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Rio 2016 Olympics: Phenomenal moments tracker

The Olympics is in full swing and there are plenty of great performances and highlights. Here is a tracker to keep you up to date.

The Olympics is in full swing so naturally there have been a ton of huge moments since the first event kicked off, so we thought we’d put together a list of the best individual moments so far.

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Day 11:

  • You may have read this one in our Fails and Injuries tracker but it deserves a spot here, too. When New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin fell, the USA’s Abbey D’Agostino tripped over her and injured her knee. The two runners helped each other up and put aside getting back in the race to ensure they were both okay. When D’Agostino finally finished, Hamblin was waiting at the finish line to greet her and help her. It was an amazing show of sportsmanship. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044xgv0
  • Team GB continued their dominance in the velodrome with 4 more medals, 2 golds, a silver and a bronze. The two golds were phenomenal, though, as they were records. Laura Trott became the most successful British women in Olympic history, winning her fourth gold at the age of just 24 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044y56c). Meanwhile, her husband to be Jason Kenny tied the great Sir Chris Hoy’s Olympic record 6 gold medals (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044xn4k). 

Day 10:

  • In the women’s 400m final, Shaunae Miller and world champion Allyson Felix were in a one-on-one battle for the gold medal. Having led for most of the race, Miller was being caught by Felix on the home stretch. With the two virtually tied, Miller made a last push for the line and manged to win in incredible style. If that didn’t show what it meant to her, her post-race interview sure as hell did. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044tymr
  • In the women’s hammer throw, Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk smashed her own world record by 1.21 meters. It also completely sealed the deal on her gold medal effort. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044sj5f
  • In the men’s table tennis semi-final between Japan and Germany there were a number of excellent shots and rallies, but the pick of the bunch was an incredible behind-the-back shot in Japan’s winning effort.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUIjFtWIzWQ
  • It what was a phenomenal moment for Brazil and all of the fans in the Olympic Stadium, Thiago Da Silva set a new Olympic record to beat world number one Renaud Lavillenie to the gold medal.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044tyfg

Day 9:

  • Day nine was the moment that a lot of people were eagerly awaiting, the men’s 100m final. Well, everyone got exactly what they were hoping for. The powerhouses of men’s athletics put on a show and fan favourite Usain Bolt came out on top to retain his gold medal and title of the fastest man alive. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044q142
  • Meanwhile, in the men’s gymnastics, Team GB were dominating. Max Whitlock won the individual men’s floor (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044pc92) event and the pommel horse (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044pngp), and his teammate Louis Smith won the silver in the pommel horse. 
  • In women’s gymnastics, meanwhile, Team USA’s Simone Biles has continued her dominance by winning the women’s vault gold medal, giving her three so far this olympics with two more events left, in which she is expected to win. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044pf47
  • Usain Bolt wasn’t the only man to leave his mark on the track. South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk shaved 0.15 seconds of Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record in the 400m to win the gold medal. Another tidbit about him, he is was the first individual to run under 10-seconds in the 100m, 20-seconds in the 200m and 44-seconds in the 400m.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044q30x

Day 8:

  • Team GB long distance runner Mo Farah managed to extend his winning streak in the 10000m run and defend his gold medal despite falling over early in the race. He came back to lead and won the race with a strong final sprint to take back first place.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044m65f
  • Having smashed the previous world record during qualifying, Team GB’s women’s pursuit team faced off against the reigning world champions Team USA in the final and they absolutely crushed the world record again to win gold.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/37074525
  • In the women’s keirin, a crash also produced one of the more jaw-dropping moments of the Olympics thus far. Having been pushed up the track, dutch cyclist Laurine Van Riessen avoided what could’ve been a awful crash by riding up the wall and back down onto the track. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/37070169

Day 7:

  • Team GB’s dominance in the cycling continued with yet another gold medal and yet another world record. This time around, the men’s pursuit beat Australia to win the gold medal and they broke a world record in doing so.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p042vrvp/olympics-playlist-7-wiggins-bids-for-history-plus-shock-success
  • Another world record came when Katie Ledecky absolutely crushed the competition in the women’s 800m freestyle race. She beat her own world record and finished so far ahead of everyone else that they were not in the screen as she finished.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0vcb6gAhpM
  • In the men’s individual sculls, New Zealand’s Mahe Drysdale managed to just about retain his gold medal following an astonishing final push from Croatia’s Damir Martin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1KeOCu9dLs
  • In the men’s golf, Bubba Watson hit an amazing shot to get himself an eagle on the hole.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p042vrvp/olympics-playlist-7-wiggins-bids-for-history-plus-shock-success
  • In one of the most amazing individual races ever, Almaz Ayana absolutely crushed the world record in the women’s 10,000m. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p042vrvp/olympics-playlist-7-wiggins-bids-for-history-plus-shock-success

Day 6: 

  • Yet another world record has fallen! Team GB’s women team pursuit broke Australia’s world record in qualifying, shaving 4 tenths of a second off the time. This team are the ones to beat. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044d3g5
  • Team GB had a good day yesterday and that extended to the golf course. GB’s Justin Rose sunk the first ever hole-in-one at the olympics with a great shot on a par-three hole.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044c4zm
  • The golf course also saw this great shot from Argentinian Fabian Gomez.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044dvch
  • Table Tennis is one of the more exciting events in the olympics as almost everyone can relate to the sport, and admire the immense talent on show. That was evident yesterday when China’s Ma Long and Japan’s Jun Mizutani played this incredible rally.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044cx6k
  • Team GB’s men’s boxing has not been as good as expected so far, apart from light-heavyweight Joshua Buatsi, who notched his second victory by stoppage against a heavily favoured opponent. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044ck55
  • Team USA gymnast Simone Biles won the individual gold medal last night with a dominant performance, highlighted by her bars routine. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044d251
  • The swimming pool has seen a hell of a lot of amazing action so far, and that didn’t change yesterday. Michael Phelps (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044dvbq) historically won his 22nd gold medal (26th overall), his 4th consecutive gold in the men’s 200m medley and 4th gold of these Rio games. His teammate, Simone Manuel (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p044dyw9), put together a great race in the women’s 100m freestyle, but so did Canada’s Penny Oleksiak. They amazingly both finished with the same olympic record to share the gold medal. 

Day 5: 

  • Yet another weightlifting world record was broken yesterday. In the men’s under 77kg class, Kazakhstan’s Nijat Rahimov broke the previous world record of 210kg set by Russia’s Oleg Perepechenov with a great lift of 214kg. The lift beat his personal best by 7kg and won him the gold medal.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p04497j0
  • In the women’s road race, USA’s Kristin Armstrong won her third consecutive gold medal in the event at the age of 42. It was some achievement and you could see how much it took out of her and how incredible it was for her.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p0447k4s

Day 4: 

  • The men’s rugby 7s kicked off yesterday and Australia made sure they were immediately in the spotlight. They kicked off their game against Spain and 10 seconds later they had scored a try, what a way to start a game.  https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/763306432880009216
  • Also in the rugby 7s was potentially the biggest upset of the Olympics so far. New Zealand faced off against Japan and were expected to win, but Japan shocked them and came away with a 14-12 win. The game included a great score by the Japan’s Teruya Goto to get the game rolling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OyAjarv30o
  • On Day 2 a Chinese male weightlifter broke a weightlifting world record, well, not to be outdone by her teammate, Deng Wei broke two world records yesterday in the females 63kg class. She broke the record for combined weight and individual weight with 262kg and 147kg respectively.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p0445npf
  • Team USA has been a powerhouse in gymnastics for a while, and yesterday they were in the women’s team final. On the way to a gold medal, Simone Biles wowed everyone with an incredible floor routine to finish off a dominant performance.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p0445s9q

Day 3:

  • The Chinese men’s synchronised diving team won another gold medal for Team China with a dominating performance yesterday. This finished the event with a 40 point lead over Team USA, who won the silver medal. China’s final dive scored a staggering 106.56.
  • Meanwhile, on the water in Lagoa, Team GB made a statement with a dominating (https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DxMuau9S8XN8&usg=AFQjCNFI5oK4VPoRVc0nOAZrVNUHkHMQwA&sig2=v36YAUvuc6UXeB24cbUObA&ved=0ahUKEwj3ieS5prTOAhVFxxQKHa-oCmQQx7YBCEUoQw) win in the 4-man coxless rowing event. Though it was only a heat, they have established themselves as one of the favourites for the event.
  • Team USA basketball team came up with several highlight reel plays in a crushing victory over Venezuela. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p0442hzx


Day 2:

  • Alice Richardason of Team GB scored an excellent try in the team’s win over Fiji. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFhNqfgTU-M&index=12&list=PLC8GlM8JtFN76ALB7q36dk-avOzklfD1w
  • Team USA’s Katy Ledecky absolutely smashed the world record for women’s 400m freestyle to win the gold medal in the event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGvBXHE9kKA&index=8&list=PLC8GlM8JtFN76ALB7q36dk-avOzklfD1w
  • Another swimming world record fell as Team GB’s Adam Peaty crushed the previous world record that he set in the first round of these Olympics in the 100m men’s breaststroke. It also won him the gold medal. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016/video/p043ydbx
  • Three other swimming world records fell, too. Team Hungary swimmer Katinka Hosszu smashed the record for women’s 400m individual medley, taking it from 4:28.43 to 4:26.36. Team Australia shaved 2.5 seconds off their previous record in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. And Team Sweden swimmer Sarah Sjostrom beat the previous women’s 100m butterfly record by .5 of a second.
  • Long Qingquan of Team China lifted a combined weight of 307kg in the men’s weightlifting 56kg event to beat the previous world record by 2kg. https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/762589185244925952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw


Day 1:

  • Team GB’s Adam Peaty took to the pool for the first round of the men’s 100m breaststroke with a ton of expectation. Well, he smashed those expectations as he crushed his own world record for the event.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wHwrqvSy0o&index=22&list=PLC8GlM8JtFN76ALB7q36dk-avOzklfD1w
  • Two other Team GB athletes had good days, too. Men’s hockey player Nick Catlin scored an excellent (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29U52WhGeB4) goal against Belgium in the team’s losing effort. While Team GB gymnast Nile Wilson had an excellent (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3b9-LvFR5s) showing on the high bar to help propel Team GB to the team final.
  • Women’s football saw two jaw dropping goal. Tan Ruyin scored an astonishing goal from 40-yards out give China a 2-0 win over South Africa; and German midfielder Sara Daebritz scored a technically stunning goal for Germany against Australia to get Germany back in the game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNZSVWjuqX8&index=19&list=PLC8GlM8JtFN76ALB7q36dk-avOzklfD1w
  • Rugby sevens made its first appearance in the Olympics this year and New Zealand’s Kayla McAlister made sure it got off to a hot start. She scored an great try for her team in their win over Spain.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jQVdmqOg5s&index=20&list=PLC8GlM8JtFN76ALB7q36dk-avOzklfD1w


Day 0:

  • On the day of the Opening Ceremony, in fact just before it, South Korean Kim Woo-jin scored 700 on 72 arrows, setting a new world record and securing himself a gold medal.

Did you think they were phenomenal moments? Let us know!

Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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