Olympics: McLeod wins 110m hurdles gold

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – Omar McLeod stormed to 110m hurdles victory on Tuesday as Marta s Brazil crashed out of the women s football and France s Renaud Lavillenie wept as he was booed on the RioOlympics podium.

Usain Bolt swept into the 200m semi-finals and Simone Biles left with a record-equalling four gymnastics golds, while Kenya s Faith Kipyegon stunned world champion Genzebe Dibaba in the women s 1500m.

McLeod produced a powerful but smooth run to finish well ahead of Spain s Orlando Ortega and Dimitri Bascou of France, in a time of 13.05sec.

“I can t get my mind around this. Is this real? To God be the glory,” said McLeod, Jamaica s first champion in the event.

Kenya s Kipyegon gunned to 1500m victory with an electric last-lap sprint which left world record-holder Dibaba trailing home in second. Afterwards she lay on the ground, thumping the track in delight.

There were emotive scenes as Lavillenie, beaten to pole vault gold by Brazil s Thiago Braz da Silva, was booed mercilessly by the crowd as he mounted the podium.

Lavillenie had tears streaming down his face during the Brazilian anthem and he was later comforted by IOC president Thomas Bach, world athletics chief Sebastian Coe and pole vault legend Sergey Bubka.

“Shocking behaviour for the crowd to boo Renaud Lavillenie on the medal podium. Unacceptable at theOlympics,” Bach said in a tweet.

Marta, five-time world player of the year, also exited in tears when Brazil were edged 4-3 on penalties by Sweden at Rio s Maracana Stadium.

But there was joy for the hosts when Robson Conceicao, who once sold vegetables and popsicles on the streets, won a thrilling lightweight boxing final against France s Sofiane Oumiha.

2016-08-17

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