The games are over! After 17 days of exciting competitions, and more than 10,900 athletes representing 206 nations, the Rio Olympic Games 2016, set a total of 85 new records, between Olympic and World records.
According to the Olympic Federation, an Olympic record is the best result achieved in a specific sporting event in the history of the Olympic Games. While a World record is the best result achieved in a specific sporting event in the world, regardless of the competition in which it was set.
After the closure, the Olympic official information displayed a total of 65 Olympic records broken, and 19 new world records for a total of 84 new records set. The fun fact was that the very first record established in the 2016 Olympic Games, was the 450.000 condoms that the International Olympic Committee ordered for the games. Way more than the 150,000 condoms for the Olympic Village in London, four years ago.
USA Sets Record Of Most Medals For A U.S. Team
Last Sunday, August 2016, Team USA extended its reign atop the overall medal chart to six straight Games, dating back to 1996. For these Games, the Americans reached a total of 121 medals, including 46 golds, 37 silvers, and 38 bronzes. This achievement is the most ever for a U.S. team, topping the previous high of 110 from Beijing in 2008.
The closure of the first Olympics to be held in South America, allowed the U.S. to lead the medal chart in every category for only the seventh time in Olympic history, becoming one of only five nations to have accomplished the feat at the Olympic Games in summer competition and the first to do in 40 years.
Great Britain finished second with 27 gold medals, 23 silvers and 17 bronzes for a total of 67 medals. Third place was for China with 26 golds, 18 silvers, and 26 bronzes. However, China ends up with a total of 70 medals, three more than Great Britain.
Next Summer Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo Japan, and it will bring along some interesting surprises, for instance, the addition of several new sports, like wall climbing and surfing.