Friday, August 19th, 2016


“All hail Usain Bolt – perfection.” – Ato Boldon on Bolt earning his ninth career Olympic gold medal in the men’s 4x100m relay

“One of the most impressive runs I have ever seen on a 4x100m relay.” – Sanya Richards-Ross on the U.S. women winning gold

RIO DE JANEIRO – August 19, 2016 – NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, continued Friday night on the networks of NBCUniversal.

Primetime host Bob Costas opened up Friday night’s coverage on NBC from NBC Olympics’ studio located inside the International Broadcast Center in Rio. Day 14 was highlighted by Usain Bolt anchoring to Jamaica to gold in the men’s 4x100m relay, his ninth career gold medal, in what was likely the final race of his historic Olympic career; and Allyson Felix, who became the first woman to win five gold medals in Olympic track and field history, as the U.S. won the women’s 4x100m relay final.

Coverage on NBC also included American Sandi Morris winning silver in the women’s pole vault final, Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot winning gold in the women’s 5000m final, and defending Olympic champion David Boudia battling with Great Britain’s Tom Daley in men’s platform diving prelims.

Following are notes and quotes from tonight’s coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics on the networks of NBCUniversal:



Play-by-play announcer Tom Hammond: “Usain Bolt puts them away and charges to the lead! Here’s Usain Bolt – three times three – the triple-triple!”

Analyst Ato Boldon: “All hail Usain Bolt – perfection.”

Boldon on Japan’ 4×100 men’s relay team, which eventually won silver, prior to the start of the race: “This is a sleeper team. They ran an Asian-record 37.68 in their heat, beating Jamaica, and they pass the baton better than anyone else in this field…some teams practice for a month or a week. Japan has been practicing for the entire year.”

Boldon on the disqualification of the U.S. men’s 4x100m relay team, allegedly passing the baton too early on the first exchange: “Mike Rodgers to Justin Gatlin…Gatlin’s hand is on the stick before he steps into that zone, so it’s an early pass that we think has disqualified them out of this final and the bronze medal.”

Boldon on Team USA winning the women’s 4x100m relay, recording the second-fastest time in history: “It’s almost like they said, ‘Okay – you want to be against us? You think that maybe we didn’t deserve to be here after that bump in the heat? We’re going to come out here and show you why we are the defending Olympic champs.’ There’s no question, that is the most impressive run we have ever seen out of Lane 1…that is dominance by the United States.”

Analyst Sanya Richards-Ross on the U.S. women’s win: “One of the most impressive runs I have ever seen on a 4x100m relay…everyone did their part. They stunned Jamaica.”

Analyst Craig Masback on Cheruiyot’s victory: “When she doubled at the World Championships in the 5000m and 10,000m in 2011, she wasn’t chosen as the Athlete of the Year by the IAAF, and she complained. She said, ‘I was clearly the best woman in the world. I deserve to be recognized.’ Well, she’s going to be recognized for this victory.”

Analyst Tim Hutchings as Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana was passed by Cheruiyot late in the race: “The unthinkable might be happening. They’ve reeled in Ayana…they’ve now passed the world record holder at 10,000m. It may be that 10,000m from a week ago took more out of her than we realized…clearly she’s not the same athlete that won the 10,000m last week.”


Analyst Cynthia Potter on Great Britain’s Tom Daley: “Tom Daley has it all together, and he’s got his team behind him, including his fiancée Lance (Dustin Lance Black)…I know it’s only the prelims, but he is serving notice…he has just beaten the Olympic gold score from four years ago. Credit him, (his coach) Jane Figueiredo, and his team.”

Click here for a feature on Tom Daley, in his own words.


Play-by-Play announcer Jason Knapp on Iran’s Hassan Yazdani winning gold in the final minute: “It was a walk in the park in the early rounds of this tournament, but it was a battle royal at the end, and he grabs gold at 74kg.”


Analyst Kevin Barnett on Brazil defeating Russia in straight sets to advance to the men’s volleyball final: “When you have good pieces and the world’s best attacker, anything is possible.”



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-RIO 2016-