Men's Olympic road race: Musashinonomori Park › Fuji International Speedway, 234km.
The 28-year-old’s expertly-timed move in the closing stages of the race saw him go clear of breakaway companion Brandon McNulty (USA), before holding off the advances of an elite chase group.
Carapaz had initially escaped alongside McNulty (USA) with 26 kilometres remaining of the brutal 234km course, made more difficult by searing heat and humidity.
But as the pursuit became more organised, the gap started to drop, leading Carapaz to attack McNulty around five kilometres from the finish, racing to the line solo to make Ecuadorian history.
Adam Yates finished ninth for Team GB and Kwiatkowski (Poland) was 11th as the chase group sprinted for the remaining medals on the line.
Even when I crossed the line I couldn’t believe it. I think it’s the happiest moment of my life."
"I went to the Tour with the podium on my mind. I made it and I came here with the feeling that I could achieve something special. I won a gold medal and even when I crossed the line I couldn’t believe it. I think it’s the happiest moment of my life."
“I think McNulty was a great companion in the breakaway, because he’s very, very good on even terrain. We were able to maintain that advantage that we had, 20 or 30 seconds that separated us from the rest. And then of course, coming here down to the circuit, I simply continued on that level and that’s how I won.”
“To my country, the truth is you have to believe, no? I have worked so hard to get here. I’m here, I’m enjoying — it’s something so big for me. And simply 'thank you' for the support which truthfully really helped me get here.”