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The greatest athletes from across the globe are currently in Rio proving they are the best there is in their respective disciplines at the Olympics.

While many athletes quite understandably only have time for training and refuelling in this hunt for greatness, a select few athletes also manage to make time for sartorial brilliance, too.

For this week's Last Word, we highlight some of the best dressed Olympians of recent years, and how you can get the look.



The Manx Missile is one of the jewels in the crown of Team GB, with his ability to sprint away and snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat - one of the 3 reasons why he is such a beloved Olympian. Away from the Peloton, too, Cavendish also kills, with his clean sense of style. Team a crewneck jumper with a plain tee and chinos for the perfect Cav day-to-day look.



One of the home-grown stars of the London games, Louis Smith proves once and for all that there's more to gymnasts than Lycra. Smith's style revolves around simple pieces and colour palettes worn with confidence, so think button-up shirts in blue or navy paired with indigo jeans and boots.



The 5000 and 10000-metre gold medal holder from London 2012 Mo Farah is as hard working and dedicated as athletes come, however that doesn't mean he doesn't have time to enjoy a good garment or two. While Farah has stated he can't go out and buy his own clobber much anymore due to the level of attention he receives, whoever is dressing him is doing a good job. Team a well-cut blazer in navy with a button up shirt and jeans, and you've got the Mo Farah look down.



No Olympic style round up would be complete without Sir Wiggo. The self-styled 'King of the Mods', Wiggins' dress sense is as sharp as his performance on the tarmac. Whether he's teaming the classic Mod go-to of a harrington and a polo shirt – buttoned up to the nines, of course – with jeans or he's attending a function in a suit tailored in the classic Mod style, Wiggo always looks on point.