Conlan’s after bout rant will be hard to top as dummy spit of the Olympics.

What was that about?

What began with an amateurish response to chilling claims by an Olympic Gold Medallist has developed into a remarkable story of three men caught in a lie. It turns out the now rescinded comments by IOC Spokesman Mark Adams that Ryan Lochte’s claims were “absolutely untrue” were correct all along.

Lochte and two team-mates stated that they were robbed at gun point by men dressed as security guards. Lochte even going on US Television to make remarkable claims about his own bravery when faced with a loaded gun. This was a red flag for Brazilian authorities, those who resist bandits in Rio don’t live to tell the tale, and they definitely don’t walk away with their watches and $6000 shoes.

The authorities keen to protect Rio’s reputation and CCTV footage have been the trio’s undoing here. The reality of the situation is that they caused extensive damage to a toilet at a Petrol Station. An overly zealous security guard may have drawn his gun when the swimmers refused to make restitution for the damage they had made.thumbnail_Screenshot_2016-08-18-14-35-21-1%5b1%5d

Lochte has since fled the country, in time to avoid a judge’s order for his passport to be revoked. His partners in crime were detained by police and questioned. Both admitted their part in the deception under interrogation, each advising that Lochte was the mastermind of the hair brained deceit.

Charges are expected to be laid in the coming days, the crowning moment on a lie that got away from three idiot swimmers trying to cover up a big night out.

Biggest Upset

Argentina defeat Belgium 4-2 to win Gold the Olympic Men’s Hockey Tournament.

Los Leones had never even reached the medal rounds prior to Rio and having qualified third from their pool for the Quarter Finals, there weren’t high hopes on them medalling. Their two surprise victories that qualified them for the final came at a cost, two key players were injured and unavailable for the final.

When Belgium scored after three minutes it appeared that they would be too good for their injury struck opponents. But the Argentines worked their way into the game and eventually took the advantage in the arm wrestle and with it claimed the Gold.

Best Meme’s and Tweets

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An interesting preview of the Men’s 200m Final.

Thumbs Up

Matthew Dellavadova has been huge for the Boomers and their progression to the medal rounds of the men’s basketball competition. A champion winner this year as part of LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals triumph, despite this his abilities are for the most part underrated by Basketball followers. His Olympic performances have him in contention for MVP of the tournament honours and maybe a major re-evaluation from the basketball world.

Thumbs down

To the crowd who decided the Medal Ceremony for the Men’s Pole Vault competition was a good time to continue their booing of a Brazilian champion’s defeated rival. In a tense Pole Vault Final, defending champion Renaud Lavillenie was locked in a tight competition with Brazil’s Thiago da Silva. With the Gold on the line, Lavillenie attempted to clear 6.08m and snatch victory from the 22 year old Brazilian. As he stepped onto the runway he was greeted with a cacophony of boos, a reception that was not helped by Lavillenie signalling his displeasure with a thumbs down signal. He failed in his attempt and had to settle for the silver.

In commenting on the reception he received, the Frenchman made an unwise comparison of his situation with that which confronted Jesse Owens in 1936. Comments he later withdrew and apologised for. An apology that was clearly not accepted by the crowd who again booed Lavillenie when he stepped on the dias to accept his silver medal.

Whatever their thoughts about his comments or his attempts to deny da Silva Gold, he did not deserve this reception one of the more distasteful of these games to date.

MEDAL TALLY AFTER DAY 11

Country G S B
USA 35 33 32
Great Britain 22 21 13
China 20 16 22
Germany 13 8 11
Russia 12 15 17
       
Australia 7 10 10

AUSTRALIAN MEDALLISTS

GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Mack Horton – 400m Freestyle Maddi Groves – 200m Butterfly Men’s Team Archery
Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Keeney/Smith – Sync. 3m Springboard
Catherine Skinner – Women’s Trap Men’s Quadruple Sculls Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
Women’s Rugby Mitch Larkin – 200m Backstroke Equestrian Eventing Team
Kyle Chalmers – 100m Freestyle Men’s Cycling Team Pursuit Emma McKeon – 200m Freestyle
Kim Brennan – Single Sculls Men’s Four Rowing Jessica Fox – K1 Canoe Slalom
Tom Burton – Laser Sailing Race Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Dane Bird-Smith – 20km Walk
  Mixed Nacra 17 Sailing Anna Meares – Keirin
  Belcher/Ryan – Men’s Double 470 Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay
  Outteridge/Jensen – Men’s 49er Wallace/Tame – Men’s K2 1000

AUSTRALIAN RESULTS

Athletics

Men’s 1500m Semi Final 2 – Ryan Gregson 4th

Men’s 5000m Round 1 – Heat 1 – Sam McEntee 18th

Men’s 5000m Round 1 – Heat 2 – Brett Robson 9th, Patrick Tiernan 13th

Men’s Decathlon – Cedric Dobler 14th

Men’s Javelin Throw Qualifying Round – Group A – Josh Robinson 6th

Men’s Javelin Throw Qualifying Round – Group B – Hamish Peacock 12th

Men’s Shot Put Qualifying Round – Group B – Damien Birkenhead 5th

Men’s Shot Put Final – Damien Birkenhead 10th

Women’s 800m Round 1 – Heat 3 – Selma Kajan 7th

Women’s High Jump Qualifying Round – Group A – Elanor Patterson 11th

Women’s Javelin Throw Final – Kathryn Mitchell 6th

Women’s Long Jump Final – Brooke Stratton 7th

Basketball

Men’s Quarter Final – Boomers def Lithuania 90-64

Canoe/Kayak

Men’s Canoe Single 200m – Heat 4 – Ferenc Szekszardi 6th

Men’s Kayak Double 1000m – Heat 2 – Wallace/Tame 2nd

Men’s Kayak Double 1000m – Semi Final 1 – Wallace/Tame 1st

Men’s Kayak Double 1000m – Final A – Wallace/Tame BRONZE

Men’s Kayak Double 200m – Heat 2 – Bowker/Wood 6th

Men’s Kayak Double 200m – Semi Final 1 – Bowker/Wood 6th

Women’s Kayak Single 500m – Heat 4 – Naomi Flood 6th

Women’s Kayak Single 500m – Semi Final – Naomi Flood 6th

Cycling – BMX

Men’s Seeding Run – Sam Willoughby 3rd, Bodi Turner 13th, Anthony Dean 20th

Men’s Quarter Final – Heat 3 – Sam Willoughby 1st

Men’s Quarter Final – Heat 4 – Anthony Dean 1st, Bodi Turner 5th

Women’s Seeding Run – Caroline Buchanan 2nd, Lauren Reynolds 10th

Diving

Women’s 10m Preliminary – Melissa Wu 4th, Brittany O’Brien 17th

Women’s Platform Semi Final – Melissa Wu 4th, Brittany O’Brien 15th

Women’s Platform Final – Melissa Wu 5th

Equestrian

Jumping Individual – 3rd Qualifier – Edwina Tops-Alexander 17th, Matt Williams 34th

Golf

Women’s Individual Stroke Play – After 2 Rounds – Minji Lee T8th, Su Oh T38th

Modern Pentathlon

Men’s Fencing – Ranking Round – Max Esposito 29th

Women’s Fencing – Ranking Round – Chloe Esposito

Sailing

Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470 – Medal Race – Belcher/Ryan 9th

Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470 – Final Standings – Belcher/Ryan SILVER

Men’s Skiff – 49er – Medal Race – Outteridge/Jenson 4th

Men’s Skiff – 49er – Final Standings – Outteridge/Jenson SILVER

Synchronised Swimming

Teams Technical Routine – Australia 8th

Taikwondo

Men’s 58kg Round of 16 – Safwan Kalil (Aus) def Mohanned Ketbi (Bel)

Men’s 58kg Quarter Finals – Safwan Kalil (Aus) def by Tawin Hanprab (Tha)

Men’s 58kg Quarter Finals – Repechage – Safwan Kalil (Aus) def by Tehun Kim (Kor)

Women’s 57kg Round of 16 – Caroline Marton (Aus) def by Nikita Glasnovic (Swe)

Triathlon

Men’s Race – Aaron Royle 9th, Ryan Baillie 10, Ryan Fisher 24th

Water Polo

Women’s Classification 5th – 8th Place – Stingers def Brazil 11-4cc

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