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Rio 2016 GB Women’s highlights – August 21

August 22, 2016

Catch up on the week two highlights from Rio 2016. In a record-breaking Olympic Games for TeamGB, there were historic wins for Team GB Hockey, Nicola Adams (boxing), Sophie Hitchon (hammer), Amy Tinkler (gymnastics) and Laura Trott (cycling).


Gymnastics: Amy Tinkler wins bronze with exceptional floor routine
Amy Tinkler has been praised by her coach for producing the “routine of her life” to win a gymnastics medal at the Rio Games. The 16-year-old from Bishop Auckland, Team GB’s youngest athlete, juggled studying for her GCSEs with a 30-hours-a-week training regime and Olympic trials to earn her place in Brazil and on Tuesday evening she bagged bronze after scoring 14.933 with a virtually flawless 90-second floor routine. Full story via The Guardian

Athletics: Sophie Hitchon wins TeamGB’s first bronze in the Hammer
Sophie Hitchon put the glamour into hammer by winning Britain’s first Olympic medal in the sport, 11 years after giving up on her dream to be a ballerina. Hitchon, 25, reacted with disbelief after recording a new personal best to snatch a bronze on her last throw in Rio. Full story via The Telegraph

Athletics: Relay teams win double bronze
Great Britain’s women claimed bronze in the 4x400m relay to win the country’s 66th medal of the Rio Olympics and surpass their total from London 2012. Eilidh Doyle, Anyika Onuora, Emily Diamond and Christine Ohuruogu finished in three minutes 25.88 seconds, a first medal in the women’s event since 1992. Full story and video via The BBC

Great Britain take first women’s 4x100m relay bronze in 30 years. Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita broke a national record in the process. Full story via the Independent

Boxing: Nicola Adams becomes a double Olympic champion
Nicola Adams furthered her Olympic legacy by winning the gold medal at Rio 2016 with victory on Saturday. The reigning flyweight champion earned a unanimous decision against France’s Sarah Ourahmoune to become the first female to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals, after initially creating history at London 2012. Full story via Sky Sports

Cycling: Laura Trott wins an historic fourth gold medal
Laura Trott became the first British woman to win four Olympic gold medals by retaining her omnium title. Full story via the BBC

Cycling: Double silver for Becky James
Becky James won her second Olympic silver of Rio 2016 by finishing second in the women’s sprint. The 24-year-old, who claimed silver in the keirin on Sunday, lost the first two races in the best-of-three final as Germany’s Kristina Vogel won gold. Katy Marchant of TeamGB took the bronze. Full story via The BBC

Equestrian: Charlotte Dujardin hails “complete legend” Valegro after history-making Olympic hat-trick
Dujardin, on Valegro, added gold to her silver medal in the team dressage at Rio with Germany’s Isabell Werth and Kristina Broring-Sprehe claiming silver and bronze. Full story via the Mirror

Hockey: TeamGB win historic gold and win the nations hearts
In the end it took a woman with a terrifying nickname and a secret notebook to end the curse of the penalty shoot-out. With the score 3-3 at the end of normal time in the Olympic women’s hockey final, a dreaded shoot out beckoned. One last hurdle before the team could claim a deserved gold. Full story via the Telegraph

Sailing: Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark win 470 sailing gold
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have won gold in the women’s 470 sailing event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The pair, silver medallists at the 2012 Olympics in London, only needed to finish the medal race on Thursday to win gold, and came in eighth. Full story via the BBC

Taekwondo: Jade Jones’s second taekwondo gold shows she is no flash in the Olympic pan
Welsh star’s defence of her title in Rio shows she has grit in abundance as well as great talent and suggests a third medal is on the cards in Tokyo Full story via The Guardian

Triathlon: Vicky Holland brings home medal 62 for Britain with bronze
Vicky Holland brought home medal No.62 for Great Britain, sprinting to bronze in the triathlon at the expense of her team-mate, house-mate and training partner, Non Stanford. Gold went to Gwen Jorgensen, a first in the event for the United States, while defending champion Nicola Spirig of Switzerland took silver. Full story via The Independent

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine






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