LIVE: Rio Olympics - Day 13

2016-08-17 12:50

LIVE updates and interactive commentary from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, August 17.


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18 Aug 07:24


Not much better news for South Africa in the men's javelin, where Rocco van Rooyen's strongest throw is his season's best - 78,48 metres. But the competition is hefty, and his length is not enough for qualification.

18 Aug 07:18


Unfortunately, after promising performances in the 100-metre, shotput and long jump, Willem Coertzen failed to start the high jump and 400-metre. He won't resume - and said: "It just seems like my body is not holding up this year, disappointment is an utter understatement. Sometimes one cant understand why/ There’s so much work and sacrifices that has gone into the last four years and for it to end like this just doesn't make sense."

18 Aug 07:07


Solid effort from Kyle Dodd, through the seeding stage and quarter-final, placing 26th overall. He'll be targeting a top 16 berth, and hopefully higher.

17 Aug 19:57


South Africa's Kyle Dodd is currently involved in the men's seeding run, while Simon has dropped another shot in the women's gold individual strokeplay. We'll be back with their progress - and the advances (or lack thereof) of Rocco van Rooyen in the men's javelin and Willem Coertzen in the men's decathlon much, much later. Cheers, for now.

17 Aug 17:30


Update from the women's gold individual strokeplay, with Paul Reto three over par and Ashleigh Simon four over at the end of round one. Not a great start, that.

17 Aug 17:25


Here's Willem Coertzen again, who added to his decent time in the 100-metre with a long jump of 6,98 metres for a ranking of 26th overall. He has the shotput in hand, now, and throws it a hefty 14,00 metres - and a ranking of 18. Meanwhile, it's just the B (consolation) final for kayaking compatriot Bridgitte Hartley...

17 Aug 16:06


The moment a hang of a lot of people have been waiting for is here - Caster Semenya in the women's 800-metre heats. Running out of lane four, her first-place finish in a time of 1:59;31 is ample for graduation to the semi-finals stage.

17 Aug 15:53


Elroy Galant completes his men's 5,000-metre in 13:22;00 - for seventh place - and that catapults him into the final.

17 Aug 15:09


South Africa's Bridgitte Hartley now, in the second heat of the women's 500-metre. A top six finish will get her through to the semi-finals -  and she nabs third in 1:55;737. So a semi-finalist she is.

17 Aug 14:48


SA's Willem Coertzen puts in a seventh-place finish in the men's 100-metre - in a time of 11:12. That gets him 834 points to start his campaign.

17 Aug 14:00


Tomorrow is now today for South Africa's  Paul Reto, whose first round in the women's golf individual strokeplay is underway. Countrywoman Ashleigh Simon will tee off soon, too.

17 Aug 12:55

A list of South Africans competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, August 17 (SA times):


12:52 - Women’s first round: Paula Reto tees off in the third group of the morning, alongside Nicole Larsen or Denmark and In Gee Kun of Korea.

14:47 - Women’s first round: Ashleigh Simon tees off in a group that also includes Harukyo Nomura of Japan and Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden.

What to expect: The men’s golf competition had received a lot of negative publicity in the build-up, with a slew of big names withdrawing, many citing the Zika virus. However, Justin Rose held off Henrik Stenson and the subsequent feedback was that golf belongs in the Olympics. Almost unanimously, those who competed, reckoned they’d love to be back in Tokyo 2020. Lee-Ann Pace is South Africa’s highest-ranked player, but she withdrew, allowing Simon to represent her country with Reto.


14:38 - Men’s Decathlon, 100m, heat 2: Willem Coertzen

17:15 - Men’s Decathlon, Shot Put, Group A: Willem Coertzen

22:45 - Men’s Decathlon, High Jump, Group B: Willem Coertzen

02:28 Thursday - Men’s Decathlon, 400m, Heat

What to expect: Reigning Olympic champion Ashton Eaton is the overwhelming favourite to take the gold medal in this most gruelling of events. He’s almost unbackable at odds of 1-10. Damian Warner (7-1) is the second favourite and Arthur Abele (16-1). Coertzen is considered a 100-1 outsider. However, he is a strong sprinter and could well win his heat to get off to a good start in the competition.

In the shot put, Coetzen bumps into Eaton, who has a season’s best 15.06m. Coertzen’s PB is a 14.50m and his season’s best is 13.76m.

High jump is a strong event for the South African and while his PB is a 2.08m, should he produce his best for the year, a 2.0m, then he’ll stand a big chance of leapfrogging a few places up the overall standings.

In the 400m, Coertzen races in lane seven and he can take inspiration from Wayde van Niekerk’s performance in the elite final, when he led from start to finish in lane eight. Coertzen will be hoping for a strong lap to give him momentum leading into Thursday’s second day of competition.

01:30 Thursday - Men’s Javelin, qualifying, Group A: Rocco van Rooyen

What to expect: Van Rooyen is going to have to bring his ‘A’ game to the Olympic stadium because qualifying is tough. Automatic qualifying is 83.0m, or the top 12 of the 19 starters. Van Rooyen qualified a while ago but then battled with an arm injury. He threw his way through the pain just a while back to try and prove that he is worth his spot. Now is the time to deliver that promise.

15:27 - Men’s 5 000m, heat 2: Elroy Galant

What to expect: Galant this season clocked a personal best 13min 04.88sec, which places him fifth in the list of entries, on paper. Two Ethiopians have just snuck under 13 minutes this season, but the South African will fancy his chances of progressing to the semi-finals. The top five in each heat, along with the next fastest five overall qualify.

16:02 - Women’s 800m, Caster Semenya

What to expect: South Africans know how to grab the headlines. Earlier this week it was Wayde van Niekerk who obliterated Michael Johnson’s world record by winning the 400m gold in 43:03. Now it’s Semenya’s turn. She is regarded as close to a gold medal certainty as there is. Semenya will be easing into her work in this heat before the more important two races that lie ahead.


15:05 - Women’s Kayak Single, 500m, heat 2: Bridgitte Hartley

What to expect: Hartley, by her own admission, is a slow starter and she used the 200m (where she reached the ‘B’ final) to sharpen her starting skills and get a feel of the conditions in Rio. She memorably won a bronze medal in London four years ago and will be giving everything to try to repeat the feat. She will be in lane six and needs to be in the first six to progress to the semi-finals.


19:34 - Men’s Seeding Run: Kyle Dodd

What to expect: The seeding run merely decides the order in which the riders start in the quarter-finals. Dodd goes out first of the 32 riders, so he needs to put up a good time, to try to make an early statement.

17 Aug 12:51
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