Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Games' Best of the Best; with the Games over, ARM's PHIL DILLON Looks Back over the Action from Rio to Pick His Best 10 Moments (in No Particular Order)

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Games' Best of the Best; with the Games over, ARM's PHIL DILLON Looks Back over the Action from Rio to Pick His Best 10 Moments (in No Particular Order)

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REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Renaud Lavillenie looked on course to retain his men's pole vault title after clearing a height of 5.98m but Brazil's Thiago Braz da Silva had other ideas and, roared on by a fanatical home crowd, cleared a height of 6.03m to win a shock gold with a new Olympic record. The noise in the stadium was deafening and got even louder at the medal presentation.

MO DOUBLES UP

Great Britain's Mo Farah was favourite to retain his 10,000m title, but had to do it the hard way after falling halfway through the race. He got back to his feet and stormed home to victory. On the last night of athletics he claimed another 5000m title to become only the second man alongside Finland's Lasse Viren to win both long distance events at consecutive Games.

SEVENS HEAVEN

Pressure, what pressure. Everyone expected the Fijian men's sevens rugby team to win the country's first gold and it did just that, easing through to the final before thumping Great Britain 43-7 in the first sevens final in Olympics history. The party started in Suva not long after and is still going on, with Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama declaring yesterday a public holiday.

LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN

Usain Bolt is arguably the most recognised athlete on the planet and his fame will only grow after dominating once more in the sprints. Bolt secured an unprecedented third successive win in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay and did so with grace and favour. His interaction with Canada's Andre de Grasse in the 200m semi-final was something that will stick in the memory and summed up Bolt the man. Forever cool under pressure.

GOLDEN GIRL

Hands up who had heard of Chloe Esposito before Rio. The modern pentathlete probably could have walked down any street in Australia and not have been recognised. But after winning a surprise gold, she has become Australia's golden girl. Esposito started 45 seconds behind Poland's top-ranked Oktawia Nowacka in the final run-shoot discipline but her eagle eye allowed her to not only catch the Pole but storm past her. She missed just one target in the four lots of five shots. …

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