Rio Olympics 2016: Michael Phelps, baby Boomer, sick sailor, unpaid coaches

Friday, 12 August

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Calamity dive from Russia's Bazhina

A first Olympic competitor has fallen ill after sailing in Guanabara Bay. Belgium's Evi van Acker, a 2012 bronze medallist, reported feeling sick after Wednesday's races, governing body World Sailing said. (AP)

Francois Hougaard, who won bronze with South Africa in the men's sevens, gave his medal to team-mate Seabelo Senatla after the 23-year-old missed out following an injury in the quarter-final. (Sports Illustrated)

American swimmer Michael Phelps has already returned from retirement once to add to his gold-medal haul, but team-mate Ryan Lochte is convinced the 31-year-old will be back for more in four years' time. (USA Today)

Father Phelps may be the star in the pool, but it is his baby son Boomer who has become a social media hit with more than 300,000 followers on his Instagram page...

Boomer Instagram

Phelps' "death stare" before his 200m butterfly semi-final became the focus of many internet memes, and now one tattoo artist has the American's expression forever inked on his right calf. (ESPN)

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Former basketball player Tim Duncan turned down an invitation to fly to Brazil with US President Barack Obama because he's "not about that stuff". (Fox Sports)

After the Argentine Football Association did not pay Olympic coach Julio Olarticoechea's wages, he and his wife were forced to borrow money from their daughter. Olarticoechea said: "My wife called me and said she is borrowing money from my daughter, who is a top pastry chef and makes good money." (AFP)

Rio 2016 organisers say just 58% of available tickets were sold for the first day of the athletics at the Olympic Stadium. They blame a lack of local heroes for the poor uptake but say they want Brazilians to "fall in love" with athletics.

German diver Stephan Feck described the stench coming from Rio's green diving pool as smelling like a "fart" on his Facebook page. (Facebook)

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Stephan Feck, not a fan of the smell coming from the Maria Lenk pool...

The chief spokesperson for the Maria Lenk pool in Rio says they were caught off-guard by the change in colour, adding: "Chemistry is not an exact science." (AP)

From sweatbands to leotards, Harper's Bazaar have compiled "a complete history of summer Olympics fashion". (Facebook)

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Dominant Fiji crush GB to win sevens gold

Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama watched his country win its first Olympic medal by beating Great Britain to the men's rugby sevens gold medal. Afterwards, Bainimarama announced there would be a public holiday on 22 August, the day after the team arrive home.

Fiji's prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama
Fiji's prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama savours his side's gold medal win
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Fiji 15-a-side winger Nemani Nadolo led the calls for Hollywood to get cracking
Fiji's win almost breaks the internet
Fiji's win was a big story across the world

Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten has spoken about her fall in the road race, saying that it was an error in judgement and that she was happy she "did not do something stupid". (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Brazilian women's football star Marta has been a popular figure for the home fans at Rio, with some chanting her name during a men's match after a disappointing performance from Neymar. But, after the men's team progressed to the quarter-finals following their first win at this year's Olympics, Marta has called for fans to get behind them. (Instagram - in Portuguese)

Katherine Grainger became Britain's most decorated female Olympian by taking silver alongside Victoria Thornley in the double sculls and she will be getting a gong from the Queen if Sir Matthew Pinsent has any influence.

Men's four-time Olympic champion Matthew Pinsent
Men's four-time Olympic champion Matthew Pinsent makes a request to the Queen on Grainger's behalf

British trampoline gymnast Nathan Bailey has been bouncing for almost as long as he has been walking. Now, the 23-year-old has the chance to put those skills he first developed as a five-year-old to the test at an Olympics when qualifying begins in Rio on Saturday. (Nathan Bailey on Facebook)

Simone Manuel, 20, became the first black female swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal when she won joint gold with Canada's Penny Oleksiak in the women's 100m freestyle final.

Afterwards, she spoke of sharing a name with USA team-mate and fellow Texan Simone Biles, who has won two golds in the gymnastics, saying: "Simone Biles and I are practically the same person. She's super-cool. We both bring gold medals back to Houston, Texas.

"When we're in the same room it's very difficult to have a conversation because we don't know who is talking to which Simone."

Simone Biles and Simone Manuel
Two Simones, two Olympic champions...
Two-time Super Bowl winner Ray Lewis enjoyed Simone Manuel's win
Two-time Super Bowl winner Ray Lewis enjoyed Simone Manuel's win

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also praised swimmer Manuel...

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After Michael Phelps became the first swimmer to win four successive Olympic gold medals in one event, retired Australian great Ian Thorpe described the American as "exceptional".

Ian Thorpe is impressed by Michael Phelps
Ian Thorpe is impressed by Michael Phelps

A commentator for Canada's CBC channel issued an apology after he got Phelps and Ryan Lochte mixed up in their 200m individual medley final. Phelps won his 22nd Olympic gold medal but Elliotte Friedman gave the race to Lochte, who finished fifth.

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Elliotte Friedman holds his hands up and apologies for his mistake

Every Olympian will want their family to experience Rio 2016 with them and US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is no different. Ibtihaj set up a crowdfunding project to help get all five members of the Muhammad family to Rio. The result? Over £23,000 raised and her nearest and dearest able to witness her make history as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab. (Facebook)

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Quotes of the day

"I can't help but smile when I ride Valegro. You know, I think something and he does it, and I laugh and I say, 'How did he know? I didn't ask, I just thought it'." Charlotte Dujardin is leading the individual dressage and reveals the mind-reading capabilities of her horse Valegro.

"I think we are coming home (to Croatia) in 12 days and my father will still be drunk." Valent Sinkovic won Olympic rowing gold with his brother Martin and he expects their father's celebrations to last a while.

"It was a tough game for both of us. Sometimes it was (too rough), but this is handball. If you want to play mini-golf, you can go play mini-golf." Is Poland's handballer Kamil Syprzak the Roy Keane of his sport?

"Epee's hard, I should've picked swimming. Not saying that swimming's easy, it's just your time is your time." United States epee fencer Kelley Hurley thinks she may have chosen the wrong sport after a sudden death defeat.

Thursday's Rio Gossip

Simone Biles green pools and giant rodents. Read more here

Tuesday & Wednesday's Rio Gossip

Keith Richards, Leonidas of Rhodes, the Iron Lady, Zac Efron. Read more here

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