Report16 Aug 2016

Day five in numbers – Rio 2016 Olympic Games


Derek Drouin in the high jump at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (© Getty Images)

In another superb day for athletics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, we were treated to two successful title defences, a Jamaican first in the high hurdles and incredible head-to-heads in the high jump and 1500m finals.

Here are the numbers of the day.

Men’s high jump

The number of consecutive clearances by Drouin. The Canadian had a clean sheet at every height up to and including his winning heightof 2.38m.

The number of years since Canada last won gold at the Olympic Games. In fact, they won two golds in 1996: in the men’s 100m and 4x100m relay.

Men’s 110m hurdles

The margin between gold medallist Omar McLeod and silver medallist Orlando Ortega. At the 2012 Games, the margin of victory was exactly the same.

The number of years since France last won an Olympic medal in the event. Dimitri Bascou out-dipped teammate Pascal Martinot-Lagarde to take the bronze and the honour.

The number of Olympic medals won by the USA in the men's 110m hurdles. But for the first Games ever – not counting the 1980 boycott – the USA did not add to that tally tonight.

Omar McLeod winning the 110m hurdles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games


Women’s 1500m

Seconds to cover the last lap. Faith Kipyegon was tucked right behind Genzebe Dibaba at the bell, but the Kenyan kicked with 200 metres to go and would never be caught.

The combined number of Olympic medals earned by the USA and Ethiopia in the women’s 1500m before today. Now, through Dibaba and bronze medallist Jenny Simpson, they have one apiece.

Years since Kipyegon won her first global title. The 22-year-old Kenyan won the world U18 title in 2011, a year later she took gold at the World U20 Championships.

Number of Olympic medals won by the Dibaba sisters. Tirunesh is the most decorated with three gold and three bronze; Genzebe has now joined Ejegayehu with one silver each.

Faith Kipyegon wins the 1500m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games


Men’s triple jump

The round in which the medals where decided. Christian Taylor, Will Claye and Dong Bin all hit their best mark of the day in the first round.

The number of Olympic gold medals Christian Taylor has won, and the number of Olympic silver medals Will Claye has won.

The number of jumps Dong Bin could take. He passed the last three rounds injured but still came out with the bronze medal.

Christian Taylor after winning the triple jump at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games


Women's discus

The number of fouls, out of a possible 9, recorded by Sandra Perkovic in the qualifying round and final of the discus. But it only takes one throw to win, and in the third round she sent her disc flying out to 69.21m.

National record for Melina Robert-Michon in silver. It was the first individual Olympic medal for a French woman since Marie Jose Perec’s double gold in 1996.

Days that Perkovic has gone undefeated. The Croatian has now a winning streak of 10 competitions (finals only) since 8 September 2015.

200m semi-finals

The age of Dina Asher-Smith, the youngest athlete to make it to this year’s final. Ivet Lalova-Collio will be the oldest at 32; the Bulgarian first reached an Olympic final 12 years ago.

400m hurdles semi-finals

The number of Jamaican women who advanced to the final. Leah Nugent, the first to qualify on time, was initially disqualified from her first-round heat and was later reinstated by the jury of appeal.

Number of nationalities that will be represented in the men’s final: USA, Jamaica, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Estonia and Kenya.

Years since Ireland last had a finalist in the men’s 400m hurdles. Thomas Barr set a national record of 48.39 to qualify by right for Thursday’s final.

The difference between Dalilah Muhammad and the next-fastest qualifier, Zuzana Hejnova, for the women’s 400m hurdles final.

Thomas Barr in the 400m hurdles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games


100m hurdles heats

Brianna Rollins’ clocking in her heat, which is also the fastest ever recorded in the first round of the 100m hurdles at the Olympic Games. It would have been enough for a medal at every Olympics up to and including 2008.

Nationalities will be represented in the semi-finals. The USA, Jamaica and Germany will have three athletes each in the next round.

Women’s pole vault qualifying

Number of Brazilians who advanced to the final. Home favourite Fabiana Murer bowed out after failing to clear her opening height while Joana Costa could only muster 4.15m. The host nation has had their pole vault gold in Rio but probably not the one they expected.

Number of times Ekaterini Stefanidi jumped. She passed every height up until the qualifying standard of 4.60m, which she cleared at the first time of asking.

Men’s 200m heats

The number of heats in the men’s 200m. 100m champion Usain Bolt, who is on course to secure a treble treble here in Rio, eased to the line in 20.28 for the win in heat nine.

The number of national records set. The countries were: Spain, Bahrain, Liberia, Swaziland and Costa Rica.

Years since Canada won an Olympic medal in the men’s 200m. Andre De Grasse recorded the fastest time in the morning heats with a season’s best of 20.09.

Women’s 5000m heats

The time it took Abbey D’Agostino to finish after she fell. The US runner was involved in a tangle with Nikki Hamblin. Both ended up on the ground but they helped each other up and limped their way through the rest of the race. In true Olympic spirit, the moment made for the most inspiring photos of the day. The pair, along with Austria’s Jennifer Wenth, were advanced to the final, but D’Agostino’s injury will prevent her from competing.

Laura Arcoleo for the IAAF