Great Britain remain second above China in the medal table at Rio 2016 after Charlotte Dujardin won their 16th gold medal of the Games so far on an entertaining day 10 that also saw Mark Cavendish finally end his Olympic hoodoo.
Dujardin, a double winner four years ago who took silver alongside Spencer Wilton, Fiona Bigwood and Carl Hester in the team dressage on Friday, retained her individual title in fine style and followed Laura Trott as only the second British woman to win three Olympic gold medals at the National Equestrian Center.
Back aboard distinguished champion Dutch Warmblood Valegro, who could be retired after this latest achievement, the pair produced an overall score of 93.857 that was enough to beat German duo Isabell Werth and Kristina Broring-Sprehe.
As for Cavendish, he avenged disappointing madison and road race failures in Beijing and London by claiming silver in the men's omnium following a dramatic points race in which he inadvertently caused a heavy crash. Defending Olympic champion Trott, meanwhile, boasts an eight-point lead in the women's six-discipline event at the halfway point.
Earlier in the day, Sophie Hitchon became GB's first medalist in the hammer event since Malcolm Noakes 92 years ago. The former world junior, commonwealth youth and European U23 champion produced a British record throw of 74.54m to claim bronze behind Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk, who shattered her own world record with an effort of 82.29m, and Zhang Wenxiu of China. Not since Fatima Whitbread's javelin silver at the 1988 Games in Seoul had a British female athlete won a medal in a field throwing event.
In the badminton, hard-working men's doubles pair Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis remain in the hunt for Britain's first medal since Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in Athens after advancing through to the semi-finals with a superb victory over Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan. Rajiv Ouseph faces Viktor Axelsen in the men's singles quarters following his win over Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto.
GB's women's hockey team booked a last-four clash with New Zealand after goals from Georgie Twigg, Helen Richardson-Walsh and Lily Owsley sealed a deserved 3-1 defeat of Spain. Danny Kerry's side, fifth-place finishers in June's Champions Trophy, boast a 100% record from their six matches so far and will fancy their chances of at least matching their bronze medal exploits in London.
Synchro champion Jack Laugher advanced to the final of the men's 3m springboard diving event, meanwhile, but there was no such luck for Freddie Woodward. The pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre thankfully returned to a reassuring clear blue colour after last week's rather mysterious and swift transformation to a murky green.
There was disappointment for another homegrown boxer as Muhammad Ali was eliminated from the men's flyweight competition at the last 16 stage following a unanimous points defeat to Venezuelan Yoel Segundo Finol. Ireland's popular London 2012 lightweight gold medalist and five-time world champion Katie Taylor suffered a shock quarter-final loss to Finnish fighter Mira Potkonen. The men's heavyweight title was won by Russian Evgeny Tishchenko, who beat Kazakh opponent Vassiliy Levit via a highly contentious decision.
In the penultimate day of gymnastics, Simone Biles saw her quest for five Olympic golds in one Games come to an end with an uncharacteristic slip in the women's balance beam final. The dominant American still did enough to win bronze behind compatriot Laurie Hernandez, with Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands taking gold. The men's rings and vault events were won by Eleftherios Petrounias and Ri Se-gwang respectively.
Keri-Anne Payne missed out on a podium place in the women's 10km open water swim, coming home seventh. The race ended in controversy when France's Aurelie Muller was denied a silver medal after being disqualified for seemingly grappling with Italian rival Rachele Bruni at the finish line. Kenyan-born Ruth Jebet won the 3,000m steeplechase for Bahrain and much of the sailing was postponed due to strong winds.
The evening athletics session was also besieged by torrential rain that saw events at the Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium temporarily suspended. When proceedings resumed in front of a sparse crowd, British duo Andrew Pozzi and Lawrence Clarke safely secured passage through to the semi-finals of the men's 110m hurdles and Eilidh Doyle won heat six of the women's 400m hurdles to boost her medal prospects.
In the two big flagship races of the night, popular Kenyan David Rudisha successfully retained his 800m title and Shaunae Miller just pipped Allyson Felix to 400m gold with a desperate dive to the finish line. By far the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for Brazil's Thiago Braz da Silva, who set a new Olympic record en route to winning gold ahead of Renaud Lavillenie in the delayed men's pole vault final.