Reignite the Flame! Spyro the Dragon is Back!

After much hype, anticipation, rumours and a social media storm that has been talking about the iconic roast master following the success of Activision’s reboot of the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy with Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, Spyro the Dragon is finally back to kick some butt!

Twenty years ago, Spyro the Dragon graced the PlayStation thanks to Insomniac Games bringing the purple dragon’s adventures to life, with Spyro kicking Gnasty Gnorc’s butt, defeating Ripto and making sure the Sorceress was toast! Twenty years later, and the purple dragon is back to kick butt once again!

Just like the Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, released last year on the 30th June for the PlayStation 4, and releasing on the 10th July to XBOX One, PC and Nintendo Switch, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy receives the true-to-form remaster treatment that recaptures the essence of the original trilogy, and the design aesthetics of Spyro, Sparx the Dragonfly and the design aesthetics of the remaster are beautiful and makes the soon-to-release remaster as promising as it can get.

Although Carlos Alazraqui isn’t returning to voice-over Spyro in the remastered version of the first game, Tom Kenny, who did the voice-over for Gateway to Glimmer (US Version: Ripto’s Rage!) and Year of the Dragon, is officially returning to voice-over Spyro the Dragon but for all three of the original games in the remastered trilogy.

Ready to kick Gnasty Gnorc, Ripto and the Sorceress’ butts once more? Hold your horses as the purple dragon arrives on PlayStation 4 and XBOX One on the 21st September!

I’m so excited the trilogy is coming back, and if you’re as excited as I feel about the trilogy returning, please tell me. I would love to hear what you’ve got to say about Spyro the Dragon returning after twenty years!

Alex Smithson

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Welcome to February!

Got through the Blues of Dry January?

Luckily, for almost all of us, we sure did.

February is set to be quite an interesting month as the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games will start on the 9th February and finish on the 25th February.

I still find it hard to believe it was exactly this time four years ago that we all witnessed the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games when the infamous Olympic Ring faux pas took place when the fifth Olympic Ring failed to open, which was later re-enacted in the Closing Ceremony by some of the ice skaters. It’s crazy how the time flies, but hey, February, despite being a very busy month ahead, is an exciting one too.

This month is going to be a whole lot busier than the first few weeks of 2018, meaning that less articles will be published, but some articles will be going up only when I get the free time.

Let’s all keep our heads held high this month and make sure we go for the best and as for the Winter Olympic Games, we are all in this together. Let’s make February the best month to remember!

Alex Smithson

Go N⋅Sane for Crash Bandicoot!

Woah! After 21 years, Crash Bandicoot is finally back!

Ready to go N⋅Sane for Crash? I sure am ready, it was long overdue but it’s finally a relief to see the marsupial bandicoot make his remarkable comeback.

Just last year, Sony & Activision announced Crash Bandicoot’s return, which brought rumours and speculation to an end after so many years. It’s oddly eerie how I wrote a review on Crash Bandicoot: Warped on the 9th July 2015, because I mentioned in that review that it would be nice to see the classic trilogy being remastered and it was quite ironic to hear a year later before my 18th birthday that Crash Bandicoot was finally making a comeback to PlayStation. How crazy is that? To think I was talking about wanting to see the game being remastered, only to have my prayers and everyone else’s prayers finally be answered with the trilogy being given the official remaster treatment. I marked my 19th birthday exactly two weeks ago today so it’s triple the celebration for me.

The marsupial bandicoot himself, including his villainous counterparts, return to wreak havoc once again, as Crash foils Dr. Neo Cortex‘s plans for world domination.

I won’t lie, I am so pleased with the gameplay I have seen recently and for the fact that Activision have gone to all that hard work and effort to keep the trilogy as true to the original proves they wanted to make sure the games paid all the attention to detail whilst keeping the marsupial bandicoot breaking boxes while dodging dangerous obstacles.

The bosses for the trilogy are so good that it almost feels realistic, given that the attention to detail makes you feel like you’re in the game and for the fact that Activision have been showing footage of the games on YouTube proves that they wanted to keep it as true to the original trilogy so that we can all play the Crash Bandicoot games of the past and present.

I love the fact Activision have paid homage to Naughty Dog by slapping their iconic dog paw on Coco Bandicoot‘s laptop, which is really nostalgic considering that Naughty Dog’s efforts to release the games in 1996, 1997 & 1998 made Crash Bandicoot the iconic gaming legend he is today.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy! I pre-ordered it in advance of today’s release, but I will be uploading gameplay footage of the Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy to my YouTube Channel, so I can assure you that my YouTube Channel will consist of gameplay footage from all three games: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back & Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

Stay tuned as I’ll be publishing a review on the Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy at some point over the coming weeks, but for now, let’s go N⋅Sane and welcome back Crash Bandicoot to PlayStation! We missed you!

Alex Smithson

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HOUSEKEEPING

As I was able to meet my deadline with all of my coursework backed up to some hard drives, I did a massive clear-out on my laptop. I needed to get that much-needed storage space back as my laptop was being cluttered with all of the coursework I’ve done over the course of the entire year.

I was so glad to have taken all of my work off my laptop, as it’s completely spacious once again, and after defragmenting and optimising the drives built into my laptop, I have managed to get some extra space back, and I have noticed my laptop is running much faster now and it’s also working much more efficiently than before.

I won’t lie, I didn’t realise how much coursework I did this year until I got all of my coursework together in one folder. I am pleased that I have done all of my work, as this gives me a sense of relief knowing that I can use the research and photography skills I have by putting them to good use.

It’s hard to believe that after Monday 3rd July, my time at Croydon College comes to an end. Croydon College has given me so much and has helped me to realise my potential in becoming the photographer I am now, and never did I think I would be saying this three years later that I have managed to achieve so much in such a short space of time. Photography has always been a passion and a hobby for me as it is a hobby I want to take up as a full-time career, and I have noticed lately with this website’s Instagram account that some of the photography work I have published on this website’s Instagram account has been receiving a lot of positive feedback, which has helped me to come up with all new ideas for this website.

But again, doing a much-needed clear-out has done me a favour as I can now come up with better ideas that are free-flowing, which is essential for me in that respect considering I love photography and now that I have had the opportunity to photograph some friends of mine for my Final Major Project, including the famous actor and Mental Health Awareness campaigner, Oli Regan, I actually want to photograph people as well as producing photography work that is nature-based, landscape-based and portrait-based, as photographing people fascinates me, given that facial expressions are something that interest me. A facial expression, in my eyes, can describe more than just a thousand words. A facial expression can describe unlimited amounts of words, as well as speak volumes.

I will miss Croydon College, but life has to go on and I can honestly say that despite all the ups and downs I have had, that all of us have had in that respect, this college got me and everyone else through and allowed us to realise our potential, and this college have been so supportive and given me and everyone so much to be thankful for. Croydon College is a good college but I will miss it, but still, life goes on and I will work my socks off from here on out even after I finish my last ever day at Croydon College as a college student, as I want to become a full-time photographer and even get the opportunity to do photography-based projects that I actually want to get paid for.

It feels so good to do a lot of housekeeping but now I can come up with better ideas from this point forward. I haven’t published in goodness knows how many weeks due to the coursework, as I met the deadline and did my last Maths exam, and I have had a lot of free time to use lately. I have been gearing up and preparing myself for the hype of this Friday, as this Friday sees the remarkable gaming legend make a comeback after 21 years, and that legend is Crash Bandicoot. The Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy, produced by Activision (original Crash Bandicoot series by Naughty Dog) will be released on Friday 30th June! Keep your eyes peeled for the article I’ll be publishing that will be celebrating the release of the Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy on Friday.

Does it feel good for you when you have done a lot of housekeeping? Please tell me, I would love to hear your response.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to March!

Welcome to March on Mother Nature! As you can see, I have decided to go retro with the article image and do it up in the inspired style of Sonic Mania, considering that Sonic Mania is set to be released within the next few months. There is news just around the corner surrounding Sonic Mania and Project Sonic 2017, which I am excited about and I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on Sonic Mania when it comes out. If Project Sonic 2017 gets an official title and if there’s all-new gameplay featuring both Classic Sonic & Modern Sonic, then I shall consider the possibility of buying the Project Sonic 2017 if it lives up to the hype. I know SEGA & Christian Whitehead both have one heck of a great year ahead so I am pretty sure they will exceed our expectations any which way.

The next few weeks are going to be much busier considering my Summative Assessment deadline for the Self-Directed Curiosity Project is right near the end of this month, so I will be making sure to work my socks off as I am so determined to pass and bump last year’s grade up to a Merit or Distinction at least. Also, I will be working harder than usual over the course of the next few weeks as I have a GCSE English Speaking & Listening Assessment coming up which I am currently preparing for, so I hope it goes well, so fingers crossed! Meanwhile, I will be making sure to put all of the hard work in with my GCSE Maths coursework as I seriously want to pass this time around.

Spring is ready to embrace its beautiful side and with the clocks going forward towards the end of the month, it is safe to say that Mother Nature will blossom with vibrant colours and displays. Not only that, but with the temperature of the weather slowly going back to normal, I cannot wait to enjoy the lovely Spring weather once again. The clocks are set to go forward as part of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday 26th March 2017 at 1:00 AM so I thought it would be wise to let you all know in advance so you know exactly when the clocks go forward.

I should warn you as I read something a short while back for when the clocks went back that if you have any devices with Airplane Mode switched on, such as an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch and any Android devices and smartwatches, then it’s recommended that Airplane Mode must be switched off very briefly in order for every device’s clock to go back or forward an hour. I am prepared for the clocks to go forward so to speak, but even so, why waste time when you make the most of it by making the best out of it?

If I am able to find the free time over the next few weeks, I may consider doing some drawings that I can publish on here, or if I head out to certain places in and around London over the next few weeks to photograph anything nature-based for my coursework, then I will make sure to publish any photography work I produce on this website.

Until then, Welcome to March!

Alex Smithson

PlayStation 4 Slim: Your Favourite Console Just Got Slimmer!

As I decided to treat myself to the new PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB console after a tough year, it’s safe to say I was not disappointed, as I was able to get in on a deal with PC World as they were selling three games bundled with the PlayStation 4 Slim; those games were DRIVECLUB, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End & The Last of Us Remastered.

Thankfully, I was able to get in on the deal when I did because Sony never disappoints where consoles and gaming are involved, as the console itself is much quieter than the original PS4, given that I know a friend of mine who has the original PS4 whose PS4 actually makes a noise even if the console is standing upright or horizontally when gameplay is in progress or when a film is being played on the PlayStation 4.

For the PlayStation 4 Slim, it’s so quiet! It can surprise you though when you stand it upright when a DVD is inserted into the disc compartment, as it makes quite a noise while it reads the DVD, but that, to me, is a good thing, because if the PS4 Slim can make that much of a noise while it reads a DVD, then you know the DVD will play with no problem.

So, What is in the Box?

The PlayStation 4 Slim comes bundled with the following items:

  • PlayStation 4 Slim
  • PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Controller
  • HDMI Cable
  • PlayStation In-Ear Headphones (these can be plugged into the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Controller if you join a Party in progress with your friends).
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Guarantee Booklet
  • PlayStation Guarantee
  • PlayStation Protection Policy
  • Safety Guide
  • DualShock 4 USB Charging Cable.

If you brought the three game bundle that I purchased with the PlayStation 4 Slim, you would get the following games:

  • DRIVECLUB
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • The Last of Us Remastered.

Other PlayStation 4 Slim game bundles are available and are listed below:

  • PlayStation 4 Slim (1 TB) / DRIVECLUB / Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End / Ratchet & Clank – 3 Game Bundle
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (500 GB) / Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (1 TB) / Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Bundle / Includes a Digital Copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered with 10 MP Maps
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (500 GB) / Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (500 GB) / Watch Dogs 2 Bundle / Includes the first Watch Dogs.
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (500 GB) / Includes FIFA 17 and a 1-Year PlayStation Plus Subscription
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (500 GB) / Battlefield 1 Bundle
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (500 GB) / The Batman Bundle / Includes: Batman Arkham Knight, Batman: Return to Arkham & Batman: A Telltale Series
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (500 GB) / Includes Battlefield 1 and an Afterglow AG9 Headset
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (500 GB) / Includes Titanfall 2 and a 90-Day PlayStation Plus Subscription
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (500 GB) / Grand Theft Auto V Bundle
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (500 GB) / LEGO Star Wars Bundle.

If you prefer the standalone PlayStation 4 Slim with no games, below are the listed PlayStation 4 Slim storage choices:

  • PlayStation 4 Slim (500 GB)
  • PlayStation 4 Slim (1 TB).

What do I think of the PlayStation 4 Slim? I think it’s so good because the speed of the console is extremely fast and thanks to Sony making it possible to share gameplay from PS4 Games, I have been able to upload some gameplay videos to my YouTube channel. Plus, I love how you can keep in touch with your friends over the PlayStation Network, including the added ability to play games that you don’t have that your friends have with Share Play, which allows you to invite friends to play a game that they don’t have over your internet connection. This is beneficial for me because if I don’t have a game that a friend does own, then I can receive the controls from the game from a friend and then play that game that they are playing, and that’s a massive bonus.

In terms of the size of the console, I am pleased that I was able to get in on the three-game console deal when I did, as I find the console spacious considering I can stand it up vertically without worrying about the PlayStation 4 Slim heating up, and because I have also got a stand for the PlayStation 4 Slim, this helps me in many ways as I can still find the space to move things around in my bedroom whilst the console is in its own place. I have noticed even though this is my first PlayStation 4 that it’s a little smaller than the original PlayStation 4, so that’s perfect for me considering I like to have enough room to position a console or two. With that being said, the console itself is really quiet and it works perfectly in my bedroom.

Overall, I was lucky to get the PlayStation 4 Slim when I did, because as Sony & Activision recently showed off the comeback trailer and the first gameplay video of some of the remastered levels of Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy, it’s safe to say that I am absolutely excited for the trilogy considering it’s out sometime in 2017, and once it’s out, I am definitely purchasing it. A lot of good games are coming to the PlayStation 4, so I cannot wait to find out what games are in store next year.

But overall, I love the PlayStation 4 Slim and I wholeheartedly recommend the PlayStation 4 Slim to all of you.

To end this in spectacular style, as Sony would say: “This is for the Players.

If you enjoyed my review of the PlayStation 4 Slim, then please feel free to submit feedback below. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

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Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy Unveiled at PlayStation Experience!

A short while ago, I wrote an article following my excitement that Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back & Crash Bandicoot: Warped were being remastered after years of rumours and speculation, and tonight at the PlayStation Experience, Activision unveiled the first ever look of Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy and I have just seen the comeback trailer of the new Crash game and believe me, I wasn’t prepared. It’s so good! To reminisce the nostalgic fever of the PS1 Classic Crash Bandicoot, Activision showed the original levels from the Crash Bandicoot PS1 game, and then they put the original levels together with the remastered levels and it’s so good!

I know I keep saying it’s so good, but trust me, it is that good that your jaws will drop the moment you see the comeback trailer. I have provided the comeback trailer below so all of you can see Crash Bandicoot in his full glory, officially remastered for the PlayStation 4 in 60FPS (Frames Per Second)

Sony & Activision couldn’t have picked a better time to show Crash Bandicoot off, and just in time for Christmas, they have given all of us hope and have put smiles on all of our faces, because the marsupial Crash Bandicoot is back and marks his 20th Anniversary of being on PlayStation.

What did you think of the comeback trailer for Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy? Do you have all three of the original PlayStation 1 Crash Bandicoot games? Are you just as excited as I am about Crash Bandicoot’s comeback? Please let me know if you feel nostalgic by submitting feedback below. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

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

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

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