Rio Olympics Day 16: USA thrash Serbia to retain Basketball gold, Kipchoge wins Marathon

There was still 12 gold medals to be won on the final day of the Rio Olympics, as United States men’s basketball team won a third straight Olympic gold medal and USA’s 46th gold of the games.

Medal Winners

Kevin Durant scored 30 points as United States retained their Men’s Basketball Olympic title for the second time as they thrashed Serbia 96-66 to win the gold medal for the third consecutive Olympic games. Spain beat Australia by a single point 89-88 to win bronze.

USA's men's basketball team won Olympic gold for the 15th time image: bbc.co.uk

USA’s men’s basketball team won Olympic gold for the 15th time
image: bbc.co.uk

Kenya’s Eluid Kipchoge dominated in the late stages of the Men’s Marathon as the 31-year-old added an Olympic gold medal to his London Marathon title he won in April in a time of two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds.

Ethiopa’s Feyisa Lilesa took home the silver medal 70 seconds behind Kipchoge, while USA’s Galen Rupp won bronze in 2:10.05.

Brazil finally won the gold medal after defeats in the last two Olympics Men’s Volleyball finals, as they beat Italy in straight sets 3-0 for the hosts to win their seventh gold of the games. USA came back from two sets down to beat Russia 3-2 to take the bronze medal.

Great Britain missed out on a 28th gold medal at the Rio Olympics as Joe Joyce lost out to Tony Yoka in the final of the men’s super-heavyweight Boxing as the Frenchman won a split decision to take the gold medal.

Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan struck gold in the final of the Men’s Flyweight division as the 23-year-old defeated Russia’s two-time world champion Mikhail Aloyan on a unanimous decision.

It was another Uzbekistan gold in the Men’s Light-Welterweight category as Fazlissin Gaibnazarov defeated Azerbajian’s Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo on a split decision to pick up his country’s fourth gold in Rio.

Claressa Shields became the first American to capture back-to-back gold medals as the 21-year-old beat Nouchka Fontijn from The Netherlands in the Women’s Middleweight category.

Denmark defeated 2008 and 2012 Olympic champions France to win their first Handball medal at an Olympic games as Mikkel Hansen scored eight times in their narrow 28-26 victory. Germany won the bronze medal with a 31-25 win over Poland.

In Rhythmic Gymnastics, Russia claimed a fifth straight Olympic gold medal in the Group All-Around event as a total score of 36.233, was enough for them to push Spain into silver as they scored 35.766, Bulgaria bagged bronze with a score of 35.766.

It was also another Russian gold in the Men’s 65kg Freestyle Wrestling, as Soslan Ramonov beat Azeri Toghrul Asgarov 4-0 to claim Russia’s forth Wrestling gold medal in Rio.

Azerbaijan also had to settle for silver in the Men’s 97kg freestyle category as American Kyle Snyder defeated Khetag Gazyumov 3-1 as United States finished top of the medals table with 46 gold medals.

Nino Schurter finally won gold after silver and bronze at the last two Olympics image: uci.ch

Nino Schurter finally won gold after silver and bronze at the last two Olympics
image: uci.ch

After bronze in 2008 and silver in 2012, Switzerland’s Nino Schurter finally won gold in the Men’s BMX Cycling Cross Country as he clocked a time of one hour 33 minutes and 28 seconds to win gold.

Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Kulhavy won the silver medal 50 seconds off the lead in 1:34:18, while the bronze medal went to Spain’s Carlos Coloma Nicolas in 1:34:51.

Team Ireland

Paul Pollock gained Team Ireland’s best result in the Men’s Marathon as the 30-year-old finished just outside the top 30 in 32nd place in a time of  two hours, 16 minutes and 24 seconds, eight minutes behind gold medal winner Kipchoge.

Kevin Seaward was the second Irishman to finish in a time of 2:20:06 in 64th place, while Mick Clohisey was outside the top 100 in 103rd place in 2:26:34, 18 minutes off the lead.

Team Ireland picked up two silver medals in Rio thanks to the O’Donovan Brothers in the Rowing Lightweight Double Sculls and Annalise Murphy in the Sailing Laser Radial, but overall it has been a disappointing games for the Irish as they failed to pick up any gold medals.

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