The Rio Round Up: Day 10 in Review

Charlotte Dujardin retained her individual Olympic dressage title, Sophie Hitchon won Team GB’s first hammer medal since 1924 and Mark Cavendish claimed his first ever Olympic medal on Day 10 at Rio 2016.

Charlotte Dujardin rode Valegro to their second consecutive individual dressage gold medal, repeating their feat of four years ago with a score of 93.857.

In winning her third Olympic gold, having also triumphed in the team event at London 2012, Dujardin joins Laura Trott as the only female British Olympians with three golds.

It was an emotional ride for the 31-year-old, knowing that it may be her last competition riding Valegro and she said she couldn’t have asked for more from him.

“I’m feeling emotional because he going to be retired. We haven’t said when but it’s on the cards to retire, so we’ll go home and make a plan,” she said.

“It was an amazing feeling in there. I’ve had a really lovely time. I thought this could be the last time [I compete on Valegro], so I had to go in there and enjoy it. I think he knew I was thinking that because he really looked after me and helped me.”

Fellow Brits Carl Hester and Fiona Bigwood finished seventh and 17th overall respectively.

Sophie Hitchon became the first British female in history to win an Olympic hammer throw medal after smashing a dramatic new personal best with her last attempt for bronze in Rio.

British record holder Hitchon, after a no throw, went into medal contention with an effort of 73.29m from her second attempt before being knocked out the top three in the fourth round.

However, Hitchon was not to be denied her moment and secured an historic bronze medal with a big British record of 74.54m with her last thrown sparking huge celebrations.

It was a final to remember not just for Hitchon’s medal but for Anita Wlodarczyk’s world record of 82.29m for gold, set in the third round and bettering her previous mark by over a metre.

“I can believe it a little bit because training has been going so well but to do it in competition is a little bit different. I knew it was there if I pulled together and it is a bit special,” she said.

“I wanted to keep my mind quiet [going into the last round] and execute my technique, I have done it again, again and again in training but to do it in competition is a little bit different.

“I don’t think about the history of it going into it. I still think my fourth and fifth rounds were a little bit shaky, I knew I wasn’t quite pulling it together and I knew if I could pull it together it was going to go far, I just kept believing that.”

Meanwhile Eilidh Doyle won her opening race as she bids to make her maiden Olympic final in the women’s 400m hurdles on her second Games appearance.

The 29-year-old cruised around a wet Olympic Stadium to win the sixth of six heats in 55.46 seconds, that time the fifth fastest overall with Ristananna Tracey quickest in 54.88.

Sprint hurdlers Andrew Pozzi and Lawrence Clarke, who suffered contrasting fortunes the last time they were seen at an Olympic Games, both made it out of the heats.

And Olympic debutant Jade Lally was in action in the discus qualifying round and ranked 28th overall with a best effort of 54.06m.

The waiting is over for Mark Cavendish as the Manx Missile claimed his first Olympic medal at the third attempt with silver in the men’s omnium at Rio 2016.

Cavendish, who missed out on the track at Beijing 2008 and the road at London 2012, held off the charge of Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen in a dramatic points race - the last of the six disciplines.

Italy’s Elia Viviani took gold with a final points tally of 207, with Cavendish finishing with 194 and Hansen 192, and the 31-year-old admitted he was still a little disappointed not to have been the man on the top step of the podium.

“Ultimately I have to be happy and Elia was better across the six disciplines and deserved to win that Olympic gold,” said Cavendish.

“It’s always disappointing not to win but I did all I could and the same for the guys behind me.

"I realised I was a marked man from pretty early on so it was difficult and I decided halfway that I couldn’t get a lap so I had to get the sprints.”

Elsewhere, Laura Trott’s dominance of the women’s omnium continues as the defending champion leads at the halfway mark after wins in the individual pursuit and her favoured elimination race.

Trott, who is looking to become the first British female to win four Olympic titles, sits on 118 points after three events - eight clear of Belgium’s Jolien D’Hoore.

Doubles pair Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis became the first Team GB badminton players to reach an Olympic semi-final since Athens 2004 while Rajiv Ouseph became the first British man to reach an Olympic singles quarter-finals.

Langridge and Ellis were first up as they beat Japan's Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa in straight sets with an impressive 21-19, 21-17 win.

The duo now face China's Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in the semi-final on Tuesday and have a chance to secure Britain's first Olympic badminton medal since Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms won mixed doubles silver in Athens 12 years ago.

“It’s insane really,” said Langridge. “If you’d have said to me at the start of the Games you’d make the semi-finals I’d have bitten your hand off.”

In the evening session, Ouseph moved into the men's singles quarter-finals as he beat seventh seed Tommy Sugiarto 21-13 14-21 21-16.

The 29-year-old will next play European champion Viktor Axelsen after the Danish fourth seed beat Ireland's Scott Evans 21-16 21-12.

“It was very tense but I thought this could be my last match here so I just wanted to give it everything out there and it worked well,” said Ouseph.

Keri-Anne Payne began and ended her Rio 2016 campaign by finishing seventh in the 10km marathon swim at the iconic Fort Copacabana.

In hot and still conditions, the 28-year old from Stockport finished the course in 1:57:23.9 with the Netherlands’ Sharon Van Rouwendaal claiming gold in 1:56:32.1.

Payne, who won 10km silver at the Beijing Olympics eight years ago, was in the leading pack when Van Rouwendaal made a break at the end of the third 2.5km lap and admitted the warm water and calm conditions made it difficult to recover lost ground.

“I was racing the world silver medallist in 400m freestyle today and that fact that it was really flat and really calm totally leant its way towards those girls,” said Payne.

“I missed the jump which was round the end of the third lap and that’s a lot earlier than the jump has ever gone before.

“Going round the buoys was absolutely carnage – it only takes a split second for someone to go and that’s exactly what happened.”

Jack Laugher sailed into the men’s 3m springboard final at Rio 2016 after a superb performance in the preliminary round.

All eyes were on Laugher at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center after the 21-year-old from Harrogate won men’s 3m synchro gold alongside Chris Mears.

If there was pressure on Laugher, it didn’t show as he produced an assured six dives to qualify comfortably with a score of 439.95.

It was an impressive performance given the very blustery conditions in the outdoor venue and Laugher was pleased to conquer the elements to secure a semi-final spot for tomorrow.

“It was very hard out there,” he said. “The conditions were ridiculous and it was the worst wind I have ever encountered.

“It is just about getting to the next level at the moment so tomorrow is about making it to the final and then going for it in the final when there is nothing to lose.”

There wasn’t such good news for Laugher’s Team GB compatriot Freddie Woodward in the event as he agonisingly missed out on a semi-final spot.

Only the top 18 divers go through and Woodward was 19th with a score of 388.15 points.

“Overall I am pleased and my coach is happy with the performance but obviously I would have loved to have gone a bit further,” he said.

A calm day at the Marina Da Gloria saw just the 49ers and 49er FXs out on the water.

Team GB’s Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth continued to impress on their Olympic debuts, finishing second in their first race of the day, then fifth and ninth in races two and three.

With three races to go in the opening series, the Brits are well-placed in fifth, sitting 13 points shy of Brazil’s Martina Grael and Kahena Kunze in third.

“We were quite quick to identify there was quite good pressure on the right hand side of the racecourse in that first race and we committed pretty hard to that,” said Dobson.

“It was a bit of a heart-fluster moment when you commit that hard in race one but it paid off.

“There have been no serious disasters in this opening series so we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign also secured top 10 finishes in all three of their today in the 49er class.

The Brits are eighth overall with their last three races in the opening series tomorrow.

Olivia Federici and Katie Clark missed out on qualification to the next stage of the Olympic synchronised swimming event despite a strong performance at Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre.

After Sunday scoring 79.9667, the duo swum performed significantly better on Monday to claim 80.7650 points.

It gave Federici and Clark an overall total of 160.7317 which secured the 17th place in a strong Olympic field.

“We really wanted to go out there and get a good score today,” said Federici.

“We were a bit disappointed with [Sunday] because it wasn’t a great swim and we know we were capable of a better score.

“We really wanted to go out there today and really smash it.

“Our coaches are happy and it felt like a really good swim which is pleasing.

“We gave it our all so today was very good.”

Jess Walker was at a loss to explain her failure to reach the women’s K1 200m final at Lagoa but accepted the outcome all the same.

Walker was among the first Brits to go as canoe sprint finally started at Rio 2016 and looked good in her heat as she progressed to the semi-finals.

She did not do enough to advance to the A final however, fourth place pushing to the B final instead – the same fate suffered by teammates Lani Belcher and Angela Hannah.

Belcher and Hannah were late inclusions in the women’s K2 500m and Walker admitted she had no choice but to accept what happened – even if she is puzzled by it.

“I had a good chance of making the A final especially with that semi-final; I am not really sure what happened to be honest. I wasn’t as dead [as I usually am] so I am just wondering whether I didn’t attack the start,” she said.

“Sometimes this happens, it hasn’t happened to me for a long time but it is OK. There were always going to be some good women who wouldn’t make it and there is a B final and I will race them because they deserve a good race as well.”

Muhammad Ali’s Olympic Games ended at the first hurdle as he lost his opening round of the men’s flyweight division by unanimous decision.

Each judge scored the fight in favour of Venezuela’s Yoel Segundo Finol as Ali becomes the eighth Team GB boxer to exit from the competition in Rio.

"I felt sluggish and too anxious and I was to trying too hard,” said Ali.

“I’ve been waiting around waiting to box and watching everyone else and I let that get the better of me. I was in there and nothing was flowing and couldn’t get a rhythm going.

“I just wanted to get in there and steamroll him but I couldn’t get close to him. He was clever.”