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.
Jessica Ennis-Hill wasn’t going to die wondering. As she lined up for the 800m, the final event of the women’s heptathlon, she knew she needed to overturn a 142-point deficit to surpass Nafissatou Thiam, the brilliant young Belgian – nine years her junior – if she was to retain her Olympic title. That equated to 9.47 seconds: the exact difference between their two personal bests.
Gold medals never come easy, but Mo Farah’s third was harder than most. First Farah fell, and then he found himself in a fierce final sprint with Kenya’s Paul Tanui.
The record books tell everything about the cliff face Jessica Ennis-Hill will have to climb when she begins the defence of her Olympic heptathlon title on Friday morning.
Few teams personify that hoary old saw about the fleeting nature of form compared to the permanence of class than the British men’s track cycling sprint team.
Fiji are celebrating their first ever Olympic medal after they outplayed Great Britain from start to finish to win gold in the first Olympic men’s rugby sevens tournament with a 43-7 victory in the final at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio.
This just was not Jo Konta’s day.
Team USA’s Simone Manuel and 16-year-old Canadian Penny Oleksiak have spoiled the party for Australia’s Campbell sisters in a dramatic final of the women’s 100m freestyle.
Simone Manuel made history in the pool on Thursday night, as she became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold in an individual swimming event.
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.
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.
By midnight, the Olympic Stadium can’t have been a quarter-full.
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.
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.
“That piaffe was exquisite,” I said, awed, to my girlfriend. Her eyes rolled upwards in long-suffering torment at my confidently professed knowledge of a movement in the dressage event.