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Rio round-up: Rudisha, Miller, Braz, Biles and Wlodarczyk

David Rudisha sealed a historic Olympic 800m double as Shaunae Miller's audacious dive and Thiago Braz's pole vault gold for Brazil lit up a wet Monday night in Rio

Shaunae Miller entra en caída a la meta.
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Day 10 of the Rio Olympic Games 2016 had it's fair share of intrigue as the medals continue to be won. Here's out quick catch up on the main talking points...

Men's 800m: Consecutive class

Kenya's David Rudisha was all class in a smooth 800m victory which made him the first man since New Zealand's Peter Snell in 1964 to win the event at consecutive Olympics.

David Rudisha con la bandera de Kenia.
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David Rudisha con la bandera de Kenia.Patrick SmithGetty Images

"It is great to win such a big competition, my second gold," Rudisha said. "It's so great. I am so excited. It is the greatest moment of my career."

As the rain eased, Kenyan middle-distance star Rudisha emerged to stamp his class on the 800m. The world champion and world record-holder hit the front in the final 300m and had one more gear than his rivals as he swept to the line in 1min 42.15sec.

Women's 400m: Golden dive

Rudisha was soon upstaged by the Bahamas' Shaunae Miller, who threw herself head-first across the line to snatch victory from flummoxed American favourite Allyson Felix.

Miller remained lying on the track for some time after her unconventional dive, which followed a similar lunge across the line by Brazil's Joao Vitor de Oliveira to qualify from his 110m hurdles heats.

"I've never done it before. I have some cuts and bruises, a few burns. It hurts," Miller said. "When I was on the ground I didn't know I'd won. I still don't know how it happened. What was in my mind was I had to get a gold medal. The next thing I was on the ground. It's an amazing feeling."

Bahamas' Shaunae Miller wins the women's 400-metres final with a last-gasp dive.
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Bahamas' Shaunae Miller wins the women's 400-metres final with a last-gasp dive.Martin Meissner

Her last-ditch plunge meant disappointment for America's Felix, who has Olympic gold medals over 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m but who switched to focus on the longer distance.

The desperate dives came on a treacherously wet night when runners clattered into hurdles and the discus slipped from hands before officials called a 20-minute suspension.

Conditions were so bad that an extra 110m hurdles heat was arranged for competitors who didn't qualify from the first two races, when the rain was torrential.

Men's pole vault: Home stunner

More was to come when Thiago Braz stunned French defending champion and world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie to win the pole vault, grabbing Brazil's second gold of the Games and bringing the sparse crowd to its feet.

Braz da Silva
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Braz da SilvaPaul GilhamGetty Images

In the pole vault, Lavillenie was the hot favourite but he was undone by Braz's Olympic record of 6.03m and had to settle for silver in front of the partisan crowd.

"In 1936 the crowd was against Jesse Owens. We've not see this since. We have to deal with it," said the Frenchman in response to the jeers he received in a comparison sure to be judged as being in extremely poor taste.

Women's gymnastics: Biles wobbly bronze

Earlier, a wobble on the balance beam ended Simone Biles' bid for a record five gymnastics gold medals. She was confident of claiming her fourth Rio win and move into position for an unprecedented fifth on the last day of the competition on Tuesday.

Simone Biles stumbles during her balance beam routine.
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Simone Biles stumbles during her balance beam routine.MIKE BLAKEREUTERS

But the tiny Texan wobbled badly on the balance beam when landing a forward somersault and had to put both hands down for support. It was a bewildering upset for Biles, 19, who hadn't lost a final since 2013 but wound up with bronze as the Netherlands' Sanne Wevers topped the podium.

"Everyone would love to have a bronze at an Olympics. I'm just disappointed with my routine. I don't really know what happened," said Biles.

Women's hammer: Sentimental world record

Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk smashed her own world record on her way to victory in the women's hammer throw - four years after being denied gold by Russian dope cheat Tatyana Lysenko.

Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland tastes gold.
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Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland tastes gold.Patrick SmithGetty Images

Wlodarczyk, competing wearing the glove of her late friend and 2000 Olympics hammer champion Kamila Skolimowska, heaved a monumental 82.29m on her third attempt to crush the competition at Rio's sweltering Olympic Stadium.

Zhang Wenxiu of China took silver with a throw of 76.75m while Britain's Sophie Hitchon claimed bronze with 74.54.

Cycling Men's Omnium: Crash to victory

Elia Viviani's Olympic gold medal hopes seemed to have vanished in a tangle of legs and carbon fibre after a crash during the finale of the men's omnium but the Italian recovered to claim an emotional victory.

Elia Viviani of Italy crashes in the Men's Omnium before going on to win gold in the event.
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Elia Viviani of Italy crashes in the Men's Omnium before going on to win gold in the event.ETTORE FERRARIEFE

Clambering back to his feet after the mid-race mayhem that left South Korea's Park Sanghoon in hospital, Viviani kept his wits about him during the rest of the 160-lap points race - the sixth and final element of the two-day event. Britain's Mark Cavendish, culpable for the crash, chipped away at Viviani's lead in the standings, as did charging 2012 champion Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark, but Viviani showed admirable composure in the heat of an attritional battle. After winning the penultimate sprint, Viviani knew gold was his, barring a last-gasp attack by Cavendish or Hansen. As it turned out, he rode the last 10 laps out in front, leaving Britain's Cavendish with the silver, 16 points behind, and Hansen the bronze a further 10 back.

More medals:

Gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias, who is 5ft 5ins (1.64m) and was bullied a child for his lack of height, stood tall for Greece when he won the rings event.

And North Korea's Ri Se-Gwang had tears in his eyes and saluted military-style as he accepted his gold medal in the men's vault.

...and away from the sport:

Off-field hiccups have dogged the Rio Games but there could have been tragic consequences when a suspended TV camera the size of a small motorbike crashed at the Olympic Park precinct. Seven people suffered minor injuries when two ropes securing the 'spidercam' snapped simultaneously and the camera plummeted 20 metres (65 feet).

Then, as the day closed, a bush fire threatened the mountain bike centre at Deodoro in the west of the city.


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