Chad le Clos finished fifth in the men’s 200m butterfly final in Wednesday action, while Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio came eighth in the women’s cycling time-trial. Elsewhere, the men’s rugby sevens team will play off for fifth and sixth place later. In women’s hockey, the Netherlands beat Team SA 5-0.
Women’s Individual Time Trial: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio finished eighth after finishing the 22.1km route in 32min 37.60sec. She had been in the leader’s “box seat” after 16 of the 25 riders had finished, but the powerhouse top seeds came through with times to knock her down the sheets. Gold went to Annemiek Van Vleuten of the Netherlands, with Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) taking silver and Ann Van Der Breggen (Netherlands) the bronze.
Women’s Pool A: Netherlands 5 South Africa 0. Having suffered defeats to Ireland (2-0) and Great Britain (4-1), the South Africans were up against it here against the Dutch. Although Netherlands had six penalty corners in the first quarter they couldn’t score, but broke through in the 16th minute. South Africa were under siege and conceded further goals in the 35th and 42nd minutes. It was now one-way traffic and further goals in the 52nd and 55th minute added the gloss. The Netherlands had 28 shots at goal, to South Africa’s one.
Men’s Placing, 5th-8th: South Africa 22 Australia 19. South Africa had been on the wrong end of an upset when they lost to six-man Argentina in the quarter-finals which put them out of medal contention. Here, on the final day of the competition, they were playing for price. First half tries by Siviwe Soyizwape and Ronald Brown (2) put them 17-0 up at the break. However, Australia struck back to reduce the deficit to 17-12 before JC Pretorius crossed to stretch the gap to 22-12. A converted try to Australia with a minute left closed the gap to 22-19 but SA held on for the win.
Men’s 200m Butterfly final: Chad Le Clos, the 2012 Olympic champion, had qualified third fastest for the final and went off in lane three. Hungary’s 21-year-old Kristof Milak had looked dominant in getting this far and duly won the gold in an Olympic record 1:51.25. Le Clos had reacted quickly off the blocks and yet it was Milak who led him at the 50m. Le Clos rallied and led at halfway in 53.32. That’s when Milak started to assert his authority and at the 150m turn the South African was third, before he was outgunned for the bronze medal in the last 25m. Le Clos finished fifth in 1:54.93. It was his fastest swim of the week.
STILL TO COME
Men’s Individual Time Trial, 11.30am (4.30am) – Stefan De Bod goes off the starting ramp at 14.07pm (7.07am)
Men’s Group A, 8.30pm (1.30pm): South Africa, who have lost their opening two matches, 1-0 to Japan and 4-3 to France, are up against the pool favourites Mexico
Men’s Skiff: Beni Daniel and Alex Burger
Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight), race 4: Leo Davis
Women’s 100m freestyle, Heat 4 – 7.10pm (12.10pm): Erin Gallagher
Men’s 200m backstroke, 7.21pm (12.21pm): Martin Binedell
Women’s 200m breaststroke, Heats, 7.41pm (12.49pm): Kaylene Corbett
Women’s 200m breaststroke, Heats, 7.49pm (12.49pm): Tatjana Schoenmaker
Men’s 200m IM, Heats, 8.05pm (1.05pm): Matthew Sates
Women’s 4 x 200m freestyle, Heats, 8.17pm (1.17pm): Team South Africa
Women’s Preliminary Round, Group A, 3.30pm (8.30am): Canada vs South Africa
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