- The final event of the Rio Olympics saw the United States predictably secure a third successive men's basketball title, courtesy of a 96-66 thrashing of Serbia. Spain edged out Australia in the bronze medal match.
- Eliud Kipchoge was another favourite to live up to top billing, claiming victory in the men's marathon.
- Host nation Brazil secured their seventh gold of the Games - enough to finish 13th in the medal table - with a straight-sets triumph over Italy in the men's volleyball final.
- There were bizarre scenes at Carioca Arena 2 as two Mongolian wrestling coaches removed their clothes in protest at a decision that denied Mandakhnaran Ganzorig a bronze medal.
QUOTES OF THE DAY
"It's something huge for me and our family. We went through so many frustrations together. He really deserved this. People used to say he was a nepotist," - Bruno Rezende, a member of Brazil's victorious men's volleyball team, celebrates winning gold alongside his father, coach Bernardo Rezende.
"They are superstars. If you let them play they will kill you," - Serbia's Stefan Markovic reacts to his side's defeat at the hands of Team USA in the men's basketball final.
"Look at my face - it's barely touched. He punched a lot into my arms and my gloves and every time I struck back I tried to hit his head. If you look at all the other guys on the podium they are all black and blue and in comparison look at my face. I'm looking good," - Super-heavyweight champion Tony Yoka insists Joe Joyce caused him few problems in their gold medal bout.
michael phelps taught me how to stack my medals-- Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 21, 2016
In his fourth Olympics, veteran American Meb Keflezighi suffered a nasty stumble on the rain-soaked approach to the finish line of the marathon. Yet the 41-year-old raised a smile with his next move, performing a number of push-ups on the ground before rising to his feet.
A second basketball title of the Games for USA saw the most successful nation at Rio 2016 finish with 121 medals, including 46 golds. Great Britain came next in the standings, ahead of China, with 27 golds and 67 medals in total - an improvement on their tally at London 2012.
There was a combination of amusement and bewilderment within Carioca Arena 2 after a controversial judging decision saw Ganzorig miss out on a bronze medal in his freestyle 65kg bout with Uzbekistan's Ikhtiyor Navruzov. One furious Mongolian coach stripped to his waist in front of the officiating jury before his colleague took things further, taking off all but his underwear before being escorted from the mat.