Olympics highlights 2016

NEYMAR scores fastest Olympic goal, China sweeps table tennis and Thompson achieves sprint double on day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Olympics highlights 2016
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NEYMAR scores fastest Olympic goal, China sweeps table tennis and Thompson achieves sprint double on day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Brazil earn chance for a little revenge  

"Hey Germany, just wait, your turn is coming up!" the fans chanted at the Maracanã as Brazil beat Honduras 6-0 to reach the football final. Neymar scored the fastest ever Olympic goal and Brazil now have the opportunity to gain a little bit footballing vengeance against the nation which thrashed them 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.

But Germany get in another dig first 

The Germans were at it again on Wednesday, this time upsetting their Brazilian hosts in beach volleyball. Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst beat home crowd favourites Agatha and Barbara 21-18, 21-14 on the Copacabana sands for Germany's first medal in women's beach volleyball. The game followed a bronze medal match in which Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross beat Brazil's other women's team, Larissa and Talita.

And then there were four 

The men's basketball semi-finalists are know after Wedneday's quarter-finals in which Australia moved closer to its first Olympic medal by comfortably beating long-time nemesis Lithuania, 90-64. They will play Serbia, who had a narrow 86-83 win over Croatia. Spain have picked themselves up after two early losses and they beat France 92-67. In the last four, the Spaniards must play the USA, who let Argentina take an early lead before asserting their superiority for a 105-78 win.

Another amazing night at the 

Olympic Stadium 

Elaine Thompson of Jamaica completed a sprint double by adding the 200m title to the 100m she had already bagged, while compatriot Usain Bolt had time to joke as he crossed the finish line in the 200m semi-finals, with the fastest time, as he continued his own bid for triple gold in Rio. The USA swept the women's 100m hurdle podium and also won the women's long jump

Historic hockey sticks 

The Netherlands women's hockey team will try to become the first to win three consecutive Olympic titles, after they edged Germany 4-3 in a shoot-out in the semi-finals. Their opponents in the gold medal match, Great Britian, will also be out to make history, having upset New Zealand 3-0 to reach the Olympic final for the first time.

Kazakhstan extends welterweight 

dynasty 

Daniyar Yeleussinov defeated Uzbekistan's Shakhram Giyasov and became the fourth consecutive boxer from Kazakhstan to win the Olympic boxing welterweight gold medal.

Giants fall in taekwondo 

It was a tough day for the leading taekwondo fighters as none of the top-four ranked athletes in the women's and men's divisions made it out of the quarter-finals. Men's world champion and world no.1 Farzan Ashourzadeh Fallah of Iran lost in the last seconds of his preliminary match and the second-seeded Korean, Taehun Kim, was eliminated in his first fight of the day. By the time the quarter-finals were over, the women's double Olympic champion, China's Jingyu Wu, and all the other top six seeds were gone.

Badminton delight for Indonesia   

Indonesia won the badminton mixed doubles gold medal at lunchtime in Rio, sending a whole nation crazy with delight on the other side of the planet. Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir overwhelmed Malaysia's Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in two sets, 21-14, 21-12. It is Indonesia's first gold medal at Rio 2016, and seventh in Olympic badminton. In men's singles, the two greatest players of their era – China's Lin Dan and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei – moved into the semi-finals where they will clash in a rematch of the last two Olympic finals, where Lin beat Lee for gold both times.

French jumping on show 

France claimed its second team title in equestrian at Rio 2016, beating the United States to gold in jumping, following on from their eventing success last week. Philippe Rozier followed in the footsteps of his father Jean-Marcel, who won jumping team gold at Montreal 1976. "Now two gold medals in the family. It's unbelievable for me and my family," Rozier said.

Another Chinese gold sweep   

China reinforced its dominance of table tennis by repeating in Rio what it did at London 2012, sweeping gold across the singles and the team competitions. The Chinese men's team, led by Ma Long, who had already won the men's singles, defeated Japan in the final. China had already won the women's team title, and Ding Ning won the women's singles gold.

Kaori Icho writes her name into eternity 

Japanese wrestler Kaori Icho has become the first woman to win an individual gold medal in four straight Olympic Games in any sport. By winning the 58kg women's freestyle event, Icho also became the first wrestler in Olympic history to win four gold medals.

Daudet, Pajon fastest out of the 

blocks as BMX starts 

French world champion and Colombian Olympic title holder are quickest in seeding runs on day 1 of competition. Star riders Joris Daudet and Mariana Pajon showed they mean business as the BMX cycling competition got under way at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Wednesday.

Daudet, the men's world champion from France, and Colombia's Pajon, who won gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, posted the fastest seeding runs on the first of three days of competition at the Olympic BMX Centre in Deodoro.

Germany win men's double kayak 

1,000m gold

Germany's Max Rendschmidt and Marcus Gross put in an impressive performance as they won the gold in the men's double kayak 1,000m final.

The pair led at the 250m mark after a strong start and never gave up the lead as they finished in three minutes 10.781 seconds.

Serbia duo of Marko Tomicevic and Milenko Zoric made a late charge but claimed silver, 0.188secs behind. Australia's Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame were third.

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