Rio de Janeiro: India won a historic silver medal in badminton after PV Sindhu went down fighting in a closely contested women's singles final against Spain's Carolina Marin. Her second-placed finish made her the most successful Indian woman at the Olympics and added to India's medal tally.
Usain Bolt brought the curtain down on his Olympic career with a record-equaling ninth gold medal, anchoring Jamaica to relay glory in a perfectly scripted 'triple-triple' finale. The 29-year-old superstar, widely seen as the greatest sprinter in history, stormed over the line in 37.27 second to trigger an eruption of adulation in the Olympic Stadium. The victory saw Bolt complete a third consecutive clean sweep of the 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles – the so-called 'triple-triple' following his six gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Games.
United States' Allyson Felix became the first woman athlete with five gold medals as she powered the sprint relay team to victory just a day after they had been brought back from the Olympic dead. Felix, long jump gold medallist Tianna Bartoletta, English Gardner and Tori Bowie, who won 100m silver and 200m bronze in Rio, combined to clock the second fastest 4x100m relay time ever run, in 41.01 seconds.
Elsewhere, Cheick Sallah Cisse was the toast of the Ivory Coast on Friday as he won their first ever Olympic gold medal with a killer kick in the last second of the men's under-80kg taekwondo final. Cisse created history for the West African country when he stunned third seed Lutalo Muhammad of Britain with a four-point score right at the death to win 8-6.
In another first, Dilshod Nazarov handed Tajikistan its only Olympic gold medal till date when he won the men's hammer on Friday. Nazarov, world silver medallist in Beijing last year, heaved a best of 78.68 metres to finish ahead of Belarus' convicted doping cheat Ivan Tsikhan (77.79m).
Kate Richardson-Walsh hailed wife Helen for helping seal Britain's maiden women's hockey gold as the first married gay couple to compete at an Olympics crowned their personal journey Friday. Britain downed two-time champions the Netherlands 2-0 in a shoot-out after the final had been tied 3-3 in normal time.
In football, 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.
At the end of day 14, the United States continued their domination at the top of the medal tally, with 105 medals (38 Gold, 35 Silver, 32 Bronze). Great Britain on 60 medals (24 Gold, 22 Silver, 14 Bronze) kept the second spot from China on 65 medals (22 Gold, 18 Silver, 25 Bronze), continuing their constant tussle in the medal tally.
Germany on 35 medals (14 Gold, 8 Silver, 13 Bronze), followed by Russia on 48 medals (13 Gold, 16 Silver, 19 Bronze) rounded up the fourth and fifth spot respectively.
Thanks to PV Sindhu's silver medal, India improved its ranking on the medal tally. It now features on the 64th position with two medals (0 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze).
Here is the Rio Olympics medal tally after day 14:
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With inputs from agencies