Roundup: Latvia over the first Olympic weekend

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Over the first weekend of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Latvia's athletes boasted several impressive performances, with weightlifter Rebeka Koha nearly claiming a first medal for the country and beach volley duo Samoilovs / Šmēdiņš setting nerves on edge by scoring a narrow and impressive victory in the first round of their tournament.

Nerves on edge in beach volley

Latvia's Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Jānis Šmēdiņš closed out Day 2 of the Rio Olympic beach volleyball tournament with a 21-17, 18-21, 15-13 victory over Canada's Chaim Schalk and Ben Saxton in what was their first Pool D match.

The tight match was decided only at the very end with the Latvians clinching victory from being behind 11 to 13 points.

Samoilovs and Šmēdiņš will be paired against Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio Gonzalez (Cuba) on Tuesday and against Evandro Oliveira and Pedro Solberg Salgado on Thursday.

Šmēdiņš, partnered with Mārtiņš Pļaviņš, won bronze at the London Olympics four years ago.

A near miss in women's weightlifting

18-year-old Rebeka Koha placed an amazing fourth in the women's 53-kilogram weightlifting competition, lifting 197 kg - 90 kg in snatch and 107 kg in clean & jerk. 

Hsu Shu-ching (Taiwan) won the gold medal with 212 (100+112) kg , Hidilyn Diaz (Philippines) took silver with 200 (88+112) kg and Yoon Jin-hee (Korea) bronze with 199 (88+111) kg.

It was Koha's Olympic debut and the first time a female weightlifter from Latvia has participated at the Olympic games.

Ladies' tennis

Latvia's Aļona Ostapenko lost to Australia's Samantha Stosur 6-1, 3-6, 2-6 in the first round of the Olympic tennis tournament on Sunday.

After scoring an excellent first set, Ostapenko, ranked 41st in the WTA rankings, lost to her Australian adversary (ranked 18th) who managed to come back convincingly in the second and third set.

Men's road race

Latvia's Aleksejs Saramotins placed 46th in the Men's road race, finishing at 6:30:05 in what was the second Olympic appearance for the Latvian cyclist who rides for IAM Cycling.

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