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The lighter side of the Rio Olympics

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Some of the lighter and brighter moments at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

A look at the lighter side of the Rio Olympics on Wednesday, August 17:

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RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's Neymar has not yet won his country a gold medal, but he at least pocketed an Olympic record.

The Barcelona forward scored the fastest football goal in Olympic history, just 15 seconds into Brazil's 6-0 thumping of Honduras.

The semi-final had barely kicked off when Neymar pounced on a slack back pass. His initial shot was saved by keeper Luis Lopez but the rebound ricocheted off the forward and into the net, sending the Maracana stadium into a frenzy of cheers.

Just moments after the fulltime whistle, members of the Honduras coaching team grabbed selfies with the superstar.

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Description: In this Aug. 10, 2016, image made from a video, Jim Van Horne and Norma Jean Wick, of Descriptive Video Works, narrate a volleyball match from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the NBC studios in Stamford, Conn. For the first time in the U.S., NBC is airing the Olympics in prime time with additional narrators who simply report what’s happening on screen, a sort of closed captioning for the visually impaired. (AP Photo/Joe Frederick)

RIO DE JANEIRO - Two people in a recording booth in Connecticut are helping millions of blind Americans feel part of the Olympics like never before.

For the first time in the US, NBC is airing the Olympics in prime time with additional narrators who simply report what's happening on screen - a sort of closed captioning for the visually impaired.

Their running blow-by-blow can open things up for the blind, who at best get an incomplete picture from traditional sportscasting that takes visuals for granted.

"I love the Olympics," says Marlaina Lieberg, 66, who's been blind since birth and has long bugged her sighted husband to describe the athletic events.

"I'm so happy I'm going to be able to sit back, watch the Olympics like anybody else, know what's going on, not have to imagine or wonder. That's huge."

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RIO DE JANEIRO - The free beer was flowing at their Australian surf clubs for as long as they were competing so Olympic sprint kayakers Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame made sure their mates were well looked after.

Gunning for gold in the men's K2 1000m in Rio, the pair got off to a cracking start with only first place advancing directly into the final.

Dual Olympic medallist Wallace competes for Queensland's Tugun Surf Life Saving Club and rookie Tame, with Avoca Beach on the NSW Central Coast, and said their clubs were putting on free beer while they were competing.

But heading for the finish line the Australians were overtaken by Serbia, meaning they had to race again in the semi-final an hour later.

With a race taking just over three minutes, Wallace joked it was all part of the plan.

"They turned it on the surf club for the night, and said 'We'll have free beer while they race' so if we only gave them three minutes of free beer we might as well do a semi and give them at least six," Wallace said.

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Description: Members of the Refugee Olympic Team pose for a photo in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 30, 2016. A group of 10 athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia will compete in Rio under the Olympic flag. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO - The portraits of all 10 members of the first Olympic refugee team now have a permanent place on the streets of Rio.

Brazilian artists Rodrigo Sini and Cety dedicated a spray-painted mural to the refugee athletes as a way of highlighting their importance.

"For me, they're already gold medal champions," Sini said while taking a short break from putting the finishing touches on the 100 square metre mural on Olympic Boulevard in the redeveloped port district.

"There is no medal that justifies the pleasure or the weight each of them carries, for the story each of them has, for the determination and courage they all had when they had to abandon their home countries to restart their lives somewhere else."

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