Rio 2016 Olympics: Shocking Moments, Major Strides Thus Far


The Olympics Games in Brazil is now in full gear as the world has been thrilled to some exciting moments, upset and shocking results especially from Day 2 of the games.

Starting from home stretch, Nigeria and Africa’s Olympic appearance record holder (seven consecutive times), Segun Toriola crashed out of the table tennis men’s singles event after losing 4-2 to Japan’s Niwa Koki in the round two on Sunday.

While Segun Toriola advanced to the second round in the male singles, Funke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong could only go beyond the preliminary round of the women’s singles.

The first upset of the Olympic tennis tournament saw, World No 1 Novak Djokovic, and  doubles team of Venus and Serena Williams knocked out in the first round.

For Djokovic, this would have been a major title if he had  won the  Olympic gold medal in singles but Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro made it impossible at Rio de Janeiro. Del Potro produced one of the most remarkable performances of his career: upsetting Djokovic, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2).

The Williams sisters suffered their first defeat playing together at the Olympic, 6-3, 6-4, to the Czech team of Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova who had never won a game together. The Williams won the gold medal in 2000, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

In the pool, American Swimmer Michael Phelps claimed his 19th Gold medal title leading the 4X100 team. Phelps has now won 23 medals in total, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time while 19 year old Katie Ledecky produced a superb finish to win gold in the 400m freestyle, smashing her own world record to win in a time of 3:56.46.


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