Sport Olympics Rio Olympics 2016: Is Kim Jong-un really at the Games?

Rio Olympics 2016: Is Kim Jong-un really at the Games?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
Mr Trump wants China to do more to deal with North Korea. Photo: AAP Photo: AAP
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You can’t blame fans for being confused.

I mean, what is someone to think when a Kim Jong-un lookalike is spotted carrying a North Korean flag around in Rio de Janeiro?

This man – who boasts an uncanny resemblance to North Korea’s leader – said on Instagram he is “on holiday” in Brazil.

The impersonator inside the stadium. Photo: Instagram
The impersonator inside the stadium. Photo: Instagram

When he is working, he takes bookings and says on his Facebook page he is “the closet [sic] thing you will get to the DEAR LEADER without going to North Korea.”

He’s been spotted a lot in Rio, with many spectators taking the chance to get photos with who they believe is Kim Jong-un.

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Several fans have been fooled. Photo: Instagram

We wonder if he plays along with it when people ask him if he is the real thing?

And how many people are too scared too approach him?

Whatever the case, it’s certainly odd and caught our attention at The New Daily HQ.

Lochte says sorry (finally)

A contrite Ryan Lochte has apologised for his role in last weekend’s controversy, in which the American swimmer and teammates Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were accused of lying about being robbed by gunmen posing as police.

It later transpired the athletes had allegedly vandalised a gas station and become involved in an argument with staff about paying for the damage, before fabricating the details of the alleged robbery to police.

Lochte took to social media to issue the apology, declaring his regret about his behaviour that has rendered him the villain of the 2016 Games.

Olympic organisers welcomed the 32-year-old’s apology, but Rio mayor Eduardo Paes was less forgiving.

“The only thing I feel is pity, contempt,” Paes said in a press conference.

Feigen also donated 35,000 reais (AU$14,000) to a local sporting charity as the disgraced swimmers continued on their path to make amends.

The Aussie who almost speared a cameraman

Brisbane decathlon hope Cedric Dubler narrowly avoided catastrophe during the javelin section of one of Olympics’ toughest events, barely missing a cameraman with one of his throws.

“He nearly took out some cameramen here, I’m not even joking,” Australian Olympic gold medallist Steve Hooker, who was commentating the event for Channel 7, said after the 21-year-old’s wonky release sparked momentary panic.

“You can see there in the background a few cameramen are congratulating each other on still being alive.”

Jamaicans can run … but can they dance?

Watching Jamaica win the men’s 4x100m relay was awesome.

Their post-race dancing left a bit to be desired, though, don’t you think?

Hole in one sparks Kiwi charge

New Zealand’s world No.1 Lydia Ko, the gold medal favourite in the first women’s golf competition in 116 years, stormed up to second spot with one round to go after sinking her first-ever hole-in-one.

The 19-year-old carded a second-round 65 to move within two shots of leader Inbee Park of South Korea. China’s Xiju also hit an ace on the 8th hole.

Wrestling coaches body-slammed

A couple of wrestling coaches have received painful – if somewhat fitting – congratulatory hugs from their gold medal-winning charges.

Japan’s Risako Kawai, who triumphed in the 63kg freestyle wrestling competition, threw her coach, Kazuhito Sakae, to the mat when he came in for the embrace. For good measure, Kawai slammed Sakae again.

It was third time lucky for the mentor, however, who belatedly got the hug he was after.

Photo of the day

Continuing on the theme of wrestling celebrations, the slightly more imposing Mijain Lopez from Cuba, who won his third straight 130kg Greco-Roman wrestling gold, produced a similar celebration with his comparatively diminutive coach.

How good is …

… seeing athletes celebrate like this?

Yes, we’re biased, but the pure joy on the faces of these women after they qualified for the 4x400m relay final is gold.

What to watch on Sunday

There’s finals and gold medal matches galore – with the women’s basketball and handball (both starting 4.30am AEST) kicking us off.

Then it’s time to turn your attention to the iconic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro as Brazil take on Germany in the men’s football final at 6.30am AEST.

Aussie Ryan Gregson will feature in the men’s 1500m final at 10am, while we’re also in the women’s 4x400m relay at 11am.

The pick of the bunch:

4.30am: Basketball – women’s gold medal match
4.30am: Handball – women’s gold medal match
6.30am: Football – men’s gold medal match
6.50am: Water polo – men’s gold medal match
9.30am: Athletics – women’s high jump final
10.00am: Athletics – men’s 1500m final
10.15am: Athletics – women’s 800m final
10.30am: Athletics – men’s 5000m final
11.00am: Athletics – women’s 4x400m relay
11.35am: Athletics – men’s 4x400m relay

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