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.
The Manchester City midfielder's athleticism is proving unrivalled in the Premier League, and his success is one of the many trends of the modern day game.
Great Britain's top Greco-Roman wrestler has failed a drug test.
Another gold. Another world record broken. But enough about Hannah Cockroft. Kadeena Cox’s place in the history books is written in permanent marker now. The 25-year-old from Leeds has swept through a staggering amount of work during her brief time in Rio.
Mark Rylance has pulled out of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony following the death of his 28-year-old step-daughter, the film-maker Nataasha van Kampen.
The question does not escape in full before Shara Proctor chimes right in. Did she feel she handled her first Olympic Games well? “No way,” comes the response. “Definitely not. I felt like a fish out of water.”
The United States men’s basketball team saved their best for last, capping an occasionally precarious Olympic tournament with a stress-free 96-66 rout of Serbia to capture yet another gold medal in the final event of the Rio Games.
The 2012 Olympic Games have been a huge success for the country, both in terms of winning medals and delivering a fantastic spectacle to the world.
A tearful Lynsey Sharp said the decision to overturn rules on testosterone suppression made competing against the women’s Olympic 800m champion, Caster Semenya, and other hyperandrogenic athletes difficult.
Claressa Shields beat distractions, nerves and a top-flight opponent to become the first American boxer to capture back-to-back gold medals and cap the US boxing team’s most prolific Olympics in nearly a generation.
The United States women’s gymnastics team stood in a cluster and looked up at the scoreboard overhead. When the numbers flashed on the screen, the title that had all but been conceded to them before the competition even started was official. They were champions again.
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.