Tweets of the week: Olympics takes over

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Some of the biggest talking points.

Track and field kicked off this week in Rio and there were some breathtaking performances, especially from Wayde van Niekerk.

Michael Phelps bowed out in style, but a new swimming sensation also made a splash, while Andy Murray dazzled on the tennis court.

BOLT INTO HISTORY

His Olympic preparation hadn’t been ideal and he entered Rio facing some questions, but the fastest man on the planet proved, yet again, that doubting him is futile as he always delivers.

He did so again with gold in the 100m, beating Justin Gatlin, to claim his third 100m title in a row.

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Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero gets mocked for missing penalties against Steaua Bucharest, a Leonardo Di Caprio lookalike steals the show in Rio, while actor Zac Efron finally met Simone Biles.

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Rio 2016 Olympian of the Day: Usain Bolt

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Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt stormed across the finish line ahead of Andre De Grasse and Christophe Lemaitre to win the 200m final in 19.78 seconds on Friday morning for his third straight Olympic gold in the event and his eighth title in the Games overall.

Bolt dominated the narrative leading up to and during the Olympic Games and lived up to his reputation, blowing away the competition and emerging as the undisputed track superstar.

Unfortunately, we won’t be treated to the sight of the Jamaican speeding down a track in the Games again. He confirmed after his victory that his celebration of falling to his knees on the track was his way of “saying goodbye.”

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IN PICS: Rio 2016 day 13 - Bolt wins eighth gold

Sport360 staff 19/08/2016
Bolt (top l) stole the show.

Usain Bolt knelt down to kiss the finish line goodbye as he greeted an emotional eighth Olympic title with a mixture of frustration and relief in Rio.

The Jamaican reacted with anger at failing to challenge his world record of 19.19 seconds as he raced to 200 metres gold in tough conditions.

He flew round the bend, but appeared to tie up down the home straight and finished in 19.78secs.

Canada’s Andre de Grasse took silver in 20.02s, while France’s Christophe Lemaitre edged out Great Britain’s Adam Gemili for bronze in agonising fashion, with both men given the same time of 20.12.

Bolt was never in danger of being caught, but his anger at not going quicker was clear for all to see as he crossed the line and looked at the clock. He roared, disappointment etched on his face.

“I wanted to run a faster time,” he said. “I knew it was going to be hard to break the record, but when I came out of the corner my legs decided, ‘Listen, we’re not going to go any faster’. I wasn’t fully happy, but I’m happy that I got the gold medal.”

He recovered to lap up the acclaim as he celebrated, draped in a Jamaican flag.

Bolt bent down to kiss the finish line in lane six, his lane, as he completed his lap of honour before performing his signature ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose, to huge cheers.

“I was just saying goodbye, this is my last individual event at the Olympics,” he said. “In relays you never knows what happens, so I just wanted to say goodbye.”

The three-time 100m and 200m champion is now just one 4x100m relay run away from his Olympic ‘triple triple’ – and, in his own words, sporting immortality.

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