Rio 2016 Olympic Games Facts and statistics of the world's oldest show

For the second successive games, and the 17th time overall, the USA topped the medal table with 43golds.

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the Olympic cauldron

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And so it came to pass that on the 21 August 2016, the Olympic flame went out and then, the world’s oldest show was brought to an end.

The 2016 summer Olympic games was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 August to 21 August 2016.  Rio de Janeiro was the first city in South America to host the Summer Olympic Games.

As a matter of fact, 11,237 athletes from 205 National Olympic Committees, including first time entrants Kosovo, South Sudan, and the Refugee Olympic Team, took part. There were 306 sets of medals. 28 games; including rugby sevens and golf, which were added to the Olympic program in 2009. 33 venues hosted the sporting events in the host city- Rio de Janeiro and at five in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasilia, and Manaus.

What were the venues that hosted the different games in Rio 2016?

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statue of Christ the Redeemer


The competition venues were clustered in four zones – Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã – and they linked by a high-performance transport ring. Almost half the athletes could reach their venues in less than 10 minutes, and almost 75 per cent could do so in less than 25 minutes. Of the 34 competition venues, eight underwent some permanent works, seven were totally temporary and nine were constructed as permanent legacy venues.

Was there any controversy before the 2016 Olympic games?

Moreover, prior to the Olympic games, there were series of controversies including the instability of the Brazil’s federal government; health and safety concerns surrounding the Zika virus. The participation of Russian athletes was also affected as cases of doping scandals presented themselves.

However, the Olympic games went on as planned. World records were broken and history also was made.

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one of the ceremonious event of Rio 2016



What were the games in the 2016 Olympic that witnessed broken records?

The most records broken, world and Olympic records, were seen in the swimming pool, with swimmers, like U.S.’s Katie Ledecky breaking her own world record for the 400-meter freestyle race with a time of 3:56.46.

Also U.S.’s Michael Phelps losing not only the men’s 100-meter butterfly race to Singapore’s Joseph Schooling, but the Olympic record for that race to the young swimmer, one of his biggest fans. Schooling completed the race in 50.39 seconds.

Michael Phelps, however, along with his colleagues, did break the 4×100 Medley Relay Olympic record during the Games completing the race in 3:27.95. Another U.S. swimmer to break an Olympic record was gold medal winner, Simone Manuel, the first the first African American woman to win a gold medal for individual swimming, completing the 100-meter freestyle race in 52.70 seconds.

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Wayde Van Niekerk 400m world record



In track and field, spectators were waiting for a record from Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. But it was South Africa’s track and field runner Wayde van Niekerk complete the 400 meter race in 43.03 seconds, beating U.S.’s Michael Johnson 1999 world record by 0.15 seconds.

British track cyclist, Jason Kenny, outdid himself, breaking his own 2012 Olympic record in the men’s sprint. Representing the host country, Brazil’s own Thiago Braz da Silva, received a gold medal in men’s pole vault and set an Olympic record with his jump of 6.03 meters.

Facts of Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic games

For the second successive Games, and the 17th time overall, the United States topped the medal table with 43 golds.

The US overall medal total of 116 is their highest since 1984, when they claimed 174 on home turf in Los Angeles.

The US were dominant in athletics, winning 31 medals (13 of which were gold) - 20 more than second-placed Kenya, who won six golds.

The nation also ruled in the pool, winning 33 of the 104 medals awarded, which is 32%. Of these medals, 16 were gold. Their nearest rivals, Australia, won 10 swimming medals (three gold).

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Michael phelps leading team USA



The USA's Rio tally helped them achieve two notable historical milestones as they passed 1,000 golds and 2,500 Olympic medals overall. They have extended their sizable lead at the top of the all-time Olympic medal table.

The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic games has the highest share of female participants of all times. About 45 percent of the participants in Rio 2016 are women – around 4,700 women in total. the

In summary, coupled with the fact that the 2016 Olympic games was a huge success in the world of sport, it could also be said that  Rio de Janeiro 2016 was an opportunity to deliver the broader aspirations for the long-term future of the city, region and country. An opportunity to hasten the transformation of Rio de Janeiro into a greater global city.

“A new world,” was the motto of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro summer Olympic games.

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