Monday, August 8, 2016

Rio 2016 Day 2 Summary: Wu Minxia smashes five records in one perfect day of diving

* China’s Wu Minxia etched her name further in the Olympics history books by smashing not one but five records on Sunday, thanks to her 3m synchronized springboard gold alongside Shi Tingmao.

Wu passed legends like American Greg Louganis and "big sister" Guo Jingjing as the most decorated diver in history with an unprecedented five diving gold medals. She is the first man or woman to win seven diving medals in total, and is now the only diver to win four golds in a single event.

At the age of 30, she also became the oldest women's winner in Olympic diving history. Wu also now joins Emilie Heymans (CAN) as the only two women to win diving medals at four different Olympics.
* Majlinda Kelmendi won Kosovo's first ever Olympic gold medal at its maiden Games on Sunday and the judoka will be thanked for a very long time for helping put her country's name on the international map.

The 25-year-old sank to her knees in tears after beating Italy's Odette Giuffrida by yuko in the women's 52kg final. She ran to hug a small group of supporters chanting "Kosovo, Kosovo!"

“I have always wanted to show the world that Kosovo is not just a country that has gone through war,” she said with the Kosovo flag draped around her shoulders. This is the first Olympic Games where Kosovo is officially recognized by the IOC and with its athletes allowed to carry its flag.
* Here's the ultimate highlight from the swimming night session. Ladies and gentlemen, meet China's Fu Yuanhui who made the 100m backstroke final. She ended up getting tied bronze. WATCH THIS:

* Michael Phelps won a record-extending 23rd Olympic medal and a 19th gold after helping USA win the 4x100m freestyle relay in the early hours of Monday morning. Katie Ledecky won the 400m freestyle, smashing the world record by almost two seconds (she swam 3:56.46), Sarah Sjostrom won the 100m butterfly in a world record time (55.48s) while Adam Peaty obliterated his own world record to win the 100m breaststroke (in 57.13s) and provide Britain with its first male swimming gold medallist in 28 years.

* Nada Meawad and Doaa Elghobashy made history for their country as the first Egyptian female beach volleyball team to compete at the Olympics. Choosing not to compete in the typical two-piece outfit worn by most players, the Egyptian pair had permission to play while dressed in conservative wear. They lost in two sets to their German opponents but perhaps helped change perceptions or opened some minds of the people who were watching them.
* Anna van der Breggen overcame the "shock" of seeing Dutch team-mate Annemiek van Vleuten sprawled motionless in the road before going on to claim Olympic cycling gold.
Van der Breggen powered to victory in the women's 137km Games road race around Rio on Sunday, but only after van Vleuten crashed out spectacularly when leading with just 10km to ride.
Van Vleuten looked to be heading for victory but tumbled head over heels in a stomach-churning fall that left her in a crumpled heap on the side of the road, motionless.
She suffered concussion and three fractures to her lower back but tweeted that she is going to be okay. 

* Thirteen-year-old Gaurika Singh, the youngest athlete at the Rio Olympics, won her heat in the women's 100 metres backstroke Sunday after getting into a flap over a torn swimsuit.
The Nepali schoolgirl, who survived the killer earthquake that claimed 9,000 lives in her native country in April last year , quickly changed into a new costume before plunging into the pool for her moment of glory.

*Playing for the first time in over two months, Rafael Nadal eased past Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-1 to reach the second round in the Olympics tennis tournament and set up a meeting with Andreas Seppi of Italy. Strong winds postponed play on the outside courts on Sunday (and canceled all of the rowing action) but defending champions Andy Murray and Serena Williams both survived, unscathed. Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci blasted officials however for forcing players to play in ugly conditions. Bellucci advanced after his opponent Dustin Brown was forced to retire in the second set (the German had won the first) with an injured ankle.
“It was almost impossible,” said Bellucci. “I don't know how they allowed us to play like this. I have never played in these conditions. The wind was so fast and the match became ugly.”
*Juan Martin del Potro delivered the biggest upset of the tennis tournament so far, taking out top-seeded Novak Djokovic 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) in what was a sensational display in front of a raucous crowd of Latin Americans cheering on the popular Argentine. And to think, Del Potro's preparation for the first round encounter involved him getting stuck in an elevator for 40 minutes at the Athletes' Village before getting rescued by Argentina's handball team.
The win was Del Potro's second over Djokovic in Olympic play having denied the Serb the bronze medal in London 2012. After years of suffering through injuries and undergoing wrist surgeries, it's amazing to see Del Potro thrive on the big stage.

*In swimming, Yannick Agnel's 200m freestyle title defence came to a crashing halt as he failed to make it through the preliminary heats. The Frenchman swam the final individual race of his international career, failing to reach the semi-finals, placing 19th with a time of 1:47.35. He is set to retire from international competition after the 4x200m relay in Rio.

**Sources include AFP**

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