Rio 2016: Bolt wins 100m gold, Van Niekerk smashes the 400m World Record

  • Govindan Kishwar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2016 08:54 IST
Usain Bolt reacts after winning the men's 100-metre final. (AP Photo)

Early risers!

Dipa Karmakar finished fourth in her vault final, winning the hearts of millions. The girl from Tripura, who has had to learn the nuances of gymnastics on makeshift equipment, has already change the sport for good in India.

To recap her journey, read these stories:

‘She vaulted to a new high’: Dipa Karmakar’s road to Rio Olympics

Produnova vault is risky, but so is the sport: Dipa Karmakar’s coach

The India men’s hockey lost 1-3 to Belgium in their quarterfinal match.

Saina’s Olympic campaign, too, has come to an end. She lost to Ukraine’s Maria Ulitina in straight games. She can go back to the bronze she won in London Olympics now. Shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh too were eliminated in the men’s 50m rifle 3 position.

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8:42 am (IST): Action from Rio is over folks. We will return in the evening. Below is the list of Indians. who will be in the fray on Monday.

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7:40 am (IST): Spare a thought for Wayde van Niekerk who smashed Michael Johnson’s record in the 400 metres that stood since 1999. Bolt’s win will make it a passing mention.’

7:19 am (IST): India’s Test captain Virat Kohli was quick off the blocks to congratulate Bolt.

7.10 am (IST): Slow of the blocks, Bolt still was comfortably ahead at the finish.

Usain Bolt was .08 seconds ahead of Justil Gatlin. (REUTERS Photo)

7:05 am (IST): One in the bag two more to go. Bolt’s bid for historic “triple-triple” -- gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay in three consecutive Olympics is on.

6:58 am (IST): Usain Bolt wins the 100m men’s final with a time of 9.81s! USA’s Justin Gatlin is second with a time of 9.89s with Canada’s Andre de Grasse third (9.91s).

6:49 am (IST): Brace up guys, Usain Bolt is up next.

6:44 am (IST): Just see the margin of victory in 400m final.

Wayde van Niekerk finished way ahead of Kirani James (Grenada) and LaShawn Merritt (USA). (REUTERS Photo)

6:33 am (IST): Wayde van Niekerk smashes the World Record in the 400m final after clocking 43.03 seconds. Kirani James (Grenada) and LaShawn Merritt (USA) finish distant second and third.

5:54 am (IST) : Justin Gatlin too qualifies for the men’s 100m final with a time of 9.95s. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake is also in the lineup after running a time of 10.01s.

5:44 am (IST): That 9.86 was Bolt’s fastest time of the year. Quick.

5:41 am (IST): Usain Bolt makes clear he is fit and ready. Runs a brilliant 9.86s to make the final. Andre de Grasse too qualifies with a 9.92s.

5:37am (IST): A false start at the start of the second semis of the 100m, the one with Bolt. Andrew Fisher of Bahrain is disqualified.

5:35 am (IST): THAT’S IT! MURRAY WINS GOLD! He becomes the first tennis player ever to win two singles gold medals.


5:33 am (IST): Match point and gold medal point for Murray. Meanwhile, in the men’s 100m first semi, Jimmy Vicaut of France (9.95s), and Ben Youssef Meite of Ivory Coast are into the final.

5:28 am (IST): Guys, we know we are in the middle of an epic tennis final here, but Usain Bolt’s face has come on TV and it’s kind of a big deal, so we shall be trying to update you on both. Wish us luck.

5:27am (IST): Murray struggled, but managed to hold serve. It’s now 6-5 with del Potro on serve.

Andy Murray (REUTERS)

5:17 am (IST): An incredible game here! Murray breaks right back! it’s 5-5.

5:07 am (IST): Murray holds serve, trails 5-4. Del Potro just needs to see out his serve to force a fifth set.

5:03 am (IST): Del Potro holds serve. 5-3. A fifth set seems ever more likely.

5:00 am (IST): Del Potro breaks! He is on serve leading 4-3 and will hope to this time, take the set.


4:55 am (IST): It’s 3-3, and it seems like it will come down to stamina.

4:46 am (IST): We might be in for a thriller here. Andy Murray has broken right back to make it 2-2.

4:40 am (IST): Del Potro breaks in the fourth set! He leads 2-1 and is on serve.

Juan Martin del Potro (AP)

4:25 am (IST): Andy Murray takes the third set 6-2. And no, he hasn’t won the match. Unlike the matches before this, the final is a five set affair.

Del Potro conceded the third set easily against Murray. (REUTERS)

4:18 am (IST): Del Potro fans look away now. Andy Murray has stormed to a 5-2 lead in the final set.

4:05 am (IST): Both Murray and del Potro are holding serve, with the set tied at 2-2.

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3:32 am (IST): It’s 5-3, and del Potro is one game away from levelling things in the men’s singles tennis gold medal match.

3:12 am (IST): Del Potro is on serve, leading 2-1. Could become a three-setter, this. But then, we were wrong the first time so...

2:58 am (IST): Del Potro has an agenda here. The Argentine has got a break in the first game of the second set.

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2:40 am (IST): It’s 5-5 between Murray and del Potro. Seems to be heading for a tie-break in the first set.

2:30 am (IST): Right guys. Apologies for being away for so long. Want of coffee and what not. It’s neck and neck at 5-4 between Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro, on serve, in their men’s singles tennis gold medal match.


1:24 am (IST): The coach of India’s men’s hockey team, Roelant Oltmans feels their loss to Belgium in the quarterfinal came down to the lack of experience and quality. Read the full story, here.

1:10 am (IST): Japan’s Kei Nishikori beats Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-3 to clinch bronze in men’s singles tennis. Defending champion Andy Murray (Great Britain) will be in action shortly against Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the gold medal match.

12:53 am (IST):

12:35 am (IST): Justin Rose wins gold for Great Britain in golf.


12:23 am (IST): Nadal shows incredible resilience to fight back. The Spaniard has taken the second set 7-6 (1), and it all comes down to the deciding third set in the men’s singles bronze medal match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

12:01 am (IST): Right then. Another missed opportunity for India. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal is in the middle of pulling off quite a comeback against Kei Nishikori in their men’s singles bronze medal match. The Spaniard had lost the first set, and was 2-5 down in the second. He has come back to make it 5-5.


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11:27 pm (IST): Dipa Karmakar’s vault final is about to begin.

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10:26 pm (IST): Russia take gold in women’s doubles tennis. Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova beat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-4.

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova, right, pumps her fist after winning a point with partner Elena Vesnina against Switzerland during their women's doubles gold medal match. (AP)

10:22 pm (IST):

10:18 pm (IST): Some good news for India. PV Sindhu beats Canada’s Michelle Li 19-21, 21-15, 21-17 in the women’s singles badminton group stage.

10:17pm (IST): Manoj Kumar bows out in the preliminaries after losing his men’s light welter (64kg) bout to Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov.

10:12 pm (IST): It seems to be going from bad to worse for India. Fazliddin Gaibnazarov takes the second round too against Manoj Kumar.

10:10 pm (IST): 3-1! Tom Boon lashes home for Canada! The Indian men’s Olympic team have 10 minutes to save the match.

10:09 pm (IST): Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov takes the first round against Manoj Kumar. Still 2-1 in India’s men’s quarters match against Canada.

10:04 pm (IST): The 4th quarter is underway between India and Canada. Meanwhile, Manoj Kumar is in the ring for his men’s Light Welter (64kg) preliminaries against Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov.

10:02 pm (IST): 3rd quarter ends in India’s quarterfinal match against Canada. 2-1 to Canada.

10:01 pm (IST): 2-1! Canada score with seconds to go in the 3rd quarter. Sebastian Dockier getting his second.

10:00 pm (IST): Canada fail to convert a penalty corner with two minutes to go in the 3rd quarter against India in the men’s hockey quarterfinal. It’s still 1-1.

9:58 pm (IST):

9:56 pm (IST): It going to go right down to the wire in PV Sindhu’s women’s singles group stage badminton match. It’s one game each between the Indian and Canada’s Michelle Li, and 5-5 in the final game.

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9:51 pm (IST): Belgium equalise! Sebastien Dockier scores in the third quarter. It’s now 1-1

9:47 pm (IST): The Czechs have broken Sania’s serve. They are leading the second set 6-5.

9:45 pm (IST): It’s 5-5 now.

9:38 pm (IST): It’s 4-4 in the second set now. That last point involved a rally between Rohan Bopanna and Hradecka.

9:31 pm (IST): Much better from Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna in the second set. After the initial break, Bopanna appears to have sorted hi serve; that would be crucial for the duo.

9:26 pm (IST): In tennis, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna are leading the second set 3-2.

9:24 pm (IST): It is not all gloom and doom on the badminton court though, Kidambi Srikanth has won his groups stage singles match to advance to the pre-quarterfinals. There is some hope left. Meanwhile, Sindhu has lost her first game 19-21.

9:08 pm (IST): The Czechs take the first set 6-1. Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna have not looked part.

8:51 pm (IST): Stepanek and Hradecka are leading the first set 3-0.

8:40 pm (IST): And it begins.

8:35 pm (IST): Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna are warming up. After the loss to the USA’s Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram yesterday, the Indian duo are to take on Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka in the bronze medal playoff.

8:28 pm (IST): Kenya’s Jemima Jelagat Sumgong wins women’s marathon. Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa, who was born in Kenya but switched allegiance to Bahrain to advance her career, gets the silver. Bronze medal goes to Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba.

8:18 pm (IST): But we are not unhappy. Because Marley said; “Don’t worry be happy, In every life we have some trouble, When you worry you make it double, Don’t worry, be happy......”

8:15 pm (IST): Chain Singh is provisionally placed 23rd in the men’s 50m rifle 3 position qualification.Gagan Narang is 33rd. Only the top eight qualify for the final. For all practical purposes, that is another exit for India. That would put India’s tally in shooting, a sport the nation has been so keen on of late, a big zero.

8:00 pm (IST): Oh yes, I found what I need right now!. No! Not tipple. But this:

7:57 pm (IST): In more bad news, OP Jaisha is provisionally places 67th in the women’s marathon. Sunday evening blues.

7:55 pm (IST): Well, that did not help. This wait for Dipa’s performance is getting excruciating.

7:49 pm (IST): We are getting a little gloomy out here with all the underwhelming performances. Dipa’s final starts only at 11.15 pm. Till then, maybe, this guy can help:

7:45 pm (IST): In the men’s 50m rifle 3 position, Chain Singh is provisionally placed 14th. Gagan Narang is further behind.

7:34 pm (IST): In other news, do you know that the US has won their 1000th gold in Olympics history? In Rio alone, the US have won 60 so far, 28 of them gold. And here we are still awaiting a medal at the Rio Olympics. Talking about expectations, PV Sindhu will be in action shortly in the women’s singles badminton.

7:33 pm (IST): Jaisha still doing her bit in women’s marathon. A medal? No, she is far behind for that. Could still be a personal best for her.

6:56 pm (IST): OP Jaisha, meanwhile, is around two minutes behind the leading pack after the 15km mark in the women’s marathon. Kavita Raut has faded away.

6:38 pm (IST): This Olympics is only getting worse for India. Saina Nehwal was a genuine contender for a gold medal. Maria Ulitina, however, did not think so. To be fair to Saina, there could be something with that knee strapping. PV Sindhu will be in action later. Like Saina, she had won the first match, and a win today will take her to the next round.

6:33 pm (IST): That is the end of Saina Nehwal in Rio Olympics. Only one from a the group of three can make it to the next round. That, ladies and gentlemen, won’t be Saina, but Ulitina.

6:28 pm (IST): Ulitina wins the game and the match. 21-18, 21-19. The Ukrainian pulls a surprise. Saina looked lethargic throughout the match; her knee was strapped, could that be the reason?

6:08 pm (IST): Maria Ulitina is the name. The Urkainian has taken the first game from Saina 21-18. That was not expected. The tall and lythe Ulitina used her wide wingspan to good use, picking up the bird from all corners to unsettle the Indian star.

6:04 pm (IST): Ulitina is a tough competitor. We have that figured out! She is leading the first game 18-17.

5:52 pm (IST): A good start by Saina Nehwal against Ukrain’s Maria Ulitina.

5:39 pm (IST): Meanwhile, Caroline Buchanan, the cycling BMX star from Australia is getting ready for the final. Buchanan is one of the biggest names in women’s BMX.

Final gym prep complete here in the #OlympicVillage today ✔️ @ausolympicteam #Oneteam #RioOlympics #rio2016

A photo posted by Caroline Buchanan AUS Olympian (@cbuchanan68) on

5:26 pm (IST): Michael Phelps coach says there is no way he will find another swimmer like him. “Absolutely not, I’m not even looking,” Bob Bowman. “He’s too special. It’s not even once in a generation -- it may be once in 10 generations that someone like Michael comes along.”

5:12 pm (IST): Dipa Karmakar will be attempting the Tsukahara vault to start of her campaign in the final. Find out what it is, here.

5:07 pm (IST): Japan are up against Malaysia in badminton group stage.

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