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As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 14

2016-08-18 14:33

LIVE updates and interactive commentary from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, August 18.

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19 Aug 03:22

ATHLETICS

Sunette Viljoen staves off strong challenges from the Czech Republic's Barbora Spotkova and Poland's Maria Andrejczyk to secure SILVER in the women's javelin final. Viljoen takes an early lead with an opening and best throw of 64,92 metres, which is soon surpassed by Croatian Sara Kolak's 66,18, who eventually clinches gold. Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012, Spotakova settles for bronze this year. The 32-year-old Viljoen's achievement weighs in as South Africa's ninth medal of the Rio Games.


19 Aug 02:38

ATHLETICS

Here it is - the race we've all (well, most of us) have been waiting for. It's South Africa's Caster Semenya in the third semi-final of the women's 800-metre. She isn't troubled one bit, nor challenged for the win. Her time is 1:58;15 - and through to the final she goes.


18 Aug 19:47

CYCLING

South Africa's Kyle Dodd, unfortunately, doesn't put in a strong enough run in the men's BMX quarter-final to advance. That's it from us for now, but we'll be back at about 2am SA time for - drumroll, please - this...


18 Aug 19:43

GOLF

Round two of the women's gold individual strokeplay concludes with Ashleigh Simon two over par and Paula Reto one under. So they both put in stronger performances today than yesterday. Stacy Lewis  of the US is in the lead, thanks to a very impressive nine under overall.


18 Aug 17:48

TRIATHLON

Henri Schoeman does it. He finishes in third - for BRONZE. That's South Africa's eighth medal of the Rio Games. His time is 1:45;43 - and he's pretty elated. Countryman RIchard Murray finishes an agonising fourth, only just outside the medals. Great Britain brother Alistair and James Brownlee take gold and silver, respectively.


18 Aug 17:27

TRIATHLON

Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman are underway in the men's triathlon, with the latter doing particularly well - and perhaps en route to a medal. With the swim and cycle done and dusted, it's onto the tar, where he is currently in third position. Murray is in eighth spot.


18 Aug 15:31

GOLF

SA's Ashleigh Simon and Paul Reto are currently five and three over par, respectively, overall, in the second round of the women's individual golf strokeplay. Here's hoping for plenty of improvement...


18 Aug 15:26

CANOEING

South Africa's Bridgitte Hartley finishes stone last, with a time of 2:01;89, in the women's kayak 500-metre single consolation final. That's quite a fall from grace for the 2012 Games medalist.


18 Aug 14:38

A list of South Africans competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, August 18 (SA times):

GOLF

12:52 - Women’s golf, second round: Ashleigh Simon, who shot a four-over 75 in her first round, is one of the early starters, going out in the third group the morning with Japan’s Harukyo Nomura and Pernilla Lindberg, of Sweden.

14:47 - Women’s golf, second round: Paula Reto, after a first round 74, tees off with a group that includes Nicole Larsen of Denmark and In Gee Chun, of Korea.

What to expect: Both Simon and Reto have plenty of work to do after their first rounds. As was shown in the men’s competition, it’s not easy to make up ground on the front-runners on a course that yields a lot of birdies. The leader shot a first round five-under 66.

CANOEING

15:04 - Women’s 500m Kayak Single, B final: Bridgitte Hartley

What to expect: The bronze medallist from London 2012 struggled to contain her emotions after she failed to qualify for the ‘A’ final in her favourite event, and with that went any chance of repeating her London heroics. She will have had the night to pick herself up though and will be fighting for pride and to show her fans she deserved to be in that ‘A’ final.

CYCLING

18:30 - Men’s BMX quarter-finals: Kyle Dodd

What to expect: This youngster has come a long way to qualify and will leave nothing out there on the multi-coloured track on Thursday. He’s aiming for a top 16 spot!

TRIATHLON

16:00 - Men’s race: Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman

What to expect: If their race numbers are anything to go on, Team South Africa can have high hopes for this most gruelling of races. Murray and Schoeman have No’s 1 and 2 respectively pinned on their race outfits (or make that stamped on their bodies). Both these two stars are medal hopes, in particular Murray who has been a revelation in the last year or so. It seemed that a broken collar bone in Australia had set his chances back but he bounced back quicker than expected and went on win the World Duathlon champs. Key to his chances will be whether he’s in touch out of the 1 500m swim. If he’s within a minute or so, it’s game on. Schoeman won’t have that problem. He’s one of the best swimmers in triathlon (his brother was an Olympic swimmer). He’s also quick on the bike and his run has also made great progress in the last year. For South African sports fans, this is going to be one of the humdingers of competition here in Rio.

ATHLETICS

02:31 on Friday - Women’s 800m semi-final: Caster Semenya

What to expect: Semenya got the heats out of the way, slipping under the 2-minute barrier as she won comfortably. She will go considerably faster under the stadium lights and will book her place in the final.


18 Aug 14:33
LIVE updates and interactive commentary from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, August 18.

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