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Biles bags second gymnastics gold, golf makes dramatic return in Rio

Friday, 12 August 2016

US gymnast Simone Biles celebrates with her gold medal after the women's individual all-around final in Rio on August 11, 2016
US gymnast Simone Biles celebrates with her gold medal after the women’s individual all-around final in Rio on August 11, 2016

Simone Biles captured her second gymnastics gold of the Olympics on Thursday as golf made a dramatic return to the Games after a 112-year absence.

Just days after inspiring the United States to victory in the team event, teenager Biles conjured a sublime exhibition of acrobatics and tumbling to claim the all-around crown.

The 19-year-old is chasing five gold medals in Rio, and few would bet against the 1.45m (4ft 9ins) Texan adding to her tally in the apparatus finals to come.

Biles finished 2.1 points ahead of compatriot Aly Raisman in silver, with Russia’s Aliya Mustafina claiming bronze.

It was another flawless performance from Biles, whose prodigious talents have earned her comparisons to the legendary Nadia Comaneci, winner of five gold medals during the 1976 and 1980 games.

“I’m very excited and relieved, I’ve finally done it. You never know the feeling until it hits you,” said Biles, declining to embrace comparisons to Olympic legends such as Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps.

“I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I’m the first Simone Biles,” she said. “To me I’m just the same Simone.”

Biles’ performance came on a day when golf returned to the Olympics for the first time since it was played at the 1904 games in St. Louis — England’s Justin Rose marking the occasion with a hole-in-one.

Australian Marcus Fraser — who only became an Olympian after four higher-ranked countrymen declined — was the early pace-setter, firing an eight-under-par 63 to take a three-stroke lead over British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Canada’s Graham DeLaet.

Another sport making a return over a long hiatus — rugby union — finished with Fiji’s sevens team scoring the South Pacific nation’s first ever gold medal.

The South Pacific islanders turned on the style in a dazzling 43-7 victory over Britain to delight a raucous crowd at the Deodoro Stadium.

– German success –

Germany has been fretting over its lack of success in Rio but struck gold in the men’s and women’s quadruple sculls and shooting to zoom up the medals table with four in all.

The men’s crew of Phillipp Wende, Lauritz Schoof, Karl Schulze and Hans Gruhne defended their title in the men’s quadruple sculls

Moments later Annekatrin Thiele, Carina Baer, Julia Lier and Lisa Schmidla claimed the women’s title. Barbara Engleder won the 50m rifle three position contest for Germany’s first gold in Olympic women’s shooting.

Forty-year-old rower Katherine Grainger became Britain’s most decorated Olympic woman athlete with a second place in the double sculls with Victoria Thornley, her fourth silver in five Olympics. The pair were narrowly beaten by Poland’s Natalia Madaj and Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozlowska.

Dominant New Zealanders Eric Murray and Hamish Bond stretched an eight-year unbeaten streak in the men’s pairs.

In the swimming pool, the curtain comes down on one of sport’s great rivalries when Olympic giant Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte lock horns one last time.

Phelps will look to win the men’s 200m individual medley for an incredible fourth successive Games while Lochte finally tries to get one over on his fellow American.

“The history him and I have had with one another, it’s something special,” said Phelps, who won his record 20th and 21st Olympic gold medals on Tuesday.

Australian sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell will clash in the women’s 100m freestyle final.

And there could be tension in the women’s 200m breaststroke when American Lilly King, who won gold in the 100m breaststroke, clashes again with two-time doping offender Yulia Efimova of Russia.

The spectre of doping also loomed over the athletics competition, which starts Friday, as the International Olympic Committee confirmed that a second Kenyan coach had been sent home from the Games for a doping offence.

Media reports named the offical as sprint coach John Anzrah, saying he had attempted to impersonate an athlete during a doping test.`

Source by: AFP

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