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One sentence that could be overheard multiple times during today’s athletics sessions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was: ‘well I wasn’t expecting that’.
Brianna Rollins led a US sweep of the medals in the 100m hurdles, the first such sweep in this event, and only the seventh in any women’s event in Olympic history.
The seventh day of athletics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games features three world record-holders going for gold in their events. Here’s what the action promises inside the Olympic Stadium on Thursday (18).
Elaine Thompson became the first woman for 28 years to complete the Olympic sprint double to break the heart of world champion Dafne Schippers in a superlative demonstration of half-lap excellence.
The long jump final took a bit of time to get started, but it really came to life in the fifth round and proved to be one of the most exciting contests of the Games so far.
Two of the biggest names in sprinting were unceremoniously dumped out of the competition at the semi-final stage of the men’s 200m, but Usain Bolt marched serenely on as his quest for a hat-trick of Olympic 200m titles came a step closer.
Ashton Eaton ends day one of the decathlon with a 121-point lead after producing the fastest time of the day in the 400m.
Keshorn Walcott is ready to put up a determined defence of his Olympic title in Saturday’s final judging from the 88.68m he threw to lead the qualifying competition.
Can anyone stop the USA in the 100m hurdles? On this evidence, it will be hard task as the most successful nation in the Olympic history of this event boasted the individual winner in each of the three semi-finals.
Thirteen men produced better marks than him in the high jump, but defending champion Ashton Eaton managed to hold on to his overall lead in the decathlon.
She could see her rivals looking, but Jenny Simpson tried not to notice.
The Athletissima meeting will have a strong Olympic theme as several medallists from Rio will be at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on 25 August.
Ashton Eaton produced his best ever shot put mark at an outdoor global championships to extend his lead in the decathlon.
Conseslus Kipruto ran an Olympic record of 8:03.28 to win Kenya’s ninth consecutive gold medal in the men’s 3000m steeplechase.
In a brutally tough qualification round, with eight heats in total and only the top two in each race progressing by right, there was little margin for error.
It’s not often that Ashton Eaton is put under pressure. If anyone was wondering how he copes in such situations, the US decathlete gave an emphatic answer in the long jump: with relative ease.
The men’s hammer qualifiers saw the biggest shock of the Olympics athletics programme so far with Poland’s two-time world champion Pavel Fajdek failing to progress to Friday’s final.
The men’s 5000m field was thinned from 51 to 15 on Wednesday morning (17) ahead of the final on Saturday. The field was split between two heats with the first five finishers from each race, plus the five fastest non-automatic qualifiers progressing.
The men’s combined events got off to the best possible start in Rio with the Olympic decathlon 100m best being broken.
In another superb day for athletics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, we were treated to two successful title defences, a Jamaican first in the high hurdles and incredible head-to-heads in the high jump and 1500m finals.