Rio 2016: Kenny & Trotty, Olympic nicknames, Ryan Lochte, Rio gear on sale

Thursday, 18 August

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Moe Sbihi shared this picture on Twitter of Jade Jones' British team-mates dressing up to support her in Rio

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Battersea Dogs Home has called two of its residents Kenny and Trotty, in homage to champion cyclists Jason Kenny and Laura Trott. (Bolton News)

Has Olympic fever got you hooked? Want something to remember Rio by? Organisers are auctioning off used equipment from the Games. A Team GB flag from the opening ceremony will set you back upwards of £1,000, while a tennis ball used by Brazil's Bruno Soares has topped the £50 mark. (Rio 2016)

The New York Post will run this front page on Friday about Ryan Lochte, his American swimming team-mates and the robbery they reported in Rio:

New York Post

Flying Squirrel. Iron Lady. Crazy Eyes. What's in an Olympic nickname? (AP)

British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been exploring Rio, and shared this picture on her Instagram:

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

American long jumper Jeff Henderson promised his mother, who has Alzheimer's disease, he would win gold for her - and duly delivered. (ESPN)

Great Britain's Carl Hester caught Blueberry celebrating his Olympic gold medal:

Carl Hester Twitter

What was going through the minds of the British public as they watched Alistair Brownlee win triathlon gold on Thursday? Some of the most asked questions on Google included: How fast can Alistair Brownlee run 10k? Which Brownlee brother is older? Is Alistair Brownlee single?

What, apart from cycling, does Great Britain beat the rest of the world at? Optimism, unwavering politeness and making excuses, among others, apparently.(Buzzfeed)

Great Britain's Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis were understandably delighted at winning a badminton bronze medal in Rio:

Chris Langridge
Marcus Ellis

And the pair were congratulated by GB team-mates past and present...

Gabby Adcock
Gail Emms

American Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones hit out at the IAAF on Twitter over Puerto Rican Javier Culson's disqualification from the men's 400m hurdles final, adding: "You guys changed the false start rule for 'false' reason."

Swimming's governing body has denied reports a current affected swimming times in the pool at Rio. After concerns were expressed, Fina consulted the pool builders and received the reassurance "no current was detected in the Olympic Aquatics Stadium pool, at any stage of the competitions".

Race walker Tom Bosworth says Olympians must help LGBT athletes from repressive countries. (Buzzfeed)

ITV is switching off all seven of its channels for an hour to encourage people to get off their sofas and take part in sport following Team GB's Olympic success. (BBC News)

What really happened with the Ryan Lochte Rio robbery? Twitter has the answer. (Twitter Moments)

Bolt's 'bromance'

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Bolt laughing into the 200m final

Usain Bolt and Canada's Andre de Grasse's 'bromance' captivated the world after the two crossed the line in their 200m heat with matching grins on their faces.

There were puns galore afterwards as people tried to work out what Bolt might have being saying to De Grasse.

Usain Bolt and Andre de Grasse

While others just enjoyed the moment.

Bolt & De Grasse
Usain Bolt and Andre de Grasse

However, Bolt's Jamaican counterpart Yohan Blake may have been feeling a little left out.

Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt

Canadian sprinter Kimberly Hyacinthe had the last word...

Kimberly Hyacinthe

Michael Phelps passed on some advice to fellow swimmer Katie Ledecky about how to wear her gold medals. Ledecky won four golds and a silver in Rio, while Phelps has 23 golds to his name. As this video shows, it's all about layering. (Sports Illustrated)

Of the 172 table tennis players competing in Rio, at least 44 were born in China. Yet only six of them actually represented the country at the Games - with 21 other countries also fielding a China-born player. (New York Times)

Team GB gold medallist Helen Glover shared this Twitter photo of her hen night with the rest of the rowing team:

Helen Glover

Glover's rowing partner Heather Stanning also snapped this photo on Instagram of the hen party at a samba class.

Heather Stanning

GB's hockey success

There was plenty of reaction to Great Britain's women's semi-final hockey victory over New Zealand as they reached the Olympic final for the first time.

Miranda Hart
Actress and comedian Miranda Hart offered her congratulations
Jonny Bairstow
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow also shared his congratulations
Dame Kelly Holmes
Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes encouraged the team to go for gold

US gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Simone Manuel are inspiring parents, as the search "Simone baby name" spiked by 230% in the last month. (NBC)

French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie shared this photo with his partner and his silver medal on Facebook after being booed by the crowd after competing against a home favourite in Rio:

Renaud Lavillenie

The gymnastics equipment used in Rio will be donated to Ukraine to help develop the sport there. (Mega News)

There might be four days left of the Rio Games, but Canada are already looking forward to the Winter Olympics, judging by their Google trends. The next Winter Games - being hosted by Pyeongchang, South Korea - will not start for another 538 days. (Google)

Why do Olympians bite into their medals? To check if they're real - despite gold medals mostly being made of silver. (Buzzfeed)

Great Britain rowing cox Phelan Hill snapped a selfie of the victorious men's eight on Twitter before they returned home.

Phelan Hill

Wrestler Sakshi Malik delivered India's first medal of these Games in the -58kg category. (BBC News)

And India prime minister Narendra Modi shared his congratulations on Twitter.

Narendra Modi

British diver Sarah Barrow thanked people for their support after she finished 23rd in the 10m platform semi-final.

The head of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee, who intends to resign after the Games, has apologised after athletes' T-shirts shrank and then disintegrated after being washed. Alin Petrache expressed his regret at the "questionable quality" of some of the kit. (Agerpress)

The Chinese media is not worried about the country dropping behind Great Britain in the medals table. Reference News describes athletics fans as expressing "a mixture of nonchalance and 'sour grapes'" while the Global Times said Britain's achievement was only "temporary". (BBC Monitoring)

And some Chinese acrobats put in a superb show at the post-Olympics event gala as they performed a human skipping rope.

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Chinese acrobats in human skipping rope

Mariam Usman, Nigeria's sole weightlifter in Rio, says she has "lost the urge" to represent her country. Usman, who finished eighth in the -75kg category, blamed her decision on poor training facilities. (Vanguard)

Great Britain did not win any medals on day 12 in Rio - and the same thing happened four years ago in London.

Quotes of the day

"He was supposed to slow down. I said 'What are you doing, it's a semi-final?'" Jamaica's Usain Bolt reveals details of his conversation with Canadian Andre de Grasse as the pair finished their 200m semi-final

"Neymar is a monster. He has a gift of playing football and delights everybody with his talent." Brazil coach Rogerio Micale after Neymar scored inside 14 seconds to set up Brazil's 6-0 semi-final victory

"We could be playing dominoes back at the apartment and they would all want to beat me and beat each other." USA women's water polo coach Adam Krikorian after his side defeated Hungary to go into the gold medal game

"They could have just shaken my hand and then go do their thing and go think about Spain, but they spared some very kind words, respectful words. I truly appreciate it." Argentina basketball coach Manu Ginobili praises his American counterparts after they were defeated 105-78 in their men's quarter-final

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