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Rio Olympics 2016: Global exposure as golf's Games return proves a big hit




Women's golf medal winners
Medallists Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng come from countries representing key markets for golf

Golf made a triumphant return to the Olympics at Rio following a 112-year absence and the sport's bosses are confident it has done enough to secure its Olympic status beyond the Tokyo 2020.
All events will be evaluated next year to decide whether they will be included after the next Games in Japan and, with so many top players choosing to stay away from the men's competition in Rio, there were fears golf would not survive.
But both tournaments in Brazil have been regarded as huge successes.
Inbee Park cruised to a five-shot victory over world number one Lydia Ko, but the international nature of the leaderboard provided another significant boost.

Rio Olympics 2016: Team GB beat China to finish second in medal table


Sam Quek and Chinese Olympic team member

Great Britain have finished second in the medal table at the 2016 Olympics - above sporting powerhouse China.
One of the event's dominant nations, China have won more than 200 golds since returning to the Games in 1984.
Britain ended the Rio Games with 27 golds from 15 sports, one ahead of China.
Super-heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce won GB's final medal, a silver, as they finished with a total of 67 from 19 sports, beating the 65 at London 2012.
Rio 2016 medal table top three
Full medal table
GoldSilverBronzeTotal
USA463738121
Great Britain27231767
China26182670
Since the modern Olympic era began in 1896, no country has increased its medal tally at the summer Games immediately following one it hosted.
GB have also smashed their pre-Games target of at least 48 medals, which was set by UK Sport.
That means Rio 2016 is the nation's most successful 'away' Games in history.
China, with a population of 1.357bn to Britain's 64.1m, have amassed more medals (70) than Team GB in Brazil, achieving notable success in table tennis, diving and weightlifting.
However, GB are ahead on golds, which is what the rankings are based on.
Asked if the achievements in Rio were better than London 2012, Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport, told BBC Sport: "Absolutely.
"It is more of a thrill because although we knew we had medal potential, we were not as sure about the environment in which we were competing.
"Those of us involved know that there is still a huge amount that can be improved. As we look beyond Rio and on to Tokyo, it is looking really exciting."
UK Sport performance director Simon Timpson insisted the success was "not happening by chance", adding: "This is success by design."

Russian 'Putin mask' activist claims asylum in Ukraine



Roman Roslovtsev in his Putin maskImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionRoman Roslovtsev has been arrested several times for walking in Moscow's Red Square in a Vladimir Putin mask

Ukrainian authorities say a Russian opposition activist has requested asylum in the country.
Roman Roslovtsev, known for protesting against Russian president Vladimir Putin in a Putin mask, crossed into Ukraine from Belarus.
He told local television he was seeking asylum because of persecution by the Russian security service.
Ukraine's border agency said that an application for asylum was being reviewed by migration authorities.
The agency published a statement which did not name Mr Roslovtsev, but said a "famous Russian writer and public figure" known for protest activities had applied for asylum.
Mr Roslovtsev, 36, has been detained as least nine times by Russian authorities after walking in Moscow's Red Square in his Putin mask.