Rio 2016: Free beer, smartphone bans, selfies, sailing rubbish, medal taxes

Tuesday, 16 August

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Dramatic and emotional turns of event in Women's 5000 metres final 1st heat

Last updated 00:30 BST

A pair of 5,000m runners embraced the Olympic spirit after a collision in their heat saw both tumble to the ground. Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand and American Abbey D'Agostino helped each other back to their feet as the rest of the field disappeared towards the finish. "I had never met her, isn't that so amazing? It is a moment that I will never ever forget for the rest of my life," said Hamblin. (USA Today)

Both runners have been given exemptions and will be allowed to compete in the semi-finals. (Business Insider)

British canoe sprinter Jon Schofield says he is using Coca Cola to combat any concerns about the quality of water in Rio, adding: "It's really good at killing stuff in your mouth."(Evening Standard)

Anthony Joshua and Michael Phelps
Boxer Anthony Joshua grabbed a selfie with American swimmer Michael Phelps

American swimmer Katie Ledecky needed help arranging her Olympic medals for a photo shoot, so naturally she turned to expert Michael Phelps. (Sports Illustrated)

Phelps' five gold medals and one silver in Rio could cost the American up to $55,000 (£42,000) in taxes. (Fox Sports)

The swimmer may have finally beaten an Olympic medal record that reportedly stood for more than 2,000 years, but the debate around whether Michael Phelps or Leonidas of Rhodes is the greatest ever Olympian rages on. (i News)

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'Bosh, right on his face!' Defending champion's dismal dive

US-based Kenyan 200m runner Carvin Nkanata jumped on a plane from Florida to Rio on Monday and was racing in the Olympic Games only a few hours after landing on Tuesday, having been cleared to run by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP)

There's been another marriage proposal at the Rio Games. American triple jumper Will Claye became the latest athlete to pop the question. (Sports Illustrated)

A brief history of the Olympic gold medal, by Usain Bolt...

Usain Bolt Twitter

Rio Olympics volunteers are quitting because of long hours and a lack of food, with around 30% now not showing up for work. (CBC News)

Britain's Olympic cycling gold medallists have been enjoying themselves...

Callum Skinner and Katie Archibald Twitter
Ed Clancy

North Korea's Olympic Committee has refused to give complimentary smartphones provided by South Korea's Samsung to the country's 31 competing athletes. (Radio Free Asia)

Hope Solo labelled Sweden "cowards" after the Scandinavians knocked the USA out of the women's football in Rio, before going on to beat Brazil in the semi-final. Retired US star Abby Wambach took a different approach, tweeting: "Congratulations to Pia and the Swedish team for reaching the final. It's never how you get there, just as long as you do. #respect"

American gymnast Simone Biles, who has won four gold medals in Rio, shared this Snapchat of her with Hollywood actor Zac Efron.

Simone Biles Snapchat

Disappointed sailors lashed out over garbage at Rio's Marina da Gloria, where they say floating debris cost them their chances at gold on Tuesday."We were in second place but we hit rubbish," said Brazil's Samuel Albrecht, who finished eighth. (AFP)

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Hockey players hit the high note with acapella anthem

After the public address system broke down at the Olympic Hockey Centre, the Netherlands and then Belgium teams belted out their national anthems without any backing before their men's semi-final. (AP)

Chris Hoy had a joke with Jason Kenny before the Great Britain cyclist joined him on six Olympic gold medals by winning the men's keirin on Tuesday.

Chris Hoy Twitter

A Netherlands journalist claimed GB omnium silver medallist Mark Cavendish threatened to sue him for asking about his crash with South Korea's Park Sanghoon.

Danish cycling enthusiast Kim Plesner offered this critique of the British media's coverage of the Manxman's crash.

Kim Plesner
"If you can't beat them, crash them," Plesner also tweeted

But Cavendish's wife Peta said: "Just having a look through all the support Mark is getting on his social media... you guys are pretty darn spesh. Thank you."

After being eliminated on points from the men's light-welterweight boxing, Canada's Arthur Biyarslanov voiced his grievances on Twitter, indicating that he may quit amateur boxing.

American sprinter English Gardner had a message for the person who stole her phone in Rio...

English Gardner Twitter

After Russia's doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova said she fears for her life, a pro-Kremlin radio commentator in Russia, Armen Gasparyan, tweeted: "Wada informant Stepanova fears for her life. The curse of betrayal never brings happiness. She's got to watch her back now."

Ukrainians are unhappy with their Greco-Roman wrestling world number one being denied a gold medal by Russia's Davit Chakvetadze. Youth and Sports Minister Ihor Zhdanov said on Facebook: "I believe Zhan Beleniuk's extremely deserved Olympic gold was stolen. What was stolen in an unfair sport competition may not be considered an Olympic victory."

Romanian gymnast Catalina Ponor finished without a medal in Rio - the first time in 44 years that Romania has not won an Olympic medal in gymnastics. (Libertatea)

Latest in the trend of pictures emerging of gold medal-winning Rio athletes posing with heroes-turned rivals or team-mates is one of Laura Trott and Bradley Wiggins in 2004...

Laura Trott, left and Bradley Wiggins

The musical accompaniment had social media talking about dressage. One rider, Patrick Kittel of Sweden, said he didn't want a "lawsuit" after being told organisers did not have the rights to his usual Stevie Wonder song and he had to change it.

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Owen Collins

A pair of Brazilian synchronised divers will not compete with each other again after one - Ingrid Oliveira, 20 - is alleged to have banished the other - team-mate Giovanna Pedroso, 17 - from their bedroom so she could enjoy a "marathon sex session" with canoeist Pedro Goncalves. (Telegraph)

The great Olympic free McDonald's feast continues, with Australian badminton player Sawan Serasinghe the latest to have a fast food blow-out after exiting the Games. He posted this picture on Facebook, saying: "Now it's time to eat some junk food after months of eating clean".

Sawan Serasinghe
Sawan Serasinghe

Quotes of the day

"He received a medal for a football camp last week and he said to me, 'Right dad, I've got my medal, now it's time for you to get yours'." GB golfer Justin Rose says his seven-year-old son inspired him to gold

"He is just such a... banana! He actually asked me just before London, and I said yes. But I do not think he has believed it is going to happen, so now he has gone and made it so public that I definitely have got to do it." GB dressage gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin on her partner Dean Golding's t-shirt proposal at Rio.

"A holiday, chocolate, and a mighty strong glass of rum." Australian cyclist Anna Meares on her short-term post Rio plans.

"I didn't want to be a ballerina but I did ballet until I was 10. It's done a lot for me with exercising." Bronze medal-winning hammer thrower, Sophie Hitchon.

"The king and queen of Sweden were here tonight and they came and talked with us after the match. It felt good to win in front of them. Maybe if they'd been at all our matches we'd have won them (too)." Sweden handball player Mikael Appelgreen

Monday's Gossip

Did Bolt cause security scare? Ledecky recreates that Phelps photo. Read more here

Sunday's Gossip

McDonald's queues, marathon triplets, marriage proposals. Read more here

Saturday's Gossip

Floyd Mayweather, baseball caps, cycling celebrations, fainting Finns. Read more here

Friday's Gossip

Rubbish dives, Michael Phelps, baby Boomer, sick sailor, unpaid coaches. Read more here

Thursday's Gossip

Simone Biles green pools and giant rodents. Read more here

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