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How Katie Ledecky obliterated her own world record in the 400m freestyle

The US swimmer was so utterly dominant that the only time she wasn’t ahead was for 0.04sec, right off the platform. She bettered her own record by almost two seconds, powering home at 3:56.46

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Adam Peaty wins first Olympic gold and breaks world record again

  • Peaty delivers first gold of 2016 Games for Great Britain in 100m breaststroke
  • Twenty-one-year-old smashes own record for second time in two days

On a sultry night in Brazil the expectant supporters of Team GB finally had every excuse to go nuts. The first British gold medal of the Games is safely in the bag but Adam Peaty’s storming success in the 100m breaststroke carries far more significance. Not for 28 years has a British male collected Olympic swimming gold, a long watery drought if ever there was one.

And how spectacularly did the dam finally burst, courtesy of another of those buccaneering displays the bullish Peaty now specialises in. He did not so much see off the assembled field in the aquatics centre as swamp them with his sheer class and irresistible power. As he swept into the final 25 metres, his own world record about to obliterated, even the illustrious, sepia-tinted ghosts of Adrian Moorhouse, Duncan Goodhew and David Wilkie were left trailing in his wake. His final time of 57.13 is more than a second quicker than anything he achieved prior to Rio.

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Rio Olympics 2016: Team GB wins its first gold as Phelps takes his 19th – live!

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It’s Monday in Rio at the end of a weekend that’s already seen fistfuls of medals, broken limbs, myths created and debunked, and wind. A lot of wind.

Find all our Olympics coverage here, the latest results and medals table here, and Monday’s full minute-by-minute schedule here. Once you’ve read all those, you might even have time to see some sport.

Así empezó su día @delpotrojuan: encerrado 40 minutos en un ascensor de la villa olímpica por un corte de luz. pic.twitter.com/AOcTGFxanM

Synchro warm up today with @danngoodfellow 🙂 pic.twitter.com/gNs5XEGBIK

I’m not defending a gold medal. I will always keep that. That’s always going to be there. You don’t have to give it back.

Thank you all for your support.. My journey has been tough but you’ve all helped! Thank You pic.twitter.com/if0gGoeHKv

Wife of a Bears’ lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics https://t.co/kwZoGY0xAX pic.twitter.com/VZrjOvr80h

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Israel protests after Lebanese athletes refuse to share Olympic bus

Lebanon accused of going against spirit of Games amid dispute over why Israeli athletes were barred from vehicleIsraeli Olympians have criticised the Lebanese delegation for an altercation over transport to the opening ceremony, saying it went against …

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Women’s Olympic road race: Rio 2016 – live!

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As they reach the first climb, Armistead is forced to pull over with a mechanical issue. She’ll get a bike change and will have to fight to rejoin the main bunch. She’s not helped by her British team-mate Emma Pooley upping the pace as they reach the first short, sharp climb. She doesn’t get away but stretches the bunch all the way down the hill.

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Still a gentle pace early on here, with Anna van der Breggen, a former La Course winner and among the favourites, leading the pack. The USA, a team reportedly at odds over tactics, with all four riders fancying their medal hopes, have Kristin Armstrong involved at the front.

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Sport picture of the day: USA lick Australia in beach volleyball

USA’s Kerri Walsh Jennings dives for the ball during their women’s beach volleyball qualifying victory against Australia. Jennings and her partner April Ross came through as 2-0 winners on Copacabana Beach

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Go for gold, wind up broke: why Olympic athletes worry about money

While some Olympians may land lucrative sponsorship deals, many competitors struggle with the financial strains of coaching, travel, equipment and more

More than 11,000 athletes marched into Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium on Friday night, officially kicking off the 2016 Olympic Games. Only a handful of them, however, will return home to their countries with medals.

Even fewer will find monetary rewards for the tremendous investment many have had to make to reach the Rio games.

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Rio 2016 Olympics, day one: What you might have missed – video

It was an eventful day at the Rio Olympics on Saturday with Adam Peaty flying the flag for Team GB in the men’s breaststroke. Britain was less lucky in the women’s medley event with Hannah Miley narrowly missing out on third place, but Yusra Mardini secured the top position for the Refugee Team in the 100m butterfly heats. USA’s Ginny Thrasher became the first Olympian to win a gold medal in the 10m air rifle while Venus Williams headlined a tough day for the country’s tennis players, losing to Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and being eliminated from the Games

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Rio 2016 diary: star of the week, sinuous curves, plus anthem gaffe news

Also featuring: irony-free PR; submerged sofa news; and Usain Bolt feeling lazy

Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima – standing in for Pelé as official cauldron lighter, 12 years after being robbed of Olympic marathon gold when a drunk, defrocked Irish priest ran on to the course and shoved him into a barrier. De Lima was honoured for how he handled the incident, by carrying on, smiling, and dancing over the line for bronze.

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How Australia broke their own record in the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay

The Campbell sisters, Cate and Bronte, Emma McKeon and Brittany Elmslie swam a third of a second faster than Australia’s own world record with almost the same team that set it in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow two years ago. It was only in the last 150 metres that they overcame a tremendous start from the US team, who finished second. Canada was bronze.

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Rio Olympics 2016: Australia lead early medals after swimming golds – live!

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Have to send best wishes to the French gymnast Samir Ait Said, by the way. He was competing in the men’s vault yesterday and sustained what seems to have been a badly broken leg. No way for your Games to end, and hopefully he’ll make a full recovery at the top level.

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Victoria Pendleton’s dad Max is on the telly over here, talking about the constraints imposed on cyclists by the rules on drug testing. He says it’s all too tight, the windows too narrow, and that unless somebody is supporting the rider constantly then mistakes could well happen. “If not turning up at the right time costs you your future it’s a big stretch,” he says. Do we agree? Obviously, we’re looking ahead to Lizze Armitstead’s big moment later.

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Mack Horton and relay team get Australia off to golden start in Rio pool

  • Horton labels win over Sun Yang in 400m freestyle one ‘for the good guys’
  • Campbell sisters lead 4x100m relay team to victory in world record time
  • Australia top of medal table after day one

Australia’s Mack Horton called his stunning Rio Olympic 400m freestyle win over China’s controversial Sun Yang a “win for the good guys”, as Australia came away from the pool on the opening day of action with two gold medals thanks to another victory – and a world record – in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Horton, 20, became the first Australian since Ian Thorpe (2004) to claim the Olympic 400m freestyle crown, clocking a personal best three minutes, 41.55 seconds to seal the stirring win ahead of defending champion Yang and third-placed Gabriele Detti of Italy.

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Richie Porte’s Olympics ended after crash leaves him with broken scapula

  • Injury rules Australian medal hope out of next week’s time trial
  • ‘I’m bruised and battered and sore and I’m disappointed,’ says Porte

Richie Porte’s hopes of winning an Olympic medal in Rio were dashed in a downhill crash in the men’s road race that left the Australian cyclist in hospital nursing a broken scapula.

Porte, who arrived in Brazil as a strong medal hope after finishing fifth in the recent Tour de France, crashed on the second of three descents from the steep Vista Chinese climb, injuring his right shoulder.

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Max Whitlock and Louis Smith lead Team GB into Rio 2016 gymnastics final

• Five-strong British team guarantee place in Monday final
• Whitlock and Smith likely to do battle for individual gold

Max Whitlock and Louis Smith limbered up for a potential gold medal showdown on the men’s pommel by leading Great Britain into the final of the men’s team eventon Saturday.

The pair produced an impressive series of performances to guarantee a place in the Monday night final, with Whitlock leading on both pommel and floor with one round of the qualification process still to be completed.

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Fabian Hambüchen blames gymnastics scoring system for horror injuries

• Frenchman Samir Ait Said breaks leg on vault at Rio Olympics
• Hambüchen’s German team-mate Andreas Toba suffers ruptured ACL

Fabian Hambüchen demanded an overhaul in the gymnastics scoring system after his Germany team-mate Andreas Toba and Frenchman Samir Ait Said provided painful reminders of just how dangerous the sport can be.

Related: Rio Olympics 2016: GB v Australia women’s hockey and more – live!

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Andy Murray makes me so proud to be Scottish | Kevin McKenna

The Team GB flag-bearer honours us all whenever he playsThe Scots like their sporting heroes to be edgy and unpredictable. We appreciate their brilliance and their hard work and that they have given up a large portion of their lives in pursuit of excel…

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Who will rescue the Olympic ethos? | Sonia Sodha

The future of the Games will be in doubt until their endemic corruption is properly addressed

This time four years ago, I’d just completed a dramatic conversion from Olympics sceptic to enthusiast. I was one of those annoying people who grumbled incessantly in the run-up to 2012 about what a waste of money it all was. But once it all started, like thousands of other Londoners, I happily accepted the error of my ways.

Women’s water polo, wheelchair basketball, climbing the Orbit: I enthusiastically snapped up tickets for anything that was available and spent far too much in the 2012 shop on tacky gear that now lies unworn at the back of my wardrobe. The only thing that marred my Olympics fever was the envy I felt seeing the Gamesmakers in their orange-and-purple kit. If only I’d had the foresight to know it was going to be great and applied to volunteer.

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Bullet, blast and queues cast shadow over first day of Rio Olympics

• Stray bullet fired into media tent at equestrian venue
• Controlled explosion near finish line of men’s cycling road race

A stray bullet fired into a media tent at the equestrian venue and a controlled explosion near the finish line of the road cycling threatened to overshadow the opening day of action at the 2016 Olympics.

Related: Rio Olympics 2016: men’s road race heads for conclusion on day one – live!

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Russia claims first Rio 2016 gold medal with Beslan Mudranov judo win

• Mudranov beats Yeldos Smetov to triumph in men’s -60kg division
• Swimmer wins appeal against doping ban but finishes last in heat

Russia gained their first gold medal of Rio 2016 after the 30-year-old judoka Beslan Mudranov triumphed in the men’s -60kg division final.

The International Judo Federation, of which Vladimir Putin is honorary president, allowed all Russian athletes to compete at Rio 2016 and Mudranov secured gold on the first day of Olympic competition.

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Adam Peaty beats own 100m breaststroke record in Olympic heats – video

British swimmer Adam Peaty beats his own 100m breaststroke record in the Olympic swimming heats in Rio on Saturday. Peaty is now into the semi-finals with a time of 57.55sec, inside his former best of 57.92 set in April last year and more than a second…