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5 hours ago, Sir Rols said:

LOL - watching Bolt and De Grasse joke as they cross the finish line in their semi final. Priceless! :P

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I live in a city with a large Caribbean-Canadian community. This is huge for them. They absolutely love the love between the Jamaican and Canadian athletes.

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The Americans had a fist bit of bad luck. Women's 4x100m relay. Probably going to protest because of Brazilian interference but one of their athletes threw the baton, so no matter what they should be DQed. 

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3 hours ago, Faster said:

The Americans had a fist bit of bad luck. Women's 4x100m relay. Probably going to protest because of Brazilian interference but one of their athletes threw the baton, so no matter what they should be DQed. 

What type of interference happened?

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37 minutes ago, Olympic Fan Darcy said:

Yohann Diniz shat himself about 12km into the 50km race walk. Yes... he shat himself... He kept going, we are about 40km in now and he just passed out as, he's gotten up and is still going on! This is insane. 

Lol that's funny!

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Diniz shat himself twice! Though... er... that second time involved quite some blood. Then both times wiped himself with a sponge and threw the sponge into the crowd. :lol: It's amazing, after all that and collapsing/stopping twice, he still made 8th.

So, uh, here's a collage the internet made up.

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watching modern pentathalon -- this sport is beyond dumb.

i'm sure it's excruciatingly difficult and all that, but it looks completely ridiculous having them run around and shoot around the horse jumping obstacles in this tiny stadium that is only like 1/2 full. looks like the sack race of a church carnival. actually, it looks that like that women's gym curves where a group of people take turns doing aerobics and machines in a tiny room.

and they do all that work just to get a good position for the running and shooting at the end? this was a no-brainer to cut but of course we have to have every -athalon anyone had ever thought of. the origins story is even worse.

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As the events of the ancient pentathlon were modeled after the skills of the ideal soldier of that time, Coubertin created the contest to simulate the experience of a 19th-century

cavalry soldier behind enemy lines: he must ride an unfamiliar horse, fight enemies with pistol and sword, swim, and run to return to his own soldiers

great, well now we know which athletes in 2016 would earn distinction in the crimean war.

i want to push this sport out of a window.

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and how was a russian allowed to compete? give me a break, what a complete farce
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8 minutes ago, Sir Rols said:

What a great final lap by Mo Farah. I thought so many times he was gone when they were coming up to challenge him. But that guy just held each one off! Amazed.

Only the 2nd man in history to retain both the 10,000 and 5,000 metre titles (first was Lasse Viren at Montreal). He is a phenomenon! I feel sure there will be a summons to Buck House at some point and the command  'Arise Sir Mo'. I can't think of a single reason why not.   

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Weird seeing them put up the world and Olympic records for the women's 4 x 400m and seeing USSR and the Hammer and Sickle flash up. The ghosts of the Iron Curtain indeed.

8 minutes ago, Mainad said:

Only the 2nd man in history to retain both the 10,000 and 5,000 metre titles (first was Lasse Viren at Montreal). He is a phenomenon! I feel sure there will be a summons to Buck House at some point and the command  'Arise Sir Mo'. I can't think of a single reason why not.   

Amazed he isn't a fellow "Sir" already :P

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5 minutes ago, Sir Rols said:

Weird seeing them put up the world and Olympic records for the women's 4 x 400m and seeing USSR and the Hammer and Sickle flash up. The ghosts of the Iron Curtain indeed.

 

Remember little old East Germany who regularly used to vie with the US and the Soviet Union for top places on the medal table?  We all used to marvel at how such a tiny nation of only 17 million people could contend with 2 such mighty powerhouses each over 200 million strong! Now we know why.

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Apparently some disqualifications in the 5000m (don't worry - Mo's safe). USA's Chelimo out if silver.

1 minute ago, Mainad said:

Remember little old East Germany who regularly used to vie with the US and the Soviet Union for top places on the medal table?  

I remember well cursing them more than a few times. I guess it would be a Pandora's box (or can of worms - which simile's best?) if they reviewed all those results, but so many injustices should still be righted (I'm particularly thinking of Oz's Raelene Boyle).

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Is it my imagination that Rio is having an unusually high number of disqualifications handed out across all the men's track events?  Does anybody know how this compares to other Olympics of the last 12 years?  

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Just keep the record here straight, Chelimo was reinstated with the silver.

1 hour ago, jiejie said:

Is it my imagination that Rio is having an unusually high number of disqualifications handed out across all the men's track events?  Does anybody know how this compares to other Olympics of the last 12 years?  

Not sure. I think the relays were about par for the course. Not sure how the individual events compared.

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Fair Play Awards recognise true Olympic champions in sportsmanship

 

The Olympic Games are about more than the win, the medals or the record-setting performances.  At their core, the Games are about the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. They are about fair play and human spirit.
 

Nobody has epitomised these values more at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 than runners Abbey D’Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (NZL) and, beyond the Games, the Norwegian men’s handball team. The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), with the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), presented them with Fair Play awards today at the Olympic Club in the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro for two separate acts of selflessness and exemplary sportsmanship.

The D’Agostino and Hamblin story is one of humanity and sacrifice which has already captured the hearts of people across the globe. New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin tripped and fell to the ground during the 5,000m race, accidentally bringing American D’Agostino down behind her with around 2,000m to go. The 24-year-old D’Agostino was quick to get up again, yet instead of carrying on with her race she stopped to help the stricken Hamblin to her feet, encouraging her to join her in attempting to finish the race. However, during her tumble, D’Agostino suffered an ankle injury, slowing the runner down, but Hamblin sportingly hung back to in return offer her encouragements. The two women went on to complete the race together.

 

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Speaking of this recognition after the ceremony, 28-year-old Nikki Hamblin said:  “I think it’s very special for both Abbey and myself. I don’t think either of us woke up and thought that that was going to be our day, or our race, or our Olympic Games. Both of us are strong competitors and we wanted to go out there and do our best on the track.”

She added: “I was on the ground for too long to get back up and catch on to the pack. So then it becomes about finishing the race, and finishing the race well. I am so grateful to Abbey for picking me up, and I think many people would have returned the favour. […] Once you are on the track, there is a mutual understanding of what it takes to get there.”

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The Norwegian men’s handball team was also honoured for its gracious attitude during a European championship match against Germany earlier this year, which saw them lose out on their Olympic dream. The match was tied when at the last minute the German team scored a goal. It was discovered that when the goal had been scored an extra player had come onto the field. Although the Norwegian team had every right to file a protest, after much deliberation, they finally opted not to contest the results as they felt that the additional player on the field, though illegal, did not partake in the activities that helped the German team score the final goal. Germany went on to qualify for the Olympics, while the Norwegians did not.

“This is an honour for the Norwegian Handball Federation and for the players,” commented the President of the Norwegian Handball Federation Kaare Geir Lio. “It is also recognition for international handball, of how we want to play, and of how we want to be. We have fair play as a value and keyword in Norwegian handball in addition to respect, amongst others. And those two together are very important for us. This award is very energising and inspiring for us.”

The trophies were presented by IOC Vice-President and Executive Board Member Nawal El Moutawakel and master of ceremonies CIFP Secretary General Sunil Sabharwal.

Nawal El Moutawakel said: “The Olympic Games Rio 2016 have reminded all of us of the power and magic of sport. In the past weeks, the athletes have amazed us with their outstanding achievements and performances. We have seen new world records, we have seen high-level performances, we have seen personal bests and we have also seen great emotions. We have also been inspired by great moments of sportsmanship. Athletes are inspirational role models, and it is these moments of fair play that we have come together to celebrate today.”

 

https://www.olympic.org/news/fair-play-awards-recognise-true-olympic-champions-in-sportsmanship

 

 

 

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