01162018

Britain win four Rio golds to go second on Super Sunday

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GB’s Whitlock makes history with floor gold

Great Britain won four golds to move above China into second place in the medal table on day nine of Rio 2016.

Gymnast Max Whitlock’s historic double success on the floor and the pommel horse came either side of Justin Rose’s two-shot victory in the golf.

Jason Kenny beat cycling team-mate Callum Skinner for GB’s 14th gold.

Louis Smith won silver in the pommel horse and Nick Dempsey did likewise in the windsurfing to keep Britain on track for their Rio medal target of 48.

And there are more medals to come from ‘Super Sunday’, aside from the four golds and three silvers.

British sailor Giles Scott is guaranteed a gold in the men’s Finn class after opening an unassailable lead before Tuesday’s medal race.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is 2-1 up against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the men’s singles tennis final. The first to three sets wins.

GB won six gold medals on ‘Super Saturday’ at London 2012 – the best one-day haul since eight were won in 1908.

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Rose beats Stenson to win golf gold

How the medal rush unfolded

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Stories behind the gold run

Max Whitlock – “I’ve completely outdone myself,” said the gymnast, who pipped team-mate Louis Smith to gold.

Whitlock, 23, of Hemel Hempstead, earlier gained Britain’s first Olympic gold in the sport in the men’s floor exercise.

Justin Rose – The first golfer to win an Olympic gold medal for 112 years as the sport returned to the Games.

Critics had questioned its inclusion, but the Englishman embraced the event and prevailed after a thrilling final-day shootout against Open champion Henrik Stenson.

TV presenters Ant and Dec offered their congratulations to Rose on social media<!–

TV presenters Ant and Dec offered their congratulations to Rose on social media

Jason Kenny – Claimed sixth medal and fifth Olympic title of his career by retaining his men’s sprint title.

The 28-year-old from Bolton beat team-mate and room-mate Skinner to join fellow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins and rower Sir Steve Redgrave on five gold medals.

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Kenny beats Skinner in Olympic final

Elsewhere at the Games

Other winners

American gymnast Simone Biles scooped her third gold medal in Rio when she soared to victory in the vault final.

Jemima Sumgong became the first Kenyan woman to win the Olympic marathon, beating Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain.

The first boxing title of the Games went to Uzbek light-flyweight Hasanboy Dusmatov.

Also in the news

Gold medal-winner Ryan Lochte and three other members of the US Olympic swimming team have been robbed at Rio.

It has also been a long day for long jumper Greg Rutherford, who lost his Olympic title and has also been relieved of his phone, which has photographs of his son Milo.

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In happier news, Chinese silver medallist He Zi received a marriage proposal from fellow diver Qin Kai during the podium ceremony for the women’s 3m springboard final.

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Chinese diver receives marriage proposal

Still to come on day nine…

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01:00: 100m – Semi-finals. Usain Bolt – after 100m, 200m and relay golds in 2008 and 2012 – continues his bid for an unprecedented sprint ‘treble treble’. He runs in the second semi at 01:07.

02:00: 400m – Men’s final. Two-time Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt among the contenders.

02:25: 100m final – Jamaican Bolt likely to take on American Justin Gatlin, who has twice served doping bans.

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