MotoHouston.com MotoHouston.com
Register Members List Member Map Media Calendar Garage Forum Home Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MotoHouston.com > News & Media > Houston - Local News > Sports
Forgot info?

Welcome to MotoHouston.com! You are currently viewing our forums as a guest which gives you limited access to the community. By joining our free community you will have access to great discounts from our sponsors, the ability to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload content, free email, classifieds, and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free, join our community!

Register Today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.


Like us on Facebook! Regular shirt GIVEAWAYS and more

Reply
Share This Thread: 
Subscribe to this Thread Thread Tools
Old 08-07-2016, 10:40 AM   #1
NewsBot
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Feedback Rating: (0)
Posts: 130,434












VIDEOS: Olympics Day 1 recap: Syrian swims race of her life

A year ago, Yusra Mardini was swimming for her life. At the Rio Olympics, the Syrian refugee is swimming for the love of the sport.

And what a joyous day Saturday was as the 18-year-old won her heat in the 100 meter butterfly. No, she didn't advance to the semifinals -- but that's not what her Rio journey was about.

It wasn't about winning a gold medal; it was just about being there, with the best swimmers in the world.

"Everything was amazing. It was the only thing I ever wanted was to compete in the Olympics," she said. "I had a good feeling in the water so I'm happy for that."

Last August, Mardini was fleeing her war-ravaged nation when the Mediterranean Sea started to swallow the boat she was in.

Mardini and her sister took to the water and for hours pushed the dinghy toward Greek shores until it got there safely.

She was only in the water for 1:09.21 on Saturday, a time not among the 16 best, but she never had dreams of making the semis.

"I've only been back swimming for two years so we're only now getting back to my levels of before. But I'm pleased," she said.

Mardini has one more event, the 100-meter freestyle Wednesday.

Here are some of the other memorable moments from Saturday, the first full day of competition.

U.S. teen nabs first gold: The Star-Spangled Banner was the first national anthem to be played at a Rio podium ceremony, thanks to 18-year-old Virginian Ginny Thrasher. She won the 10-meter air rifle competition for women, edging Du Li of China by one point.

Bad break for gymnast: You have to feel for Samir Ait Said. In 2012, he missed the Olympics after he broke his right leg at the European Championships. On Saturday, the Frenchman had bad luck again, breaking his other leg as he tried to land his vault on the first day of men's gymnastics at Rio. His spirit is undiminished; he told fans he'll be back at the next Olympic Games.

Copacabana communion: Of all the sports at these Olympics, perhaps none is more emblematic of Brazil than beach volleyball. Beautiful Copacabana Beach is the Mecca of the sport, one Canadian player said. And the boisterous Brazilian fans, well, they expect more gold.

Cycling chaos: Belgian Greg van Avermaet wasn't sure what place he was as he rode the final kilometers of the men's road race. He knew he was near the front but crashes that left leaders spilled on the punishing course confused him. There was one man among the breakaway three who had avoided disaster, Poland's Rafal Majka, but he caught cramps and van Avermaet and Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark sped by him to take gold and silver.

Venus sets: The first big upset came on the tennis courts where four-time gold medalist Venus Williams was bounced by unseeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, the 62nd-ranked player in the world. Williams, who at 36 is likely in her final Olympics, still has a chance at one more gold as she will team with her sister, Serena, in doubles.

VIDEOS:

Chase Kalisz earns first U.S. Olympic swimming medal of 2016

Venus Williams loses tense third set tiebreaker

, Yue challenge net touch; initial decision overturned

Mack Horton out-touches dominant Sun Yang in 400m freestyle

'Iron Lady' Katinka Hosszu wins Olympic crown, world record

Gymnast Chris Brooks apologizes after pommel horse fall

Qualifications: Danell Leyva shines on parallel bars

Sam Mikulak competes toned-down high bar



Yusra20Mardini20prelim 7701726 ver10 1280 720

More...
NewsBot is offline   Reply With Quote
Similar Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NJMP Lightning Innugural CCS Race Recap Somebody1010 Taking it to the Track 3 07-30-2009 05:16 PM
Cuban Banned for Life from Olympics cause he kicked the judge!!!! HoustonGixxer Sports 19 08-31-2008 11:41 PM
LMS Noob day Recap houseofpaint Taking it to the Track 27 07-22-2008 10:32 AM
Reply


Thread Tools


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:25 AM.


MotoHouston.com is not responsible for the content posted by users.
Privacy Policy