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Olympics Today: Thursday’s Schedule And Highlights Plus Day 12 Recap

Your need-to-know guide on day 13 of the Olympics.

18/08/2016 06:45 | Updated 18 August 2016

After the slew of victories over the last week, day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympics was a rather quieter affair - on the sport side of things anyway.

There were no more medals to add to the 50 already bagged, the highest away-Games total ever for Team GB - but there was still plenty of drama.

Here’s everything you need to know...

Rio 2016 Day 12 Highlights

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Britain's players celebrate after winning the women's semifinal field hockey.
  • Team GB’s women’s hockey team are guaranteed at least silver after beating New Zealand 3-0 to progress to their first Olympic final where they will face defending champions, the Netherlands.

  • Britain have only ever managed bronze before, in 1992 and 2012.

  • Defender Crista Cullen said: “To fight for an Olympic medal is what gets us up every morning, let alone to be in a gold medal match.”

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Britain's Tiffany Porter, right, and Britain's Cindy Ofili after competing in the women's 100-meter hurdles final.
  • Brit sisters Cindy Ofili and Tiffany Porter narrowly missed out on medals in the women’s 100m hurdle final.

  • Ofili, 22, came fourth in a season’s best 12.63 with Porter, 28, coming in seventh in 12.76.

  • Brianna Rollins of the USA won in a time of 12.48 with Nia Ali (12.59) and Kristi Castlin (12.61) in second and third making it a clean sweep for the States. 

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(left-right) Nigeria's Ejowvokoghene Oduduru, Great Britain's Adam Gemili, Canada's Andre De Grasse, Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Bahrain's Salem Eid Yaqoob compete in the second Men's 200m semi final.
  • Team GB captain Adam Gemili made it through to the men’s 200m final as one of the two fastest losers with a time of 20.08.

  • The race was won by - you guessed it - Usain Bolt who ran an easy-looking 19.78.

  • But the shock news was Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake both crashing out.

  • Bolt is going for it in the final tonight. He said: “I definitely think I can try for the world record, I definitely feel that. I need to run efficiently and get into the straight and run the perfect race.”

Some light relief.

 

The medal table so far.

Elsewhere...

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Jamaica's Elaine Thompson reacts after winning the Women's 200m final.
  • Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson made it a sprint double gold after winning the women’s 200m final in a time of 21.78 to add to the 100m title she won earlier in the week.

  • She told BBC Sport: “It is a very special and welcoming feeling for me. I think my light has shined.”

  • Brit Dina Asher-Smith clocked 22.31, finishing in fifth.

The Great Olympic Robbery Mystery.

 

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United States' Ryan Lochte checks his time after a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat.
  • The USA’s Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were both removed from their flights home yesterday. Two other swimmers, Ryan Lochte and James Feigen, were subject to an order forbidding them from leaving Brazil but had already left.

  • All four have claimed they were robbed at gunpoint while in a taxi back to the Olympic village after a party on Saturday night.

  • But Brazilian authorities say their accounts differ and CCTV recordings show them arriving at the village three hours later than they claimed.

  • IOC spokesman, Mark Adams, said reports of the robbery were “absolutely not true” but the US Olympic Committee (USOC) are backing their accounts.

  • More info here.

Celebration of the day.

This goes to the the levitating women’s beach volleyball medal winners.

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Medalists jump off the podium after the medals ceremony in the women's beach volleyball competition. 
  • Germany took gold, Brazil silver and the USA bagged bronze.

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Just look at Bolt and Andre De Grasse exchanging jokes as they cross the finish line... 

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Team GB Ones To Watch On Day 12

All times are in UK time.

  • Charley Hull takes part in the second round of the women’s golf starting at 11:00.

  • The men’s kayak double 200m final sees Liam Heath and Jon Schofield looking for a medal at 13:40.

  • Tonia Couch will compete in the 10m platform diving semi-final at 14:00 with the final commencing at 20:00.

  • In taekwondo, defending champion Jade Jones will compete in the semi-final at 14:30 with the final at 02:00.

  • Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge will battle it out with the Chinese in the bronze medal match for badminton at 15:00.

  • After being postponed yesterday, the 470 women’s sailing gold will hopefully go ahead at 17:05 with Britain already guaranteed gold.

  • Nicola Adams will be facing China in the women’s flyweight boxing. She’ll be hoping to defend her title from 2012 at 18:00

  • The 49er men’s sailing could see Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign grab a medal if they can come from behind at 18:35.

The Best Of The Rest

  • And at 02:30 Friday morning Usain Bolt will be looking for this third successive 200m Olympic gold.

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