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The City of Antwerp: The city of Antwerp is the capital of the Antwerp province in Flanders, one of Belgium's three regions. Antwerp is a centre of commerce in Flanders and Belgium. The city of Antwerp is on the right bank of the river Scheldt which is linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde. Antwerp's port is one of the world's largest ports. It has a high level of cargo shipping and oil refineries. Some of the landmarks in Antwerp are Kathedraal, Groenplaats, Stadspark, Koningin Fabiolazaal, Grote Markt, Platentiun and Bourla Schouwburg.

The Seventh Summer Games: The 1920 Summer Olympics was officially known as the Games of the VII Olympiad . The Games were held in 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium . The 1916 Olympics, which was the sixth Olympiad , were scheduled to be held in Berlin . The Games were cancelled due to World War I. The city of Antwerp was chosen as the host of the seventh Olympics to memorialize Belgium for its suffering in World War I.

Venue: The 1920 Summer Games were held in the Olympisch Stadion in Antwerp . This stadium was built for the 1920 Summer Olympics to be used as the main stadium for the Games.

Participants: 2626 participants took part in the seventh Summer Games . The countries participating in the Games were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States and Yugoslavia.

Events: In the 1920 Olympics, there were 154 events in 22 sports. Medals were awarded for archery, athletics, boxing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, figure skating, football, gymnastics, hockey, ice hockey, modern pentathlon, polo, rowing, rugby, shooting, swimming, tennis, tug of war, water polo, weight lifting, wrestling and yachting.

Medal Counts: United States became the winner of the 1920 Olympics wining 95 medals in total with 41 gold medals. Belgium won 38 medals with 16 gold medals.

A Brief Description of the Seventh Summer Games: The 1920 Summer Games were held in Antwerp, Belgium from 20 th April to 12 th September . The games were officially opened by Albert V of Belgium . In this Olympiad, Olympic oath was first time uttered by the athletes under Victor Boin . Olympic Flag was flown for the first time and also doves were released to symbolize peace. There was a week of winter sports, with figure skating and ice hockey.

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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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