Rio Diary: New shoes for Team GB and Olympic horse up for sale


Flashy footwear for British athletes

Pay attention to Team GB's shoes at Sunday's closing ceremony at the Maracana, where all of the athletes will be patriotically parading around in red, white and blue illuminated footwear in honour of their most successful overseas Olympics. The inspiration came from Rio's reputation as the home of the carnival and the futuristic vision for Tokyo 2020, which is about adopting new technologies. A spokesman for uniform supplier Simon Jersey, said: "We wanted to mark the closing ceremony with something a little different. The athletes all loved the shoes and are looking forward to wearing them. We just hope they remember to charge them before the ceremony."

No cocktail celebrations for the Brownlees

The Brownlee brothers won't be celebrating their triathlon achievements with an exotic drink anytime soon. Asked on BBC 5 live whether either of them would show off their medals in a pub with a cocktail in hand, Alistair, who won gold, replied: "We're from Yorkshire and cocktails definitely aren't our style. If we were stood at a bar drinking a cocktail where we live, never mind if you had an Olympic medal round your neck, you'd be chucked out pretty quick and called all sorts of profanities." So no strawberry daiquiris then? "No, I've never heard of that, actually," Jonny, who claimed silver, added.

Interest in gymnastics soars

British Gymnastics is reporting a 380 per cent rise in visits to its website compared with the same 13-day period as last year. The successes of the likes of Max Whitlock and Amy Tinkler has prompted 68,000 visits to, while people looking at trampoline gymnastics has increased 511 per cent in the wake of Bryony Page's unexpected silver medal. David Marshall, participation director at British Gymnastics, said: "It's fantastic to see so many people wanting to get into gymnastics and great to see it's not only the younger generation but the appeal is right across the board."

Japanese wrestler throws coach

Risako Kawai claimed Japan's fourth wrestling gold medal of the Olympics in the women's freestyle 63kg category and celebrated by twice slamming her coach Kazuhito Sakae to the mat. In the moments after her triumph over Belarus' Maryia Mamashuk in the final, 21-year-old Kawai raised her arms and looked set to embrace her mentor, only to drop to her knees and perform not one, but two fireman's carries on Sakae, who fortunately saw the funny side. However, we wouldn't bet against double training sessions when she returns to the gym!

Olympic horse to go on sale

Reigning world individual showjumping champion Jeroen Dubbeldam made one of his final appearances with top ride Zenith in the Olympic final on Friday - before the horse is auctioned on the internet. Zenith will be put up for auction next month, with a starting bid of £430,000, and is one of six horses to be auctioned for a fund which purchases and looks after high-class horses for Dutch riders. "I knew this when I started," Dubbeldam said. "The plan was to go to Rio, and after Rio he would be for sale."

Jeroen Dubbeldam on Zenith