Rio Olympics 2016, day 8 highlights: Michael Phelps signs off with another gold, Mo Farah shines again - Firstpost
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Rio Olympics 2016, day 8 highlights: Michael Phelps signs off with another gold, Mo Farah shines again


Michael Phelps brought curtain down on his record-breaking career with a 23rd Olympic gold medal before Mo Farah stole the show at the athletics events of Rio Olympics 2016, with a gritty win in the men's 10,000 metres race on Saturday.

Ryan Murphy broke a seven-year-old world record in the backstroke leg of the 4x100m medley relay, but Phelps still needed to come from behind on the butterfly, before Nathan Adrian touched in a new Olympic mark of 3min 27.95sec.

It was a fittingly triumphant swansong for Phelps, 31, the most decorated Olympian in history, who added five golds and a silver in Rio to finish with 28 medals overall.

Michael Phelps kisses his gold medal for the men's 4 x 100-meter medley relay final. AP

Michael Phelps kisses his gold medal for the men's 4 x 100-meter medley relay final. AP

Earlier in the day, the US also won the women's 4x100m medley relay — the country's 1,000th gold medal in Olympic competitions according to the US Olympic Committee.

Usain Bolt launched his bid for the 'treble-treble' by cantering through the 100m preliminaries, but all eyes were on Mo Farah as he survived a nasty fall to retain his 10,000m crown.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13: James Dasaolu, Usain Bolt and Richard Thompson compete in round one of the Men's 100 Meters. Getty

James Dasaolu, Usain Bolt and Richard Thompson compete in round one of the Men's 100 metres. Getty Images

Farah picked himself up after being clipped by training partner Galen Rupp, and he produced a trademark surge on the last bend to win it in 27min 05.17sec.

"When I went down, I thought, 'Oh my God, that is it.' I just got up and wanted to stick with the guys and stay strong," Farah said. "It's never easy but everyone knows what I can do."

Mohamed Farah celebrates after winning the Men's 10,000m. Getty

Mohamed Farah celebrates after winning the men's 10,000m. Getty Images

Elaine Thompson ended Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's reign with a win in the women's 100m with a timing of 10.71sec, which torpedoed her fellow Jamaican's hopes of an Olympic hat-trick in the event.

Elaine Thompson celebrates winning the Women's 100m Final. Getty

Elaine Thompson celebrates winning the Women's 100m final. Getty Images

Tori Bowie of the US took silver with 10.83sec, while Fraser-Pryce claimed bronze with 10.86.

Super Saturday

Twenty-one golds were on offer on 'Super Saturday', but there was no repeat for Britain's golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill, who was dramatically denied a second straight heptathlon win.

Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam needed to finish the last event, the 800m, within nine seconds of Ennis-Hill, and she made it when she crossed 7.47sec behind.

Nafissatou Thiam celebrates winning the gold medal. Reuters

Nafissatou Thiam celebrates winning the gold medal. Reuters

American Jeff Henderson won the long jump with a leap of 8.38m, and immediately dedicated the victory to his mother, who has Alzheimer's disease. "My mum can't be here, she has Alzheimer's. When I place that medal in her hands, I'll be crying," Henderson said.

Jeff Henderson celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's long jump. AP

Jeff Henderson celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's long jump. AP

Earlier in the day, the British women's cyclists set a sizzling world record while Juan Martin del Potro prevailed over Rafael Nadal in a thriller, to reach the men's tennis final.

Juan Martin Del Potro reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal in the Men's Singles Semifinal Match. Getty

Juan Martin del Potro reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal in the men's singles semi-final. Getty Images

Germany's Christoph Harting won the gold medal in discus throw to keep the title in the family, after his brother Robert, the 2012 champion, ruined his chances by straining his back while turning off a light with his foot.

Gold medalist Christoph Harting poses on the podium during the medal ceremony. Getty

Gold medalist Christoph Harting poses on the podium during the medal ceremony. Getty Images

At the Velodrome, Britain's Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand smashed the women's team pursuit world record for the second time in 48 hours to take gold, beating world champions USA to defend their title.

Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell-Shand compete in the Women's Team Pursuit Final. Getty

Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell-Shand compete in the women's team pursuit final. Getty Images

And the Netherlands' Elis Ligtlee pulled off a shock when she won the women's keirin, beating Britain's Becky James with Australian legend Anna Meares third.

Gold medalist Elis Ligtlee celebrates on the podium. Getty

Gold medalist Elis Ligtlee celebrates on the podium. Getty Images

Brazil and Argentina's basketball captains appealed for calm among their rival fans, before the visitors won a gripping and tightly guarded contest 111-107 after double overtime.

Andres Nocioni of Argentina and the rest of this teammates celebrate win over Brazil. Getty

Andres Nocioni of Argentina and the rest of this teammates celebrate win over Brazil. Getty Images

But football star Neymar cheered the hosts, curling in a free-kick for his first goal of the competition in a 2-0 quarter-final victory over Colombia.

Neymar Jr. Getty

Neymar scored his first goal of the tournament. Getty Images

In tennis, Andy Murray shrugged off a code violation for directing the word "stupid" at the umpire, to crush Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-4 and move one win away from becoming the first player to win back-to-back Olympic singles titles.

The world number two and reigning Wimbledon champion will face the resurgent del Potro, who edged 2008 champion Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 7-6, (7/5), after knocking out world number Novak Djokovic in the first round.

Andy Murray celebrates after defeating Kei Nishikori. Getty

Andy Murray celebrates after defeating Kei Nishikori. Getty Images

Olympic rowing ended on Saturday, with Great Britain winning the men's eight gold to top the medal table for the third successive Games.

And finally, there was an answer to the great riddle of why the diving pool has turned green: It appears that a contractor poured in hydrogen peroxide, neutralising the chlorine.

Organisers gave up hopes of cleaning up the adjacent water polo and synchronised swimming pool, which was also affected, and started replacing the cloudy water instead.

With inputs from AFP

First Published On : Aug 14, 2016 12:17 IST

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