RIO 2016

Durant: Olympics were 'therapy' after free agency decision

Kevin Durant said playing for the United States in the Olympics was like "therapy" after signing with the Golden State Warriors last month. 

In a normal year, Durant would have nothing but months to be questioned about his decision with no basketball until camps open in late September.

Rio 2016: Quotes of the Games

Following two weeks of thrilling sports action, we take a look at some of the more memorable quotes from Rio 2016.


Words to inspire

Speedo and Ralph Lauren cut Lochte ties

Speedo USA has announced the termination of its sponsorship of Ryan Lochte and Ralph Lauren will not renew the swimmer's contract following his false robbery claims.

Lochte - along with Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen - alleged that they were robbed at gunpoint at a petrol station after attending a party. 

Rio 2016: Fiji rugby sevens team returns home to national celebrations

Thousands of fans lined the flag-bedecked streets of Nadi on Sunday to catch a glimpse of their idols as the team made their way from the airport to an official welcome at a packed Prince Charles Park.

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The players, wearing their gold medals round their necks, were introduced to the ecstatic crowd as "the greatest rugby sevens team in the world".

Rio 2016: Nine Australian athletes free to fly home after receiving passports from authorities

The Australian Olympic Committee confirmed on Monday (AEST) that the passports had been returned, marking the end of the saga which had left the athletes departure date uncertain.

The nine — cyclists Ashlee Ankudinoff and Melissa Hoskins, rugby sevens player Ed Jenkins, archers Alec Potts and Ryan Tyack, rowers Olympia Aldersey, Fiona Albert and Lucy Stephens, and hockey player Simon Orchard — were charged with falsifying a document.

Rio 2016: Mongolians strip off clothes in protest after wrestling loss

Ganzorig, leading by seven points to six, taunted his opponent by dancing around him in the last 18 seconds and was then carried around the ring in triumph by one of his coaches.

But the judges then adjusted the score to 7-7, penalising the Mongolian for 'fleeing the hold', or refusing to engage with his opponent. They then added a further point to the Uzbek's score after the Mongolian corner challenged the decision and had the challenge rejected.

Russian swimmer 'Rio was awful - it was war'

The 24-year-old won two silver medals in Rio but was booed by spectators and criticised by her rivals after she was allowed to compete, having initially been banned by the International Olympic Committee because of two failed drug tests.

Efimova tested positive for meldonium earlier this year, but had a suspension lifted by the sport's governing body, Fina, after the World Anti-Doping Agency admitted it was unsure how long the substance - which was only banned this year - stayed in the body.

Devastated Olympic athlete cries on podium after being booed by hostile Brazilian crowd

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described the crowd's behaviour as "shocking" and "unacceptable at the Olympics".

Lavillenie had been booed by the crowd during Monday's competition, as he battled Brazilian Thiago Braz da Silva for gold, giving a thumbs-down gesture to the cameras as he prepared for an attempt.

Rio Olympics 2016: Usain Bolt wants to 'be among Ali and Pele'

Four days removed from becoming the first man to win three consecutive Olympic 100-meter gold medals, Bolt repeated the trick Thursday by comfortably winning the 200 final in a time of 19.78 seconds, ahead of Canada's Andre De Grasse and France's Christophe Lemaitre.

Rio 2016: Bolt storms to 200m gold

The majestic Usain Bolt once again broke new ground at Rio 2016 by storming to a third successive Olympic 200 metre title and the eighth gold medal of his illustrious career.

Bolt made history last weekend when he became the first man to win the 100m on three occasions, a time of 9.81 seconds enough to get the better of nearest rivals Justin Gatlin and Andre De Grasse.