There is a reason why the Olympics are the most awaited event from the time they get over, to the time when they are ready to take off again. No other platform has even close to the same number of people that take part in the Olympics. It goes without saying that such major competition would fuel players to put their lives into getting glory at the Olympics and be immortalized by their achievements. There were quite a few people who performed such feats the Rio Olympics:
1. The Hurdles Clean Sweep:
Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, and Kristi Castlin won gold, silver, and bronze for the United States in the 100m hurdles. It was the first sweep of the 110 meter hurdles since it was introduced as an event in the 1972 Munich Games.
2. The Syrian Butterfly:
Who can forget the beaming smile of swimmer Yusra Mardini, who won her heat in the 100m butterfly? Aged 14, Mardini swam for Syria at a world championship in 2012 but her home was destroyed in the ongoing conflict and she fled the country with her sister. She had to swim for her life when a boat capsized during her escape.
3. Kosovo Checks In:
It was the first appearance of Kosovo at the Olympic Games and it straight away won gold when Majilnda Kelmendi defeated Italy’s Odette Giuffrida in the final of the women’s 52 kg judo contest.
4. Fiji First:
Fiji won its first ever Olympic medal after an outstanding performance in the rugby sevens tournament — which made its debut. The Pacific Islanders were hotly-tipped to win gold and duly crushed Great Britain 43-7 in the final, sparking scenes of joy among the 900,000 population and heaps of praise on social media.
5. Indian Women Leaving Its Mark:
The women who represented our country really spearheaded our Olympic campaign with commendable vigour. We can proudly claim that we had our first medals in the women’s division in wrestling and badminton in Sakshi Malik and P.V. Sindhu. And let’s not forget Dipa Karmakar’s close 4th in gymnastics.
The Rio Olympics have been quite the spectacle with so much happening on each day that it was so difficult to decide which event to watch; they were all so exciting! Make sure you catch these highlights of the Olympics if you missed them!