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Usain Bolt joins the immortals just as the cracks begin to appear

Athletics - Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final

Thesauruses exhausted, all superlatives spent, the world’s press turned to the man himself to ask for help. “Usain,” the question came, “at London 2012, you spoke a lot about how you wanted to become a legend. But what should we call you now?” Bolt paused, thought on it for a while. “Well,” he said, “someone said at a press conference last year that if I win these three gold medals, I will be immortal. And I kind of liked it. So I’m going to run with that: immortal.”

Jade Jones shows maturity in Rio with taekwondo gold

Taekwondo -Women's -57kg Victory Ceremony

The higher the stakes the more Jade Jones seems to like it. Four years ago she was a memorable teenage champion at the London Olympics and British taekwondo’s golden girl has now kicked and punched her way to fresh success in Rio. Her compelling blend of whirling feet and controlled aggression has once again left the world sprawling.

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Swimming - Women's 200m IM - SM6

Ellie Simmonds steals the show on golden night for British swimmers

On a night of three golds in the pool for ParalympicsGB Ellie Simmonds stole the show by becoming the first SM6 swimmer to race below three minutes in the 200m medley. After an F42 shot put gold for Aled Davies during the morning session of the athletics Simmonds followed Sascha Kindred’s lead by shattering the world record in the clammy Aquatics Centre. The 21-year-old, who suffers from achondroplasia dwarfism, won her fifth Paralympic gold with a time of 2min 59.81sec.

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Romania's Olympic gymnastics failure: where did it all go wrong?

On Sunday morning when the Romanians marched into the arena in Rio, they were the defending Olympic team bronze medalists. When they exited two hours later, it was clear that the team that had introduced Nadia Comaneci and the Perfect 10 40 years ago would not be sending a squad to Brazil in the summer.

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