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Milestones from the Rio Olympics

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Milestones of the day from the Rio Olympics for Thursday, August 18.

UNPRECEDENTED - Jamaican Usain Bolt is only one step away from an unprecedented Olympic sprint triple after winning gold in the 200m final.

ROBBED - Australian swimmer Josh Palmer of $1000 after a drunken night out in Rio, losing his phone and wallet and being found alone and disoriented when two businessmen came to his aid at 2pm on Wednesday in beachside Copacabana.

BANNED - Palmer and Dolphins teammate Emma McKeon from the closing ceremony and are on strict curfew after breaking team protocols.

LIED - Four US swimmers, including gold medallist Ryan Lochte, who said they had been robbed at gunpoint, a Brazilian police official says.

RESURRECTED - The United States' 4x100m gold medal hopes, with officials allowing the team to re-run their relay heat after they were disqualified for dropping the baton during a handover.

MADE - History after Britain's Alistair Brownlee became the first athlete to retain the Olympic triathlon title with a dominant display in the swim-bike-run sport to clinch gold, beating his brother Jonathan who finished second.

FIGHTING - British TV presenter Charlie Webster for her life, after falling into a coma in a Rio hospital upon contracting a rare strain of malaria.

CLAIMED - A silver sailing medal for Australia in the 470 class from Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, despite Ryan falling out of the boat on the home straight.

STRIPPED - A weightlifter from Kyrgyzstan of his bronze medal after failing a drug test, while a Chinese swimmer and a Brazilian cyclist were also disqualified and a Moldovan canoeist was suspended and could lose his bronze medal.

CARRIED - Brazilian sailors Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze's boat onto dry land by fans after the duo won gold in the 49er FX.

© AAP 2016