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2016 Rio Olympics Roundup
By Brodey Sheppard - August 23, 2016
After 16 remarkable days, the flame went out on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. More than 10,000 athletes from 207 nations competed for the coveted gold. In the end, many records were broken and sports legends were born.
Highlights of the 2016 Olympics
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt ran into the record books with his ninth gold medal, meeting all athletics betting expectations. The “fastest man on earth” won three events – the individual 100m and 200m, as well as the 4x100-metre relay.
Another legend of athletics was Great Britain’s Mo Farah, who won two gold medals. He defended both his 5,000m and 10,000m titles in Rio. He is the first athlete to complete the 5,000m and 10,000m double at back-to-back Games since Lasse Viren in 1972 and 1976.
The “Baltimore Bullet” returned to the Games with more medals than most athletes, and came out of Rio 2016 as the most decorated Olympian of all time. Michael Phelps won his 23rd gold medal when he finished first in the 4x100m medley relay. Rio 2016 is Phelps’ fifth Olympic appearance in 16 years, and claimed that it would be his last.
The United States swimming team will be just fine with Phelps’ retirement from the Olympics, as 19-year-old Katie Ledecky displayed exceptional skills in the pool, winning the 800m freestyle and leaving rivals in her wake. Ledecky officially broke her own world record, finishing a jaw-dropping 11 seconds ahead of GB’s Jazmin Carlin. By the time the Games ended in Rio, Ledecky won four gold medals plus one silver medal.
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Japan's Kohei Uchimura became the first gymnast in over four decades to successfully win back-to-back Olympic all-around titles. Teenage sensation Simone Biles also executed flawless routines to land her fourth gold at Rio.
Aside from triumph and glory, the Summer Olympics was also filled with romance. British cyclists Jason Kenny and fiancee Laura Trott have become the king and queen of the track. The two won five gold medals at Rio, and broke national records in the process.
This year, three nations won their very first Olympic gold medals. Jordan’s Ahmad Abughaush won the Men's 68kg Taekwondo, Fiji’s team won the first ever Men’s Rugby Sevens, and Kosovo’s Majlinda Kelmendi won the Women's 52kg Judo event.
Records Broken at the Rio Olympics
A total of 27 world records and 91 Olympic records were made at the Rio. The exact counts were announced during the 2016 Olympics closing ceremony, where the Japanese Prime Minister dressed up as Super Mario as a sneak peek of what to expect at Tokyo 2020.
Here are some of the world records broken after the final events of the Games:
|Sport||Event||Previous Record||New Record|
|Archery||Men's Individual||-||(South Korea) KIM Woojin 700|
|Athletics||Women's 10,000m||(China) WANG Wang 29:31.78||(Ethiopia) AYANA Almaz 29:17.45|
|Athletics||Men's 400m||(USA) JOHNSON Johnson 43.18s||(South Africa) VAN NIEKERK Wayde 43.03s|
|Athletics||Women's Hammer Throw||(Poland) WLODARCZYK Anita 81.08m||(Poland) WLODARCZYK Anita 82.29m|
|Cycling Track||Women's Team Sprint||(China) 32.034s||(China) Gong / Zhong 31.928s|
|Cycling Track||Men's Team Pursuit||(Great Britain) 3:51.659||(Great Britain) 3:50.265|
|Cycling Track||Women's Team Pursuit||(Australia) 4:13.683||(Great Britain) 4:10.236|
|Swimming||Women's 400m Individual Medley||(China) YE Shiwen 4:28.43||(Hungary) HOSSZU Katinka 4:26.36|
|Swimming||Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay||(Australia) 3:30.98||(Australia) 3:30.65|
|Swimming||Women's 100m Butterfly||(Sweden) SJOSTROM Sarah 55.64s||(Sweden) SJOSTROM Sarah 55.48s|
|Swimming||Men's 100m Breaststroke||(Great Britain) PEATY Adam 57.92s||(Great Britain) PEATY Adam 57.13s|
|Swimming||Women's 400m Freestyle||(USA) LEDECKY Katie 3:58.37||(USA) LEDECKY Katie 3:56.46|
|Swimming||Women's 800m Freestyle||(USA) LEDECKY Katie 8:06.68||(USA) LEDECKY Katie 8:04.79|
|Swimming||Men's 100m Backstroke||(USA) PEIRSOL Peirsol 51.94s||(USA) MURPHY Ryan 51.85s|
|Weightlifting||Women's 63kg||(Chinese Taipei) LIN Tzu-Chi 261kg||(China) DENG Wei 262kg|
|Weightlifting||Men's 77kg||(Russia) PEREPECHENOV Perepechenov 210kg||(Kazakhstan) RAHIMOV Nijat 214kg|
|Weightlifting||Men's 85kg||(Iran) ROSTAMI Kianoush 395kg||(Iran) ROSTAMI Kianoush 396kg|
|Weightlifting||Men's 56kg||(Turkey) MUTLU Mutlu 305kg||(China) LONG Qingquan 307kg|
|Weightlifting||Men's +105kg||(Iran) REZA ZADEH Reza Zadeh 472kg||(Georgia) TALAKHADZE Lasha 473kg|
Rio Olympics Medal Tally
After finishing all the events on the 2016 Olympic Games calendar, the United States retains the top spot for gold medals and total medals won. This year was the United States’ highest medal tally with 121 medals since 1984 when they won 116. The United States dominated in athletics and in swimming, winning 64 medals for both sports. Rio’s medals brought them to the top of the all-time Olympic medal table with 1,022 gold medals.
Here are the top 25 countries in the Rio Olympics medal tally, starting with the country that won the most gold.
|1) United States||46||37||38||121|
|2) Great Britain||27||23||17||67|
|8) South Korea||9||3||9||21|
|19) New Zealand||4||9||5||18|