India’s last medal hope, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt’s journey in Rio got over in just six minutes, losing to Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorigiin in his first bout. Rio Olympics was always going to be a tough ask for Dutt, as the world wrestling body had merged the 60kg category, in which he won the bronze medal in London Olympics, with the 66kg to make for a 65 kg class.
The hope was for Ganzorigiin to make it to the final, so that Dutt gets a shot at bronze medal through repechage. That, however, did not happen, with the Mongolian losing to Russia’s Soslan Ramonov in the third round.
In marathon, India’s Gopi and Kheta Ram clocked personal best in marathon. Kenya’s Kipchoge wins gold.
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2:10am: We are not done yet! Tune back in at 4:30 for the closing ceremony live updates. Shalom.
2:00am: That’s all, folks! USA have won the final gold medal of the Rio Olympics. It is number 6 for them, equal to their London tally.
1:54am: Having said that, we can’t wait for the closing bonanza to begin!
1:50am: Ah, the bittersweet melancholy.
1:04am: Writing’s on the wall. USA look set to win yet another basketball medal.
12:39am: Last gold medal to be decided. Stay tuned!
12:35am: Denmark have won their first ever men’s Olympic handball gold, beating France.
11:34pm: Another day, another gold for Brazil. The hosts defeat Italy in the men’s volleyball final to become the champions for the first time since 2004.
11:07pm: Coach of Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig whipped off his clothes to demonstrate his fury after the wrestler lost the bronze medal bout by one point.
10:56 pm: Pre-emptive celebrations, coaches stripping, coaches getting thrown onto the mat. The men’s freestyle 65kg bronze medal bout had it all.
9:17 pm: Meanwhile, Sakshi Malik will be India’s flagbearer at Games closing ceremony
8:37 pm: In other news, Serena Williams has gotten over the disappointment of Rio Olympics:
8:26 pm: We have a new marathon gold medallist. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the Rio Games men’s marathon gold medal on Sunday in an unofficial time of 2hr 8min 44sec. Kipchoge, 31, finished more than a minute in front of Ethiopian silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa with American Galen Rupp earning bronze. Kipchoge added the marathon gold to the 5,000m silver he won in Beijing in 2008 and bronze he captured in Athens in 2004.
India’s Thanackal Gopi finished 25th in 2 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds, a personal best. Ram Kheta came 26th in 2:15:26, also a personal best. Nitendra Singh was 84th in 2:22.52.
8:14 pm: Meanwhile, the US have completed a remarkable turnaround on the volleyball court. Trailing two sets down, the US men summoned their inner strength to beat Russia for the bronze medal. Score: 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13.
8:10 pm: If you have got that out of the way, here is another video. This time just the highlights:
8:01 pm: Meanwhile, as we near the beginning of the men’s cross country, here is an explainer on the mountain biking discipline. Credit: Global Mountain Bike Network.
7:34 pm: As the wrestlers and marathoners slug it out on the last day of the Olympics, here is what the rest of the athletes are up to:
Yusra Mardini,the Syrian swimmer who fled the country with her family in a dinghy, then swam the sea to reach ashore, has had her life changed with her participation in the Olympics as a refugee athlete. If anyone deserves the sun-kissed beaches of Rio, it is her:
That is not to say the others don’t:
Simone Biles, the US gymnastics star, is enjoying the view of Copacabana:
The USA House is the exclusive party zone the country’s association has set up for its athletes and officials. It may look all sober from outside, but inside is a different story.
The view is good from here too, says Canadian swimmer Katerine Savard:
Hungary’s ‘Iron Lady’, Katinka Hosszu, who is more like a torpedo when in pool, has found her spot:
After practice we even have time for some relaxation in Rio! I am lucky to be able to witness the track and field finals in live in Rio! How many inspiring performances!!!! I can't wait the World Cup to begin at the end of August! Edzés után még vakáció is belefér itt, Rióban! Szerencsés vagyok, hogy élőben nézhettem az atlétika döntőt! Mennyi inspiráló eredmény!!! Alig várom, hogy elkezdődjön a Világkupa augusztus végén! #HWAPO #IronNation #IronLady
5.05pm: In men’s 65kg qualification wrestling, after first period, India’s Yogeshwar Dutt trailing by 0-1.
5:00 pm: The bout is about to begin. Yogeshwar Dutt in orange against Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorigiin in blue.
5:03 pm: Ganzorigin takes the first point.
5:06 pm: A 3-0 lead for the Mongolian. Dutt has a fight in his hands.
5:11 pm: Dutt loses to Ganzorigiin. The Indian could not breach the Mongolian’s defence. The only hope for India is for Ganzorigiin to advance to the final, in which case Dutt will get a second chance in the form of repechage. The chances of that is, however, very slim with Ganzorigiin having to beat much stronger opponents to do so.
5:19 pm: Repechage, through which route Sushil Kumar got his medal before, and Sakshi Malik got her bronze this Olympics is the buzz word again.
5:22 pm: The other results in the 65kg class is as follows: Bulgaria’s Stefanov Borislav Novachkov beats Iran’s Abolfazl Meisam Nasiri 10-7; Iran’s Mohammad Ali Reza Yazdini beats Turkey’s Ibrahim Bolukbasi 8-0; World champion and favourite to win gold here, Italy’s Frank Chamizo, of Cuban descent, defeats Armenia’s Devid Safaryan; China’s Katai Yeerlanbieke beats Australia’s Sahit Prizreni; Russia’s Soslan Ramonov beats Canadian Haislan Antonio Veranes Garcia 7-1. The bout between Cuba’s Alejandro Enrique Valdes Tobier and Turkey’s Mustafa Kaya ended 4-all.
5:48 pm: Dutt’s loss has turned the Twitter timeline of most Indians to a tussle between hope and despair.
#YogeshwarDutt ur still r hero🇮🇳 some time u win some time u learn— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 21, 2016
5:59 pm: To tilt it to the hope side, here is a good news. Ganzorigiin has beaten China’s Katai Yeerlanbieke. C’mon Ganzorigiin! You can do it. We are with you!
6:02 pm: The men’s marathon has been flagged off. India have three representative here; Thanackal Gopi, Kheta Ram and Nitendra Singh. A medal though is unlikely. But hey! Olympics isn’t just about winning!
6:21 pm: Over on the volleyball court, the US are facing Russian in a bronze medal playoff. This may not be the showpiece event, but with the political friction between the two, the match does have interest from outside the world of volleyball.
6: 32 pm: In other update:
6:43 pm: No repechage for Dutt. His Mongolian conqueror Ganzorigiin was outclassed by Russia’s Soslan Ramonov in the third round. Clearly the quality in fray this time is much higher.
6:58 pm: As we track the marathon, here is an article on the biomechanics of the sport: Mo Farah and the silent revolution in distance running.
7:14 pm: In volleyball, Russia are close to a bronze medal, having won the first two sets 25-23 and 25-21. The US are, however, leading the third set 14-13.