Rio 2016 Review of Day 12
Conseslus Kipruto won the 3000m steeplechase to maintain Kenya’s run in the event. But double gold medallist Ezekiel Kemboi was controversially disqualified from third place for stepping off the track, despite being a long way ahead of the runner behind.
The United States swept the medals in the 110m hurdles with Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin – world record holder Keni Harrison had failed to make the US team. It also took gold and silver in long jump through Tianna Bartoletta and Brittney Reese.
Elaine Thompson of Jamaica completed a sprint double with victory in the 200m, just ahead of Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands. Usain Bolt could emulate her tomorrow.
Julius Yego narrowly managed to qualify for the javelin final on his third and final throw.
In badminton, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir won their mixed doubles final easily against Chan Peng and Soon Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia. The Indonesian pair played the whole tournament without dropping a set, to win their country’s first gold since 2008.
And it was bronze for Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross as they defeated Larisa and Talita of Brazil. It is a record fourth Olympic beach volleyball medal for Walsh Jennings.
After a shaky start, where it almost failed to get out of its pool, Brazil’s men’s volleyball team is just a match away from a medal, having beaten Argentina in the quarter-finals.
Brazil has won seven Olympic medals in football but it has never won either the men’s or the women’s title. After its women lost to Sweden on penalties yesterday, its hopes rest with its men’s team, which includes Neymar (above) as one of its overage players.
Neymar was dramatically involved in the semi-final with Honduras. He scored in less than thirty seconds and appeared to injure himself in the process. He returned to the action and scored a penalty at the very end of the match, the final goal in a 6-0 victory.
Brazil has its eighth football medal and a chance for its first gold but, in the final, it will face Germany, its famous conquerors in 2014, in another match with a six goal margin.
Honduras will play Nigeria for bronze as it searches for its first ever medal in any sport.