The Newsroom reviews day 15 of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Australia fall just short of kayak medal
A strong performance in the men’s K4 1000m by Ken Wallace, Riley Fitzsimmons, Jacob Clear and Jordan Wood wasn’t enough to bring themselves into medal contention, with Germany powering to a gold medal along with Slovakia and the Czech Republic earning silver and bronze respectively. Germany led from start to finish with the Aussies finishing four seconds behind them.
Moffat finishes strongly
In the women’s triathlon Emma Moffat has placed sixth, outside of the medals but still put on a good performance. Moffat took out the bronze eight years ago in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and her performance in the London 2012 triathlon was less than desirable, so it’s good to see her back to form. America’s Gwen Jorgenson won gold, Nicola Sprig of Switzerland took silver and Britain’s Vicky Holland took bronze.
Aussie athletes fined
Ten Australian athletes were fined over attempting to enter the basketball stadium to watch the Boomers match against Serbia, which they were not accredited for. Brazilian police alleged they had tampered with their accreditation and took them to a local police station for questioning. Nine of them were fined for falsifying a document and have had their passports retained by the court until they pay the fine, after which they will be allowed to return home.
Mo Farah achieves double-double
Great Britain’s Mo Farah has stormed home to win the men’s 5,000m and achieve a historic double-double, having won both the 5,000m and 10,000m at Rio and London. Farah held off late challenges from America’s Paul Chelimo and Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet to keep them to silver and bronze. He now joins the likes Lasse Viren who previously won both the events in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.
— Team GB (@TeamGB) August 21, 2016
Neymar ends Brazil’s gold medal drought
It’s a step on the path to revenge for Brazil, defeating Germany in the final of the men’s football to earn the gold medal, the only football title that has eluded the nation. Scores were locked 1-1 at the end of regulation and extra time, to leave it down to a penalty shootout. Brazil’s goalkeeper Weverton set the stage for Neymar after stopping Nils Petersen’s shot, and Neymar did not disappoint, slotting home the golden goal which sent all of Rio into raptures. It was the final game for Neymar as captain, and most certainly one to remember, as Brazil get one back on the team that broke their hearts to the tune of 7-1 two years previously. – Matthew Buchanan
Medal tally from the Rio 2016 website.