A Round-Up of Day Six at the Olympics

12th August 2016

Day six of the Olympics brought four more medals for Team GB, as they climbed to eighth in the table. This means that Team GB are now one medal ahead of their haul at London 2012 at the same stage of the competition.

The only gold won by Team GB yesterday quite predictably came in cycling, as the men’s sprint team narrowly beat favourites New Zealand in the final. It was a stunning race, with Callum Skinner managing to turn around a deficit on the final lap. This was also the first gold medal of the games for Jason Kenny, and he is being hotly tipped to win two more on the track.

Elsewhere in the velodrome, the British team broke the world record in the women’s team pursuit, as they finished top of the qualifying round. The men’s team pursuit team, featuring Sir Bradley Wiggins, narrowly missed out on a world record, but still managed to easily qualify first in their qualifying round.

There was also joy for Catherine Grainger yesterday, as she became the most decorated British female competitor of all time. After taking a two-year break after London 2012, Grainger secured a silver medal alongside Victoria Thornley in the double skulls/ For a while it looked like they could grab the gold, however the Polish pair managed to overhaul them in the latter stages of the race.

David Florence and Richard Hounslow also took a silver medal, as they came second in the canoe double C2. Their time was only bettered by the Slovakian pair of Ladislav Skantar and Peter Skantar. The medal will be some consolation for Florence, who had previously finished 7th in the individual event.

The last medal to be claimed by Team GB yesterday went to the rugby sevens team, however the medal will be bittersweet, as they were thoroughly outclassed by a rampant Fiji side in the final. The match would eventually end up finishing 43-7, as the Fijians claimed their country’s first ever Olympic medal.

Elsewhere in Rio, Andy Murray came through a tough match against Fabio Fognini, having to battle back from a break down in the final set to progress. There was no such luck for Johanna Konta though, who was eliminated by second seed Angelique Kerber.

Finally, there was a little slice of history made by British golfer Justin Rose yesterday, as he hit the first ever hole-in-one at the Olympics. He would finish on -4 to claim joint third place after the first round. The leader is Marcus Fraser of Australia, who carded a hugely impressive -8, giving him a three shot lead over second placed Graham Delaet and current Open champion Henrik Stenson.

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