Diving-China’s Cao wins gold on men’s 3 metre springboard

By Mary Milliken RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 17 : Cao Yuan easily won the men’s individual 3 metre springboard event today and gave his dominant Chinese team its fifth diving gold medal of the Games. The 21-year-old Cao topped his group in both the preliminaries and semi-finals and led the final 12 from his first […]

Gymnastics-Leyva claims ‘redemption’ with two silvers

By Mark Trevelyan RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 16 : American Danell Leyva, originally a substitute for the men’s gymnastic team, was jubilant after winning two silver medals on Tuesday, including in one event where he had suffered a crash landing last week. Leyva began his afternoon’s work with the parallel bars and completed it with […]

Gymnastics-Hambuechen wins horizontal bar gold

By Pritha Sarkar RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 16 : Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen soared past his rivals with a heart-stopping routine on the horizontal bar to win the Olympic gold today. The 28-year-old finally claimed the top prize at his fourth Olympics, triumphing with a score of 15.766. American Danell Leyva picked up his second silver […]

Sailing-Britain’s Scott wins Finn gold, Paine takes first US medal

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 16 : Britain’s Giles Scott, who has carried the bulk of his country’s medal hopes since the legendary Ben Ainslie retired from Olympic sailing, secured the Finn gold in the medal race on today that he was already assured on points. In a tough battle for the other […]

Russia enjoys mixed fortunes

By Stephen Eisenhammer Rio De Janeiro, Aug 16 : Russia experienced mixed fortunes in the men’s Olympic beach volleyball quarter-finals when Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov made up for some disappointment for their compatriots with a gritty three-set victory to advance. Krasilnikov and Semenov needed all their experience to eke out a 22-20 22-24 18-16 […]

Athletics-Kenya’s Rudisha retains 800m title

By Drazen Jorgic RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 16 : Kenya’s David Rudisha stormed to victory in the Olympic 800 metres final today, retaining title with a devastating final lap sprint. Rudisha, the world champion and world record holder, hit top gear in the final 300 metres to become the first man since New Zealander Peter […]