Henri Schoeman won Team South Africa’s eighth medal of the Olympics on Thursday and Sunette Viljoen sealed a ninth.
Men’s race: Henri Schoeman finished third and Richard Murray finished fourth
In a nutshell: Murray and Schoeman had Nos 1 and 2 respectively pinned on their race outfits (or make that stamped on their bodies). Both these two stars were medal hopes behind the dominant Brownless brothers of Great Britain. Schoeman was never out of the front group, coming out of the water in good shape – Murray was a minute behind – and on the bike Schoeman kept pace. On the run he quickly found himself in third position and that’s where he remained. Murray, with well over a minute to make up starting the 10km run, finished like an express train to claim fourth place, just out of the medals. Alistair Brownlee clocked 1hr 45mins 01sec, and when Jonathan came home six seconds later, the pair, exhausted by their exertions on a brutal day for the triathlon, embraced on the floor together. Behind them, another 36 seconds adrift, came Schoeman, ahead of a charging Murray.
Women’s 500m Kayak Single, B final: Bridgitte Hartley finished eighth in 2:01.890.
The lowdown: The bronze medallist from London 2012 struggled to contain her emotions after she failed to qualify for the ‘A’ final in her favourite event, and with that went any chance of repeating her London heroics. In the ‘B’ final she finished at the back of the field, more than three seconds behind the seventh boat. Hartley was never in contention and had also been eighth going through halfway in 59.05.
Men’s Decathlon: Willem Coertzen withdrew injured with what appeared to be a left quadricep injury in his leg, after completing three of the 10 events and is not in action on the second day of the event.
Women’s Javelin, final: Sunette Viljoen succeeded in securing silver for South Africa. Croatia’s Sara Kolak (66.18m) took the gold ahead of Viljoen’s 64.92m with the Czech Republic’s Barbora Špotáková in bronze (64.80m). The silver medal meant it was South Africa’s ninth medal of the games with three days of competition to come.
Women’s 800m semi-final: Caster Semenya cruised (as she does) into the final with a 1:58:15 effort. She sat back for the first lap and then took the long way round into the final straight before easing ahead. Job done, no stress. She’s a full 0.50sec clear of the next fastest finisher, Great Britain’s Lindsey Sharp. Watch this space!
Women’s second round: Ashleigh Simon, who shot a four-over 75 in her first round, recovered for a two-under 69 on Thursday for a halfway score of 144, two-over par.
Women’s second round: Paula Reto, after a first round 74, carded a four-under 67 to move to one-under for the tournament, eight shots off the lead.
Men’s BMX quarter-finals: Kyle Dodd.
Dodd finished fourth, fifth and fifth in his three runs in his heat to be placed sixth overall in his group, which was not enough to see him progress to the last 16 semi-finalists.
Image of Sunette Viljoen by Christiaan Kotze/SASPA