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THURSDAY night in the Estádio Olímpico saw Usain Bolt crowned Olympic 200m champion for the third time and Ashton Eaton the decathlon winner for the second occasion. Both are world record-holders, too, but their egos could not be more different.

Bolt had no qualms about reminding the media he was “the greatest of all time”, whereas Eaton cut a more modest figure at his press conference. “It has been a complete pleasure to compete in the same era as Usain,” the combined-eventer said, before describing the ups and downs he had endured en route to defending his Olympic title.

For the praise, his rivals had to step in to provide the words. Damian Warner of Canada, who was third, also behind runnerup Kevin Mayer of France, said: “Ashton is a great athlete and he brings the best out of the decathletes and over the past two days he’s brought the best out of myself and Kevin. He’s won everything and is great for the sport.”

Only two decathletes have won this title twice in the past – Daley Thompson and Bob Mathias – but Eaton refused to be drawn over whether he would go for an historic hat-trick in four years’ time. “Anything past today, I am not thinking about,” he said, glancing at his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who was watching interviews from a few metres away.

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RIO 2016 COVERAGE 6 Introduction and medal table MEN 8 200m 10 1500m 12 5000m 14 3000m s’chase 16 110m hurdles 17 400m hurdles 18 High jump 19 Triple jump 20 Shot put 21 Hammer 22 Javelin 24 Decathlon 26 50km walk 28 Marathon 30 4x100m 31 4x400m WOMEN 34 200m 36 800m 38 1500m 40 5000m 42 100m hurdles 44 400m hurdles 45 High jump 46 Long jump 48 Pole vault 49 Discus 50 Javelin 51 20km walk 52 4x100m 53 4x400m NEWS 56 Chris Thompson’s tribute to Mo Farah 57 Coach tips Andy Butchart for podium 58 Danny Talbot pleased with 2016 60 Jess Judd switches coaches PERFORMANCE 62 Sports science news 64 Athlete Insight – Jake Wightman 66 ‘Overspeed’ training for sprints RESULTS & FIXTURES 68 Results round-up, including Manchester International and BMC Stretford Grand Prix 77 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 82 DIP FINISH

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