Today in Rio: D-Day for Bolt, Netherlands eye hockey treble


The time has come for Usain Bolt in his quest to make history by completing an unprecedented 'triple-triple' on what is set to be his final Olympic appearance on the track.

Bolt retained his 200 metres title in Rio on Thursday after also winning gold in the 100m and the sprint king be expected to add a ninth Olympic title when Jamaica go in the 4x100m final on Friday.

The 29-year-old sporting great has stated that the extravaganza in Brazil will be his last Games and the charismatic showman will be eager to sign off in style.


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Almaz Ayana smashed the world record when winning gold in the women's 10,000m last Friday and the Ethiopian is a strong favourite to claim the 5000m title a week later.

The 4x400m final and women's pole vault final are among the other events to look forward to on day 14, with plenty elsewhere to catch the eye away from track and field.

Sweden and Germany contest the women's final football, while the Netherlands take on Great Britain in a women's hockey showdown and a star-studded United States men's basketball team face Spain at the semi-final stage.



Bolt took centre stage yet again when he stormed to victory in the 200m in a time of 19.78 seconds.

His thoughts after the race then turned to relay glory as he eyes another early birthday present just two days before turning 30.

"There was definitely a lot of emotion, but I try not to think about that at the moment. I have to concentrate on the 4 by 100," said Bolt.

Jamaica are strong favourites to win a third successive relay gold, but the United States will be determined to spoil Bolt's party.

The USA are also well fancied to take the 4x400 relay title, while the women's 5000m, men's hammer, women's pole vault, men's 50km race walk and women's 20km race walk are among the other events on the schedule.



The Netherlands have won the last two women's Olympic hockey tournaments and get the chance to complete a hat-trick by beating Great Britain.

A shoot-out victory over Germany sealed the top-ranked Dutch side's place in another final, while Great Britain saw off New Zealand 3-0 to make it seven victories in row in Rio at the Olympic Hockey Centre.

The Dutch are unbeaten in 21 Olympic matches, with their last defeat coming in a gold medal clash with Germany in Athens 12 years ago.

Netherlands midfielder Ellen Hoog said: "Maybe it sounds arrogant, but we have done it before so we know how to play finals, but of course it's an Olympic final and it's always terrible. The nerves are coming already."



Spain have lost the last two Olympic men's basketball finals to Team USA and the two meet at the semi-final stage this time around.

The Americans have the weight of expectation on their shoulders, but Spain will be out to cause an upset in their latest duel.

Spain will be hoping the influential Paul Gasol, who is struggling with a calf problem, is passed fit for the last-four encounter.

Australia and Serbia meet in the second semi-final at at Corioca Arena 1. The USA and Spain will contest the women's final on Saturday.