Jack Laugher has gained GB’s 50th medal of the Rio Olympics after securing silver in the men’s 3m springboard. Having collected GB’s first-ever diving gold in the synchronised 3m springboard in company with Chris Mears, Laugher again produced his best form when it mattered to finish second behind China’s outstanding Cao Yuan.
When Gary Antuanne Russell lost his light middleweight quarter-final to Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in a split-decision on Tuesday afternoon boos poured down from the US contingent.
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”.
Sports Illustrated’s cover shoot was out of date before it hit the newsstands.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.
These Olympics will be remembered for any amount of athletic excellence but there are days when the acreage of empty seats in Rio’s showpiece stadium feels doubly depressing. If there is one man who should be guaranteed to attract a crowd it is Usain Bolt, the fastest and most marketable athlete on the planet. For him to run in front of a sea of vacant blue plastic really does damage the Games’ image.
If ever there was an athlete to put a smile on a nation’s face, it surely was Nicola Adams. But the most effervescent member of the Great Britain Olympic squad had to bite down hard on her gumshield here on Tuesday to secure at least a bronze with a one-fight passage through to the semi-finals.
Charlotte Dujardin retained her individual grand prix dressage medal at Rio’s Olympic equestrian centre with a stunning round on Valegro. Her winning score of 93.857 was the third highest of all time, beaten only by herself. Still, though, a high‑quality competition boiled down a thrilling last ditch finish in the baking Rio sun.
The divers had to plunge into a green pool; the windsurfers were advised to keep their mouths shut in dirty Guanabara Bay. Everyone was at least a tiddly bit worried about Zika. To the list of indignities facing Olympic athletes we can now add: falling ash.
It was third time lucky, then, for the endlessly compelling contradiction that is Mark Cavendish. Following two epic days of competition in only his third ever international class omnium, the Isle of Man cyclist finally had the Olympic medal he craved around his neck after bitter disappointment in Beijing and London.
Europe’s tormentor in chief may well be afforded special salvation from the same continent. Patrick Reed’s leading role in the USA’s Ryder Cup success at Hazeltine has apparently enhanced the desire of Keith Pelley, the European Tour’s chief executive, to keep the 26-year-old as part of his business equation.
Andy Murray is fighting mental and physical fatigue as he strains to knock Novak Djokovic off the top of the tennis mountain.
Ross Brawn, one of Formula One’s major players of the modern era, looks certain to be restored to the sport in the near future – but the precise role he will play remains uncertain.