Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui hoped she’d wow the world with her backstroke. Instead she is breaking the Chinese internet with her hilarious post-swim interviews.
She thrashed her legs during those last few strokes of Tuesday night’s 200m freestyle final and Katie Ledecky’s body ached like it never had before in these Olympics. Her rival Sarah Sjöström was somewhere, either ahead or behind. She had no idea. So she kept pushing her arms her feet, her stomach until near the end she burped. And as she did she thought she would vomit in the water for all the world to see on live television.
To the Cicada des Arts, a sprawling cultural complex in Barra, to join the sweaty throng for Usain Bolt’s pre-Olympic press conference. Or, more accurately, 20 minutes of softballing questions from the hundreds of the world’s media, in which the Jamaican sprinter was told “Your way of dealing with the pressure makes Brazilian people want to marry you a little more,” and rapped to by a Norwegian journalist, who also told Bolt he was in love with him.
It was job done for Kohei Uchimura as the all-around genius of gymnastics finally filled in his Olympic gold collection with Japan’s first team gold since 2004. But there was mission failure for Great Britain, who had high expectations after finishing second to Japan in last year’s world championships, and ended up just out of the medals.
Within the scope of an endless – and seemingly unwinnable – war for the integrity of swimming, Monday’s women’s 100m breaststroke final was but a minor skirmish. Yet Lilly King made sure it would be a night long remembered for the Americans as she won gold and then called into question her team-mate Justin Gatlin’s place at the Olympics.
The mother of an Olympic bronze medalist has complained that media coverage of her son’s win has been out-of-sync with that of his partner.
On a sultry night in Brazil the expectant supporters of Team GB finally had every excuse to go nuts.
By early Monday morning it was hard to know which was the more indelible image for the US on a Sunday that had brought so much disappointment in its first 23 hours.
Max Whitlock has always been a shy kind of sportsman. It does not matter now. The history books – and an army of fans – will shout loud enough for him, after he ended Britain’s 116-year drought with not one but two gold medals in the Olympic Arena and established himself as -simply the greatest gymnast the country has produced.
Thirteen years ago, Nile Wilson’s parents let him make a Hollywood walk of fame-style palm-print in concrete in their Pudsey garden. Above the imprint of his seven-year-old hands are the letters: “Nile M, Olympic Gymnast”.
The Great Britain women’s hockey team have made their mark on sport fans back home following their historic gold medal win in the Olympics final.
Everyone seems to be talking about them; all the papers are full of the stories of these Olympians we've never heard of before. Is this just because it's going on in London? What’s happening?
Senior figures within amateur boxing have warned many bouts, including those to decide medals, could be fixed at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro amid widespread concern about corruption and financial malpractice at the sport’s global governing body, the Guardian can reveal.
Sports Illustrated’s cover shoot was out of date before it hit the newsstands. Simone Biles, posing with fellow US multi-medallists Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, has three golds around her neck. Expect meme artists to be photoshopping in her fourth already.
There was a moment on Saturday night where the US’s basketball game against China was actually something resembling a competition.
Friday night, Facebook shook under the swear words coming from a particular American friend's keyboard. It started innocently enough. "Ooof England." Then it escalated to "Holy Shit England". Finally, it was "STOP LONDON. JUST STOP" (thereby proving that strong statements need not include f-bombs).
The Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge further enhanced his claims to be considered the greatest marathon runner of all time as he powered away from a high-class field to win the Olympic title.
So this is why the Manchester United winger was so keen on playing in the Olympics...
Shakur Stevenson’s dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal and ending the United States’ historic drought in men’s boxing ended in tears after he settled for silver with a split-decision loss to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez in the bantamweight final at Riocentro.
Charley Hull finished two shots off the bronze medal in the women’s Olympic golf competition won by Inbee Park. The South Korean finished on 16 under par, five shots clear of New Zealand’s Lydia Ko. A late flurry of birdies from the Kiwi, including one on the 18th green, relegated China’s Shanshan Feng to third.
The first words that came out of Vicky Holland’s mouth after a desperate sprint had taken her to a thrillingly unexpected Olympic triathlon bronze medal were an apology.