If ever there was an athlete to put a smile on a nation’s face, it surely was Nicola Adams. But the most effervescent member of the Great Britain Olympic squad had to bite down hard on her gumshield here on Tuesday to secure at least a bronze with a one-fight passage through to the semi-finals.
Charlotte Dujardin retained her individual grand prix dressage medal at Rio’s Olympic equestrian centre with a stunning round on Valegro. Her winning score of 93.857 was the third highest of all time, beaten only by herself. Still, though, a high‑quality competition boiled down a thrilling last ditch finish in the baking Rio sun.
The divers had to plunge into a green pool; the windsurfers were advised to keep their mouths shut in dirty Guanabara Bay. Everyone was at least a tiddly bit worried about Zika. To the list of indignities facing Olympic athletes we can now add: falling ash.
It was third time lucky, then, for the endlessly compelling contradiction that is Mark Cavendish. Following two epic days of competition in only his third ever international class omnium, the Isle of Man cyclist finally had the Olympic medal he craved around his neck after bitter disappointment in Beijing and London.
By midnight, the Olympic Stadium can’t have been a quarter-full.
If Rudyard Kipling’s adage about treating triumph and disaster the same is a standard trope for Olympians, then for the three-time champion Mo Farah it now might be rewritten to include elation and suspicion.
Did you ever doubt it? He didn’t. Before the race began Usain Bolt said that the only question in his head was whether he should take it easy in the 100m final so he could spare himself for the longer sprints next week. He has his heart set, you see, on trying to break the 19 second barrier in the 200m.
Europeans have often come to grief looking for gold in South America but, although Andy Murray flirted too often with disaster, he conquered his nerves and, after four sets of agonising fluctuations, Juan Martín del Potro to strike the mother lode again in Rio on Sunday night.
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.
After a few days of reports chronicling his conspicuous non-appearances at the velodrome, there were sarcastic sighs of relief when Cavendish finally turned up.
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.
South Sudan’s first ever Olympic Games team is in disarray over allegations an advertising deal influenced which athletes were selected to compete at Rio.
Citi, an official sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, has announced its roster of 'Team Citi' athletes, comprised of two US Olympic alumni and 11 US Olympic and Paralympic qualifiers and hopefuls.
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”.
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.
Shakur Stevenson’s dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal and ending the United States’ historic drought in men’s boxing ended in tears after he settled for silver with a split-decision loss to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez in the bantamweight final at Riocentro.
On a sultry night in Brazil the expectant supporters of Team GB finally had every excuse to go nuts.
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.
South African police have arrested star sprinter Oscar Pistorius for allegedly shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria.
Spoiler alert: Superman survives.
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.