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Australia Take Early Lead On Medal Tally

August 08
10:43 2016
Team Australia are leading the Olympic Games medal tally with two gold medals and a bronze.

The Australian gold medals came from the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team that set a new world record to follow the triumph of compatriot Mack Horton.

Horton edged Sun Yang in the men’s 400m freestyle final last night night, saying it was “a win for the good guys” in a swipe at his Chinese rival’s past doping ban.

The women’s relay team of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie and siblings Bronte and Cate Campbell beat silver medallists the United States in the final, clocking 3 minutes 30.65 seconds, bettering Australia’s previous world-best mark of 3:30.98 set at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.



America’s Ginny Thrasher won their first gold medal of the Rio Olympic Games with a surprise victory in the women’s 10m air rifle.

The 19-year-old secured her first major international victory, scoring 208.0 to leave China’s 2006 world champion Du Li with silver. Du’s compatriot Yi Siling, the defending champion, took bronze.


Russia claimed its first medal of Rio 2016 as Beslan Mudranov won Olympic gold in the judo men’s -60kg. Mudranov is one of 271 Russian athletes competing in Brazil, despite the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) recommending a blanket ban after a doping scandal.

He beat reigning world champion Yeldos Smetov, who eliminated Great Britain’s Ashley McKenzie, in the final.

Meanwhile, Argentina’s Paula Pareto added the Olympic crown to her world title by winning the women’s -48kg. Pareto, 30, beat South Korea’s Bokyeong Jeong to claim her nation’s first medal of the Games in neighbouring Brazil.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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