Rio Olympics

Kassman honored to fight among world’s best

Despite the defeat, Kassman felt honoured to take the ring against a world number 1 and she is proud to have donned the PNG colours at the biggest sporting event.

Kassman went down to her British number 3 ranked and 2015 Taekwondo World Champion opponent, Bianca Walkden, 14-1 in the +67kg category fight.

Kassman said: “Going into the fight, I knew it was going to be challenging and a hard task but I wasn't nervous nor intimidated.

“I stuck to it and fought all three bouts and I wouldn't have wanted the draw any other way,” Kassman told Loop PNG.

Rio 2016: 13 lesser-spotted oddities of the Olympics

Here are some of the curiosities and lesser-spotted oddities witnessed so far at the Games.


US gymnasts' leotards are bedecked with thousands of crystals

Simple lycra is not enough for Team USA. At this tournament, many of the women gymnasts' leotards are adorned with nearly 5,000 Swarovski crystals.

PNGs Taekwando beaten by Britain in Olympics

Walkden is the 2015 Taekwondo World Champion and is housemates with fellow Great Britain Taekwondo athlete Jade Jones who has already won gold at these Rio Olympics.

With Samantha stepping on the mat as an underdog, she was competitive in defeat especially going against a taller opponent with a far greater reach advantage.

Unfortunately Samantha was slayed by her more experienced opponent beating her in a more dominant match.

US swimmers stopped at airport as robbery investigation continues

The Brazilian authorities stopped Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger from boarding the flight at Rio de Janeiro airport, bound for the US, for questioning late on Wednesday.

Two teammates - Ryan Lochte and James Feigen - were barred from leaving the country, but Lochte had already left.

Police have queried their accounts of a robbery they reported in Rio on Sunday.

The four swimmers said they had been robbed at gunpoint in a taxi in Rio.

But police said their account of when they arrived at the Olympic Village did not square with CCTV recordings.

Fan in the stands beats own record at Rio

Harry Nelson made the Guinness Book of Record after attending the London Games in 2012.Harry Nelson made the Guinness Book of Record after attending the London Games in 2012. Photo: YouTube
At the age of 10, Mr Nelson attended the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and, apart from the 1936 Games in Berlin, he's been at every one since. Now, at 94, he's made it to his 19th Games in Rio.

Talakhadze takes gold with world-record lift

Lasha Talakhadze set a new world record for total combined weight lifted in the men's over 105kg competition to claim gold at Rio 2016.

The 22-year-old Georgian, gold medallist in the same category at the World Weightlifting Championships in 2015, secured victory by a comfortable margin with a combined total lift of 473kg.

Michael Phelps on fiancée Nicole Johnson

The couple became engaged in February 2015 after breaking up twice over eight years. "We both had to go through some things in order to get to the point where we are now in our life," MP told Billy Bush in an interview.

How Precise Timekeeping at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Ensures the Right Gold-Medal Winners

As with most things in life, it all begins with experience. This year marks the brand’s 28th time as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games. Omega’s first timing title was back in 1932 at the Los Angeles Olympics.

Bolt claims third gold in 100m sprint

Bolt crossed the line in a season's best time of 9.81 seconds, with American Justin Gatlin just seven hundredths of a second slower to win silver yesterday.

Canada's Andre DeGrasse took the bronze.

The win takes Bolt a step closer to his goal of winning a historic triple-triple, which is the combination of winning gold in the 100m, 200m, and the 4X100m relay, in three consecutive Olympics.

The men's 200m sprint heats get under way on toda.


Jason Kenny wins his 5th Olympic Gold

London 2012 champion Kenny came out on top in the first two races to win the best-of-three final.

Russia's Denis Dmitriev beat Australia's Matthew Glaetzer in the race for bronze.

 Britain’s Kenny, 28, has now won as many Olympic golds as rower Sir Steve Redgrave and fellow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Only Sir Chris Hoy, also a cyclist, has won more with six but, Kenny can still beat Hoy’s record when he races in the Keirin on Tuesday.

In a report, Kenny told BBC that the win was so special Kenny told BBC Sport.