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What was said at the Rio Olympics

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Some of the best quotes of last week from the Rio Olympics.

What was said at the Rio Olympics last week.

"They competed under gigantic pressure. Let's give these kids a break. Sometimes you take actions that you later regret. They had fun, they made a mistake, life goes on." - Rio 2016 spokesman MARIO ANDRADA defends four US swimmers, including gold medallist Ryan Lochte, whose accounts of an armed robbery at the weekend are under question by Brazilian police.

"I am trying to be one of the greatest. Be among (Muhammad) Ali and Pele. I hope to be in that bracket after these Games." USAIN BOLT after capturing the 200m crown for the third straight Olympics, the eighth gold medal of his spectacular career.

"I don't want to call a parent and tell them their child has been robbed, mugged or anything worse." - Australia's chef de mission KITTY CHILLER after disciplining swimmers Josh Palmer and Emma McKeon for not returning to the athletes village.

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"To clarify, I've followed AOC safety protocol in not travelling to village alone. My error was not texting my team manager. #noclosingforme," McKeon tweeted.

"Completely over the top punishment for @emma_mckeon. This girl would avoid getting involved in a pillow fight. Too harsh for a small mistake," Tweet from Melanie Wright, a member of Australia's 2012 gold-medal winning 4x100m freestyle relay team. Wright has since launched a petition calling for McKeon to be allowed to walk in the closing ceremony after team officials banned her from attending.

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Description: Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan of Australia (left) congratulate Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic of Croatia after the Men's 470 Medal race at Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug 18, 2016. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

"I was worried about the water quality." - Sailor MAT BELCHER jokes about his instinctive action to pull crew mate Will Ryan back in the boat on their way to a silver medal in the men's 470.

"A little bit embarrassing, but I apologised to him and he was cool with it." - Australian decathlete CEDRIC DUBLER very nearly took out a cameraman by accident with a shocker javelin throw.

"After that... we learned how to play tough-man basketball and that's definitely going to help us in this next game." - Australia taught Serbia a lesson the first time they met at the Rio Olympics, but tattooed big man MIROSLAV RADULJICA insists they won't be playing student again in the semi-finals.

"I'm so thankful he laid down the bet because I was dumb enough to try." - What started as a dumb bet between mates over a few beers back in 2010 has ended in an Olympic bronze medal for Australian sprint kayaker LACHLAN TAME.

"Maybe in four years, he'll be older, slower and greyer." - British triathlete JONNY BROWNLEE is confident of beating his brother Alistair at the Tokyo 2020 Games after he stormed to a record second Olympic gold medal, relegating Jonny to silver.

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"On the finish line each athlete wants to put the nose of the boat as far as possible to maximise the chance of being first. My body weight got to the back of the boat and I capsized. It was a golden trick." - Ukraine's men's canoe 1000m gold medallist IURII CHEBAN on why he capsized at the finish line.

"We worked with an Aboriginal elder - he taught us how to move like an emu." - Australian synchronised swimmer BIANCA HAMMETT says her Australian team will channel native fauna in their free routine.

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