Olympics: Rudisha, Biles and home hopes in Rio spotlight

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 15, (APP/AFP) – Monday’s
Olympic menu includes David Rudisha’s 800m title defence, US gymnastic sensation Simone Biles’ fourth gold tilt, and open-water swimmers’s braving pollution fears.

Day 10 of the 2016 Games sees 17 gold medals looking for a home. Track and field account for five of the finals with Rudisha taking centre stage at the Olympic Stadium.

The Kenyan coasted through the semi-finals at the weekend, but pretenders to his crown include his fellow countrymen Alfred Kipketer and Ferguson Rotich.

Reigning women’s 200m champion Allyson Felix is the star turn in the 400m and France’s world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie defends his pole vault title.

The other two finals are in the women’s hammer and women’s 3000m  steeplechase.

Over at Rio’s gymnastics venue Biles, fresh from scooping a third gold on Sunday, goes for number four on the beam.

The home crowd will be rooting for Flavia Saraiva, the 1.33m tall  16-year-old who is in the strange position of trying to kybosh her  self-proclaimed idol, Biles.