Second gold for peerless Biles in Rio

US sensation Simone Biles confirmed her status as the world's best gymnast as she added the Olympic women's all-around to her team title in Rio on Thursday. There were tears all round as the tiny 19-year-old Texan crushed her rivals with a powerful display of acrobatics and tumbling which kept the all-around title in US hands for a fourth straight Olympics. Biles led a US 1-2 in the Rio Olympic Arena ahead of Aly Raisman with Russia's Aliya Mustafina taking her second straight Games all-around bronze. Biles finished 2.1 points, ahead of 22-year-old Raisman, who missed the podium in London 2012 after a tie-break for third spot with Mustafina. "You never know the feeling until it hits you," said an emotional Biles. "It means the world to me." For Raisman silver felt like gold against a rival who has reigned since 2013 with 14 world medals -- ten in gold. "No one goes into this thinking they can beat Simone," said the Bostonian.–AFP

 

 

Manuel awaits day when medal’s colour matters most

As the first African-American woman to win gold in an individual Olympic swimming event, Simone Manuel knew the colour of her skin would generate more interest than the colour of the medal she had just won. Proud of her achievement, she said she hoped her historic win in the women's 100 metres freestyle at the Rio Olympics on Thursday would pave the way for other African-American swimmers to succeed. But the 20-year-old, whose win was all the more remarkable because she was involved in a rare dead-heat for gold, also hoped the day would come when questions about her race would refer to what happened in the pool rather than her ethnicity. "I'm super glad with the fact that I can be an inspiration to others and hopefully diversify the sport. But at the same time I would like there to be a day where there are more of us and it's not Simone 'the black swimmer,'" she said.–AFP

 

German first as Engleder wins 50m rifle 3 position

Barbara Engleder won the 50m rifle 3 position gold medal at the Rio Games on Thursday, Germany's first ever gold in Olympic women's shooting. Chinese duo Zhang Binbin and Du Li took silver and bronze respectively. The 33-year-old army officer landed Germany their third gold of the day after a brace in rowing with a score of 458.6 points, .2 clear of Zhang with Du finishing with a score of 447.4. For Engleder, bagging gold at her fourth and final Olympics put Rio in a far more favourable light than at the start of the Games. She explained: "A few days before, I was fourth at the air rifle competition and I thought, 'I hate Rio'. But right now, I love Rio!" She added: "That means so much to me because I'm quitting after that right now. I'm the queen of everything right now."–AFP

 

Fearless Harrison revels in second gold

The list of multiple-gold medallists in judo may be short but American Kayla Harrison never had any doubt that she would successfully defend her Olympic title. At the Rio Games on Thursday, Harrison defeated France's Audrey Tcheumeo to become the first judoka to win two gold medals in the women's -78kg category, creating a legacy as one of the sport's all-time greats. "I think it's really hard to repeat as an Olympic champion, I think it's one of the hardest things you can do," Harrison told reporters, lauding the job her coaches Jimmy Pedro and his father "Big Jim" did in getting her battle-ready. "They pushed me to the point where when I showed up today, I knew that I had worked harder than everyone and no one was going to take it away from me." Fearless -- like the name of the foundation she founded to support sexual abuse survivors like herself -- Harrison came out aggressive from the get-go and surged her way towards the final.–Reuters