Olympics catch-up: Mo Farah fell over, Jessica Ennis-Hill won silver and someone lost a shoe...


It may not quite have matched Super Saturday but it was a special day nonetheless for Britain at the Olympic Stadium, in the velodrome and on the rowing lake.

Here's what you might've missed during day eight of the Games.

Mo Farah fell over ... and still won gold.

Mo Farah of Britain reacts after winning the men's 10,000 metres

Farah became the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals as he retained his 10,000 metres title despite a mid-race fall. Farah outsprinted Kenya's Paul Tanui to continue his domination of distance running.

Jessica Ennis-Hill came close to gold, but had to settle for silver.

Jessica Ennis-Hill
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

She had a chance to overhaul Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam going into the final event, the 800m, but did not quite do enough and had to settle for silver. She became really emotional, as did the whole of the UK.

Laura Trott became the first British woman to win three Olympic gold medals.

Laura Trott
(David Davies/PA)

Trott teamed up with Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald to claim victory in the team pursuit in a new world record of four minutes 10.236 seconds. It was the third record set in Rio by the quartet, who defeated the US in the final.

Becky James won her first Olympic medal in the keirin after battling cancer.

The Welshwoman, who was pipped by the Netherlands' Elis Ligtlee, overcame a series of injury and illness problems to win a silver medal. It marks a remarkable recovery for the Abergavenny-born cyclist after recovering from a career-threatening knee injury and treatment for cervical cancer.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson's mother penned a moving letter to the athlete and made us all emotional.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
(Mike Egerton/PA)

In the letter, released on the second day of the heptathlon, her mother wrote:

"I wish you all the luck in the world and, whatever happens, know that, as always, I am very proud of you - not just for your athletic achievements but, most importantly, I am proud of the humble, grounded, wonderful woman you have become."


Greg Rutherford got bronze - but wasn't happy about it.

Greg Rutherford
(Matt Dunham/AP)

We saw Rutherford's run of four straight major championship victories come to an end as a best leap of 8.29m earned him bronze.

"I never thought in my career I would be disappointed with bronze, but I'm gutted," said Rutherford before breaking down for a moment. "I feel like I'm in shape to jump far, and it's frustrating when you come out of something and you don't feel you've done yourself justice."

Multiple medals in the rowing for Britain.

Katie Greves, Melanie Wilson, Frances Houghton, Polly Swann, Jessica Eddie, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Karen Bennett, Zoe Lee and Zoe de Toledo
(Luca Bruno/AP)

Celebrations following Team GB's first ever Olympic rowing medal in the women's eight had barely subsided by the time the men's crew took to the water at the Lagoa. Scott Durant, Tom Ransley, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Matt Gotrel, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Matt Langridge, William Satch and cox Phelan Hill produced an exceptional race, following up the women's silver by topping the podium in the final race. It was Britain's first gold in the event since Sydney 2000.

An Ethiopian athlete lost her shoe - but kept running anyway.

Ethiopia's Etenesh Diro fought to qualify for the 3,000m steeplechase semi-finals, despite losing a shoe part-way through the race.

Etenesh Diro
(Matt Slocum/AP)

There were still two-and-a-half laps to go when her right shoe came off after she got tangled up with two other runners. She tried to put it back on but decided it was taking too long, so she tossed it aside.

Ethiopia's Etenesh Diro is helped from the track
(Martin Meissner/AP)

After a couple of steps Diro pulled her sock off and threw that to one side too.

A silver in the men's swimming relay.

Adam Peaty
(Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Britain claimed a medal in the last swimming event of the Games as Adam Peaty's incredible breaststroke leg helped secure silver in the 4x100m medley relay. Fran Halsall became the seventh British swimmer to finish fourth, missing out on a medal in the 50m freestyle by just 0.02secs and gold by only 0.06.

Michael Phelps, the 31-year-old American who plans to retire after his fifth Games, went on to claim his 23rd Olympic gold in his final race, the 4x100m medley relay.