Rio 2016 has given the world 2 weeks of incredible human achievement. We’re celebrating a few of the most memorable moments from the Olympic games:
South Africa’s golden boy, Wayde van Niekerk, not only won gold for the men’s 400m but broke a world record that was kept for 17 years from the 8th lane. Wayde’s new WR stands at an incredibly fast 43.03 seconds.
Another special moment was Usain Bolt’s reaction to Wayde’s magical moment. Later on, Bolt said he would like to race the 24-year-old in a 300m match up. A suggestion that excited the athletics world!
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Caster Semenya takes another gold medal for SA! In the 800m race, Caster set a new record for South Africa at 1:55:29 and finished with the fastest time that’s been recorded so far this year.
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Rio 2016 was the stage for the first Olympic Refugee team. 10 athletes represented the growing number of refugees around the world as we reach the highest number of displaced people in history at a staggering 65.3 million people worldwide. Meet the athletes below:
Bolt cemented himself in history as the first man to ever win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay for 3 consecutive Olympic games. The star athlete has previously said that these would be his last Games and he definitely ended with a bang!
Host country Brazil takes the gold in football and judo! The soccer-loving nation filled the Macarana stadium to watch their Olympic team strike victory. Plus, Rafaela Silva, from one of Brazil’s poorest areas known as the City of God, beat the odds to win gold in the 57kg judo division.
US gymnast Simone Biles didn’t disappoint as the crowd-favourite winning 4 gold medals and 1 bronze, including the coveted all-around Olympic gold medal. The young 19-year-old is believed to be unbeatable at the moment. Check out her signature move below: