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Spain wins first Olympic gold in Rio with 200m butterfly

Mireia Belmonte-Garcia won Spain's first gold of the Rio Olympics with victory in the women's 200m butterfly on Wednesday.

Spain wins first Olympic gold in Rio with 200m butterfly
Mireia Belmonte-Garcia claimed Spain's first gold in Rio.

Belmonte-Garcia, who claimed silver in London four years ago, pipped Australia's Madeline Groves in a pulsating Rio final to touch in 2min 04.85sec, for a winning margin of just three hundredths.

Japan's Natsumi Hoshi, the reigning world champion, clocked 2:05.20 to match the bronze medal she took in London after a disappointing swim.

It was Belmonte-Garcia's second medal of the Rio swimming competition after the 25-year-old took bronze in the 400m individual medley earlier in the week.   

China's hopes of a hat-trick of victories after winning this event in 2008 and 2012 were dashed as Zhou Yilin and Zhang Yufei could only place fifth and sixth respectively.

While perhaps lacking the crackling intensity of a Michael Phelps race, the battle between Belmonte-Garcia and Groves – who led for most of the contest – brought Brazilian fans to their feet with Hoshi also briefly threatening a late fightback.

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WATCH: Spain’s Olympic Bronze figure skater is the superhero we all need

Spanish figure skater Javier Fernandez delighted fans with a super hero routine at the Pyeongchang closing ceremony.

WATCH: Spain’s Olympic Bronze figure skater is the superhero we all need
Javier Fernandez performs in the PyeongChang closing gala. Photos: AFP

The 26-year-old became a national hero when he scooped Bronze in the Men’s Single competition last week, becoming only the fourth ever Winter Olympic medallist for Spain.

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On Sunday, he performed in the Olympic winners closing exhibition entertaining fans with an aerobics-inspired routine accompanied by pop hits from the Eighties.

The hilarious routine began with the skater posing as an exercise instructor in sweat pants and a hoodie to a soundtrack of him speaking in English as he limbered up with stretches to Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”.

He then whipped of his sweats to reveal a superhero outfit in the crimson and gold colours of Spain complete with shiny satin cape which billowed behind him as he flew around the rink to a soundtrack of  “Maniac” by Michael Sembello, “Holding Out For A Hero” by Bonnie Tyler, and “I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner.

The athlete has hinted that this is likely to be his last Olympics.

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