Laura Muir's ambition eventually seemed to prove her downfall in the Olympic final of the women's 1500m at Rio 2016. The Team GB middle-distance runner threw caution to the wind at the bell and went for gold rather than settling for the chance of a bronze medal, but ultimately she could not keep pace with eventual winner Faith Kipyegon of Kenya and Ethiopian silver medallist Genzebe Dibaba during a blistering final lap that followed a very tame start.

Laura Muir
Laura Muir went all out for gold in the 1500m final but came up empty handed Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Muir eventually finished seventh in a time of 4:12.88, with teammate Laura Weightman crossing the line in 11th. Jenny Simpson took third to become the first American female athlete ever to medal in the event.

When quizzed about her bold strategy after the race, Muir said: "I went for the win, it's not every day you find yourself in an Olympic final. I was in great shape but the last 150m was not quite in me. I gave everything and I'm proud with how I ran.

"I expected it to be slow start and then for Kipyegon and Dibaba to come round. I expected to have to react, I followed them round but I couldn't hold on. It's my first Olympics, I gave it everything."

Robbie Grabarz
Robbie Grabarz came close to winning a second consecutive Olympic bronze medal Ian Walton/Getty Images

Earlier in the evening session of athletics on day 11, Robbie Grabarz suffered the disappointment of a joint-fourth place finish in a men's high jump competition won by Canadian Derek Drouin. The London 2012 bronze medallist launched a successful appeal against a controversial botched effort at 2.33m but was unable to clear 2.36m and tied with Andriy Protsenko narrowly outside the podium positions. An earlier failure at 2.25m effectively cost him a medal as Bohdan Bondarenko finished third.