The quadrennial sporting extravaganza that is the Olympic Games has come to an end. Welcome to our last Monday Wrap, where we farewell Rio, and try and hold the Olympic withdrawal symptoms at bay by taking a look at Days 14, 15 & 16.
Chloe Esposito won Gold in the Modern Pentathlon, Australia’s first ever medal in the event. Esposito entered the final event, the Combined Running-Shooting, in seventh place 45 seconds off the lead. The combined is Esposito’s strongest discipline and she torched the field running away with the Olympic Record on her way to Gold.
Jarred Tallent with Silver in a gruelling 50km Walk, claimed his fourth Olympic Medal. Defending his Olympic Gold from London that he only received earlier this year, he led for a large portion of the race before being passed by World Champion Matej Toth of Slovakia with less than 3km’s to go.
He was able to hold off a late challenge from Hirooki Arai of Japan who in turn endured argy bargy with Evan Dunfee on his way to Bronze. The warm conditions exacted a heavy toll with Tallent, Arai and Dunfee all prostrate after passing the finish line.
Medal hopes falter:
Australian BMXers Sam Willoughby and Anthony Dean reached the final of their event with high hopes after qualifying first from their respective Semi Finals.
Willoughby unfortunately saved his worst race for the most important, finishing sixth while Dean was unable to finish after crashing.
Caroline Buchanan was also expected to figure prominently in the Women’s BMX event but crashed in the semi-final and did not reach the medal race.
Alana Boyd reached the final of the Pole Vault. In a tense and even contest Boyd fell just short of a medal finishing fourth.
Our Kayak Fours team reached the final having dominated qualifying but were unable to medal finishing fourth in the final.
The Boomers campaign to win our first men’s basketball medal ended in heartbreak, losing a classic bronze medal match to Spain in the final seconds.
The last few days were almost a perfect encapsulation of the Games as a whole for the Australians. Plenty of pleasantly surprising results like Chloe Esposito and Catherine Skinner amongst disappointing returns from athletes that were expected to fire.
Usain Bolt signed off from Olympic Competition with his ninth gold from as many events.
In the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final he anchored the Jamaican team, streeting away from the field in a perfect ending to a perfect career.
With both he and Michael Phelps completing their Olympic careers in Rio, the arguments can now begin as to which is the greatest living Olympian.
A heaving Maracana witnessed Brazil’s ‘Cathy Freeman Moment’. After 120 minutes of pulsating action, the Men’s Football Gold Medal Match was to be decided on penalties. With the shoot-out level at 4-all the countries brightest star, Neymar, stepped up to the spot. The stadium silent watched on as Neymar and the keeper sized each other and the moment up.
He stuttered in his approach, the keeper leapt to his right in anticipation of the strike and the netting exploded to his left and with it the crowd. Brazil were Olympic Football Champions.
The Boomers had a spluttering start to their Bronze Medal matchup with Spain. Finding themselves 12 points down early in the second quarter, they dug deep to get themselves back into the game.
The second half was a classic affair, with soon to be San Antonio Spur team-mates Pau Gasol and Patty Mills, leading their respective offences. Both were to score in excess of 30 as the teams were separated by a single point with seconds left in the game.
Sergio Rodriguez went in search of a basket and the lead for Spain, between him and his goal Patty Mills. A stop all but secures the bronze for Australia. Rodriguez drives hard at the basket and he and Mills collide, he throws up a shot which misses. For a second Australia think they have their stop. For a beautiful second, then the whistle. A late foul is called on Mills and Rodriguez goes to the line.
He makes both and Australia now trail with less than six seconds left. They pass the ball back in to play but a miscommunication sees them turn it over and time expires.
The historic first medal remains at least four more years away.
Biggest Dummy Spit
A Bronze Medal wrestling match saw one of the more unusual responses to a disappointing decision.
A Mongolian Bronze Medal appeared likely late in the match between Mongolian Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran and Uzbekistan’s Ikhityor Navruzov. A late penalty however snatched victory from Mandakhnaran’s grasp.
As the result dawned on the Mongolian’s coaches they decided to make their displeasure known with a stripping protest. Police had to be called to remove the two coaches once the protest had concluded.
What was that about?
The 50km race walk was an especially taxing event in the Rio heat. At the conclusion of the race the second, third and fourth place getters all collapsed through exhaustion. But their distress couldn’t possibly compare with that of France’s Yohann Diniz.
The Frenchmen led the race until the midway point where the physical exhaustion took a major toll on him. It appeared that Diniz needed to push through the embarrassment of losing control of his bowels before actually collapsing 2hr 44min into the race. Despite this, remarkably, he recovered to finish in the 8th place.
13 Time World Champion and three time Olympic Gold Medallist Saori Yoshida entered the final of the Women’s 53kg Wrestling bout the only ever winner of Gold in the event. Having beaten her opponent Helen Maroulis in their two previous bouts it seemed a formality that Yoshida would add a fourth Olympic Gold to her trophy cabinet.
Maroulis has chased this moment.
From their first match up as an 18 year where she was defeated in 69 seconds tearing her elbow ligaments in the process, she has studied and waited for her moment.
Patience was also the approach she took in the final too. Maroulis sat back and waited for Yoshida to bring the fight to her, even holding back after being placed on the shot clock and conceding a point as a result. However her patience was rewarded, Yoshida taking the bait and Maroulis taking her down twice on the way to a 4-1 victory.
As time expired on their six minute bout Yoshida dropped to the mat in tears and remained there inconsolable. Maroulis on the other celebrated the victory she patiently waited for.
Best Meme’s and Tweets
Sportsbet with an interesting ‘look at the bright side’ approach to the Boomers’ defeat.
A comical look at the Ryan Lochte saga.
An Irish Sports Betting company took a guess at the judges in the controversial Michael Conlan fight.
If Japan’s two minute segment in the closing ceremony is anything to go by, we are in for some kind of Olympics in 4 years’ time. The highlight of the segment was without doubt Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Abe’s arrival, as Super Mario, into the middle of the Olympic Stadium after ‘travelling’ via pipe from Tokyo was a moment that was equal parts novel, kitsch and memorable.
Bring on Tokyo 2020.
Nine Australian athletes were detained by police after attempting to enter the Boomers’ Semi Final with accreditation that had been tampered with. Australia’s Chef de Mission has since come out advising that the athletes were not to blame and that the practise is a common one.
The AOC are set to launch an investigation into the matter and will not comment on who is to blame until after the investigation is complete.
Whatever the findings this is an embarrassing and unacceptable situation.
MEDAL TALLY AFTER DAY 16
|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|
|Chloe Esposito – Pentathlon||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|
|Jarred Tallent – Men’s 50km Walk|
Men’s 5000m Final – Brett Robinson 14th
Men’s 50km Race Walk – Jared Tallent SILVER, Chris Erickson 10th, Brendon Reading 40th
Men’s Marathon – Liam Adams 31st, Michael Shelley 47th, Scott Westcott 81st
Men’s 1500m Final – Ryan Gregson 9th
Women’s 20km Race Walk – Regan Lambie 9th, Tanya Holliday 26th, Rachel Tallent 40th
Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 – Heat 1 – Australia 4th
Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Final – Australia 8th
Women’s 5000m Final – Eloise Wellings 9th, Madeline Hills 10th, Gen LaCaze 12th
Women’s Pole Vault Final – Alana Boyd 4th
Men’s Semi Final – Boomers def by Serbia 61-87
Men’s Bronze Medal Game – Boomers def by Spain 88-89
Men’s Canoe Double 1000m Heat 1 – Szekszardi/Marinov 4th
Men’s Canoe Double 1000m Semi Final 2 – Szeksardi/Marinov 5th
Men’s Canoe Double 1000m Final B – Szeksardi/Marinov 2nd
Men’s Kayak Four 1000m Heat 1 – Australia 3rd
Men’s Kayak Four Semi Final 1 – Australia 1st
Men’s Kayak Four Final – Australia 4th
Men’s Kayak Single 200m Heat 3 – Stephen Bird 2nd
Men’s Kayak Single 20mm Semi Final – Stephen Bird 2nd
Men’s Kayak Single 200m Final A – Stephen Bird 8th
Cycling – BMX – Men’s Semi Final 1 – Anthony Dean 1st
Cycling – BMX – Men’s Semi Final 3 – Sam Willoughby 1st
Cycling – BMX – Men’s Final – Sam Willoughby 6th, Anthony Dean DNF
Cycling – BMX – Women’s Semi Final 2 – Caroline Buchanan 5th, Lauren Reynolds 6th
Cycling – Mountain Bike – Men’s Cross Country – Daniel McConnell 16th, Scott Bowden 36th
Cycling – Mountain Bike – Women’s Cross Country – Rebecca Henderson 25th
Diving – Men’s 10m Platform Preliminary – James O’Connor 9th, Domonic Bedggood 17th
Diving – Men’s 10m Platform Semi Final – Domonic Beddgood 11th, James O’Conner 15th
Diving – Men’s 10m Platform Final – Domonic Bedggood 12th
Equestrian – Jumping Individual Final Round A – Edwina Tops-Alexander 1st, Matt Williams 28th
Equestrian – Jumping Individual Final Round B – Edwina Tops-Alexander 14th
Golf – Women’s Individual Stroke Play – Minjee Lee T7th, Su Oh T13th
Modern Pentathlon – Men’s Final Standings – Max Esposito 7th
Modern Pentathlon – Women’s Final Standings – Chloe Esposito GOLD
Synchronised Swimming – Teams Free Routine – Australia 8th
Taekwondo – Men’s 80kg Round of 16 – Hayden Shkara (Aus) def by Lutalo Muhammad (GBR)
Taekwondo – Men’s 80kg Repechage – Hayden Shkara (Aus) def by Stephen Lopez (USA)
Taekwondo – Women’s 67kg Round of 16 – Carmen Marton (Aus) def by Nur Tatar (Tur)
Triathlon – Women’s Race – Emma Moffat 6th, Erin Densham 12th, Ashleigh Gentle 26th
Water Polo – Women’s Classification 5th-6th Place – Stingers def by Spain 10-12
Wrestling – Men’s Freestyle 65kg Qualification – Sahit Pritzreni (Aus) def by Katai Yeerlanbieke (Chn)
Wrestling – Men’s Freestyle 74kg Qualification – Talgat Ilyasov (Aus) def by Sohsuke Takatani (Jpn)