By Mitch Phillips

Bolt reigns supreme but too many empty seats

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Usain Bolt delivered. Mo Farah, Elaine Thompson, David Rudisha, three world records and a dominant United States played their part too, as athletics enjoyed being back in the limelight for the right reasons after a...

Monday, August 22, 2016, 8:17 AM

Britain revels in return to superpower status

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The "Great Haul of China" in 2008 was seen as something of an aberration, 2012's success was surely all through home advantage but, after their best medal return from an overseas Games, Britain is indisputably...

Monday, August 22, 2016, 2:17 AM

Farah does the double, U.S. clean up

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Briton Mo Farah joined the ranks of the all-time distance greats on Saturday by becoming just the second man to retain both Olympic track long distance titles after adding a...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 9:23 AM

Farah completes distance double-double

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Briton Mo Farah became only the second man to retain both Olympic track long distance titles on Saturday when he produced an utterly dominant performance to add the 5,000m gold to the 10,000 he...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 6:34 AM

Athletics: Our sport is alive and strong, says Coe

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - IAAF President Sebastian Coe gave a ringing endorsement to the Olympic athletics program on Saturday, acclaiming a "remarkable week" that showed athletics is "alive and incredibly strong". Speaking at a...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 5:44 AM

Triathlon: Jorgensen set to be her sport's first crossover star

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Gwen Jorgensen is poised to become triathlon's first real crossover star after her Olympic victory on Saturday propelled the American from the sporting backwaters to front-cover status. Jorgensen...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 12:53 AM

Triathlon: American Jorgensen takes gold with perfect race

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Hot favorite Gwen Jorgensen produced the perfect race to win the Olympic women's triathlon gold on Saturday, the American unusually staying with her rivals on the bike before...

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 9:37 PM

U.S. suffer yet another sprint relay disqualification

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - One might think that any American racing a men's sprint relay would take a moment before starting a lap of honor, such is the regularity of the subsequent crash-to-earth disqualification - and that is...

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 9:41 AM

Athletics: Jamaica throw down 4x400m gauntlet to U.S. men

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Jamaica might have dominated the short sprints and relays in the last few Olympics but they have never won the men's 4x400 meters - something they hope to change on Saturday after edging out the U.S. in their...

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 6:24 AM

Athletics : U.S. and Jamaica set up 4x400m women's relay showdown

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Five-times defending champions the United States and Jamaica, who upset them at last year's world championships, set up what should be a mouth-watering women's Olympic 4x400 relay final after impressive semi-...

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 5:48 AM

Farah survives scare to reach 5,000m final

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Mo Farah survived another stumble to battle through to the final of the 5,000 meters on Wednesday as the Briton remained on course for a prized Olympic distance 'double-double'. Farah...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 9:42 AM

Jamaican sprint power on show as Thompson completes double

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Elaine Thompson maintained Jamaica's incredible stranglehold on Olympic sprinting on Wednesday when she added the 200 meters gold to the 100m title she collected earlier at the Rio Games, while Usain Bolt...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 7:30 AM

Semenya cruises through 800m heats

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Hot favorite Caster Semenya qualified for the Olympic women's 800metres semi-finals with supreme ease on Wednesday and will no doubt be braced for another wave of discussions about her gender should she go on to...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 9:37 PM

Farah survives scare to reach 5,000m final

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Briton Mo Farah survived another stumble to get through to the final of the 5,000 meters on Wednesday and remain on course for the prized Olympic distance double-double. Farah recovered from a...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 8:04 PM

Kenyan Kipyegon in late charge for 1,500m gold

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Kenya's Faith Kipyegon won the women's Olympic 1,500 meters on Tuesday after unleashing a devastating burst in the second half of the race that left Ethiopia's world record holder Genzebe Dibaba trailing...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7:29 AM

Soaring Da Silva is Brazil's new darling

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Thiago da Silva won Brazil's first athletics gold of their home Games on an extraordinary, unforgettable Monday night in Rio, producing an Olympic record of 6.03 meters...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 10:46 AM

Athletics: Imperious Bolt completes amazing 100m treble

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - For 9.81 glorious seconds on Sunday, all the ills that have dogged athletics recently were forgotten as Usain Bolt stormed to victory in the 100 meters final to become the first man to win three successive Olympic...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 6:11 AM

Athletics: Farah reigns supreme, Thompson is new sprint queen

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Elaine Thompson inherited the mantle of Olympic 100 meters champion from fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Saturday but Mo Farah simply refused to relinquish his 10,...

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 10:22 AM

Athletics: Rio gets Bolt fever, Harting snatches discus gold

By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Usain Bolt took the first "sluggish" steps toward his hoped-for Olympic triple-triple on Saturday when he eased through his 100 meters heat as the fans turned out in force to see the sport's superstar...

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 10:41 PM