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Rio 2016 Olympics Athletics: Bolt makes it three in a row

Rounding up all the action from last night's Athletics in Rio, including a sensational night for Usain Bolt


 

Women’s marathon – Final

Kenya won their first women’s marathon gold on Sunday as Jemima Sumgong took the win in 2:24:04.

Sumgong pulled away from Ethiopian world champion Mare Dibaba in the last two kilometres and fellow Kenyan Eunice Kirwa, representing Bahrain, couldn’t live with the blistering late pace and ended up taking silver.

The race was competed in brutally hot and humid conditions and Sumgong stumbled over the line after an attritional race.

Men’s high jump – Qualifications

Britain’s Chris Baker just barely missed out on qualifying for the final as his jump of 2.26m came after Puerto Rico’s Luis Joel Castro.

Qualifying top was Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim with a height of 2.29m who aced all his jumps in a confident display.

Finalists:

Qatar – Mutaz Essa Barshim 2.29m

Ukraine – Bohdan Bondarenko 2.29m

Ukraine – Andriy Protsenko 2.29m

Australia – Brandon Starc 2.29m

Bahamas – Trevor Barry 2.29m

Cyprus – Kyriakos Ioannou 2.26m

Puerto Rico – Luis Joel Castro 2.26m

Women’s 400m – Semi-final

 The first semi-final lacked some star power, but Phyllis Francis took the win with a relatively slow 50.31.

The second semi-final saw Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson win with a personal best 49.83 but in the last semi-final America’s Allyson Felix blew the field away with a season best 49.67 and looks the favourite to take gold.

Finalists:

USA – Allyson Felix 49.67

Jamaica – Shericka Jackson 49.83

USA – Natasha Hastings 49.90

Bahamas – Shaunae Miller 49.91

USA – Phyllis Francis 50.31

Italy – Libania Grenot 50.60

Jamaica – Stephanie Ann McPherson 50.69

Ukraine – Olha Zemlyak 50.75

Women’s triple jump – Final

After the first round of jumps London 2012 gold medallist Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan was in the lead and looked good to retain. Her opening jump of 14.73m put her in the lead and it would have been a 4th place jump in 2012, so a good starting place – and then in round two the London 2012 silver medallist, Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen leapt 15.03m and the pressure was on, but no one could come close to matching her.

Ibarguen ended up taking the gold medal with a jump of 15.17m. Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas took silver with 14.98m – the same distance Rypakova’s gold medal jump in 2012 – and Rypakova was left to make do with bronze.

Men’s 100m – Semi-final

The marquee event of the Olympics started with a blanket finish in the first semi-final. France’s Jimmy Vicaut just barely edged out the competition with a time of 9.95, but right behind him at 9.97 was Ben Youssef Meite of Ivory Coast and one thousandth further back was South African Akani Simbine.

Unsurprisingly Usain Bolt dominated his semi-final with a season best 9.86. In the third semi-final Justin Gatlin beat out Yohan Blake as well.

Finalists:

Jamaica – Usain Bolt 9.86

Canada – Andre De Grasse 9.92

USA – Justin Gatlin 9.94

France – Jimmy Vicaut 9.95

Ivory Coast – Ben Youssef Meite 9.97

South Africa – Akani Simbine 9.98

Jamaica – Yohan Blake 10.01

USA – Trayvon Bromell 10.01

Women’s 1500m – Semi-final

The women’s middle distance got underway and it surprises no one that it was a battle between Kenya and Ethiopia for the best times in the semi-finals.

The first semi-final was taken in strong fashion by Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, beating Ethiopian Dawit Seyaum to the line by three tenths of a second. The time of 4:03.95 looked good until Genzebe Dibaba took to the track and smashed it. She ran 4:03.06 to destroy the field and look like the firm favourite for gold.

Finalists:

Ethiopia – Genzebe Dibaba 4:03.06

Netherlands – Sifan Hassan 4:03.62

Kenya – Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon 4:03.95

Great Britain – Laura Muir 4:04.16

Ethiopia – Dawit Seyaum 4:04.23

USA – Shannon Rowbury 4:04.46

USA – Jennifer Simpson 4:05.07

Ethiopia – Besu Sado 4:05.19

Great Britain – Laura Weightman 4:05.28

Poland – Sofia Ennaoui 4:05.29

Morocco – Rababe Arafi 4:05.60

Men’s 400m – Final

South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk dominated the field as he beat a 17-year-old world record set by Michael Johnson with a time of 43.03. The field wasn’t even close to Van Niekerk as Grenada’s Kirani James took silver with his season best time of 43.76 just ahead of America’s LaShawn Merritt in bronze.

Men’s 100m – Final                                                                                                

Despite a slow start Usain Bolt powered through the field to take his third straight 100m Olympic gold and cement his legacy as one of the greatest Olympians ever. He recovered from his poor start in typical fashion and finished with a pound of his chest and huge smile on his face and a time of 9.81

America’s Justin Gatlin finished second in 9.89 just a hair ahead of Canada’s Andre De Grasse in bronze with a personal best 9.91, but the night belonged to Bolt, and if he can add the 200m and 4 x 100m golds again then the Olympics will belong to him as well.

Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

Rio 2016 Olympics Athletics: Bolt makes it three in a row

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