Tom Daley has always been a showman – but he provided the wrong kind of drama at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre.
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.”
Joe Joyce lit up Pavilion Six on Friday afternoon with three rounds of controlled malevolence against the smart Kazak Ivan Dychko to guarantee silver and put him in with an excellent chance for gold on Sunday – as well as revenge against his old French rival, Tony Yoka.
You wait 20 years for an Olympic medal then two come along in succession, as nobody but nobody with the exception of Nick Skelton has ever said.
Whatever Jade Jones does for the rest of her life – and when she sets her sights on something it generally happens – she will always cherish Rio.
Come in Sean Kerly, your time is up. Twenty-eight years since the men’s team famously overcame Germany in Seoul, there are new heroes in town.
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.
The higher the stakes the more Jade Jones seems to like it. Four years ago she was a memorable teenage champion at the London Olympics and British taekwondo’s golden girl has now kicked and punched her way to fresh success in Rio. Her compelling blend of whirling feet and controlled aggression has once again left the world sprawling.
Jo Pavey’s hopes of becoming the first British female track athlete to compete in five Olympic Games were given a dramatic kiss of life on Wednesday night as she cut through the field with a late charge to finish fifth in the 10,000 metres European Championships final in the Olympic Stadium here.
If Usain Bolt races as confidently as he talked in the build up to these Anniversary Games a familiar story will play out in London’s Olympic Stadium on Friday night: Bolt cantering home, accepting the adornments of the flower girls and the 50,000 crowd, and leaving everyone else straining and stretched out behind him.
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.
Farewell then Usain St Leo Bolt, also known as Lightning, also known (but only to his mum) as “VJ” and now also known for as long as anyone cares to keep measuring these things as the greatest track and field athlete ever.
Everyone knows that racing is dangerous, but some of the things that happen to drivers can be downright bizarre.
We'd place Manchester United, Stoke City, Arsenal, QPR, and Liverpool stars as winners.
The 22-year-old winger has been heavily linked with Tottenham Hotspur but they may not get their man.
Tonight the Paralympics kicks off and brings the country together once more for another huge celebration of sport.
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.