France’s Yohann Diniz broke the world record in the 50km race walk at the European Championships on Friday with so much time to spare that he was able to stop and grab a Portuguese flag to carry across the finish line along with the French flag.
Here’s video of his finish in Zurich.
Diniz, who carried the Portuguese flag in honor of his Portuguese grandmother who died earlier this year, completed 50km in 3 hours, 32 minutes and 33 seconds. He broke the world record from 2008 by 1:41.
“This is the best day of my life,” Diniz, who suffered from stomach pain throughout the race, told reporters.
How fast was the Frenchman? Diniz’s walking would have easily qualified to RUN the Boston Marathon.
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American weightlifter Sarah Robles fell short of her first Olympic gold medal, instead settling for bronze in the 75+ (165 lbs.) kg division.
Robles lifted a total weight of 286 kilograms in the snatch and clean and jerk lifts, with only China’s Meng Suping and North Korea’s Kim Kuk-Hyang posting higher totals. Kim surpassed Robles’ total on her first lift in the clean and jerk portion of the competition, with the 162 kg lift pushing her to a total of 293 kg, with Kim’s final weight lifted being 306 kilograms.
While Kim’s total was impressive, she was outdone by Meng whose lift of 177 kilograms on her final clean and jerk attempt won her the gold medal. Meng finished with a total weight lifted of 307 kilograms, taking by gold by a single kilogram.
Robles’ bronze medal is the first weightlifting medal for the U.S. since 2000. During those Games, Tara Nott won a gold in 48kg and Cheryl Haworth won a bronze in 75+kg, and on Sunday Robles joined those two as the only American women to win a medal in Olympic weightlifting.
The night that many have been waiting for is finally here. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt will look to win a third straight Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters.
Bolt is the headliner in the 100, with the three semifinal heats and final all being held Sunday night. Bolt will run in the second heat, which includes American Trayvon Bromell, while Justin Gatlin of the United States and Jamaica’s Yohan Blake are both running in heat three. Both Jamaica and the U.S. have three runners in the semis, with Marvin Bracy (USA) and Nickel Ashmeade (Jamaica) in the first heat. The 100 will be one of three event finals held Sunday night, with the women’s triple jump and men’s 400 being the others.
WATCH LIVE: Men’s 100, men’s 400 and women’s triple jump finals — 7:20 p.m.
In the women’s triple jump American Keturah Orji qualified, grabbing the last spot in the 12-woman field with a best jump of 14.08 meters (46.19 feet). The best jump of the qualifying round was posted by Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia (14.52 meters), the reigning world champion in the event. Also competing in the final are Israel’s Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko and Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova, who took second and third respectively at the worlds last summer.
As for the men’s 400, Greneda’s Kirani James is viewed by some as the early favorite to take gold. But reigning world champion Wayde Van Niekirk of South Africa is in the field, as is American LaShawn Merritt. Of Greneda’s five athletes competing in Rio two are in the 400, with Bralon Taplin joining James in the final. There will also be qualifying heats in the men’s high jump, women’s 400 and women’s 1500 held Sunday evening.
WATCH LIVE: Men’s High Jump qualifying, Group B — 7:30 p.m.
WATCH LIVE: Men’s High Jump qualifying, Group A — 7:30 p.m.