Rio Olympics Came to an End After 16 Days of Sporting Spectacle-Important Gk Updates:
Dear Aspirants, 31st Summer Olympics, hosted by Brazilian City, Rio de Janeiro ended after 16 days of sporting spectacle. The games had nearly 11,000 participants from 205 countries, including a first-ever refugee team, featuring in 306 events of 42 sporting disciplines. In all 65 Olympic and 19 World Records were broken during the course of games.
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Indian Flag Bearers
Opening Ceremony Flag-Bearer – Abhinav Bindra
Closing Ceremony Flag-Bearer– Sakshi Malik
Indian Athletes with Medals
India also fielded its biggest-ever contingent, and had a few firsts to its name. India’s first medal in Rio came from freestyle wrestler Sakshi Malik.She bagged the Bronze medal in 58 kg weight class and became the first Indian female wrestler to get a medal.
The second and last medal of the Games came from Badminton where, PV Sindhu settled for a Silver. Sindhu became the first Indian Woman to win a Silver medal and the first Indian shuttler to reach the Final.
Indian Athletes with good performance and miss medal in narrow
Gymnast Dipa Karmnakar also brought laurels to the country as she finished 4th in Vault Final missing out on a Bronze by a whisker.
Steeplechaser Lalita Babar also made the country proud by becoming the first Indian athlete in 32 years to enter the Finals of an individual event of the Games in track category.
Indian’s Badminton player, Kidambi Srikanth lost to Lin Dan of China 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles event.
Vinesh Phogat lost to China’s Sun Yanan in wrestling women’s freestyle 48 kg quarterfinal.
Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa and Jitu to get Khel Ratna
The Indian government has decided to confer the country’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, to Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, along with shooter Jitu Rai and gymnast Dipa Karmakar. The awardees will be handed a medal, a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 7.5 lakh from the President on August 29.
Indian’s who’s performance buried by the top competition
India also had participation in swimming, judo, rowing, table tennis and weightlifting where their performance was buried by the top competition.
An 18-year-old golfer Aditi Ashok slipped away from being in top-10 at the end of second round to finish 41st with an overall score of seven-over 291.
India’s Seema Punia failed to qualify for the final in the women’s discus throw on Day of the Rio.
Wrestler Narsingh Yadav was slapped with a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration of Sports which overturned the clean chit given by the NADA.
Gagan Narang, who competed in three events of 50m rifle 3P, 50m rifle prone and 10m air rifle, but the London Olympics bronze medallist failed to make an impression in any of them.
The likes of Heena Sidhu, Ayonika Paul, and Apurvi Chandela also failed to live up to the hype losing in the elimination stage.
Top Ten Athletes
In some unprecedented feats, American swimmer Michael Phelps cemented his status as the most successful Olympian of all time by winning five gold and one silver at Rio, taking his tally to 28 medals that includes 23 gold. This was Phelps final Olympic appearance.
In Track, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt claimed his legend status as he took the 9th career Gold. He completed an unprecedented ‘triple-triple’ by winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles at a third successive Olympics. He had earlier announced his retirement after the Games. Bolt hangs up his boots with all the sprinting World and Olympic records to his name.
In other wonders, another American swimmer Katie Ledecky, won four gold and a silver at Rio, setting new world records in the 400m and 800m freestyle events. Her compatriot the artistic gymnast Simone Biles left the Rio Games with five medals – four gold and one bronze – from her first Olympic Games.
Briton Mo Farah defended his 5000m and 10,000m titles from London Olympics. This has been achieved just once before, by Finnish great Lasse Viren at the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Games.
Kenya’s David Rudisha also made the headlines for retaining the Olympic 800 metres title. Jamaican sprinter, Elaine Thompson dethroned the ‘Sprint Queen’ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 100m and then hauled the double sprinting title, the 200m Gold. In 400m South African Wayde van Nierkerk with his time of 43.03 seconds bettered the 17-year-old mark of 43.18 set by legend Michael Johnson.
Brazil, the five time World Football Champion, claimed their first ever Olympic Gold in their history. Their captain NeymarJr scored the winning penalty in the final against Germany.
Tennis witnessed big upsets, as both Men’s and Women’s number one, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams crashed out in the initial stages. Britains’ Andy Murray took the men’s singles title while an unknown name from Puerto Rico, Monica Puig bagged the women’s singles title.
Countries with First Ever Medal
Other countries who won their first-ever medal at Olympics were Fiji, Jordan and Kosovo they all claimed gold. Five other nations had won medals in the past, but this edition of the Games was the first to see them reach the top of the podium were Bahrain, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Vietnam and Tajikistan.
United States ended the Games at the top of the medals tally. They finished with 46 Gold, 37 Silver and 38 Bronze. Great Britain finished on second spot with 27 Gold, 23 Silver and 17 bronze. China follows on third, with a tally of 26 Gold, 18 Silver and 26 Bronze. India finished at joint 67th position.
The International Olympic committee will stage the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeong chang, South Korea. And the next Summer Games are in Asia, too, as the Olympics will land in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, in 2020.
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