Rio De Janeiro: Brazilian icon Neymar entered the record books with the fastest goal in Olympic football history as Usain Bolt prepared to take another step closer to triple gold immortality.
As Rio was hit by more embarrassment which saw the arrest of veteran sports administrator Patrick Hickey, it was left to the Games marquee names to right the ship. Controversial South African runner Caster Semenya entered the track and field fray while British long distance star Mo Farah recovered from a worrying slip to reach the 5,000m final. It was also a red-letter day for golf as a women’s tournament teed-off for for the first time in 116 years.
At Rio’s famed Maracana, Neymar scored after just 15 seconds for the fastest goal in Olympic history and added another in injury time as Brazil crushed Honduras to make the gold medal match. The Barcelona star’s brace bookended a 6-0 rout of Honduras, guaranteeing a place in the final against Germany as the hosts look to win a first ever Games football title. “Neymar is a monster. He has the gift of playing football, he delights everyone with his talent,” said Brazil coach Rogerio Micale.
Germany, who beat Nigeria 2-0, will face Brazil just two years after the European giants crushed them 7-1 in a traumatic World Cup semi-final humiliation. Farah survived a trip from behind to secure his place in the 5,000m final. The Briton, who recovered from a fall to retain his 10,000m crown last weekend, was clipped by American Hassan Mead but stayed on his feet to finish third in his heat and preserve his hopes of a double-double. eases – Semenya, the South African who has been at the centre of a gender controversy in recent years, breezed into the semi-finals of the 800m. The 25-year-old is the overwhelming favourite to add a gold in Rio to the silver she won in London four years ago, with a 2016 time that is nearly a second faster than her closest rivals. More (AFP)
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