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Omar McLeod clinches gold in 110m hurdles as Devon Allen misses out

  • Jamaican beats Spain’s Cuban-born Orlando Ortega to win Olympic final
  • Allen was taking break from college football to compete at Rio 2016

Next week Devon Allen will join the University of Oregon football team as they prepare for their season opener at Autzen Stadium. But on Tuesday night the 21-year-old wide receiver for the Ducks was out to make the most of his pre-approved absence.

Allen finished fifth in the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.31sec – a scant seven-hundredths of a second off the podium – behind world indoor champion Omar McLeod, who captured Jamaica’s first ever gold in the event in a time of 13.05. Spain’s Orlando Ortega took silver in 13.17 and Dimitri Bascou of France won bronze in 13.24.

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Omar McLeod clinches gold in 110m hurdles as Devon Allen misses out

  • Jamaican beats Spain’s Cuban-born Orlando Ortega to win Olympic final
  • Allen was taking break from college football to compete at Rio 2016

Next week Devon Allen will join the University of Oregon football team as they prepare for their season opener at Autzen Stadium. But on Tuesday night the 21-year-old wide receiver for the Ducks was out to make the most of his pre-approved absence.

Allen finished fifth in the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.31sec – a scant seven-hundredths of a second off the podium – behind world indoor champion Omar McLeod, who captured Jamaica’s first ever gold in the event in a time of 13.05. Spain’s Orlando Ortega took silver in 13.17 and Dimitri Bascou of France won bronze in 13.24.

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Simone Biles’ bronze on beam ends quest to break gymnastics gold record

  • Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands wins gold with artistic routine
  • USA’s Laurie Hernandez wins silver ahead of team-mate
  • Biles can still claim fourth gold in floor exercise on Tuesday

Simone Biles’s bid for a history-making fifth Olympic gold medal fell short as she had to settle for bronze in the individual balance beam competition. Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands captured gold with a highly artistic routine, while the 16-year-old American upstart Laurie Hernandez capped off her Olympic debut with the silver.

The beam, which dares gymnasts to perform routines of extraordinary rigour on a platform 4ft above the ground and not much wider than a credit card, is the sport’s most precarious apparatus and the world champion of the past two years fell victim to the discipline’s essential unpredictability.

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Simone Biles reaches new heights with all-around Olympic gold medal

• Fellow American Aly Raisman wins silver, Russia’s Aliya Mustafina bronze
• Final score of 62.198 marked improvement on winning scores in worlds

Simone Biles stood by herself atop the podium as her national anthem played, the thousands of Swarovski crystals adorning her red, white and blue leotard glimmering in the spotlight that was hers alone – a familiar perch for the teenager who has towered above gymnastics for the past three years.

The 19-year-old from suburban Houston captured her second Olympic gold medal of the Rio Games on Thursday afternoon, winning the individual all-around competition – the sport’s ultimate prize – after anchoring the United States to a crushing win in the team competition two days ago.

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Refugee judoka Popole Misenga out of Olympics but thrilled all the same

  • Misenga was beaten in the last 16 of the men’s 90kg by the world No1
  • ‘I’m just really happy to be here’ says refugee

For nearly 20 seconds, Popole Misenga refused to submit as he struggled to wrestle free from the devastating hold that was slowly hyperextending his elbow during Wednesday’s judo competition. Around him, the crowd in the nearly full Carioca Arena 2 swelled. How much agony could he withstand?

Turns out plenty. The 24-year-old freed himself from the armbar and, with eight seconds left, hurled India’s Avtar Singh to the mat with a seoi-nage, or shoulder throw, for a yuko to seal an opening-round victory that meant something more.

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A nation united: America’s best come together in Rio to ease the tumult at home

USA are favored to top the medal chart – and for 17 days we will be reminded that what brings us together is stronger than what threatens to pull us apart

Back home a nation is riven. The specter of terrorism, both global and domestic, is the new normal. Elected officials stand by as their constituents are poisoned while police carry out shootings in the street. A bitterly contentious presidential election, one that’s increasingly come to reflect the battleground for America’s soul, careens into the championship rounds. Fear is winning.

Related: Rio 2016: top American Olympic shooter Kim Rhode attacks gun-control laws

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