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THE LATEST UPDATES FROM THE RIO 2016 OLYMPICS
The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt ran 20.28 seconds to reach the semi-finals of the 200 metres event at the Rio Olympic games.
Nigerian sprinter Divine Oduduru gave Bolt a run for his money, finishing closely behind the Jamaican.
Meanwhile Bolt’s main rival , the American – Justin Gatlin ran 22.20 seconds in his heat , to qualify for the final clash.
Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan qualified for the semi-final of the women’s 100metres Hurdles after finishing 5th in Heat 5 and clocking 12.99seconds.
For a look at the top countries at the Olympic medals table as at 16th August. Germany is at number five with 9 gold medals, 7 silver medals and 6 bronze medals. Russia has 11 gold 12 silver and 13 bronze medals.
China comes up at number three with 15 gold 14silver and 18 bronze. Great Britain occupies number two position with 16 gold 17 silver and 8 bronze. At number one, we have United States with 27 gold 24 silver and 26 bronze.
Then, if you are wondering which African country is ranked highest on the table, its Kenya, with two gold and three silver medals.
FOOTBALL TRANSFER MARKET
Joe Hart’s time at Manchester city appears to be up, with manager Pep Guardiola ready to bring in Barcelona goaltender, Claudio Bravo for 17 million pounds.
Some clubs like Spanish side, sevilla and everton are already indicating that they would want the English international to join them. Still on news coming from Etihad, City have signed yet another defender.
His name is Pablo Mari, from Spanish club, Gymnastic de Tarragona,
Still on transfer news, Liverpool have rejected a £23million pounds bid from Crystal Palace for striker Christian Benteke.
Also, There have been reports of Cesc Fabregas been linked with other clubs outside England but the Spanish international has insisted that he is fully focused on playing for Chelsea and working under new head coach Antonio Conte.
Italian clubs Napoli and Roma are said to be interested in signing Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian.
West Ham have completed the signing of Argentina striker Jonathan Calleri on loan from Uruguay’s Deportivo Mal-donado
Burnley have signed Belgian midfielder Steven Defour from Anderlecht.
In Spain, Barcelona say their winger Cristian Tello will continue his spell on loan at Fiorentina of Italy.
And Turkish giants Fenerbahce say they have agreed a deal with experienced Dutch coach Dick Advocaat to be the new manager.
GERMAN FA PLANS FAREWELL MATCH FOR RETIRED PLAYERS
The German Football Association has decided that it will honour Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski with farewell matches after they both announced their retirement from international duty.
Schweinsteiger had said he will be bringing his international career to an end after Euro 2016 while Podolski announced that he no longer wants to be considered for international selection .
FIFA EX-PRESIDENT DIES
Former Fifa president Joao Havelange has died at the ripe age of 100. The Brazilian was in charge of the football house from 1974 to 1998 before Sepp Blatter stepped in.
As Fifa president, he led the World Cup’s expansion from 16 to 32 teams.
NIGERIAN FOOTBALLER DIES
A young Nigerian footballer, Michael Umanyika, died while training with Azerbaijani First Division club, Zagatala PFK.
Umanyika was said to have suddenly stopped and fell during a training session, and all efforts to revive him just didn’t work.
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