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Amazing Athletes at Rio

logoGames of the XXXI Olympiad – Rio de Janeiro, 2016

We’ve seen many great performances by amazing athletes at the Rio Olympics. We’ve seen Jamaica’s Usain Bolt win the men’s 100 metre sprint for the third time. This makes him the first track and field athlete to compete in the same event at three Olympic Games and win the gold medal each time.

We’ve also seen American swimmer Michael Phelps become the most successful Olympic athlete ever. He first competed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 when he was only 15 years old. He didn’t win a medal in Sydney, but since then he’s won more Olympic medals than anyone else in history. He’s won a total of 28 medals in freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and medley competitions, including 23 gold medals.

Many younger athletes have also done amazing things at the Rio Olympics. Kyle Chalmers is an 18-year-old swimmer from Australia who surprised everyone, including himself, by winning gold in the men’s 100m freestyle. And Simone Biles, a 19-year-old African American gymnast, has won four gold medals and a bronze in her first Olympics. After showing her amazing skill and talent in gymnastics she became many people’s favourite athlete at Rio.

Simone Biles

American gymnast Simone Biles, winner of 4 gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photo: Agência Brasil Fotografias / (CC BY 2.0)

But representing your country at the Olympic Games is an amazing achievement in itself, even if you don’t win a medal. For some people their favourite athlete is someone like this from their own country who trains hard and does his or her best, no matter what their chance of winning might be. But for others their favourite is an Olympic star who’s won lots of medals, no matter which country they come from. Tell us which of the athletes in Rio you like the best in the comment box below:

Who’s your favourite athlete at the Rio Olympics, and why?

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backstroke (noun): a swimming stroke you do while lying on your back

butterfly (noun): a face-down swimming stroke in which you move both arms forward at the same time

freestyle (noun): a swimming event in which swimmers are free to use any style

medley (noun): a race that includes one or more laps in each of four different swimming styles

sprint (noun): a short, fast race run over a distance of 400 metres or less

track and field (noun): running, jumping and throwing events in athletics that take place on a running track or the field enclosed by the track

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60 Responses to “Amazing Athletes at Rio”

  1. Karen says:

    Thank you for your commentry. There are so many athletes competing at these olympic games, but being from the caribbean, specifically Trinidad and Tobago, i will stick close to home and choose Keshorn Walcott. He throws the javelin (bias intended) lol. Usain Bolt is my other favourite competitor, but my favourite games are gymnastics, syncronised swimming and the races (100,200m etc).

  2. abel says:

    Almaz Ayana who has never, ever astonishing finish in 10000 meter!

  3. Isa Dolz says:

    Hi!! In Spain we have our own heroes. In Swimming, Mireia Belmonte has become the best swimmer in our history. Rafa Nadal is the best example of hardworking in Tennis. He has been world champion in several times…And the Basketball teams are doing their best.

  4. Fatih Tuncay Efe says:

    My favorite athlete is Michael Phelps.

  5. Riyad says:

    From my country the Jordanian boxer Mr Hasan Ashish hemail made it to semi finals an almost win the last round but he lost it 27 -30

  6. Milcah says:

    My favourite athlete in these Olympics is still Usain Bolt. There’s something so soothing in watching him run that I always feel happy afterwards.

  7. santosh says:

    Sakshi Malik is my favorite this time in Rio.
    She has made our country (India) proud with the Bronze Medal.

  8. David Martín says:

    I’m from Spain and
    I like very much Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles as non Spaniards athletes.
    I love the Spaniards Mireia Belmonte (female swimmer), the tennis players Garbiñe Muguruza and Rafa Nadal and the basket players Pau Gasol, Rudy Fernández and Sergio Llull.

  9. Ivan says:

    For me, it is not an individual athlete but a team, and this team is the USA women gymnastic. This team is the most diverse team I have ever seen. This is a powerful reason for me!

  10. Putri says:

    My favorite athletes at Rio are the mixed badminton player Tantowi Ahmad and Liliana Natsir from Indonesia. They have fought very hard and played beautifully to win gold medal dedicated to our lovely Indonesia exactly on its 71st Independence Day. They made all the Indonesian proud to see the Indonesian flag waved at the top. We are really thankful and proud of you.

  11. Diyah says:

    Liliana Natsir and Ahmad Tantowi is the best . They are Great in badminton. They are my favorite cause of they Can work together very well.

  12. roxana says:

    Catalina Ponor

  13. jr k says:

    Deepa Karmakar,Kidambi and Sindhu.
    All they are dedicated, disciplined in their respect fields and fought for medals. Weather they gained medals or not but they are 100% positive attitude in play time.

  14. Shebin says:

    Michael Phelps

  15. Ksenia says:

    I’ve found in the 2nd paragraph the phrase “Michael Phelps BECOME ….”
    I’m not a native speaker,so why BECOME,not became….?
    Thanks
    P.S. may be it’s PRESENT PERFECT,that is in the 1st part of the sentence. ..?

  16. Matt Errey says:

    Hi Ksenia – You’ve correctly answered your own question in your P.S. Well done! The sentence is in the present perfect tense, with the first verb being the past participle “seen” and the second verb being the infinitive “become”. The grammar might be clearer if we simplify the sentence to “We have seen Michael become the most successful athlete ever.” A similar example is “We have heard Josef play the trumpet.” I hope this makes it clearer why “become” is used instead of “became” in this sentence.

  17. Violeta says:

    My favorite athlete is Ivana Spanovic from Serbia,because she is a very dedicated , positive,
    energetic young woman from my country and we are all very proud of her success.

  18. ben chikh yassine says:

    my favorite is our hero Tawfik makhloufi

  19. Akila says:

    My favorite athlet is naturally the Algerian runner Toufik Makhloufi ( 1500m champion) he is as his fellow athlets, an example of hard work, faith,perseverance, and self relance. But actually, this year another new star caught m’y attention, and knowing her story, I loved her soooo much. It’s Simone Biles. Such a beautiful and skilled girl.

  20. Alfredo says:

    My favorite Rio Athlet is Usain Bolt.
    This guy rocks. He’s fantastic.

  21. Djihed says:

    I’m from algeria my favorite athlète ils ToUFIK MAKHLOUFI

  22. Susan says:

    My favorite athlete in these Olympics is Usain Bolt. And my second one is Michael Phelps. Sorry, couldn’t say just one….

  23. Shuhrat says:

    I’m from Uzbekistan. My favourite athlete is Hasanboy Dusmatov. I saw his results he never lost even in one round in boxing. In first attendance he won gold medal. Congratulations!

  24. Jary says:

    My favorite athlete is from PR, Monica Puig in Tennis, she is the first person who win a golden medal.

  25. FG says:

    I am from Brazil and my favourite athlete in this edition of the Olympic Games is definitelly Michael Phelps. The guys is a shark =)

  26. Evangelina says:

    My favorite Olympic athlete is Usain Bolt, because he is just so cool.

  27. Elena says:

    My favourite athlete of these Olimpic Games is Simone Biles. She is really wonderful!!!

  28. bbb says:

    I think Simone Biles is the greatest. Who wouldn’t want to cheer her on with her beautiful smile and positive sportsmanship!!

  29. Pedro Mendes says:

    Firstly is Bolt but Phelps is great too.
    They are spectacular, difficult athletes to see again.
    Long life and health for all.

  30. Godfried Tintin says:

    My favourite athlete at the RIO Olympic game is the canadian ANDRE DE GRASSE! This handsome Young man inspired me since the beginning of the Rio Olympic game even if i don’t know much about him. But what inspire me more is when i heard that he’s still a student from university. I think he has many talent and i wish him to continue on it.

  31. Elias says:

    Usain Bolt is the gratest man because he has inspired me with his motivational quotes.

  32. CHALE says:

    Usain BOLT!!!!

  33. CHALE says:

    Usain BOLT!!!!!!

  34. Bernd says:

    My favourite athlete is Fabian Hambuechen from Germany. Not because I’m a German, too, but: 8 years ago, in Bejing, he came out third and won the bronze medal on the high bar. In London he was silver medalist, and finally now he won the competition!
    Isn’t that a great story in the world of gymnastics, where participiants tend to be younger and younger from event to event?

  35. Mamadou Bakayoko says:

    Hello madam, miss or sir how are you?

    Olympic games this year 2016 are very pationnants to follow. Athletes such pair off Usain Bolt of Jamaica, Michael Phelps of the USA, Kyle Chalmers USA and many others were historic in their belief of winning. And of course, they succeeded incredible performance.
    For those, you might expect to success. But there is also an unknown athlete of my country that must salute the courage. Indeed Marie Josée Talu Côte d’Ivoire, my country has been outstanding in the competition of 100 meters and 200 ladies ladies meters. Indeed she finished fourth in succession in the 100 meters and 200 meters in the same category. Which is the pride of our young nation did not expect to see one of its athletes at this level, in the final. We wish him good luck for the next games so that our beloved country finally brings a second medal after that of Gabriel Tiacoh in 1984.

    Long live games, lively English club!

    Mamadou Bakayoko Ivory Coast

  36. Marlua says:

    My favourie athlete is a football player Marta, of braszilian female selection. She plays very good, has several world’s best awards and plays with great race and humility.

  37. Cristian says:

    Hello , I’m Cristian From Brazil , I really appreciate German men’s team and I also like Michal Phelps and Just Gatlin from the US im looking forward to watch Germany beat Brazil here once again with a stunning victory .
    Thanks for the email.

  38. Bruno Lambraño Suárez says:

    My favorite athlet is Mariana Pajon, she is Colombian MBX byke ridding end is a hard worker sportgirl she is very resposible with her training and day by day she tries to be be better and show it when participate in any competition.

  39. Nafisa Saleem says:

    Shobha Dey the famous Page 3 columnist taunted the Indian Olympic contingent saying that the sports persons went to Rio to picnic and to click selfies. May protested at her unpleasant remarks. After four years of strenuous training each athlete was included. Most of the Indian athletes come from middle class background but they aim for the stars. Dipa Karmakar came into the limelight in gymnastics and Pusarla Venkata Sindhu as a badminton player.
    I watched Sindhu’s semi final match and was fascinated by each move she made. The score in the second game left no doubt in the minds of the audience who the better player was. She was cool and composed on the court, very elegant and what flashes through my mind’s eye are the images of her smashes which left her opponent helpless.
    Sindhu is a young, energetic player, she has the inner drive to win and achieve. She has set her eyes on the Olympic gold at Rio 16 and on behalf of all Indians, I take the liberty to wish her all the best. May she touch the stars!

  40. Natalya says:

    My favourite athletes are Yuliya Efimova, Aliya Mustafina and all Russian athletes who won medals in such terrible psychological conditions. We are cool!!!

  41. Ann Girdharry says:

    Usain Bolt – because he’s the fastest man on the planet

  42. Gaida says:

    My favourite is a refugee team. If we cannot stop all war activities while the Olympics are in progress, at least they(refugee Olympic athletes) can participate.

  43. Alex P. Andrade says:

    My favorite athlete in these Olympics is Usain Bolt.
    He is fantastic, besides being the fastest man on the world he is fun and enjoy everyone with his good vibe.

  44. Katalin says:

    Abbey D’Agostino
    She and another runner by the name of Nikki Hamblin bumped into each other and both fell down. After the accident she helped Nikki instead of going on the race.

  45. Sônia says:

    Hello guys.
    I think anyone athlete is a genius. I watched many athletes competing even with pain. So, I choose the Usain Bolt. Because his history has overcome of pain. He has a strong back pain, but he wanted to run, and overcome himself. Besides he is very fun, he dance and sing, before and after competion, and keep the concentration. It is amazing.
    Hugs!!!

  46. Andrei says:

    I didn’t watch Olympic games therefore I don’t have any favorite athletes. I hate all the sportsmen, because they are rich,healthy,talented and they are everything that I’m not. So just give me my free book,please.

  47. Zakumi says:

    Wade van Niekerk, gold in 400m track and world record. I am very impressed by his modesty and humble personality; to be like that after such an outstanding achievement, tells one much of a person of exceptional character.

  48. John says:

    Fu Yuanhui: bronze medal in women’s 100m backstroke. Not necessarily an outstanding performance, but to her it was a great achievement and she made no secret about it. Her honesty (as translated by the English media) and funny expressions on TV made her a winner without gold! Her performance (outside the pool!) showed great character and one that remains a natural and choosing to just be herself (and not following the scripts for their medal winners). She conquered my heart and that of many others (I understand)!

  49. Agmal Abdul Rahim Abdul Ghafour says:

    My favourite athlete at the Rio Olympics is the football Canadian women team, as they won the match against the Brazilian women team, two to one, I think they deserve the bronze medal because they played as one team, I was taken by the match from start to end . Please send me their e mail address so I can convey my congratulation to them .

    Agmal A. Ghafour

  50. Shivaraju K P says:

    Thanks English club for this opportunity to express our admiration for the “Amazing Athletes at Rio”.

    Definitely one of my favourite athletes is Michael Phelps… Because,he not only created and broken many Olympics records and won as many as total of 28 medals in olympics history but also won many hearts across the globe. And it takes not just physical strength but also mental determination and courage to compete against the best contestants in Olympics. And winning medals at the age of 31 is not that easy as you need to be fit and strong both physically and mentally to be your best to complete against young athletes, and also keep practicing regularly, it is mind boggling that he came back to swimming after announcing his retirement in 2012 to win medals again in Rio for the his country. Take a bow Michael! you are such an icon to the swimmers across the globe and inspiration to all those people who want to achieve something in life.

  51. Aqiana says:

    I’m a huge fan of Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Yahya. Both of them are fantastic badminton players from Indonesia. They performed an amazing game and no wonder they won a gold medal. In fact, they are the first athletes from Indonesia who get gold medals. We’re so proud of them.

  52. Yuping chen says:

    For me, it’s miniz, the race walker who completed the whole course under extremely difficult physical conditions. An inspirational athlete, a hero in its true sense , despite earning 8th place.

  53. sam says:

    I donot care

  54. Roxanne Vik says:

    My favorite athlete from this year’s Olympic Games in Rio is Simeone Biles. She is focused, dedicated, honest and ethical in her competitiveness. She is also humble and appreciative to have the opportunity to compete. She could easily have developed a huge ego, due to all of the media attention, however, she has shown herself to be a compassionate and supportive team player to the rest of the gymnasts on the team. She is graceful, ladylike and genuine in her character and in her stature!

  55. Mamadou Sané says:

    Thank for this summery. I’d like to use this text with my students orf fourth form. My favorite is Usain Bolt. He has written his name on the sky.

  56. I DONT FEEL LIKE DOING ANYTHING says:

    My fav is Usain Bolt bc he wrote his NAME IN THE SKY!!!!!!! OMG THATS CRAZY RIGHT?!!!!!

  57. Irina says:

    Russian handball team! 6 girls are from one local Rostov team! Good job!

  58. Keyvan says:

    My favorite athlete is Behdad Salimi
    Because he is a real champion.

  59. Edo saputra says:

    Many history of Olympians has been created

  60. Jose Vasquez says:

    My favorite is Usain Bolt. Usain Bolt demonstrated an unbelievable focus in his goals and never gave up. No matter his last public affair he continue to be the best of the Olympics.
    Cheers!

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