Almaz Ayana provided the opening session of the Rio 2016 athletics programme here with a historic flourish as she took more than 14 seconds off the world 10,000 metres record which has stood, apparently invulnerable, since 1993, claiming the first track and field gold of the Olympics in a time of 29min 17.45sec.
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British cycling’s apparently inexhaustible capacity to reinvent its wheels made for a thunderous statement of intent on the opening day of the track programme as their men’s team sprint trio - with 23-year-old Callum Skinner in for the retired legend that is Sir Chris Hoy - beat world champions New Zealand to earn gold in an Olympic record of 42.440sec.
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China’s Ma Long became only the fifth man to complete a career table tennis grand slam of Olympic, world and World Cup titles with an imperious display against his fellow countryman Zhang Jike, the defending champion.
As South Africa’s Caster Semenya heads towards what could be a controversial victory in the women’s 800m final at these Olympic Games,International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe has underlined his organisation’s intention to challenge the ruling which suspended the monitoring of female athletes with higher than usual levels of testosterone.
Italy's Alex Schwazer, who is here in Rio ahead of the men’s 20 kiloemtres walk on the first day of the athletics programme on Friday (August 12), has had his appeal against an eight-year ban for a second doping violation turned down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Since women’s table tennis was introduced to the Olympics at Seoul in 1988 there has been only one country providing the individual gold medallist, namely China – and Ding Ning maintained that incredible run tonight here as she reversed the result of the London 2012 final against compatriot Li Xiaoxia.
Major changes to the governance of world athletics, approved here today by the International Association of Athletics Federations Council, will make “a massive difference” to the sport, according to its President Sebastian Coe.
Áron Szilágyi of Hungary successfully defended his men’s sabre Individual title with a 15-8 win over Daryl Homer of the United States at the Carioca Arena today, but Italy’s London 2012 foil individual champion Elisa Di Francisca narrowly failed to do the same as she was beaten 12-11 by Russia’s world champion Inna Deriglazova.
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, donned goggles here today and launched himself down a ski jump slope as snow blew through his hair.
China’s weightlifters – winner of five Olympic gold medals overall at London 2012 - won both today’s finals to bring their total of golds to three so far at Rio 2016.
An Olympic record of 110 kilograms in the snatch section helped 21-year-old Sukanya Srisurat become the youngest ever Olympic champion in the women’s 58kg weightlifting event here as she and fellow Thai lifter Pimsiri Sirikaew took respective gold and silver at Rio 2016.
Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has called the decision by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to ban his country's competitors from Rio 2016 as "beyond belief".
Being a part of the Olympic Movement is key to growing the game of golf worldwide, the President of the International Golf Federation (IGF) Peter Dawson said here as he announced the men’s draw for the first Olympic golf tournament to be held in 112 years.
Italian out of Rio 2016 after anti-doping tribunal defies order for Prime Minister to make sure he travels to Olympics
The efforts of Italy’s 3,000 metres steeplechase champion, Moroccan-born Jamel Chatbi, to compete in the Olympic Games have been blocked by the National Anti-Doping Tribunal, which has defied a court ruling and suspended him for missing three scheduled doping tests last year.