Rio 2016 Review of Day 6
Simone Biles never looked as though she would not win the all-around competition but she did look as though the margin might be smaller than expected, when she trailed at the halfway stage to Aliya Mustafina of Russia. However, in the end, she was a massive two points ahead an emotional Aly Raisman, who won the silver medal to complete a 1-2 for the United States. Raisman had narrowly missed out on a medal four years ago.
Superlatives are running out for Michael Phelps who took his fourth consecutive title in the 200m individual medley. His career tally increases to an incomprehensible 22 golds.
There was another gold medal for Team World as Fiji took the men’s rugby sevens. Its performance in the final was the most dominant of them all, 43-7 against Great Britain.
The first Olympic golf tournament since 1904 got underway. Sergio Garcia was even par when he arrived at the 18th hole of his first round, but shot a brilliant eagle to finish two under par. Marcus Fraser of Australia has a three shot lead overnight, at eight under. A piece of history was also made by Justin Rose of Great Britain, who scored a hole in one.
Brazil lost to the United States 3-1 in volleyball, leaving Italy as the only unbeaten team in the pool. There was an easier time for Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in badminton, who beat Robin Middleton and Leanne Choo of Australia in their opener.
Ma Long of China (above) won the gold medal men’s table tennis and has now won every title which it is possible for him to win. It is a measure of the strength in depth of table tennis in China that he was not even selected for the individual event at London 2012.
As track cycling got underway, Great Britain beat New Zealand to retain its men’s team sprint title, despite never having won world championship gold in the years in between. If it does the same in other events, it could come close to its 2012 record of eight golds.
There was consolation for New Zealand in rowing, as Hamish Bond and Eric Murray continued their eight year long winning streak to win the gold medal in the men’s pair.