The Newsroom reviews day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Aussie sailors claim silver
Defending Olympic 49er champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, both from the Lake Macquarie area of NSW, took home a silver medal in their 49er sailing class. New Zealand proved too strong for the Aussies as they finishing with gold while Germany got the bronze.
In the 470 event veteran Australian sailor Mat Belcher joined forces with debutant Will Ryan to claim the silver medal. Ryan had a moment to forget when he slipped off the edge of the boat and fell into the water but Belcher was able to lift him back into the boat one-handed. The Australians just beat Greece in the final race but Croatia were too good, winning gold. Australia has now won four medals in the sailing events at Rio.
Aussie kayak duo win bronze
In the 1000m canoe sprint, Lachlan Tame and Ken Wallace failed to claim the gold medal. The German duo finished with a time 3:10.78 while the Aussies finished two seconds behind Serbia who claimed the silver.
Rio police claim Ryan Lochte lied
In one of the more controversial stories to come out of the Olympics, American swimmer Ryan Lochte and three other swimmers have some explaining to do as new CCTV footage has emerged showing they vandalised a local petrol station’s bathroom. Lochte claimed that he was robbed at gun point last week but now Rio police believe that he made the whole thing up. At a press conference Civil Police chief Fernando Veloso said “Their claim that they are a victim of an assault or robbery or any kind of violence is not true.”
Aussie diver Melissa Wu misses out
Australian diver Melissa Wu has failed to claim a medal, finishing 5th in the 10m platform final. She told media that she is happy with the result and looks forward to competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“I think I will definitely continue in diving,” Wu said. “I don’t know how long for yet. It depends on my injuries, how long I go for, but I’ve been getting more consistent results in competition, too. For me it’s just the beginning of finding how to compete.”
A 15-year-old Chinese girl by the name of Ren Qian impressed the judges enough to win gold on debut.
Aussies handed closing ceremony ban
Australian swimmers Josh Palmer and Emma McKeon will not participate in the closing ceremony after they were disciplined by the AOC for a drunken night out. Palmer was left disorientated in Copacabana before being found by two men who alerted authorities. McKeon stayed with a friend overnight outside the village without notifying team management.
Australia’s Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller told media that the swimmers breached safety and security protocol and have imposed an 8am to 8pm curfew on the swimmers.
McKeon went to Twitter to acknowledge what she did wrong.
To clarify, I've followed AOC safety protocol in not travelling to village alone. My error was not texting my team manager. #noclosingforme
— Emma McKeon (@emma_mckeon) August 18, 2016
Aussie BMX rider Sam Willoughby cruises into the semis
After winning his three heats, the 2012 London Silver medalist Sam Willoughby will ride in the semi-finals this Saturday alongside fellow Australian Anthony Dean. Several horrific crashes marred the heats but that didn’t faze the Aussies.
Usain Bolt wins another gold
The fastest man on the planet claimed the 8th Olympic gold medal of his career in the 200m final when he finished with a time of 19.78 seconds. After the race Bolt didn’t look happy with the time but he left the other competitors in his wake. Andre De Grasse from Canada took home the silver medal while Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre narrowly came third. – Jesse Mullens
Medal tally on Day 13: