Rio Olympics 2016: Kazakh rower capsizes just ten strokes into singles sculls race

Kazakhstan’s Vladislav Yakovlev ended up in the water during his Men’s single sculls repechage race on Monday, in the second incident of a boat capsizing, just days into the 2016 Olympics.

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Weather problems in Rio have disrupted the rowing schedule, with a full day’s competition cancelled on Sunday due to unsafe conditions. The forecast predicts worse to come.

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However, it is not thought that Yakovlev’s accident was weather-related, with skies overcast but much calmer conditions than on previous days at the Lagoa venue.Yakovlev lost balance and went overboard just seconds into his race, managing just 10 strokes before falling into the water. It is believed to be the fastest capsize in Olympic history, but the cause of his mishap isn’t immediately clear.

The accident comes on the first day of rowing action since Serbian pair Milos Vasic and Nenad Bedik capsized on Saturday, with the choice of venue coming in for criticism as a result.Five-time gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave has been among those to voice concerns, while one of Team GB’s big medal hopes in the rowing, Katherine Grainger, called these the worst Olympic conditions she has faced.

Redgrave told the BBC: “The Olympic Games isn’t chosen on its rowing course. It would very unlikely that FISA – rowing’s governing body – would have chosen this.We have to make do in some ways. That’s the situation for our showpiece event every four years.

“But outdoor sports are affected by the weather – we have to deal with it. And safety comes first. Fairness comes after that. It’s unrowable.

“In Athens in 1896, the whole rowing programme was cancelled. But that would be a disaster.”

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Rio Olympics 2016-Great Britain’s men’s hockey team still searching for first win

Rio Olympics 2016: Great Britain’s men are still searching for their opening Rio 2016 win after drawing 2-2 against New Zealand.

Britain, who lost 4-1 to Belgium in their opener, led inside two minutes when David Condon slotted in from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

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Kane Russell’s stunning strike and another goal from Hayden Phillips turned the game in the Kiwis’ favour.

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GB skipper Barry Middleton tapped in to level before half-time, with neither side able to find a second-half winner.

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Britain, who are ranked fourth in the world, are fifth in Group A after their opening two matches.

With the introduction of a quarter-final stage at Rio, they only need to finish in the top four of their six-team group to qualify.

They play host nation Brazil on Tuesday, face world champions Australia on Wednesday, then wrap up the group stage against Spain on Friday.

GB head coach Bobby Crutchley:

“It was disappointing not to win. We had some good opportunities we were better than against Belgium in our intensity and the way we played.

“Our execution was a bit off and we didn’t deliver our corners but we showed better intent.

“There were glimpses of quality but it’ll come in the coming games. The players are good at self evaluation so we know what we need to do.

“We need to win our next game. We’re playing a team we haven’t played before which doesn’t happen often. We have to make sure we’re diligent and prepare properly and put in the performance we need to get the win.”

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Rio Olympics 2016: Adam Peaty wins GB’s first medal with swimming gold

Rio Olympics 2016: Great Britain won their first medal of Rio 2016 as Adam Peaty took gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke with a world record.

The 21-year-old from Uttoxeter broke his own world mark by winning in 57.13 seconds, well clear of the field.

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Peaty is the first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal since Adrian Moorhouse, who won the same event in Seoul in 1988.

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Welsh star Jazz Carlin won silver in the women’s 400m freestyle soon after.

“It’s so surreal to get Team GB’s first gold,” said Peaty, who finished more than 1.5 seconds clear of his nearest rival.

“I came out tonight and took the first 50 easy and came back with everything I have got. I did it for my country and that means so much for me.”

South African Cameron van der Burgh, the London 2012 champion, took silver, while Cody Miller won bronze for the USA.

Peaty, who was already the world, European and Commonwealth champion, emulates the achievement of fellow Britons David Wilkie (1976), Duncan Goodhew (1980) and Adrian Moorhouse (1988) in winning breaststroke gold.

It took five days for Britain to win their first gold at London 2012, but Peaty’s medal came on the second day of action in Rio.Reaction

Peaty, making his Olympic debut in Rio, has been dominant from the first moment he got into the pool at the weekend, having first broken his own world record with a time of 57.55secs in the heats.

Moorhouse, who dominated British swimming in the late 1980s, believes Peaty’s physical and mental attributes sets him apart from his rivals.

“He is very good at turning threats to opportunities,” he said.

“He has the technical ability and talent to do this and can then cope with the pressure of the moment and put a bubble around himself. He has got everything.”

Five-times Olympic swimmer Mark Foster added: “Everything just went right.

“He has had problems with his start but he has worked on it tirelessly and everything came right for him.

“I knew the race was over before it started. Physically he is an absolutely beast.

Rebecca Adlington, who won two Olympic swimming gold medals at Beijing 2008, said: “His stroke and power is incredible.”

Peaty’s achievement delighted British Olympic team-mates Adam Gemili and Greg Rutherford.

Sprinter Gemili said that Peaty was “in a class of his own”, while long jumper Rutherford said on social media: “The whole of GB tower here in the village erupted when Adam Peaty won. What a brilliant feeling.”

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BBC Sport’s chief sports writer Tom Fordyce:

“This was more than just Britain’s first gold medal of these Rio Olympics, it was one of the finest displays by a British athlete in Olympic history.

“To win over 100m by 1.56 seconds, to leave the last Olympic champion more than a body length behind, is extraordinary even by the exalted standards Adam Peaty has set in his young career.

“Wilkie 1976, Goodhew 1980, Moorhouse 1988, and now Peaty 2016. The moment a young man’s life changed forever.”

Source: http://www.bbc.com/

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Here Are All the Ways You Can Watch the Rio Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics kick off Friday night in Rio de Janeiro with an opening ceremony that is likely to be one of the most-watched TV events of the year, if previous Olympic openings are any guide.

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The opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London drew a reported global audience of 900 million people, with 41 million of those people watching from within the U.S. For some context, those U.S. viewership totals would outpace this year’s Academy Awards (34.3 million viewers) while falling well short of the most recent Super Bowl (111 million).

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In other words, a lot of people will be tuning in to host network NBC for tonight’s festivities—featuring the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic cauldron and the parade of thousands of athletes from 206 countries (even Russia!)—as well as for the sporting events planned for the next two weeks in Rio, as NBC is likely to easily average more than 30 million viewers each night.

Of course, not everyone will be able to watch NBC’s Olympics coverage live between now and the closing ceremonies on August 21, as the network has once again opted to air various Olympic events on a tape-delay. The opening ceremony is no different, as the event will air on a one-hour delay for viewers on the east coast of the U.S., with even longer delays in the western U.S.While many viewers complain about NBC’s tape-delay tradition, the network maintains that the practice is better for ratings as NBC claims female viewers (who actually make up the bulk of the Olympics’ audience) watch sports differently than men do, with women investing more in coverage showing athletes’ journeys to the games than in the actual results. (Still, some people are looking for ways to circumvent NBC’s tape delay to watch the Olympics live.)Considering that NBC spent more than $1.2 billion to secure the U.S. rights to air the Rio Olympics (and has paid even more to air the Olympics through 2032), it’s understandable that the Comcast-owned network would be particular when it comes to its broadcast strategy. And, that Olympics coverage has already proven to be a windfall for the network, which said this week that it has already set a record with $1.2 billion in national advertising sales for this year’s summer games, which puts NBC on pace for a 20% bump over the network’s ad sales for the 2012 London Olympics when this year’s event is finished.

NBCUniversal has a lot of ad space to fill, too, as the company says it will produce 6,755 hours of Olympics coverage over the next two weeks across its family of broadcast and cable networks, plus streaming. With that in mind, here are all of the ways you can watch the 2016 Summer Olympics.

TV (broadcast and cable): You can catch thousands of hours of Summer Olympics coverage on NBCUniversal’s two broadcast networks, NBC and Telemundo (for Spanish language coverage, and on eight different cable networks: Bravo, CNBC, the Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, NBC Universo (Spanish language), the USA Network, and two “Specialty Channels” that will carry basketball and soccer games. NBC even said it’s offering some 4K Ultra HD coverage to various cable and satellite providers for certain Olympic events.

Streaming: NBC will be live-streaming every single athletic event at this year’s Olympics, which means 4,500 total hours of content on NBCOlympics.com or through the NBC Sports app. Roughly 85% of viewers are expected to watch some of NBC’s coverage via a “second-screen” (aka mobile) device, according to WalletHub, and NBC said this will be the first year that viewers will be able to watch the network’s coverage through a connected TVs, including Apple TV, Google’s Chromecast, Roku, and Amazon Fire devices. NBC is expected to draw a pretty sizable digital audience this year, as more and more people stream live content, and those high expectations are evident in the fact that the network’s digital ad sales are up 33% over the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Viewers watching online or through the NBC app will need to enter login credentials for their cable provider.)

Streaming for Cord-cutters: There are several ways to watch the Olympics without cable, including a subscription to the Dish Network’s Sling TV service, which streams most major NBCUniversal channels carrying Olympics coverage as part of its $25-per-month package. Another option is Sony’s Playstation Vue, which also streams various NBC channels and has subscription packages starting at $30 per month. Additionally, Playstation Vue subscribers can use their login credentials for that service to access the NBC Sports app and stream the Olympics on mobile devices, as well. Both Sling TV and Playstation Vue also have seven-day free trials, but that would only cover you for half of the Olympics. (Note: NBC’s network feed is only available to Sling TV and Playstation Vue customers in “select markets.”)

Of course, if you’re a cord-cutter who doesn’t want to pay for a fancy subscription streaming package, there’s always an even cheaper, though not quite as fruitful, option: get a digital antenna. You can watch more than 260 hours of Olympics coverage on the flagship NBC broadcast channel for free with an antenna in most U.S. locations and the antenna itself can cost as little as roughly $10. (Meanwhile, if you really want to skimp, some sites are also offering tutorials on how to use a VPN, or virtual private network, to cut out NBC and access free livestreams from other countries.)

Virtual Reality: Want to feel like you’re actually at the Rio Olympics without the cost of a plane ticket to Brazil (or the risk of contracting the Zika virus)? NBC has you covered in the form of a partnership with Samsung that will allow users of the NBC Sports app, who also have a Samsung Gear VR as well as a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, to access more than 100 hours of virtual reality programming. That VR content will include coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as certain men’s basketball, gymnastics, track and field, beach volleyball, diving, boxing, and fencing events.

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