2016 Rio Olympics Current Affairs

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2016 Rio Olympics comes to an end

The 31st Summer Olympics (or 2016 Rio Olympics) hosted by Brazilian City, Rio de Janeiro ended after 16 days of sporting spectacle.

The games had seen participations of nearly 11,000 participants from 205 countries, including a first-ever refugee team featuring in 306 events of 42 sporting disciplines.

Key Facts

  • Medals Tally: United States ended the Games at the top of the medals tally. They finished with 46 Gold, 37 Silver and 38 Bronze.
  • Great Britain finished on second spot with 27 Gold, 23 Silver and 17 bronze. China finished on third position with a tally of 26 Gold, 18 Silver and 26 Bronze.
  • India finished at joint 67th position in the medals tally with two medals. They were won by Sakshi Malik (Bronze medal in 58 kg weight class of Wrestling) and PV Sindhu (Silver medal in Badminton).
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IOA President N Ramachandran bestowed with Olympic Order award

President Indian Olympic Association (IOA) N. Ramachandran was awarded the Olympic Order for his outstanding services to the Olympic movement.

The award was formally bestowed upon him by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach.

About Narayana Ramachandran

  • He is an Indian squash administrator.
  • Currently he serves as current President of WSF (World Squash Federation) since 2008.
  • Since February 2014 he is serving the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
  • He is the brother of the former Chairman of BCCI and ICC, N Srinivasan.

About Olympic Order Award

  • Olympic Order Award is the highest award of the Olympic Movement. It is awarded in recognition of efforts worthy of merit in the cause of sport.
  • It was established in May 1975 as a successor to the Olympic Certificate by the International Olympic Committee.
  • The award is bestowed upon the recipient at the closing ceremony of each respective Olympic Games as per the tradition.

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Usain Bolt becomes first athlete to win 9 gold medals in sprinting events of Olympics

Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt created an unprecedented record of a triple treble (first athlete to win 9 gold medals in sprinting events of Olympics) by winning third Gold medal in Rio Olympics 2016.

He achieved this feat after Jamaica won gold medal in 4x100m relay final at the Rio Olympics. The team comprised of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade.

Earlier in August 2016, Bolt had won gold medal in the 100-metre final at the Rio Olympics, becoming first athlete to win the event three times at consecutive Olympic Games. It was followed by his second win in the 200-metre final with a gold medal.

With this, Bolt created a new record of three sprinting gold medals in three consecutive Olympics. He has won gold medals the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 meters in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and now in Rio 2016.

About Usain Bolt

  • Usain Bolt was born 21 August 1986 in Trelawny, Jamaica. He has earned nickname Lightning Bolt due to his achievements in sprinting.
  • He is regarded as the fastest person in the world ever timed. He is first athlete to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records.
  • He also holds the world record in the 4 × 100 metres relay. He also has won World and Olympic champion in these three events.

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