Rio 2016 Olympic : Eleven highlights of Wednesday 17 August - NEWS SENTRY


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympic : Eleven highlights of Wednesday 17 August

Wrestler Sakshi Malik wins India’s first medal - bronze in 58kg freestyle

Gritty woman wrestler Sakshi Malik ended India's painful wait for a medal at the Rio Olympic Games by clinching the bronze in the 58kg category, pulling off a sensational 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the play-off bout, here.

The 23-year-old from Rohtak became only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal as she earned the dramatic win after falling behind 0-5 in the do-or-die bout on day 12.
Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London) and shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) were the only other women athletes from India to have won a medal in Olympics.

Like in three of the four other bouts earlier in the day, Sakshi won the crucial bout after coming from behind. She, in fact, had lost 2-9 in the quarter-finals to Russia's Valeriia Koblova in the fifth bout of the day before getting a second chance in repechage when her conqueror reached the final.

Sakshi's victory brought cheers to the Indian contingent that had endured agonising 11 days without a medal.

Sakshi turned the tables on the Kyrgyzstan wrestler in the dying seconds of the bout as Tynybekova was in complete command in most part of the clash. 

Tynybekova grabbed Sakshi's leg and quickly earned two points before adding one more for the Indian's passivity.

She repeated her move and successfully bagged two more points to lead 5-0 at the break.
Sakshi could open the scoring only in the second period and got two points after throwing her rival down and out of the mat. She then managed to earn two points again with a similar move to bring down the margin to 4-5.

Thereafter, it was no looking back for the Indian girl and she took the opponent down to level the scores 5-5. But she did not stop there and gained three more points by pinning down the Kyrgyzstan wrestler in the dying moments of the match.

She had earlier stormed into the bronze medal play-off round with a dominating performance in her repechage round, where she thrashed Purevdorjiin Orkhon of Mongolia 12-3. Both the wrestlers matched each other in the first period and the scores were 2-2 at the break.

But Sakshi gave a more aggressive account of herself in the second period, pinning down her opponent from time to time, besides flipping her over for crucial points.
Starting with a double-leg take down to earn two points, she added two more crucial points to her kitty to lead 6-3 with a minute left.
In the last one minute, she kept attacking and gained four more points. In fact, Sakshi earned as many as 10 points compared to just one by the Mongolian in the second period to seal off the issue in style.

As Sakshi had reached the quarterfinals, she needed to fight only one repechage round as compared to the other two opponents of the Russian girl, whom she had beaten in the earlier two rounds - pre-quarters and qualification.

Koblova had beaten Luisa Niemesch of Germany in the qualification round before defeating Mongolia's Orkhon in the pre-quarterfinals.

Therefore, in the first repechage round, these two grapplers from Germany and Mongolia faced each other. And the winner of that bout (Mongolian girl) then took on Sakshi in repechage round 2 for a place in the bronze medal play-off.
Sakshi had to get the better of the Mongolian grappler in the repechage round 2 and she did just that to advance to the bronze medal play off.

In the bronze play-off too Sakshi's winning move that got her two points initially was challenged by her Kyrgyztan rival and it was reviewed and she was awarded an extra point by the judges much to her rival's chagrin.

The other bronze was won by Marwa Amri of Tunisia.

Earlier in the day, Sakshi went down in the quarterfinals losing 2-9 to Koblova.

Having conceded one point in the first period of her quarterfinal fight because of passivity, Sakshi did well to earn two points in the second period after taking-down the Russian girl.

But Koblova, with enormous strength, hit back almost immediately to pocket four points and then gained another two to open up a 7-2 lead.

The Russian then closed the door on Sakshi by bagging another two points to win the bout and make the semifinals. In the first two rounds, Sakshi came back from behind to register impressive wins.

Making a strong comeback from a 0-4 down, Sakshi defeated Sweden's Malin Johanna Mattsson 5-4 in the qualification round She was down 0-4 after the first period but quickly made amends in the second period. Sakshi managed to pull two points back before pushing her rival out of the mat to grab another point.

With just 10 seconds remaining, Sakshi desperately needed one more point to post a win and she held her nerves as she took down the Swedish girl in those dying moments to post a narrow victory.

In the pre-quarters, she once again eked out a narrow 5-5 win over Mariana Cherdivara Esanu of Republic of Moldova In the opening period of the pre-quarterfinal bout, Sakshi got 30 seconds to earn points but she failed and that gave Cherdivara a point.

The girl from Moldova then put Sakshi down on the mat to gain another two points and lead 3-0 at the break.

In the second period, the Indian failed to take advantage of the 30 seconds she got and handed Cherdivara another point. Sakshi then came back strongly to post a double take down, which earned her four crucial points at one go and helped her surge ahead to a 5-3 lead.

Although Cherdivara, with her own take-down, gained two points to make the scores level at 5-5 with just 19 seconds left on the clock, the Indian was declared winner on bigger points gain.

Neymar scores fastest Olympic goal, China sweeps table tennis and Thompson achieves sprint double on day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Eleven highlights of Wednesday 17 August at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Brazil earn chance for a little revenge 

"Hey Germany, just wait, your turn is coming up!" the fans chanted at the Maracanã as Brazil beat Honduras 6-0 to reach the football final. Neymar scored the fastest ever Olympic goal and Brazil now have the opportunity to gain a little bit footballing vengeance against the nation which thrashed them 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup semi-final. 

But Germany get in another dig first

The Germans were at it again on Wednesday, this time upsetting their Brazilian hosts in beach volleyball. Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst beat home crowd favourites Agatha and Barbara 21-18, 21-14 on the Copacabana sands for Germany's first medal in women's beach volleyball. The game followed a bronze medal match in which Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross beat Brazil's other women's team, Larissa and Talita.

And then there were four

The men's basketball semi-finalists are know after Wedneday's quarter-finals in which Australia moved closer to its first Olympic medal by comfortably beating long-time nemesis Lithuania, 90-64. They will play Serbia, who had a narrow 86-83 win over Croatia. Spain have picked themselves up after two early losses and they beat France 92-67. In the last four, the Spaniards must play the USA, who let Argentina take an early lead before asserting their superiority for a 105-78 win. 

Another amazing night at the Olympic Stadium

Elaine Thompson of Jamaica completed a sprint double by adding the 200m title to the 100m she had already bagged, while compatriot Usain Bolt had time to joke as he crossed the finish line in the 200m semi-finals, with the fastest time, as he continued his own bid for triple gold in Rio. The USA swept the women's 100m hurdle podium and also won the women's long jump. Read all about it here.

Historic hockey sticks

The Netherlands women's hockey team will try to become the first to win three consecutive Olympic titles, after they edged Germany 4-3 in a shoot-out in the semi-finals. Their opponents in the gold medal match, Great Britian, will also be out to make history, having upset New Zealand 3-0 to reach the Olympic final for the first time. 

Giants fall in taekwondo

It was a tough day for the leading taekwondo fighters as none of the top-four ranked athletes in the women's and men's divisions made it out of the quarter-finals. Men's world champion and world no.1 Farzan Ashourzadeh Fallah of Iran lost in the last seconds of his preliminary match and the second-seeded Korean, Taehun Kim, was eliminated in his first fight of the day. By the time the quarter-finals were over, the women's double Olympic champion, China's Jingyu Wu, and all the other top six seeds were gone.

Badminton delight for Indonesia 

Indonesia won the badminton mixed doubles gold medal at lunchtime in Rio, sending a whole nation crazy with delight on the other side of the planet. Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir overwhelmed Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in two sets, 21-14, 21-12. It is Indonesia's first gold medal at Rio 2016, and seventh in Olympic badminton. In men's singles, the two greatest players of their era – China's Lin Dan and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei – moved into the semi-finals where they will clash in a rematch of the last two Olympic finals, where Lin beat Lee for gold both times.

Kazakhstan extends welterweight dynasty

Daniyar Yeleussinov defeated Uzbekistan's Shakhram Giyasov and became the fourth consecutive boxer from Kazakhstan to win the Olympic boxing welterweight gold medal.

French jumping on show

France claimed its second team title in equestrian at Rio 2016, beating the United States to gold in jumping, following on from their eventing success last week. Philippe Rozier followed in the footsteps of his father Jean-Marcel, who won jumping team gold at Montreal 1976. "Now two gold medals in the family. It's unbelievable for me and my family," Rozier said. 

Another Chinese gold sweep 

China reinforced its dominance of table tennis by repeating in Rio what it did at London 2012, sweeping gold across the singles and the team competitions. The Chinese men's team, led by Ma Long, who had already won the men's singles, defeated Japan in the final. China had already won the women's team title, and Ding Ning won the women's singles gold.

Kaori Icho writes her name into eternity

Japanese wrestler Kaori Icho has become the first woman to win an individual gold medal in four straight Olympic Games in any sport. By winning the 58kg women's freestyle event, Icho also became the first wrestler in Olympic history to win four gold medals.

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