Rio 2016 Olympic Update (Day 1)

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The Olympics are officially underway as the first official day of competition got underway and the pursuit of medals became the main topic.

That pursuit can be one of the biggest things in someone’s life as it can easily change an athlete forever.

The Olympics are a tournament made up of mainly amateur athletes and as amateur athletes, things can be tough.

For four years athletes train to get to the Olympics and to perform at their best on the biggest stage.

Most of the athletes training for the Olympics are not travelling around the world on private jets or performing in front of massive crowds.

Most of the time they are performing in front of family and friends along with some diehard fans.

Their names are not known around the world with only some small sections knowing the best athletes.

They are athletes who are at the top of their game and yet do not get much recognition with little guarantee of reward at the end of their, usually short, careers.

Yet still, they put in more time than most to get to be one of the best in the world.

All along the way, they get very little support as they do not get paid for their work as some of the best athletes in the world.

They get some government help but more often than not they are doing it on a shoestring budget while trying to live a life with side jobs.

That is where the Olympics come in as they can be a turning point for an amateur athlete.

Winning a gold medal at the Olympics, and in some countries winning any medal, can take an athlete from entirely anonymous to a star.solympics-sidebar.fw

Medalists are remembered forever by those who love the Olympics as they are constantly in the minds of sports fans.

Obviously, a gold medal is more memorable as there are so few truly Olympic Champions and joining that club can make someone’s name a big one.

The athletes that can take a gold medal also quickly become main names and as a result, they get more chances at endorsements.

That is how an amateur athlete can make a living better than they have before as endorsements can keep an athlete going until the next Olympics.

In the Olympics, it is often said that just competing is an honour but for so many athletes winning can make a massive difference.

Winning is so important for these athletes and although it is an honour to participate in such a major event the fact is that winning a medal can change their lives.

That is the pursuit that many athletes are undertaking now as they look to change their lives after preparing for four years.

The Olympics are their showcase and only the best will take full control to take a medal.

After the long preparation, only one athlete can win the gold in every event as these amazing athletes look for their chance to shine.

The Canadian Story:

The First Medal
Canadians didn’t have to wait too long to see their first medal as on Day 1 the Women’s 4x100m relay swim team won the bronze medal to open the medal count for the Canadians and breaking a long streak in the pool for the relay team

Team Wins
The strength of the Canadian Olympic team has always been the team sports and so far that is the same as the Women’s Soccer, Basketball, and Rugby teams all began their Olympics well with all getting wins on Day

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Day 1 Medal Results:

Archery
Men’s Team

  1. South Korea
  2. USA
  3. Australia

Cycling
Men’s Road Race

  1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)
  2. Jakob Fuglsang (Aus)
  3. Rafal Majka (Pol)

Fencing
Women’s Individual Épée

  1. Emese Szász (Hun)
  2. Rossella Fiamingo (Ita)
  3. Sun Yiwen (Chi)

Judo
Men’s 60kg

  1. Beslan Mudranov (Rus)
  2. Yeldos Smetov (Kaz)
  3. Diyorbek Urozboev (Uzb)
  4. Naohisa Takato (Jpn)

Women’s 48kg

  1. Paula Pareto (Arg)
  2. Jeong Bo Kyeong (RSK)
  3. Ami Kondo (Jpn)
  4. Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh (Kaz)

 

Shooting
Men’s 10m Air Rifle

  1. Hoang Xuan Vinh (Vie)
  2. Felipe Almeida Wu (Bra)
  3. Pang Wei (Chi)
    Women’s 10m Air Rifle
  1. Virginia Thrasher (USA)
  2. Du Li (Chi)
  3. Yi Siling (Chi)

 

Swimming

Men’s 400m Individual Medley

  1. Kosuke Hagino (Jpn)
  2. Chase Kalisz (USA)
  3. Daiya Seto (Jpn)

Men’s 400m Freestyle

  1. Mack Horton (Aus)
  2. Sun Yang (Chi)
  3. Gabriele Detti (Ita)

Women’s 400m Individual Medley

  1. Katina Hosszú (Hun)
  2. Madeline Dirado (USA)
  3. Mireia Belmonte (Esp)

Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay

  1. Australia
  2. USA
  3. Canada

Weight Lifting
Women’s 48kg

  1. Sopita Tanasan (Tha)
  2. Sri Wahyuni Austiani (Ind)
  3. Hiromi Miyake (Jpn)

 

Day 2 Medal Events:

Archery
Women’s Team

Cycling
Women’s Road Race

Diving
Women’s Synchronized 3m Springboard

Fencing
Men’s individual Foil

Judo
Men’s 66kg
Women’s 52kg

Shooting
Women’s 10m Air Pistol
Women’s Trap

Swimming
Men’s 100m Breaststroke
Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Women’s 100m Butterfly
Women’s 400m Freestyle

Weight Lifting
Women’s 53kg

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