Estonians in Rio, Day 13: Estonian record broken in hurdles final, wrestler bested by eventual bronze, decathletes wrap up
Despite coming in 6th place, Estonian hurdle jumper Rasmus Mägi broke the Estonian record in the 400m hurdles final, while a promising 3:0 start still gave way to a 4:6 defeat for wrestler Epp Mäe and decathletes Karl Robert Saluri and Maicel Uibo finished 23rd and 24th after two days of competition.
Athletics: Men's 400m hurdles
While in the first round he came just one hundredth of a second short of tying the standing Estonian record, set himself in 2014, with a time of 48.55 seconds, Estonian hurdle jumper Rasmus Mägi set a new one with a time of 48.40 seconds in the 400m hurdles final, placing 6th overall.
The final began with a false start by Puerto Rican Javier Culson, who was thereafter disqualified. The second start went off without a hitch, however Mägi quickly fell into last place. The Estonian hurdle jumper managed to advance one place on the home stretch, however, and ended up finishing in 6th place.
The gold went to American Kerron Clement with a time of 47.73, silver to Kenyan Boniface Mucheru Tumuti with a time of 47.78, and bronze to Yasmani Copello of Turkey with a time of 47.92.
Wrestling: Women's freestyle 75 kg
Despite an initial lead of 3:0 over her opponent, Estonian wrestler Epp Mäe was eventually bested 6:4 during the final minute against Chinese opponent Zhang Fengliu, who went on to win the bronze medal 3:1 againt Belarusian Vasilisa Marzaliuk.
"In the beginning I was active, however I slept on [my opponent's] attack," Mäe told ETV after the match. "The final minute went by unbelievably quickly."
While Zhang was the 2013 World Champion, Mäe said she only found out about a month ago that she would be representing China. "Therefore I was unaccustomed to wrestling against her," explained the Estonian wrestler.
The event's gold and silver went to Canadian Erica Wiebe and Kazakh Guzel Manyurova, respectively, after a 3:0 gold medal match in the Canadian's favor.
Athletics: Men's decathlon
After two days of competition, Estonian decathletes Karl Robert Saluri and Maicel Uibo came in 23rd and 24th place overall, earning a total of 7,223 and 7,170 points, respectively.
110m hurdles: Uibo 14.84; Saluri 16.51; winner Damian Warner (Canada) 13.58. 1st place overall: Ashton Eaton (USA), 5,621 points.
Discus throw: Saluri 42.96; Uibo 37.69; winner London Victor (Grenada) 53.24. 1st place overall: Ashton Eaton (USA), 6,398 points.
Pole vault: Uibo 5.10 (third attempt); Saluri 4.50 (single attempt); winner Kévin Mayer (France) 5.40. 1st place overall: Ashton Eaton (USA), 7,373 points.
Javelin throw: Uibo 60.52 (x - 57.34 - 60.52); Saluri 46.42 (46.42); winner Leonel Suárez (Cuba) 72.32. 1st place overall: Ashton Eaton (USA), 8,104 points.
1500m: Saluri 4:39.40, Uibo 4:47.49; winner Larbi Bourrada (Algeria) 4:14.60.
The men's decathlon gold medal went to American Ashton Eaton, who tied Czech decathlete Roman Šebrle's Olympic record of 8,893 points. Kévin Mayer of France took the silver with 8,834 points, while the bronze went to Canadian Damian Warner, who earned a total of 8,666 points overall.
No Estonians in competition on Friday
Friday will be the fist day in the Rio Games during which no Estonians will be competing.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19*
*Note: All times listed in Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) +0300 UTC.
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