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    Lizzie Armitstead expressed pride and avoided self-pity after her week of turmoil ended in Olympic disappointment at Copacabana beach. Adrian Colbert Super Bowl Jersey .The embattled world champion was given a Rio reprieve over three whereabouts failures when the first was declared void by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.But Britains first medalist of London 2012, with silver on The Mall behind Marianne Vos, could only finish fifth in the 137-kilometre road race as the Netherlands Anna van der Breggen won a dramatic gold.Van der Breggen triumphed only after compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten crashed out on the final ascent and Mara Abbott of the United States was caught 200 metres from the line.Abbott did not even win a medal, finishing fourth, as Emma Johansson of Sweden took silver and Italys Elisa Longo Borghini bronze.Armitstead said: I cant feel sorry for myself. This is sport and thats what its about. You open yourself up for judgement. I never gave up and for that I can be proud of myself.Obviously Ive lost quite a lot of sleep and its been a hard time, but its not an excuse.Once Ive got a number on my back Im a totally different person and Im focused and it didnt enter my mind once in the race. I was totally focused on what I do best.Its a deserving Olympic champion for sure.Van Vleuten led with less than 11km to go, but crashed dramatically on the descent which had ended mens road race leader Vincenzo Nibalis chances 24 hours earlier.Officials reported she was conscious, able to communicate and being taken to hospital for further checks.Chris Boardman, the 1992 Olympic champion, thought the route was dangerous.He told the BBC: Im really just waiting for news on Van Vleuten. Its very hard to concentrate when you see a crash like that. Im actually quite angry because I looked at the road furniture and thought nobody can crash here and get up. This was way past technical, this was dangerous.The crash allowed Abbott to take the lead and she had an advantage of almost 40 seconds as the descent flattened out, only to be denied in the finishing straight.Armitstead had insisted she was not a favourite in the lead-up and so it turned out.It wasnt entirely unexpected, she added. I knew I was going to need a miracle to come away with the gold medal on this course. Im really happy with the tactic that I had and the effort that I did. I came up short on the climb. Thats what Ive been working hard on, but thats sport.Armitsteads teammates Emma Pooley and Nikki Harris did not finish.Pooley, who rides in Wednesdays time-trial, said: It was foolish of her, and Im sure she agrees, to get to the three strikes point, but she was cleared of one of them.Its not the same as taking drugs, missing three tests, and she missed one because they failed to find her and thats a valid excuse. So I think thats perfectly reasonable. 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Team GB was presented with a growing problem on Sunday: Which of its super successful athletes should it choose as its flag carrier for the closing ceremony.As each day passes, more and more stars are made as the medals roll in and the list of potential candidates gets ever stronger. Max Whitlock was one of the latest to add his name to the list on a sensational Sunday, and he didnt seem quite prepared for how much his life could change as a result.He struck gymnastics gold twice in less than two hours, in the floor exercise and pommel horse; Britain had never before won an Olympic title in his sport. Whitlock made more history for winning two individual events on the same day, something only rider Richard Meade had come close to, in 1972, when he triumphed in team and individual eventing competitions.The only dark spot on his new, ever-brightening horizon came from a Twitter storm that claimed teammate Louis Smith, who took silver and was visibly upset at the result; Smith snubbed Whitlock at the end of the competition, their rivalry seemingly taking on an ugly bitterness, but the pair embraced at the medal ceremony and Smith said later that he would rather lose to Whitlock than anyone else, that the 23-year-old deserved the gold.We are friends, said Smith, who plans to return to his television career next year, and focus on gymnastics after that. After this we will have a few drinks.Whitlock admitted the competition between them was tough, but judged on what they said, at least, it hasnt become personal. Whatever the reality of their relationship, it shouldnt detract from the magic of Whitlock. He had only given himself an outside chance of winning a medal of any colour in the floor routine on Sunday, and ended up as champion.The mistakes of others helped: six-time world all-round champion Kohai Ichimura, the man Whitlock hero-worships, stepped off the square; floor favourite Kenzo Shirai lost his footing three times; and American Samuel Mikulak put a foot out of touch.Whitlocks routine still had to be very good, and it was nearly flawless, but the way he reset between events was even more impressive.He had been jeered by a partisan crowd at the end of his routine as they cried out for their heroes, the eventual silver and bronze medallists Diego Hypolito and Artur Mariano, to succeed. He hadnt expected to take a historic gold, either, and had to prepare to take on Smith, who had been the senior partner four years ago, claiming silver to Whitlocks bronze.It was quite difficult to come back for the second event, Whitlock said after his third superb pommel horse performance of the week. Tevin Coleman Super Bowl Jersey. I couldnt take in what I had just done in the floor. I went back into the training gym and refocused and went out to deliver again.This has outdone all of my expectations and I am proud to say I have made history. The potential has always been there in the pommel horse but the floor was different and gold didnt seem possible.Louis congratulated me coming out, which I really appreciated. We are one and two in the world, and that is a great place to be.Smith tells a story that 12 years ago British Gymnastics officials, newly deprived of funding, laughed at the idea of a Briton winning Olympic gold. Now when preparations for Tokyo 2020 draw near, they might be incredulous at the notion the nation will not take the top spot on the podium in their sport at least once.Whitlock has the potential to dominate on the pommel horse for some time -- his routine was comfortably better than those of his rivals in just about every aspect -- and he will surely be inspired to become as consistently good on the floor over the next four years.He indicated as much even before his media conference had taken place here, saying: Thats not me done. Ill be back in the gym soon and working hard; this motivates me to do even more in the sport.Off the mats and the pommel horse, life will likely be more than a little different for Whitlock. He is engaged to be married to his long-term partner, Leah Hickton, next year, and the pairs profile had risen considerably even before his stunning success in Brazil.He is a grounded guy who only really looks fazed when he is waiting for the final results at the end of an event, and that is because he doesnt like to watch his rivals and doesnt keep track.That is probably why he was able to produce two brilliant performances in such a short space of time; that and the tough, focused mindset of all great champions. Hopefully, it will also enable him and Hickton, a gymnastics coach, to handle to an intensified spotlight as the couples media appeal may well see them put on a pedestal.Mo Farah said somebody told him that his double-gold-medal feats at London 2012 would change his life forever, and he didnt believe them until he had to start going out in a hoodie to prevent photographers and others bothering him incessantly.Whitlock brushed off a similar suggestion on Sunday, and maybe the glare wont be quite as bright as it was for Farah because he isnt from track and field.Make no mistake though, his success, in his sport, was just as spectacular. ' ' '