She’s been called the world’s most dominant athlete, but Katie Ledecky showed a rare glimpse of mortality on Saturday in anchoring the United States to a silver medal in the women’s 4x100 freestyle relay final as the US swim team won their first medals of the Rio Olympics.
Britain’s Adam Peaty clocked 57.55 seconds in his 100m breaststroke heat at Rio 2016 to break his own world record.
It sounds eerily familiar: Jessica Ennis-Hill favourite in the heptathlon, Mo Farah gunning for gold in the 10,000m and Greg Rutherford desperate to prove the doubters wrong in the long jump.
The International Paralympic Committee is set to do what its Olympic counterpart did not and ban Russia outright from its Games later this month, the Observer has learned.
There are two ways to view the 2016 Olympics: cynically, as witnessed by sluggish ticket sales, civil unrest, a noisily creaking infrastructure and the absence of many of the world’s best athletes, or with a kinder eye, as championed by Andy Murray.
The US men’s basketball team caused a stir when they announced they’d be staying on a luxury cruise ship rather than roughing it in the Olympic village. But Jimmy Butler, the Chicago Bulls star, might have wished his team were with the other athletes in the spartan Rio dorms – he’s not a fan of the water.
The International Olympic Committee has confirmed 271 Russian athletes will compete in the Rio Olympics, a figure that will provoke outrage from those who argued for a blanket ban in the wake of state-sponsored doping revelations.
Let’s start with the obvious: nobody – not renowned surgeon Dr James Andrews, not agent Scott Boras, not Washington Nationals and New York Mets general managers Mike Rizzo and Sandy Alderson, not Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz – knows the right path when it comes to protecting young arms.
It’s one of Australian sport’s most enduring clichés, popularised by Ian Chappell and flogged to its last, shallow breath by Shane Warne: in cricket, the coach is the thing with four wheels that transports you around England during the Ashes.
A new poll suggests player protests over the national anthem are hurting NFL rating this year. We're not so sure about that.
No sooner had Hideki Matsuyama made history in Shanghai than scrutiny intensified as to what, in Turkey, the golfing world may encounter next. For Matsuyama, the 24-year-old from Japan, a three-week run has returned $2.7m and will ensure he is ranked sixth in the world.