Michael Conlan’s post-defeat interview was grief in sport at it’s most cruel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From Thomas Barr’s heroics, to the lows of Michael Conlon and Katie Taylor’s exits

South Africa’s Caster Semenya celebrates winning the women’s 800m final in Rio. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Trio’s gold medals at Olympic Games will always come with an asterisk

Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa makes a gesture after taking the silver medal in the men’s marathon at the Olympic Games in Rio. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge takes gold; Paul Pollock leads home Irish trio in 32nd

Britain’s Mo Farah completed a double-double after he added the 5,000m gold to his 10,000m success in Rio. Photograph: Afp

Surprise 1,500m winner, USA’s Matthew Centrowitz, also coached by Alberto Salazar

800m Silver medallist Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba (left), gold medallist South Africa’s Caster Semenya, and bronze medallist Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera Wambui. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

South African runs fastest time in eight years without strain and with plenty in reserve

Ireland’s Aileen Reid finishes in 21st position. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gwen Jorgensen eases to victory - Nicola Spring takes silver ahead of Vicky Holland

Ieland’s Rob Heffernan in action in the 50km walk. This Rio appearance leaves him the only Irish athlete to compete in five consecutive Olympics. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork man achieves his fourth top-10 finish in five Olympic appearances

Ireland’s Thomas Barr performed admirably in Rio, coming fourth in the 400m hurdles. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Many athletes find normal life extremely difficult after the high of competing on greatest stage

Ireland’s Natalya Coyle after finishing in seventh on Friday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Meath woman secures Ireland’s second top-10 finish of the day after late surge in Rio

Rob Heffernan battled cramp to finish fifth in his fifth Olympic Games. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Walker’s bronze medal from London believed to be in Pat Hickey’s possession

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt wins the men’s 200m final at the Olympic Stadium on the Thursday night. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Third consecutive Olympic gold in this race for Jamaican - Andre de Grasse takes silver

Ireland’s Tomas Barr was desperately unlucky not to win a medal on Thursday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Irish hurdler overcame some nerves to deliver his best ever race to finish in fourth

Ireland’s Thomas Barr comes home in fourth place as USA’s Kerron Clement takes gold in the men’s 400m hurdles at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Silver and bronze medalists represent countries with the worst anti-doping records

Ireland’s Tomas Barr reacts after crossing the line in the final of the 400m Hurdles final at the Olympic Stadium in Rio. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish hurdler smashes Irish record for second time in three days as he finishes fourth

The Brownlee brothers, Alistair (left) and Jonathan. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Britain’s gold and bronze medallists in 2012 will be the men to beat in Copacabana

 Thomas Barr of Ireland competes during the Men’s 400m Hurdles semi-finals earlier this week. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Our first Olympic sprint finalist in 84 years has what it takes to win a medal on Thursday

Ireland’s Ciara Everard during the 800m heats in Rio. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘It’s a very sensitive topic’ - Irish 800m runner’s view on Caster Semenya debate

 A spectator sits among empty seats during athletics events in Rio. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

The low numbers of fans at many events is embarrassing for everyone

 South Africa’s Caster Semenya is the favourite for the Women’s 800m Final. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Difficult questions raised by the South African’s high level of natural testosterone

Thomas Barr of Ireland after reaching the men’s 400m hurdles final on Tuesday night. Photograph: EPA

National record smashed as Thomas Barr blazes into Thursday’s 400m hurdles final

Brazil’s Thiago Braz da Silva celebrates his victory at the end of the men’s pole vault final. Photograph: Getty Images

French silver medal winner Renaud Lavillenie apologises for comparing crowd to Berlin in 1936

Kenya’s David Lekuta Rudisha reacts as he wins the men’s 800 metres in Rio. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Fellow Kenyan Alfred Kipketer took an early lead but paid the price as the race wore on

Usain Bolt will be confident of adding to his 100m gold medal in the 200m. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Is the Jamaican unbeatable or should we keep an eye on young Wayde Van Niekerk?

New Zealand’s Nick Willis: “In Rio it’s just about getting down to business and trying to make amends for London.” Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The athlete is more relaxed yet also more motivated at his fourth Olympic Games

Ireland’s Scott Evans thanks the Irish fans after losing on Monday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I’d really worked hard to get in my best shape possible for this tournament’ - Rio exit

Ireland’s Thomas Barr clears the final hurdle on his way to finishing second in heat four of the  men’s 400m hurdles in Rio. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sara Treacy finishes 17th in final of 300m steeplechase

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the men’s 100 metre final in Rio. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Jamaican eyes 200m for ‘triple triple’ - first man to claim three successive track golds

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean dejected after failing to qualify for the final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish 1,500m runner is unable to find a way into the final after falling away on Sunday

Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Men’s 10,000m at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Getty Images

Briton confronts unwanted questions after winning his third Olympic gold

Ireland’s Lizzie Lee, Fionnuala McCormack and Briege Connolly after competing in the women’s marathon. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jemima Sumgong wins Kenya’s first ever gold medal in the women’s marathon

Ireland’s Mark English after finishing fifth in the third semi-final of the men’s 800m. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Donegal runner finishes fifth behind defending 800m champion David Rudisha

Britain’s  Mo Farah  celebrates as he crosses the line to win the 10,000m and defend his Olympic title in Rio. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

British long-distance runner becomes sixth man to defend title

Ireland’s Sara Louise Treacy during the 3000m steeplechase round one on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Meath woman wins her appeal after being taken out/tripped in her heat on Saturday

Ireland’s Fiona Doyle had dreamed as a child of becoming an Olympian. But the Limerick swimmer struggled in Rio, with her two swims ending in elimination.Photograph: David J Phillip/AP

Emotional pain of athletes is perhaps reason Games take place only every four years

Round one of the Women’s 1500 metres at the Olympic Stadium on Friday night. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Impressive run puts the Irish runner into the semi-finals of the 1,500 metres in Rio

Usain Bolt dances samba during a Jamaican Olympic Association press conference. Photograph: Getty Images

Usain Bolt is cast the hero and Justin Gatlin the villain – whose side should we be on?

Ireland’s Mark English during the men’s 800m heats at the Olympic Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Disputed 23-year-old record broken in extraordinary women’s 10,000m

 Mark English competes in the 800 metres heats. Photo: David Gray/Reuters

Ayana wins gold medal in the women’s 10,000m, crushing controversial world record of 29:31.78

Ireland’s Mark English has built up considerable experience, winning the bronze medal at the 2014 European Championships. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Inpho

UCD runner aiming for semi-final spot in a hugely competitive 800m event

Tuvshinbat Byamba of Mongolia (left) and Steven Donnelly trade blows at the Riocentro. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Ballymena fighter comes through last 16 bout with Tuvshinbat Byamba in Riocentro

 Wang Yihan of China and Chloe Magee walk off the court after Wang won their match. Photo: Marcelo Del Pozo/Ireland

Magee will now face Karin Schnaase with place on the last 16 on the line

Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington and Séamus Power during a  practice round at the newly-built Rio Olympic Golf Course. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

On the tee - a Brazilian who learned to play golf with broken branches

Ireland’s Fiona Doyle on the way to finishing second in the first heat of the  women’s 200m breaststroke in Rio. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I stand by the things I said earlier in the week’ says Irish swimmer

David Oliver Joyce (red) in action against Albert Selimov  of Azerbaijan in the men’s lightweight round of 16 bout in Rio. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish lightweight suffered cut in first round which looked to upset his rhythm

A man watches the Olympics in a bar in the Rio favela of Rocinha. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan visits the Rocinha favela to see what impact, if any, the Olympics is having

Irish Olympic boxer Michael O’Reilly has admitted to unintentionally taking a supplement which may have contained a banned substance. Photo: Getty Images

The Portlaoise Boxing Club fighter will not box at the Olympics following suspension

Ireland’s Sinéad  Lynch and Claire Lambe in action during the heats of the women’s lightweight doubles in Rio. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘We’ll have one more training session, maybe improve our start, because that didn’t go 100 per cent today’

Shane Ryan finished eighth in this 100m backstroke semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

First ever Irish swimmer to reach a 100m backstroke semi-final finishes eighth

Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan  winning the men’s rowing lightweight double sculls heat: they were just .38 of a second ahead of the Italian crew. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP Photo

Siblings Gary and Paul are relishing chance of going further after winning their heat

(From left) Ireland’s Dan Martin, Emanuel Buchmann of Germany and Britain’s Chris Froome cross the finish line of the men’s road race on Saturday. Photograph: Javier Etxezarreta/Getty.

No medals won but pride and effort of both Ireland’s riders must be commended

Ireland’s Ellis O’Reilly during her floor routine at Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Qualification during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The young Irish gymnast had an unfortunate finish but will have gained huge experience

Ireland’s Fiona Doyle dismayed after her Women’s 100 Metre Breaststroke Heat at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish swimmer missed out on semi-final place as previously banned Russian won heat

Ireland’s Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche after competing the men’s road race  at the Olympic Games in Rio. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Martin comes home 13th behind Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet; Nicolas Roche finishes 29th

Katie Taylor: won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Ireland is spending a total of €40m on athletes at the Olympics, but is it worth it?

Michael O’Reilly (right) fighting  in Baku: the  testing of his B-sample may  buy him some time to prepare his appeal against any ban. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish boxer at Olympics likely to claim inadvertent use but it may not be enough

Ireland cyclists Dan Martin (left) and Nicholas Roche take a break on a training ride outside Rio de Janeiro ahead of Saturday’s road race. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Ireland cyclist’s Tour de France the perfect preparation for men’s road race

Cian O’Connor and horse Waterford Crystal. O’Connor had to return the gold medal he won at the 2004 Athens Olympics when his horse tested positive for a banned substance. Photograph: Inpho

Michael O’Reilly’s failed test the latest in a series of offences commited by Irish athletes

Bryan Keane has enjoyed his most consistent year and believes the course in Rio plays to his strengths. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork triathlete missed London Games after he was hit by a car while training on his bike

Age: 29. Event: Pole vault. Hometown: Los Angeles

Age: 23. Event: 400m hurdles. Hometown: Waterford

Age: 30. Event: marathon. Hometown: Holywood, Co Down

Age: 30. Event: Marathon. Hometown: Belfast

Age: 27. Event: Artistic gymnastics all-around. Hometown: London

Age: 23. Event: Lightweight double sculls. Hometown: Skibbereen, Cork

Age: 22. Event: Lightweight double sculls. Hometown: Skibbereen, Cork

Age: 39. Event: Lightweight double sculls. Hometown: Letterkenny, Donegal

Age: 29. Event: 50km walk. Hometown: Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Age: 31. Event: 10,000m/marathon. Hometown: Kilcoole, Co Wicklow

Age: 26. Event: 3,000m steeplechase. Hometown: Cork

Age: 38. Event: 50km walk. Hometown: Cork

Age: 23. Event: 800m. Hometown: Letterkenny, Donegal

Age: 30. Event: Marathon. Hometown: Dublin

Age: 26. Event: 800m. Hometown: Kilkenny

Age: 38. Event: Marathon. Hometown: Kinlough, Co Leitrim

Age: 28. Event: Singles. Hometown: Dublin

Age: 24. Event: 1,500m. Hometown: Portaferry, Co Down

Age: 27. Event: 3,000m steeplechase.Hometown: Moynalvey, Co Meath

Age: 36. Event: Marathon. Hometown: Cork

Age: 35. Event: 3,000m steeplechase. Hometown: Newcastle, Co Down

Age: 24. Event: Keirin. Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 29. Event: Road race. Hometown: Birmingham

Age: 27. Event: Singles. Hometown: Raphoe, Donegal

Age: 32. Event: Road race. Hometown: Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France

Age: 25. Event: Modern pentathlon. Hometown: Tara, Co Meath

Age: 26. Event: Lightweight double sculls. Hometown: Dublin

Age: 24. Event: Modern pentathlonHometown: Tomastown, Kilkenny

Age: 18. Event: Artistic gymnastics all-around. Hometown: London

Age: 34. Event: Single sculls. Hometown: Riga, Latvia

Age: 36. Event: Triathlon. Hometown: Cork

Age: 23. Event: 100m/200m breaststroke. Hometown: Castlebar, Co Mayo

Age: 24. Event: 100m/200m breaststroke. Hometown: Limerick

Age: 23. Event: 3m springboard. Hometown: Harrowgate, Yorkshire

Age: 22. Event: 100m backstroke: 50m/100m freestyle. Hometown: Havertown, Philadelphia

Age: 34. Event: Triathlon. Hometown: Derry

Age: 25. Event: 20km walk/50km walk. Hometown: London

Usain Bolt will be back on the track in Rio for his third Olympics. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Dark shadows are being cast over Rio, but there’s still something magical about the Olympic Games

Ger Hartmann with Sonia O’Sullivan. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Former Irish team physio forgoing opportunity to work at Olympics Games in Rio

GAA director general Páraic Duffy: “Our attendances are somewhat down this year, but we’d hope that would recover as the summer goes on.” Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Effect of any decreased income from gate receipts will be felt by the county boards

GPA CEO Dessie Farrell, GPA chairman Séamus Hickey, GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail and GAA director general Páraic Duffy at  Croke Park. Photograph: Piaras Ó Midheach/Sportsfile

New agreement with GAA a substantial improvement for the players’ body

Derek McGrath: “Now I reckon we’ll be 4/1, 5/1, for the semi-final. And that’s a great place to be.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘It’s a great place to be – in the last four’ says relieved Waterford hurling manager

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