Olympic Recap – August 16

With flags flying at half mast in memory of former IOC member and FIFA head Joao Havelange, the games continued with the events including beach volleyball, gymnastics, boxing, and track and field.

Olympic medals

For the first time American beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh-Jennings lost a game and the gold medal when she and teammate April Ross were beaten by the Brazilian team in the semifinals. Brazil will face Germany for the gold medal. The American team can still medal when they play the second Brazilian team for the bronze.

After beating Russia, the Italian men’s beach volleyball team will play for the gold medal. They will face the favoured home Brazilian team.

 

But on the indoor volleyball court the Brazilian team lost to China.

 

After having to fight for the right to participate in the Rio Games, the lone Russian track and field participant Darya Klishina – a long jumper – has earned her a spot in the finals.

The Russian track and field team had been banned from participating the the games by the IAAF ruling body for doping.

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod won the gold medal in the 110 meter hurdles. Spain took the silver and France took the bronze.

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon won the gold medal for the women’s 1,500 meter race. Genzebe Diababa of Ethiopia took the silver and the US took the bronze.

Canada’s Derek Drouin took the gold medal in the men’s high jump with 2.38 meters. Qatar took the silver with the Ukraine taking the bronze.

Brazilian female pole vaulter Thiago Braz de Silva took the gold medal with France taking the silver.

In no surprise, China swept the women’s table tennis gold medals – a repeat of the London games. Throughout the event, the Chinese women lost only one game. Japan took the bronze medal.


Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze set a new world record in the 105 kilogram weightlifting event on with 473 kilos – 215 lifted ilos and 258 snatched kilos – to take the gold medal. Armenia took the silver and Georgia also took the bronze.

In the last day of gymnastic events, Simone Biles earned her fourth gold medal of the Olympics with a near perfect floor exercise routine. The US’s Aly Reismann took the silver.

 

The US continues its lead of the medal race with a total of 84 medals with 28 of them gold. In fact the US has 28 gold, 28 silver, and 28 bronze medals. China holds on to second place by a single medal with 51 with the United Kingdom in third with 50.

The medal count so far:
USA – 84
China – 51
UK – 50
Russia – 38
France – 29
Japan – 29
Germany – 26
Australia – 24
Italy – 23
Canada – 14
Netherlands – 14
South Korea – 14
Hungary – 13
Brazil – 11
Kazakhstan – 10
New Zealand – 10
Denmark – 9
Cuba – 8
Czech Republic – 7
Spain – 7
North Korea – 7
Poland – 7
South Africa – 7
Ukraine – 7
Kenya – 6
Swiden – 6
Uzbekistan – 6
Azerbaijam – 5
Belarus – 5
Belgium – 5
Croatia – 5
Ethiopia – 5
Georgia – 5
Jamaica – 5
Switzerland – 5
Armenia – 4
Colombia – 4
Greece – 4
Iran – 4
Romania – 4
Slovenia – 4
Thailand – 4
Argentina – 3
Lithuania – 3
Norway – 3
Taiwan – 3
Turkey – 3
Brunei – 2
Egypt – 2
Individual Olympic Athlets – 2
Indonesia – 2
Ireland – 2
Israel – 2
Malaysia – 2
Mongolia – 2
Slovakia – 2
Vietnam – 2
Algeria – 1
Austria – 1
Bahamas – 1 – gold
Estonia – 1
Fiji – 1 – gold
Grenada – 1
Kosovo – 1 – gold
Kyrgyzstan – 1
Moldova – 1
Morocco – 1
Philippines – 1
Portugal – 1
Puerto Rico – 1 – gold
Qatar – 1
Serbia – 1 – gold
Singapore – 1 – gold
Tunisia – 1
United Arab Emirates – 1
Venezuela – 1


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