Kenya’s Rudisha wins 2nd straight 800m Olympic gold

Shaunae Miller Dives Over Line To Deny Felix In 400m Race

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Kenya's David Rudisha romped to victory in the men's Olympic 800 metres final here, securing his second straight gold medal in the event.
The 27-year-old reigning world champion clocked one minute 42.15 seconds to finish 0.45 of a second ahead of Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi at the Olympic Stadium on Monday, reports Xinhua.
The United States' Clayton Murphy took bronze in a personal best of 1:42.93.
France's Pierre-Ambroise Bosse was fourth in 1:43.41 and Kenya's Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich came fifth in 1:45.55.
Rudisha's time was 1.24 seconds slower than the world record he set when winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics.
Almost 48 years since his father Daniel Rudisha won silver for Kenya at the Mexico Olympics in 1968, David has seen his fame rise and now he has completed his legacy as the greatest ever 800m runner of his generation.
Emerging from a difficult time with the knee injury he suffered after 2012, which saw him miss out to defend his world title at the Moscow World Championships in 2013, requiring a serious knee operation Rudisha has been running for less than two years.
Yet his victory was not preordained if his performance coming to the Rio Olympics was anything to go by.
Miller dives over line to deny Felix in 400m
Bahamian Shaunae Miller launched herself over the finishing line with a desperate dive to pip American Allyson Felix to Olympic 400 metres gold by the slimmest of margins in a thrilling final on Monday. After literally flying across the line in a personal best time of 49.44 seconds, the 22-year-old lay on the track, shaken up and exhausted, as she waited for the scoreboard to confirm she had clinched her first major title.
Jebet wins gold in women’s 3,000m steeplechase
Bahrain teenager Ruth Jebet clinched the gold medal in the women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase, narrowly missing the world record. The 19-year-old clocked eight minutes 59.75 seconds on Monday to fall just 0.94 seconds short of the record set by Russian Gulnara Galkina in 2008, reports Xinhua news agency. Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi took silver in nine minutes 07.12 and Emma Coburn of the US claimed bronze in 9:07.63.
Gymnastics
SANNE WEVERS: Dutchwoman Sanne Wevers caused a huge upset when she ruined Simone Biles’ chances of scooping a record five golds at a single Olympics by winning the balance beam title in Rio on Monday.
The American had been expected to add the beam title to her team, all around and vault triumphs but drew gasps as she lost her footing following a front somersault and had to grab the beam with both hands to save herself from falling off.
Her score of 14.733 was only good enough for bronze behind team mate Laurie Hernandez.
Biles’ misfortune allowed Wevers to become the first female Dutch gymnast to grab gold in an individual final, with a graceful routine featuring numerous spins, including a triple. She scored 15.466.
RI SE-GWANG: A big stumble backwards after his first soaring leap could not prevent Ri Se-gwang from becoming the first North Korean man to win the Olympic vault title on Monday. The double world champion earned an average score of 15.691 to become only the second man from communist North Korea to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics, following the success of Pae Gil-Su on the pommel horse at the 1992 Barcelona Games.


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