Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rio 2016 Highlights - Day 8

August 12, 2016 - DAY 8

At this day at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics, the main events are Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling Track, Equestrian, Fencing, Judo, Rowing, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Trampoline Gymnastics, and Weightlifting.

At the Men's Individual Archery, the winner of the Gold medal goes to Ku Bonchan from South Korea while the silver medal goes to Jean-Charles Valladont and bronze goes to Brady Ellison from the USA.

Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana and Tirunesh Dibaba made a 1 and 3 finish at the Women's 10,000m dash while Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot from Kenya placed 2nd. In the Men's 20km Race Walk, meanwhile, China made a 1-2 finish thanks to Wang Zhen and Cai Zelin while Dane Bird-Smith placed 3rd.

Two boxers took home the bronze medal this day; Joahnys Argilagos from Cuba and Nico Miguel Hernandez from the USA for the Men's Light Fly Semifinals.

China wins the Women's Team Sprint Finals followed by Russia, placed 2nd, and Germany, placed 3rd. In the Men's Team Pursuit Finals, meanwhile, Great Britain wins the gold while silver goes to Australia and bronze goes to Denmark.

Team Germany won the Dressage Team Grand Prix Special followed by Great Britain, silver medals for the team, and the USA, bronze medals for them.

At the Men's Foil Team Fencing, the United States and France were concede to the controversial Russian fencing team. As I said controversial, that's because they are one of the Russian players cleared to enter the Olympics amid the doping scandal that battered them.

Emile Andeol from France wins the gold medal at the Women's 78kg judo match while the silver medal goes to Cuban Idalys Ortiz and bronze goes to Yu Song from China. Meanwhile, at the Men's 100kg, Teddy Riner from France wins gold while Hisayoshi Harasawa from Japan gets silver, and bronze medals go to Israeli Or Sasson and Brazilian Rafael Silva.

Female Dutch scullers, Ilse Paulis and Maaike Head and male French scullers, Pierre Houin and Jeremie Azou, are the winners of the LWT Double Sculls.

Henri Junghaenel from Germany wins the 50m Rifle Prone Men's Shooting followed by South Korea's Kim Jonghyun, silver, and Russia's Kirill Grigoryan, bronze. At the Skeet Women's shooting, Italians Diana Bacosi and Chiara Cainero won gold and silver while Kimberly Rhode from USA won bronze.

Swimmers who won gold medals are Madeline Dirado for the women's 200m backstroke, Joseph Schooling from Singapore for the Men's 100m butterfly, Katie Ledecky for the Women's 800m Freestyle, and Anthony Ervin from the USA for the Men's 50m Freestyle.

Spain's Marc Lopez and tennis superstar Rafael Nadal won the men's doubles tennis against Romania's Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau while USA's Steven Johnson and Jack Son won the Men's Doubles Bronze Medal Match.

At the Women's Trampoline Gymnastics final, Canada's Rosannagh Maclennan won the gold medal while silver goes to UK's Bryony Page and bronze goes to China's Li Dan.

North Korea's Rim Jong Sim obliterated Darya Naumava from Belarus and Lidia Valentin Perez at the Women's 75kg Group A weightlifting while Iran's Kianoush Rostami crushed Tian Tao from China and Gabriel Sincraian from Romanian at the Men's 85kg Group A. Those gold medal athletes belonged to two nuclear states starting to get fired up following their win, though. Hold on, I did mention about a North Korean winning their first gold medal at the weightlifting competition in Rio. Can I consider it as a "threat from North Korea"? Although unsure about it, I'll just let it go for now since this is the Olympics and this is no time for telling what's North Korea up to.

Anyway, onto the medal tally, USA still leading with 20 gold medals, China bagged 13 golds, both the United Kingdom and Japan got seven gold medals, and South Korea got six golds.

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