RIO 2016


Swiss quartet row to gold at Olympics

The Swiss rowing team of Lucas Tramèr, Simon Schürch, Simon Niepmann and Mario Gyr claimed gold in the men's lightweight four in Rio on Thursday.

Swiss quartet row to gold at Olympics
Lucas Tramèr, Simon Schürch, Simon Niepmann and Mario Gyr celebrate their gold. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP

The Swiss rowers fought off Denmark, bronze medallists in London four years ago, who went one better to land silver, and the French quartet who claimed bronze.

Speaking to Swiss daily 20 Minutes, Tramèr, from Geneva, said he was “incredibly proud” of the team’s achievement but that it would take a few days to really sink in.

“We got off to a good start and we really played to our strengths, rowing long and powerful strokes,” he said.

“It’s really in the middle of the course that we made the difference and went ahead. And at the end the Danes were finished. They couldn’t deliver a sprint finish, as they usually do.”

Tramèr refused to look ahead to Tokyo 2020, saying he would now go back to his medical studies “because life’s not only about sport”, he told the paper.

“I’m looking forward to being able to dedicate time to my social life, which I’ve had to completely put aside for two years. I’m going to be able to go on holiday.”

The gold is Switzerland’s second at the Rio Olympics, after cyclist Fabian Cancellara won the men’s time trial road race on Wednesday in his final season before retiring.

Heidi Diethelm Gerber picked up Switzerland's first medal at the Rio Games on Tuesday, winning bronze in the 25m pistol shooting event.

A week into the Olympics, Switzerland is well on its way to beating its medal haul in London in 2012, when it picked up two golds and two silvers.

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IOC President snubs Rio Paralympics

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who did not attend the opening ceremony of the Rio Paralympics on Wednesday, has no plans to travel to Brazil "at this present time," the IOC said.

IOC President snubs Rio Paralympics
Thomas Bach at the Olympics closing ceremony. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP

It's the first time since 1984 that a president of the IOC — based in Lausanne — has failed to be at an opening ceremony and there are suggestions that the no-show has to do with divisions over the Paralympic committee's outright ban on Russian athletes.
Local media also said that Brazilian authorities wanted to hear from Bach on the case of top Irish Olympic official Patrick Hickey, who was arrested at dawn on August 17th at a luxury Rio hotel over an alleged ticket scam.
Bach had instead been scheduled to attend a mourning ceremony for the late West German president Walter Scheel that meant he could not attend the opening gala in Rio “as originally planned”, the IOC said in remarks to AFP.
“At this present time there are no plans for the president to travel to Brazil,” it added.
And addressing the reports in Globo and other local media that Brazilian authorities want to talk to Bach about Hickey, the IOC said: “The IOC cannot comment on a newspaper story nor on the ongoing legal procedure against Mr Hickey for whom the presumption of innocence prevails.
“For the IOC it goes without saying that it will cooperate on this matter.”