Rio 2016: Olympics Round Up – First few days

It’s now day 4 of the Olympics, but don’t worry if you’ve missed any of the action as we’re rounding up all the action so far.

Adam Peaty

The swimmer is the only gold medallist for Team GB so far. Widely tipped before the Games to win gold, he went on to beat his own world record twice, before winning gold in the 50m breaststroke.

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Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow

Daley and Goodfellow won bronze in the 10m synchronised diving competition. Goodfellow’s mother has hit out at newspapers after some didn’t feature her son in photographs of the success.

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The Road Race

Both the men’s and women’s road race featured crashes. Team GB’s Geraint Thomas was amongst the leaders before crashing on a steep decline, whilst Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten was leading the women’s race before suffering a severe crash that left her in intensive care.

British Fencing

Team GB haven’t won a medal in fencing since 1964. Richard Kruse contested the bronze medal match in the foil, but sadly lost and finished fourth. The fencing medal drought continues.

Novak Djokovic

Tennis’ world number 1 Novak Djokovic suffered a shock first round exit at the hands of Juan Martin Del Potro.

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Rugby Sevens

Team GB’s women reached the semi-finals of the rugby sevens before having two players sent off and subsequently losing to New Zealand. They contested the bronze medal match, but lost to Canada.

Trap Shooting

Britain’s Ed Ling won shooting bronze in the men’s trap shooting.

Men’s Gymnastics

Great Britain’s men narrowly missed out on bronze in the men’s gymnastics team final. Louis Smith fell off the pommel horse in the final routine.

Helen Skelton

Away from the sport now, and controversy has surrounded BBC presenter Helen Skelton’s choice of clothing.


You may have seen many athletes with perfectly round red bruises on their body. This is in fact known as cupping, and is an ancient therapy believed to be a way of easing aches and pains.

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The doping scandal rages on throughout the Games. Lilly King’s comments after winning the 100m breaststroke have only enhanced (no pun intended) the debate.

The Brazil football team

Brazilian superstar Neymar has so far failed to inspire his nation in their national sport. Two goalless draws against South Africa and Iraq only add to the pressure that they’re facing.

Melissa Hoskins

Australian track cyclist Melissa Hoskins was training for the team pursuit before clipping wheels with her teammates. She was later put in a back brace and stretchered off to hospital, before tests revealed that she’s suffered no major damage.

Words by @DominicTrant