Rio Olympics Recap Day 15: Neymar Gives Brazil Soccer Gold
Neymar’s penalty kick gave Brazil the gold medal in men’s soccer at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero on Saturday. Here’s a recap of all the day’s action:
Neymar Kicks Brazil Past Germany
Neymar converted a penalty kick, and Brazil beat Germany to win the gold medal in soccer in Rio on Saturday afternoon. The capacity crowd at the Maracana erupted with a deafening roar when Neymar buried his penalty kick past German goalkeeper Timo Horn, giving the football-crazy host nation its first Olympic gold medal in men's soccer.
An early goal by Neymar gave Brazil a 1-0 lead at half, but Germany’s Maximillian Meyer netted a ball past Brazilian keeper Selecao in the 58th minute to knot the score. The game ended 1-1, setting the stage for Neymar’s heroics.
Nigeria beat Honduras, 3-2, for the bronze medal.
U.S. Women Win 6th Straight 4x400-meter Relay Gold
Allyson Felix anchored the United States' 4x400-meter relay team to the nation’s sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal in the event on Saturday night. Felix, Courtney Okolo, Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis finished first in 3 minutes, 19.06 seconds. Jamaica took silver, and Great Britain earned the bronze.
Jamaica's Novelene Williams-Mill was within a few steps of Felix when the runners took the batons for the final leg. Felix pulled away down the stretch to earn her sixth career Olympic gold medal — the most by any female track athlete. Her nine overall medals equaled the career total of Jamaica's Merlene Ottey for the most in women’s track and field history.
The American men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Arman Hall, Tony McQuay, Gil Roberts and LaShawn Merritt won the gold medal in a time of 2 minutes, 57.30 seconds on Saturday. Jamaica charged hard at the end of the race to take the silver, and the Bahamas earned the bronze medal.
Great Britain’s Mo Farah won the men’s 5,000-meter race on Saturday, giving him a second straight double-double; he won the 10,000-meters earlier this week. Farah won both races in London in 2012, too. He became the first man since Finland's Lasse Viren in 1972 and 1976 to accomplish the feat. U.S runner Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo won silver, was subsequently disqualified, but then re-instated late Saturday night. Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia earned bronze.
American Matthew Centrowitz ran the 1,500-meter race in 3:50 on Saturday, becoming the first U.S. runner since 1908 to win the gold medal in the event. Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi won the silver, and New Zealand’s Nicholas Willis took the bronze.
U.S. athlete Gwen Jorgensen won the women’s triathlon in a time of 1:56:16 on Saturday, becoming the first American ever to win the gold medal in the event. Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig took silver, and Great Britain’s Vicky Holland earned the bronze.
U.S. Women's Basketball Team Wins 6th Straight Gold
Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen each scored 17 points, and the U.S. women's basketball team routed Spain, 101-72, to win its sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal. A 16-3 run in the second quarter all but decided the game. The American team has now won 49 consecutive games in the Olympics.
As a result of the win, Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings joined Teresa Edwards and Lisa Leslie as the only basketball players in history with four Olympic gold medals.
Serbia beat France, 70-63, in the bronze medal game.
Other U.S. Olympic News
• Kim Hill served an ace on match point, and the U.S. women's volleyball team rebounded from its semifinal loss to Serbia and beat the Netherlands, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19, for the bronze medal on Saturday.
• Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba beat American bantamweight Shakur Stevenson in a three-round split decision in the gold-medal final on Saturday. Stevenson took the silver medal — the first by an American man since the 2000 Sydney Games.
• Chen Aisen of China scored 585.30 to win the gold medal in men’s 10-meter platform diving. German Sanchez of Mexico took silver, while defending gold medalist David Boudia of the U.S. earned the bronze medal.
• American wrestler J'Den Cox topped Cuba's Reineris Salas in the men's 86kg bronze medal match. After it appeared Salas tied the match late when officials awarded him a point based on Cox’s passivity, the U.S team appealed the decision and Cox was awarded two points. Salas refused to rejoin the bout and Cox was awarded the medal.
Russia's Abdulrashid Sadulaev defeated Selim Yaşar of Turkey, 5-0, for the gold.
• China's Zheng Shuyin beat Maria Espinoza of Mexico, 5-0, in the women's taekwondo heavyweight class gold medal match on Saturday. American Jackie Galloway defeated Gwladys Épangue of France, 2-1, for the bronze medal.
• U.S. Olympians selected five-time gymnastics medalist Simone Biles to carry the American flag into Sunday's closing ceremony in Brazil, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Saturday.
• U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte admitted to exaggerating the alleged robbery of him and his teammates in Rio last week.
• Olympic officials denied the American appeal on the disqualification of the U.S. men’s 4x100-meter relay team on Friday night.
The United States added nine more medals on Saturday and is close to a 50-medal advantage over second-place China.
United States: 116 | 43 gold; 37 silver; 36 bronze
China: 70 | 26 gold; 18 silver; 26 bronze
Great Britain: 66 | 27 gold; 22 silver; 17 bronze
Russia: 53 | 17 gold; 17 silver; 19 bronze
Germany: 41 | 17 gold; 10 silver; 14 bronze
Japan: 41 | 12 gold; 8 silver; 19 bronze