The full story of the men’s 100m Olympic final will not play out for another fortnight, but its rolling narrative is long established. Light and dark. Good and evil. Usain Bolt versus Justin Gatlin.
The Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev have lodged appeals against their bans from the Rio Olympic Games with the court of arbitration for sport.
Nawal El Moutawakel, the head inspector of the International Olympic Committee, has said Rio is “ready to welcome the world”, but other observers seem less sure.
South Sudan’s first ever Olympic Games team is in disarray over allegations an advertising deal influenced which athletes were selected to compete at Rio.
Yuliya Stepanova, the whistleblower pivotal to the discovery of deep-rooted state-sponsored doping in Russia, has hit out angrily at the International Olympic Committee in the wake of its decision to ban her from competing in Rio.
Long before the words had tumbled out of Mo Farah’s mouth, his victory smile gave the game away. After months enduring his own private purgatory, neither bad nor brilliant but somewhere in between, Britain’s double Olympic champion believes he is back near his very best.
It is not often that Usain Bolt is upstaged but on a balmy night in London the fastest man in the world played second fiddle to Laura Muir, a veterinary science student from the University of Glasgow, and Kendra Harrison, a god-fearing hurdler from Tennessee.
On the eve of an Olympics riven with fear over the future of the Games, organisers have added a further five sports to the programme for Tokyo 2020 in the hope of increasing its appeal to younger audiences.
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.
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.
Chris Froome is unconcerned about recovering from the brutal road race on Saturday for his tilt at gold in the time trial, while Geraint Thomas waits to hear whether he will be able to take part on Wednesday as a late addition.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
They were born in the same year, in the same country, just six months apart. But the Olympic fortunes of British-raised taekwondo stars Lutalo Muhammad and Aaron Cook could scarcely be more different.
Jordan Burroughs, the US Olympics champion freestyle wrestler, saw his hopes of winning gold again at Rio 2016 ended on Friday when he lost his 74kg quarter-final bout to Russia’s Aniuar Geduev.