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.
Moments after Usain Bolt had clinched his eighth Olympic title with much the same ease as his other seven, he smiled serenely into the cameras and hollered: “Number one!” Once again, he had proven that he was the greatest sprinter in history. But, perhaps for the first time, there was something else: a sense that as he approaches his 30th birthday on Sunday, he is not quite able to hit the very highest notes as he once did.
Last month you were the ninth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing.
Inside a little house on Omaha Street, not far from the border of Washington DC, a father still clutches his Olympic dream. Gary Russell is a boxing man who wanted a family of boxing men who would win a pile of Olympic medals.
Annemiek van Vleuten has been taken to intensive care with three cracks in her spine after her horrific crash in the women’s road race at Rio 2016.
Tom Daley has always been a showman – but he provided the wrong kind of drama at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre.
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.”
Former Leeds and Crystal Palace striker wants Zlatan to play at the Olympics.
Max Whitlock has always been a shy kind of sportsman. It does not matter now. The history books – and an army of fans – will shout loud enough for him, after he ended Britain’s 116-year drought with not one but two gold medals in the Olympic Arena and established himself as -simply the greatest gymnast the country has produced.
Martyn Rooney has questioned whether foul play might have been responsible for Britain’s 4x400m relay team being disqualified from Saturday’s final – allowing the Brazilian team to take their place in the closing event of the Olympic track and field programme.
This weekend, Jack Beaumont was due to be racing with the junior boys at a regatta for his old rowing club in Maidenhead. Instead, he will be lining up on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in his first Olympic Games.