Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto stormed to victory in the men’s 3000m steeplechase in an Olympic record of 8min 03.28sec for gold.
American Evan Jager took silver. Two-time Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi, also of Kenya, claimed bronze but was later disqualified for stepping on the infield. Later on Wednesday, Bolt takes his latest step towards his ‘triple triple’ sprint gold in the 200m semi-finals. With the first leg — Sunday’s electric 100m win — secured, Bolt needs Thursday’s 200m final and the 4×100 relay to achieve what he refers to as “immortality”.
Darya Klishina, the sole Russian athlete allowed to compete at the Games, goes for gold in the women’s long jump in the evening. In badminton, Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir defeated Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia to win the mixed doubles. France won the team show jumping equestrian gold ahead of the United States and Germany. World number two Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand became the first player to top a women’s Olympic golf leaderboard in 116 years.
The British Open champion fired a first-round 6-under-par 65 with South Korea’s Park In-Bee and Kim Sei-Young both a shot back. Away from the sporting action, Hickey, the head of the Olympic Council of Ireland, temporarily stood down from all Olympic roles after his arrest over illegal ticket sales. Hickey, 71, was arrested at his Rio hotel after being accused of ticket scalping, ambush marketing and conspiracy. (AFP)
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