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Olympic Athletes - Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics will be staged in the Brazilian capital of Rio de Janeiro from August 5 to 21, 2016. It is expected that around 10,500 athletes would compete in 28 sports. The 2016 Summer Olympics will witness the addition of two new games - rugby sevens and golf.

The games will also witness the first-time entry of athletes from two new countries Kosovo and South Sudan. This will be for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games that the IOC will allow athletes to compete as Independent Olympians under the Olympic Flag.

The table below displays the names of the countries that are participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Click on any country to see the detailed list of the athletes and the sports in which they will be competing.

Rio 2016 Olympic Athletes
Algeria Olympic AthletesGreat Britain Olympic AthletesNorway Olympic Athletes
Argentina Olympic AthletesHungry Olympic AthletesPoland Olympic Athletes
Australia Olympic AthletesIndia Olympic AthletesRomania Olympic Athletes
Azerbaijan Olympic AthletesIran Olympic AthletesRussia Olympic Athletes
Belarus Olympic AthletesIreland Olympic AthletesSerbia Olympic Athletes
Belgium Olympic AthletesItaly Olympic AthletesSlovenia Olympic Athletes
Brazil Olympic AthletesJamaica Olympic AthletesSouth Africa Olympic Athletes
Canada Olympic AthletesJapan Olympic AthletesSouth Korea Olympic Athletes
China Olympic AthletesKanya Olympic AthletesSpain Olympic Athletes
Croatia Olympic AthletesKazakhstan Olympic AthletesSweden Olympic Athletes
Cuba Olympic AthletesLatvia Olympic AthletesSwitzerland Olympic Athletes
Czech Republic Olympic AthletesLithuania Olympic AthletesThailand Olympic Athletes
Denmark Olympic AthletesMexico Olympic AthletesTurkey Olympic Athletes
Ethiopia Olympic AthletesNetherlands Olympic AthletesUkraine Olympic Athletes
France Olympic AthletesNew Zealand Olympic AthletesUSA Olympic Athletes
Germany Olympic AthletesNorth Korea Olympic Athletes

Last Updated on: June 07, 2016

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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