Rio 2016: Day #9

Team GB certainly kicked off today with a bang as Max Whitlock won our 11th Olympic Gold Medal in the Gymnastics floor exercise event, which is the first ever Gold Medal for Team GB in the men’s floor exercise Gymnastics event.

We’ve also won our 12th Gold in the men’s Golf event thanks to Team GB’s Justin Rose and the news was just announced that Max Whitlock has again struck Gold and won us our 13th Olympic Gold Medal in the men’s pommel horse gymnastics event, with Louis Smith taking Silver. It’s like a Medal Haul and Gold Rush combined in one today isn’t it? That’s fantastic and now I’ve just found out that we have been guaranteed a 14th Olympic Gold in this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro thanks to Giles Scott in the Men’s Finn Event.

Team GB’s Golf Gold Medal Winner, Justin Rose: “The people who doubted golf are absolutely wrong. Every player who came here has had the most amazing week of golf. It is unique, totally different but the competition was first class, Henrik is the best in world right now and it was a huge challenge and that is what the Olympics is all about. Today proved to be a great final round and the medal ceremony was a surreal experience. It is something I have witnessed many times but to be up there was something to behold. It was an amazing experience. The competition is something I have been focused on, wanted to peak for, and has been at the forefront of my mind for the last few months. Hopefully it was an exciting finish and I believe it was a great showcase for golf at the Olympics for the first time in 112 years.

Anna Thompson (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “With the gold rush going on elsewhere in Rio, GB’s cyclists have been going about their business in a quiet but impressive manner in an extremely hot Olympic velodrome. It’s definitely the hottest it’s been all Games. Fresh from her keirin silver, Becky James has laid down a marker in the sprint qualifying with an Olympic record, with Katy Marchant close behind.

Luke Reddy (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “Plain and simple, roars for Juan Martin del Potro, largely whistles for Murray. The Argentines in the stadium are lovers of bouncing on the spot – as they have done throughout these Games. “Ole, ole, ole, ole,” breaks out.

Alistair Magowan (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “Bryony Shaw has been in tears in the mixed zone describing her disappointment after ending sixth in the medal race to finish ninth overall. The 33-year-old, who won bronze in Beijing, says that “mistakes and misfortune” have cost her and she remains “unfulfilled” after missing out on a medal for a second consecutive Games. Shaw started the week by having her finn snag on an anchor in one race before catching a plastic bag in another, and finished it by running into trouble when her Russian competitor cut her up at the start. She remains undecided as to whether she will compete in Tokyo when she’ll be 37, but then Nick Dempsey has just won silver at 36.

Anna Thompson: “A number of omnium riders elected to turn their legs on their bikes in the track circle as a last minute warm-up, including Team Sky’s Elia Viviani, riding here for Italy and a strong contender for gold. Cavendish, desperate for a first Olympic medal, is greeted with huge cheers when he makes his way onto the track.

Chris Boardman (Olympic Cycling Champion for the BBC): “Cavendish cut his losses and showed a good sprint there. I think it was a good race from him. There was a tactical error, that is what happens but his form is clearly there.

Sir Chris Hoy (Six-Time Olympic Cycling Champion on BBC One): “The semi-final for Kenny proved to be a phenomenal challenge. Thankfully he made it but it wasn’t an easy one. For Callum and Jason it is tough because they know each other’s weaknesses and they know that each other knows that. Also the coaches won’t give any advice. They won’t show favouritism so you have to work it out with your own experience.

Victoria Pendleton: “It will be very exciting. They have probably had a lot of practice against each other. They know each other inside out. I don’t think we can underestimate Callum at the moment.

Victoria Pendleton: “Kenny was really stalking from the back and when he pressed on the peddles it was like a turbo. You could see he had so much speed.

Chris Boardman: “Callum Skinner lost that race with a lap to go and it was a big tactical error. Jason Kenny did not panic and used his height so he could accelerate down the backstraight. That was a victory for experience.

Luke Reddy: “At the risk of tempting fate, Juan Martin del Potro has the body language of a man digesting a huge Sunday dinner. Sedate.

Anna Thompson: “I was enjoying the breeze created by the omnium riders as they raced 60 laps as it’s seriously hot in here. It’s hard to read Mark Cavendish‘s face when he returns to the track centre after his sixth place. He doesn’t look particularly angry, nor does he look pleased. So let’s say satisfactory. Defending champion Lasse Norman Hansen will be tough to beat but Cavendish did finish ahead of Elia Viviani.

Anna Thompson: “Becky James was watching team-mate Katy Marchant and clapped her thighs in appreciation as she beat Canadian Monique Sullivan to advance. You don’t often see any reaction from the riders to fellow cyclists as they are so focused on their own job at hand. Shows James is relaxed and in a good place.

China’s Shi Tingmao has won Gold in the Women’s 3m Springboard event.

Mary Pierce (Former French Open Champion on BBC Radio 5 Live): “Del Potro is looking out of gas already early on here. He has to dig deep. It might be the only time in his life he is this position.

Luke Reddy: “Andy Murray stands six to eight feet behind the baseline for every Juan Martin del Potro serve and when the ball is tossed into the air, takes two big strides forward. For second serves his toes are on the baseline. Either way he’s aggressive. No doubting he’s the dictator out there and has control. The two games Del Potro has won have resulted in a chorus of singing in the stands, so Murray will be keen to constantly disrupt any momentum his opponent seeks to build. The stadium remains relatively timid in atmosphere  but there’s scope for it to bubble if Del Potro turns the flames up.

Victoria Pendleton: “Callum needs to be patient, judge a gap and run into Jason’s slipstream.

Team GB’s Jason Kenny has won Gold in the Men’s Sprint Cycling event, making this medal his fifth Gold.

Victoria Pendleton: “I thought Callum did an excellent job, playing to a great gameplan but in the end Jason Kenny just overpowered it. He was in control.

Chris Boardman: “Callum Skinner tried everything, he rode tactically very well in that second race but could not do anything about it. We have seen Jason Kenny in incredible form and he has not finished yet – he still has the keirin to come.

Sir Chris Hoy: “For me, Callum Skinner has been the rider of the Games. To come from relative obscurity and to win a gold in the team sprint and to win a silver here, you can’t underestimate how good an achievement that is. A GB one and two is amazing. Jason had so much in the tank, phenomenal power.

Mary Pierce: “Too good. Del Potro is very disappointed but there is not much that he can do. He played well but Andy played so much better. He is reading the game and is there on top of the ball playing great shots.

Luke Reddy: “My BBC Sport app is telling me Great Britain is second in the medal table? I’m trying to wave to Andy Murray to inform our flag bearer that it’s very much on with China but he’s a bit busy. It’s full in here now and took about 10 games to get packed. Silence during points is pierced only by a few camera clicks. The night sky makes the tennis dance floor ever sweeter on the eye. Murray’s groans never sound comfortable but that aside, this place now feels pretty cool. Lovely backhand up the line to take the set, fist pump. Can you feel it China? Can you feel it?

Team GB’s Jason Kenny after winning the men’s sprint title for his fifth Olympic Gold Medal: “It is special, really special. I’m really grateful, everyone works so hard for us. When we win it feels like the team is winning and we have everyone behind us, pushing us. My confidence was knocked with that loss to Denis Dmitriev in the semi-final, but it woke me up a bit for the final.

Team GB’s Silver Medallist, Callum Skinner said that: “The whole journey has been incredible. I got beaten by the world champion and he had the tactics and the legs. The main focus has been the team sprint, so to come away with anything else was a bonus.

Team GB’s Giles Scott, who is guaranteed a sailing Gold Medal in the Finn Class, spoke to BBC One: “It is an amazingly special moment. We’ve had such amazing history in the Finn since 2000 with Iain Percy winning and then Ben Ainslie so to put my name alongside theirs is a very special feeling. I’m not sure my life will change forever, I hope it won’t, but the Olympic Games has been such a huge part of my life since I was a teenager. It has been 10 years of solid work to get to this and I’m proud to have put it together. Going through and delivering is not as simple as people think, it is hard work and stressful but if you do manage it, it is incredible.

Alistair Magowan: “Giles Scott’s gold medal in the Finn won’t be confirmed until the medal race is over on Tuesday, but, barring any protests, he will win a first Olympic title on his debut even if he finishes last. It will be nice to enjoy it without any pressure,”

He added on: “To help win a fifth successive medal in the Finn for GB is incredible. It’s been a long road and it hasn’t really sunk in yet. If you’re wondering why Scott has been at the Olympics before, three words explain it: Sir Ben Ainslie.

Luke Reddy: “That Juan Martin del Potro break up in the first game of set two got the Argentinians here bouncing on the spot again. Six bounces of the ball prior to a serve for the big man. He and Murray trade cross court, who will show a hand first!’? It’s Murray with a slice down the line. “Great shot,” cries the man next to me. “Nice,” he adds. Went a “c’mon” from Murray halfway through that game but he can’t break back. Cue more bouncing. Del Potro looks like he’s run a marathon already. He almost staggers around between points.

Anna Thompson: “Anyone into their cycling, whether pro or recreationally, knows that cycling and coffee (and sometimes a bit of cake) go hand in hand and British Cycling carer Luc de Wilde gives the BBC crew a boost with a shot of espresso during the men’s omnium. Cheers Luc!

Luke Reddy: “Desperate to know what the Argentinian fans are singing, I make a friend who speaks the lingo. He says it’s along the lines of “the messy people (fans) will always support their player.” A song of loyalty then. Speaking of loyalty, are you staying up? One hour and 51 minutes for 18 games. You can sleep at your desk tomorrow.

Anna Thompson: “Safe to say, Mark Cavendish is absolutely delighted with his effort in the pursuit. He hugged his coaches, and stuck his tongue out at support staff and had a grin as wide as a Cheshire Cat. There was some chat that he was unhappy at not being picked for the men’s team pursuit team which took gold on Friday and after that display you can see why. But that’s history and he has his only shot at a medal in the omnium.

Mary Pierce: “Andy is doing a good job of making life difficult for Del Potro today. Del Potro is a bit disappointed in himself as he sits down, he is starting to make a few mistakes on his forehand side.

Anna Thompson: “Tell you what, if you’re not a British cycling fan, you must be getting pretty fed up with hearing the national anthem at the velodrome. Luckily there is a large British contingent in the crowd and they’re lapping it up. Next is my favourite event in the omnium, the elimination race. Where the last place rider after each mini sprint is knocked out and the last one standing, wins. It’s fantastic entertainment and a real crowd pleaser!

Victoria Pendleton: “Cav is good at this event. This is going to be a very exciting race.

Alistair Bruce-Ball (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Commentator): “Hansen gone! That is huge for Mark Cavendish.

Luke Reddy: “The biggest roar of the night came after the penultimate point in that second set when Juan Martin del Potro found a forehand which Andy Murray just didn’t even move for. You do get the sense this crowd is giving Del Potro an extra few percent and when his long levers are set free, he doesn’t half get some pace on the ball. Murray remember is 17 matches unbeaten. Such form and his endless experience give him more than enough to soak this up and smile. He stands to serve at one game all in the third.  We are in for a long night.

Victoria Pendleton: “No, no, no way. That was an error in judgement from the judges.

Alistair Magowan: “As Giles Scott came off the water after taking an unassailable lead in the Finn before Tuesday’s medal race, he was mobbed by his GB team-mates including silver-medal winning windsurfer Nick Dempsey and Saskia Clark. It’s clear there’s a great camaderie in the squad and Scott, who has won a fifth consecutive medal for Britain in this class, has set the template for more success.

Russell Fuller (BBC Tennis Correspondent in Rio de Janeiro): “Del Potro gave him help with the double faults at the start of that game but Murray has taken his chance.

Luke Reddy: “There’s the Murray fist pump as he sets up break point in the sixth game of the third with a classy cross-court forehand. “Let’s go Andy, let’s go,” briefly breaks out. Then with a long Del Potro return we get a full rendition of “COME ON!” Murray is screaming and has a critical break to lead 4-2.

Russell Fuller: “Andy Murray looks very much in control for now. Does Del Potro have anything left after an extraordinary week? He’s beaten the first seed, he’s beaten the third seed, can he possibly come back from two sets to one down to beat the second seed?

Luke Reddy: “Maybe the crowd think that set means this is over? We’ve gone from almost a full house to plenty of space just as the Olympic final gathers pace. Just behind Andy Murray’s seat there’s a gent with a tartan hat on and a Scotland scarf. There’s no danger of him going anywhere. I think his hero has found the gear needed to stretch away and grab history. Hang on a minute though, a Del Potro break in the first game of the fourth. We couldn’t be going to five could we?

Luke Reddy: “What a point to give Juan Martin del Potro the break. The pair could have hugged at the net. It was like two bulls meeting head on. The “ole, ole, ole” chant gets a good airing and Del Potro continues to dig his heels in under that 6ft 6in frame. Andy Murray flicked his racket around in anger. He just can’t shake this man off.

Mary Pierce: “It’s quite disheartening for Del Potro because, the state that he’s in physically, if you don’t take the opportunities that you do get, you know against someone like Andy Murray you’re not going to get too many. He looks disconsolate, he looks like he’s running on fumes.

Usain Bolt will be taking part in the 100m semis at 1:00 AM, with the final to follow at 2:25 AM.

Russell Fuller: “I really didn’t think we would witness this match going to a deciding set.

Luke Reddy: “The ball boys/girls here have been given an unfortunate outfit in my book. Green shirts, khaki shorts, they look like they’d make fine park rangers. You have to admire their chilled nature though. There’s none of this straight arm ball release like Wimbledon. They lob it any way they want. Their night could get longer as Juan Martin del Potro breaks, his smash to go 4-3 up brings the house down.

China’s Suping Meng has just won Gold in the Women’s +75kg weightlifting event.

Michael Johnson (Four-Time Olympic Gold Medallist in Athletics for BBC One): “This was probably one of the easier semi-finals on paper but it was tough the way it unfolded. You normally see Christine Ohuruogu make a move but that never happened. This was just a little bit too quick for her. Her speed was not there.

Christine Ohuruoguv after missing out on making it to the final, told BBC Four: “I have been stuck in one gear all season. I am disappointed but I am happy I made it this far. These girls are fit and I wasn’t able to compete with them today. Things don’t always go to plan, we are human. It was a tough ask. I haven’t broken 51 seconds all season which is unusual but I’m OK. I’m one of the older girls here and have enjoyed some great Olympic moments. I will try not to lose too much sleep over it. I think it’s one minute to midnight and this girl is about to turn into a pumpkin. I think it’s coming to an end, training is getting harder and I’m getting old.

Emily Diamond on BBC Four: “Overall I am happy. My aim was to make the semi-final and I’ve done that despite not being at my best. It’s amazing to be here and I’m having the time of my life. It’s given me confidence that I can compete with these girls and look forward to the World Championships in London next year.

Luke Reddy: “Here we have Juan Martin del Potro slumped on the net after another wonderful rally. Andy Murray looks elated to level at 5-5 in the fourth but even his walk is now a trudge. Keep going to the well fellas. Eventually only one of you can drink. What a match.

Michael Johnson: “It was surprising to see Allyson Felix taking it out really quickly. I am trying to see whether Felix is fatigued from her fast start but it doesn’t seem she was. I think Felix decided to run like it was a final to make sure she won and Miller decided to run a little bit differently.

Luke Reddy: “This is what it’s all about I guess. A men’s Olympic final of superb quality goes on and on as the fastest man on earth gets ready to roll again some 20 miles away. Greatness sprawls across sprawling Rio. A proper Olympic night. If you’ve stayed up, it’s all you deserve.

Denise Lewis: “We feel Usain Bolt is in good form and that Justin Gatlin doesn’t stand much of a chance this year so we’re feeling a lot more comfortable about this head to head than last year.

Tom Fordyce: “Busiest night by far in Estadio Olimpico. Is it completely full? No. But lots of green, black and gold to support the reigning 100m champ, samba drums pounding, and a warmth that hasn’t been there in the Rio air before this night. A recipe for fast-twitch and low times.

Team GB’s Andy Murray has officially done it! He’s only gone and won us Gold! Perfect result from Andy Murray! Thank you Andy!

Russell Fuller: “It was a bruising final. He found a way to win. The tears come. He is an Olympic champion again. The enormity of what he has achieved is dawning on him.

Darren Campbell: “It was a decent start, not a blistering start, I think he’ll need to do better in the final. But 9.86, exactly what you want just before Justin Gatlin goes out to race. Let me tell you, Usain Bolt is in shape, very good shape.

Colin Jackson (Two Time World 110m Hurdles Champion for the BBC): “That was a real majestic performance from Usain Bolt. We knew he would have to work in the first 30, 40 metres, so he had to get out well, but once he unleashed that massive stride he pulled ahead so easily. He started to look around, could shut down and look at the clock. He is in great shape and he has an opportunity here because conditions are perfect.

Luke Reddy: “It took four hours and two minutes. No wonder Andy Murray can only briefly raise his arms. The net temporarily props him up. “What a game that was,” I hear one man say. Another says: “That was the best I’ve seen here. I just feel blessed coming to this. Amazing experience.”

Darren Campbell: “It was a very, very good start by Justin Gatlin. He got out, he was very relaxed, he wasn’t really challenged to be fair to him, so he didn’t have to put the foot down like he will a little later. But we saw in Beijing last year, he was put under pressure by Usain Bolt and he faltered. Not even close to as impressive as Usain Bolt.

Steve Cram (BBC Athletics Commentator): “It is on. Gatlin versus Bolt and it is bubbling up nicely. It all looked straight-forward and simple for Gatlin. Bolt looks so good, but, yes, Gatlin was not flat out.

Michael Johnson: “When Usain Bolt is fit, he is just unbeatable.

Michael Johnson: “Could Usain Bolt get emotional ahead of his last Olympic 100m race? No. Usain Bolt is not that kind of guy. He’s thinking “I want to go out there, win gold, then move on with my life, because that’s what I can do, I’m Usain Bolt.” And this is his last Olympics, I was speaking to him the other day, this isn’t a Michael Phelps thing,

Michael Johnson: “The line-up is not as good as it was last year (in the World Championships) and Justin Gatlin is not as fast as he was last year. I thought Bolt looked like what we expected. When he is healthy, and hasn’t had the injury problems that he has had over the last two years then he is unbeatable and I don’t expect any hiccups.

Luke Reddy: “Poor old Kei Nishikori. That Olympic final has left some people with a look of confusion on their face as if they’ve forgotten someone came third. Andy Murray has a medal around his neck. There’s still singing for Juan Manuel del Potro. At 141 in the world rankings he put up a fight worthy of any Olympic stage. Gold looks good on Murray though and he ensures the day ends with more golds for Team GB than at any other overseas Games.

Usain Bolt is officially through to the final as he has won his 100m semi-final heat in 9.86 seconds, ultimately setting up what may just be his last showdown with Justin Gatlin.

Tom Fordyce: “The lane draw is in for the men’s 100m final: 1. Bromell 2. Simbine 3. Gatlin 4. Vicaut 5. Bolt 6. De Grasse 7. Meite 8. Blake

Brendan Foster (Olympic Medallist & BBC Athletics Commentator on BBC One): “That was a very good performance by Laura Weightman, she really ran well. She is in some sort of distress, she had a spike down the front of her leg. It is a bad one.

Tom Fordyce: “Hugely impressive 1500m qualification from Britain’s Laura Muir, responding perfectly to a brutal last lap of 57.59 secs from Dibaba. She remains a real possibility for a medal in Monday night’s final.

Wayde Van Niekerk has won Gold in the Men’s 400m and has also broken a world record with a finishing time of 43.03 seconds.

Tom Fordyce: “Wayde Van Niekerk might just have achieved the impossible twice – detonating a record many considered untouchable, maybe overshadowing Usain Bolt on his biggest night of all. And doing it all from lane eight…

Denise Lewis: “Not since 1924 and the great Eric Liddell has someone won from lane eight! Oh my lord, we have seen history made!

Michael Johnson: “Oh my God! From lane eight, a world record. He took it out so quick. I have never seen anything from 200 to 400 like that. He may well have run faster in the second 200, than in the first. Well done to this youngster. A world record. That was a massacre from Wayde van Niekerk. He just put those guys away. LaShawn Merritt was shaking his head, thinking ‘I can’t do anything with that’. Van Niekerk is so young, what else can he do? Can he go under 43 seconds? It is something I thought I could do, but never did. Usain Bolt will be retiring soon, this could be the next star of the sport.

Darren Campbell: “You know something special is happening when Kirani James is five metres behind, and LaShawn Merritt is right there with him. You thought he had to blow up, but he just kept coming.

Denise Lewis: “I never thought that world record (43.19) would get broken. Even Usain Bolt said Wayde van Niekerk was seriously quick. What an incredible night.

Darren Campbell: “Tomorrow’s headlines should all be about Usain Bolt winning the 100m, starting this treble-treble. But how can it not be Wayde van Niekerk beating the great Michael Johnson’s 400m world record?

Michael Johnson: “That was some style to break the world record. Just like watching Usain Bolt break the (200m) world record (in 2009), being a fan of the sport, it is incredible to watch. I will be OK and life will go on, but Wayde van Niekerk will wake up tomorrow knowing he has done it, and I know that feeling. He was under a tremendous amount of pressure and it was always going to take a fast time. Now he will be trying to get under 43 seconds and that will be tough. He will always go in with a target on his back now. People asked me how long they thought my record would last and you never know. It is always a joy to see a world record broken.

The Bronze Medallist, LaShawn Merritt: “It was a crazy race, a great moment in history. The world record was broken, the best man won.

Darren Campbell: “If he’s anywhere near these guys after 20m, he’s just going to run away. This is his stage, his arena, his crowd.

Usain Bolt has just won Gold in the Men’s 100m with a finishing time of 9.80.

Mike Costello (BBC Radio 5 Live Athletics Correspondent): “It is carnival time here in the Rio Olympic stadium, the latest arena to be showered in the Usain Bolt stardust.

Darren Campbell: “DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT!

Tom Fordyce: “Three Olympic 100m finals, three Olympic 100m gold medals. Usain Bolt goes where no-one has ever gone before. No-one has ever relished or flourished in these nine point something seconds of intensity like this man.

Steve Cram: “He still looks like he really enjoys this. This is what he does. He gathers titles like daisies in a field. Our sport has a lot of critics and it’s going through dark times but we should not forget that this is what can be done. This is what can be achieved. He is almost God like.

Denise Lewis: “The king of the gods is Zeus, and Zeus has a lightning bolt in his hand. So, it really was written. I just wish that he was immortal.

Darren Campbell: “You know Usain Bolt is going to come. You have to have a focus that takes you outside of this arena, away from Usain Bolt. If Justin Gatlin runs as if he’s in a training session then he wins Olympic gold. But Bolt just has that extra gear.

Steve Cram: “Justin Gatlin got out, but then, as ever, Usain Bolt got those legs moving and you can’t stop him. He delivers once more. We have had a fantastic night in the stadium and Bolt has added to it in his own style. He has two more gold medals to win for sure. If it was in old Greek times they would put him on Mount Olympus and they would call him the God of Speed.

Mike Costello (BBC Radio 5 Live Athletics Correspondent): “That is his slowest winning time in a global 100m final. But he produces what he needs.

Michael Johnson: “I didn’t expect the race to unfold the way it did. Gatlin got a great start but it was always within Usain Bolt’s reach because he is healthy. This guy has been amazing for the sport.

Darren Campbell: “The gear that he went into, I didn’t even know that gear was available!

Michael Johnson: “That was a fantastic performance by Usain Bolt, he slowed down and said ‘I’ve got this’. It wasn’t about the time, it was just about winning the gold and going out on top. He has been an amazing ambassador for this sport and in creating a brand for himself and the Jamaican athletes. The crowds go crazy for the green and yellow and he has inspired a lot of young Jamaican athletes.

Michael Johnson: “Gatlin knew that this was not going to happen. He went out there and did the best race he could to get a sliver medal. He was never going to be able to beat a healthy Usain Bolt.

The Silver Medallist, Justin Gatlin: “At the age of 34, to race these young guys and still make the podium feels so good.

Michael Johnson: “Simply put Bolt is very quick for someone who is very tall and that is not normal in the history of this event. He’s very unique.

Mike Costello: “I think if Justin Gatlin had gone quicker, Usain Bolt would still have been able to find the answer. His burst of acceleration from 30-70m is unbelievable.

Justin Gatlin: “We work 365 days a year to be here for nine seconds.

Usain Bolt: “Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.

The 100m Olympic Champion, Usain Bolt after winning Gold in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games: “I’m really happy but I expected to go faster, I’m just happy that I won and that’s the key thing. After the semi-final I felt extremely good. I wanted to run faster but with the turnaround time, we normally have two hours, but we had one hour 20 minutes, it was challenging. This is what we train for. I told you guys I was going to do it. Stay tuned, two more to go.

Usain Bolt added on shortly after hearing the crowd booing Justin Gatlin that: “For me I was surprised. It is the first time I have come into a stadium and they booed someone. It was shocking.

Wayde Van Niekirk, who had broken Michael Johnson’s world record to win the 400m earlier, told BBC One that: “I have dreamed of this since forever, since I was a kid. I asked the Lord to carry me through, I even wrote it on my spikes. I am blessed. I believed it was possible. I am just glad things went my way tonight. I thank Michael Johnson for setting such a great example for us. I just did my best tonight. I am grateful and blessed to be surrounded by such great sports people of my generation.

Team GB’s Olympic Tennis Champion, Andy Murray, told reporters: “Tonight is one of the toughest matches I’ve had to play for a big title. The US Open for my first slam was hard. Physically there were so many ups and downs in the match. It was one of the toughest I’ve played for sure. Anything could have happened. This one means a lot but I won’t get the chance to enjoy it as much as I’m playing a match in 48 hours.

Andy Murray on retaining his Olympic gold medal: “The fact it’s not been done before shows it’s very hard so I’m proud to have done that. Four years is a long time and so many things can change. A lot has changed since 2012, I’m happy here competing for the biggest events. Who knows about Tokyo in four years. At 33, I’m not sure I’ll be at the same level.

Michael Johnson: “It’s a fantastic time for the sport from a performance standpoint but from the other side the sport has a huge credibility problem. I was talking to someone about world records and there is doubt. If the only way to stop people suspecting you is by running slower then the sport has a huge problem. The IAAF has to handle this and restore credibility otherwise people like Wayde van Niekerk will have the injustice of people questioning them. That’s the fault of the federation not doing enough to ensure the sport is clean.

Here are the final medal table listings for Day #9:

Country
1

United States
26 21 22 69
2

Great Britain
15 16 7 38
3

China
15 13 17 45
4

Russia
9 11 10 30
5

Germany
8 5 4 17
6

France
7 8 7 22
7

Italy
7 8 6 21
8

Japan
7 4 15 26
9

Australia
6 7 9 22
10

South Korea
6 3 5 14
11

Hungary
5 3 4 12
12

Netherlands
4 2 3 9
13

Spain
3 0 2 5
14

New Zealand
2 6 0 8
15

Canada
2 2 9 13
16

Kazakhstan
2 2 4 8
17

Colombia
2 2 0 4
18

Switzerland
2 1 2 5
19

Belgium
2 1 1 4
19

Thailand
2 1 1 4
21

Croatia
2 1 0 3
22

Iran
2 0 1 3
22

Jamaica
2 0 1 3
24

South Africa
1 5 1 7
25

Sweden
1 4 1 6
26

Denmark
1 3 3 7
27

North Korea
1 3 2 6
28

Brazil
1 2 3 6
29

Belarus
1 2 1 4
30

Kenya
1 2 0 3
31

Cuba
1 1 3 5
32

Poland
1 1 2 4
32

Romania
1 1 2 4
34

Slovenia
1 1 1 3
35

Argentina
1 1 0 2
35

Slovakia
1 1 0 2
35

Vietnam
1 1 0 2
38

Czech Republic
1 0 5 6
39

Uzbekistan
1 0 4 5
40

Ethiopia
1 0 3 4
41

Chinese Taipei
1 0 2 3
42

Greece
1 0 1 2
42

Independent Olympic Athletes
1 0 1 2
44

Fiji
1 0 0 1
44

Kosovo
1 0 0 1
44

Puerto Rico
1 0 0 1
44

Singapore
1 0 0 1
48

Ukraine
0 3 1 4
49

Azerbaijan
0 2 0 2
49

Indonesia
0 2 0 2
51

Lithuania
0 1 2 3
52

Georgia
0 1 1 2
52

Mongolia
0 1 1 2
54

Bahrain
0 1 0 1
54

Grenada
0 1 0 1
54

Ireland
0 1 0 1
54

Malaysia
0 1 0 1
54

Philippines
0 1 0 1
54

Turkey
0 1 0 1
54

Venezuela
0 1 0 1
61

Norway
0 0 3 3
62

Egypt
0 0 2 2
62

Israel
0 0 2 2
64

Estonia
0 0 1 1
64

Kyrgyzstan
0 0 1 1
64

Portugal
0 0 1 1
64

Tunisia
0 0 1 1
64

United Arab Emirates
0 0 1 1

Afghanistan
0 0 0 0

Albania
0 0 0 0

Algeria
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

Armenia
0 0 0 0

Aruba
0 0 0 0

Austria
0 0 0 0

Bahamas
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

Bulgaria
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

Dominican Republic
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

Finland
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

India
0 0 0 0

Iraq
0 0 0 0

Jordan
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

Mexico
0 0 0 0

Micronesia
0 0 0 0

Moldova
0 0 0 0

Monaco
0 0 0 0

Montenegro
0 0 0 0

Morocco
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

Qatar
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

Serbia
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 #9’s events have officially come to a close. Please make sure to check back soon for Day #10 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to all of you for such a fantastic, positive and absolutely perfect ninth day and I hope and wish all of you a very positive, wonderful, joyful and lovely night.

Alex Smithson

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