Golden couple add to British haul
Great Britain won three golds, two silvers and four bronzes on day 11 - giving them 50 medals and second place in the table behind the USA - and their cycling couple provided two of them.
Jason Kenny won the keirin for his sixth Olympic gold matching Sir Chris Hoy and his fiancee Laura Trott won her fourth Olympic gold medal with a masterful ride in the track cycling omnium, leaving her rivals fighting for podium places as she defended her title with ease. American Sarah Hammer finished runner-up, as she did in London four years ago, while Belgium's Jolien D'Hoore had to settle for bronze.
After their success Jason said of his future wife, "Obviously I'd love her to bits even if she was rubbish, but she's not."
Biles bids Rio farewell in style
Simone Biles bowed out of her fabulous Olympic debut in Rio with a record-equalling fourth gold, short of the record five she sought, but with her name in lights among the gymnastics greats.
"It's been a long journey, but I've enjoyed every moment," said the Texan whose early life struggles had not set her out as the future face of women's gymnastics.
The 19-year-old took gold on floor on Tuesday ahead of US teammate Amy Raisman, muscles flexed and with the steely determination she had shown on her way to the team, all-around and vault titles. The only blip standing between her and history, a slip on the beam on the penultimate day of competition, which gave her bronze.
She is the fifth woman to win four gold at the same Games after Hungarian Agnes Keleti (1956), Soviet Larissa Latynina (1956), Czech Vera Caslavska (1968) and Romanian Ecaterina Szabo (1984).
Spain Walz to K1 gold
Marcus Cooper Walz of Spain won the gold medal in the men's K1 1,000 metres final after a late surge had the nation on their feet. Czech Republic's Josef Dostal took the silver and Roman Anoshkin of Russia had to settle for bronze.
European shuttling strength
Asia's stranglehold over world badminton loosened on Tuesday as two gritty Danish women toppled a Chinese dynasty and gave Europe hope of a first Olympic title in 20 years.
Veterans Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl stunned China's world number two pair Yu Yang and Tang Yuanting 21-16 14-21 21-19 to reach the women's doubles final and secure Denmark a first medal in the event. Spanish world champion Carolina Marin then humbled South Korea's Sung Ji-hyun 21-12 21-16 to book a semi-final in the women's singles.
110m hurdle history
Jamaican Omar McLeod raced to victory in 13.05 seconds on Tuesday to become his country's first ever Olympic 110 metres hurdles champion.
Cuban-born Orlando Ortega was second in 13.17 to take silver for Spain, while Frenchman Dimitri Bascou claimed bronze in 13.24 ahead of compatriot Pascal Martinot-Lagarde. It was the slowest winning time in an Olympic final since Canada's Mark McKoy won gold in 13.12 seconds in Barcelona in 1992.
With the exception of the 1980 Moscow Games, which they boycotted, the United States had never previously failed to provide a medallist in the 120-year history of the event at the Olympics.
Russian synchronise gold
Russia's Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina won the gold medal in the synchronised swimming women's duet final. China's Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan took silver and Japan's Yukiko Inui and Risako Mitsui had to settle for bronze.
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