A historic Olympics for Team GB’s heroes, thrills and spills in the Premier League & more! It’s time for your weekend round-up!
The Rio Olympics came to a spectacular close yesterday and we as a nation couldn’t be more proud of it’s Olympians as they recorded Great Britain’s biggest ever medal haul of 67, finishing second in the table, and eclipsing the 65 medal total won in London’s games back in 2012.
The final weekend of the event saw Mo Farah claim a momentous ‘Double-Double’ after successfully defending his gold medal in the 5000m. Farah has now won both the 5000m and 10,000m races in consecutive Olympic Games, and is the latest sporting name touted for a potential knighthood following this years heroics.
Elsewhere in Team GB, there was a flurry of girl power as Nicola Adams defended her Olympic title in the Flyweight Women’s Boxing, whilst ‘The Headhunter’ Jade Jones also successfully retained her gold in the women’s 57kg Taekwondo.
Our women’s Hockey team also fought hard to clinch GB’s first ever gold medal in a thrilling final against a strong Netherlands side, coming out eventual winners in a penalty shoot-out.
You can check out the complete list of Team GB medal winners here.
The other big winners were none other than Mr. Olympics himself, Usain Bolt. The Jamaican King of Sprint wrote his name in the history books once more with an unprecedented ‘Triple-Triple’; storming to victory in the men’s 4 x 100m relay for his ninth and sadly final Olympic gold medal.
Meanwhile, the darling of Brazil, Neymar Jr captained his side to victory in what was arguably the host country’s most desired gold medal of the Games. The Barcelona forward scored the decisive penalty in his team’s win over Germany (Yes, you read that correctly, the Germans lost on penalties!).
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The match had finished 1-1 with Neymar opening the scoring with an excellent free-kick earlier in normal time before Max Meyer leveled for the Germans.
After the victory, Neymar announced that he would be stepping down as Captain at the tender age of 24. Although, I’m sure he will remain the absolute heart and soul of the team for years to come.
Back on UK shores, all eyes and attention turned to the Premier League.
Old Trafford was bouncing as Manchester United’s world-record £89 million signing Paul Pogba made his second-debut for the club, but it was none other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic that stole the show with a match winning brace against Southampton.
Pep Guardiola kept his 100% Premier League win record intact with a 4-1 demolition of Stoke City. Aguero and Nolito chipping in with 2 goals each; it seems Pep can do it in Stoke after all.
Liverpool came crashing back down to Earth after their 2-0 defeat to Burnley, whilst Arsenal stuttered yet again with a 0-0 draw against reigning Champions, Leicester City.
There were wins for Spurs, Hull City, Everton, and Chelsea left it late again against Watford to spare new manager Antonio Conte’s blushes.
In a not so Super Sunday, Middlesbrough inflicted more misery on Moyesy, as the Sunderland manager’s side crashed to a 2-1 defeat at home courtesy of 2 goals (including a 25 yard screamer) from Cristhian Stuani.
Stuani, what a goal pic.twitter.com/U3lZx4NivX
— Jack (@lmaolfc) August 21, 2016
Meanwhile, West Ham christened the London Stadium with a drab 1-0 win against Bournemouth, although the Hammers were without star-man Dimitri Payet, whilst striker Andy Carroll was missing through injury (again).
Check out which superstars made our Team Of The Week below.
There were also a number of notable moments from the weekend including a bizarre moment of madness from the coaches of Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig in the men’s 65kg Bronze medal Wrestling match.
The medal was awarded to Ganzorig’s opponent from Uzbekistan which resulted in a furious display from the coaches who protested by stripping to their underwear and throwing their shoes, much to the delight of the Brazil crowd who started chanting ‘Mongolia, Mongolia!’
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you see too much.
What do you do when your charge loses and you feel it’s unfair? Strip in protest and anger of course! https://t.co/1W1yDkqB7h
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 21, 2016
And lastly, the Conference Premier served up an absolute wondergoal, courtesy of Chester FC’s Elliot Durrell. The winger equalised against Boreham Wood with a stunning effort from the halfway line. Eat you heart out, Becks.
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) August 21, 2016
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