Newspaper headlines: 'Team GB's greatest day', festival crime and Mr Men books

The newspapers reflect on a stunning Sunday at Rio 2016 on what was the most successful day for Britain overseas in Olympic history.

The papers pick up on gold medals for gymnast Max Whitlock, cyclist Jason Kenny and golfer Justin Rose, and there were three silvers. Andy Murray later added to the gold in the tennis and sailor Giles Scott is guaranteed victory in the medal race.

The Times reports that Great Britain enjoyed its most successful day of Olympic competition since 1920, winning the first gymnastics gold medals in its history, along with a glut of others.

"The haul was so great that Britain overtook China to move to second in the medals table," says the Times. "Max Whitlock was the star of the evening, clinching two victories within two hours on the men's individual floor and pommel horse disciplines. His team-mate Louis Smith also won silver in the pommel horse.

"Justin Rose won gold in the first golfing tournament at the Games since 1904. Giles Scott took gold in the sailing and Nick Dempsey clinched silver in the windsurfing.

"Jason Kenny beat his fellow Briton, Callum Skinner, to claim gold in the individual sprint cycling."

Image caption Max Whitlock won gold in the pommel and floor exercise

The Times notes that the achievements put Britain ahead of its medal total at the same stage of the 2012 Games in London.

Telegraph chief reporter Gordon Rayner in Rio writes that Team GB remain on course to beat their medal tally at London 2012, their best Olympics of the modern era.

"If London had Super Saturday, yesterday at Rio 2016 will go down as Sensational Sunday after Whitlock kick-started a scarcely believable day of success," he says.

The Mail names Whitlock "Magic Max", it is "Max Power" for the Sun, and the Mirror goes with "Glad Max."


Faster, higher, stronger, Farah

The Guardian's Barney Ronay reflects on a Saturday night of "thrilling competition, wonderful theatre and not quite deja vu".

"Faster, higher, stronger, Farah. Never mind the dead hand of London 2012. Bundle those memories of Super Saturday back in the sock drawer," he writes. There were so many obvious symmetries on Rio 2016's first bravura night of track and field.

"Perhaps the more parochial will cast this middle Saturday as glorious but a notch down on the rush of London four years ago, but in the event this was an occasion that stood without the need for comparison.

"Three hours of utterly absorbing Olympic athletics on a chilly, slightly wild night in Rio. It was always a wonderful piece of theatre that the Stratford three, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford should compete again simultaneously.

"In the event only Farah held on to his gold, producing the most thrilling medal race of his collection, a performance of tactical clarity and real matadorial edge."

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Image caption Mo Farah retained his Olympic 10,000m title

Rob Hastings in the i describes one UK athletics fan "alone in the stands".

"Surrounded by people drinking beer and taking selfies, yes, but watching by himself, behind his thick specs," he writes.

"This small and timid-looking middle-aged Brit had dressed in safari shorts, perhaps out of fear that he would need his survival skills to get through a night in Rio once the action here in the Olympic stadium was over.

"The wildness with which he celebrated Mo Farah's 10,000m gold showed just how special Saturday night was, even if it proved not to be a re-run of the 2012 glories.

"The man yelped and jumped up and down uncontrollably like the rest of us, throwing his flag around with abandon, tears in his eyes."


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Crime fest

Away from the Olympics, the Times reports that music fans are more likely to suffer crime at genteel summer festivals.

"Festivalgoers are usually more concerned with negotiating 900 acres of mud, the proximity of the dreadlocked bare-chested fire-juggler and the state of the toilets than whether they are going to have their wallet stolen," it says.

"However, figures show not only that music fans should be on the look out for thieves but that some of the festivals with the highest crime rates are also the most genteel.

"According to surprising figures on rates of theft at Britain's summer musical gatherings, among the festivals where fans were least likely to be targeted was Scotland's T in the Park, the annual three-day rock event which gained some notoriety after two teenage fans died of drug overdoses last month.

"In contrast, you are statistically more likely to be a victim of crime at the Wilderness festival in Oxfordshire, a venue that boasts luxury accommodation, trendy guests and child-friendly activities."

The paper says the Wilderness festival was unavailable for comment.


Mr Hipster and Little Miss Reality TV

Finally, the Telegraph has news of a new set of the classic Mr Men and Little Misses children's characters updated for the 20th Century.

The one-off illustrations including Mr Hipster and Little Miss Reality TV have been released by the son of the original creator Roger Hargreaves, Adam Hargreaves, to mark their 45th anniversary.

They will be followed by four e-books later this year featuring Mr Marvellous, Little Miss Fabulous, Mr Adventure and Little Miss Sparkle.

Amid accusations of gender stereotyping, the Telegraph asks whether a new set of characters is needed for the social media era.

"Little Miss Dotty and Mr Silly, perhaps? No wait, they have already been done. Little Miss Bossy, Mr Mean, Miss Scary? Those too. Roger Hargreaves was clearly ahead of his time."