Rio diary: Rafaela Silva getting used to the fame game


Brazil's only gold medallist at the Games so far, judoka Rafaela Silva, probably thought she might get some attention as she walked to the Brazilian TV studio in the middle of the Olympic Park. After all, she is a local girl. But what followed was surely the largest moving selfie in South American history, as she was spotted by pretty much everybody. It resembled a very cheerful rolling maul, which was appropriate as Team GB's rugby sevens team watched on as they waited to do a BBC interview with their silver medals around their necks.

O'Donovan brothers sad to be missing their party celebrations

(MIke Egerton/PA)
(MIke Egerton/PA)

You might think the affable O'Donovan brothers might be revelling in their new-found fame after winning Ireland's first medal of the Games, but the Skibbereen rowers seem to be a bit disappointed they're missing out on the celebrations back home in County Cork. Gary told RTE: "It is a pity we're missing the whole thing (while) we're out here", with Paul adding: "They're all in the pub back home. Skibbereen's having a national holiday or something and we're missing it all."

Whitaker brothers have record in their sights

Showjumping gets under way in Deodoro on Sunday, and Great Britain team members John and Michael Whitaker will set a new Olympic equestrian record if they finish on the podium next week. Having helped Britain to team silver at Los Angeles in 1984, a 32-year gap between medals would be the longest in equestrian sport's Olympic history, beating the 28 years between New Zealand eventer Mark Todd landing a first individual gold at Los Angeles, and then team bronze during the London 2012 Games.

Is it a birdie for Henrik Stenson on the 10th hole? No, it's a caiman

Henrik Stenton
(Chris Carlson(AP/PA)

Open champion Henrik Stenson showed his eccentric side to the Olympic world when he had a brush with a caiman. After a wayward tee shot on the 10th left him near water, Stenson paused momentarily before walking to the hazard and lightly dabbing his new friend back into the course lake with his club. See you later, alligator!

Step forward Bradley Wiggins: Comedian and five times gold medal winner

Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins added comedy to his list of talents after winning his fifth gold medal (David Davies/PA)

Sir Bradley Wiggins poked fun at German-born Philip Hindes for his exuberant celebrations in winning team sprint gold around the athletes' village, while the 36-year-old was attempting to focus on claiming a British record eighth Olympic medal in the team pursuit. Wiggins said: "I just went through the process of one step at a time and not thinking about the gold, and that's hard when all your team-mates are winning gold in front of you." He added, in a high-pitched, cod German accent: "Phil Hindes is running round, saying: 'winning medal, have you seen my medal?'"

If you go down to the beach today

Former triple jumper Jonathan Edwards posts a photo of what appears to be a couch that washed up ashore on the Copacabana on Saturday morning. In case any of you fancy a sit down while having a dip.