(Current Affairs) Sports | September - 2016


22nd Olympic gol d for Phelps

  • Michael Phelps swept to a jaw-dropping 22nd Olympic gold, and fourth of these Games to become one of only three athletes to have won titles in the same individual event at four straight Games.
  • The record-breaking American swimmer, whose place among the pantheon of sporting greats has long been cemented, stormed to victory in the 200 individual medley to match his London tally four years ago.
  • Competing in his fifth Olympics, Phelps joined Al Oerter (discus, 1956-68) and Carl Lewis (long-jump, 1984-96) as the only members of the four-in-a-row club.
  • American Ryan Murphy completed a Rio double after bullying Mitchell Larkin in the men’s 200m backstroke, winning in 1:53.62.
  • The Americans finished day six with 11 swimming golds, eight clear of Australia and Hungary.

Big dent to Indian medal hopes

  • The Indian hopes of a tennis medal were dashed by the Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka, even as Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopannatried their best to make a fight.
  • The bronze was a welcome medal Hradecka, who missed out in the women’s doubles this time after having won silver in the last edition with Andrea Hlavackova.
  • Sania and Bopanna were unable to lift their game at the crunch though they were superb in patches.
  • After the Indian pair had slid to 0-5, Bopanna managed a hold to avert a first-set bagel.
  • Sania served two double-faults in the 11th game and was broken after saving two breakpoints, leaving it to Hradecka to serve the match out.
  • The Czechs had one ace and four double-faults, to the two aces and six double-faults that India served up.
  • Stepanek and Hradecka converted five of 10 breakpoints while the Indian pair capitalised on two of four.

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