Newspaper headlines: Gold in Rio and victory celebrations

Gold medals in hockey and show jumping at the Olympics and plans for victory celebrations are on the front pages.

Later editions of the papers are updated with Great Britain women's dramatic hockey penalty shoot-out win over the Netherlands in Rio.

The Times pictures a jubilant GB player Laura Unsworth waving the Union flag, while the Telegraph hails a British sporting team winning on penalties for a change.

"Another great night as British women win thriller on penalties," says the i.

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Earlier it was the achievement of Nick Skelton who won the gold medal in the individual show jumping at the age of 58 that attracted the headlines.

The Times reports: "A British show jumper set a double record at the Olympics yesterday, picking up Britain's first gold in the individual event and becoming the oldest British Olympic medallist in 108 years.

"Nick Skelton, 58, who has been riding since the age of 18 months, has suffered a broken neck, hip replacement and two knee surgeries.

"But at his seventh Olympics, Skelton steered Big Star, aged 13, to the British team's 23rd gold medal, a victory that brought tears to the veteran's eyes."

The Telegraph says Skelton has suffered a broken neck, two knee operations, a broken shoulder and a hip replacement, but has never been one of life's quitters.

"Yesterday, at the age of 58, having failed at six previous Olympics to win an individual medal, Skelton finally struck gold, proving you should never say never, as he became Rio 2016's oldest medallist and Britain's oldest gold medallist since 1908," says the Telegraph.

The Mail dubs Skelton a "hero with a hip replacement!".

The paper says: "Veteran show jumper Nick Skelton wept tears of joy on the podium yesterday after becoming Britain's oldest Olympic gold medallist for 108 years."

The Express says Skelton was sensationally crowned Olympic champion after finally striking gold in his record-breaking seventh Games.


Fit for heroes

There has been some discussion over whether there would be a victory parade for Team GB on their return, but now it seems there will be one in Manchester, with another event in London.

The Telegraph says Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes will join together in two victory celebration events after Prime Minister Theresa May stepped in to end confusion over how their achievements would be feted.

"The government and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, had faced criticism for failing to organise an open-top bus parade for the athletes who have captivated the nation with their success at Rio 2016," says the Telegraph.

"But Theresa May today announces that the events will take place in Manchester and London in October, after the Paralympics are over, to give the public the chance to cheer their idols."

The Mail says Mrs May ordered a victory parade "fit for heroes" to welcome home Britain's Olympic team.

"The prime minister broke off from her holiday in Switzerland to ensure the public would get the chance to celebrate Team GB's stunning achievements in Rio," the Mail continues.

The Times notes that Rio would normally be considered the ultimate destination for carnivals and parades.

"However, after Team GB's unprecedented success in Brazil, the country's Olympians will be bringing the biggest party of all back home - and the north of England, not London, has been chosen to host the festivities," says the Times.

The Guardian says Number 10 had come under pressure to mark Britain's record medal haul publicly, amid suggestions that budget constraints meant there would be no official celebration.


Give them gongs

The Sun calls for knighthoods for Olympic stars Mo Farah, Andy Murray, Jason Kenny and Max Whitlock, and for Jessica Ennis-Hill, Laura Trott, Jade Jones and Charlotte Dujardin to be made dames.

The Sun comments: "David Cameron should turn on his TV and watch some real British heroes. He won't find a bunch of Tory cronies, failed PR flunkies and his wife's stylist.

"Instead, he'll see a group of men and women taking on the world and giving their all for their country."

The Express says the Queen is expected to honour Britain's Olympic heroes with a Buckingham Palace reception attended by senior members of the Royal Family after Team GB exceeded all expectations.

The Guardian rates the performance of the television presenters and pundits.

There are golds for Clare Balding and Michael Johnson, silvers for Helen Skelton and jointly Rebecca Adlington and Mark Foster, and bronzes for Jonathan Agnew and Chris Hoy.

There are less kind words for Gabby Logan, Steve Redgrave and Denise Lewis.


Mono Stones

Away from goings on in Rio, the Times reports that the Rolling Stones' entire 1960s back catalogue will be re-released in mono next month.

"Hipsters beware: vinyl is so passe," declares the Times. "These days if you want to prove your esoteric audiophile credentials, the important thing is to roll back technology even further - and insist on listening to your favourite bands in mono.

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"In the 1960s stereo was a new development and bands were suspicious. 'When they invented stereo I remember thinking why? What do you need two speakers for?' said George Harrison. 'Because it ruined the sound from our point of view. We had everything coming out of one speaker, now it had to come out of two speakers - it sounded pretty naked.

"Mick Jagger, too, would approve of a reversion to mono. He once described a mix for the new stereo equipment as 'lousy'."


Lip service

Finally, the Telegraph reports that British women have fallen out of love with red lipstick over the years, with many judging those who wear it as "unprofessional".

The colour has been associated with glamorous Hollywood stars since the 1940s, says the paper, with Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe turning it into a signature siren look.

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But despite a revival led by celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Rihanna, contends the Telegraph, the majority of British women are reluctant to follow suit.

Of the 2,000 women interviewed for the survey for cosmetics company Avon, 54% believed red was a tricky colour to wear and said they did not like the attention caused - especially in the workplace.