Instead, it would be better than ever as a young Brazilian realised a once-in-a-lifetime dream, while another left it all on the track to the extent of stumbling over the line. Upsets were pulled off on a 5m long, 10cm wide wooden bar and a legendary horse once again blew spectators away. As the Rio 2016 Olympics hit double digits in the day counts, the tenth instalment to sport's greatest spectacle was one to behold.
Below, we break down the best of day 10.
- Anita Włodarczyk obliterated her own world record to take gold in the women's hammer throw, solidifying her as the very best in the sport. Britain's Sophie Hitchon snatched a bronze medal spot as the Pole dominated on the day, throwing a jaw-dropping 82.9m.
- Bahrain won their first ever Olympic gold medal thanks to a sensational performance by Ruth Jebet, coming ever so close to the world record in the final of the 3000m steeplechase, going on to win by over 7 seconds.
- Some relentless rain in the athletics stadium wreaked havoc for spectators, broadcasters and of course the athletes as the 110m hurdle and pole vault events were delayed. Racers looked bemused as they looked down their lanes to witness a drenched surface, with the organisers making the right move to avoid any injuries.
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- David Rudisha became the first man to win back-to-back Olympic golds in the 800m as he once again took the prize for Kenya with a well-paced run. Unlike his compatriot, Rudisha kept striding away while Alfred Kipketer broke far too early in the first lap and would pay for it, fading as the Olympic champion burst forward and won the race.
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- Shaunae Miller produced one of the most dramatic finishes in the games so far as she dived over the finishing line after a heroic effort in the final of the women's 400m. The Bahamian worked well to build a lead, but on the final straight she began to fade, as Allyson Felix caught up to put them both neck-and-neck. Miller would stumble over the line in fatigue, but managed to propel herselves forward and was determined champion in a photo finish.
- In a delayed pole vault final, Thiago Braz da Silva pulled off one of the best performances of this year's games as he rose to the occasion to topple Renaud Lavillenie with an Olympic record and personal best of 6.03m. The Brazilian was roared on by a home crowd in a truly epic competition, which featured rain but ended with a nail-biting thriller, and one champion who realised a dream.
- Evgeny Tischenko was crowned Olympic boxing heavyweight champion as the Russian outworked Vassiliy Levit for a unanimous decision and subsequently a gold medal. His reach was crucial in keeping the Kazakh at bay after close action to start.
- British boxer Muhammad Ali was eliminated in the preliminaries of the flyweight competition as he was defeated on points by Yoel Segundo Finol of Venezuela, whose movement was far superior and did not allow his counterpart to get into the contest.
- As the semi-finals reached their end point, Shakhram Giyasov and Daniyar Yelussinov set themselves up for the final of the welterweight competition, defeating Mohammed Rabii and Souleymane Diop Cissokho who accepted bronze medals as a consolation.
- Italy's Elia Viviani won the men's Omnium Olympic title as he picked up the most points after 6 events over the the prior 3 days. Things would culminate in a dramatic points race, which featured a heavy crash when Mark Cavendish cut in front of another athlete. Viviani was involved in that crash, but would pick himself up and go on to win the gold.The Brit himself finally captured an Olympic medal, taking silver after a strong effort in the sixth event.
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- Charlotte Dujardin defended her Olympic crown as she took the victory in the individual dressage grand prix, upon horse Valegro as they added yet another championship to their incredibly-decorated collection. An incredible performance scored 93.857, around four points in front of Germany's Isabell Werth, while another German was also on the podium as Kristina Broring-Sprehe took bronze.
- Great Britain booked their spot in the semi-finals of the women's hockey as they defeated Spain 3-1, holding on towards the end and surviving late penalty corners to set up a clash with New Zealand. The Kiwis themselves were ahead from 7 minutes after Anita McLaren and lead onwards to defeat Australia.
- Making up the second semi final will be Germany, who edged United States, and Netherlands who defeated Spain.
- Eleftherios Petrounias was crowned the new "Lord of the Rings" as he held his nerve - and his posture - to defeat Brazilian and 2012 champion Arthur Zanetti and win the gold medal in the ring competition. Keeping as still as a millpond when suspended in the Maltese cross and ending with a spectacular dismount were the decisive factors in the Greek's glory.
- Se Gwang Ri of North Korea secured the men's vault title, ramping up the difficulty with his routines but nailing them to all but wrap things up. Denis Ablyazin took silver as he did 4 years ago, while Kenzo Shirai edged a tiebreaker with Marian Dragulescu for the bronze medal.
- Simone Biles suffered a shock defeat in the women's balance beam final, as she lost her balance and needed to stay on by putting her hands on to the apparatus - although the damage was done. Netherlands' Sanne Wevers capitalised with a score of 15.466, beating out Biles' teammate Laurie Hernandez, whose performance got her a silver medal.
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- Sharon van Rouwendaal secured the gold medal for Netherlands in the 10km women's open water swim, keeping her cool across the bay of the Copacabana and beyond. Aurelie Muller initially finished in second place, but was disqualified after replays showed her holding down Rachel Bruni to prevent her touching the finishing board. The hosts' Poliana Okimoto added a bronze to their stock.
- Hosts Brazil were sent crashing out of the quarter-final stage by the United States, who will face Hungary after they narrowly condemned France to a 13-11 defeat.
- Russia closely got by Spain, while Italy eased past China to set up the other semi final.
- Ruslan Nurudinov of Uzbekistan set an Olympic record to triumph in the 105 kg category, with a clean and jerk of 237 kg helping him tally up a score of 431 in total, way ahead of silver medallist Simon Martirosyan who had a total lift of 417 kg.
- Russia continued their monstrous start to the wrestling competition as Davit Chakvetadze locked up the top prize in the men's 85 kg Greco-Roman. A victory over the world champion Zhan Beleniuk was secured with a huge 4-point takedown, putting it out of reach for the Ukranian.
- Mijain Lopez Nunez took the title in the 130 kg, defeating Riza Kayaalp 6-0 to get his third straight gold over the last 3 games.
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