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Rio 2016: Usain Bolt wins 200m sprint, PV Sindhu eyes gold

Usain Bolt became the first to achieve the 100 and 200m trebles.

olympics 2016 Updated: Aug 19, 2016 15:41 IST
Manoj Bhagavatula
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Usain Bolt won the 200m gold to achieve an unprecedented third consecutive sweep of the 100 and 200m sprints!(Getty Images)

Usain Bolt achieved an unprecedented third consecutive sweep of the 100 and 200m sprints! But was there ever any doubt? Here’s a reminder on how Bolt truly is world’s fastest man.

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But the story of the day remains the Narsingh saga. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has banned wrestler Narsingh Yadav for four years. Narsingh, who had tested positive for an anabolic steroid -- methandienone, was earlier given a reprieve by India’s National Anti-Doping Agency.

India’s PV Sindhu defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 in the semifinals of the badminton women’s singles event to book her place in the gold medal match against Spain’s Carolina Marin.

Gallery: PV Sindhu: Tall frame, taller ambitions

Follow our live updates (IST):

8:00am: That’s all for the day folks. A quick reminder of the biggest stories: Usain Bolt continued to be really, really fast, PV Sindhu assured India of another medal and will face Carolina Marin in the evening, Ryan Lochte seems to have spun a yarn worthy of a Hollywood thriller, and Narsingh Yadav has been banned for four years.

Sit back, have your breakfast, watch the Usain Bolt run a few more times, and stay tuned. We’ll be back.

7:34am: Earlier, USA’s Ashton Eaton put on a clinic.

7:10am: World’s fastest man strikes again! Usain Bolt becomes the first to complete 100 and 200m sweep for three straight Olympics. Triple treble next?

6:52am: Well, isn’t that a dampner? It’s pouring ahead of Usain Bolt’s 200m final. Go away, rain!

6:48am: Caster Semenya has qualified for the women’s 800 metres final. The South African, who essentially jogged to the finish line, looks set to win the gold in tomorrow’s final.

6:38am: USA’s Ashton Eaton becomes first man since 1984 to defend Decathlon gold! 

6:33am: Good morning folks! Emphasis on the good. PV Sindhu is slated to bring a medal home later in the day, we hope it’s the yellow in colour, of course. Before that, Usain Bolt will be in action in the 200m final. Action begins shortly. Don’t miss!

6:08 am: Ryan Crouser of USA wins the men’s shot put with a throw of 22.52 meters, which is an Olympic record.

3:35 am: The US have qualified. Their time to beat was 42.70, the eighth fastest in the heat, set by China. The US women quartet of Artoletta, Felix, Gardner, Akinosun ran inside 42 seconds to qualify. Official time: 41.76 seconds.

3:32 am: In surreal scenes, the US women’s 4x100 relay team ran their heats, all alone. The US team had dropped their baton in the original heat and were disqualified, only for the USA Track and Field to appeal against the decision. The team was granted a re-run after replay showed a Brazilian runner had bumped Allyson Felix as she approached for the changeover.

A picture from the original heat, where the US team dropped the baton during the changeover. (REUTERS)

2:58 am: Argentina are the champions! The football team may have gone home early, but the hockey side would return home as Olympics champions. Defeated Belgium 4-2.

Meanwhile, here is Poonam Rani:

2:10 am: Half-time: With a 3-1 lead going into the break, the gold medal is Argentina’s to lose.

2:07 am: In men’s hockey, Argentina are leading Belgium 3-1. Second quarter in play.

1:41 am: France beat the Netherlands by a point to advance to the women’s handball final.

Allison Pineau of France in action during the women’s handball semifinals on Thursday. (REUTERS)

1:22 am: Spain beat Serbia 68-54 in the women’s basketball semifinals.

1:02 am: France are leading the women’s handball semifinal 19-17. In basketball, Spain hold on to a 57-42 lead as the clock ticks on the women’s semifinal clash.

12:26 am: On the handball court, France and the Netherlands are in the midst of a thoroughly entertaining semifinal clash. France are leading 14-11 as of now.

France's Alexandra Lacrabere (centre) scores a goal during the women's semifinal handball match against the Netherlands in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. (AP)

12:22 am: Serbia are making Spain work in the women’s basketball semifinals. With under two quarters of game over, Spain have a narrow lead of 33-38.

Astou Ndour Gueye (left) and Laura Nicholls (right) of Spain , vie with Danielle Page of Serbia during the women’s basketball semifinals. (REUTERS)

11:03 PM (IST): Japan defeat Denmark 18-21, 21-9, 21-19 to win the gold medal in badminton women’s doubles.

Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi defeated Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl to clinch the badminton women’s doubles gold medal. (REUTERS)

10.40 PM (IST): Korea’s Eun Kyung Jung and Chan Seung Shin defeat China’s Yang Yu and Yuanting Tang 21-8, 21-17 to win the women’s doubles bronze.

Jung Kyung-Eun and Shin Seung-Chan of South Korea celebrate their win. (REUTERS)

10.30 PM (IST): News emerging that Saina Nehwal has been hospitalised due to a knee injury, which was said to be the reason behind her hampered movement in her group-stage loss in Rio. Here’s wishing her a speedy recovery.

10.15 PM (IST): In other badminton action, Great Britain’s Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis win the men’s doubles bronze, defeating Biao Chai and Wei Hong 21-18, 19-21, 21-10 in a hard-fought encounter that lasted 1 hour, 19 minutes.

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of Britain celebrate their win. (Reuters)

10.00 PM (IST): “My target is gold, I will fight my heart out,” says Sindhu about a tough singles final against top seed Carolina Marin.

Read | ‘My target is gold’: Sindhu ensures second medal for India at Rio Olympics

Sindhu celebrates her win over Nozomi Okuhara. (PTI)

9.45 PM (IST): “PV Sindhu for Prime Minister”: Here’s what Twitter had to say about the Indian’s win:

9.24 PM (IST): What a performance from PV Sindhu. Closes out Nozomi 21-19, 21-10. India is assured of at least silver in badminton women’s singles, one better than Saina Nehwal’s bronze in London four years ago. Sindhu will take on Spain’s Carolina Marin for the gold medal.

9.17 PM (IST): Sindhu quick off the blocks after the break . Two emphatic smashes for a 13-10 lead, followed by two more for 15-10. The Indian can sense the win now.

9.15 PM (IST): Sindhu leads 11-10 at the break. Lots of discussions with the coaches.

9.12 PM (IST): Sindhu leads 10-9 but nets a shot after a long rally. Both players tiring now. 10-10

9.10 PM (IST): The pattern of falling behind and levelling repeats. The first game was close, this one even more so. It’s 8-8.

A short one from Sindhu forced Nozomi to make a despairing dive. (REUTERS)

9.08 PM (IST): Errors from Sindhu allow Nozomi to take the lead before the Indian fights back to level for 5-5.

9.03 PM (IST): Sindhu jumps out to a 3-0 lead in the second game before a shot long puts the Japanese on the scoreboard.

8.58 PM (IST): Sindhu has two game points but Nozomi saves one. A breather for the court to be cleaned and Sindhu ensures there aren’t any more nervous moments. Wins the first game 21-19.

PV Sindhu returns serve against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara. (AP)

8.55 PM (IST): The Japanese trying to tire Sindhu out and drawing some errors with that strategy. Sindhu leads, but only just. 19-18.

8.52 PM (IST): The trend of two points back and forth continues. Sindhu leads 16-14.

8.48 PM (IST): Nozomi fights back with an emphatic smash to make it 12-10 but Sindhu reels off two points of her own. Leads 14-10.

8.45 PM (IST): Sindhu extends the lead to 11-6, but Nozomi fights back, wins the next two points to make it 11-8. Not to be outdone, Sindhu drags her all over the court, inducing an unsuccessful dive to lead 12-8.

8.40 PM (IST): Sindhu has come out with the intent to attack and is doing just that. Nozomi doing well to not let the lead get too large. Sindhu leads 9-6.

8.30 PM (IST): Sindhu’s women’s singles semifinal is underway. The Indian is quick off the blocks, rushing to a 5-3 lead.

7.28 PM (IST): PV Sindhu’s singles semifinal against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara will begin shortly. Read more about it here.

7.20 PM (IST): Maria proves up to the task of handling Babita’s leg attacks and fends off the Indian’s last-minute attack. Babita loses 5-1.

7.15 PM (IST): Babita off to a poor start against Greece’s Maria Prevolaraki, trails 3-0.

7.10 PM (IST): India’s Babita Kumari in action in the women’s wrestling 53kg freestyle event soon.

Carolina Marin celebrates her win with a fist-pump. (REUTERS)

6.55 PM (IST): We have our first women’s singles finalist in badminton. Spain’s Carolina Marin defeats China’s Li Xuerui 21-14, 21-16. The gold medallist from London won’t get a chance to defend her medal and will fight for the bronze instead. Li took a knock trailing in the second game and appeared likely to retire hurt but returned to the court to finish the match and give Marin the right to finish a well-deserved win.

Li Xuerui has her injury tended to by medic Ashwinkumar Patel. (REUTERS)