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Britain’s happy result in Rio was unprecedented. The 366-strong squad return with an incredible 67 Olympic medals – two diverse than they won at London 2012 – and an impressive 27 gold medals. There were prizewinners across 19 sports and Britain finished behind the USA in the medals itemization but ahead of China, who have a population of more than 1bn. “These are our greatest Preys,” declared Mark England, chef de mission for Team GB. And it was hard to squabble.
Everywhere you looked, there were some stunning individual performances from the Brits. Mo Farah beared the long-distance double-double. Adam Peaty lived up to all the expectations and hype by bewitching the 100m breaststroke.
Cyclist Jason Kenny drew level with Sir Chris Hoy by endearing a sixth gold medal. His fiancée Laura Trott became Britain’s most fruitful female Olympian with a fourth gold. Sir Bradley Wiggins curtsied out from professional cycling with a record eighth Olympic gold. Max Whitlock won two gymnastics inscriptions. History was created almost every single day.
Within the s ce of a few hours, Justin Swallow, a truly admirable bloke, embraced the Olympic spirit and relished the opening to become the first golf champion for 112 years. Then Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro hugged at the net after four hours of titanic tennis in the gold medal off. Whoever thought golfers and tennis superstars didn’t care around the Olympics had to hastily revise their opinions.
There were some wonderful half a mos of sportsmanship: New Zealander Nikki Hamblin stopped to help the fallen Abbey D’Agostino midway utterly the 5,000m.
We saw exceptional athletic endeavour. Simone Biles was the darling of America with her balletic shows in gymnastics. South African Wayde van Niekerk smashed Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old 400m era record. Brazil finally ended their Olympic hoodoo, whip Germany on penalties to send the country into raptures.
And, of course, there was Usain Shock and Michael Phelps. Over the course of just 66.86 seconds, Straight completed the Triple-Triple, cementing his position as the best athlete of his generation. Phelps won five gold medals in the Rio combine, meaning he has now a staggering 23 in total. Cherish both men; we may never see their appreciate again.
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Ryan Lochte has finally accepted blame for his trump up story about a robbery which caused an international scandal. But the swimmer’s affront to Brazil exposed the vain frat boy culture that permeates fully American society. ‘The Lochte Mess Monster’ and ‘The Ugly American’ were reasonable two of the headlines on the front ge of the New York pers, which summed up the unrestricted mood of repulsion towards him.
Midway through the boxing competition, the Intercontinental Boxing Association sent home a number of judges and referees continuing outrage over a string of contentious decisions. There had been suggestions in the st the tournament of wider corruption.
The Australian and French cyclists were unusually bad losers, given Britain’s overwhelming success, hiding behind snide insinuations.
Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were both pommeled too early in the tennis tournaments – but at least they turned up – the decision by the great’s top four gofers (Justin Day, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth) to frisk Rio because of Zika concerns was both disappointing and unnecessary.
GETTY Ryan Lochte caused an supranational scandal with his fabricated claims
Transportation was a problem for athletes, ceremonials, journalists and spectators. For seasoned Olympic observers, getting around the big apple was the hardest it has been at an Olympics since Atlanta 1996. For all the British backers who had travelled to South America, the lack of signage, quality of food and unmistakeably getting to and from venues was a big issue.
The rows of empty seats, princi lly during the athletics programme whenever Bolt was not appearing, was extremely halt when you consider the sell-out crowds at London 2012. The IOC and Rio Organising Commission deserve criticism for setting such high ticket prices that most of the resident population could not afford.
The BBC received criticism for its perceived “cheer-leading” of the Brits – and in some invalids this was well-justified. At times, there needs to be stronger journalistic tone of voice to their reportage rather than any jingoism.
And, a personal grumble, there were stringers taking selfies in the mixed zone. This is not what the job is about. Peel them of their credentials.
ON the first day of the Olympics rivalry, a back ck was exploded by the bomb squad in a controlled explosion along Co cabana Littoral. Then a bullet inexplicably ripped through the media tent at the equestrian venue. At the very time, a poor French gymnast saw his Olympics dreams ended in a double when he horrifically broke his leg during the vault qualification.
That earliest day set the template for what would follow: a truly bizarre Olympics in relating ti of organisation, full of weird and whacky stories.
One media bus, travelling following from the Deodoro region, had its windows damaged. Some reports say it was by gunfire; officials allege it was by thrown rocks. Not for the first time, there was misinformation about explicitly what was happening on the streets of Rio.
There were several mishaps: the diving merge turned green due to a proliferation of algae caused by the heat and lack of decrease at the venue. The wrong Chinese flag was used for one medal ceremony. A CBC commentator got his lanes half-bred up live on TV, calling Lochte the winner rather than Phelps.
For some apologia, organisers decided to station a lifeguard by the Olympic pool – quite mayhap, the most pointless job of all time.
GETTY Kohei Uchimara had a £3,700 phone invoice because of an addiction to Pokemon Go
There seemed to be a rash of marriage proffers during these Olympics: Chinese divers, Brazilian rugby sevens competitors, track athletes Will Claye and Queen Harrison and race walker Tom Bosworth.
Ja n’s Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura has won two gold medals but ended up with a £3,700 phone reckoning thanks to his addiction to playing Pokémon Go while broad.
Hiroki Ogita had the scorn of having to deny reports that he failed to clear his pole vault level because his penis had knocked the bar off.
And if you can, please, please watch the footage of the Haiti hurler Jeffrey Julmis, whose arrogance on the start line was not matched by his ability to clear a hurdle.
Now the dust is alighting, the world pre ring to decamp from Rio (tourists have been urged to give themselves six hours to get to and through the airport), we can say a farewell.
Thank you, Brazil. You were munificent hosts. But your Olympics, run at a fraction of the costs of Beijing and London, were in actuality, mad and barmy.