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Jessica Ennis-Hill to decide on future after claiming silver in heptathlon

Athletics - Women's Heptathlon 800m

Jessica Ennis-Hill wasn’t going to die wondering. As she lined up for the 800m, the final event of the women’s heptathlon, she knew she needed to overturn a 142-point deficit to surpass Nafissatou Thiam, the brilliant young Belgian – nine years her junior – if she was to retain her Olympic title. That equated to 9.47 seconds: the exact difference between their two personal bests.

Michael Phelps caps a glittering Olympic career with one final swimming gold

Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling poses with U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps during a training camp in Singapore

In the same way the statue of Christ the Redeemer dominates the Rio skyline so Michael Phelps now transcends his sport. It did not require one final gold medal in the 4x100 medley relay – his 23rd gold and 28th Olympic medal – to reinforce his status as the most decorated Olympian of all time but he delivered it anyway. The outstretched arms of Phelps will encourage swimmers to aim higher for as long as there is water on the surface of the earth.