Rio 2016 round-up – Day Two: Peaty wins swimming gold, Carlin takes silver on another day of incident and drama
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Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin kick-started Great Britain’s medal campaign at the Rio Olympics in exceptional style on a dismal day for Lizzie Armistead, tennis stars and the Brazil football team. Find out all about the events that happened, plus a few that did not, in our daily Rio 2016 round-up. Day Two Review Moment of the Day The headline Britain wanted, and half-expected, to hear has materialised after Peaty continued his untouchable streak all the way to 100m breaststroke gold in an unprecedented time of 57.13 seconds, his second world record of the weekend. In doing so, he secured Team GB’s first medal of the Games and became the first British man to win an Olympic swimming title since Adrian Moorhouse at Seoul 1988. You never forget your first time.
Highlights Quick-kicking Carlin made the night even more memorable for Britain in the pool, earning silver in the 400m freestyle moments after watching Peaty’s victory, as Katie Ledecky, the most dominant female freestyler of all time aged just 19, won in world-record speed. Another US superstar, Michael Phelps, claimed a record 19th Olympic gold, storming through the second leg of the 4x100m freestyle relay. British road race world champion Lizzie Armitstead admitted that only a miracle could have helped her prevail on a gruesome mountainous course near the Copacabana after the Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen caught American Mara Abbott within 100m of the line to claim gold. Marred by Annemiek van Vleuten’s crash, the breakneck final descent delivered the same menace of the men’s road race. More hot favourites crashed out at the Olympic Tennis Centre. World number one Novak Djokovic burst into tears after two tiebreaks handed the resurgent Argentinian Juan Martín Del Potro the victory. Three-time doubles champions Serena Williams and Venus Williams also suffered a surprise exit, losing an Olympic match together for the first time. Plus, Andy Murray went down with his brother Jamie Murray, although the Team GB flagbearer began his defence of the Olympic singles title, as well as his ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ campaign, with a strong straight-sets win against Serbia’s Viktor Troicki. Brit Watch The tough girls of Great Britain women’s rugby are a game away from winning the first ever sevens medals, having cruised through the group competition before dispatching Fiji 26-7 in the semi-finals. Embracing the chance to display their talent on a unique global stage, the team will take on New Zealand in the last four this evening (7pm). For half an hour at least, the nation became die-hard fencing fans as Richard Kruse saw his bid to win Team GB’s first medal foiled by Russia’s Timur Safin. Competing at his fourth Olympics, the Londoner lost 15-13 in the bronze medal showdown despite a spectacular comeback from 12-5 down. Kruse had scored three stunning wins along the way. Meanwhile, judoka Colin Oates cursed his luck and his future after losing on a golden score in the opening round of the -66kg competition. The Commonwealth champion finished scoreless against France’s Kilian Le Blouch and was penalised for a false attack in sudden death. Aged 33, he fears that Rio 2016 may have been his last Olympic opportunity. World Watch The US gymnastics team reigned supreme on women’s qualification day. With their high difficulty and superb execution scores, the ‘fierce five’ wrote the prelude to a second straight Olympic team gold medal and left China and Russia in their shadow. Competing at her seventh Olympics at age 41, Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina proved that age is just a number by winning herself a place in the vault final.
OLYMPIC CHAMPION pic.twitter.com/l4Kjyj0UbE— Adam Peaty (@adam_peaty) August 8, 2016
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