The 31st Olympic Games are nearly over, with only a few more events to take place over the last three days of the competition.
There are only few event to take over the last three days of 31st Olympic Games.
Much more action has taken place over the last week, so here’s our round up of week two in Rio. –
Over the second weekend of the 2016 Olympics (August 13th & 14th) we saw a huge influx of medals for Great Britain. Max Whitlock secured two gold medals, on the men’s floor and the pommel horse in gymnastics. Louis Smith was just behind him, to achieve silver in the pommel horse event.
In the men’s cycling sprint we saw an intense final between two GB athletes: Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner. In the end, Kenny claimed the gold medal, leaving Skinner with the silver. Andy Murray triumphed in the tennis singles, to win his second Olympic gold medal in two consecutive Olympics.
In the athletics, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah were all in action during the early hours of Sunday morning. Greg Rutherford won bronze in the long jump and Jessica Ennis-Hill was knocked down to silver in the heptathlon. Mo Farah however, won gold in the men’s 10,000m, despite falling half way through.
Also in athletics, Usain Bolt won gold for the third time in the men’s 100m, solidifying his place as the best sprinter in the world.
On the morning of day 10 of Rio (Monday 15th) Great Britain was sitting comfortably in second place on the medals table. At this point in the competition we had 15 gold medals, 16 silver and 7 bronze. Another medal in each category was won later this same day.
Charlotte Dujardin placed first in the dressage, winning GB’s 40th medal of the Games, and the 16th gold. Mark Cavendish got silver in the men’s cycling omnium and Sophie Hitchon won bronze in the women’s hammer throw. This made her Great Britain’s first woman to ever medal in the hammer throw.
On day 11, now known as ‘Terrific Tuesday’, Great Britain won nine medals, bringing our current total up to 50 – two more than in London 2012 at this point. It was the cycling events that stole the show on Tuesday evening, with power couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny both winning gold.
Laura Trott became Great Britain’s most successful female Olympian, winning her fourth gold medal in the omnium event. Jason Kenny, her partner, equalled Sir Chris Hoy’s record of six gold medals by winning the keirin – meaning the two of them now have ten gold medals between them.
Also in the velodrome, Becky James won silver in the women’s track sprint, and teammate Katy Marchant claimed bronze.
In the gymnastics events, GB’s youngest competitor, Amy Tinkler won bronze in the floor events, whilst Nile Wilson also won bronze in the men’s high bar. Elsewhere, boxer Joshua Buatsi won bronze in the men’s light-heavyweight division.
As usual, Britain were also successful in the water, with Jack Laugher winning his second medal of the Games; a silver in the individual 3m diving. Finally, Giles Scott brought in another gold medal, winning the men’s sailing Finn class.
All this success leaves GB sitting comfortably in second place, with 19 golds, 19 silvers and 12 bronze medals.
Wednesday wasn’t quite as successful for Great Britain, as we failed to win a medal throughout the day. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were on course to win gold in the women’s sailing 470, however the race had to be postponed due to poor weather. The race will instead take place on Thursday at 5.05pm; all the pair need to do to secure gold is finish the race.
However, one successful event was the women’s hockey. Great Britain stormed to a 3-0 victory over New Zealand meaning they will play in the final on Friday at 9pm, and are guaranteed at least a silver medal. This is the first time the women’s Olympic hockey team has reached a final, so the girls are going to be going all out to win gold.
On Thursday 18th – day 13 of the Games – Great Britain started off well with Liam Heath and Jon Schofield winning silver in the men’s 200m kayak doubles. This was followed by the badminton doubles pairing of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge beating China in the bronze medal match to secure another medal for Great Britain.
In the triathlon, the Brownlee brothers pulled away from the rest of the field in the final 10k run. Alistair retained his title, winning the gold medal in 1.45.01, with his brother Jonny just behind him claiming silver.
The sailing event from Wednesday finally took place, and to no surprise Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark flew to success and won the gold medal. Later on in the evening Nicola Adams won her semi-final match, putting her through to the women’s flyweight boxing final. She hopes to be the first British boxer to retain an Olympic title in 92 years.
In taekwondo, Jade Jones retained her title, winning the gold medal for the second Olympics running. And, as everyone expected, Usain Bolt was victorious in the 200m, claiming his eighth Olympic gold medal.
At this point, with just three days of events left to go, Great Britain is still in second place with 56 medals. Of these, 22 are gold, 21 are silver, and 13 are bronze. China are following closely behind with 20 gold medals, so it’ll be touch and go over the last three days to see if GB can hold out for second place.
What else to look out for
Still to come are several potential medals for Great Britain. On Friday 19th GB women’s hockey will be playing in their first Olympic final against the Netherlands at 9pm. They are guaranteed at least a silver medal, but won’t be happy unless they return home with the gold.
Over the weekend we will be hoping for several more medals for Great Britain in Rio, which is already our most successful away Olympics ever. Nicola Adams should retain her gold medal in the boxing on Saturday, and Tom Daley is hoping to medal again in the diving. Elsewhere we have Helen Jenkins in the triathlon, aiming to follow the success of the Brownlee brothers and win gold or silver.
Both GB men and women are competing in the 4x100m relay, the women qualified in third position so have a strong chance at a medal. The men’s team qualified as one of the fastest losers, so will have a lot of work to do to reach the podium.
Finally, on Sunday we should see Mo Farah win gold in the 5,000m and Bianca Walkden could also win gold in the taekwondo. Our last medal of the games could come from the women’s 4x400m relay team, should they qualify to reach the finals.
The closing ceremony will take place from midnight on Monday 22nd August, to wrap up what has been a fantastic Olympics. If Great Britain manage to medal in all their remaining events, then we should just keep China from taking second position. Whatever happens though, the last few days in Rio are sure to be entertaining and very action-packed.