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Rio 2016 Olympics Athletics: Rudisha retains and Miller dives for gold

Recapping all the events from last night's athletics in Rio including new world records and the mens 800m & women 400m gold medals


Men’s triple jump – Qualifications

The day’s athletics got underway with a flashy hop, skip and jump from the Chinese. The pair of Bin Dong and Shuo Cao both qualified for the final with their first jump of the day; Dong going to a session’s best 17.10m and Cao hitting 16.97m, allowing them both to hand their spikes up for the day.

The rest of the field had to sweat it out all morning as the pressure was applied. Guyana’s Troy Doris gave himself a chance with his first jump, a solid 16.54m which put him behind the Chinese pair but ahead of the rest of the field including USA’s Will Claye and Netherlands Fabian Florant.

For Florant, the 16.51m he got in the first round would be his best of the day after he fouled out on his next two jumps. His personal best of 16.92m that he jumped this year would have been good for 4th in qualification but unfortunately he will not be competing in the final in Rio.

Finalists

China – Bin Dong 17.10m

USA – Will Claye 17.05m

China – Shuo Cao 16.97m

Guyana – Troy Doris 16.81m

France – Benjamin Compaore 16.72m

Mexico – Alberto Alvarez 16.67m

 

Women’s 200m – Round 1

The women’s heat’s got under way with the Netherlands Dafne Schippers putting in a strong 22.51. That time held until the fourth heat when Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast stole the show with a new personal best of 22.31.

The field couldn’t get close as after 9 heats she still sat atop the standings, 0.14 seconds ahead of American Deajah Stevens and 0.16 faster than Tori Bowie.

Britain Jodie Williams qualified in 12th with a season best 22.69 and Dina Asher-Smith made the semi-finals as well with a time of 22.77

 

Men’s 3000m steeplechase – Round 1

The 3000m obstacle course got underway and while the first heat was closely contested between America’s Hillary Bor, Morocco’s Soutane Elbakkali, and Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi their times were blown out of the water by the third heat.

Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto put in a wonderful 8:21.40 to take heat 3, a full 3.5 seconds faster than Bor’s winning time in the first heat and over 4 seconds faster than Evan Jager in heat two.

Kipruto didn’t run away from the field though, Uganda’s Jacob Araptany came with him and put in a season’s best 8:21.53 with America’s Donald Cabral coming in third at 8:21.96

 

Women’s hammer throw – Final

There was never really any doubt who would take gold in the hammer. Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk is the only woman to ever throw over 80 metres, having done so on three occasions before last night. Now that number is 6. On her third attempt Wlodarczyk broke her own world record with a throw of 82.29m which the field simply couldn’t touch.

The rest of the field always knew that they were fighting for silver and China’s Wenxiu Zhang put her marker down with an opening throw of 75.06m that distanced the rest of the field by some margin and while she would improve that mark to 76.75m the first throw alone was enough for silver.

Britain’s Sophie Hitchon came in with a 73.29m on her second attempt and ended up taking bronze with her very last throw, a new national record of 74.54m.

 

Women’s 3000m steeplechase – Final

The women took to the obstacle course and Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet smashed the field to pieces with a winning time of 8:59.75, outclassing the field by some 8 seconds to take gold.

Behind her Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi of Kenya took a strong silver, staving off the challenge of America’s Emma Coburn who took bronze. The medalists were almost 9 seconds clear of the rest of the pack as they dominated the race.

 

Men’s 400m hurdles – Round 1 

The 400m hurdles opened up with a new national record for Algerian Abdelmalik Lahoulou, as he won the first heat with a time of 48.62.

That time would hold up as the session’s best until the third heat when another national record went. This time it was Norway’s as Karsten Warholm threw down a marker of 48.49. That only lasted until heat 5 however, as Jamaica’s Annsert Whyte put in a new personal best of 48.37 to qualify as the fastest in round one.

The heats were incredibly fast, with the top eight runners all posting either a national record, season best or personal best time. 

 

Women’s discus throw – Qualifications

The Womens discus saw a strong field smash down the automatic qualifying distance of 62.00m. Eight competitors managed more than that, with the session’s best coming from Yaime Perez of Cuba, bringing up the rear of that pack was China’s Bin Feng as she nosed over the line with a 62.01m throw. With that many automatically qualifying there were only 4 spaces left to go to the rest of the field.

Finalists:

Cuba – Yaime Perez 65.38m

China – Xinyue Su 65.14m

Croatia – Sandra Perkovic 64.81m

Australia – Dani Samuels 64.46m

Germany – Nadine Muller 63.67m

Cuba – Denia Caballero 62.94m

France – Melina Robert-Michon 62.59m

China – Bin Feng 62.01m

Germany – Zinaida Sendriute 60.79m

Germany – Shanice Craft 60.23m

 

Men’s pole vault – Final

While Latvia’s Pauls Pujats failed to clear the opening bar of 5.50m, world record holder and gold medal favourite Renaud Lavillenie of France didn’t even both attempting a vault until 5.75, which he cleared comfortably.

Lavillenie was successful with every vault until it he got down to a head-to-head against Brazil’s Thiago Braz Da Silva. Both failed their first jumps but spurred on by a boisterous home crowd he cleared 6.03m on his second attempt to set a new Olympic record.

After failing on attempt number two Lavillenie pushed the bar up to 6.08m, a height only he and the great Sergey Bubka had cleared before. However a failure there as well gave the gold to Da Silva much to the delight of the home fans.

Lavillenie would have to settle for silver, with America’s Sam Kendricks clearing 5.85m for bronze.

Men’s 110m hurdles – Round 1

Right away Jamaica’s Omar McLeod threw the gauntlet down to the field. In the first heat he ran a 13.27 into a slight head wind, setting a time that would not be beaten for the rest of the evening.

His main medal competition would seem to be America’s Ronnie Ash who took the fifth heat with 13.31 and France’s Dimitri Bascou who ran an identical 13.31 in the third heat.

The British pair of Andrew Pozzi (13.50) and Lawrence Clarke (13.55) also found their way into the semi-finals and have an outside chance of a medal.

Women’s 400m hurdles – Round 1

Just like her compatriot in the mens 110m hurdles, Jamaica’s Ristananna Tracey outpaced the field in the first heat and laid down the standard for the competition. Her time of 54.88 was a comfortably faster than the American pair of Ashley Spencer and Dalilah Muhammad, neither of whom could break the 55.10 barrier.

Britain’s Eilidh Doyle qualified fifth fastest with a good time of 55.46 and has a real shot at medaling come the final.

 

Men’s 800m – Final

After setting an incredible standard four years ago David Rudisha had a lot to live up to, but he didn’t come close to his stunning world record time he set in London, and he didn’t need to.

The Kenyan superstar won his second Olympic gold with a time of 1:42.15 that was half a second clear of Taoufik Makhloufi in second place. Clayton Murphy took bronze with a new personal best time of 1:42.93, but the stage and the gold was all Rudisha’s.

 

Women’s 400m – Final

After just missing out on World Championship gold to Allyson Felix last year in Beijing, Shaunae Miller of the Bahama’s put in a huge personal best of 49.44 to take gold at her first Olympic games with a dive across the line as her legs gave out, beating out Felix by just seven hundredths of a second.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson took bronze, the same colour she got in the Beijing World Championships. The three medalists were a good half a second faster than the rest of the field as they dominated the final event of the day.

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: Rudisha retains and Miller dives for gold

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