In brief: Lochte aims to be in Tokyo at 36

Lochte aims to be in Tokyo at 36

American Ryan Lochte will be 36 when the next Olympics are staged in Tokyo in 2020, but he still intends to be there.

The 12-time medallist, whose Rio outing ended on Thursday with a disappointing fifth-place swim in the 200m individual medley, declined to announce his retirement on Friday.

Instead, he said he would take a break, figure out the best place to train - and return.


Dibaba favoured but eyes on Estonian trio

Ethiopian Mare Dibaba may be favourite for the women's Olympic marathon gold today, but the rare sight of identical triplets pounding the streets of Rio threatens to be the focus of attention.

Estonia's Leila, Liina and Lily Luik, the 30-year-old trio - all petite, platinum blonde and blue-eyed - will make history at the Games.


Wiggins overtakes Hoy with fifth gold

Bradley Wiggins claimed a fifth Olympic title and an eighth medal, when the British cycling track pursuit team stormed to a third straight Games gold - in a world-record time to boot - on Friday.

That eighth medal was a British record, taking Wiggins, 36, past the mark he had shared with fellow track cycling star Chris Hoy.


Walker unaware of dad's woes on course

Australian walker Dane Bird-Smith paid tribute to his father and coach, David, after a surprise third-place finish in the 20km race, unaware that his father had missed the medal presentation while in Brazilian police custody.

An Olympian himself in Moscow and Los Angeles, David had been assisting at the water station during the race, and was stopped by Brazilian military police while attempting to cross the course to join his son in celebration post-race.


Ayana says religion gives her strength

Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana said there was nothing to doubt about her abilities after she smashed the women's 10,000m world record on Friday.

"People say you don't run this fast clean," she said. "No. 1, I did my training. No. 2, I praise the Lord, he is giving me everything, everything, everything. And my doping is my training, my doping is Jesus. Otherwise, nothing. I am crystal clear."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 14, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe