Last-ditch dive wins 400m gold
DAVID Rudisha sealed a historic Olympic 800m double as Shaunae Miller's audacious dive in the 400m and Thiago Braz's pole vault gold for Brazil lit up a wet Monday night in Rio.
Kenya's Rudisha was all class in a smooth 800m victory which made him the first man since New Zealand's Peter Snell in 1964 to win the event at consecutive Olympics.
"It is great to win such a big competition, my second gold," Rudisha said. "It's so great. I am so excited. It is the greatest moment of my career."
But he was soon upstaged by the Bahamas' Miller, who threw herself head-first across the line to snatch victory from flummoxed American favourite Allyson Felix.
Miller remained lying on the track for some time after her unconventional dive, which followed a similar lunge across the line by Brazil's Joao Vitor de Oliveira to qualify from his 110m hurdles heats.
"I've never done it before.
"I have some cuts and bruises, a few burns.
"It hurts," Miller said.
"When I was on the ground I didn't know I'd won. I still don't know how it happened.
"What was in my mind was I had to get a gold medal. The next thing I was on the ground.
"It's an amazing feeling."
Her last-ditch plunge meant disappointment for Felix, who has Olympic gold medals over 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m but who switched to focus on the longer distance.
The desperate dive came on a treacherously wet night when runners clattered into hurdles and the discus slipped from hands before officials called a 20-minute suspension.