Day six saw Fiji win an historic gold medal in the men’s rugby sevens. Simone Biles was outstanding in the Gymnastics while Australia took home some more medals.
Fiji make history
Fiji defeated Great Britain 43-7 to claim their first ever gold medal. The Fijian players celebrated by huddling to sing a hymn as they realised what they had achieved. Great Britain went into the final undefeated but were humbled by the blow-out.
Michael Phelps claims his 22nd gold
Swimming legend Michael Phelps claimed his 22nd gold medal, winning the 200m individual medley. He won with ease leaving Japan’s Kosuke Hagino and China’s Wang shun in his wake. He has two events remaining and could claim an amazing 24 gold medals.
Simone Biles dazzles
American gymnast, Simone Biles won her second gold medal of the games in the women’s individual all-round event. She finished with a combined score of 62.198 while fellow American Aly Raisman claimed the silver medal with a score of 60.098. Biles was outstanding and her routines were on point. Russian Aliya Mustafina finished in third with a score of 58.665.
Jess Fox claims bronze
In the women’s single kayak canoe slalom, Australian Jessica Fox won the bronze medal with a time of 1.24.49. Judges reviewed her run which showed that she hit a gate, resulting in a two second penalty. Maialen Chourraut from Spain took the gold medal with Luuka Jones claiming silver for New Zealand.
Australia win silver in Quad Sculls Rowing
The four Australian men Karsten Forsterling, Alexander Belonogoff, Cameron Girdlestone and James McRae tried hard but were no match for the Germans. Germany came away with the gold defending their 2012 Olympic title. They finished 1.15 seconds ahead of the Aussies while Estonia claimed the bronze. The event was supposed to be on day five but bad weather conditions forced organisers to postpone.
Opals stay unbeaten in Women’s Basketball
The Australian Opals remain undefeated in their Olympic quest to claim their maiden gold medal. Australia are without star Lauren Jackson after she announced her retirement earlier this year. The Opals defeated Japan 92-86 with Liz Cambage leading the Australians from the front. She finished with a mammoth 37 points and stole the lead from the Japanese after they were in front by 16 points.
Cambage told media after the match “I don’t really care how many points I got, just as long as we won.”
Englishman Justin Rose hit’s hole-in-one at the Golf
After 112 years, Golf returned to the Olympics. Englishman Justin Rose scored the first hole-in-one in Olympic history and sits four-under-par at 67. Australian golfer Marcus Fraser is in the lead after round one with a an eight-under-par score of 63. Fraser goes into round two with a three shot lead over Swede Henrik Stenson and Canadian Graham DeLaet.
Hockeyroos beat Argentina
The Australian Hockeyroos beat Argentina 1-0 in the field hockey. The two opening quarters were scoreless but in the third, Emily Smith scored the only goal of the match. The Hockeyroos will now face Japan and can advance to the quarter-finals with a win. – Jesse Mullens
Medal Tally as it stands:
Top photo of the Olympic rings.