Monthly Roundup August 2016

Monthly Roundup: August 2016

August sure has flown like the wind. Too fast for my liking, but even so, there have been some happy and sad moments down the road, but still, life still has to go on and me and everyone else need to keep as strong as we can. As promised, I will be taking a look back over this month, including certain moments that unfolded down the line.

1.8.2016 – After July came and went like the wind, I welcomed you all to August on Mother Nature. I mentioned that I would announce more details about Book #4 very soon, with further mention of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which I mentioned I would be considering on covering as the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games were ready to start on Friday 5th August.

Also, on this day, I announced that Book #4, titled: “Life From My Own Perspective” would be out soon, considering that Book #4 was almost completed.

I also published another article on this day based on whether Writing Prompts help to exercise the brain, including mentioning how we can all have the occasional writers’ block that makes us somehow lose track through an idea that could be perfect and useful for a particular subject or conversation.

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Gene Wilder (1933 - 2016)

Gene Wilder (1933 – 2016)

Gene Wilder, the man best known for portraying as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, has sadly passed away at the age of 83.

The news of his death came earlier this evening after it was revealed that he passed away yesterday following complications with Alzheimer’s Disease.

It’s actually quite a shock for me because I remember watching Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory as a child, but to hear the news a few hours ago that he’s died, I was shocked and surprised.

Gene Wilder was also known for being in other films, such as Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles, and he was also known for being in some of Mel Brooks‘ films.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory was a film from my childhood, as I remembered certain parts of the film. For example, the Oompa Loompa’s, including when Violet Beauregard turned blue and inflated into a giant blueberry as a result of a defective blueberry pie stage during the development of Willy Wonka’s own chewing gum, which consists of an entire three-course dinner, an entire three-course dinner of which contains the following; tomato soup, roast beef with a baked potato and a blueberry pie with ice cream. The most memorable parts I also remember was when Veruca Salt fell down the garbage chute after saying: “I Want it Now!“, to which she measured as ‘BAD‘, ultimately causing her to fall down the garbage chute, including the part when Gene Wilder sung ‘Pure Imagination‘ as Willy Wonka in the film, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

Below is the video of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka singing Pure Imagination.

My thoughts go out to Gene Wilder, his family and everyone he knows at such a sad time. Gene Wilder’s legacy will live on forever, he is gone, but never forgotten and will live on in mine and everyone’s hearts forever.

Alex Smithson

Where Do We Go From Here

Where Do We Go From Here?

These crimes being committed every single day, whether it’s a gun or knife crime have got to be stopped. So many people are dying everyday and it’s heartbreaking when you have to face a horrible experience of losing someone on your own.

Recently, I lost a very good friend of mine to a brutal murder after learning the heartbreaking news through Facebook and through a local news source. As you know, I was seriously upset about my friend who was killed and was in pieces as a result.

Now, it’s been hard for me to get over my friend’s death most recently, the same for all of us in fact, but my friend’s death has made me realise something. Why are there violent acts of crime being committed? Why is this world so bad? Why am I even a part of this generation?

Violent acts of crime are being committed more or less every single day of every single year, it doesn’t matter how much you try not to think about it, you just know that nothing is going to change.

I hate my generation for the bad things, not the good things. The bad things I hate my generation for are the lack of social interaction, the lack of face-to-face communication, the fact that games and technology are prying the eyes of society away from the art of communication, not to mention the lack of respect and lack of common decency parts of our generation have.

Now you may think it all boils down to the responsibilities of the parents who gave birth to that specific child. Well the parents are not at fault here, unless they have done some horrible things to their children from the child’s very early age that affects their way of living, but where parents are concerned in my opinion, they are not at fault for my generation’s downfalls.

At the end of the day, technology, such as smartphones, tablets, and even widescreen televisions are causing my generation to not go out more. There is a lack of social interaction, no one can speak to one another properly and be civil with one another, and not just that, but the lack of face-to-face communication, the lack of respect and the got-to-have-it-all parts of my generation are the reasons why I feel so ashamed, so embarrassed, but also mortified to be a part of this generation, a generation of which has no interest, no love and care for others, but most of all, lacks respect and breeds violence when it’s not necessary.

I have heard this saying: “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” once too many times, and I am obliged to say this. Guns do kill people, knifes do kill people and people kill people and the sooner we all realise that, the sooner we can put violence to a permanent standstill.

As I see things, hate is not without bad diction. Hate breeds all evil and is like a mirror. Once it’s broken, you cannot repair it and put it back to the way it was before.

Even now I’m still torn up over the death of my friend, and I have never felt so heartbroken in my life. I know losing a member of your family to illness years before is just as heartbreaking, but to lose a friend to a murder tears me apart. I won’t lie to you, I’ve been awfully quiet on social media recently as a result, but I am keeping as strong as I can for my friend and also for everyone else. I just wish this world was a safe place free from hate, violence, inequality and everything else.

I hate the bad side of my generation. There I’ve said it! I don’t hate the good side of my generation whatsoever.

If you were at any point offended as a result of reading this, I sincerely apologise, this is not my intention.

Alex Smithson

Sonic Rush - Final Review Image

Sonic Rush: SEGA’s Iconic Handheld Classic

As it has been 11 years since this iconic handheld classic was released, Sonic Rush was the first Nintendo DS Game produced and released by Sega. With more than 30-40 levels in the game, Sonic Rush brought to the table the new and playable character, Blaze the Cat.

Breaking away from its old tradition of just being 7 Chaos Emeralds, the introduction of Blaze the Cat brought about the Sol Emeralds. As all the levels for both Sonic and Blaze were indefinitely the same, there was a twist to this game, as the music for every level was almost the same, but did change as you played either character. For instance, playing as Sonic the Hedgehog meant the music for the game would remain as is, but for Blaze the Cat, the music sounded more in your face, but was able to fit accordingly and also very well to the overall concept of the game.

For each level, there were obstacles that were almost impossible to get through, given that some levels were a lot more complicated than they first appeared to be, which proved just how much of a smash hit game Sonic Rush was when it was released.

I got this game the year after it was released when I went through hospital treatment from March to May 2006 after fracturing my wrist/arm and I was in pain, but this game kept me going through the pain and I’m pleased to say that for a game like this, it is absolutely worth every penny and also worth everything that comes with it.

I love games, but the type of games that peak my interest, and Sonic Rush and the Sonic series is the type of series of games I would always play.

In the game, you have not one, but two Eggman characters. Eggman and Eggman Nega.

For Sonic the Hedgehog to collect the seven Chaos Emeralds, you would need to find a spinning wheel of different colours in the level, and if your speed gauge is full enough, Sonic will be able to hang on to it and then speed around full circle on the spinning wheel, to which he will be thrown up but into a portal taking you to the secret part of the level where the Chaos Emeralds can be collected.

All seven Chaos Emeralds are separated accordingly over the entire game but throughout all the levels. All you need to do is collect them. In order to gain each Chaos Emerald as you progress through the game, you will be given a ring count target to reach and if you reach it the first time, you will then be given another ring count target to reach, and if you do reach the second ring target then you will earn the Chaos Emerald. If you don’t reach the required ring count target, you won’t receive the Chaos Emeralds, which in effect sets the difficulty to all-new heights.

As you continue to progress through the game, each boss gets harder to complete but the final boss that involves Sonic transforming into Super Sonic and Blaze transforming into Burning Blaze is one of the hardest final bosses you’ll complete, because just like the final boss in Sonic Heroes, you will be expected to keep collecting rings in order to save both Sonic and Blaze from losing their lives as they defeat Eggman and Eggman Nega. If the ring count hits zero for both Sonic & Blaze, both will die as a result so the final boss is the battle for survival.

Sonic Rush and all the other Sonic the Hedgehog games always send a message, reading out: “Survival of the Fittest“, which keeps the spirits of Sonic Rush and the other Sonic games alive.

With 2D & 3D graphics balancing the game’s concept, Sonic Rush couldn’t have come at a better time. Despite some thinking it didn’t live up to the hype of the previous Sonic titles, I can say that it’s an iconic title that does in fact live up to the hype and keeps the energy and spirit of a true Sonic the Hedgehog fan alive.

Also, the nostalgia of some of the levels remind me of some of the previous games, such as Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2 & Sonic Advance 3, as it feels like some of the ideas from those games were recycled and reused in this game, making Sonic Rush feel nostalgic, which I love, because it’s like the ideas from past games have been recycled and reused into something new, but something that is just as better as the past, present and future Sonic the Hedgehog games.

Overall, I love Sonic Rush because of the fact it doesn’t just live up to the hype of the previous Sonic games, but because it also has that nostalgic feeling that takes you back, especially if you’re someone like me who used to and even now, would still play the Sonic Advance series, especially where Sonic Rush is concerned. Sonic Rush is the best follow-up to the Sonic Advance Game Boy Advance titles in my opinion and is the type of game I would play any day.

Do you own a copy of Sonic Rush? Please let me know what you think of the game by submitting feedback below. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Sonic Rush Nintendo DS Game Rating: 10/10

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games - The Closing Ceremony

Rio 2016: The Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games has officially got underway.

Fireworks have just lit the Olympic Stadium up and with the roaring crowds comes a vibrant display of visuals and bold colours, including vibrant and energetic music that lights up the entire Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, including the iconic Rio logo formation.

The Olympic Rings have been formed in a multi-coloured energetic scene, with the stadium then going completely blue before the spotlight focuses on one of the musicians performing at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games Closing Ceremony.

This year’s Olympic Games by far has to be the best Olympic Games since the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, and the best since the London 2012 Summer Paralympic Games.

The Olympic Rings flag has been raised, including Brazil’s flag with the name: “Ordem e Progresso” etched on to the flag. Ordem e Progresso stands for “Order & Progress“.

The athletes are officially making their way into the Olympic Stadium. Not a single sign of team separation this end and they have even come in together with a symbol of unity. The flag bearers have come in first and are streaming across the entirely length of this football pitch with Samba music added to lift the spirits for everyone involved with this year’s Summer Olympic Games.

The flags (Team GB‘s Kate Richardson-Walsh is in there) are walking the length of the field and then they turn to line the perimeter. When they are in position, the athletes will start to trickle in. A flag or a phone is highly likely to be in the hands of most, though Stephan Shemilt said he seemed to remember that Carl Lewis was once told off just for being on his mobile, but it was just the size of a house brick.

Hazel Irvine (BBC Sport Presenter): “We thought it could not get any better for Great Britain but it has. It is the first time a nation has boosted their medal tally in the next Games after one they hosted. With 27 golds, it was an extraordinary performance from Great Britain to finish above China. There were British medals in 19 different sports out of the 28.

Stephan Shemilt: “I can report that the improving weather has meant the ponchos have been eschewed. Or, at least they have been for most nations, I haven’t spotted any GB stars yet. The athletes are filing in to some white plastic seats, like we’re at the world’s biggest wedding. Here come France, currently the most enthusiastic.

Andrew Cotter (BBC Athletics Commentator): “This is like the awkward moment of the school dance when no one is mingling, but give it a bit of time.

Stephan Shemilt: “The French now seem to be doing some sort of street dancing. The Portuguese have scarves. Here come Great Britain, decked out in white tracksuits. The French dancing has caused a backlog. They are holding everyone up. The first sight of GB gives us a look at those flashing trainers, which light up red, white and blue. They’re ace, the sort you had when you were about nine.

Hazel Irvine: “Check out the flashing shoes on the British Olympians, the shoes flash red, white and blue. You won’t miss them.

Stephan Shemilt: “I’ll be honest, Team GB aren’t mixing it with the dance moves. France are wiping the floor with us in the movement stakes. However, Great Britain have the best shoes. Hands down.

Jason Mohammad (BBC Presenter in Rio de Janeiro): “GB women hockey. I’m a dad of a daughter who plays hockey and this victory will inspire her and millions of other boys and girls. Incredible achievement. Funny moment – Egypt beating Sweden in the Handball! Easily my best line of the Games. On TV “A Great Night For Egyptian Handball!” Boom!

Stephan Shemilt: “It’s smashing it down in Rio now. I hope the parading athletes have got ponchos in their pockets. While they continue their march, some ladies in green have begun to dance energetically. Each is holding an umbrella. It’s like an interpretive dance version of the weather forecast. I think we’re all a little intrigued as to what the fluffy yellow and green outfits could be part of. My guess is some sort of Sesame Street sketch.

Beth Tweddle (BBC Sport Gymnastics Expert & London 2012 Bronze Medallist): “It would definitely be Max Whitlock winning his two golds and for the pure fact it is the first time ever. Obviously also the overall results of the gymnasts and winning seven medals. I do also have to put in a mention for Mo Farah winning the double double and Adam Peaty winning gold.

Hazel Irvine: “We have learned so much about this fantastic part of the world and that is always a part of the experience of the Olympic Games. The venues have been superb and allowed the athletes to produce the performances that we will always remember. This is a proud sporting nation.

Stephan Shemilt: “I kid you not, the Canadians are wearing mittens. Red and white gloves with maple leaves. Is it that cold? Or is it just a nod to their Winter Olympic prowess? Now, Eilish McColgan did tweet earlier on to say how cold she is. Now she’s bailed out completely. That’s not the spirit, is it? It’s raining heavily enough for the ponchos to be required. Let’s be honest, no one looks cool in one of those plastic ponchos, do they? Just going back to Eilish McColgan, I wonder if she actually walked into the stadium. If she did, how did she get out? She would have to walk against the tide. There’s GB rower Helen Glover, getting very excited when she sees herself on the big screen.

Hazel Irvine: “This section of the parade was scheduled to last about 20 minutes.

Stephan Shemilt: “Stand by for something incredible…

Rebecca Adlington (Double Olympic Gold Medallist in Swimming): “My moment would be Michael Phelps in the 200 IM and just his week in general to be honest. What he’s done for the sport is huge but to make a comeback and achieve what he has is just something else. It’s incredible that I’ve seen an athlete like him in my lifetime and it was so nice to see the human side of him. Every performance is incredible but it was the joy and passion and his attitude after the races also. You could tell it just meant so much to him and that’s exactly the reason why he wanted to make a comeback. He can retire a very content happy man now.

Hazel Irvine: “There is plenty more to get through and there has been a bit of a hold-up while we get all these athletes in.

Stephan Shemilt: “It looks like all the athletes have made it in. Funnily enough, Ryan Lochte isn’t there. In the rain, we’re now getting down with some dance music. The stadium has gone dark, someone is carrying a miner’s lamp. This is The Art of the People. It looks a bit like something out of Indiana Jones.

Leon Taylor (Olympic Diving Silver Medallist): “Jack Laugher and Chris Mears winning GB’s first ever Olympic Gold in diving. I knew they were capable of a medal but when they won gold beating China into third it was an unexpected delight. As Chris summed it up when I asked him how are you feeling he said ‘confused!’ Awesome performance.

Stephan Shemilt: “We’re rattling through now, with big cheers coming as men and women decked in red dance in an amber glow. It’s still chucking it down. This section is called Bringing Clay To Life and pays tribute to the exportation of modelling clay. Clay must be one of those things that Rio and Stoke-on-Trent have in common. That and the scenery. Now we’re getting slightly strange, Hundreds of clay figures are dancing with one another. It reminds me a little of the Oompa Loompas in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – the Gene Wilder one. You know what, the clay dancers have received the biggest cheer of the night. Now the closing ceremony is reflecting on the best moments of the Games. I think they got the idea from us.

Clare Balding (BBC TV Presenter): “The women’s hockey team winning gold was one of the best ever moments in team sport, male or female. They were so committed and concentrated and I was hugely impressed with their calmness under pressure. Maddie Hinch was phenomenal in goal and with her skill and the bravery of all the outfield players I hope it’ll show the highly paid footballers in our Premier League what true sporting behaviour looks like. It was a first ever gold for women’s hockey and the perfect send-off for Captain Fantastic, Kate Richardson-Walsh after 13 years in charge.

Stephan Shemilt: “As is tradition, we’re going to have the medal ceremony for the men’s marathon, which was won today by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge. Feyisa Lilesa came second to take the silver, with American Galen Rupp collecting bronze. All three are walking like men who ran 26.2 miles earlier on. They’re getting a good deal, an audience of 80,000. Mo Farah had about 1,000 when he got his second gold last night. With a final medal ceremony, we get a last look at those ornaments that have been handed to the winners. I’ve seen them described as coloured jock straps, which I think is pretty accurate. Still belting it down. We’re being introduced to the new members elected to serve on the IOC Athletes’ Commission. Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva is among them…We’re getting into the meat of the pomp and circumstance here. The Greek flag is being raised and the national anthem played. Then the Olympic flag is lowered and handed over to Tokyo. Earlier on I said that the clay dancers had a look of Oompa Loompas. Have a look and decide for yourself…The governor of Tokyo gets her hands on the Olympic flag and give it a good wave. Not as much gusto as Boris Johnson in 2008. We’re now going to get a sneak peak of Japan’s offering in four years.”

Tokyo are showcasing at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games Closing Ceremony what they have to offer for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games and Pac-Man, the iconic maze pac-dot muncher has just made an appearance, so has the man with the iconic red M hat. “It’s-a-me. Mario!” and the Prime Minister of Japan wearing the iconic Mario hat has appeared in style by popping up through the iconic Green Pipe.

It’s not even 2020 and already I know that Tokyo have tons upon tons of energy and a lot of fun to offer come the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Another set of fireworks were set off and the celebratory Mario music used when a Mario level is completed also went in conjunction with the fireworks going off.

Stephan Shemilt: “I’m just thinking about how gutting it must be for Rio to hand over the Olympic flag. All that work over so many years, and now it’s over. In contrast, the excitement is just beginning for Tokyo. We’re getting some shots of the city and what we can expect. Bullet trains, glass buildings and Manga cartoons. It looks belting. This is outstanding. The Prime Minister of Japan has appeared out of Super Mario-style water pipe, wearing a Mario hat. We’re then treated to a hologram and light show. It’s already got me pumped for how good Tokyo will be. “See you in Tokyo” is the message, followed by bright fireworks shooting into the night sky. That’s may favourite part of the night so far. Speeches time. President of the organising committee Carlos Nuzman and IOC president Thomas Bach. There’s not many people watching fellas, so don’t be nervous.

Victoria Pendleton (Olympic Cycling Gold Medallist): “Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro winning individual dressage gold. It was a perfect performance and very emotional as it will probably be the last time they ride in a competition together. Charlotte knew the performance was good and welled up as soon as they finished. It made me well up too. I now understand the connection between horse and rider.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee: “We have organised the most important event in the world. This is a magic place. It was a great challenge, but a challenge with great success. I’m proud of the city, my country and my people. All Brazilians are Olympic heroes. We celebrate together. You are the gold medal of the people on all the planet. Twenty-seven world records and 91 Olympic records. We have organised a marvelous Olympics in a marvelous city. When we won the Games I said Rio was ready to make history. Rio has delivered history. Good luck for Tokyo 2020.

Stephan Shemilt: “Hmmmm, it has been a bit soggy at the Maracana. So much so that some of the athletes called it a day before the end. There will be some wet Olympians at wrap parties all over Rio.

International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach: “Congratulations Brazil. Brazil, we love you. Thank you for your warm hospitality. For the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world. You have many reasons to be proud. These Olympic Games show diversity is an enrichment for everyone. These Olympic Games were a celebration of diversity. Together we can go even further. Together, we can aim higher. United in our diversity, we are even stronger. Thank you refugee athletes. You have inspired us with your talent and human spirit, you are a symbol of hope for millions of refugees in the world. We will continue to be at your side after these Olympics. These were a marvellous Olympic Games in THE marvellous city. These Games are leaving a legacy for generations to come. History will talk about the Rio before the Olympic Games and a much better Rio after the Olympic Games. We arrived in Brazil as guests, today we depart as your friends. You will have a place in our hearts forever. I declare the games of the 31st Olympiad closed. I call upon the youth of the world to assemble in Tokyo, Japan to celebrate the Games of the 32nd Olympiad. Bye, bye Rio.

Stephan Shemilt: “Stick with it, there’s only about 25 minutes to go. Remember the fluffy green and yellow outfits we saw earlier? They are out there now, joined by red and a hint of purple. This is a tribute to Rio and the musicality of its people. Basically, we’re having a carnival. I’ll be honest, it looked a little like dancing broccoli. Now, in front of the rotating sculpture that starred in the opening ceremony Mariene de Castro sings under a cascade of fake rain. I’m not sure that was needed this evening.

The Maracana beacon, which was lit by a flame at the start of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games has officially been put out, officially marking the end of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Hazel Irvine: “The men’s football final topped the lot. In 2014, Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany in the semi-final of their home World Cup. So, to win against Germany in the Maracana stadium was deeply and doubly meaningful for this nation. Add to that the fact that Neymar’s penalty secured for Brazil their sixth gold medal, which makes these the most ‘Golden” in the country’s history – and in their first home Games – and you have a heady cocktail of emotion, catharsis and unconfined joy, the likes of which I have seldom experienced. It was utterly glorious! It is the reason why I love the Olympics.

Stephan Shemilt: “The Olympics are officially closed, the flame has gone out, but Rio is still having a party. Samba, dancing, colours. Everything you would expect from a Brazilian knees-up. This will go long into the night, probably anywhere they are serving alcohol.

Dan Walker (BBC TV Presenter): “I go for Maria (hen party gatecrashers) because the Olympics is about sport but the event is about people. Brazil is a very different country now to the one it was when it was awarded the games. We were determined to use our spot on Copacabana beach to have some fun but also meet as many residents of Rio as possible and find out what the Brazilians thought about it all. Maria wandered by, we took a chance that she would be a good guest and she was brilliant. There have been some wonderful sporting moments during these games but I will never forget Maria De Cezar and I wish her and her husband-to-be every happiness.

Stephan Shemilt: “Where else would you see a famous bin man dancing with a super model? That’s what we’ve got here. Renato Sorriso, a superstar in Brazil, is moving his fast feet with Izabel Goulart. I’d be stunned if a snap of that isn’t in the papers tomorrow. This is top notch. Music, dancing, colour, a proper carnival. Floats are arriving the stadium, with confetti falling from the roof. It’s the party we wanted and a great send-off, what a closing ceremony should be.

Mark Chapman (BBC Sport Presenter): “I’ve got two moments. Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro hugging at the net after their epic final. A brutal game that had everything and at the end of their duel they demonstrated such respect and empathy for each other. And Usain Bolt and Andre de Grasse crossing the line and smiling at each other. Sport first and foremost should be fun. No other image captures the fun and enjoyment like this one.

Stephan Shemilt: “The athletes that have braved the rain are reaping the rewards, dancing to the samba beat. You’d struggle not to have a good time in this atmosphere. Here we go, more fireworks, white lights sweeping around the roof of the stadium, with a red heart then fired into the night. It’s an incredible display, the whole of Rio being illuminated with the reds, blues, whites and greens. Still the fireworks shoot, still we dance to the samba beat. It’s an incredible display and a helluva finale.

James Cracknell (Double Olympic Rowing Gold Medallist): “The best performance came from Alistair and Jonny Brownlee in the triathlon. They put themselves in the lead group in the swimming and when they realised Mola (the fast running Spaniard) wasn’t in the first group they drove the cycle group they were in – physically and verbally so they could distance Mola thus making his running speed irrelevant. Expending that much energy that early in the race could have gone wrong but they backed themselves, each other and their training.

Stephan Shemilt: “And that is that. The fireworks are over, but the music and dancing continues. The fans and the athletes will file out of the Maracana, slipping away into the Rio night. Those last 20 minutes were spectacular. I wonder how long the party will carry on in Rio tonight? The celebrations are perhaps only just getting started, but the flame has gone out. The Olympics are now Tokyo’s show. The BBC TV coverage has just closed with an outstanding montage to a quite brilliant cover of Feeling Good. Find it if you can. It gave me a little lump in the throat. And we’re nearly done. After 16 days, 11,303 athletes competing under 207 different flags for 306 gold medals, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games are over. That was the Rio Olympic Games. Now, they are done. See you in Tokyo.

We have officially reached the end of the road. What a perfect Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro has had, but most of all, what a perfect Summer Olympic Games that Great Britain has had, especially for Team GB. Thank you to Team GB for such a perfect Olympic Games, you’ve done myself and the whole of the United Kingdom proud.

But most of all, thank you so much everyone for staying up until after 3:00 AM or 4:00 AM, or even after 5:00 AM depending on your location and time zone for the live coverage of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games on Mother Nature, but now is the final time to say goodbye to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

I just wanted to say to all of you for the final time, thank you so much for a perfect Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and have a perfect night. See you in 2020 at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games!

Alex Smithson

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games - Day #16

Rio 2016: Day #16

As today is the final day of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, I am really shocked to see how fast the time has flown, it does not feel real.

To think that the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro started on the 5th August 2016 is an understatement in my opinion, but it just proves that the time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

Over the course of this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, we have gone from having no medals to 67 medals today, and the 67th and final medal was just won by Team GB‘s Joe Joyce in the men’s super-heavyweight boxing final, with Joe Joyce claiming Silver, with that being our 67th and final medal, finishing Team GB off on a perfectly positive note by coming second on the medal table.

As the Closing Ceremony marks the end of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games from 12:00 AM onwards, it’s safe to say I will miss this year’s Olympic Games, but the good thing I can relive is the memory of going to the London 2012 Summer Paralympic Games whilst the Closing Ceremony is on. Rio de Janeiro’s Closing Ceremony will mark the end of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and will be handed over to Tokyo for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

On the bright side, this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been a lot better and also a much better follow-up from the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

You can expect a Closing Ceremony review later as I will be publishing my review of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games as they happen, marking such a perfect end to this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Anthony Joshua (Olympic Boxing Champion): “It is like you have to knock them out in the heavyweight division. I was praying he caught Yoka with one shot. The power Joe possesses he penetrates the gloves and the body. He is a phenomenal  fighter. To come and collect three medals I am really proud of the guys. It shows the funding is doing well and the more support we get and more medals we produce. They have all done everyone proud.

Sir Matthew Pinsent (Four Time Olympic Rowing Champion): “We expected a party city, that the whole atmosphere would sweep us along. I don’t think that has quite happened in the way we thought it might. The ticket sales have been a huge issue that they haven’t been able to solve.

Victoria Pendleton (Olympic Cycling Gold Medallist): “It took a little while to get going. In the early days we wondered where everyone was. We were lucky in London. Everyone is questioning how this happened but it took ten years to work out how to spend the money until Beijing. There we got a blueprint and brought in experts, incredible people from all over the world to deliver the highest level of expertise.

Anna Thompson (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “It’s the last action of the Rio Games with the men’s gold medal basketball match between USA and Serbia. It all feels very American in Carioca hall 1 with the announcer very much with a USA accent. The US are 33-22 up in the second quarter. The entertainment is certainly cranking up with a disco dance display by the official 2016 mascot and flag cam – lots of USA flags in the crowd but a few others as well including Brazil and Israel. It was a close first quarter but USA are beginning to run away with it here with two three-pointers and a slam dunk from NBA star Kevin Durrant in quick succession.

Sir Steve Redgrave (Five Time Olympic Rowing Champion): “It was fantastic to get more female rowing medallists. They seem to go from strength to strength. We would never repeat 2012 but to come pretty close with three golds and two silvers is pretty incredible. They were very special moments and to be part of it was a privilege. To be able to interview them and speaking to the rowers afterwards. It is certainly a joy.

Team GB’s flag-bearer, Kate Richardson-Walsh: “If it was a movie script I don’t think anyone would believe it, it is a true fairytale. It will be an honour to walk out with the flag, the most amazing finish. They told me this morning and I thought I was in trouble. I thought ‘what had I or the hockey girls done?’ It is an amazing honour to represent all of the wonderful athletes. We have surpassed expectations. This is a wonderful legacy off the back of London. I really hope we have inspired the next generation to take up sports.

Sir Steve Redgrave: “It is so difficult to pick a moment. What is special about the Olympics is the 28 sports coming together. The Brownlees were outstanding but my moment was Maddie Hinch saving the penalty in the first half of the hockey.

Anna Thompson (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “Safe to say the USA are bossing this final, 79-43 up after the third quarter. The crowd are happy and participating in every “cam” going. We’ve had flag cam, kiss cam, bongo cam and muscle cam. Basketball fans sure know how to have a good time at Games!

The United States have won their 306th and final Gold Medal of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games in the Men’s Basketball Final after wiping the floor with Serbia, winning the final with the final finishing score of 96-66. The United States have finished with 45 overall golds in total.

Anna Thompson: “So the USA wrap up men’s basketball  gold – the 15th time they’ve won it out of 19 Olympic finals. That’s the end of the action and what a fantastic Games it has been for the hosts Brazil – recording their most successful Olympics – and Team GB too, who became the fist post host to win more medals than their home Olympics with 67. It’s time for the BBC interactive crew in Rio to sign off after 17 days of action and 306 medal events. It’s been a blast. Obrigada!

Here is the final summary of Day #16 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the final day of this year’s Olympic Games as they unfolded:

  • Team GB’s Joe Joyce won Silver after being beaten by France’s Tony Victor James Yoka for Gold.
  • Team GB have finished with a final overall amount of 67 medals ahead of China in second place on the medal table.
  • The United States have beaten Serbia in the Men’s Basketball Final to win the 306th and final Gold of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
  • Brazil’s men have beaten Italy to win Gold in Volleyball, making this Brazil’s seventh Gold of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
  • Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the Marathon Gold, with Team GB’s Callum Hawkins coming ninth.
  • The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games Closing Ceremony starts at 12:00 AM, with Rio de Janeiro handing the Olympic Games over to Tokyo for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Here are the last ever medal table listings for Day #16 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games:

Country
1

United States
46 37 38 121
2

Great Britain
27 23 17 67
3

China
26 18 26 70
4

Russia
19 18 19 56
5

Germany
17 10 15 42
6

Japan
12 8 21 41
7

France
10 18 14 42
8

South Korea
9 3 9 21
9

Italy
8 12 8 28
10

Australia
8 11 10 29
11

Netherlands
8 7 4 19
12

Hungary
8 3 4 15
13

Brazil
7 6 6 19
14

Spain
7 4 6 17
15

Kenya
6 6 1 13
16

Jamaica
6 3 2 11
17

Croatia
5 3 2 10
18

Cuba
5 2 4 11
19

New Zealand
4 9 5 18
20

Canada
4 3 15 22
21

Uzbekistan
4 2 7 13
22

Kazakhstan
3 5 9 17
23

Colombia
3 2 3 8
24

Switzerland
3 2 2 7
25

Iran
3 1 4 8
26

Greece
3 1 2 6
27

Argentina
3 1 0 4
28

Denmark
2 6 7 15
29

Sweden
2 6 3 11
30

South Africa
2 6 2 10
31

Ukraine
2 5 4 11
32

Serbia
2 4 2 8
33

Poland
2 3 6 11
34

North Korea
2 3 2 7
35

Belgium
2 2 2 6
35

Thailand
2 2 2 6
37

Slovakia
2 2 0 4
38

Georgia
2 1 4 7
39

Azerbaijan
1 7 10 18
40

Belarus
1 4 4 9
41

Turkey
1 3 4 8
42

Armenia
1 3 0 4
43

Czech Republic
1 2 7 10
44

Ethiopia
1 2 5 8
45

Slovenia
1 2 1 4
46

Indonesia
1 2 0 3
47

Romania
1 1 3 5
48

Bahrain
1 1 0 2
48

Vietnam
1 1 0 2
50

Chinese Taipei
1 0 2 3
51

Bahamas
1 0 1 2
51

Côte d’Ivoire
1 0 1 2
51

Independent Olympic Athletes
1 0 1 2
54

Fiji
1 0 0 1
54

Jordan
1 0 0 1
54

Kosovo
1 0 0 1
54

Puerto Rico
1 0 0 1
54

Singapore
1 0 0 1
54

Tajikistan
1 0 0 1
60

Malaysia
0 4 1 5
61

Mexico
0 3 2 5
62

Algeria
0 2 0 2
62

Ireland
0 2 0 2
64

Lithuania
0 1 3 4
65

Bulgaria
0 1 2 3
65

Venezuela
0 1 2 3
67

India
0 1 1 2
67

Mongolia
0 1 1 2
69

Burundi
0 1 0 1
69

Grenada
0 1 0 1
69

Niger
0 1 0 1
69

Philippines
0 1 0 1
69

Qatar
0 1 0 1
74

Norway
0 0 4 4
75

Egypt
0 0 3 3
75

Tunisia
0 0 3 3
77

Israel
0 0 2 2
78

Austria
0 0 1 1
78

Dominican Republic
0 0 1 1
78

Estonia
0 0 1 1
78

Finland
0 0 1 1
78

Morocco
0 0 1 1
78

Moldova
0 0 1 1
78

Nigeria
0 0 1 1
78

Portugal
0 0 1 1
78

Trinidad & Tobago
0 0 1 1
78

United Arab Emirates
0 0 1 1

Afghanistan
0 0 0 0

Albania
0 0 0 0

American Samoa
0 0 0 0

Andorra
0 0 0 0

Angola
0 0 0 0

Antigua & Barbuda
0 0 0 0

Aruba
0 0 0 0

Bangladesh
0 0 0 0

Barbados
0 0 0 0

Belize
0 0 0 0

Benin
0 0 0 0

Bermuda
0 0 0 0

Bhutan
0 0 0 0

Bolivia
0 0 0 0

Bosnia & Herzegovina
0 0 0 0

Botswana
0 0 0 0

British Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Brunei
0 0 0 0

Burkina Faso
0 0 0 0

Cambodia
0 0 0 0

Cameroon
0 0 0 0

Cape Verde
0 0 0 0

Cayman Islands
0 0 0 0

Central African Republic
0 0 0 0

Chad
0 0 0 0

Chile
0 0 0 0

Comoros
0 0 0 0

Congo
0 0 0 0

Cook Islands
0 0 0 0

Costa Rica
0 0 0 0

Cyprus
0 0 0 0

Djibouti
0 0 0 0

Dominica
0 0 0 0

DR Congo
0 0 0 0

Ecuador
0 0 0 0

El Salvador
0 0 0 0

Equatorial Guinea
0 0 0 0

Eritrea
0 0 0 0

FYR Macedonia
0 0 0 0

Gabon
0 0 0 0

Gambia
0 0 0 0

Ghana
0 0 0 0

Guam
0 0 0 0

Guatemala
0 0 0 0

Guinea
0 0 0 0

Guinea-Bissau
0 0 0 0

Guyana
0 0 0 0

Haiti
0 0 0 0

Honduras
0 0 0 0

Hong Kong, China
0 0 0 0

Iceland
0 0 0 0

Iraq
0 0 0 0

Kiribati
0 0 0 0

Kyrgyzstan
0 0 0 0

Laos
0 0 0 0

Latvia
0 0 0 0

Lebanon
0 0 0 0

Lesotho
0 0 0 0

Liberia
0 0 0 0

Libya
0 0 0 0

Liechtenstein
0 0 0 0

Luxembourg
0 0 0 0

Madagascar
0 0 0 0

Malawi
0 0 0 0

Maldives
0 0 0 0

Mali
0 0 0 0

Malta
0 0 0 0

Marshall Islands
0 0 0 0

Mauritania
0 0 0 0

Mauritius
0 0 0 0

Micronesia
0 0 0 0

Monaco
0 0 0 0

Montenegro
0 0 0 0

Mozambique
0 0 0 0

Myanmar
0 0 0 0

Namibia
0 0 0 0

Nauru
0 0 0 0

Nepal
0 0 0 0

Nicaragua
0 0 0 0

Oman
0 0 0 0

Pakistan
0 0 0 0

Palau
0 0 0 0

Palestine
0 0 0 0

Panama
0 0 0 0

Papua New Guinea
0 0 0 0

Paraguay
0 0 0 0

Peru
0 0 0 0

Refugee Olympic Athletes
0 0 0 0

Rwanda
0 0 0 0

Saint Kitts & Nevis
0 0 0 0

Saint Lucia
0 0 0 0

Samoa
0 0 0 0

San Marino
0 0 0 0

Sao Tome & Principe
0 0 0 0

Saudi Arabia
0 0 0 0

Senegal
0 0 0 0

Seychelles
0 0 0 0

Sierra Leone
0 0 0 0

Solomon Islands
0 0 0 0

Somalia
0 0 0 0

South Sudan
0 0 0 0

Sri Lanka
0 0 0 0

St Vincent & the Grenadines
0 0 0 0

Sudan
0 0 0 0

Suriname
0 0 0 0

Swaziland
0 0 0 0

Syria
0 0 0 0

Tanzania
0 0 0 0

Timor-Leste
0 0 0 0

Togo
0 0 0 0

Tonga
0 0 0 0

Turkmenistan
0 0 0 0

Tuvalu
0 0 0 0

Uganda
0 0 0 0

Uruguay
0 0 0 0

US Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Vanuatu
0 0 0 0

Yemen
0 0 0 0

Zambia
0 0 0 0

Zimbabwe
0 0 0 0

Day #16, the final day of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games has officially come to a perfect close. Check back soon for the Closing Ceremony Review. What a perfect Olympic Games this year’s Summer Olympic Games has been in Rio de Janeiro. We’ve done so much more and excelled much better and I am proud of Team GB. I love you Team GB! Thanks to every single one of you for sticking with me during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, but I’ll be back very soon. Stay tuned for the Closing Ceremony Review, you don’t want to miss it!

Alex Smithson

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games - Day #15

Rio 2016: Day #15

Kicking off Day #15 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Team GB‘s Nicola Adams won Gold in the Boxing event, bringing our overall medal count for Bronze, Silver & Gold to 63 overall medals, keeping Great Britain in second place (26 Gold, 22 Silver & 15 Bronze).

The United States currently stand in first place with 40 Gold Medals, 36 Silver Medals and 35 Bronze Medals, with an overall count of 111 medals, while China remain in third place with 68 overall medals (24 Gold, 18 Silver & 26 Bronze).

Today has been a great day so far, but it will be interesting to see how things turn out over the course of Day #15 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Kevin Kilbane (Former Everton & Sunderland Winger): “We have spoken of revenge. It has been downplayed in the Brazil squad but certainly not the supporters, they do want revenge. What better man than Neymar to open the scoring?

Team GB’s Taekwondo Athlete, Damon Sansum: “We have four athletes here and four possible medals. For such a small taekwondo team we have done amazing. One more fight to go.

Alistair Magowan (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “Talk about picking your moment. Not sure I’ve heard a louder roar at a football match. That was the sound of talisman Neymar scoring at the Maracana in an Olympic final, with Brazil aiming for their first gold medal. Moments come don’t come much bigger and the crowd are showing their appreciation. “Ole, ole, ole, ole, Neymar, Neymar,” they sing in unison. Every single one of them.

Margarita Mamun of Russia has won Gold in the Women’s Individual All-Around Final.

Rob Nothman (BBC Sport): “Joe Choong is struggling in the shooting and this is costing him dear. His medal chances are looking remote.

Rob Nothman: “Joe Choong’s medal chances are over, but let’s put this in perspective – his previous best was seventh in the European championship. He started this event in second.

Alexander Lesun of Russia has won Gold in the Modern Pentathlon event.

Team GB’s Joe Choong, who finished ninth in the modern pentathlon, spoke to BBC Sport: “Everything went really well except for the shooting. I was very happy with my first shoot and the last was the same but the middle I don’t know what happened. There’s been some positives. The girls coming back to finish top 10 and Jamie did well coming back. His swimming was close to his PB, which he hasn’t done for four years.

Jamie Cooke after finishing 13th in the Modern Pentathlon: “Everyone comes here to win medals. That is something I definitely wanted to do but I didn’t put myself in the best position. The fencing killed me but this is my first Olympics, it is inspiring and I want to be back.

Luke Reddy (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “The Olympic Park is largely yellow in colour tonight and there’s a thirst in the air if the queue for beer is anything to go by. Schoolboy error leaving it until half-time. Still, from the beer queue you can watch some questionable dance moves. Olympic mascot Vinicius is going down in my estimations rapidly.

Tim Vickery (BBC Sport South American Football Expert on BBC Radio 5 Live): “A dark look on the face of the Germany coach. He is unhappy his side could not turn their dominance into goals. A gripping first half. More of the same in the second.

Luke Reddy: “If this tournament doesn’t mean much in football terms then this gent missed the brief. He’s having kittens as Brazil defend a free-kick.

Kevin Kilbane (Former Everton & Sunderland Winger): “That is a real quality finish from Max Meyer. Germany continued to pass and probe but I think they were aided by Brazil going on the back foot and allowing pressure to build up on them.

Tim Vickery: “Very impressive from Germany. Meyer is such a busy little figure and that is the first goal Brazil have conceded in the tournament. This will be a real test of the Brazil temperament now. They have not looked anywhere near as good going forward this half. Now they have conceded, let’s see how they react.

Luke Reddy: “They sit and glare like a kid in assembly and screams ring out as Germany level. As it hits the net the screams go silent. A collective swear word doesn’t come but you can sense and feel it, it’s there.

Alistair Magowan (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “When we were speaking to fans outside the Maracana, they were in supremely confident mood. There was talk of 6-0, 7-0, although, admittedly, a fair amount of the local brew had been consumed. No-one really considered Germany having a part to play in the match and now Brazil must recover from conceding their first goal of the Olympics. The crowd responded before pockets of German fans had finished celebrating, and they are jumping up and down now trying to encourage their team forward. Gabriel Barbosa is getting dog’s abuse for not cutting the ball back there as two team-mates closed in on goal. And not just from his fellow players. Half a Maracana stand rises to ask why he didn’t pass, in brutal terms!

Serbia have won Gold in the Men’s Water Polo event.

Alistair Magowan: “Tell you what, when you witness the passion and fervour of the support in the Maracana and the abuse they give the opposition and their own players for making a mistake, it does put the ‘pressure’ that England players supposedly suffer in context.

Kevin Kilbane: “Brazil are coming to life. They are being driven on by the crowd. It is normally in these latter stages of the game, with these tired legs, mistakes will be made.

Tom Daley after his heartbreaking defeat in not making it to the diving final earlier: “I could have won tonight. It is really hard to accept how it went today. When I am up on the board I am complete in the moment but today things were not clicking. I was so up for it but in the competition it fell apart. I am so proud to be part of Team GB, I just wanted to stand on top of that podium but it was not meant to be. Another four years of hard work to try again next time. My mind and body were not connecting. I gave it my all but it did not happen today.

Don’t worry Tom Daley, you’ve done me and Great Britain proud. I am proud and we are proud of you all the way!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin Kilbane: “I think Gabriel Jesus will go on to be an excellent signing for Manchester City. The tempo to this game is relentless. Both sides are trying to force the issue.

Luke Reddy: “I can’t help but think that if the man who made this shirt number famous were here he’d get a better view. Tense at the fan park now. Each time Brazil break forward this lot are trying to suck the ball into the net.

Luke Reddy: “The weird and social Olympics. I’ve just met Tom, a gent from Florida at his 10th Olympics. “Man these people are passionate about their football,” he says.  Tom trades pins, takes in events and mingles. Then I walk about 500 metres and a Brazilian guy stops me asking if I trade pins. I say no and tell him to seek out Tom, showing him an image. “Ah that’s my friend,” he shouts. “Is he here? Where?” They are from different nations and probably separated by about 30 years in age. Still, in some way, the Olympics binds them.

Kevin Kilbane: “I’m not sure how the Brazilian public will deal with a penalty shootout here.

Alistair Magowan: “There is no lack of effort from Neymar or his team-mates, but they are just lacking that killer finish as time appears to slip away. The Maracana is deafening now with the sound of whistles as Germany enjoy a spell of fruitless possession. No-one said I needed ear plugs for this game, but the jeers are intensely loud.

Tim Vickery: “I’m sure you’ve seen the rivalry between Brazil and Argentina at events during this Olympic Games, and how much it takes on a football aspect. In some of the earlier games, Brazil fans have been doing a long count up from one to 23. The reason, is because it’s 23 years since Argentina last won a senior title – the Copa America in 1993. Now – since then, Argentina have won Olympic football gold twice. It is almost a backhanded acceptance from the Brazilian crowd that the Olympic title is not as important as a senior title. However, as a wise man once said, coherence is the last refuge of the unimaginative and no one thinks this is irrelevant now.

Kevin Kilbane: “Brilliantly timed challenge again from the German left-back.

Tim Vickery: “It really is gripping stuff. It’s been so much better than extra time in so many games we see – maybe because there is so much at stake. This stadium is having a collective heart-attack every time the German side attack. They are admirably mature for such a young side.

Kevin Kilbane: “Having been in this position in a major tournament you have got to believe in yourself and in your technique. Weverton goes the right way but it is the power that beats him. It is a poor penalty from Gnabry. He didn’t strike it well and Weverton knows he should have saved it.

Brazil have won Gold in the Men’s Football Final and believe it or not, this is Brazil’s first ever Olympic Gold Medal in Football.

Tom Fordyce (Chief Sports Writer in Rio de Janeiro): “Biggest noise in the athletics stadium all Olympics comes with that news from the Maracana. And it’s still only a sixth full.

Alistair Magowan: “Neymar writes himself into Brazilian history. What a moment. A first Olympic gold medal, a record sixth gold medal at a Games. “The champions are back” screams the Maracana. Total bedlam!

Tim Vickery: “Two years ago the Brazil team were crying before, during and after the game against Germany. They are crying after this game but for very different reasons. They have now completed the set – winning everything they can.

Darren Campbell (Former British Sprinter on BBC Radio 5 Live): “I played football with the locals here one night. They paid for a referee and they had to pay for goalkeepers, because no-one wants to go in goal. That might explain why they don’t produce too many great goalkeepers and we were saying during the game, can’t see Brazil winning this because their keeper won’t save the penalties, but what happened? He saved it!

Paula Radcliffe (Women’s Marathon World Record Holder): “Staying out of danger is the most difficult thing for Mo. He will be right at the back, keeping an eye on the rest of the field before moving forward. Mo’s stride length takes up quite a lot of space and he has to be aware of that because others have to almost step over that back leg, which is what happened when he fell. If we see him in his customary position, at the front of the pack with two laps to go, then I can’t see anyone challenging him.

Denise Lewis (Olympic Heptathlon Gold Medallist): “When you get to that sort of age it is about motivation. To keep putting in the miles, staying meticulous with your diet and routine and I think Mo is an incredible ambassador for our sport.

Aimee Lewis (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “If you thought the Olympic Stadium and the Maracana were where it was all happening – think again. At the taekwondo, Shaggy’s Mr Boombastic is ringing around the arena as we wait for the fighting to begin again. The crowd are loving it, raising their arms, swinging their hips, hoping to get caught on camera. It’s Saturday night, I suppose, the penultimate day, time to party.

Matt Centrowitz has won Gold in the Men’s 1500m final for the United States.

Brendan Foster (Olympic Medallist & BBC Athletics Commentator): “What a great performance from Matt Centrowitz. Everything he did was right but the others, including the Olympic champion Makhloufi, did not run a good race. It almost came down to a 100m race the way they ran it.

Tom Fordyce: “Fabulous from Centrowitz in a classically messy championship final – got his tactics spot on as all others jostled and waited, in the right position when the real race began, with a speed and endurance that belies the injuries he had endured this years. A very popular winner.

Bianca Walkden has won Bronze in the Women’s +67kg event, bringing Team GB’s medal total to 64. We are just one medal away from the London 2012 haul.

Caster Semenya of South Africa has won Gold in the Women’s 800m final with a finishing time of 1:55.28, which is a personal best and also a record for South Africa.

Paula Radcliffe: “That was really quick through 600m but Semenya had enough left to win the title convincingly. Semenya was so strong. I do think she’s capable of breaking the world record. She definitely has it in her.

Tom Fordyce: “The result we all expected, the 1-2-3 many imagined. No world record for Semenya, but you sense it is there when she wants to attack it.

Luke Reddy: “Nipped into the BBC office. You know GB have had a good Games when extra paper has to be added at the bottom.

Maicon Siqueira has won Bronze for Brazil in the Men’s +80kg event.

Paula Radcliffe: “I think the race in London earlier this year was important for Mo because he pretty much ran it on his own. He ran it hard. If there is any criticism of Mo it is that he doesn’t go for the fast times but I think he worked hard at the Anniversary Games and that will give him confidence.

Steve Cram (BBC Athletics Commentator): “It is not about Mo putting his name in the history books tonight, it is about turning another page and writing another story. I’m not sure I have seen Mo this animated in the build up to the race. He was geeing the crowd up.

Brendan Foster (Olympic Medallist & BBC Athletics Commentator): “I am more nervous tonight about Mo running than I have been in any race since 2011. That is partly because he has fallen and was tripped before here. Mo is looking good at the moment, looking strong and running his race sensibly.

Mike Costello (BBC Radio 5 Live Athletics Correspondent): “It is time to dance under the lights again.

Allison Curbishley (BBC Athletics Expert on BBC Radio 5 Live): “I think there’s an Ethiopian plan here. That first lap was quick, well inside 13-minute pace, because they want to make it hard from the start, which is why Mo Farah realised he couldn’t hang around at the back.

Brendan Foster: “This is quite clever. The Ethiopian team has decided they cannot beat Mo in a slow race so let’s make it faster. Six laps to go and they are running at around 13 minute pace. I wonder what the leaders’ tactics are when they get into the late stages? You don’t want to keep leading like this. Mo is letting them know he is there and he is letting them know he is stronger. He moves to the front, relaxes a little and tries to control this race.

Allison Curbishley: “That was an important move from Farah to show he’s feeling fine and is ready. He’s going to try to slow the pace down now from the front. He’s conducting this and they are letting him. Clever.

Brendan Foster: “Mo looks relaxed. Mo looks powerful. Mo looks at his very best. There goes Mo at the bell. He has company…

GOLD!!! Mo Farah has officially won Gold for Team GB in the Men’s 5,000m event.

Steve Cram: “The double double! Four Olympic titles. Four Olympic gold medals. Incredible from Mo Farah. We have never seen anybody who is able to finish like that. Nobody who is able to close a race like that. Nobody who can take all on. It does not matter how quick they are, they cannot take Mo on.

Allison Curbishley: “You can try to knock him down, lead it out hard, but this man is invincible. He had the bit between his teeth. Whatever they had to test him with, he rose to the occasion. What a performance, what a race. Phenomenal.

Tom Fordyce: “Mo Farah is a phenomenon no-one can stop, a tactical and physical master no rivals can crack. As Bolt has owned the sprints, so Farah has ruled the distances.

Brendan Foster: “What a moment. What a fantastic performance. What a privilege to see this man collect a fourth Olympic medal in style. He did it the only way he knows how. Mo, you are a treasure, you are more than a national treasure, you are the greatest we have ever had and one of the greatest distance runners we have ever seen. Mo Farah, for services to athletics deserves to be Sir Mo Farah. He is, for me, the greatest British athlete. Arise, Sir Mo.

Darren Campbell: “All his rivals were laid across the ground and Farah, having done 50 laps of the track this week, was helping them up off the floor. He’s unbelievable! He has such an engine. He just won’t give up. I thought he didn’t have anything left but he did.

Mike Costello: “I thought he had lost this one. For the first time out of all the finals I’ve covered I didn’t think he was going to win. It is astonishing he still had something in reserve. He ran the last of his 50 laps in Rio in 52 seconds. What is going on? That’s incredible.

Paula Radcliffe: “He controls the field to such an extent and I don’t think we will ever see anyone control the field like Mo did.

Ruth Beitia has won Gold in the Women’s High Jump event.

Mike Costello: “I think Mo Farah is the greatest athlete across all sports because of the sheer competitive nature of his events. He’s the greatest British Olympian of all time.

Mo Farah spoke to BBC One after winning Gold in the Men’s 5,000m event: “I can’t believe it. My legs were a bit tired after the 10k – I don’t now how I recovered. People were bringing me food in my hotel room. It shows I didn’t just fluke it in London, to do it again is incredible. I just want to see my kids and hang this medal around their necks. I was surprised by the first lap, I thought it was going to be a slow race. They had a plan, they wanted to take the sting out of me but when I hit the front, I wasn’t letting anyone past me. I hate to lose. Even in PE I hated losing. I have that drive, it is just me. I can’t quite believe it. I wished for just one medal as a junior. It has been a long journey but if you dream of something, have ambitions and are willing to work hard then you can get your dreams. I don’t see my kids, I will never catch that time I missed but if I can achieve something for them, that is what drives me.

Germany’s Thomas Rohler has won Gold with an overall score of 90.30 in the Men’s Javelin Throw Final.

Team GB’s Christine Ohoruogu has won Bronze in the Women’s 4 x 400m relay event.

Allyson Felix of the United States has won the sixth Gold Medal in the Women’s 4 x 400m relay event.

Steve Cram: “They earned it in some style. A very, very good run by the British quartet.

China’s Zheng Shuyin has won Gold in the Women’s +67kg Taekwondo Final after beating Mexico’s Maria Espinoza 5-1.

Denise Lewis (Olympic Heptathlon Gold Medallist): “This GB quartet knew what they had to do. They knew there was a sniff of a medal. They have every confidence in each other. Brilliant job.

Colin Jackson: “So many of those girls have been working hard this winter to try and stay injury free. I was on a train journey with Emily Diamond and we had a long chat about her career and how she is progressing and she had a good solid winter. I am so pleased for the women.

Michael Johnson (Four Time Olympic Gold Medallist in Athletics): “US and Jamaica for the gold I believe and then it will be a battle for bronze.

The United States have won Gold in the Men’s 4 x 400m relay event.

Azerbaijan’s Radik Isaev has won Gold in the Men’s +80kg Taekwondo event.

Andrew Cotter (BBC Athletics Commentator): “That was a great race. The USA did win but not in the manner we expected, we expected them to be much further clear. I felt sorry for Botswana, not getting it quite done in the final leg but they did top load and that is the risk.

Michael Johnson: “This US team I knew would come under threat. It is not a strong team and has not been for sometime. They relied heavily on Merritt but it was great to watch.  A great anchor leg from Jamaica’s Francis, he chased down Botswana. A great competition to end the athletics with.

Confident words from Team GB’s athlete, Andrew Butchart, after he finished fourth in the 5,000m when asked if he had any doubts that Mo Farah would take Gold: “No. I have seen him training. Some of the stuff he does, nobody can do it. End of. He’s such a relaxed guy, you feed off it. It makes you more relaxed. He’s having fun all the time. He’s got one more year then it’s my time.

Eilidh Doyle:We went out and did the same plan we had for the last four years. I wanted to give the girls the best possible start and thankfully I did and they took it on from there.

Anyika Onuora:I just about hung on. I tried to keep my composure the best I could and I am ecstatic to be here with these girls and to be an Olympic medallist. Can you believe? Me, an Olympic medallist!

Emily Diamond: It has been the most amazing experience. We came out here and knew a bronze would be up for grabs and I am so proud we did it.

Christine Ohuruogu after winning her third Olympic medal: “It has been hard but I really want to start enjoying the last 10 years or so of my sport. It is nice to go home with a medal. We have really worked hard because we thought we could medal here. We had to come together as a team today, we had to stick in, stay focused and keep each other’s spirits up. I am so proud of them, we got a good job done today.

Michael Johnson: “It has been a dramatic transformation with GB since 2002. I think the real turning point was Charles van Commenee to be honest. He took a tougher approach and that was needed. What I saw before was being OK with mediocrity and now you see athletes coming off the track saying they want more.

Paul Chelimo was disqualified after the end of the 5,000m race, leaving a Bronze for Bernard Lagat.

On the other hand, Bernard Lagat isn’t so sure: “I didn’t know. I gave all I had. I finished and was still smiling to everybody, saying ‘good job’. I wanted to go to the warm up area and cool down, and see my kids. It is hard to imagine. If you finished fourth and somebody stepped on the line once and got no advantage and you finish fourth, do you really want to say ‘gosh, I won the bronze medal because a guy cheated’. To me, I feel like ‘yes, things happen’. I guess if the rules are like that, whatever decision they want to make tonight I’m going to accept it. Then again if they tell me they gave it me by accident and take it back, no problem.

Paula Radcliffe: “The athletes want to get out there and perform. There is a Mo legacy now. We saw Andy Butchart up in fourth and if you had said four years ago that we would have a British guy in fourth place with Mo still winning it, you would not have thought it possible, but it is because he has seen Mo winning it, he has seen how hard he has worked and said that is what I need to do.

Brendan Foster (Olympic Medallist & BBC Athletics Commentator): “The most exciting thing for me is we have never had a British athlete win four gold medals, we will never see that again. That was one of the greatest moments in British sport. He controlled that race tonight. They all came at him but he just holds them off. His racing brain is fantastic. His competitiveness is something we will never see the like of again. We will never see anyone like him again. I will be very surprised if we see him on the Olympic stage again. I think that was his Olympic farewell. If you keep going and going you will eventually get beaten.

Paula Radcliffe: “Mo does not believe he will be beaten. He sees no reason why he can’t be competitive in every race he competes in.

Denise Lewis: “Over the 5,000 and the 10,000 his rivals cannot do it because that title is taken and it is taken by Mo Farah. The measure of his competitiveness is that at the bell he refused to relinquish the position he wanted. It has been a privilege to see how he has progressed from that junior athlete who did not quite make it but the decisions he has made over the last few years, to move to America and do what is needed to achieve success. Absolutely committed.

Paul Chelimo, who was initially disqualified at the end of the Men’s 5,000m event, has officially been reinstated and has won Silver.

Michael Johnson: “Mo Farah has sought out the best he could find to reach his potential. Everyone knew that potential was there. It will have been a difficult decision to leave his coach and go to something different but that is what was needed to achieve his potential. Everyone works hard, but it is also about working smart – finding the things that will really make those marginal gains. Assessing and diagnosing what areas can improve. What else makes Mo special is his race intelligence and ability to show up on the day and deliver the performance he is capable of. He has done that time and time again.

South Africa’s Caster Semenya after winning the Olympic Gold in the 800m event: “It was hard work. After the Olympics I went home, dislocated my knee and was disappointed but I was just patient, worked on my strength and I am happy. Last year at the world championships it was not really a plan to win but prepare for future championships. I was not in a good shape. I am quite happy with how I am doing, the chemistry with the coach and the team is fantastic. Every athletes dream is to win a medal, especially in the Olympics. I will just have to go back home and see what the future has for me.

Denise Lewis: “I think it should never have come into the public domain. It should have been handled behind closed doors and worked with the powers that be. It is not fair for Caster and not fair for the girls because it allows them to have those sort of reactions because it is in the public domain.

Lynsey Sharp, who finished sixth in the Women’s 800m event: “I feel a bit disappointed. I had a lot left at the end but I don’t know if that means I ran it right or had too much left. I came through strong at the end, that was good, but we shall see.

Lynsey Sharp on Caster Semenya’s dominance: “I have tried to avoid the issue all year. You can see how emotional it all was. We know how each other feels. It is out of our control and how much we rely on people at the top sorting it out. The public can see how difficult it is with the change of rule but all we can do is give it our best. I was coming down the home straight, we were not far away and you can see how close it is. That is encouraging. We will work hard and aim to come back even stronger.

Here are the final medal table listings for Day #15:

Country
1

United States
43 37 36 116
2

Great Britain
27 22 17 66
3

China
26 18 26 70
4

Russia
17 17 19 53
5

Germany
17 10 14 41
6

Japan
12 8 21 41
7

France
9 17 14 40
8

South Korea
9 3 9 21
9

Australia
8 11 10 29
10

Italy
8 11 7 26
11

Netherlands
8 6 4 18
12

Hungary
8 3 4 15
13

Spain
7 3 4 14
14

Brazil
6 6 6 18
15

Jamaica
6 3 2 11
16

Kenya
5 6 1 12
17

Croatia
5 3 2 10
18

Cuba
5 2 4 11
19

New Zealand
4 9 5 18
20

Canada
4 3 15 22
21

Kazakhstan
3 5 9 17
22

Colombia
3 2 3 8
23

Iran
3 1 4 8
24

Greece
3 1 2 6
25

Argentina
3 1 0 4
26

Sweden
2 6 3 11
27

South Africa
2 6 2 10
28

Ukraine
2 5 4 11
29

Poland
2 3 6 11
30

North Korea
2 3 2 7
30

Serbia
2 3 2 7
32

Uzbekistan
2 2 5 9
33

Belgium
2 2 2 6
33

Switzerland
2 2 2 6
33

Thailand
2 2 2 6
36

Slovakia
2 2 0 4
37

Georgia
2 1 4 7
38

Denmark
1 6 7 14
39

Azerbaijan
1 4 10 15
40

Belarus
1 4 4 9
41

Turkey
1 3 4 8
42

Armenia
1 3 0 4
43

Slovenia
1 2 1 4
44

Indonesia
1 2 0 3
45

Czech Republic
1 1 7 9
46

Ethiopia
1 1 5 7
47

Romania
1 1 2 4
48

Bahrain
1 1 0 2
48

Vietnam
1 1 0 2
50

Chinese Taipei
1 0 2 3
51

Bahamas
1 0 1 2
51

Côte d’Ivoire
1 0 1 2
51

Independent Olympic Athletes
1 0 1 2
54

Fiji
1 0 0 1
54

Jordan
1 0 0 1
54

Kosovo
1 0 0 1
54

Puerto Rico
1 0 0 1
54

Singapore
1 0 0 1
54

Tajikistan
1 0 0 1
60

Malaysia
0 4 1 5
61

Mexico
0 3 2 5
62

Algeria
0 2 0 2
62

Ireland
0 2 0 2
64

Lithuania
0 1 3 4
65

Venezuela
0 1 2 3
66

Bulgaria
0 1 1 2
66

India
0 1 1 2
66

Mongolia
0 1 1 2
69

Burundi
0 1 0 1
69

Grenada
0 1 0 1
69

Niger
0 1 0 1
69

Philippines
0 1 0 1
69

Qatar
0 1 0 1
74

Norway
0 0 4 4
75

Egypt
0 0 3 3
75

Tunisia
0 0 3 3
77

Israel
0 0 2 2
78

Austria
0 0 1 1
78

Dominican Republic
0 0 1 1
78

Estonia
0 0 1 1
78

Finland
0 0 1 1
78

Morocco
0 0 1 1
78

Moldova
0 0 1 1
78

Nigeria
0 0 1 1
78

Portugal
0 0 1 1
78

Trinidad & Tobago
0 0 1 1
78

United Arab Emirates
0 0 1 1

Afghanistan
0 0 0 0

Albania
0 0 0 0

American Samoa
0 0 0 0

Andorra
0 0 0 0

Angola
0 0 0 0

Antigua & Barbuda
0 0 0 0

Aruba
0 0 0 0

Bangladesh
0 0 0 0

Barbados
0 0 0 0

Belize
0 0 0 0

Benin
0 0 0 0

Bermuda
0 0 0 0

Bhutan
0 0 0 0

Bolivia
0 0 0 0

Bosnia & Herzegovina
0 0 0 0

Botswana
0 0 0 0

British Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Brunei
0 0 0 0

Burkina Faso
0 0 0 0

Cambodia
0 0 0 0

Cameroon
0 0 0 0

Cape Verde
0 0 0 0

Cayman Islands
0 0 0 0

Central African Republic
0 0 0 0

Chad
0 0 0 0

Chile
0 0 0 0

Comoros
0 0 0 0

Congo
0 0 0 0

Cook Islands
0 0 0 0

Costa Rica
0 0 0 0

Cyprus
0 0 0 0

Djibouti
0 0 0 0

Dominica
0 0 0 0

DR Congo
0 0 0 0

Ecuador
0 0 0 0

El Salvador
0 0 0 0

Equatorial Guinea
0 0 0 0

Eritrea
0 0 0 0

FYR Macedonia
0 0 0 0

Gabon
0 0 0 0

Gambia
0 0 0 0

Ghana
0 0 0 0

Guam
0 0 0 0

Guatemala
0 0 0 0

Guinea
0 0 0 0

Guinea-Bissau
0 0 0 0

Guyana
0 0 0 0

Haiti
0 0 0 0

Honduras
0 0 0 0

Hong Kong, China
0 0 0 0

Iceland
0 0 0 0

Iraq
0 0 0 0

Kiribati
0 0 0 0

Kyrgyzstan
0 0 0 0

Laos
0 0 0 0

Latvia
0 0 0 0

Lebanon
0 0 0 0

Lesotho
0 0 0 0

Liberia
0 0 0 0

Libya
0 0 0 0

Liechtenstein
0 0 0 0

Luxembourg
0 0 0 0

Madagascar
0 0 0 0

Malawi
0 0 0 0

Maldives
0 0 0 0

Mali
0 0 0 0

Malta
0 0 0 0

Marshall Islands
0 0 0 0

Mauritania
0 0 0 0

Mauritius
0 0 0 0

Micronesia
0 0 0 0

Monaco
0 0 0 0

Montenegro
0 0 0 0

Mozambique
0 0 0 0

Myanmar
0 0 0 0

Namibia
0 0 0 0

Nauru
0 0 0 0

Nepal
0 0 0 0

Nicaragua
0 0 0 0

Oman
0 0 0 0

Pakistan
0 0 0 0

Palau
0 0 0 0

Palestine
0 0 0 0

Panama
0 0 0 0

Papua New Guinea
0 0 0 0

Paraguay
0 0 0 0

Peru
0 0 0 0

Refugee Olympic Athletes
0 0 0 0

Rwanda
0 0 0 0

Saint Kitts & Nevis
0 0 0 0

Saint Lucia
0 0 0 0

Samoa
0 0 0 0

San Marino
0 0 0 0

Sao Tome & Principe
0 0 0 0

Saudi Arabia
0 0 0 0

Senegal
0 0 0 0

Seychelles
0 0 0 0

Sierra Leone
0 0 0 0

Solomon Islands
0 0 0 0

Somalia
0 0 0 0

South Sudan
0 0 0 0

Sri Lanka
0 0 0 0

St Vincent & the Grenadines
0 0 0 0

Sudan
0 0 0 0

Suriname
0 0 0 0

Swaziland
0 0 0 0

Syria
0 0 0 0

Tanzania
0 0 0 0

Timor-Leste
0 0 0 0

Togo
0 0 0 0

Tonga
0 0 0 0

Turkmenistan
0 0 0 0

Tuvalu
0 0 0 0

Uganda
0 0 0 0

Uruguay
0 0 0 0

US Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Vanuatu
0 0 0 0

Yemen
0 0 0 0

Zambia
0 0 0 0

Zimbabwe
0 0 0 0

Day #15’s events have officially come to a close. Please make sure to check back soon for Day #16, the final day of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to all of you for such a fantastic fifteenth day and I hope and wish all of you a very good night.

Alex Smithson

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games - Day #14

Rio 2016: Day #14

Kicking off Day #14 to a fantastic start, Team GB‘s Nick Skelton won Gold in the Men’s individual Showjumping event. Team GB’s Muhammad has made it into the -80kg semi-final, which takes place at 9:15 PM. Team GB’s Joyce has made it into Sunday’s Boxing Super-Heavyweight Final, with Canada beating Brazil 2-1 to win the women’s football bronze.

Team GB’s Tom Daley is to compete in the 10m platform preliminaries at 8:00 PM, while Team GB’s Women’s Hockey team are in a gold medal clash with the Netherlands at 9:00 PM.

So far, the United States are in first place with 107 overall medals (36 Gold, 34 Silver & 32 Bronze), Great Britain are second in the medal table with 57 overall medals (23 Gold, 21 Silver & 13 Bronze), while China are third in the medal table with 61 overall medals (21 Gold, 17 Silver & 23 Bronze).

Today has been great so far, so let’s hope today is something fantastic to remember.

Luke Reddy (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “The show jumping round is underway but I can confirm Harry Potter, the ride of a Turkish athlete, just got a little lost on the course and wiped out an entire fence. Four bars from the fence clattered onto the floor. Harry Potter and the wreckage of Deodoro. Only three athletes have gone so far, about another 17 before British interest is in action. It’s seven points lost for every fence knocked down, 10 for a refusal. Samantha Murray has around 50 points to make up so she needs to be as clean as the laundry. Encouragingly, the horse she will ride – Up Class Girl – has just gone around error free under a Russian rider. The first calm horse we’ve seen.

Aimee Lewis (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “Glorious conditions for diving: a clear pool, the sun’s glare easing on a balmy afternoon. Who wouldn’t want to jump off a 10m platform on a day like today? It is incredible watching these athletes close up, twist, tuck, thud.

Team GB’s Showjumping Gold Medallist, Nick Skelton: “It is unbelievable. I am speechless for once. Big Star was amazing today, justice has been done for him today. He deserved it. It has been a hard road, hasn’t been sound. The last competition he won was in 2013 so today was a good day to win. Everyone has worked hard to get this horse back on the road, it is amazing. It has been tough. The last three years I knew if we got him right he was capable of doing it. He is the best horse I have ever seen. He’s an incredible horse, he knows what’s gong on and knows when it is important. I prefer to go first. He is a fast horse and I went quick enough but not stupid. It went my way.

Will he take part in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games? Nick Skelton’s response: “I don’t think so. I think when he retires I’ll stop too. He’ll be 17 then and I’ll be too old.

Aimee Lewis: “It’s a little odd watching a man in speedos jog on the spot in his flip-flops, but divers have to keep warm somehow before walking up those steps for a knee-knocking dive. Tom Daley is in action in these preliminaries and should reach the 10m final with ease, with the top 18 of the 27 progressing. He’s currently third after the first round of dives.

Mel Clewlow (Ex-Team GB Hockey Player): “There is no fear in this GB team. This is their best opportunity to beat the Dutch. I can see it being a physical encounter and certainly a lot of these girls have got in the mindset of the game. It is going to be really good and hopefully everyone will be tuning in back home.

France’s Estelle Mossely has won Gold in the Women’s Boxing Lightweight Event, after narrowly claiming victory against China’s Yin Junhua.

Simon Mason (Ex-Team GB Olympic Hockey Player): “This match is huge. This could have an impact across so many sports. It could give the belief that groups of people can come together in these team sports and the investment is wholly worthwhile. The Dutch team have such a wealth of experience.

Mel Clewlow: “This is set up to be something really special.

Former British Hockey Player, Sally Walton: “You want to get that first touch out of the way and get yourself into the game. It is clear to see the Dutch are trying to press immediately.

Mel Clewlow: “The fascinating match up for me tonight is that the Dutch backline do not have a lot of pace. They are going to be up against the likes of Alex Danson and Sophie Bray who do. Sam Quek went to ground, she didn’t take the ball and as a result she takes the player. It is the absolute right decision. It was a great save but from a world class player it was a poor penalty stroke. It goes to show what pressure does.

Sara Orchard (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra): “Maddie Hinch read that like a pamphlet that drops through the door you don’t want to read. Unbelievable stuff.

Mel Clewlow: “That is exactly what we wanted to see. Fantastic skills from Sophie Bray and the Owsley was first to react. Fantastic start from Great Britain.

Sara Orchard: “Wow. Absolutely incredible. Even coach Danny Kerry manages to have a little fist pump. He is normally quite calm but in an Olympic final anything goes.

Mel Clewlow: “One thing Britain have been excellent at has been their defence in this competition.

Simon Mason: “It is turnover, turnover, because of the pace the game is being played at. Whether they can sustain this pace for the next three quarters I am not sure. It will be impressive if they do.

Mel Clewlow: “That is gutting from a British perspective because a mistake has led to that goal.

Luke Reddy: “What about it? The Dutch haven’t lost at an Olympics since 2004. Their fans are all over the success, outnumbering the Brits here by perhaps 10 to 1 but when Lily Owsley tapped in, the British flag appeared from everywhere. Kudos to Maddie Hinch in goal. Many here have said she’s the best goalkeeper in the women’s game and that save fits the billing. She saved three penalties when GB beat the Dutch in the European final last year. They must be sick of her. Nothing she could do about that equaliser though, the Dutch bench erupts and there’s relief on faces.

Mel Clewlow: “This is what the Dutch do. They swarm around and that is why they are one of the best teams in the world. When get the opportunities the British have to take them. These are the moments you can’t afford to give to the Dutch. They don’t miss very often.

Former British Hockey Player, Sally Walton: “I can’t believe what I have just seen! Phenomenal save. This will need all the players having the game of their lives and that starts with Maddie Hinch.

Mel Clewlow: “I don’t think she’ll have hit one better that on the backhand that hasn’t gone in.

Sally Walton: “We can’t say this was not coming. The Dutch have been rolling up the pressure. GB really need half time to come and regroup. They need to take better care of the ball when they get it.

Mel Clewlow: “You don’t get many chances against the Dutch but when you do you have got to take them. Cullen was in acres of space and she slaps it first time. It was shocker from the Netherlands but GB aren’t going to care.

Luke Reddy: “They went split screen in the stadium for that goal line replay. Is it in? Is it not? All eyes transfixed on one thing but Great Britain survive. Compelling stuff. A roar from the Britons sandwiched within a pack of a few thousand Dutch. It’s soon drowned out as Paumen drills the Dutch ahead. Oddly, ‘Let it Be’ by the Beatles plays out. Maybe that’s her favourite song? What have you got Britain? You find yourselves in times of trouble. Bang… Cullen 2-2. Thriller.

Sally Walton: “It’s like her right pad got caught in the floor. She should have saved that but they all count. Game on. Hopefully that will open the floodgates for Cullen.

Mel Clewlow: “It has been such an absorbing half of hockey it is hard to belief it is almost half-time.

Simon Mason: “The Dutch are swarming the ball carrier and then attacking as a unit. It creates the overload and then for their goal it was an incredible finish.

Sally Walton: “I would say to them at half-time to keep patient. We are getting caught up with the tempo the Dutch are trying to play but we need to play our game. That is what has got us to the final of this tournament.

Simon Mason: “The equaliser was not a moment that Joyce Sombroek will have in her personal highlight diary.

Luke Reddy: “A man with a ‘Holland cheese’ on his head. I don’t think any more words are needed.

Mel Clewlow: “I would like GB to try and put the pressure on a little more and win the ball further up the field so they haven’t got as far to run to get to the Dutch circle.

Luke Reddy: “How many British flags can you fit in one photograph? I’ve left the fever of the media tribunes to mix it up over here with fans. They are gripped and the only seat you can get in this stand is in the aisle. “We love you GB, we do,” comes the cry.

Mel Clewlow: “It is just wave after wave of pressure from the Dutch.

Sally Walton: “I have not seen the Dutch do that at this tournament. Maddie Hinch unfortunately was not able to get to that and in the end a great goal you have to say.

Mel Clewlow: “You had a feeling the Dutch would have to do some kind of manoeuvre. They shaped for the flick and rolled the ball to Male who doesn’t have to move, just swing her stick at the ball.

Aimee Lewis: “The sun has set in these parts, the temperature has dropped. The floodlights are on which can only mean one thing – giant moths. It’s a decent-sized crowd in the opposite stand for this 10m preliminary and they’ve been treated to a cracking dive by one of the favourites, Qiu Bo, but It still isn’t enough to overtake halfway leader Tom Daley. There’s a Brazilian competing  – Hugo Parisi – so the decibels rise significantly whenever he and Daley step on the platform. A nice atmosphere.

BBC Sport’s Ollie Williams: “I am just above the technical area in the heart of Dutch territory. It is a very happy place at the moment, a man with a hat made from cheese just walked past me. The British fans, meanwhile, are looking a little glum.

Luke Reddy: “You sensed that was coming and again the British women will have to find something. Is it meant to be? Remember this is Kate Richardson-Walsh’s last ever international after over 350 outings. Written in the stars? The Dutch fans are now boisterous. Worryingly they are winning over locals. The guy in front of me is about as Dutch as a dog chewing on Yorkshire pudding but he’s been converted. Brazil turns orange. He’s singing away merrily.

Simon Mason: “Maddie Hinch is putting up valiant rear guard action but it finally came good for the Dutch. There isn’t an obvious outlet for GB. They know they can do it, there is not an obvious way to do it but they will have confidence, they can.

Sally Walton: “What you won’t see is GB players going AWOL. They will stick together as a team. This is actually a good position for GB. They can really get into this at the start of the fourth quarter and get a couple of goals.

Luke Reddy: “So this is it. Just 15 minutes of one’s life. Forever a winner or forever the one who got close? Great Britain trailed Netherlands late in the European final last year and won in a shootout. It’s still on but the Dutch look dominant. Hassling errors deep in GB territory for fun.

Mel Clewlow: “I just think GB need to play without fear. They are 3-2 down in the Olympic final, they need to go for it.

Luke Reddy: ““GB till I die, I’m GB till I die…” Never a great chant that one. Very much a tune sung when things aren’t going to plan.

Sara Orchard (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra): “GB are calm as custard at the moment. They are saying this job is not done. Score, get back and get this job done. It’s still on.

Mel Clewlow: “Against all of the odds and against all of the pressure, it doesn’t matter. Right place, right time. There is an intensity about Britain at the moment.

Luke Reddy: “Dear me. People are losing their minds. A Dutchman next to me just shakes his head and says “unbelievable.” It’s like the British are multiplying here. Growing. “We’ve got five minutes, COME ON!” Shouts the boyfriend of Sam Quek.

Mel Clewlow: “I personally don’t think it is a penalty corner. That was brave from Hinch. The Dutch dominated. They had so much possession. But Great Britain have been successful because of their defence and ability of Maddie Hinch which is unreal.

Luke Reddy: “A reminder Maddie Hinch saved three against Netherlands in a shootout last year.

Sara Orchard: “What will happen is you nominate your first five players and the goalkeeper goes back into the goal but instead of it being from a still position they start from 23m line and the clock starts from eight seconds. It is about getting it in the goal as quickly as possible.

Mel Clewlow: “Don’t get cautious. Don’t change your mind, Stick with what you know. That wasn’t the best from Helen Richardson-Walsh. Hinch is really clever. She changes where she starts her run up every time.

Luke Reddy: “Quite the scene. Quite the scene indeed.

Mel Clewlow: “That is what you call calmness under pressure.

Team GB’s Women’s Hockey Team have won Gold in the Hockey Final, and this, for them, is a first Olympic women’s hockey gold medal. They have beaten the Netherlands, who were previously the champions of Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Team GB are the Olympic Champions.

Sara Orchard: “Sixteen heroines out there on the park. They have rewritten hockey history. Unbelievable. I cannot believe what we have just witnessed. In the words of the great Barry Davies ‘where were the Dutch? Who cares!

Mel Clewlow: “Absolutely unbelievable. Look what it means. That is something else. Eight from eight in the biggest tournament in the world. It is absolutely incredible. Maddie Hinch is going to love playing in the Netherlands next year!

Simon Mason: “I am genuinely struggling to put that into words. GB were under pressure for huge chunks but we thought if it goes to penalties they could win. Fair play Maddie Hinch. Just incredible. That will change the face of British hockey.

Mel Clewlow: “The moment it went to a penalty shootout it was in the Dutch minds. Maddie Hinch is just phenomenal. Danny Kerry is probably the best technical coach I have worked with. Kate Richardson-Walsh is the most humble hockey player ever. She no idea the impact she has had on the sport at all.

Simon Mason: “This is a moment they will savour forever. It is hard to believe but if we take it in the cold light of day, it is years in the making. The girls believed they could do it, they knew they could deliver this.

Australia’s Chloe Esposito has won Gold in the Women’s Modern Pentathlon Final.

Simon Mason: “The girls have no idea what they are going back to. There are thousands of players who will have been inspired by that. Maddie Hinch is the best goalkeeper in the world. She made some key saves. That set the bar for Great Britain. It was a lesson for any goalkeepers watching tonight.

Luke Reddy: “That was insane. Mums, dads, brothers, sisters and partners in tears. I hope you were as gripped as everyone here. Some things are just meant to be perhaps.

Germany have won Gold in the Women’s football final, beating Sweden 2-1.

Luke Reddy: “When they finished fifth of six at the Champions Trophy just a couple of months ago, I doubt many in the Team GB squad thought they’d be stood there. Eight games, eight wins, 16 heroes.

Luke Reddy: “I’ve just had a chat with Sam Quek and she said her emotions are all over the place. The Liverpudlian said she cried when she first looked down at her medal. She’s quick to say that final had everything and can’t wait to go for drinks and food with friends and family. Life will never quite be the same again.

Team GB’s Helen Richardson-Walsh: “It is difficult to put into words what this means. I am struggling to believe it. 17 years ago when I started my career we were so far off. We have put in so much hard work, grown and grown over the last eight years. We have got an incredible group of players and staff and we had the belief. It just means absolutely everything to get this gold medal. It is pretty special. To get an Olympic medal is special but to share with Kate is truly amazing.

Denise Lewis (Olympic Heptathlon Gold Medallist): “Tonight is the night they can come of age because I think they could get a medal.

Luke Reddy: “When you meet your family for the first time after winning a gold medal….Crista Cullen resembled a child being set free at the end of a school day there. Lovely to see, a proper hug. Full commitment.

Kate Richardson-Walsh: “It is very special. To see Helen go through double back surgery, the strength and resilience she has shown resonates through the whole squad. It honestly and truly comes from every single person in this squad. Everyone who touches this squad has it and it is infectious. We wanted to be the difference, create history and inspire the future and we have done it. This is it, 100 per cent. We are going to retire as reigning Olympic champions and it is a good way to go out.

Tom Fordyce: “The Estadio Olimpico has the air this evening of a party that no-one wants to end. It will be the last time we see Usain Bolt at an Olympics, and while the night has a celebratory air, it will be tinged with a little inevitable sadness too.

Emily Diamond: “I found myself more nervous today than in my individual race because I didn’t want to let the girls down.

Anyika Onuora: “I’ve been watching the rest of the team perform and was waiting for my time to step out into the Olympic stadium. It was great.

Kelly Massey: “I have a lot of experience of running the relay and was determined to hand over in second place.

Christine Ohuruogu: “We have a strong medal chance but we are trying not to get too excited.

Steve Cram (BBC Athletics Commentator): “That’s better guys! Much better. That means they have put themselves in the medal zone with that run. Martyn Rooney ran 43.8 – why can’t he do that in the individual?

Tom Fordyce: “Unmissable determination from Martyn Rooney – an anchor leg of 43.8 secs, a word with his three team-mates afterwards, a desire to make great amends for an individual performance that was nowhere near what he wanted.

Bad news! Team GB has been disqualified from the Men’s 4 x 400m heats.

Michael Johnson (Four-Time Olympic Gold Medallist): “It has to have been a judge that decided he saw something somewhere that they decided was an infringement, but I just can’t think what that could be.

Martyn Rooney: “I want to celebrate this. I am so proud how we preformed. We had a tough draw, but the guys rose to the occasion. My last interview was terrible so I don’t want to swear in this one. I think all our training is paying off.

Martyn Rooney’s interview was done before the disqualification was given to Team GB in the 4 x 400m heats.

Steve Cram: “We have been told it is a rule where you cannot start running outside of the zone. Martyn Rooney had one foot outside of the line. Whether the judges had decided he had started running because of that, it would be incredibly harsh.

Martyn Rooney on Team GB’s disqualification from the 4 x 400m heats: “The guys were incredible I was so proud of how they ran but to then somehow get DQ’d with a world lead…I don’t know. In the first change over you have to be between two red lines which are about 20m apart. You have to stay within those red lines. From then on there is a solid red line across the track which is about 10m before the finish line and 10m afterwards you have to exchange within the zones. I haven’t seen it, but I can’t see how any of us went outside those zones.

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruyiot has won Gold in the Women’s 5,000m event, clocking up a finishing time of 14:26.17.

Steve Cram: “We all expected Ayana to win it but her 10,000m race took more out of her than we thought. It obviously hurt her.

Michael Johnson (Four Time Olympic Gold Medallist in Athletics): “There will be an appeal. I haven’t been involved in so much speculation as I have in the next 20 minutes. We need to wait to find out what happened.

Nick Hope (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “Lutalo is a very confident character. he’s proud to represent Great Britain, and he wants to put on a performance to get the crowd on his side. He’s come through some tough fights already but this is on another level but he’ll love fighting in this atmosphere.

The United States won Gold in the Women’s 4 x 100m relay final.

Team GB take Bronze in the Women’s 4 x 100m relay final.

Tom Fordyce: “Fabulous from the GB quartet. Having spent the day with them as they trained at Loughborough, there was no missing that this is the tightest of teams – true friends, proper racers. Philip in the mother role, Asher-Smith as head girl, Henry the loud one, Neita the kid. Together history makers.

Cheick Sallah Cisse has landed a reverse turn and kick in the last second, ultimately snatching four points and also the Gold Medal in the Men’s -80kg Taekwondo against Lutalo Muhammad. Lutalo Muhammad takes Silver.

Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece has won Gold in the Women’s Pole Vault Final.

Steve Cram: “The triple triple beckons for Usain Bolt – the end of his Olympic career and what a career, but can someone come and spoil the party? This has all the hallmarks of a classic.

Usain Bolt has won his ninth Gold Medal in the Men’s 4 x 100m Final.

Tom Fordyce: “The triple Triple, the perfect ending for a peerless sprinter. Bolt signs off in the style that has defined him over these past unstoppable eight years.

Steve Cram: “He has done it. History, history, history. Usain Bolt – the greatest ever. We are all privileged to have been here throughout his career and watched his Olympic performances.

Colin Jackson (Two Time World 110m Hurdles Champion): “Usain Bolt is just too good. Once he got that baton he had to ease himself past Japan and once he got in his stride nobody was going to catch him. An incredible man, a wonderful athlete and we are all incredibly pleased you have done what you have done.

Michael Johnson: “This was an incredible race. USA were in it. Japan were in it. Jamaica just had to get it round to Usain Bolt. Nobody expected this. He had to chase the Japanese team but Bolt – flawless. All gold. No silvers. No bronze. A fantastic performance at these championships.

Steve Cram: “They should proclaim him the eighth wonder of the world.

Richard Kilty: “We ran our hearts out. We all have trust in each other, we are proud of each other and there is not much more I can say.

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey: “What you saw were four guys putting their heart on the line.

James Ellington: “We know we were in great shape. We can talk about lanes or whatever but we have not shown our potential. It is disappointing we had the capability of winning it.

Adam Gemili: “They are a great team. It is a real shame especially for me after yesterday. I got back in the village at 1:30am and everyone was up waiting for me, we have such a great team and team spirit. We are disappointed not to win a medal, we know we are capable of it.

Lutalo Muhammad after losing out on his fight for the Gold Medal at the last second: “I was so close to becoming Olympic champion and making my dream. I am so distraught. I don’t want to cry but I am so sorry to the people that stayed up to watch. I let them down at the last second. This is so hard. I was so close to being Olympic champion. The emotions are so raw. It’s hard to say how disappointed I am. It should have been gold. I am so upset i can’t speak clearly. I am absolutely gutted to blow it like that. I’ll have to wait four years for another chance. It’s one of the low points of my life.

The United States team have been disqualified from the Men’s 4 x 100m event despite coming third.

Steve Cram: “I think the US team are the only people in the stadium that don’t know they are disqualified. They have just done their lap of honour, but it is up on the big screens.

Asafa Powell: “It was never in doubt. We went out there very confident. We are a team and we love competing on the track. I love running with these guys. We are here to relax, we are very confident we just want to get the stick in that man’s hands.

Nickel Ashmeade: “We went out there and executed it and did well.

Yohan Blake: “That was all of us. Usain need to be immortal and he is immortal. I will encourage him to come back for 2020.

Usain Bolt: “I am proud of myself and I have to say thanks to the guys. The pressure is real. I look at it as accomplishment. I live for these moments, it is beautiful and I came through. I’ll go home, stay up late tonight talking and having fun. It is not real. It is a brilliant feeling. I told the guys if it didn’t happen tonight I would beat them up. I am the greatest.

Asha Philip: “We came here to get a medal and we delivered. We had a lot of pressure to get this, but we had so much trust and faith in these girls. I have been with the senior team since 2011. We didn’t even make it four years ago and I have to thank all the girls from 2012 because it has helped us so much. I am so happy. Thanks to these girls and those at home.

Desiree Henry: “I cannot believe it. This was my first Olympics I wanted to go out and enjoy it but also to get a medal. To do it I had tears in my eyes. Thank you to everyone who has made this happen.

Dina Asher-Smith: “I am so proud of these girls. We have worked unbelievably hard. Out of all the teams I think we worked the hardest. We have worked so hard and this for the entire nation.

Darryl Nieta: “I am speechless. I am so proud of our team. I am happy we have this faith and trust in this team. We absolutely smashed it.

Lutalo Muhammad: “It was a roller coaster of emotions today, but hey I still won three fights. Unfortunately I literally just came up short at the last second in the final. Obviously it’s disappointing for me. I wanted to be the Olympic champion today, but I just have to settle for silver. I’m very happy to be here, second-time Olympian, second-time Olympic medallist- bronze, silver, so we know what’s next.

Here are the final medal table listings for Day #14:

Country
1

United States
38 35 32 105
2

Great Britain
24 22 14 60
3

China
22 18 25 65
4

Germany
14 8 13 35
5

Russia
13 16 19 48
6

Japan
12 8 21 41
7

France
9 14 14 37
8

Australia
8 11 10 29
9

Italy
8 11 6 25
10

Netherlands
8 6 4 18
11

South Korea
8 3 8 19
12

Hungary
7 3 4 14
13

Spain
6 2 3 11
14

Jamaica
6 1 2 9
15

Brazil
5 5 5 15
16

Kenya
5 5 0 10
17

Croatia
5 2 1 8
18

New Zealand
4 8 4 16
19

Canada
4 3 14 21
20

Kazakhstan
3 5 9 17
21

Cuba
3 2 4 9
22

Colombia
3 2 3 8
23

Greece
3 1 2 6
24

Argentina
3 1 0 4
25

Iran
3 0 4 7
26

Ukraine
2 4 2 8
27

North Korea
2 3 2 7
28

Poland
2 2 6 10
29

Belgium
2 2 2 6
29

Thailand
2 2 2 6
31

Uzbekistan
2 1 5 8
32

Georgia
2 1 3 6
33

Switzerland
2 1 2 5
34

Slovakia
2 1 0 3
35

Denmark
1 6 6 13
36

Sweden
1 6 3 10
37

South Africa
1 6 2 9
38

Belarus
1 4 2 7
39

Armenia
1 3 0 4
40

Slovenia
1 2 1 4
40

Serbia
1 2 1 4
42

Indonesia
1 2 0 3
43

Czech Republic
1 1 6 8
44

Ethiopia
1 1 4 6
45

Romania
1 1 2 4
46

Bahrain
1 1 0 2
46

Vietnam
1 1 0 2
48

Chinese Taipei
1 0 2 3
49

Côte d’Ivoire
1 0 1 2
49

Independent Olympic Athletes
1 0 1 2
51

Bahamas
1 0 0 1
51

Fiji
1 0 0 1
51

Jordan
1 0 0 1
51

Kosovo
1 0 0 1
51

Puerto Rico
1 0 0 1
51

Singapore
1 0 0 1
51

Tajikistan
1 0 0 1
58

Azerbaijan
0 4 9 13
59

Malaysia
0 3 1 4
60

Turkey
0 2 4 6
61

Ireland
0 2 0 2
62

Lithuania
0 1 3 4
63

Venezuela
0 1 2 3
64

India
0 1 1 2
64

Mexico
0 1 1 2
64

Mongolia
0 1 1 2
67

Algeria
0 1 0 1
67

Grenada
0 1 0 1
67

Philippines
0 1 0 1
67

Qatar
0 1 0 1
71

Egypt
0 0 3 3
71

Norway
0 0 3 3
71

Tunisia
0 0 3 3
74

Israel
0 0 2 2
75

Austria
0 0 1 1
75

Bulgaria
0 0 1 1
75

Dominican Republic
0 0 1 1
75

Estonia
0 0 1 1
75

Finland
0 0 1 1
75

Morocco
0 0 1 1
75

Moldova
0 0 1 1
75

Portugal
0 0 1 1
75

United Arab Emirates
0 0 1 1

Afghanistan
0 0 0 0

Albania
0 0 0 0

American Samoa
0 0 0 0

Andorra
0 0 0 0

Angola
0 0 0 0

Antigua & Barbuda
0 0 0 0

Aruba
0 0 0 0

Bangladesh
0 0 0 0

Barbados
0 0 0 0

Belize
0 0 0 0

Benin
0 0 0 0

Bermuda
0 0 0 0

Bhutan
0 0 0 0

Bolivia
0 0 0 0

Bosnia & Herzegovina
0 0 0 0

Botswana
0 0 0 0

British Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Brunei
0 0 0 0

Burkina Faso
0 0 0 0

Burundi
0 0 0 0

Cambodia
0 0 0 0

Cameroon
0 0 0 0

Cape Verde
0 0 0 0

Cayman Islands
0 0 0 0

Central African Republic
0 0 0 0

Chad
0 0 0 0

Chile
0 0 0 0

Comoros
0 0 0 0

Congo
0 0 0 0

Cook Islands
0 0 0 0

Costa Rica
0 0 0 0

Cyprus
0 0 0 0

Djibouti
0 0 0 0

Dominica
0 0 0 0

DR Congo
0 0 0 0

Ecuador
0 0 0 0

El Salvador
0 0 0 0

Equatorial Guinea
0 0 0 0

Eritrea
0 0 0 0

FYR Macedonia
0 0 0 0

Gabon
0 0 0 0

Gambia
0 0 0 0

Ghana
0 0 0 0

Guam
0 0 0 0

Guatemala
0 0 0 0

Guinea
0 0 0 0

Guinea-Bissau
0 0 0 0

Guyana
0 0 0 0

Haiti
0 0 0 0

Honduras
0 0 0 0

Hong Kong, China
0 0 0 0

Iceland
0 0 0 0

Iraq
0 0 0 0

Kiribati
0 0 0 0

Kyrgyzstan
0 0 0 0

Laos
0 0 0 0

Latvia
0 0 0 0

Lebanon
0 0 0 0

Lesotho
0 0 0 0

Liberia
0 0 0 0

Libya
0 0 0 0

Liechtenstein
0 0 0 0

Luxembourg
0 0 0 0

Madagascar
0 0 0 0

Malawi
0 0 0 0

Maldives
0 0 0 0

Mali
0 0 0 0

Malta
0 0 0 0

Marshall Islands
0 0 0 0

Mauritania
0 0 0 0

Mauritius
0 0 0 0

Micronesia
0 0 0 0

Monaco
0 0 0 0

Montenegro
0 0 0 0

Mozambique
0 0 0 0

Myanmar
0 0 0 0

Namibia
0 0 0 0

Nauru
0 0 0 0

Nepal
0 0 0 0

Nicaragua
0 0 0 0

Niger
0 0 0 0

Nigeria
0 0 0 0

Oman
0 0 0 0

Pakistan
0 0 0 0

Palau
0 0 0 0

Palestine
0 0 0 0

Panama
0 0 0 0

Papua New Guinea
0 0 0 0

Paraguay
0 0 0 0

Peru
0 0 0 0

Refugee Olympic Athletes
0 0 0 0

Rwanda
0 0 0 0

Saint Kitts & Nevis
0 0 0 0

Saint Lucia
0 0 0 0

Samoa
0 0 0 0

San Marino
0 0 0 0

Sao Tome & Principe
0 0 0 0

Saudi Arabia
0 0 0 0

Senegal
0 0 0 0

Seychelles
0 0 0 0

Sierra Leone
0 0 0 0

Solomon Islands
0 0 0 0

Somalia
0 0 0 0

South Sudan
0 0 0 0

Sri Lanka
0 0 0 0

St Vincent & the Grenadines
0 0 0 0

Sudan
0 0 0 0

Suriname
0 0 0 0

Swaziland
0 0 0 0

Syria
0 0 0 0

Tanzania
0 0 0 0

Timor-Leste
0 0 0 0

Togo
0 0 0 0

Tonga
0 0 0 0

Trinidad & Tobago
0 0 0 0

Turkmenistan
0 0 0 0

Tuvalu
0 0 0 0

Uganda
0 0 0 0

Uruguay
0 0 0 0

US Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Vanuatu
0 0 0 0

Yemen
0 0 0 0

Zambia
0 0 0 0

Zimbabwe
0 0 0 0

Day #14’s events have officially come to a close. Please make sure to check back soon for Day #15 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to all of you for such a great fourteenth day and I hope and wish all of you a very good night.

Alex Smithson

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games - Day #13

Rio 2016: Day #13

Kicking off Day #13 to a great start, Team GB‘s Alistair Brownlee has won Gold, ultimately defending his Olympic triathlon title, while his brother, Jonathan Brownlee has won Silver. Team GB’s Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have won the women’s 470 Sailing event, ultimately bringing Team GB’s Gold Medal Haul to 21 Gold Medals at this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

We have, so far, had a great day, but it will most certainly be interesting to see how Team GB does during Day #13 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Jade Jones went through to the -57kg Taekwondo semi-final to ensure at least a Silver, while the US women face the 4 x 100m re-run, with Team GB & Jamaica’s men qualifying.

Luke Reddy (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “One wonders what goes through the mind as these boxers walk from the makeshift tunnel erected here in Rio. So much on the line, the chance to be a national hero no less. Bektemir Melikuziev is the 256th fighter to walk out in the blue corner at this Games. That’s right, 256 fights so far. The action comes thick and fast, dreams live and die in the blink of an eye. Melikuziev feels a long way from home as this crowd chant “Mexico” in support of his opponent. He only has a small pocket of his own countrymen here. A place in the men’s 75kg final on the line. Cuban number one seed Arlen Lopez awaits.

Nick Hope (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “So, if Jade Jones makes it through to the -57kg semi-finals she’ll be up against a currently very smiley Nikita Glasnovic. The Swedish fighter just defeated Finland’s Suvi Mikkonen and it’s a great result for Jones who, to my recollection, has never lost to Glasnovic. Their last meeting came in the European championship final in May – which Jones won convincingly 11-5. Jones takes on Iran-born, Belgian refugee fighter Raheleh Asemani at 19:30 BST!

Alistair Magowan (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “So the medal hopes of GB pair Alain Sign and Dylan Fletcher disappear in a gust of wind as they capsize around the second turning point in the final 49er race, having started the day in fourth. How does that happen at an Olympics? “They were pushing so hard there to catch up on their rivals,” says double Olympic champion Shirley Robertson on board the TV boat. You also have to remember that the 49ers are one of the hardest boats to control, you spend your whole time sailing stood up, and with the wind strong today it can lead to mistakes.

Luke Reddy: “An Olympic final no less as Cuban Julio Cesar La Cruz – the number one seed – mixes it with Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazhakstan, seeded two. La Cruz cuts a cocky frame, his hands couldn’t be any lower as he instead opts to dance around his man and evade shots. He was decked in the first as a result and so a minor upset could be on the cards at halfway. Cuba are yet to land boxing gold at this Games.

Luke Reddy: “Our Cuban dancer in the ring sends the small contingent sat in the sky wild. There are some jeers at the decision as he takes it 29-28 on all three cards. Julio Cesar La Cruz is men’s 81kg champion. That’s a gold and three bronze for Cuba in the ring at this Games. Some here don’t like this man’s confidence as he swaggers and showboats with every step – even during fights.

Brazil‘s Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze have won Gold after winning the final race in the Women’s 49-er FX Sailing Event.

Leon Taylor (Olympic Diving Silver Medallist): “Everyone starts at zero in this final and Tonia Couch has a real shot at the podium. It is going to be a big ask, but everyone has a shot.

Julio Cesar La Cruz has won a Gold Medal in Boxing.

Anthony Joshua (Olympic Champion Boxer): “Julio Cesar De La Cruz is a phenomenal man and he has done well to win gold in style. I am studying these guys and I am seeing the display  of footwork. Feet can do you so much justice in boxing.

Alistair Magowan (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “What an end to the sailing regatta! Brazil come from behind to beat New Zealand to gold in the women’s 49er FX as Martine Grael, alongside Kahena Kunze, follows in father Torben’s footsteps by winning an Olympic title. Then, as the pair head to the beach for the traditional sail past, their friends and family swim out to join them for a celebratory sing-song. Brazil, Brazil, Brazil,” rings out across Guanabara Bay.

New Zealand’s Peter Burling & Blair Tuke have won Gold in the Men’s Sailing Two-Person 49er skiff class event.

Leon Taylor: “A beautiful dive from Tonia all the way into the water.

Leon Taylor: “Tonia nailed that in the prelims but just left it short there, not quite completing the dive. That is a huge shame for Tonia. Hard to swallow, but she will be way off the pack now.

Leon Taylor: “The Chinese teenagers are a cut above in this final.

Leon Taylor: “That was a really good from Tonia. A great, great dive. But she has left herself too much to do in this competition.

The World & European Taekwondo Silver Medallist, Damon Sansum, who is part of Team GB in Rio de Janeiro, spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live: “Jade is looking really good. She only conceded one point in the whole match – the head shot. A great performance and she is into the finals. GB have got four great athletes and our team is growing and getting stronger. I think every one has a chance of medal. It is a great start and gets the ball rolling for GB.

Qian Ren has won Gold in the Women’s 10m platform event.

Leon Taylor: “That was a diving masterclass through and through.

Nick Hope (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “After a slightly nervous opening round Jade Jones again showed all her class and experience to move clear of any threat posed by Nikita Glasnovic and move into the -57kg final. Jones looked incredibly relieved and fully acknowledged her fans in the crowd for the first time in this competition, but she wants more. “We only came here for gold,” her coach Paul Green tells me. “We know all of the opponents inside out and Jade is so confident. It hasn’t been easy the last four years as she’s the one every fighter wants to beat, but she’s a winner and that’s all today is about.”

Alistair Magowan: “Wales’ Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark from Essex have affectionately been named by double Olympic champion Shirley Robertson as the ‘real life Gavin and Stacey’ and the strength of their friendship was clear to see as they jumped onto the medal podium. Clark shuffled nervously as they waited for their names to be announced but once that happened, they bounced up and down with the biggest grins this side of Sugar Loaf mountain before belting out the national anthem. After also winning silver at London 2012, this was the last race in their six-year partnership, but what a way to go out. A winning combination but, more importantly, friends forever.

Helen Louise Maroulis of the United States has won Gold in the Women’s 53kg.

Steve Parry (Olympic Bronze Medal Swimmer on BBC Radio 5 Live): “Athletics is going to lose captain charisma. Not only is Usain Bolt the most fantastic athlete we have seen but he has style, charisma, swagger and it is hard to replace someone like that and I do feel for the sport after him.

Jade Jones’ Coach, Paul Green: “Jade has worked four years for this. We have been planning meticulously, the intensity of training has been meticulous and she is looking good to go and win. “Four years ago Jade wasn’t the one to beat, now she is the one to beat so it has been a lot harder going in but we have done our homework on the all players, mimicking them in the last year. We’re ready and prepared and Jade always rises on the occasion. “We are here for the gold medal. I will tell her to stay on plan. We know the girl she is facing inside out. Jade has got to diffuse her game and apply her own strengths and that is exactly what we are going to do.

Steve Bunce (BBC Sport Boxing Pundit Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live): “Athletics survived before Bolt – it had some dark years, but it ticked over and survived. We don’t want to see Bolt dragged out. We’d like to see him beaten now and in London four years ago, but not in 2020. That would be horrible to watch. There will not be another Bolt. We had that argument in boxing for 20-odd years until Mike Tyson came on. It was boring and irrelevant.

Victoria Pendleton (Olympic Cyclist Gold Medallist on BBC Radio 5 Live): “I wonder if without Usain Bolt someone else will have the chance to take on the limelight? Everything is so focused on Bolt, maybe if he isn’t there that focus can come on someone in the shadows.

Victoria Pendleton: “I was inspired when Mo Farah was on the deck and how quickly he pulled himself together. There was no complaining about it he was just – bang – back up and got on with it.

Steve Parry (Olympic Bronze Medallist on BBC Radio 5 Live): “I was inspired today by Ali Brownlee. I thought the way he put that race together was unbelievable.

Argentina has won Gold in the Men’s Hockey event.

Steve Parry: “As a nation, what we are not good at is saying ‘we are going to win’ and being comfortable with it. I have already seen media articles picking holes with what we’ve done. How can we not be proud of these Olympians?

Steve Bunce: “We are second in the medals table because we have spent the money wisely. We are better at organising. We have acquired one or two coaches from around the world. We have spent sensibly and we are delivering. I am a veteran of Atlanta 1996 – we got one gold medal. I’ll leave you with that.

Team GB’s Tonia Couch, who finished 12th in the 10m diving final, spoke to the BBC: “The last few days I haven’t dived my best, I’ve been a bit flat. I dived amazing in the synchronised event and that is my main event but I have made the final here and that was goal so no one can take that away from me. I didn’t even watch them (Chinese gold and silver medallists). They do it all the time, scoring 10s. That is what we expect and I just focus on myself. Our team has been fantastic. We have a great bond, everyone is diving so well. They’re all pretty much finished now and are here to support still.

Victoria Pendleton: “Wanting to be the best in the world at your job is a very intrinsic thing. It is about me. I wanted to be really good at this. I nearly quit because I was fourth best. It was crazy but I wanted to be the best. It was not about the crowd. I’ve competed at events where there was one guy and a flute, and it wasn’t even for me.

Steve Cram (BBC Athletics Commentator): “The USA women’s team have qualified for the 4x100m relay final after a re-run a little earlier on. It was bizarre, it is something I have seen once or twice before. At least there was a good atmosphere, the danger was not concentrating. It was tough for them. They still had to get the changes right, it would have been a huge sigh of relief.

Aimee Lewis (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “This is Usain Bolt’s last Olympics of course so I’ve been speaking to people about what the great Jamaican means to them. Shaun Johnson from Jamaica says he’s second only to Bob Marley in his books. “He revolutionised the sport and put us on the map,” he says. “He’s the next best thing since Bob Marley. He’s fun and humble. He entertains and hangs out with the locals. We enjoy what he’s done to the country, and he’s been the same Usain Bolt since high school. It’s been an amazing journey. They’re going to build a statue once he retires for sure.”

Canada’s Erica Wiebe has made history after winning Gold in the Women’s Freestyle -75kg Wrestling event.

Aimee Lewis: “There are people in this stadium who will see Usain Bolt compete for the first, and last time, and they’re quite excited about it. “He’s a phenomenon,” says Gustavo, from Porto Alegri in south Brazil. “It’s my unique chance to see the guy. He’s the fastest man in world and it’s something I’ll tell my children and grandchildren. Today is history.”

Aimee Lewis: “I know everyone loves a Usain Bolt anecdote so let me tell you about a wedding in Jamaica which came to a standstill this week for the 100m final. “A friend of mine went to a wedding in Jamaica,” says Cecile Lee who has travelled from Jamaica to support the track and field team. “The reception stopped when he was racing, even the bride and groom were watching! She told me ‘only in Jamaica could that happen.'”He’s a wonderful ambassador, he’s charismatic, and a really wonderful person. He loves people and the sport and we admire him for that. It will be pandemonium back in Jamaica if he wins tonight.”

Michael Johnson: “When you are talking to Usain Bolt one-on-one he is really quite shy but out on the track when he is away from everyone else he becomes confident and enjoys this. I don’t think we will see another Bolt – a combination of being the athlete he is and the entertainment that he brings.

Aimee Lewis: “Imagine coming to Rio to watch the Olympics and not having to pay a penny for it. Well, Jarno Metsäranta (pictured left) doesn’t have to because he’s here courtesy of winning a competition with a betting firm in Finland. It’s an all-expenses paid holiday of a lifetime, and he’ll get to watch Usain Bolt compete in his last individual Olympic race. What a prize. “I’ve never seen him before so It’s very exciting to see him live,” he says of Bolt. “It will be so different than seeing him on TV.”

Michael Johnson: “I am looking forward to the 200m race that’s going to happen behind Usain Bolt. I think there will be a real battle for those medals. Usain sucks up all the attention in the room but there are some good guys there behind him.

Aimee Lewis: “The shot put is taking place at one end of the stadium, while at the other spectators are more interested in starting a Mexican wave. Shot putters, the bass guitarists of track and field, if you like – we’d miss them if they weren’t here, but they do, at times, get overlooked. Anyway, it’s a poor attempt at a Mexican wave, so we might as well focus on the only competition currently taking place in the stadium.

Denise Lewis (Olympic Heptathlon Gold Medallist): “I don’t think anything can stop Ashton Eaton in this one. If he has to run for it he really will, but let’s not jinx him. However, gone are the days when you could see Daley Thompson cruise around. This is a proper race.

Steve Cram: “This will not be easy for Charlie Grice or Chris O’Hare. Charlie goes up first. He was fading badly in his heat and perhaps a little fortunate to advance.

Brendan Foster (Olympic Medallist & BBC Athletics Commentator): “I am very nervous. This is a tough qualification. Only five go through and the first lap has been pretty pedestrian. A faster race will suit Charlie Grice.

Steve Cram: “Well done Charlie. He may have been fortunate to make it through but he did not panic at the bell. He is into the Olympic final. Huge relief and a huge achievement.

Brendan Foster: “Charlie Grice got his first break on the back straight. There was no shortage of talent around him but there was a determination in Charlie. He saw his chance.

Charlie Grice on the Men’s 1500m semis: “I am so happy to get through. When the pace was slow I was quite nervous but I knew my 800m speed was good. I told myself to stay patient and I am glad I redeemed myself because Tuesday was not me. A few times people were cutting in, so I am just glad I stayed on my feet. I wanted to make sure I proved myself today. It was close but I am thrilled. Two days to rest up and the final will be a cracker.

Steve Cram: “Chris O’Hare has called himself a terrier. He will be in the right position, but does he have the pace to go through here?

Brendan Foster: “Chris O’Hare is running a good race. He is strong at the finish and he is putting himself in within a chance of producing that finish.

Steve Cram: “O’Hare had nothing down the home straight and it is painful to watch. He didn’t compete in London and he was desperate to get into the final of an Olympic Games but he just didn’t have the legs.

Chris O’Hare after missing out on reaching the Men’s 500m Final: “I am not sure what happened. I put myself in the position. I felt fine with 200m to go and tried to turn it on with 100m to go and it just was not there. I am so disappointed because I wanted to do better for myself, my family and everyone watching back home. I tried my best, I guess it is all I can do but it is disappointing when I have put all this work in and I thought I was good enough.

Paula Radcliffe (Women’s Marathon World Record Holder): “This is a totally different Charlie Grice that turned up to the one we saw in the heats. There was a lot of pushing and shoving and he handled himself well. He didn’t panic coming into the home straight.

Paula Radcliffe: “As easy as they liked in the last 200m for the two in front. Just the first two to go through and the three fastest losers from the three semi-finals. It looked like Ajee Wilson, in third, eased and relaxed but she couldn’t she needed to run as hard as she could.

Ryan Crouser has won Gold in the Men’s Shot Put Event.

Paula Radcliffe: “Shelayna Oskan-Clarke was in a great position but Melissa Bishop moved a little and Shelayna lost a bit of her momentum and her fight as well as she struggled to come back. She needed to keep fighting because she was just a couple of strides from fourth there.

Andrew Cotter (BBC Athletics Commentator): “Twenty two wins from 23 races for Caster this year. She lost one in March but apart from that, untouchable.

Paula Radcliffe: “Caster will go and will go hard but it will probably not be until the last 200m.

Paula Radcliffe: “What I like about Lynsey Sharp this year is she does not panic when the race gets into the closing stages. She was patient and waited for the gap to open up and when it did she struck hard and struck fast to claim that spot.

Lynsey Sharp after reaching the Women’s 800m Final: “I have just been so looking forward to getting that Q next to my name. I am so happy to have done that. It didn’t really go as I planned, I was in a few positions I did not plan on but the main thing was to stay patient, trust in my coach and it paid off. I live for this stuff and to get into the final is a massive relief but this is where it really starts.

Aimee Lewis: “Jamaican and Brazilian flags are dominating this evening in the Olympic Stadium, but there are plenty of other countries being represented: France, Canada, Britain, USA. It would probably make a decent quiz. Holding one of the Union flags aloft is Mia Richardson, from Hexham. She’s been talking to me about Usain Bolt. “He’s the athlete that got me interested in athletics,” she says. “I was 10 when he did what he did in Beijing. The ease with which he won. I follow him on snapchat and he’s hilarious.

Ryan Crouser of the United States has won Gold in the Men’s Shot Put Final.

Nick Hope (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “Jade is such a fighter. Today she will not talk to the media, she shuts down into that bubble she is in. When she is outside of competition she is nice and relaxed but when she is out there competing she is super focused.

Ashton Eaton of the United States has won Gold in the Men’s decathlon event.

Colin Jackson (Two Time 110m Hurdles Champion): “We know Eilidh Doyle has won some of the big races in the Diamond League, we know she is capable of going under 54 seconds and if any of the front three make a mistake, she has the potential to sneak a bronze.

Team GB’s Jade Jones has officially become a double Olympic Champion after winning Gold in the Women’s -57kg Taekwondo event.

Dalilah Muhammad of the United States has won Gold in the Women’s 400m Hurdles Final after breezing her way to victory with a finishing time of 53.13 seconds.

Eilidh Doyle: “I can’t really fault any of it. It was a smooth and solid run I just wasn’t in there. I feel like I nailed the race. I am not too unhappy but you always want more. I think my hurdling was really good tonight, just need to get a bit quicker.

Double Olympic Champion, Jade Jones after winning Gold in Taekwondo: “It feels unbelievable. I didn’t realise how much pressure I would feel but to pull this off is amazing. I am still young so to be double Olympic champion already is crazy. I’ve been crying in between sessions because I was so stressed but I did it when it mattered. I’m buzzing. My family and friends mean the world to me, and everyone back home in Flint in the pub, their support is amazing.

Michael Johnson (Four Time Olympic Gold Medallist): “This is the second part in the three part series as Usain Bolt looks to replicate his feat from London. I don’t see anyone standing in his way tonight but you have to go out there and run your race. Adam Gemili is on the inside in lane two and it will be very difficult from him from there.

Denise Lewis (Olympic Heptathlon Gold Medallist): “This is a foregone conclusion. Bolt should and will win this. He looks very relaxed, this is such an important event for him. He wants to dominate it and dominate it big.

Usain Bolt has won Gold in the Men’s 200m Final with ease and with a finishing time of 19.78 seconds.

Steve Cram (BBC Athletics Commentator): “If that is it, if we never seem him again in a 200m final it will be a real shame, what on earth are we going to do without him.

Colin Jackson: “My heart goes out to Adam Gemili. To be fourth with the exact same time as third place. Adam will be devastated no doubt but he is still fourth in the world, he has to remember that and he has a bright, bright future ahead of him.

Colin Jackson: “Usain was so aggressive out of the blocks. Andre de Grasse said he wanted to go with Usain and that is what he has done. If I am honest, many of the athletes will be disappointed with their times.

Michael Johnson: “I expected a little faster but the race is what it is. Usain Bolt was straight into the lead and never relinquished it. This was a quality race. You could not separate the guys for bronze.I don’t think Adam Gemili could have done more to get that bronze. If you look at his race and his position, he finished ahead of guys like LaShawn Merritt.

Adam Gemili following the Men’s 200m event: “I am heartbroken. I put so much into that run. I lost my form at the end and to get so close at the end is heartbreaking. I am absolutely gutted. I was in the inside, I knew Bolt would go and a lot of others would try and go with him. Myself and my coach had said beforehand to let them go and save some energy. I did but I lost some form at the end but it has been a fantastic season. I have had such fantastic support but I am gutted I could not bring home a medal for Team GB. This is the fun bit of competing at championships. We have a big year next year in London and I can’t wait to get out there and put this right because I am so gutted. Fourth place is the worst place you can be. We are not here to fill lanes any more. We have guys who can make these finals and push. It is a shame it didn’t work out tonight but I’ll reconvene with my coach and put it right where it matters.

Michael Johnson: “This is what it is all about as an athlete. Your career is about what you do in the individual events so Usain Bolt has completed that. No matter what he does from here he has done something that other athletes have not and may never do again, at least not in our lifetime. It has been tough with the injuries he had earlier this year, he has had to put aside the motivation that sustained him for so long, which was to run faster and faster and replaced that with just needing to cross the finish line ahead of everyone else. He has done that.

Denise Lewis: “Those opportunities don’t come around often. That race was not the quickest and Adam Gemili knows to finish fourth is a bitter blow.

Usain Bolt: “It is something you work so hard for and when the moment comes you are happy and also relieved. The fact I came here and everything worked out it is a brilliant feeling. I am getting older, I am not as young and fresh but I am excited I got the gold and that is the key thing. I focus on what I need to do because if I don’t there will not be a Usain Bolt.

Will it be his last time running 200m? Usain Bolt’s response: “I don’t know. I said when I come to the championships in London next year it would be 100m and that’s it. My coach has a way of trying to convince me, but personally I believe this is my last one.

Finally, Usain Bolt’s last warning for Steve Cram: “I am going to listen back to this and hopefully you commented brilliantly on this one.

BBC Sport can assure you that Steve Cram did listen to you Usain Bolt, and he did.

Usain Bolt: “I don’t need to prove anything else. What else can I do to prove to the world I am the greatest?”

Michael Johnson: “The rest of those guys could not respond to what looked like fatigue for Usain Bolt. You could see him grimace towards the end and look at the screen. We have never seen him look at that screen so much to see if those guys were making up ground on him, but they were not. Usain has stamped his mark on history and this sport. He is the model by which people will judge future sprinters. People will identify talent based on what they have seen Bolt do over the years.

Usain Bolt: “I am trying to be one of the greatest. Be among Ali and Pele. I hope after these Games I will be in that bracket.

Mike Costello (BBC Radio 5 Live Athletics Correspondent): “The end of an era. The greatest sprinter that has ever lived. His action might only last 10 or 20 seconds but people remember it for much. much longer. Now the sport has to find the future without him.

Aimee Lewis (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “Ashton Eaton’s decathlon finished quite a while ago,  but the Olympic champion is still weaving his way through what the media call the ‘mixed zone’ –  podiums of broadcasters wanting a word, or two. There’s only one man who is more in demand and that is Usain Bolt. Who knows what time he’ll be finished with his edit duties.

Tom Fordyce (Chief Sports Writer in Rio de Janeiro): “Bolt often looks like he’s working much harder over 200m. Even in WR Berlin ’09 grimaces & strain. But also genuine disappointment with time.

Jordan’s Ahmad Abughaush has won Gold in the Men’s 68kg Taekwondo event.

Alistair Magowan (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “Maybe it’s the damp weather, maybe it’s because Brazil lost both the bronze and gold medal match in the women’s beach volleyball last night, or maybe it’s because it was a Dutch-Russian bronze medal match tonight, which the Netherlands won, but there is a distinct lack of energy in the Copacabana arena. Still, there is another 45 minutes until home favourites Bruno Schmidt and Alison Cerutti take on Italian pair Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo so plenty of time for the locals to turn up. Cariocas like to leave it late and the warm-up man is giving it both barrels.

Aimee Lewis: “Fans are craning their necks just to get a glimpse of Usain Bolt. “Boooolt!” they scream just to get him to look their way. They’ve seen him perform and they want to see more. He glimpses up every now and again, and they yell as if the Beatles or Elvis were in the building.

Here are the final medal table listings for Day #13:

Country
1

United States
35 33 32 100
2

Great Britain
22 21 13 56
3

China
20 16 22 58
4

Germany
13 8 11 32
5

Russia
12 15 17 44
6

Japan
12 6 18 36
7

France
8 12 14 34
8

Italy
8 10 6 24
9

Netherlands
8 4 4 16
10

Australia
7 10 10 27
11

South Korea
7 3 8 18
12

Hungary
7 3 4 14
13

Brazil
5 5 5 15
14

Spain
5 2 3 10
15

Croatia
5 2 0 7
16

Jamaica
5 0 2 7
17

New Zealand
4 8 3 15
18

Kenya
4 4 0 8
19

Canada
4 3 11 18
20

Kazakhstan
3 5 7 15
21

Cuba
3 2 4 9
22

Argentina
3 1 0 4
23

Ukraine
2 4 2 8
24

North Korea
2 3 2 7
25

Poland
2 2 4 8
26

Belgium
2 2 2 6
26

Thailand
2 2 2 6
28

Colombia
2 2 1 5
29

Uzbekistan
2 1 5 8
30

Greece
2 1 2 5
30

Switzerland
2 1 2 5
32

Iran
2 0 3 5
33

Denmark
1 6 6 13
34

South Africa
1 6 2 9
35

Sweden
1 4 3 8
36

Belarus
1 3 2 6
37

Armenia
1 3 0 4
38

Slovenia
1 2 1 4
38

Serbia
1 2 1 4
40

Indonesia
1 2 0 3
41

Czech Republic
1 1 6 8
42

Ethiopia
1 1 3 5
42

Georgia
1 1 3 5
44

Romania
1 1 2 4
45

Bahrain
1 1 0 2
45

Slovakia
1 1 0 2
45

Vietnam
1 1 0 2
48

Chinese Taipei
1 0 2 3
49

Independent Olympic Athletes
1 0 1 2
50

Bahamas
1 0 0 1
50

Fiji
1 0 0 1
50

Jordan
1 0 0 1
50

Kosovo
1 0 0 1
50

Puerto Rico
1 0 0 1
50

Singapore
1 0 0 1
56

Azerbaijan
0 4 6 10
57

Turkey
0 2 2 4
58

Malaysia
0 2 1 3
59

Ireland
0 2 0 2
60

Lithuania
0 1 3 4
61

Mongolia
0 1 1 2
62

Algeria
0 1 0 1
62

Grenada
0 1 0 1
62

Philippines
0 1 0 1
62

Qatar
0 1 0 1
62

Venezuela
0 1 0 1
67

Egypt
0 0 3 3
67

Norway
0 0 3 3
69

Israel
0 0 2 2
69

Tunisia
0 0 2 2
71

Austria
0 0 1 1
71

Bulgaria
0 0 1 1
71

Dominican Republic
0 0 1 1
71

Estonia
0 0 1 1
71

Finland
0 0 1 1
71

India
0 0 1 1
71

Kyrgyzstan
0 0 1 1
71

Morocco
0 0 1 1
71

Moldova
0 0 1 1
71

Mexico
0 0 1 1
71

Portugal
0 0 1 1
71

United Arab Emirates
0 0 1 1

Afghanistan
0 0 0 0

Albania
0 0 0 0

American Samoa
0 0 0 0

Andorra
0 0 0 0

Angola
0 0 0 0

Antigua & Barbuda
0 0 0 0

Aruba
0 0 0 0

Bangladesh
0 0 0 0

Barbados
0 0 0 0

Belize
0 0 0 0

Benin
0 0 0 0

Bermuda
0 0 0 0

Bhutan
0 0 0 0

Bolivia
0 0 0 0

Bosnia & Herzegovina
0 0 0 0

Botswana
0 0 0 0

British Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Brunei
0 0 0 0

Burkina Faso
0 0 0 0

Burundi
0 0 0 0

Cambodia
0 0 0 0

Cameroon
0 0 0 0

Cape Verde
0 0 0 0

Cayman Islands
0 0 0 0

Central African Republic
0 0 0 0

Chad
0 0 0 0

Chile
0 0 0 0

Comoros
0 0 0 0

Congo
0 0 0 0

Cook Islands
0 0 0 0

Costa Rica
0 0 0 0

Côte d’Ivoire
0 0 0 0

Cyprus
0 0 0 0

Djibouti
0 0 0 0

Dominica
0 0 0 0

DR Congo
0 0 0 0

Ecuador
0 0 0 0

El Salvador
0 0 0 0

Equatorial Guinea
0 0 0 0

Eritrea
0 0 0 0

FYR Macedonia
0 0 0 0

Gabon
0 0 0 0

Gambia
0 0 0 0

Ghana
0 0 0 0

Guam
0 0 0 0

Guatemala
0 0 0 0

Guinea
0 0 0 0

Guinea-Bissau
0 0 0 0

Guyana
0 0 0 0

Haiti
0 0 0 0

Honduras
0 0 0 0

Hong Kong, China
0 0 0 0

Iceland
0 0 0 0

Iraq
0 0 0 0

Kiribati
0 0 0 0

Laos
0 0 0 0

Latvia
0 0 0 0

Lebanon
0 0 0 0

Lesotho
0 0 0 0

Liberia
0 0 0 0

Libya
0 0 0 0

Liechtenstein
0 0 0 0

Luxembourg
0 0 0 0

Madagascar
0 0 0 0

Malawi
0 0 0 0

Maldives
0 0 0 0

Mali
0 0 0 0

Malta
0 0 0 0

Marshall Islands
0 0 0 0

Mauritania
0 0 0 0

Mauritius
0 0 0 0

Micronesia
0 0 0 0

Monaco
0 0 0 0

Montenegro
0 0 0 0

Mozambique
0 0 0 0

Myanmar
0 0 0 0

Namibia
0 0 0 0

Nauru
0 0 0 0

Nepal
0 0 0 0

Nicaragua
0 0 0 0

Niger
0 0 0 0

Nigeria
0 0 0 0

Oman
0 0 0 0

Pakistan
0 0 0 0

Palau
0 0 0 0

Palestine
0 0 0 0

Panama
0 0 0 0

Papua New Guinea
0 0 0 0

Paraguay
0 0 0 0

Peru
0 0 0 0

Refugee Olympic Athletes
0 0 0 0

Rwanda
0 0 0 0

Saint Kitts & Nevis
0 0 0 0

Saint Lucia
0 0 0 0

Samoa
0 0 0 0

San Marino
0 0 0 0

Sao Tome & Principe
0 0 0 0

Saudi Arabia
0 0 0 0

Senegal
0 0 0 0

Seychelles
0 0 0 0

Sierra Leone
0 0 0 0

Solomon Islands
0 0 0 0

Somalia
0 0 0 0

South Sudan
0 0 0 0

Sri Lanka
0 0 0 0

St Vincent & the Grenadines
0 0 0 0

Sudan
0 0 0 0

Suriname
0 0 0 0

Swaziland
0 0 0 0

Syria
0 0 0 0

Tajikistan
0 0 0 0

Tanzania
0 0 0 0

Timor-Leste
0 0 0 0

Togo
0 0 0 0

Tonga
0 0 0 0

Trinidad & Tobago
0 0 0 0

Turkmenistan
0 0 0 0

Tuvalu
0 0 0 0

Uganda
0 0 0 0

Uruguay
0 0 0 0

US Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Vanuatu
0 0 0 0

Yemen
0 0 0 0

Zambia
0 0 0 0

Zimbabwe
0 0 0 0

Day #13’s events have officially come to a close. Please make sure to check back soon for Day #14 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to all of you for a great thirteenth day and I hope and wish all of you a very good night.

Alex Smithson

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games - Day #12

Rio 2016: Day #12

Opening Day #12, Team GB‘s Mo Farah has made it through to the final of the 5,000m event. In the Sailing event, Clark and Mills’ bid to seal the women’ 470 gold has been delayed. Team GB’s Hull is in contention in the women’s tournament, while Brazil’s Neymar has scored, ultimately helping Brazil to reach the final.

So far, Day #12’s events have been really good and we currently stand in second place on the medal table with an overall 50 medals, while the United States currently have 86 medals. China are in third place with 52 medals. The United States have 28 Gold Medals, 30 Silver Medals and 28 Bronze Medals. Team GB have 19 Gold Medals, 19 Silver Medals and 12 Gold Medals, while China have 17 Gold Medals, 15 Silver Medals and 20 Bronze Medals.

Overall, Day #12 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games has been really good so far. It will be interesting to see how Day #12 ends where today’s events are concerned.

Mel Clewlow (Ex-Team GB Hockey Player): “There is no reason for GB to do anything other than the simple game. They do all the strength and conditioning and running work for moments like this.

Mel Clewlow: “With GB currently two players down, they really are going to have to try and keep the ball and play simple.

Mel Clewlow: “You can’t help but feel this is the opportunity for the Black Sticks. If they are going to get back into this game it will be while the GB squad is down two players.”

Mel Clewlow: “Merry has all the time in the world to take a touch. There was no need for her to have a swing with her back to goal.”

The Olympic Hockey Gold Medallist, David Faulkner, on BBC Radio 5 Live: “GB rode that quarter – they lost two players through injury. I am disappointed by how New Zealand are playing, but that might be down to GB stopping them playing.

Simon Mason (Ex-Team GB Olympic Hockey Player): “You look how deep GB are being forced by NZ. The Black Sticks are drawing GB side to side. You would normally change players every six or seven minutes because of the intensity, take two players out it has an impact on this physicality. As this goes on it depends if GB are going to be able to maintain that physicality.

Luke Reddy (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “To the right New Zealand fans. “Ole, ole, ole, ole, Kiwis, Kiwis” To the left Great Britain fans. “Let’s go GB let’s go.”Cracking vibe here and it all wraps around a tense atmosphere brought about by how close this is. Great Britain dug in late in that third quarter, I saw Laura Unsworth taking gulps of air. These women are running hard, giving it everything.

Mel Clewlow: “Brilliant from Richardson-Walsh. I am hoping this is cramp and nothing else.

Mel Clewlow: “Even at 2-0 the girls know they have a big 11 minutes to go.

Sara Orchard (BBC Radio 5 Live Hockey Commentator): “There’s more drama in this hockey match than in an EastEnders Christmas special!

Sara Orchard: “Amazing scenes here. That is quite the lead and New Zealand will have to do something extra special to dig themselves out of this hole.

Mel Clewlow: “You can see the hunger in the Great Britain eyes. They can sense there are more goals in this match.

David Faulkner: “New Zealand look like a shadow of the team we have seen in this tournament but full credit to the GB girls. They have taken this game by the scruff of the neck and really imposed themselves on New Zealand.

Mel Clewlow: “It has been a terrific fourth quarter for Britain.

Luke Reddy: “Sam Quek’s boyfriend is going to need a darkened room after this display. He has led the chorus and when those penalties were converted, those around him lost their minds. What a superb display. Team GB have scored, sat and soaked up and then hurt their opponents on the break late on. As has been the case throughout this tournament, from the crowd to each and every player they have given it everything. Medals. We are chasing medals.

Luke Reddy: ““GB’s on fire, New Zealand are terrified.” Or “It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming, hockey’s coming home.” Which do you prefer? Both are on offer.

Mel Clewlow: “Every time Britain get the ball they are just going to play for territory. Three goals in two minutes is a big ask for New Zealand.

Team GB’s Women won the semi-final in hockey. Team GB’s women will play for gold tomorrow.

Mel Clewlow: “It has been outstanding throughout the tournament from Great Britain. They are the only team who are seven wins from seven and the dream is to be eight from eight.

Mel Clewlow: “Incredible. I am so pleased and proud of everyone out there. It has got me.

David Faulkner: “I am speechless. You could see the sense of realisation on the girls’ faces. Olympic finals do not come along like buses. They have earned their place in the final and everyone in the country should be proud of what they have done.

Simon Mason: “There are times when words can’t describe the emotion. They were magnificent. It wasn’t pretty at times but GB rode it and made it look easy in defence. They countered with authority. It is momentous, monumental.

Simon Mason: “It is about a 31 person group. They have developed a gold medal mentality. Every breath they have taken is about the next game. They want nothing other than to take home gold. It has been incredible to watch.

Simon Mason: “This changes the face of hockey, genuinely. You can talk the right things but these girls have delivered. To come on the Olympic stage and turn it on the way they have, with injuries, the strength, resilience, athleticism, maturity through this squad has been a delight to watch.

Team GB’s head coach, Danny Kerry: “What can I say? Seven games out of seven, not too shabby. The girls executed the game plan superbly today. I am very, very proud of them all.

Team GB’s Captain, Kate Richardson Walsh: “I am exhausted to be honest. I am really proud. We stuck to task and have done our job. We were so resilient. We had to defend like our lives depend on it at times. I’m proud of all the players. What you saw today was the ultimate squad performance. Everyone to a woman did their job and stood up today.

Team GB’s Goalscorer, Helen Richardson-Walsh: “We didn’t feel nervous, we were confident. They got chances but were never scoring and we were thinking that it was going to be our night. We were able to get a stroke and able to score this time.

Luke Reddy: “From missing the opening ceremony for fear of standing up too long to imposing their own social media ban for the Games, this Great Britain side are focused to the core. That was evident as they soaked up pressure and took their chances expertly against a side higher in the global rankings. If rigid focus isn’t enough to win gold, consider momentum. Along with a 100% record on the field, off the field Team GB’s army of friends and family get louder and louder. You get the sense something special is happening. Team GB were flawless against New Zealand. Netherlands are the side everyone feared. Hitting an even higher level will be a necessity.

Japan’s Kaori Icho has won Gold in the Women’s Freestyle Wrestling Event.

Tom Fordyce (Chief Sports Writer in Rio de Janeiro): “Hot and humid in the Estadio Olimpico, a big yellow moon overhead, smoky with the occasional drifting cloud. A skinny crowd thus far despite the presence later on, in the 200m semis, of The Bolter himself. Let’s give it time.

Japan’s Sara Dosho has won Gold in the Women’s -69kg Freestyle Wrestling Event.

Steve Cram (BBC Athletics Commentator): “Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi has been disqualified from the men’s steeplechase for putting one foot off the track during the race earlier today. He had won bronze, but they now is awarded to Mahiedine Mekhissi of France. We are astonished at that decision, given the fact that Ezekiel Kemboi was so far ahead. It is one foot and that means he is now disqualified – it is a pretty harsh decision.

Tom Fordyce: “Tiffany Porter distraught with that performance. She is sitting alone on the steps to the interview zone, spikes off, head hung low, berating herself for what she feels she failed to do.

Denise Lewis (Olympic Heptathlon Gold Medallist): “It hasn’t been a vintage year for Tiffany, but I still would have expected her to get through. She will be bitterly, bitterly disappointed with that performance. It is just the way hurdles goes sometimes.

Colin Jackson (Two Time World 110m Hurdles Champion): “Jasmine Camacho-Quinn was rolling, but she is devastated. She catches the trail leg and then it’s all over. Once you have all your force going that way there is not much you can do. Devastated for her.

Steve Cram: “Jasmine was pushing all the way there, maybe that is why she hit the hurdle. She is 19, she’ll have more opportunities but she was right there in amongst it.

Steve Cram: “Tiffany is through to the final and so is her sister. All is well and right in the world.

Darren Campbell (Former British Sprinter on BBC Radio 5 Live): “Tiffany said that she wanted her sister to finish in the top two and nobody else to go faster… she got her wish. From what we’ve witnessed tonight there are medals out there because people are feeling the pressure, they’re hitting hurdles and destroying their chances.

Cindy Ofili after qualifying for the Women’s 100m Hurdles final: “It happened so fast. I didn’t have the best of starts but I am excited for the final. It is amazing that Tiffany is also through with me, I can’t put it into words.

Michael Johnson (Four Time Olympic Gold Medallist in Athletics): “Jazmin Sawyers looks like a gymnast, she is short and has the broad shoulders. Hopefully she can pull it out today and do something good.

Tom Fordyce: “The entire Russian athletics team is now in action on the far side of the stadium. That’s right – Darya Klishina, controversial long-jumper, the sole representative of the once-great track and field powerhouse given clearance – albeit late and belatedly – at these Rio Olympics.

Colin Jackson: “I’m going for Elaine Thompson to take the gold medal, second Tori Bowie, then a certain Flying Dutchwoman to take bronze. That’s Dafne Schippers, by the way…

Michael Johnson: “I think so. I am not sure why that might be in the distance races but the quickness of the track causes all sorts of problems for hurdlers. That could be what’s going on.

Tom Fordyce: “Atmosphere building through the 200m semi-finals. Usain Bolt in the second of the three, off at 0208 BST.

Colin Jackson: “Danny Talbot is in that third position, a great run from him. He did what was necessary. He challenged Christophe, worked hard around the turn and was not intimidated by anyone.

Steve Cram: “Woooah, Christophe, where did you get that from? Really, really good from the Frenchman. A big run.

Darren Campbell: “Danny Talbot had a fantastic start and was probably just slightly ahead of LaShawn Merritt as they came off the bend, but Merritt used that 400m and Lemaitre was really travelling. But all you can do is perform at your best, Danny came third, he’s in the fastest qualifier position, people can get tight and tense, this is the Olympic Games.

Danny Talbot: “Just like last year going to Beijing I ran a PB. Hopefully it will be enough to get into the final, but we will have to see. To be honest I think I had a really good start but then almost relaxed too much round the bend. I was too cautious and maybe should have gone harder. Every athlete thinks they have more in the locker, hopefully that is true for me.

Michael Johnson: “We have seen it where Usain Bolt has been a little more serious. I was wondering how his approach would be to this, he wasn’t too thrilled with that 100m time so maybe he has taken a different approach to this one.

Colin Jackson: “So close to that magical 20 second mark so Adam Gemili has an excellent chance of holding on.

Darren Campbell: “Usain Bolt really played with the field. As he entered the straight he opened up his stride and maybe got up to about gear three.

Tom Fordyce: “Adam Gemili shaking his head after that, but with 20.08 secs behind the blistering Bolt he may still make it through. Fighting it hard through the last 30m as the pressure came on, perversely making running fast that much harder.

Michael Johnson: “Adam Gemili got really tight at the end, the shoulders up high and that makes it really tough. An interesting run by Usain Bolt, he got out fast and quick and let off a bit. De Grasse decided he was going to have a bit of fun and go and get him.

Adam Gemili: “I hope I am through. I am disappointed with that run. It is a good time, but I know I am better than that. I did not run my own race but 20.08 might make the final and if it is I’ll get it right tomorrow. I gave it my best shot.

Darren Campbell: “I don’t think Usain realised that De Grasse was there until the last moment, so that finger shake was like “na, na, na, na, not today.

Usain Bolt: “Andre was supposed to slow down! He didn’t. I said what are you doing it is the semis?! He said he had to push me, so whatever. I was a bit lazy, I don’t know why today, but I executed it. I was watching the 100m and when I crossed the line Steve Cram said I am immortal now. I love that.

Colin Jackson: “It was an exciting semi-final wasn’t it? That is what we like to see. A race with big names, competitive and someone you might not expect just sneaks through. Justin Gatlin was working hard and tried to stick with him. Yohan Blake also struggling. Wow.

Darren Campbell: “Well, well ,well, who would have thought that? But you know what, at the age of 34 the hands of time pass over you and the strength and performances that you had pass over you. I think we’ve seen the start of that today.

Tom Fordyce: “So both Gatlin and Blake out. And Brittney Reese, red-hot favourite for long jump gold, looking like she will have to settle for silver too. A night of shocks in this sticky stadium.

Michael Johnson: “Gatlin made a bit of a mistake. He relaxed. He didn’t realise the others were upon him and then he tried to get back into it but you can’t do that with the class of this field. That was a huge mistake and he will know it. A very strange race. Yohan Blake had so much time off and is not able to run under 20 seconds and probably ran far too fast for the type of shape and condition he is in. He hasn’t had the training yet that can sustain that type of speed.

Usain Bolt has won his second 200m semi.

China have won Gold in the Men’s Table Tennis Team final.

Tianna Bartoletta of the United States has won Gold in the Women’s Long Jump event, with a finishing jump of 7.17m.

Michael Johnson: “Dafne Schippers has been very consistent this year. She has not run as fast as she did last year but this is what she has been targeting, no doubt about that. It is going to be a tough race, very tight. Dafne will probably not be leading at the beginning but she can do the Usain Bolt type of thing towards the end. He really starts to come through and she can do that over 200m.

Michael Johnson: “Schippers is the class of the field and Dina is going to have to run that personal best that she got last year of 22:07 to even get close.

Alistair Magowan (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “The empty seats inside the stadium are probably explained by the large queues outside, with people deciding to arrive midway through the bronze medal match, saving themselves for the main event ahead which starts at midnight, local time. Having been to a couple of beach volleyball matches already, the atmosphere resembles an outdoor nightclub and Brazilians know how to get behind their team. And it takes a serious amount of energy.

Denise Lewis (Olympic Heptathlon Gold Medallist): “It is a big, big night for Dafne and Holland. They will have stayed up to watch this because she is the poster girl and they believe she has a realistic chance of a title here. She is ready and I really do think she will be tough to beat.

Elaine Thompson has won Gold in the Women’s 200m event.

Colin Jackson: “It was a great race. It was exactly what you want an Olympic final to be. Look at Elaine Thompson, still on the floor. I guess it is all still sinking in – she is now a double Olympic champion.

Tom Fordyce: “Fabulous fifth from Dina Asher-Smith, 20 years old and in her first Olympic final. Schippers devastated in defeat, lying spreadeagled on the track.

Michael Johnson: “Elaine Thompson never focused on the competition, just her own race. Very efficient but ultimately there was never ever any competition for Elaine. Dina ran very well knowing she would not be able to compete with the medallists, she just ran her race. She was running for time and she just let the race come to her. I am very impressed with that. It was a good race by her and will certainly give her confidence for the future.

Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake have failed to make the Men’s 200m final.

Dina Asher-Smith: “I am really happy, especially after a shaky qualification. I think I still could have done a bit better but I can’t be disappointed with that. It is a learning curve and hopefully I’ll have more world championships and Olympics to get it right. I am just happy to be here, healthy and running close to my PB.

Colin Jackson: “Cindy and Tiffany just need to run their own race and keep calm. Something will happen so if they can keep calm and in the frame, you never know what could happen.

Brianna Rollins of the United States has won Gold in the Women’s 100m Hurdles event with a finishing time of 12.48, while Nia Ali comes second with a finishing time of 12.59 and Kristi Castlin coming third in 12.61 seconds.

Colin Jackson: “The reaction here in the commentary box was very different to that on the track when the result came through. A great result for the Americans, they were very dominant. A great race by Cindy, to be the first of the Europeans is very good indeed. It was a proper battle.

Double Olympic Champion, Elaine Thompson: “It is very special and welcoming feel for me. Watching Veronica Campbell Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and then putting my name there is an amazing feeling. I think my light has shined.

Alistair Magowan: “The United States pair of Kerri-Walsh Jennings (six foot of sunshine) and April ‘the boss’ Ross might have lost their semi-final to Brazilian duo Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixes de Freites, and be trailing here after the first set, but they’ve just pulled back the second against Larissa Franca and Talita Rocha here to make it 1-1. That was Walsh-Jennings’ first ever Olympic defeat to miss out on a fourth consecutive gold so, in front of a partisan crowd, she ain’t going down without a fight.

Cindy Ofili after coming fourth: “I came out here to try and get a medal for GB. It was a great race. I can only be happy with this performance. I have had an off-and-on year so I am just happy to almost get a medal.

Tiffany Porter after coming seventh: “I did my best. It has been a very difficult year for me but to be honest I am very proud of myself and tremendously proud of my sister. I want to see myself succeed but I want to see my sister succeed as well.