Michael Phelps legendary Olympic career came to a triumphant end on the final night in swimming, while another one of the very best, Usain Bolt, marked the start of his action at the games.
Here, we recap the best of the action from where the medals went from track and field, to pool, velodrome and beyond.
- Usain Bolt was successful in his first action at the games, winning his first round heat in 10.07 seconds.
- Christoph Harting of Germany threw 68.37m to seal the top prize in the men's discus, while his compatriot Daniel Jasinski took the bronze medal.
- Jeff Henderson's massive jump of 8.38m won gold for the men's long jump, while Great Britain's Greg Rutherford came close when the pressure was on, but was unable to duplicate his 2012 victory.
- Mo Farah overcame a fall to once again win gold in the 10,000m, becoming the first Brit to win a trio of golds on the track. In typical fashion, he stayed behind before beginning to move forward, then he would be accidentally tripped and managed to scramble back to the floor. He recovered in time to kick away in an inspired final lap and make history once again.
- Elaine Thompson of Jamaica took the top prize in the women's 100m final, out sprinting Tori Bowie of the United States and denying compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of a historic feat.
- Despite winning the 800m in glorious fashion, Jessica Ennis-Hill picked up silver as Nafissatou Thiam finished first thanks to a sensational javelin and long jump.
- Erislandy Savon and Rustam Talaganov were forced to settle for a bronze medal following defeats to finalists Tishchenko and Levit, who will battle in the final of the heavyweight category.
- In the super-heavyweight division, Joe Joyce scored a thunderous first round knockout of Davilson dos Santos Morais, pushing the pressure to daze his opponent, before a big overhand straight that wrapped things up.
- Laura Trott became the first British woman to win three Olympic golds as she starred in yet another historic Team GB effort on the track, with her and teammates getting a time of 4:10.236 to win gold in the team pursuit.
- Elis Ligtlee took a surprise victory in the keirin final, powering to the front early on and staying there to fend off some late efforts to take a victory. Great Britain's Rebecca James came from the back of the line to take a silver medal.
- Russia defeated Ukraine 45-30 to win the team sabre gold as their women's assembly of Velikaya, Gavriolova and Egorian took the maximum amount of points. The United States, meanwhile, settled for a bronze medal.
- Germany cruised past Portugal to take the first spot in the semi finals of the men's football, thanks to goals from Gnabry, Ginter, Selke and Max. They will battle Nigeria, who defeated Denmark.
- Brazil moved on past Colombia as Neymar scored a free-kick in a bad blooded affair. Battling them will be Honduras, who edged South Korea.
- Uladzislau Hancharou scored 61.745 in the men's trampoline final, beating China's Dong and Gao with a flamboyant performance.
- Mahe Drysdale made it back-to-back titles in the single sculls as he edged Damir Martin by the most slightest of margins, with the Croatian rower going the exact same time as him according to the machines, requiring photo analysis to determine the victor.
- There was much less speculation for Aussie Kimberly Brennan, who beat American Genevra Stone by over a second to complete the extrapolation of a season where she has went strength from strength.
- United States took victory in the women's eights while Britain followed in silver, though the men would finish a stunning games in the Lagoa with more gold.
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- Christian Reitz prevailed in the final of the men's rapid fire pistol contest. With the athletes shooting from a range of 25 metres, it was the German who kept consistent throughout, holding off Jean Quiquampoix in a gripping shoot-
- Italy's Gabriele Rossetti's perfect record was just about enough to pip Marcus Svensson over the course of the men's skeet final where both displayed the exact qualities which got them there. It came down to the last shot, where the Swede missed and surrendered the Olympic title to his fellow European.
- Denmark's Blume prevailed from a close 50m freestyle women's race, with Britain only just missing out on a podium finish.
- Italy's Gregoria Paltrinieri clinched gold with a dominant swim in the 1500m freestyle. Instead of chasing his other opponents he was chasing the world record, but after 30 lengths of the pool he was unable to break it.
- In the women's 4x100m medley, Simone Manuel finished off a strong showing for the USA, who swept the discipline as, on the very last race at the pool for Rio 2016, Michael Phelps bowed out with his butterfly leg and 24th gold medal. Tears were in his eyes as he waved to the crowd, with the curtains not only closing on swimming for Rio 2016, but for the career of perhaps the greatest Olympian ever.
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- Juan Martín del Potro booked his spot in the final of the men's tournament after triumphing in a thrilling war with Rafael Nadal. Centre court was a cauldron of shock and amazement as both put on a semi-final that will be remembered for the ages - one of which ended deep in the tie break to set the Argentine up for a gold medal match with Andy Murray.
- Monica Puig won Puerto Rico their first ever gold medal as she completed a stunning tournament with a victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber. After winning the first set, there was a break as Kerber went for a medical timeout, coming to win the second set - but the third would see Puig take it and get her hand raised.
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- Sohrab Moradi won Iran their second weightlifting medal at the games as his total of 403 kg, highlighted by a 221 kg clean and jerk beat Belarus' Straltsou by a comfortable 8 kg margin.
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