Rio 2016 Day 11 to Day 13: Germany marches on in both men and women’s football finals

maxresdefaultDay 11: Brazil jubilant on gymnast Diego Hypolito’s silver medal in floor exercise, but all eyes on teammate Arthur Mariano

Cp-EShVVYAAV-AT“We never give up,” said Carlos Nuzman, the president of the Rio Olympics organising committee; and nor have Brazilian crowds. Their partisanship, noteworthy throughout the games, finally paid off with a raucous performance on Sunday delivering medals to two home gymnasts. Gymnastics crowds sometimes step a dainty line between ferocity and gentility, but all pretence was thrown out for the men’s floor final, in which the host nation was represented by Diego Hypolito and Arthur Mariano. Hopes for an upset were fed from the start, when Japan’s all-around champion Kohei Uchimura faltered on his first crossing, stepping outside the designated area and costing himself a 0.300-point penalty – and ultimately a silver medal. His score of 15.241 fell well short of his 15.766 in the all-around event.


Day 12: Britain breaks away from China in medal count, now firmly in second place. USA still topCqBJOwGUMAAJRP0

Day 12: Brazilian authorities are starting to doubt that Ryan Lochte got robbed at gunpoint

On Wednesday, a Brazilian judge ordered Ryan Lochte and fellow American swimmer James Feigen to stay in the country while police investigate the U.S. Olympian’s claim that he was robbed at gunpoint. The Associated Press first reported the judge’s order. As Slate’s Daniel Politi wrote over the weekend, Lochte said he and three other U.S. swimmers were held up early Sunday morning. The International Olympic Committee initially denied the claim, “calling it absolutely not true,” before walking that back, with a spokesman saying its original denial was “not correct.” Now, Brazilian authorities are inching back toward disbelief, raising questions about Lochte’s account of the robbery and his behavior thereafter.


Day 13: “Coward” Sweden raises HOPE for a gold medal after defeating host Brazil 0-0 (4-3 pens)

CqGYXyTWIAA4Q3dHedvig Lindahl made two saves and Lisa Dahlkvist converted the final penalty as Sweden defeated Brazil 4-3 in a shootout to reach the final of the Olympic football tournament for the first time. After the teams drew 0-0 after extra time at a packed Maracanã Stadium, the Brazil goalkeeper Barbara stopped one penalty by Kosovare Asllani, but Cristiane and Andressa had their shots saved by Lindahl. Brazil, who were trying to win the women’s Olympic football gold for the first time, have twice won Olympic silver, in 2004 at Athens and 2008 at Beijing, and were eliminated by Japan in the quarter-finals in London four years ago.


Day 13: World champions Germany advances to a final showdown with Neymar and host Brazil


Two years after the 7-1 World Cup demolition that is one of the lowest points of their football history, Brazil have a chance for revenge on Germany after both men’s sides won their semifinals on Wednesday.



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