The true Olympic spirit shone through when Abbey D'Agostino of the US and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand fell to the ground during their 5000m heat. D'Agostino managed to get up, but rather than speeding off, she stopped and helped Hamblin to her feet. But the American was injured and had difficulty completing the race, so Hamblin supported her and the pair finished the race together. They were awarded the Pierre de Courbertin prize for sporting behaviour
Trailblazing Indian woman gymnast Dipa Karmakar missed out on a historic medal in the vault competition by a whisker as she finished a creditable fourth in the final of the Olympic Games. The 23-year-old Dipa, who had become the first Indian woman gymnast to have qualified for the Olympics, scored an average of 15.066 points, a mere 0.15 less than the eventual bronze winner Giulia Steingruber (15.216) of Switzerland.
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson superseded Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as the Caribbean island's queen of the track, the 24-year-old beating her elder compatriot in the 100m and then adding the 200m to her haul
Japanese wrestler Kaori Icho become the first woman to win an individual gold medal in four straight Olympic Games in any sport, when she took the 58 kilogram women's freestyle title. She also became the first wrestler in Olympic history to win four gold medals, and afterwards dedicated it on the memory of her late mother
Michael Phelps's compatriot Katie Ledecky won four golds and a silver at Rio 2016. She set new world records in the 400m and 800m freestyle events
Michael Phelps cemented his status as the most successful Olympian of all time by winning five golds and one silver at Rio 2016, taking his tally to 28 medals (23 gold medals). The one that seemed to mean the most to the great American swimmer was the 200 metre butterfly. It allowed him to avenge his London 2012 defeat by Chad le Clos, who had since said he would break Phelps's world records in Rio, and Phelps's celebrations afterwards suggested he had enjoyed putting the younger man in his place
Great Britain's Mo Farah won his fourth Olympic gold as he became only the second man to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles. He thus
became the first man in 40 years to retain the two Olympic distance titles. He went on to triumph in the same events in two successive world championships and repeated the feat in Rio, emulating Finnish great Lasse Viren at the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Games
Few people had heard of Monica Puig before Rio 2016. The Puerto Rican tennis player had never been beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, but her sunny demeanour and surprise charge to the Olympic gold medal made her an internet hit, with even comptriot and singing superstar Ricky Martin tweeting his support. She won Puerto Rico's first Olympic gold medal and melted hearts across the globe
Brazil's football team's talisman Neymar delivered a national obsession, scoring the winning penalty in the final against Germany to secure an elusive first-ever gold for the five-time world champions. Neymar also set a new record for fastest goal scored at the Olympics, when he scored after just 14 seconds in the semi-final game against Honduras
It seems a long time ago now, but on August 5 the curtain went up on the first Olympic Games to be staged in South America. A joyful sashay through Brazil's extraordinary musical heritage was infused with a social message and a warning about the dangers of climate change. The athletes were cheered to the rafters while Brazil's diversity and natural beauty were celebrated in style. (All Pics/AFP)
The host nation's first gold is always a key moment, but the victory of Silva, who was born in the infamous City of God favela community and fought against poverty and prejudice, was particularly poignant. It prompted ecstatic scenes at Carioca Arena 2 and across Brazil
The 10-strong refugee team that competed under the Olympic flag were welcomed to the Games Village in classic Brazilian style: warmly and with plenty of music and dancing. Hundreds of athletes from other countries were there to greet them, and Syrian swimmer Rami Anis even showed off his samba steps. The first-ever Olympic team comprising of refugees from 6 countries brought attention to the ongoing refugee crisis that many nations are facing right now.
The Indian wrestler brought India its first medal in the Rio Olympics by winning a bronze. The 23-year-old girl from Mokhra village near Rohtak in Haryana brought an end to India's long medal wait, when every hopeful had failed one by one. She clinched the bronze in the Women's Freestyle 58kg category with a spirited comeback victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan
The American artistic gymnast came to Rio as one of the most popular stars, with a huge social media following, and left with five medals -- four gold and one bronze -- from her first Olympics, to confirm her place among the greatest names of her sport
PV Sindhu's gallant attempt to win the gold for India ended in heartbreak as she went down fighting to Spain's Carolina Marin in the women's singles badminton event at Rio Olympics. The star shuttler became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal in badminton in the Olympics. The two-time World championship bronze medallist also became the fifth woman player from India to win a medal in Olympics and the first to clinch a silver
He was the man of the Games, from the moment he touched down at Rio International Airport, until he completed an unprecedented "triple-triple" by winning the 100 metre, 200m and 4x100m titles at a third successive Olympics. He charmed Brazil and its people when he said "I'm the greatest"
High-tech tracks and pools at Rio 2016 helped runners, cyclists and swimmers deliver their best performances, with 65 Olympic and 19 world records being broken. Hard work and talent combined with technology to produce some truly amazing moments, such as athlete Wayde van Niekerk's incredible run in the 400m final, where his time of 43.03 seconds bettered the 17-year-old mark of 43.18 set by US legend Michael Johnson
The Bahamas' Shaunae Miller created, most probably, the most memorable moment from the 2016 Olympics, when she dived to beat American Allyson Felix and denied her the honour of becoming the most decorated female in U.S. track history. Miller's head-first dive over the finish line in the 400-meter final became known as "The Dive" and was put under the scanner with many believing MillerÃ¢ÂÂs fall shouldn't have been allowed even though it was perfectly legal. Still, it made for a thrilling finish and one that will remembered forever.
Joseph Schooling from Singapore earned the honour of winning his country's first gold medal at an Olympics in Rio. Schooling had the added high of beating his idol Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly. His winning time of 50.39 seconds is a national, Asian, and Olympic record.
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With the curtains having come down on the on 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, here's a look back at some of the best moments from the Games.
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