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Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Roger Federer
Maria Sharapova
Jamaica's Alia Atkinson, right, and Canada's Tera Van Beilen
Samantha Albert
Serena Williams (left) and Venus Williams
Asafa Powell
Dorian Scott
Rosemarie Whyte
Novlene Williams-Mills
Trecia Smith
Christine Day

Sunday, July 29,

Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson kept her medal hopes alive to become the first Jamaican in a final at the Olympic Games in London as she advanced to the 100m breaststroke finals following a swim-off with Canadian Tera Van Beilen. The swim-off became necessary after the pair had tied for fourth place and the final qualifying spot in their semi-final, with a time of 1:07.48, which was slower than the 1:07.39 national record that Atkinson posted earlier.

Spain suffered a rare football setback, going out of the men's Olympic tournament after losing 1-0 to Honduras, while Brazil and Japan booked their places in the quarter-finals with victories.

In the second round of group matches, host Britain got their campaign back on track with a 3-1 victory over United Arab Emirates that knocked the Middle Eastern team out of the tournament.

Mexico rebounded from a first-round loss by beating Gabon 2-0. Two-time Olympic champions Uruguay lost 2-0 to Senegal. Egypt played to a 1-1 draw against New Zealand, while South Korea beat Switzerland 2-1.

Michael Phelps glared at the scoreboard, trying to digest the first silver medal of his Olympic career, while the French celebrated winning the gold in the 4x100-metre freestyle relay.

Yannick Agnel touched in 3:09.93, having gone exactly one second faster than Ryan Lochte over the last two laps. Lochte and the Americans dropped to silver in 3:10.38, while Australia - the favourites - didn't even get a medal.

Russia took the bronze in 3:11.41.

Under Wimbledon's roof, the sound of pelting rain nearly drowned out Maria Sharapova's piercing shrieks as Olympic tennis became deafening. The event moved indoors for the first time since the 1912 Games, and Sharapova made her Olympic debut amid a din, beating Shahar Peer of Israel 6-2, 6-0.

Monday, July 30

Alia Atkinson, the 23-year-old Jamaican swimmer, joined Sydney 2000 400m freestyle finalist Janelle Atkinson as the best-placed Jamaican swimmer at an Olympic Games, after she finished fourth in the 100m breaststroke final with a time of 1:06.93 seconds behind gold medallist, 15-year-old Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, 1:05.47; Rebecca Soni (USA), 1:05.55, and Satomi Suzuki (Japan), 1:06.46.

Jamaican equestrian entrant Samantha Albert took part in the individual eventing competition at the Olympic Games. Hugs and excited chatter followed Albert's brave and commendable 54.00 penalty-point run in the cross-country test, despite a spill and her horse CARRAIG DUBH running on one less shoe for the majority of the massive course. Albert's combined tally was high - which isn't a good thing in equestrian competition - 121.20 after two of the three disciplines. With other riders falling all around her, the 41-year-old showed poise to bring home the gelding in a respectable manner.

Four-time Olympian Venus Williams walked off Wimbledon's cosy Court Two gleefully waving her fist as fans chanted, "U-S-A! U-S-A!"

Twenty minutes later, at the other end of the All England Club, Serena Williams departed Court One with a triumphant grin and a shout of "Wooo!"

Ten minutes after that, Roger Federer closed out his latest Centre Court victory in pursuit of his first career singles gold medal.

A schedule backlog transformed the Olympics at Wimbledon into a parade of Grand Slam champions, with the Williams sisters and Federer all playing at the same time. They all won.

Swiss football player Michel Morganella was expelled from the Olympics for his threatening and racist message on Twitter about South Koreans. The comments by Morganella came hours after Switzerland lost to South Korea.

Morganella "discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korea football team as well as the South Korean people", Swiss Olympic team chief Gian Gilli said. The player was stripped of his Olympic accreditation.

Tuesday, July 31

Samantha Albert ended her participation in the individual eventing equestrian with a combined penalty points tally of 142.20 penalty points, which meant she completed the course in the 51st position among 53 riders who completed all three disciplines.

Wednesday, August 1

Jamaica's lone swimmer at the Olympic Games in London, Alia Atkinson, despite winning her 200m breaststroke heat, failed to advance to the semi-finals.

Atkinson, who continued her national record-breaking performance at the Games, posted a new mark - 2:28.77 to erase her own record of 2:29.00 - but her winning time was the 27th-fastest in the heats, bringing an end to her 200m breaststroke campaign.

Four badminton teams were kicked out of the women's doubles at the London Games for trying to lose on purpose, conduct that a top IOC executive said strikes at the heart of Olympic competition.

The eight doubles players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were cited by the Badminton World Federation for "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport".

Thursday, August 2

Jamaica's Asafa Powell was awakened from his sleep late last night for his third drug test in five days since arriving in the Olympic Village in London, compelling his agent Paul Doyle to question whether his athlete was being targeted by the officials.

Friday, August 3

Leford Green (49.30 seconds) was the only Jamaican through to the 400m hurdles semi-final, while Josef Robertson (49.98) and Roxroy Cato (50.22) both stumbled on their ambitions after fifth-placed finishes.

All three women - Novlene Williams-Mills, Rosemarie Whyte and Christine Day - went through to the 400m semi-finals, with Williams-Mills winning her heat in 50.88 seconds and Whyte, 50.90, and Day, 51.05, finishing second in their respective heats.

Thirty-year-old Dorian Scott created history by becoming the first Jamaican thrower to qualify for the finals at the Olympic Games when he booked a spot and competed in the shot put final. He achieved that milestone despite a late start to his preparation because of his coaching duties at San Diego State University.

Britain's Jessica Ennis closed out the first day of the Olympic heptathlon by running the 200 metres in a personal-record 22.83 seconds to take a 184-point lead with three events left.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce showed that she would not go quietly, as she won her 100m heat at walking pace, as all three Jamaican

women secured safe passage to today's


Fraser-Pryce came out of her drive phase before shutting down to win in 11.00, while Veronica Campbell-Brown declared herself present for the part, winning her heat in an impressive 10.94, with Kerron Stewart, 11.08, having to work hard to recover from a bad start for third in her heat.

Kimberly Williams registered a personal best 14.53m to qualify for the triple jump final, while 2005 World Champion Trecia Smith signalled a return to form with an encouraging season-best 14.31m and will also have a shot at a medal in the final.

Saturday, August 4

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce struck gold in the 100m at the London Olympic Games, clocking a blistering 10.75, to lead silver medallist Carmelita Jeter (10.78) and compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown (10.81) to the line as Jamaica secured its first two medals at the Games.

Usain Bolt bounced to a comfortable 10.09 seconds to win his heat, but will need to go faster when he faces the fastest qualifier, American Ryan Bailey, who posted a lifetime best 9.88 in his heat.

Justin Gatlin was also impressive in qualifying as he covered the distance in 9.94. He will face Asafa Powell in the semis.

Yohan Blake was also very comfortable in qualifying, crossing the line in 10.00 to win his heat, while Tyson Gay clocked 10.04.