Rio Recap: Russia's ban, Van Vleuten's crash, and high winds thwart rowers


Cycling - Road - Olympics: Day 2- - Dutch woman suffered a sickening crash in the women's road race, with the Royal Dutch Cycling Union later confirming she was conscious. Her compatriot Anna van der Breggen took gold.

-Lizzie Armitstead's week of turmoil ended in Olympic disappointment at Copacabana beach as Holland's Anna van der Breggen won a dramatic road race gold.

- High winds thwarted the rowers at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon as the day's planned events were cancelled and rescheduled for Monday.

- Russia landed a blanket ban from the 2016 Paralympics in a remarkable news conference led by International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven.

- Serena Williams started the defence of her singles title with a convincing win over Daria Gavrilova, sending an ominous warning to her rivals.

- In the pool the formidable Katie Ledecky was in record-breaking mood again, setting a new Olympic-best time in the 400 metre freestyle.

The classic American striving of Katie Ledecky


"That's the easiest it's felt going under four minutes, so I think it bodes well for tonight," - Ledecky hints there is more to come in Sunday's 400m free final as the American goes in search of gold.

"I'm always glued to the TV watching the so many other disciplines going on. It's a totally different experience," - world number one Williams is enjoying herself in Brazil.

"Before my race, I ripped my swimsuit and I had to ask my coach whether I should change it. I was trying to pull up my costume and my nail dug into the costume and went through it. So I had to change to a different suit," - Nepal's Gaurika Singh, the youngest competitor in Rio at just 13 years old, had a little wardrobe malfunction before winning her 100m backstroke heat.

"I absolutely support it. We definitely, definitely shouldn't be racing in these conditions," - British Rowing performance director David Tanner gave his full backing to the decision to cancel Sunday's rowing events.


Singh's story is remarkable enough, being so young and winning a heat at an Olympic games.

But the youngster has an even more compelling story to tell, having been a survivor of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

She said: "I felt so grateful that I was one who survived that whole earthquake, so just to be here to make my country proud is great. I was in a five-storey building when the earthquake struck."

COMING UP: Medals to be won and records set to tumble in the pool

All eyes will be on the Olympics Aquatics Stadium as medals are up for grabs in four events.

Ledecky is expected, not least of all by herself, to lead the way in the 400m free final, which could very well see a new world record.

That race takes place at 11:01PM local time.

Britain's Adam Peaty already beat his own world record in the 100m breakstroke heats and will go for gold in the final at 10:53pm local time.

There are also honours in the offing in diving, judo, archery, fencing and weightlifting.