Rio 2016 Review of Day 13
The United States won four gold medals in track and field. Ashton Eaton (above) kept the American decathlon tradition going, and matched Daley Thompson in retaining his title. Kerron Clement and Dalilah Muhammad won the two golds in the 400m hurdles.
The shot put was won by a rising star, Ryan Crouser, but there was no US victory over 200m, inevitably giving Usain Bolt his third win in the event, and an eighth career gold.
There has been much discussion of low attendances, as many Cariocas appear to have been priced out of the Olympics. But there is strong support for the events which are free to watch, including triathlon, where GB’s Brownlee brothers won gold and silver.
Crowds also gathered on Flamengo Beach for the most exciting race of the day, in the 49er FX sailing. With four crews separated by a single point, New Zealand led Brazil until the final leg, only to be overhauled, much to the delight of those on the shoreline. Brazil’s skipper, Martine Grael is the daughter of the five-time medallist Torben Grael.
Jordan emulated Kosovo and Fiji in winning its ever first Olympic medal and, just like them, it was a gold one, claimed by Ahmad Abughaush in the 68kg taekwondo event.
Late last night, after Walsh Jennings and Ross won their bronze medal, the gold medal in beach volleyball went to Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany, who beat Agatha and Barbara of Brazil in the final. But all the medallists seemed happy (above).
Though India did not win a long-awaited medal, history was still made in men’s hockey. Argentina won its first ever gold, 4-2 over Belgium, which won a first medal since 1920.
Saori Yoshida suffered her first major championship defeat for fourteen years, against Helen Maroulis of the United States. Yoshida narrowly led 1-0 after the first period but Maroulis scored a takedown in the second and never looked back. There were shades of Aleksandr Karelin who, like Yoshida, lost in the final while chasing four golds in a row.
But one wrestler who did achieve four consecutive golds was Kaori Icho, who yesterday became the first woman to do so in an individual event. Japan won four of the six events in women’s wrestling so, with a gold in badminton too, it is now sixth in the medal table.