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Rio 2016 GB Women’s highlights – August 14

August 15, 2016
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Catch up on all the week one highlights from Rio 2016. So far Team GB’s women have secured two gold’s, nine silver’s and a bronze in a fantastic week of competition.
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Cycling: Joanna Rowsell Shand, Elinor Barker,  Laura Trott and Katie Archibald via British Cycling

Archery: Naomi Folkard loses out in Olympic archery quarter-finals to eventual gold medallist Chang Hye-jin
Four-time Olympian Naomi Folkard lost in the quarter-finals of the women’s individual recurve archery to Chang Hye-jin of Korea. South Korea are rated as the strongest nation in archery and 29-year-old Hye-jin, ranked sixth in the world, went on to win the gold medal. Full story via Worcester News

Athletics: Jessica Ennis-Hill wins silver in the Heptathlon
Jessica Ennis-Hill narrowly failed to retain her Olympic heptathlon title as she won silver behind Nafissatou Thiam (Belgium) at Rio 2016. Ennis-Hill, 30, won the 800m – the final discipline of the competition – but it was not enough to overtake Belgian Thiam who won by 35 points. Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton won bronze, with Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson finishing sixth. Full story via the BBC

Badminton: Tight losses mean women and mixed doubles teams fail to progress past group stages
Heather Olver and Lauren Smith ended their Womens Doubles contest in the best possible way as they earned their first win together as Olympians. Tight losses in their opening two fixtures had meant the women’s pair couldn’t qualify for the knockout stages but that didn’t stop them from producing an accomplished display on Saturday. Full story via Badminton England

Gabby and Chris Adcock were left to reflect on opportunities missed after they exited the Olympic mixed doubles at the group stage on Saturday afternoon. The duo held match points in the second game of their clash with Poland’s Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba before eventually going down 18-21, 27-25, 21-9. Full story via Badminton England

Canoeing: Fiona Pennie finishes sixth in her first Olympic final
Fiona Pennie finished sixth in the women’s kayak single final after having qualified for the final in second place. The 33-year-old Scot twice suffered two-second penalties as she clocked a disappointing time of 105.70 seconds. Full story via the BBC

Cycling: Team GB retain Team Pursuit title and Becky James wins silver
Team GB won women’s team pursuit gold as Becky James celebrated keirin silver on a super Saturday to remember at the Rio Olympic Games. Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Elinor Barker smashed the world record to defeat the USA in a time of 4:10.236. In doing so, 24-year-old Trott became the first British woman to win three Olympic gold medals. Full story via the BBC

Diving: Grace Reid finishes eighth, whilst Couch and Toulson finish fifth with personal best
Grace Reid boosted her growing reputation in international diving with the best British performance for 56 years in the women’s 3m springboard final. The 20-year old from Edinburgh, who won European bronze in London earlier this year, scored 318.60 to finish eighth – Team GB’s best result in the event since Liz Ferris won bronze in 1960. Full story via Team GB

Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson finished an impressive fifth in the synchronised 10m platform final at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre. The British pair scored a personal best 319.44 as they held their own in a world class final. Full story via Team GB

Dressage: Great Britain win team dressage silver, Germany take gold
Defending champions Great Britain won silver in the Olympic team dressage, as world champions Germany claimed gold. The British quartet – Spencer Wilton, Fiona Bigwood, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin – were beaten into second by 3.334 points. Full story via TeamGB

Gymnastics: Team GB Finish fifth
The United States blew away the field to win Olympic gold in the women’s gymnastics team event as Great Britain finished fifth. The British team – Claudia Fragapane, Becky Downie, Ellie Downie, Ruby Harrold and Amy Tinkler – finished fourth in qualifying on Monday and had high hopes of a podium place after winning bronze at last year’s World Championships in Glasgow. Full story via the BBC

Trampolining: History made as Bryony Page wins first ever British medal
Bryony Page has become the first British athlete to win a trampoline medal at the Olympic Games, the 25-year-old’s 56.040 was good enough for the silver as Rosannagh MacLennan of Canada took gold with 56.465 and Dan Li of China in bronze with 55.885. Page’s teammate Kat Driscoll had also qualified for the final and finished in sixth place with 53.645. It was the first time any British athlete had made an Olympic trampoline final. Full story via Team GB
Hockey: Great Britain top their pool and progress to 1/4 finals
Great Britain’s women’s hockey team came from behind to defeat the United States 2-1 and finish top of Pool B at the Olympic Games in Rio. The result means Britain, bronze medallists in 2012, progress from the group stage with a 100% record. They will go on to play Spain in the quarter-finals on Monday. Full story via the BBC
Judo: Sally Conway wins -70kg bronze but dissapointment for Natalie Powell
Sally Conway defeated Austria’s Bernadette Graf to win the -70kg judo bronze medal. The 29-year-old scored a single yuko to beat Graf 1-0 in the first bronze medal match in the weight category. Conway had earlier beaten world champion Gevrise Emane of France but was beaten by Colombia’s Yuri Alvear for the right to fight for gold. Full story via the BBC

Natalie Powell pinpointed a key moment in her quarter-final clash with Olympic bronze medallist Audrey Tcheumeo as one of the reasons behind unsuccessful medal bid. After defeat of Sarah Myriam Mazouz of Gabon by ippon, Powell faced Tcheumeo, the bronze medallist from London 2012, in the last eight of the -78kg category. All was going well until Powell caught the French judoka in the face, forcing her opponent off the dojo to receive treatment and never regaining control after a lengthy delay. Full story via TeamGB

Rowing: An historic Olympics with a gold and two silver medals

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, the outstanding women’s pair of the past five years, became the first-ever British women to successfully defend an Olympic title as they repeated their heroics from Eton Dorney to take gold.

Vicky Thornley and Katherine Grainger turned an indifferent season into a silver lining, battling all the way down the course with the Polish favourites only to be outdone in the very dying metres of the race. The silver was a first for Thornley – and one she will cherish – and a fourth for Grainger since 2000 to add to the gold she won in the same event at London 2012.  The tally makes her Britain’s most decorated female Olympian of all time.

The women’s eight created a moment of rowing history on the Lagoa, being the first Olympic medal won by a British women’s eight. The crew had produced what is fast becoming a trademark charge through the field in the second half of the race to go from last to second, claiming silver in a thrilling photo-finish. All stories via British Rowing

Rugby: Team GB agonisingly miss out on women’s rugby sevens medal
Team GB agonisingly missed out on the chance to claim the first ever Olympic medal in women’s rugby sevens after a bitter 33-10 defeat to Canada in the bronze medal match. Full story via Team GB

Swimming: Jaz Carlin and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor win silvers to create best swimming Olympics since 1984

Jazmin Carlin became the first British athlete to win two medals at Rio 2016 as her 800m Freestyle silver helped Team GB equal their best Olympic Games medal haul in the swimming pool since Los Angeles 1984. Carlin entered the 800m freestyle final ranked third from the heats and was to win a back and forth tussle with Hungary’s reigning European champion Boglarka Kapas for silver.

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor became the first British female to win an Olympic medal in the 200m individual medley after surging to the first of two Team GB silver medals in the pool on day four of Rio 2016. O’Connor smashed her own British record to 2:06.88 minutes to secure her name in the history books and grab Team GB’s fifth medal of the Games and third in the pool. Full stories via British Swimming

Tennis: Johanna Konta and Heather Watson out at quarter final stage
Johanna Konta suffered two defeats meaning her singles campaign ended in the quarter-final stage after a 6-1, 6-2 defeat to No.2 seed Angelique Kerber. Konta then partnered Jamie Murray in the mixed doubles for the first time but the Team GB pair were to fall 6-4, 6-3 to the American duo of Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Full story via TeamGB

Andy Murray and Heather Watson lost 6-4 6-4 in the mixed doubles quarter-finals to India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna. Full story via the BBC

Weightlifting: Great Britain’s Rebekah Tiler finishes in 10th place in first Olympics.
Xiang Yanmei secured China’s ninth gold of the Rio Games as she lifted a combined 261kg to win the women’s -69kg weightlifting title. Team GB Teenager, Rebekah Tiler finished in 10th position. Full story via the BBC

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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