Rio Olympics 2016, day 14 highlights: Usain Bolt's 'triple triple', Ryan Lochte's 'apology' and more - Firstpost
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Rio Olympics 2016, day 14 highlights: Usain Bolt's 'triple triple', Ryan Lochte's 'apology' and more


Usain Bolt put the seal on a glittering Olympic career on Friday with a blistering 4x100m relay victory that clinched sprint's first ever 'triple triple'.

Victory wasn't guaranteed when Bolt took the baton for the anchor leg but he powered down the straight to cross the finish line in 37.27sec, before soaking up the acclaim from an adoring crowd.

Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 4x100-meter relay final. AP

Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 4x100-meter relay final. AP

With his unprecedented third straight 100m, 200m and 4x100m clean sweep, or a triple triple, Bolt joins Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi on a record-equalling nine track and field Olympic gold medals.

Bolt had said that winning three more golds in Rio would make him "immortal" and it is likely that athletics will miss its greatest showman, who is set to retire next year.

"There you go. I'm the greatest," said the Jamaican, who kissed the finish line and slapped the number three lane as he played to the crowd and the cameras.

Usain Bolt. Getty

Usain Bolt. Getty

Bolt's heroics come in an Olympics which had already witnessed swimmer Michael Phelps bringing a successful close to his record-breaking Games career.

"I'm going to stay up late and have fun," Bolt said. "I never knew this would happen when I started out," he added.

Jamaica's women missed out on a sweep in the sprint events when they were beaten by the United States — who successfully appealed against a disqualification on Saturday — in the 4x100m relay.

Greece's Ekaterini Stefanidi won the women's pole vault on Friday after virus-stricken defending champion Jenn Suhr crashed out.

Ekaterini Stefanidi competes in the Women's Pole Vault Final. Getty

Ekaterini Stefanidi competes in the Women's Pole Vault Final. Getty

And Kenyan former world champion Vivian Cheruiyot reeled in 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia to win the women's 5,000m title.

Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot celebrates winning the Women's 5000m Final. Getty

Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot celebrates winning the Women's 5000m Final. Getty

A busy night on the track drew attention from the lurid Ryan Lochte scandal after the US swimmer, who lied about an armed mugging to cover up an act of vandalism, apologised for his behaviour.

The International Olympic Committee told AFP it would start a disciplinary inquiry into Lochte and three other swimmers into an incident that embarrassed first the Games' hosts, and then the US Olympic Committee.

"The IOC has named a disciplinary commission and there will be an inquiry into the four swimmers," an official said. "The commission members can ask to hear the swimmers and we will see if there is material for a sanction."

Elsewhere, the Games' final Friday saw brisk action with 22 gold medals up for grabs heading into the last two days of competition.

Spain's Carolina Marin became the first non-Asian women's singles badminton champion, winning in three games against PV Sindhu — who became India's first ever female Olympic silver medallist.

Carolina Marin celebrates match point against PV Sindhu during the Women's Singles. Getty

Carolina Marin celebrates match point against PV Sindhu during the Women's Singles. Getty

"I'm the first Indian woman to get a silver medal at the Olympics so that's a great thing for me," beamed Sindhu, 21.

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei broke his jinx against Chinese nemesis Lin Dan as he beat the two-time defending champion to set up a men's final with Chen Long.

Chong Wei Lee celebrates after defeating Dan Lin during the Men's Singles Badminton Semi-final. Getty

Chong Wei Lee celebrates after defeating Lin Dan during the Men's Singles Badminton Semi-final. Getty

Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday in style as she beat China's Yin Junhua to become the first Frenchwoman to win an Olympic boxing gold.

Estelle Mossely reacts after defeating Junhua Yin in the Women's Light Final Bout. Getty

Estelle Mossely reacts after defeating Junhua Yin in the Women's Light Final Bout. Getty

In hot conditions, world champion Matej Toth won a gruelling 50km walk littered with casualties including France's Yohann Diniz, who soldiered on despite suffering intestinal problems.

Jared Tallent, Matej Toth and Hirooki Arai pose on the podium. Getty

Jared Tallent, Matej Toth and Hirooki Arai pose on the podium. Getty

The United States' 'Dream Team' of NBA stars beat Spain 82-76 to go into a men's basketball final against either Australia or Serbia.

New Zealand's world number one Lydia Ko, 19, hit her first ever hole-in-one to keep pressure on South Korea's Park In-Bee, who leads by two heading into the last round of the women's golf.

Lydia Ko poses with the golf ball. Getty

Lydia Ko poses with the golf ball. Getty

Great Britain won their first Olympic Games women's hockey gold medal with a dramatic shoot-out triumph over two-time defending champions, the Netherlands.

The British twice came from behind in normal time to draw 3-3 and then clinched a 2-0 shoot-out victory.

Great Britain celebrate after winning the Gold medal. Getty

Great Britain celebrate after winning the Gold medal. Getty

Germany handed departing coach Silvia Neid the perfect send off by claiming women's football Olympic gold for the first time thanks to a 2-1 win over Sweden in front of a huge crowd at Rio's Maracana.

Dzsenifer Marozsan's sweet strike and Lisa Sembrant's comical own goal put Germany 2-0 up early in the second-half before Stina Blackstenius gave Sweden a lifeline.

Canada beat hosts Brazil 2-1 in Sao Paulo earlier on Friday to claim bronze.

German players celebrate as they receive their medals following victory in the Women's Olympic Gold Medal. Getty

German players celebrate as they receive their medals following victory in the Women's Olympic Gold Medal. Getty

With inputs from AFP

First Published On : Aug 20, 2016 11:09 IST

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