Day ten of the action at the Rio Olympics saw David Rudisha storm to victory in the 800m to retain his Olympic title, while Jamaica’s Shaunae Miller won the Women’s 400m in dramatic fashion.
In Athletics, Kenya’s David Rudisha became the first man since 1964 to successfully defend his Olympic 800m title crossing the line in 1:42.15 to take home the gold meal. Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi and American Clayton Murphy grabbed silver and bronze respectively.
Jamaica’s Shaunae Miller threw herself over the line to win gold in the Women’s 400m in dramatic fashion, as she pipped Allyson Felix to the line in a time of 49.44, 0.07 seconds quicker than the American. Miller’s compatriot Shericka Jackson took bronze in 49.85.
It was gold for Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase as she clocked a time of 8:59.75 to win her country’s first gold medal of the games. Kenyan Hyvin Jepkemoi won silver on 9:07.12 and USA’s Emma Cburn clocked 9:07.63 to win bronze.
Poland’s Anota Wlodarczyk broke the world record on her way to the gold medal in the Women’s Hammer Throw with a throw of 82.92m. Silver went to Zhang Winxiu some way off with 76.75m and Great Britain’s Sophie Hitchon won bronze with a throw of 74.54m.
There was a big shock in the Men’s Pole Vault as Brazil’s own Thiago da Silva won the hosts second gold medal of the games, producing a Olympic record of 6.03m to beat hot favourite Renaud Lavillenie.
Da Silva’s victory sent the home crowd wild as Frenchman Lavillenie only manged to vault 5.98m to take the silver medal. American Sam Kendricks won bronze on 5.85m.
There was another gold medal for Team GB in Equestrian as Charlotte Dujardin retained her Olympic title in the Individual Dressage with a score of 93.857 on Valegro. German duo Isabell Werth and Kristina Broring-Sprehe won silver and bronze respectively.
There was also another medal for Great Britain in the Men’s Omnium in Cycling, as Mark Cavendish won his first Olympic medal taking silver on 194 points, 13 points behind Italy’s Elia Viviani who struck gold. Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark took bronze on 192 points.
In Gymnastics, Simone Biles missed out on a fourth gold medal as she had to settle for bronze in the Women’s Balance beam with a score of 14.733. Netherlands’ Sanne Wevers won the gold medal on 15.466 and American Lauren Hernandez took silver with a score of 15.333.
Greece’s Eleftherios Petrounias won gold on the Men’s Rings with a score of 16.000. Brazilian Arthur Zanetti bagged silver with a score of 15.766 and Russian Denis Albyazin won bronze on 15.700.
Albyazin turned bronze to silver on the Men’s Vault as North Korea’s Ri Se Gwang beat the Russian to the gold medal with a score of 15.691, 0.258 more than Albyazin. Japan’s Kenzo Shirai scored 15.499 to edge out Romania’s Marian Draguiescu to the bronze medal.
Netherlands’ Sharon van Rouwendaal won the Women’s 10km Marathon Swimming event with a time of one hour 56 minutes and 32 seconds. Italy’s Rachele Bruni swam 1:56:49 to win silver with Polina Okimoto winning bronze for hosts Brazil in a time of 1:56:51.
In Wrestling, it was a third straight gold medal for Cuba’s Mijain Lopez Nunez as he defeated Riza Kayaalp of Turkey 3-0 in the final of the Men’s Greco-Roman 130kg category.
Russia’s Davit Chakvetadze bagged the gold medal in the Greco-Roman 85kg catergory as the 23-year-old defeated Ukraine’s Zhan Beleniuk 3-1 in the gold medal match.
There was also gold for Russia in Boxing but it came with controversy as world champion Evgeny Tishchenko was booed by the crowd after he defeated Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan by a controversial unanimous decision by the judges in the Men’s Heavyweight category.
Finally in Weightlifting, Ruslan Nurudinov lifted an Olympic record of 431kg in the Men’s 105kg category to win a second gold medal for Uzbekistan at Rio 2016. Simon Martirosyan of Armenia took silver with a lift of 471kg and bronze went to Kazakh Alexandr Zaichikov on 416kg.