The Newsroom reviews day 14 of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Gold for Australia in modern pentathlon
Australia’s Chloe Esposito took out the gold medal in the modern pentathlon after starting the final stage of the competition in seventh place. Esposito breezed through the combined 3,200m run and pistol shooting to cross the finish line first, breaking the Olympic record in the process by finishing with 1,372 points. Eloudie Clouvel of France took silver while Poland’s Oktawia Nowacka picked up the bronze. Winning the pentathlon is no easy feat, as it consists of a 200m swim, fencing, showjumping, and finally the 3,200m cross-country run combined with shooting – all of which is completed in a single, exhausting day.
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) August 19, 2016
Tallent’s got talent
Jared Tallent has picked up his fourth Olympic medal for Australia in the men’s 50km walk. Tallent was just edged out by Slovakian Matej Toth, who powered home for the gold and left defending champion Tallent with the silver medal. The silver adds to Tallent’s impressive performances in the walking across all competitions, and he will surely be happy with it considering this time the podium will be clean.
Serbia demolished the Australian basketball team 87-61 to face the USA in the gold medal match. The Boomers were completely shut out of the game by a staunch Serbian defence. A dismal first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game as Serbia kept pulling further ahead and denied the Boomers a look in. The loss means Australia will face Spain for the bronze medal as they look to bounce back and earn Australia’s first ever men’s basketball medal.
Boyd vaults short of medal
Australia’s Alana Boyd fell just short of the bronze medal in the women’s pole vault, with New Zealand’s Eliza McCartney winning it on count-back. Boyd cleared 4.80m but then failed all three attempts when the bar was raised to 4.85m. Due to her having more failed attempts than McCartney, who also failed to clear 4.85m, the bronze was awarded to McCartney. Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece took out the gold on count-back as well, American Sandi Morris picking up silver.
Emma McKeon to attend closing ceremony
The Australian Olympic Committee’s chef de mission Kitty Chiller has revoked the ban on Emma McKeon attending the closing ceremony after she received a letter from the swimmer that detailed her understanding of AOC protocol. Chiller denied that her decision was a response to public opinion, which ran very much in favour of McKeon.
Bolt wins triple-triple
In the men’s 4x100m relay Jamaica won the gold medal, completing Usain Bolt’s historic triple-triple and capping off his domination of the track at the Olympics with nine gold medals. Bolt ran last for the team, and blew away the competition in the final 100m, keeping out a fast finishing Japan, with USA and Canada also in the mix. Japan took the silver medal, a historic one for their country (which hosts the next summer Olympics). The USA had to settle for bronze. Bolt has now won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at each Olympics since Beijing in 2008, a feat that will take some beating… He is widely acknowledged as an Olympic legend, standing alongside greats such as Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi.
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 20, 2016
History made in taekwondo
Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin has become the first Iranian woman to win a medal at the Olympics by winning bronze in taekwondo, a result that was being celebrated across Iran. Kimia defeated Sweden’s Nikita Glasnostic 5-1 for the medal. Egypt’s Hedaya Malak took out the second bronze medal to share the podium with Kimia. Oh Hye-Ri of South Korea took the gold and Haby Niare of France won silver. – Matthew Buchanan