Perhaps appropriately at the end of a by turns stormy and thrilling fortnight, the 2016 Olympics closed amid driving rain and fireworks with a ceremony that was largely celebratory in tone.
After the overall success in Rio British Olympic officials will have another go at persuading the home nations to enter men’s and women’s football teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Claressa Shields beat distractions, nerves and a top-flight opponent to become the first American boxer to capture back-to-back gold medals and cap the US boxing team’s most prolific Olympics in nearly a generation.
The Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge further enhanced his claims to be considered the greatest marathon runner of all time as he powered away from a high-class field to win the Olympic title.
A tearful Lynsey Sharp said the decision to overturn rules on testosterone suppression made competing against the women’s Olympic 800m champion, Caster Semenya, and other hyperandrogenic athletes difficult.
In what may yet prove to be her final Olympic appearance Allyson Felix led the US 4x400m relay team home in style to become the most decorated athlete in US track and field history, overcoming their Jamaican rivals with ease in the process.
A tearful Ryan Lochte has said sorry to his US swimming team-mates, his family and the people of Brazil for a “stupid mistake” at a Rio gas station that overshadowed the final week of the Olympic Games.
The years and opponents might change, but for Mo Farah some things remain ever present: that feeling of accelerating through the gears, the thrill of leaving his rivals clutching at his slipstream, the joy of kissing the track knowing another gold medal is in the bag.
Well, the Olympics have turned up. What a night this was in the Maracaña, as Brazil’s long-nursed dreams of a first Olympic football gold medal were stretched thin, wrung out a little more and then finally delivered via Neymar’s winning kick in the decisive penalty shootout.
The 2012 Olympic Games have been a huge success for the country, both in terms of winning medals and delivering a fantastic spectacle to the world.
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.
This just was not Jo Konta’s day.
Everyone knows that racing is dangerous, but some of the things that happen to drivers can be downright bizarre.
Several former Olympians who now serve on the International Olympic Committee’s athletes’ commission have warned of catastrophic consequences if the organisation does not ban Russia completely from the Rio Games.
The Manchester City midfielder's athleticism is proving unrivalled in the Premier League, and his success is one of the many trends of the modern day game.
Mo Sbihi was one of Britain's rowers to claim Bronze in the men's eight at London 2012 yesterday.
Tonight the Paralympics kicks off and brings the country together once more for another huge celebration of sport.
Everyone seems to be talking about them; all the papers are full of the stories of these Olympians we've never heard of before. Is this just because it's going on in London? What’s happening?
Thesauruses exhausted, all superlatives spent, the world’s press turned to the man himself to ask for help. “Usain,” the question came, “at London 2012, you spoke a lot about how you wanted to become a legend. But what should we call you now?” Bolt paused, thought on it for a while. “Well,” he said, “someone said at a press conference last year that if I win these three gold medals, I will be immortal. And I kind of liked it. So I’m going to run with that: immortal.”