2016 Rio Olympics

Simone Biles wins all-around gold at Rio

Bile gave a stunning performance to win the women’s all-around Olympic gold medal.

Bile has won 10 World Championship medals since 2013 and becomes the first woman in 20 years to win back-to-back world and Olympics all-around titles.

Compatriot Alexandra Raisman won a silver with Russia's Aliya Mustafina third.

Is some Olympic commentary sexist?

  • The husband of a gold medallist was referred to as the "man responsible" for her world record
  • One gymnast was criticised when her leotard "failed to complement her skin tone"

10 things Brazil does better than anywhere else

As the world descends on Rio de Janeiro for the XXXI Olympiad, Brazilians are ready to help the world take a load off and experience something missing for a while: fun.

Here are 10 things Brazil does better than anywhere else:


Research shows that playfulness creates a kind of charisma that others want in on.

It's a key part of the Brazilian personality: a willingness to laugh at themselves, their predicaments and political absurdities and to welcome others in on the joke.

NZ takes silver in women's sevens final

While Australia scored four tries to New Zealand's three (two from Kayla McAlister and one by Portia Woodman), to take the match 24-17, video replays of their first try suggested the ball was lost forward on the line.

New Zealand scored first, with McAlister crossing the line to put her team 5-0 up in the first five minutes of the game, but Australia evened the score with Emma Tonegato touched down for the favourites. Though the try was granted it appeared Tonegato lost the ball forward on the line.

'Rio is ready to make history' as Olympic Games begin

That was the message behind a vibrant Opening Ceremony that heralded the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

From supermodel Gisele Bundchen's tribute to the "Girl from Ipanema" to the promise of an athletes' forest to be planted after the Games, Brazil's big night saluted the country's past and pointed towards a greener future.

A day of protests against the hosting of the Games gave way to a night of pageantry at the Maracana Stadium, albeit on a budget one-tenth the size of the equivalent in London four years ago.

Team PNG settles in at Rio2016 Olympic Village

The Village welcome is a tradition at the Olympics and provides the opportunity for the Mayor of the Games Village to officially welcome each country to the village and for the flag of the country to be raised at the village.

Mayor of the Rio 2016 Village, Brazilian basketball star and Olympic medallist, Janeth Arcain, greeted Team PNG along with the teams from Iceland, Luxembourg, Oman, Sierra Leone and South Sudan in what was the last of the Village welcome ceremonies.

PM O’Neill convey’s best wishes to ‘Our Olympians’

Prime Minister O’Neill said representing Papua New Guinea at the Olympic level is a tremendous honour and all athletes will carry the pride of the nation with them.

"Go for gold in Rio, but even if you don’t win a medal, so long as you do your best your country will be proud.

“You carry the goodwill of the nation with you, and are role models for our youth.

“It is a great honour you have representing your country and we know that you will serve us proud.

“While at the Olympics you will be ambassadors for Papua New Guinea.

​Team PNG settles in at Rio

In the Team PNG rooms, motivational messages from students of various schools in PNG have been placed on the walls, providing a welcome reminder to the athletes of the great support from home.

The first two Team PNG athletes to arrive, Raymond Ovinou of judo and Thadius Katua of boxing, have gotten straight into their training sessions at the Games training venues.

Katua had a sparring session with a boxer from Thailand.

His performance against the more experienced boxer was pleasing, according to coaches Allan Nicolson and Joe Aufa.