NewsPlus brings you interesting facts about the Rio 2016 Olympics (With photos)

 

Olympics 1896
                   The first Olympic Games was held in Athens, Greece in 1896.

 

 

RIO 2016 OPENING

The Rio 2016 Olympics is the first Olympic Games to be held in Southern America in its 120 years of existence. Eleven thousand athletes from over 200 countries marched in the Parade of Nations during the almost four hours long opening ceremony. An estimated 80 000 spectators were at the stadium for the opening watched all over the world by about 3 billion people. The fiesta opened today, August 5, and will close on August 21.

 

 

REFUGEE OLYMPIC TEAM

A ten-member Refugee Team is participating in this edition of the Olympics – the first time ever such a team would be taking part in the Games. Of the ten, 5 athletes are from South Sudan, 2 from Syria, 2 from the Democratic Republic of Congo and 1 from Ethiopia. The refugee team got the biggest cheer at the opening ceremony.

 

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Nigerian international and CD Feirense of Portgual midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, emerged as the first Nigerian to score a hat trick at any Olympics. Etebo scored four goals in the Dream Team VI’s 5-4 defeat of Japan at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

 

 

 

 

Itumeleng Khune

 

Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune frustrated Brazilian star Neymar at the encounter between the South African and Brazilian Under-23 teams. Khune (drafted into the team as an over-aged player) performed flying stunts to stop stunning shots from Neymar Jr. and to lead the Amaglug-glug into securing a significant goalless draw with Brazil which earned both teams a point each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segun Toriola

Nigerian table tennis star Segun Toriola is the first African to appear in 7 Olympics. 41-year-old Toriola made his Olympic debut at Barcelona 92 Olympics at the age of 18 and has attended every edition since then. His biggest achievement at the Olympics has been reaching the Men’s Singles 1/16 final at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, beating amongst others former world number one Jean-Michel Saive.

 

 

KIM WOO-JIN

South Korea’s Kim Woo-jin set a 72-arrow world record in Olympic archery on Friday at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. The world champion’s total of 700 points during the ranking round at the Sambodromo venue eclipsed the previous record of 699 set by compatriot Im Dong-hyun at the London Olympics four years ago.

 

 

Russian Olympics squad

Only 271 of the 389 athletes of the Russian contingent were cleared to take part in the 2016 Olympics, leaving out 118 following the doping scandal that trailed the Russians prior to the sporting fiesta. Russian anti-doping authorities allegedly compromised testing procedures by switching samples to clear culpable athletes. Anti-doping officials from at least 10 countries and as many as 20 athlete groups wanted Russia’s entire team banned from the Games but IOC President Thomas Bach said last month that individual Russian track and field athletes assessed as clean would be able to compete for their country in Brazil.

 

MOTER AND SON SHOOTERS

Nino Salukvadze of Georgia (the country that borders the Black Sea, not the U.S. state) will compete in her eighth Olympic Games this summer in Rio, which is enough of an accomplishment. Only one other woman – canoeist Josefa Idem-Guerrini, who represented both West Germany and Italy – has competed in so many Olympics.
But the three-time shooting medalist achieves another first as Salukvadze’s son, Tsotne Machavariani, is also a member of Georgia’s shooting team, making the pair the first mother and son combination to ever compete together at the same Games.

“I am very happy as the representative of the Georgian shooting federation but a million times happier as a mother that my son managed to do this,” the 47-year-old women’s air pistol star told the Associated Press.
As noted by OlympStats, there have been 70 previous instances of a parent and child competing at the same Olympics, but never mother and son. Fathers and sons have competed together 56 times, fathers/daughters 12 times and mothers/daughters twice, the last time way back in 1908 when Great Britain’s Jessie Wadworth competed alongside her daughter Brenda in the archery competition.

 

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