Pick of the action

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ATHLETICS

Men's decathlon (final event tomorrow, 8.31am), 200m final (tomorrow, 9.30am) America's Ashton Eaton is aiming to be the first to retain the decathlon gold since Britain's Daley Thompson did it in 1984. But all eyes will be on the 200m final, as Usain Bolt goes for his third straight gold in the event.


BADMINTON

Women's singles semi-finals (from 7.30pm)

Spain's world No. 1 Carolina Marin faces a tough battle with China's defending champion Li Xuerui, while Japan's Nozomi Okuhara faces India's P.V. Sindhu.


TRIATHLON

Men's race (10pm)

British brothers Alistair and Jonathan Campbell are the favourites to win this gruelling, three-discipline event at Fort Copacabana.


Winning shot


Simone Biles got more than four golds and a bronze in Rio, judging by this tweet: "Just call me mrs.efron already". The gymnast met her celebrity crush, American actor Zac Efron, who was cheering for her and her four team-mates from back home. The quintet were at NBC's studio in Rio, when he made a surprise visit. PHOTO: TWITTER/SIMONE_BILES

 

 

 

 

Tweetbits

Congratulations @MichaelPhelps on a total of 28 career Olympic medals. I'm still working at 93, so I think retiring at 31 is a bit soon!

BOB DOLE
United States Senator


The gold medals keep coming for #TeamGB @JasonKenny107

RIO FERDINAND
Former Manchester United footballer cheers his compatriot, cyclist Jason Kenny, on winning the men's keirin gold, Britain's 19th of the Games.


When fellow athletes from another sport is doing the country proud and you are as excited as you cheer for them. 100% you will be very happy.

PANDELELA RINONG
Malaysia's diving silver medallist is thrilled that compatriot cyclist Azizul Awang won bronze in the men's keirin.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2016, with the headline 'Pick of the action'. Print Edition | Subscribe