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    Re: 2016 Rio Olympics

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:29 pm

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    LeCaptain wrote:Still bitter about our Men basketball team right now.
    Could have easily been the 2nd best team in the world on paper, ended up choking TWICE in qualifications against inferior teams...

    I'd care, except I find basketball to be an incredibly Dung sport.

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    Post by wprager on Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:30 pm

    De Grasse in the 200 m (semi-finals tonight at 9PM)
    Damian Warner decathlon (first 5 events happening today -- he won at the PanAm game and Russians aren't coming so there's a chance)
    Brooke Henderson is #3 on the LPGA tour so for sure a chance (she's 4 back after opening round)
    Melissa Bishop (800m) with the fastest time today, advances to semis tomorrow at 5PM.
    Meaghan Benfeito (already with a bronze in synchro diving) is leading the 10m platform preliminaries (her synchro partner is 14th), just one diver to go (I believe they do more than one dive each though).

    A couple of female wrestlers but I don't know where they are ranked.

    Men's volleyball and equestrian team jumping both finish 4th.


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    Post by wprager on Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:36 pm

    Warner is currently 2nd, 95 points back of Ashton Eaton (the guy who got flak for cheering on his Canadian wife). He was 1st in the 100m, 3rd in long jump, 23rd in shotput (Eaton was 10th). Two more events to day (high jump and 400 m). Looking good.
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    Post by wprager on Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:51 pm

    Benefeito 3rd after her second jump (lots of divers still to complete their second dive, though, including the Chinese girl who was second. Must have been a pretty bad second dive.


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    Re: 2016 Rio Olympics

    Post by wprager on Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:30 pm

    Benefeito slipping to 4th; Filion is 20th after their 3rd dive. Top-18 advance to the semis tomorrow morning so Filion has 2 more dives to make up 2 spots. Gonna be tough, but if she doesn't have the dives in her to get out of this hole she wouldn't do much at the semis anyway.

    EDIT: Sorry, mis-read the results. They don't indicate how many dives an athlete has completed and some of the bottom ones, after 3 dives, will hover around the same number as the better ones after just 2 dives. I updated the standings and Filion is 8th. So assuming nothing drastic happens looks like both should qualify for the semis. Tomorrow at 10AM.


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    Post by wprager on Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:44 pm

    Benefeito and Filion finished 7th and 9th, so both are in the semis.


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    Re: 2016 Rio Olympics

    Post by wprager on Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:25 pm

    Warner still 2nd, but move closer to Eaton (68 points back); but he's just 1 point ahead of Jeremy Taiwo. The 400m is happening now -- Warner's PB is better than Taiwo's so he should maintain his lead over him and build on it. But he will likely fall further back of Eaton, whose best is more than a second better.


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    Post by wprager on Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:26 pm

    They are in heat 4 which goes in about 20 minutes.


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    Re: 2016 Rio Olympics

    Post by LeCaptain on Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:01 pm

    tim1_2 wrote:
    LeCaptain wrote:Still bitter about our Men basketball team right now.
    Could have easily been the 2nd best team in the world on paper, ended up choking TWICE in qualifications against inferior teams...

    I'd care, except I find basketball to be an incredibly Dung sport.

    Why, because It's a sport where skill is actually important? Laugh1
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    Post by wprager on Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:37 pm

    Warner finished 3rd in the 400, slips to 3rd overall -- just 11 points back of 2nd but 132 behind Eaton. He's got his work cut out for him tomorrow.


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    Re: 2016 Rio Olympics

    Post by wprager on Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:38 pm

    Could you ever imagine this between Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson?



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    Re: 2016 Rio Olympics

    Post by wprager on Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:40 am

    Dangerous place. We've heard of Lochte and some other swim team members being robbed at gunpoint. A member of the UK team was similarly robbed and they've been told not to go outside of the complex wearing their Great Britain kits or carrying anything of value unless absolutely necessary.
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/1630941/rio-olympics-2016-british-stars-warned-against-leaving-olympic-village-after-team-gb-star-star-held-at-gunpoint/?CMP=spklr-_-Editorial-_-TWITTER-_-TheSunNewspaper-_-20160818-_-Sport-_-548073748

    They have 85,000 troops assigned for security at the games. One of those was shot dead yesterday when he made a wrong turn and ended up in some drug boss controlled area. He was not on Olympic duty and this was not near the compound, but still.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/olympics/83133664/Rio-Olympics-2016-Officer-dies-after-being-shot-in-the-head-in-favela-attack


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    Post by wprager on Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:43 am

    And on the lighter side:

    Japanese Pole Vaulter's Olympic Dream Crushed by His Own Joystick

    Ogita was attempting to clear a height of 5.3 metres in group A of the first round of the pole vault, when his leg came in contact with the bar. As he began to drop back down towards the ground, his shin grazed the bar, causing it to wobble dangerously. But it was his joystick that delivered the final blow. Already unsteady, the bar was dislodged from its holdings when Ogitas old fellow decided to make an appearance and slap the metal.


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    Re: 2016 Rio Olympics

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:31 am

    wprager wrote:Dangerous place. We've heard of Lochte and some other swim team members being robbed at gunpoint. A member of the UK team was similarly robbed and they've been told not to go outside of the complex wearing their Great Britain kits or carrying anything of value unless absolutely necessary.
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/1630941/rio-olympics-2016-british-stars-warned-against-leaving-olympic-village-after-team-gb-star-star-held-at-gunpoint/?CMP=spklr-_-Editorial-_-TWITTER-_-TheSunNewspaper-_-20160818-_-Sport-_-548073748

    They have 85,000 troops assigned for security at the games. One of those was shot dead yesterday when he made a wrong turn and ended up in some drug boss controlled area. He was not on Olympic duty and this was not near the compound, but still.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/olympics/83133664/Rio-Olympics-2016-Officer-dies-after-being-shot-in-the-head-in-favela-attack

    And we've also heard about Lochte and the other swimmers making the whole story up.

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    Post by wprager on Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:49 am

    Here's the more:


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    Re: 2016 Rio Olympics

    Post by wprager on Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:04 am

    Warner wins the 110m hurdles and is now 1st in the overall standings! Beats Eaton by over 1/5 s (0.22s to be precise). I guess that's enough to overcome a 130-or-so point difference? The Decathlon is kinda weird that way.

    P.S. I wonder if Brianne helped out her country by "celebrating" her husband's 1st place day 1 (because as we all know from 'Rocky' "women weaken legs!")


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    Re: 2016 Rio Olympics

    Post by tim1_2 on Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:22 am

    SeawaySensFan wrote:
    And we've also heard about Lochte and the other swimmers making the whole story up.

    more to come

    The whole thing reeks of weirdness. Lochte and other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint, yet he didn't report it, and also the thieves didn't take his watch, phone, or wallet? Huh? I'm inclined to believe that Lochte and the others made this story up for attention or to cover up something else.
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    Re: 2016 Rio Olympics

    Post by wprager on Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:22 am

    Hold on, though, the discus throw is currently on; Warner placed 8th in Group A and Group B (Eaton) has not gone yet. So Warner is probably only ahead because his discus results have been added in and Eaton's are still to come. I wonder if women weaken arms/shoulders as well.

    He moved up to 2nd after the hurdles.


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