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Sports at Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

The Olympic Games is a multi-sport event held once every four years in the form of Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics. This event is organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The 2016 Olympics is taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2016 Olympics, 39 sports will be played, including two new sports introduced - Rugby Sevens and Golf.

Rio Olympics Sports List

Aquatics (including swimming, diving and synchronized swimming, water polo)Judo
ArcheryModern Pentathlon
BasketballRugby 7s
Canoe / KayakShooting
Cycling - including Track, Road, Mountain Bike and BMXTable Tennis
Football (soccer)Track & Field
Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampolining)Volleyball - indoor and beach volleyball
HockeyWrestling (Greco-Roman and Freestyle)

Olympics hosts nearly 400 events across 35 sports. The Summer Olympics includes 28 sports (with a total of 41 disciplines) and the Winter Olympics includes 7 sports (with 15 disciplines). The upcoming Summer Games in Beijing, China, has planned to host 302 events in 28 sports.

Sports to be Played in 2016 Rio Olympics

The Summer Olympic sports are archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, judo, mountain biking, rowing, sailing, shooting, soccer, softball, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.

Interesting Facts on Sports in Olympics

Two sports, Taekwondo and Triathlon (swimming, biking, running), were introduced for the first time at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. In 1996, Mountain Biking made its Olympic debut.

The US has the record of hosting Summer Olympics for most number of times - four. On the contrary, two continents - Africa and South America - have never hosted a Summer Olympics event.

Women were allowed to participate in Olympics for the first time at the second Summer Games in 1900. Eleven women were allowed to compete in lawn tennis and golf.

While Larrisa Latynina, a gymnast from the former Soviet Union, had the record of winning highest number of medals (18) ever won by any participants in the history of Summer Olympics, she was unseated by American swimmer Michael Phelps. He has won the most number of Olympic medals - 22.

Summer Olympics Sports

Aquatics Water Polo at OlympicsRhythmic Gymnastics at Olympics
Archery at OlympicsRoad Cycling at Olympics
Badminton at OlympicsRowing at Olympics
Baseball at OlympicsSailing at Olympics
Basketball at OlympicsShooting at Olympics
Beach Volleyball at OlympicsSlalom Canoeing at Olympics
Bmx Cycling at OlympicsSoftball at Olympics
Boxing at OlympicsSwimming at Olympics
Equestrian at OlympicsSynchronized Swimming at Olympics
Fencing at OlympicsTable Tennis at Olympics
Field Hockey at OlympicsTaekwondo at Olympics
Flat Water Canoeing at OlympicsTennis at Olympics
Football at OlympicsTrack Cycling at Olympics
Handball at OlympicsTrampoline Gymnastics at Olympics
Indoor Volleyball at OlympicsTriathlon at Olympics
Judo at OlympicsWeightlifting at Olympics
Modern Pentathlon at OlympicsWrestling at Olympics
Mountain Biking at Olympics

Last updated on: June 3, 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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