Rio 2016: Kim Jong-un, Ryan Lochte, light-up shoes

Friday, 19 August

Adam Krikorian
US women's water polo team coach Adam Krikorian

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The US women's water polo team won gold by beating Italy 12-5 to win a second successive Olympic title - then gave their medals to head coach Adam Krikorian, whose brother died before the tournament. (NBC)

Great Britain's double gold medallist Max Whitlock tweeted one of the best holiday snaps of all time... (Don't try this at home)

Max Whitlock

Light-up shoes are part of Team GB's closing ceremony outfits. (BBC News)

American Ashton Eaton's victory in the Olympic decathlon earned every baby born at a medical centre in Portland, Oregon on Thursday a free pair of trainers. (KGW)

Nigerian athletes in Rio received their Olympic kits only on day 13 of the Games, the BBC has learned. Most of them had finished competing by the time the outfits arrived. (BBC News)

Great Britain gold medallist Adam Peaty has revealed one of the secrets behind his Olympic swimming success, a hyperextension that causes an unusual bend in his lower leg. (Daily Mail)

Have you done a 'Ryan Lochte'? If you're an American, here is how the US consulate can help if you do something stupid in a foreign country. (USA Today)

Gymnast Simone Biles has tweeted a picture of her impressive medal haul from Rio of four golds and one bronze.

US diver Michael Hixon, an Olympic silver medallist, looks like Hollywood actor Zac Efron. So Efron got a selfie with Hixon...

Zac Efron
"My Brotha from anotha Congrats #MichaelHixon #Rio2016" wrote Efron

Has North Korea's secretive dictator Kim Jong-un been enjoying a holiday in Rio? The country's leader has been 'spotted' at the Olympic stadium. But all is not what it seems. This is Howard, a lookalike, who has been snapping snapping selfies with athletes, posing with security teams and enjoying the Brazilian sunshine.(Daily Star)


Of the 11,000 athletes competing in Rio, at least 120 have served suspensions or had to return medals for doping and were reinstated in time for this year's Games. At least 25 of these athletes have won medals in Rio. As of Friday, 28 of the 773 medals that had been awarded were won by athletes who had served suspensions for doping.(New York Times)

Dan Walker has become something of a celebrity in Brazil since he interviewed bride-to-be Maria De Cezar on BBC Four. Most recently, a group of Brazilians asked for his picture, calling him "the Maria man".(Facebook)

"They're reading a book in a strange pose," said Walker, when alerted to a couple lying together on Copacabana beach.(Twitter)

British Olympian Amber Hill, 18, has been enjoying the sights of Rio after competing in the shooting. She posted a photo on Instagram as she relaxed on Copacabana beach.

NBC found the one person who is not a fan of Usain Bolt. (Twitter)

Britain's Jade Jones tweeted after she successfully defended her taekwondo title.

Jade Jones

Kyrgyzstan's Daria Maslova, who competed in the 10,000m, claims she was one lap from the finish when referees tried to stop several participants and told them the race was over. Maslova managed to finish, coming 19th and setting a new national record. "Complete chaos. I am not happy with the competition," shetold Kyrgyz news agency

Ukrainian Zhan Beleniuk won Olympic silver in Greco-Roman wrestling - so he bought a gold medal from a shop in Rio. "They did not give me the gold, so I went and bought one. Just like that".(Instagram)

Helen Glover, who with Heather Stanning successfully defended their Olympic title by winning the women's pair, took her gold medal up to the Christ the Redeemer statue. (Twitter)

Defending champions USA reached the women's Olympic 4x100m relay final at the second attempt after dropping the baton in their heat. The Americans ran on their own in the Olympic Stadium after successfully arguing they were obstructed in the first race on Thursday. This led to one track and field podcast making this joke...


American swimmer Ryan Lochte is making headlines for all the wrong reasons after lying about being robbed in Rio, including the front page of the New York Daily News...

New York Daily News front page

US comedian and actor Chris Rock saw the funny side to Lochte's misdemeanours and tweeted this photo shopped effort...

Chris Rock

Who will be carrying the flag for Great Britain at the closing ceremony? Former Olympic rowing gold medallist Matthew Pinsent gives his verdict...

Matthew Pinsent on Twitter

Great Britain's Amy Tinkler won bronze in the gymnastics but the reality of getting her GCSE results is now her big worry. She posted a picture on Instagram along with the message: "My face knowing that results day is this time next week."

Amy Tinkler on Instagram

A survey by the Brazilian government found 87.7% of tourists say they would return to Rio.

Adam Gemili agonisingly missed out on a bronze in the men's 200m final but his Great Britain team-mates rallied round to try to make him feel better...

Joe Clarke on Twitter
Katarina Johnson-Thompson on Twitter
Aimee Willmott on Twitter

The head of the Russian Wrestling Federation, Mikhail Mamiashvili, says female wrestlers Natalya Vorobyova and Valeria Koblova were "weak-willed" for winning silver and missing out on gold medals at Rio 2016. (Russian TV channel 360)

Quotes of the day

"I'm a freak of nature. I have managed the [hip] injury thus far, but at the end of the year I will look at surgery. It's a tear with no impingement on the bone. I will get that looked at. I will get an Olympic tattoo as well." Ireland's Thomas Barr makes plans after finishing fourth in the men's 400m hurdles final.

"The basic rule of being on her bag is I am just supposed to shut up." Gudlamani Ashok, the father and caddy of India women's golfer Aditi Ashok, reveals part of his job specification.

"We can't help being brothers, that's our parents' fault. But the trust we have wins races." Jonathan Brownlee on the secret behind him and brother Alistair winning silver and gold triathlon medals respectively.

"I have to try to find a way to win. That is all that matters." Sweden's style of play was criticised but their coach Pia Sundhage is more concerned with winning than the manner in which her side does it in the women's football final.

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

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Smartphone bans and free beer. Read more here

Monday's Gossip

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

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