Five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi's worldwide retirement overshadowed the turmoil caused by a football federation described by the country's president as "corrupt" and branded a "mafia" by Argentina's favourite son Diego Maradona.
The main challengers will be long-time velodrome nemesis Australia, a resurgent French sprinting programme and USA's world champion women's team pursuiters. Cavendish will be coached by Rod Ellingworth, his long-time mentor and the British road coach, on the track. "That's the reason I left the Tour early , because of the team pursuit", he added.
Kenya said sprint coach John Anzrah "presented himself as an athlete" and "even signed the documents" for the doping test. Robertson, NZ's 10,000m runner, has received death threats after speaking out against drugs in his sport. National Olympic Committee of Kenya chairman Kip Kaino said: "We have sent Anzrah back home". Anzrah was carrying the athlete's accreditation - it's been claimed he was using the pass so he could get a free breakfast.
The 33-year-old, a silver medallist at the European Games, missed one target compared to her opponent's two to ensure she took home gold, sparking emotional scenes among the Italian contingent at the Olympic Shooting Centre. "I always say bronze is tough and gold is easy because when you are behind it takes that much more pressure and precision", said Rhode. One very sad outcome of being an Olympic shooter and an articulate supporter of the Second Amendment is the lack of corporate sponsors ...
They will race each other for gold later on Thursday. Canada qualified in 4mins 19.599secs, more than six seconds behind Britain. Visa and Barclaycard have outfitted all 366 British athletes with a Team Great Britain-branded contactless bracelet that can be used to make payments at some 4,000 point-of-sale terminals across key Olympic venues.
That came a day after police confirmed that a man sitting in a vehicle had killed a suspect who tried to carjack his luxury automobile in the main Olympic area of Barra. "As we did for London, we inserted a few more commercials earlier in the show so that we can afford time later in the show to present as much of the ceremony as we can, including every single country in the Parade of Nations", said an NBC Sports spokesperson.