Rio 2016: Mayweather advice, magic birth dates, refugee murals, boring food

Wednesday, 17 August

Last updated 05:30 BST

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Latvian rider Treimanis suffers commentator's curse

British Cycling shared this photo of the team's "unsung heroes" on Twitter, adding: "Just some of the team behind the team."

British Cycling Twitter
Back row, from left: Emma Barton, Rio project coordinator; Hanlie Fouche, carer; Will Forbes, performance analyst; Andy Harrison, programmes director; Ernie Feargrieve, mechanic; Keith Reynolds, logistics manager; Dr Richard Freeman, team doctor; Debs Sides:, performance analyst; Adam Bonser, mechanic; Paul Manning, women's endurance coach; Calvin Morriss, head of performance support; Luc de Wilde, carer. Front row: Justin Grace, sprint coach; Phil Burt, physio; Iain Dyer, head coach; Abby Burton, communications manager; Jan van Eijden, sprint coach

Could being born on 23 March be the secret behind Team GB Olympic success? A curious statistic has emerged that Jason Kenny, Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Steve Redgrave and Mo Farah were all born on the same date. (BBC Radio 5 live)

If you dream of your future child topping the podium, then 29 June is said to be the magic conception date. (Daily Mail)

Lynsey Sharp Twitter
Great Britain's Lynsey Sharp is through to the women's 800m semi-finals

Olympic bantamweight prospect Shakur Stevenson, 19, says he took the advice of his idol Floyd Mayweather - who was ringside as the American beat Tsendbaatar Erdenebat to reach the semi-final - rather than his coaches. "I got like 'dang, Floyd is here'," he added. (Sun)

Michael Phelps has paid tribute to swimming legend Mark Spitz by mimicking his fellow American's iconic 1972 pose with his haul of Olympic gold medals. (Daily Mail)

Phelps spent his first day after retiring from swimming back in the pool with baby Boomer. "No place like being back home!! Great way to spend my first day in retirement!!" he posted on Instagram.

Michael Phelps Instagram

The portraits of all 10 members of the first Olympic refugee team now have a permanent place on the streets of Rio. Brazilian artists Rodrigo Sini and Cety dedicated a spray-painted mural to the athletes as a way of highlighting their importance. (Reuters)

What's it like to train like an Olympic athlete? Try eating nothing but peanut butter, letting robots control your mind, or ingesting hornet vomit. (Guardian)

With five new medals to her name, American swimmer Katie Ledecky got a warm welcome on her return to the States. "It's pretty crazy," she said. (Washington Post)

The queue for the free fast food in the athletes' village remains one of the longest in Rio. US swimming gold medallist Kevin Cordes says: "It breaks the monotony." Montenegro water polo player Aleksandar Radovic added: "Our food in the village is so boring." (Time)

American gold-medal gymnasts Alexandra Raisman and Simone Biles also got in on the great Olympic village fast food rush...

Alexandra Raisman Twitter

But British swimmer Aimee Willmott is getting tired of the menu in Rio...

Aimee Willmott Twitter

A Haitian athlete literally fell at the first hurdle after a Usain Bolt-style pre-race build up. Jeffrey Julmis had a cheeky look at the cameras as he pointed at his watch before his heat, but crashed straight away after his start. (CNN)

Britain's Laura Trott had a message for any doubters after she won a fourth Olympic cycling gold medal: "Who says girls can't play sports?! I KEEP PLAYING and just won GOLD! ‪#‎LikeAGirl" (Facebook)

Athletes, spectators and broadcasters are all using virtual reality to enhance their experience of the Rio Olympic Games. (Sports Illustrated)

Serbia's Tijana Bogdanovic claims studying the fights of China's Jingyu Wu on YouTube was the key to her beating the two-time Olympic taekwondo champion. (AP)

Argentine sailor Santiago Lange, a cancer survivor and the oldest Rio gold medallist at 54, said he lost count of how many times he broke down during the celebrations. (Business Insider)

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German officials did not see eye to eye with the twins on the hand-in-hand finish

German twins Anna and Lisa Hahner joined hands as they crossed the finish line well down the field in the Rio marathon on Sunday but their country's track and field officials were not so enamoured of the sisterly gesture, accusing them of publicity-seeking and treating the race "like a fun run". (New York Times)

A five-year-old boy from Dublin has written to Belfast bantamweight Michael Conlan to express his sadness at the Irishman's controversial unanimous loss to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in the Rio quarter-finals. In a touching letter, Finn McManus told Conlan, "You should have won because you are the best boxer in the world," and enclosed the medal he had himself won at a recent sports day.

Finn McManus writes to Michael Conlan

The boxer replied with a tweet regarding young Finn, which reads: "Very warming message from this young lad. If anyone knows who he is, could they please tell him I have a gift for him."

Conlan, who had reacted furiously immediately after his highly controversial defeat, later posted a reflective message on Facebook: "Heartbroken, a picture that speaks a thousand words, my reaction was a bit wild but it was my true emotions."

An Irish broadcaster has created an interactive game called 'Can you beat the Russian boxer?' No matter how many punches are thrown, you always lose. (RTE)

RTE
"28-29 You lose! Nikitin wins by unanimous decision" proclaims RTE's game - despite landing 28 unanswered shots

Mixed reaction to British cycling success

Le Telegrame in France says: "Britain has been able to 'manufacture' a female sprinter in barely three years. Katy Marchant, who won a bronze medal in the speed race at Rio, was still taking part in the heptathlon at the beginning of 2013."

Outspoken French ex-cyclist, ex-coach and now columnist Antoine Vayer has been posting a number of provocative tweets aimed at British cyclists, with the latest simply stating: "£ycling".

And French business daily Les Echos asked: "Why do the British swipe so many medals?". The answer, it says, is simple - GB takes more athletes.

The Sydney Morning Herald describes Australia's lack of medals in Rio as something of an expensive failure. "Australia's underwhelming performance in Brazil is set to come at a cost of as much as A$11m per medal to the taxpayer," it says. "While Team GB, with £274m pledged to their Olympic sports between 2013 and 2017, are still enjoying the afterglow of London by punching well above their weight here, the jury is still out for Australia's program."

Reports emerged that Australia's Olympic team captain Anna Meares had raised her eyebrows at Team GB's success in the cycling, stating: "It's not just the Australian team that have questions." But Meares then posted on Twitter to deny she had suggested any impropriety from the British team.

Germany cyclist Kristina Vogel won gold in the individual track sprint final but said of the Britons: "I don't want to make any allegations about anyone, but it is questionable. They all come at such a level - I have no idea how they do that."

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Michael Johnson vs. a moth

BBC pundit Michael Johnson proves his reflexes are still in good order as he combats a persistent moth in the Rio studio.

Britain's golden girl Laura Trott answers a series of more unusual questions in her inimitable style, with references to aliens, Henry VIII and why she eats no fruit.

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Laura Trott talks Henry VIII, dogs & aliens

Azizulhasni Awang - known as the "Pocket Rocket Man" - finally hands Malaysia a medal outside of badminton or diving with a bronze in the keirin cycling event. (Malaya Mail)

American Simone Manuel, the first black female swimmer to win an individual Olympic gold medal, reveals her delight in inspiring youngsters.

Simone Manuel

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Rio 2016 Olympics: Greco-Roman wrestler throws tantrum after final defeat

British golfer Justin Rose posts a video of his gold medal wrapped around the mirror in his car as he heads homeward after triumphing in Rio.

Justin Rose

British medal-winning gymnasts Max Whitlock and Louis Smith try to identify which of them has sent which emoji-filled tweets.

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Rio Olympics 2016: Smith and Whitlock guess whose tweet is whose

Britain's triple Olympic rowing champion Pete Reed joins some team-mates for a golden photo opportunity.

Pete Reed

Britain's double silver medal-winning cyclist Becky James writes on Facebook: "Silver Olympic medals and an Olympic record!!!! Now somebody really needs to pinch me! What an incredible journey it's been! Thanks so much for all the lovely support and messages everyone. I ❤ Rio! ‪#‎Olympics"

Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome captures the BBC graphic telling the impressive story of British cycling achievement in Rio.

Chris Froome

Meanwhile, Britain's gold medal-winning swimmer Adam Peaty revels in meeting heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua.

Adam Peaty

Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita has described his bewilderment after reports his penis had prevented him from progressing in the pole vault went viral.

Olympic diver He Zi has said her feelings were "complicated" when fellow Chinese diver Qin Kai proposed to her after she won a silver medal. (BBC Asia)

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Olympic diver He Zi says her feelings were "complicated" when fellow Chinese diver Qin Kai proposed to her after she won a silver medal

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