2016 Rio Olympics

Brazil jails eight militants over Rio Olympic plot

The men were arrested shortly before the beginning of the Games, in August, after the FBI alerted the Brazilian authorities.

They are all Brazilian nationals.

The ringleader, Leonid El Kadre de Melo, has been given a prison sentence of 15 years.

His lawyer said her client was on hunger strike.

The other men have been jailed for five to six years. All say they will appeal.

Rio Olympics organisers accused of bribery

Le Monde reported that a company linked to Brazilian businessman Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho paid $1.5 million to Papa Massata Diack the son of Lamine Diack, the then-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) three days before a 2009 decision on the host city for the 2016 Games.

Maxemillion Kassman misses out on bronze fight

Kassman went up against world’s number one Jaouad Aachab of Belgium in the men’s -68kg round 16 last night at 11.40pm PNG time.

The 18-year-old fought strategically but lost to the Belgium fighter 12-1 after 3 rounds.

Despite the loss, he was hoping to advance to a repecharge fight for bronze following the outcome of the fight between Aachab and Russia’s Alexey Denisenko.

Denisenko defeated Achab 6-1 in the semi-finals, which means Max won’t advance to a repecharge fight for bronze.

Fan in the stands beats own record at Rio

Harry Nelson made the Guinness Book of Record after attending the London Games in 2012.Harry Nelson made the Guinness Book of Record after attending the London Games in 2012. Photo: YouTube
At the age of 10, Mr Nelson attended the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and, apart from the 1936 Games in Berlin, he's been at every one since. Now, at 94, he's made it to his 19th Games in Rio.

Olympian takes China's live-streaming world by storm

An hour-long broadcast by the 20-year-old Olympian last Wednesday on Inke, one of China's biggest video live-streaming platforms, had attracted more than 11 million views by midday Monday -- a number almost unheard of for athletes.

In recent months, live-streaming apps have grown in popularity in China, prompting firms to balance their users' videos with the Chinese government's strict content restrictions.

Europe's top Olympic official arrested in ticket sale probe

Mr Hickey, 71, is suspected by police of being linked to an international scheme to illegally pass Olympic tickets to touts who were reselling them at well above their original price.

He has temporarily stepped down from his position as IOC executive board member and all other Olympic roles "in light of this morning's developments and his ill health" until the matter is resolved, the Olympic Council of Ireland said in a statement.

Bolt claims third gold in 100m sprint

Bolt crossed the line in a season's best time of 9.81 seconds, with American Justin Gatlin just seven hundredths of a second slower to win silver yesterday.

Canada's Andre DeGrasse took the bronze.

The win takes Bolt a step closer to his goal of winning a historic triple-triple, which is the combination of winning gold in the 100m, 200m, and the 4X100m relay, in three consecutive Olympics.

The men's 200m sprint heats get under way on toda.


Chinese diver wins Olympic silver -- then gets a proposal on the podium

Just moments after receiving her silver medal in Sunday's 3-meter springboard event, China's He Zi was asked to take a very different kind of plunge.

The 25-year-old was met by boyfriend Qin Kai, a fellow Olympic diver, who bent low on one knee by the podium before offering up a box containing an engagement ring.

She appeared shocked, and covered her mouth before Qin placed the ring on her finger and gave a "thumbs up" to the spectators.

He Zi did not appear to be expecting a proposal straight after winning a silver medal.

Russia's only cleared athlete banned

The IAAF has put a blanket ban on the Russia team but Darya Klishina had been cleared for Rio as the governing body was satisfied she was not doping.

However, the IAAF has now revoked the long jumper's eligibility based on new - but unspecified - information.

The 25-year-old insisted: "I am a clean athlete", and said she would appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Tweddle hails Whitlock's 'insane' achievement

Former British gymnast Beth Tweddle has described Max Whitlock's historic double success at Rio 2016 as "absolutely insane".

Whitlock became the first Briton to claim an Olympic gymnastics gold with a surprise triumph in the men's floor final on Sunday - a score of 15.633 enough for the 23-year-old to take top spot in the podium ahead of Brazilians Diego Hypolito and Arthur Mariano.