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Sports Current Affairs August 3rd Week 2016
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1) US wins 1,000th Olympic gold medal.

  • Simone Manuel anchored the U.S. women`s 4x100 metres medley relay team to the 1,000th gold medal in her country`s summer Olympic history, and the second of her career.
  • Australia won the silver, with Cate Campbell touching out just 0.01 ahead of bronze medallists Denmark.
  • The relay win was the 23rd U.S. gold of the Rio Games and, according to the U.S. Olympic committee the 1,000th won by the country in summer competition since triple jumper James Connolly took the first in 1896.
2) Messi says he will again play for Argentina.
  • Lionel Messi has reconsidered his decision to quit international soccer and will continue playing for Argentina’s national team.
  • Messi was clearly frustrated as Argentina missed yet another chance to win a significant title. Although the 29-year-old Messi has won virtually everything with Barcelona, he has failed to lead the national team to victory in a major competition.
3) Blume wins women`s 50m freestyle.
  • Pernille Blume, who quit swimming after being she was too short, gave Denmark its first gold in the Olympic pool for 68 years with a surprise win in the 50 metres freestyle.
  • Blume became just the third Danish women to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming and the first since Greta Andersen won the 100 metres freestyle and Karen Harup took the 100 metres backstroke at London in 1948.
  • American Simone Manuel collected the silver, just 0.02 behind Blume.
4) Ethiopia`s Ayana shatters world record to win 10,000 metres.
  • Ethiopia`s Almaz Ayana smashed the world record to win the Olympic 10,000 metres title blowing away the competition in one of the greatest ever long-distance races at the Games.
  • Ayana ran boldly from the start and halfway through the race she surged away from the leading pack, injecting staggering pace to finish in 29 minutes 17.45 seconds.
  • Kenya`s world 10,000 metres champion Vivian Cheruiyot tried in vain to keep up with Ayana but had to settle for silver while Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, the defending Olympic champion, grabbed bronze.

5) Murray outlasts Del Potro to grab gold.

  • Britain`s Andy Murray beat Argentina`s Juan Martin del Potro in a compelling Olympic tennis final to become the first player to win two men`s singles gold medals.
  • Del Potro served for the fourth set at 5-4 but Murray broke the Argentine in consecutive games to claim the match, his 18th straight victory following his second Wimbledon title.
  • Japan`s Kei Nishikori, who will still be in his prime at his home Olympics, secured a bronze medal in Rio by beating Nadal.
6) Usain Bolt wins 100 meters final in Rio Olympics.
  • Jamaica`s speedster Usain Bolt has retained his coveted title "fastest man alive on the planet" as he won the 100 metres final of Rio Olympics.
  • In his final appearance in an Olympic, the reigning World Champion sprinted to glory as he recorded his season best time of 9.81 seconds.
  • Gatlin settled for a Silver with a time of 9.89 seconds, and Canada`s Andre De Grasse finishing third with 9.91 seconds.
  • Usain Bolt has all the sprinting world record to his name including the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x100 metres. With two gold medals in each event he is trying to achieve `Triple Treble`.
7) Petrounias flexes his muscles to win rings gold in Rio 2016.
  • Greek muscle man Eleftherios Petrounias showed off his superior power in the strongman`s event as he edged out local favourite to win gold in Rio.
  • China`s You Hao, silver medallist behind Petrounias at last year`s world championships had been expected to push him all the way with a routine that had the highest 7.000 difficulty score.
  • There were six more competitors to follow but none of them came close to breaching the 16-point barrier.
8) Wlodarczyk breaks world record to win hammer throw gold.
  • Poland`s Anita Wlodarczyk smashed her own world record to win gold in the women`s hammer throw at the Rio Olympics.
  • The 31-year-old hurled the hammer 82.29 metres in her third attempt, surpassing the mark of 81.08 metres that she set last year.
  • China`s Zhang Wenxiu took silver with a season`s best throw of 76.75 metres while Germany`s Sophie Hitchon grabbed bronze with 74.54 metres.
9) Rahane enters top-10, Ashwin on top of all-rounders` list.
  • Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane jumped three places to enter the top-10 in batsman`s list while R. Ashwin maintained his pole position among all-rounders in the latest Test rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
  • Rahane, who was 11th in the last list, is currently 8th and the only Indian in the top-10 led by Australian skipper Steve Smith.
  • India`s Test captain Virat Kohli dropped three places from 13th to 16th place.
  • In the bowlers` list, Ashwin and Jadeja were static at 2nd and 6th position respectively with Jimmy Anderson on top of the list.
10) Sakshi Malik wins bronze for India.
  • Gritty woman wrestler Sakshi Malik ended India’s painful wait for a medal at the Rio Olympic Games by clinching the bronze in the 58 kg category, pulling off a sensational 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova in the Play-off bout.
  • The 23-year-old from Rohtak became only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal as she earned the dramatic win after falling behind 0-5 in the do-or-die bout on day 12.
  • Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London) and shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) were the only other women players from India to have won a medal in Olympics.

11) India becomes No. 1 Test team after Sri Lanka completes whitewash against Australia.

  • Sri Lanka defeated Australia in the final Test to complete a 3-0 sweep in the three-match series. 
  • With the series win, India, which was placed second on the ranking list ahead of the series, moved to the top spot.
  • The teams now face off in a five-match one-day series begins in Colombo.
12) Sindhu first Indian woman wins Olympic silver.
  • P.V. Sindhu has won India`s second medal of the 2016 Rio Olympics. P.V. Sindhu’s dream of becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic gold medal ended in an agonizing defeat to world No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the badminton final.
  • The 21-year-old from Hyderabad had to be content with the first Olympic silver won by an Indian woman after squandering a one-game lead to go down 21-19, 12-21, 15-21.
  • Sindhu is India’s first badminton player to win back-to-back medals at the World Championships (both bronze).
13) Usain Bolt wins 200 metres title, takes second gold at Rio Olympics.
  • Usain Bolt won the men`s 200 metres title at a third consecutive Olympics with a dominant performance and moved another step closer to his target of clinching three gold medals at the Rio Games.
  • The Jamaican legend registered a season`s best time of 19.78 seconds at the Olympic Stadium to clinch his second gold medal of the Rio Games.
  • Andre de Grasse of Canada took silver with a time of 20.02 while Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre got the bronze with 20.12.
14) Britain Women Win Maiden Hockey Gold.
  • Great Britain won their first Olympics Games women`s hockey gold medal with a dramatic shoot-out triumph over two-time defending champions the Netherlands.
  • The British twice came from behind in normal time to draw 3-3 and then clinched a 2-0 shoot-out victory.
  • Britain, playing in their first final, had only won two bronze medals at past Games, in 1992 and 2012.
15) Usain Bolt wins gold in 4x100 relay, completes triple treble in Rio Olympics.
  • Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt created an unprecedented record, a triple treble, as he bagged his third Gold in Rio Olympics 2016.
  • Usain won the 4x100 meters relay, and bid farewell to Olympics with nine sprint Gold medals to his name.
  • He has won the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 meters in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and now in Rio 2016.
  • Over in women`s 4x100 meters relay, USA took the Gold as Jamaica took the Silver and Great Britain the Bronze.