Olympics

Davidovich's medal hopes blown off course

By Darren Witcoop, August 15, 2016

Israel’s Maayan Davidovich was left to rue a poor finish as she missed out on a Olympic medal in the women’s RS:X windsurfing competition in Rio.

Davidovich entered the decisive race well placed in fifth place overall, tied with third and fourth positions, with the top two only five points in front.

More..

De Toledo reveals medal pride

By Darren Witcoop, August 14, 2016

Zoe De Toledo spoke of her pride after steering Britain’s women’s eight to an historic silver medal in the rowing final.

The cox urged her crew to a second place finish behind defending champions the USA in Saturday's race in Rio.

More..

Sasson wins second bronze medal for Israel

By Darren Witcoop, August 13, 2016

Or Sasson has won a Israel's second bronze medal of the Rio Olympics.

The Israeli judoka won a consolation round in the men's 100 kilogram plus weight class.

Sasson defeated Cuban Alex Garcia Mendoza, shortly after losing a sem-ifinal match to world champion Teddy Riner.

Sasson follows judoka Yarden Gerbi in celebrating with a podium finish.

More..

Ervin makes Olympic history in the pool

By Darren Witcoop, August 13, 2016

Anthony Ervin has made history to become the oldest ever Olympic swimming champion following a stunning victory in the 50m freestyle.

The 35-year-old American, who won joint gold in the same event in 2000, out-touched France's Florent Manadou by .01 seconds in a thrilling finish.

Ervin also won gold when he was 19 but quit the sport just four years later.

More..

It's a silver lining as Raisman sheds tears of joy

By Darren Witcoop, August 11, 2016

Aly Raisman won her second medal of the Olympics after clinching the silver in the gymnastics all-round final.

The American was overcome with emotion after her second placed finish in Rio.

It came just 48 hours after Raisman and the rest of her Team USA won gold in the team all-round finals.

More..

Israel-hate, an Olympic sport

August 11, 2016

Lebanon's delegation to the Games was censured by the International Olympic Committee on Sunday after its athletes refused to share a shuttle bus with the Israeli team.

The move was branded the "worst kind of racism" by Miri Regev, Israel's Culture and Sport Minister.

The bus had been due to take the two teams to the opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium on Friday evening.

More..

She rowed back from the brink

By Darren Witcoop, August 11, 2016

Four years ago, rowing cox Zoe de Toledo's confidence was in tatters after a disastrous performance at the Oxford and Cambridge boat race.

Ms De Toledo blamed herself after the Oxford crew lost an oar and, with it, the race. But that nightmare will surely be erased in Rio on Saturday when she coxes Team GB's female crew in the rowing eights final.

More..

Ledecky in gold rush in the pool

By Darren Witcoop, August 10, 2016

Katie Ledecky is on course to win a famous Olympic freestyle treble after claiming gold in the 200m in Rio.

The teenage American swimmer has already won the 400m freestyle and is the red-hot favourite in the 800m later this week.

Ledecky, 19, has taken her medal haul to three, having won 4x100m freestyle relay silver earlier this week.

More..

Gerbi's a bright note in gloomy start for Israel

By Simon Griver, August 10, 2016

Yarden Gerbi salvaged a disappointing start to the Olympics for the Israeli squad by winning the bronze medal in the women's under 63 kilogram judo competition.

This was Israel's eighth medal in Olympic history and Gerbi became the first woman to win a medal since Yael Arad won the country's first-ever medal in 1992.

More..

Raisman helps USA retain Olympic Gymnastics team gold

By Danny Caro, August 9, 2016

Aly Raisman stood proudly on the winners' podium after leading Team USA to gold in the Women's Team competition at Rio 2016.

At 22, team captain Raisman is the oldest American gymnast to compete at the Olympics since 2004, but there were no signs of rustiness as she performed a flawless routine, alongside team-mates Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.

More..