Rio Olympic Games 2016 by Stats and Numbers

Records were broken, history was made and legends were confirmed at the Rio Olympics. Superstars were born, whilst the great British couch potato sat at home spent two weeks permanently tired in front of their television. The 16 days of Olympic action are now over and we have to wait another 4 years until Tokyo. Let’s have a look at some of the numbers that will have to be topped in four years’ time.


Three nations won their first Olympic medal. Fiji in the Rugby Sevens, Jordan (Admad Abughaush) in the men’s -68kg taekwondo and Kosovo (Majlinda Kelmendi) in the women’s -52kg judo.


China’s Wu Minxia became the first diver to win five Olympic golds when she won the women’s 3m, synchronised springboard event.

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In his final Games, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won another three gold medals to add to his total from Beijing and London. He’s officially the most decorated sprinter of all time with 9 gold medals.


For the 17th time overall, the USA topped the medal table, with 43 golds. 17 is also the number of years that Michael Johnson’s 400m world record was intact, until Wayde Van Niekirk broke it at Rio 2016.


19-year old American gymnast Simone Biles was one of the stars of the Games, winning a total of four golds and a bronze in her first Olympics.

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In total, 27 new world records were set in Rio, across seven different sports.


Michael Phelps’ personal medal tally now stands at 28 medals. 23 golds, three silvers and two bronzes across 5 different Games.

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Japan’s Kohei Uchimura became the first gymnast in 44 years to win back-to-back Olympic all-around medals.

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South Korea have won 23 of the last 36 gold medals available in archery (over nine Olympics). That works out to be 76.67% of the golds on offer.


Polish hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk broke her own world record at Rio 2016, with a throw of 82.29m. It’s the sixth time that a Pole has set a new record in the women’s event.


Justin Rose became Golf’s first Olympic gold medallist in 112 years when he won at Rio 2016.

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American decathlete Ashton Eaton became the first man to win back-to-back decathlon gold medals since Daley Thompson in 1980 and 1984. He took the gold with an Olympic record equalling points tally of 8,893.

350 million

350 million people worldwide tuned into their televisions to watch the opening ceremony of Rio 2016.

Words by @DominicTrant