Every Olympics sees runners fall, flub, and fail, as well as triumph in the most miraculous ways. The 2016 Olympics in Rio was no different. Here are some of the most memorable standout moments from the running events at the Rio Olympics.
There aren't too many elite athletes that can claim the victories Jamaican runner Usain Bolt has racked up in his illustrious career. In fact, only Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi remain in his league following the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where he won gold in the 100- and 200-meter races, making him the first ever to win these races three times. In addition to his "triple triple" showing, he left Rio having earned his 9th gold medal.
American Allyson Felix earned three medals in Rio, including her sixth gold, inferring the status of being the most decorated female track athlete of all time.
It didn't take long for some truly amazing Olympic moments to occur once the track events got underway. On the very first day, Ethiopian Almaz Ayana not only won gold in the women's 10,000-meter race, but broke the 1993 world record in the process.
She wasn't alone in wowing during that race, either. Six other women participating in the race broke national records.
Easily one of the most memorable running moments of the 2016 Olympic games involved a move more commonly seen in diving events. As the women's 400-meter race came to a close with American Allyson Felix moving in to take first place, Bahaman Shaunae Miller leaped across the finish line in a totally legal dive that got her the gold (and some serious cred in the running community) by a mere seven hundredths of a second.
The women's 100-meter hurdles saw a first-ever occurrence when Americans Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, and Kristi Castlin took home gold, silver, and bronze, respectively, sweeping the podium.
The stunning South African runner has been on a tear, becoming the first and only man to run the 100-meter race in under 10 seconds and the 200-meter race in under 20 seconds. In Rio, he broke a long-standing record in the 400-meter race, becoming the first man to run it in under 44 seconds. He credited the win to his 74-year-old coach, Ans Botha, who also happens to be his great-grandmother.
British runner Mo Farah won gold in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races in the London Olympics in 2012, and was looking for a repeat in Rio. When he fell during the 10,000-meter race, he could easily have lost. Instead, he popped back up and continued on to win gold, following the victory with another gold in the 5,000 and becoming only the second male athlete in history to "double double" in both events, along with Finland's Lasse Viren.
No, the man is not over 100. However, Matthew Centrowitz did win Olympic gold in the 1500-meter race, making him the first U.S. runner to bring home the gold in this event since 1908.
A tripping incident in the women's 4x100-meter relay preliminaries looked as if it would knock the U.S. team out of contention. However, when it was ruled that the Brazilian runner responsible for the debacle was to blame, the U.S. team was allowed to re-run the race by themselves, advancing to the final and then taking home gold.
The Olympics are about more than just competition. They're also about an international brotherhood of athletes. It was the sisters, however, who displayed the true spirit of sportsmanship on the track.
When American Abbey D'Agostino and New Zealander Nikki Hamblin collided and went down in a qualifying heat for the women's 5,000-meter race, both were injured. Still, D'Agostino offered Hamblin a hand getting up, after which Hamblin helped her rival to walk to the finish line. The women shared a hug after the race and the whole event went viral, quickly becoming the feel-good moment of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.