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Romania's Olympic gymnastics failure: where did it all go wrong?

Olympic Lane Road Marking

On Sunday morning when the Romanians marched into the arena in Rio, they were the defending Olympic team bronze medalists. When they exited two hours later, it was clear that the team that had introduced Nadia Comaneci and the Perfect 10 40 years ago would not be sending a squad to Brazil in the summer.

Mark Cavendish dealt blow in Olympic quest after missing omnium medal

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish’s chances of going to Rio in search of an Olympic medal in the omnium look increasingly slender after the Manxman finished sixth in the world championships, failing to make an impact on the lengthy points race that decided the six-discipline event, where the gold medal went to the defending champion, Fernando Gaviria.


Team GB Rugby Sevens men's team pose for a group photo in Trafalgar Square

Dan Bibby’s sudden death try sends GB through to rugby sevens semis

Sevens rugby is new to the Olympics but already it feels like a glorious adornment. Even a rainy night in Rio could not dilute the sudden death drama, with Team GB now facing a semi-final against South Africa after a scarcely believable “golden point” extra-time win over Argentina. A tournament which has also seen Japan reach the last four and New Zealand bow out prematurely is proving to be utterly compelling.

Swimming - Women's 200m Freestyle Victory Ceremony

Rio 2016: USA's Katie Ledecky fights off exhaustion and vomit for second gold

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.

Usain Bolt uses an Apple iPhone while giving a press conference

Usain Bolt circus rumbles into Rio but sprinter shows his serious side too

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.


Diving - Men's 3m Springboard Final

Jack Laugher adds springboard diving silver to his synchronised gold

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.