Marta in tears as Sweden dump Brazil in penalty shoot-out

Marta in tears as Sweden dump Brazil in penalty shoot-out

Sweden ended a disconsolate Marta’s dreams of guiding Brazil’s women to a first Olympic football gold medal with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win to set up a final with Germany. The five-time world player of the year walked off in tears after the upset before 70,000 people in a stunned Maracana stadium. Brazil thrashed the...

Kenya’s Kipyegon trumps Dibaba for 1500m gold

Kenya’s Kipyegon trumps Dibaba for 1500m gold

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon produced a startling last-lap sprint to outpace overwhelming favourite Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia to win Olympic 1500m gold on Tuesday. Kipyegon clocked 4min 08.92sec after her burst over the last 250 metres, world record holder Dibaba taking silver in 4:10.27. American Jennifer Simpson claimed bronze in 4:10.53. American Shannon Rowbury and Britain’s...

Phelps wins 200m individual medley for 22nd Olympic gold

Phelps wins 200m individual medley for 22nd Olympic gold

Michael Phelps seized another slice of Olympic history with a dominant victory in the 200m individual medley at the Rio Games, his fourth straight in the event. Phelps became the third Olympian to win the same individual event at four straight Games, joining discus thrower Al Oerter and Carl Lewis in the long jump in...

Ma marches past subdued Zhang to Olympic table tennis glory

Ma marches past subdued Zhang to Olympic table tennis glory

China’s top seed Ma Long made up for being excluded from the singles in 2012 by sweeping aside defending champion Zhang Jike to claim the Olympic men’s table tennis gold. The lopsided 14-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 triumph gave Ma the grand slam of Olympic, world championship, world cup and world tour titles. And it left...

Olympics: Brawls, bags, blues

Olympics: Brawls, bags, blues

Brief stories from the Rio Olympics on Thursday: Great brawl of China Kazakh weightlifter Nijat Rahimov snatching gold from China’s Lyu Xiaojun was too much to take for a couple of Chinese journalists who engaged in a full-on brawl in the mixed zone afterwards. An armed policeman guarding the entrance to the venue had to...

USA’s Manuel, Canada’s Oleksiak share 100m freestyle gold in dead heat

USA’s Manuel, Canada’s Oleksiak share 100m freestyle gold in dead heat

Canadian teenager Penny Oleksiak and American Simone Manuel dead-heated for the Olympic gold medal in the women’s 100m freestyle at Rio. The pair reached the finish with identical times of 52.70sec, with each earning a gold medal. Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who won the 100m butterfly title, finished third in 53.99 while the race favourite and...

Kenny’s fourth gold as Britain win men’s team sprint

Kenny’s fourth gold as Britain win men’s team sprint

British cyclist Jason Kenny celebrated a fourth Olympic gold medal as Britain edged world champions New Zealand to win the men’s track cycling team sprint at the Rio Games Friday. Kenny hailed teammates Philip Hindes and Callum Skinner after Britain set a new Olympic record with their time of 42.440sec to edge him closer to...

Sprinting faster than ever with high-tech athletic clothes

Sprinting faster than ever with high-tech athletic clothes

In 2012, Nike was inspired by a golf ball to create a more efficient suit – TurboSpeed – to be used in athletics.

Wearables to prevent injuries and doping

Wearables to prevent injuries and doping

No more stopwatches to evaluate athletes. At Rio 2016, wearable technologies will be used to improve performance, prevent injuries and conduct doping tests.