This has been the summer for sports. The world’s premier athletic competition, the Olympics, has recently finished. Rio 2016 has established new heroes for the world to embrace.
Katie Ledecky is undoubtedly a superstar in her sport. To break a swimming world record (which was owned by her) en route to multiple medals cannot be matched. Michael Phelps, swimming legend, finishes his Olympic legacy on top. His medal total will stand at the top for decades to come.
International stars also showed out in the Games of the 31st Olympiad. Usain Bolt made his case for the greatest of all time status, winning gold in both the 100m and 200m. Three consecutive Olympic victories in these events, what else could have been expected from the fastest man on earth? The Brazilian men were able to pull in a gold medal in the nation’s most popular sport- soccer. Neymar Jr. headlined the squad and put a nation on his back, correcting the embarrassing display from the Copa America Centenario of a few months ago.
The medal count is as follows: the United States led the way with 121 medals (46 gold, 37 silver, 38 bronze), China came in second in total medals with 70 medals (26 gold, 18 silver, 26 bronze), and Great Britain rounded off the top three with 67 medals (27 gold, 23 silver, 17 bronze). The hosts Brazil finished with 19 medals and controversial competitors Russia finished with 56.
TOKYO 2020, here we come!