RIO DE JANEIRO: “I went down and I was like, ‘What’s happening, why am I on the ground?’ Then suddenly this hand on my shoulder, like ‘Get up, get up, we have to finish this’. That girl is the Olympic spirit right there.” – New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin on her fall in the women’s 5,000m heats, and the help she received from American rival Abbey D’Agostino.
“I have some feng shui so I changed my name because this one is better for me. I changed it from ‘Wei’ to ‘V’. It stands for ‘victory’ and is easier to remember, so it’s better for me.” – Malaysian badminton player Goh V Shem on his change of middle name.
“Yes there was rain (during qualifying), wind, and today it’s sunny. So I think at the victory ceremony it will be snowing. I get all four seasons.” – Croatian discus champion Sandra Perkovic.
“I kind of have to suck it up this week. On a regular week I wouldn’t do it but for this week I’ll do as I’m told.” – Lisa Maguire, a top Irish golfer in her own right, on caddying for twin sister Leona.
“Obviously I’d love her to bits even if she was rubbish, but she’s not.” – Track cyclist Jason Kenny, a triple gold medallist, on fiancee Laura Trott who won two golds in Rio.