In fact, the world's fastest man would need no luck at all, storming to victory in the 200m final on a rain-hit evening in Brazil, concluding yet another spectacular day at the games where the spectators grow ever more thankful for what this spectacle can deliver.
Below, we recap all the highlights and where the medals went on the thirteenth instalment to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic games.
- Great Britain scraped through to the men's 4x100m relay semi finals with a sufficient time to take the last spots, while in the women's there was controversy when the United States dropped the baton - although they'd go on to get a reprieve and qualify through an individual time trial.
- Kerron Clement pulled off a season best to capture the gold medal in the final of the 400m hurdles, seeing off Bonifcae Mucheru Tumuti and Yasmani Cappello.
- Ryan Crouser threw a mammoth 22.52m to break an Olympic record and win the gold medal in the final of the shot put, joined by compatriot Joe Kovacs who took silver, while Tomas Walsh reserved the last spot on the podium.
- Croatian Sara Kolak comfortably won the javelin finla, with 66.18m more than enough to defeat South African silver medallist Sunette Viljoen.
- Ashton Eaton retained his decathlon crown, tieing an Olympic record with 8893 points to become the first back-to-back champioon since 1984.
- Dalilah Muhammad timed 53.13 seconds to win gold, ahead of Sara Petersen and compatriot Ashley Spencer in the 400m hurdles.
- Usain Bolt completed his individual Olympic career with a blistering victory in the 200m final, marking his third straight in the discipline and eighth overall, flying out of the traps and round the bend to win comfortably.
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- Nicola Adams moved within one win of retaining her flyweight Olympic title after she outpointed China's Cancen Ren. The British female fighter recovered from losing the first round to establish her jab and set up a final clash with Sarah Ourahmoune, who edged Ingrit Victoria.
- American Shakur Stevenson went through to the final of the bantamweight tournament unscathed after his opponent, Vladamir Nikitin, was forced to withdraw due to an eye cut. He'll face Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba, who eased his way to a points win over Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
- The Cuban boxing success at day 13 would continue to roll on in the middleweight action, as Arien Lopez defeated Kamran Shakhsuvarly to set up a gold medla bout against Uzbekistan's Melikuziev.
- Julio Cesar La Cruz majestically cruised his way to a gold medal in the light heavyweight tournament as he outwitted and outscored his Kazakh counterpart Adilbek Niyazmbetov - who was simply unable to land any leather on the Cuban as he moved around the perimiter swiftly, landing solid jabs when he came into the pocket.
- Bronze medals in the men's and women's doubles were at stake prior to the finals, and it started with a bit of hardware for the Japanese team of Kyung Eun Jung and Seung Chan Shin, who notched an impressive straight sets win over the skilled Chinese. In the men's form of the discipline, Great Britain got a spot on the podium as Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge defeated Chai and Hong of China in a riveting matchup.
- In the semi-finals of the women's singles, India's P. V. Sindhu guaranteed a medal for herself as her stunning run in the tournament continued with a victory over Japan's Nozomi Okuhara. Likewise, Carolina Marin dispatched China's Xuerui Li - setting up a rare India vs. Spain spectacle in the final.
- Matsutomo and Takahashi of Japan survived a match point and went on to score five consecutive for their own as they secured the top prize in the women's doubles. They topped Denmark in a thrilling and emotional game at times, ending when their opponents struck the net, leading to a 21-19 scoreline in the final set.
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- Max Rendschmidt and Marcus Gross secured the first gold medal of day 13, as the German duo powered to victory in the 1000m kayak double. Trailed by the Serbian pairing of Tomicevic and Zoric, they would push hard with the finishing line in sight, while the battle for bronze was perhaps even closer, with Australia prevailing.
- Iurri Cheban recorded an Olympic best time of 39.279 to win the gold medal in the men's 200m single canoe race, edging it with the most unorthodox of techniques and subsequently capsizing as he was crowned a double gold medallist.
- Over the same length in the doubles race, Spain's Rivero and Caballo tore up the opposition in searing pace, while Great Britain reserved the second place on the podium, edging out their Lithuanian opposition by a mere three hundredths of a second.
- As officials looked to capitalise on the relatively easy going waters, the final bit of canoeing action was wrapped up early and it was Danuta Kozak who retained her title in the 500m kayak singles. Blitzing past her opponents, the Hungarian was well ahead of silver medaallist Emma Jorgensen.
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- Liam Phillips was forced to exit the BMX competition prematurely after suffering a brutal crash on the second heat. The British rider was forced to the outside and there wasn't enough space, with a glancing collision sending him crashing and requiring a stretcher.
- Anthony Dean, Sam Willoughby, David Graf and Nicholas Long would go on to win their respective heats.
- Argentina were crowned Olympic hockey champions in the men's tournament after trumping Belgium in a thrilling final. After Belgium struck early through Cosyns, Argentina rallied and fired back three straight goals to give them one-hand on the medal. Boccard's stunning late-game shot was enough to make the Argentine fans nervous, but they were soon up in rapture as Mazzilli sealed the game to make it 4-2, as the team celebrated their great achievement in style.
- Just as the women teams went to extra time the previous day, Germany and Netherlands' men went to a shootout in their bronze medal play-off, which Germany edged.
- After a postponement and what seemed like an eternal wait, Great Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark finally confirmed a gold medal in the women's 470 series. Leading by 20 points before the race, all they needed to do was finish - and they did so in eighth place.
- Also finishing eighth in the medal race but going on to win the 470 were the Croatian male duo of Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic. Their closest contenders trailed them throughout the contest, leaving no questions about their gold medal as they coasted through the Guanabara Bay.
- Hosts Brazil added another gold medal to their collection thanks to a total of 48 net points by the pair of Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze. They finished second in the medal race for the 49er FX, but it wouldn't matter, as they had a clear lead otherwise. In the men's version, New Zealand took both gold and silver.
- Jade Jones of Great Britain replicated her gold medal win from London 2012 as she defeated Eva Calvo Gomez in an action-packed final to the 57 kg contest. The Brit landed some crucial head kicks in the first and the final round, which proved the difference as she pulled away from her Spanish counterpart.
- Ahmad Abughaush of Jordan defeated Alexey Denisenko 10-6 in the final of the men's -68 kg competition.
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- One family would end up dominating possibly the most gruelling Olympic event, as the Brownlee brothers of Great Britain swept the gold and silver positions with dominant performances in the triathlon.
- After they surged from the beach into the sea, the pack was quite level, however, numbers began to dwindle in transition from swimming to bike, and during the biking, a smaller group would emerge after the tough climbs making for an intriguing conclusion.
- In the end, it was Alistair Brownlee who literally had all the time in the world, breaking ahead with a relentless running phase, able to walk over the finish line bearing the Union Jack. In the distance came his brother, 6 seconds behind, while the bronze medallist lagged more than half a minute, concluding a race where Alistair solidified himself as one of the best triathletes of all time.
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- Helen Louis Maroulis derailed the Japanese train of dominance in women's wrestling, and ended the four-year unbeaten streak of Saori Yoshida in the process as the American took gold in the women's 53 kg freestyle wrestling category. Despite the Asian athlete taking a penalty point after a cagey start, an early double in the second period and some late additions to her tally took it out of reach.
- Risako Kawai would restore order a little while later, though, as she handed Japan another wrestling medal with a strong victory over Belarus' Mamasuk. Explosive and powerful, the takedowns went without reply, as she scored to the bell then fittingly celebrated her gold medal, by body slamming her coach.
- Erica Elizabeth Wiebe claimed gold in the freestyle 75 kg category with a dominant 6-0 victory over Guzel Manyurova to culminate the day's wrestling action.
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