Greg Rutherford believes he is in the best shape of his career and the Olympic long jump champion is thriving under the pressure of being the bookmakers’ favourite for the Rio Games.
Rebecca Adlington, the four-times Olympic medallist, says Britain’s swimmers will not be put off by the Zika virus as they prepare for the Rio Olympics, despite growing concern over its potential impact.
Bungs and secret bank accounts; shadowy figures on the take and make; the bidding process for major sporting events shown to be as transparent as an oil slick.
Kenya’s top marathon runners are convinced they will be at this year’s Olympics after their government finally passed a law to fund an anti-doping agency with powers to imprison cheats.
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.
Russia has been warned it requires “significant further work” in tackling doping if its athletes are to be admitted to the Olympics, while another five countries were placed in “critical care” over their testing procedures.
Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed the Rio Olympics will almost certainly be his final event in top-level cycling, while predicting the British team could win fewer than half the number of velodrome gold medals secured at the London Games four years ago.
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.
Imagine how extraordinarily talented you would need to be to be the fourth best in the world at whatever it is you do, how it would feel if you absolutely knew that, in a population of almost eight billion people, there were only three who better than you.
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.
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.
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.
It’s hard enough finding suitable accommodation when you’re 7ft tall, so the Dallas Mavericks’ and Australia center Andrew Bogut may not have been expecting too much when he turned up at the athletes’ village before the start of the Rio Olympics.
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.
In his first match since quitting the French Open nearly 10 weeks ago, Rafael Nadal showed no signs of discomfort in the torn tendons of his left wrist and was as imperious as ever in dismissing the world No43 Federico Delbonis in the first round of the 2016 Olympics tennis tournament.
Britain’s Adam Peaty clocked 57.55 seconds in his 100m breaststroke heat at Rio 2016 to break his own world record.
Why the result and ensuing interactions were everything the Olympic's are about.
There was a moment on Saturday night where the US’s basketball game against China was actually something resembling a competition.
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”.