Day 15 round-up: Brilliant Bolt earns ninth gold

Usain Bolt strengthened his status as the greatest sprinter of all time after winning a ninth gold. P. V. Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal.

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Usain Bolt celebrates his third gold in Rio.

Usain Bolt completed the stunning 'triple-triple' he had yearned for, winning gold with Jamaica in the 4x100 metres relay final. 

- P. V. Sindhu went down to Spain's Carolina Marin after a tough battle to win a silver medal for India.

Vivian Cheruiyot won Kenya's first gold in the women's 5000 metres courtesy of a perfectly paced late charge, as 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana surprisingly faded late on and took bronze.

Germany became Olympic women's football champion for the first time after defeating Sweden 2-1 in the final at the Maracana.

- Two-time reigning champion  Netherlands was stunned in the women's hockey final, losing in a penalty shoot-out to  Great Britain.

- The United States will face Serbia in the final of the men's basketball competition, after the two nations inflicted respective defeats on Spain and Australia.

 

QUOTES OF THE DAY

"To win an Olympic medal is special. To win an Olympic medal with your wife standing next to you, taking the penalty [stroke] in the pressure moments, is so special and we will cherish this for the rest of our lives." - Great Britain's Kate Richardson-Walsh on winning gold in the women's hockey alongside her wife Helen.

"It was pathetic. Nothing Australian about it," - Joe Ingles reflects on Australia's heavy loss to Serbia in the men's basketball semi-final. Andrew Bogut added: "They [Serbia] kicked our ass from start to finish."

"When we fenced one another we'd get really aggressive." - Gold medal winner in the women's modern pentathlon, Chloe Esposito, speaking about her brother Max, who is also in Rio competing in the men's competition.

"I am going to dance and sing and it won't matter if I'm a little bit out of key." - Germany coach Silvia Neid after her side won the women's football tournament.

 

UNSUNG HERO

Cheick Sallah Cisse made history by winning Ivory Coast's first gold medal at an Olympic Games, and did so in stunning fashion. 

The 23-year-old - competing in the final of the men's 80kg taekwondo division - landed his winning kick on Great Britain's Lutalo Muhammad with one second of their bout remaining.

Muhammad was leading 6-5 and looked to have the gold medal all but wrapped up, but Cisse had other ideas, spinning and delivering a three-point kick before running away towards the crowd in jubilant celebration. 

Asked what he will do when he gets home, Cisse said: "I want to hug my parents, this is the first thing. And I want to hang the medal around the neck of our president."

  

COMING UP

Hosts Brazil face Germany in the final of the men's football tournament on Saturday, with Neymar and Co. looking to secure their nation's first title in the competition. There is also the final round of the women's golf, while Mo Farah will be looking for a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 5000m and Caster Semenya is the favourite for the women's 800m.