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Day 16 at Rio: Olympics full of world records and many firsts come to end

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:47 IST

Sixteen days of the Rio Olympics are behind us, and with that, the Games have come to a conclusion. Or 17 days, if you count Day Zero, which included the opening ceremony and the archery ranking rounds.

World and Olympic records tumbled in the pool and on the track, and heroes were born at the Games. It was a Games that belonged to the Americans, as they started off by grabbing the first gold up for grabs in the women\'s 10m air rifle. They ended the Games by winning the final one, courtesy their one-sided victory in the men\'s basketball gold medal game.

The United States won 46 gold medals and a total of 121 medals - the most medals since the Soviet Union at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. At the 2016 Olympics, the Americans won 51 more medals than any other country.

One last stat about their dominance: The United States had 19 more gold medals than second-place finishers Great Britain. This was the biggest such margin in 76 years.

India, for the record, finished in tied-67th place alongside Mongolia, with one silver and one bronze.

A record 87 countries won at least a medal in Rio, including a number of first timers - Fiji (gold in Rugby Sevens), Kosovo (silver in women\'s judo), Puerto Rico (gold in women\'s tennis) and Jordan (gold in taekwondo).

Nineteen world records and 65 Olympic records (27 world records and 91 Olympic records if you count the ones broken more than once in the same event) were set during the Games, including a whopping 20 in the pool and eight on the track.

It was a Games where Brazil finally won gold in men\'s football before handing over the flag to Tokyo, the host of the next Olympics in 2020.

Another article is needed to dive in to all the astonishing stats from the Games. Before we get to that, and just in case anyone was left wondering what exactly happened on the final day of action in Rio, here\'s your primer:

Yogeshwar Dutt (wrestling)

Yogeshwar Dutt, the 2012 bronze medallist in the 60kg category, lost his opening round bout 0-3 against Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia. Dutt was on the backfoot from the word go and couldn't hold the two-time world championships bronze medallist as he lost on technical points.

Dutt came into the Olympics as one of India's medal hopes and exited without even a fight.

He had no chance in the repechage round either, as Ganzorigiin lost 0-6 to Russia's Soslan Ramonov in the quarterfinals.

Thonakal Gopi, Ram Kheta, Nitendra Nagar (marathon)

There was some good news from the Indian contingent in the final athletics competition of the Rio Games, the marathon. It's an event where the medal ceremony is held at the closing ceremony.

Three Indians - Thonakal Gopi, Ram Kheta, Nitendra Nagar - took part, with two posting their personal best timings. Gopi registered a personal best timing of 2 hours 15 minutes 25 seconds. Ram was just a second behind at 2 hours 15 minutes 26 seconds. The two finished in 25th and 26th positions respectively, out of a field of 140 runners. Rawat finished a lowly 84th, as he clocked in at 2 hours 22 minutes 52 seconds, over seven minutes off his personal best.

Closing ceremony

It was a pared down version of the opening ceremony, but when Tokyo took over for 12 minutes and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came dressed as Mario, the crowd at the Maracana Stadium jumped and cheered.

Other than that, the Games officially ended with samba and Brazilian music. A lot of music, and a lot more dancing. It was a rainy goodbye from Brazil in a Games that will be remembered more for what happened on-field than off-field.

Men's basketball

The United States men's basketball team asserted its dominance in the sport as it romped home to victory to claim its third successive gold medal at the Olympics.

Clarissa Shields (boxing)

Clarissa Shields, at only 21 years of age, defended her gold medal in the women's middlewight class (69-75kg). She won by unanimous decsiion over Nouchka Fontijn. Shields has now become the first American boxer in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals.

Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran (wrestling)

After Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia lost in the bronze medal match, the wrestler's coaches stripped off their clothes in protest. Mandakhnaran appeared to have a victory over Uzbekistan's Ikhtiyor Navruzov locked up. With five seconds left, the Mongolian started celebrating early and was penalised a point. That one point penalty cost him the match, and with that, the bronze medal. One of the coaches stripped to his underwear, while the other went down on his knees and staged a sitting protest. The officials eventually had to pull them off the mat.

Kyle Snyder (wrestling)

Kyle Snyder of the USA became the youngest American wrestler to win gold in freestyle wrestling. He's also the 50th American to bring home a wrestling Olympic gold for the USA. He defeated Khetag Gozyumov of Azerbaijan, 2-1, in the final for the 97kg class.


The final track and field event of the Games saw American Galen Rupp winning a bronze in the men's marathon. This was his first Olympics as a long-distance runner, and he has already won a bronze, in what was just his second career marathon.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya took home the gold medal by accelerating towards the end, with a timing of 2 hours 8 minutes 44 seconds. Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia finished second at 2 hours 9 minutes 54 seconds. Rupp's timing was 2 hours 10 minutes 5 seconds.

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First published: 22 August 2016, 11:18 IST
Sahil Bhalla @IMSahilBhalla

Sahil is a sports and tech correspondent on the speed news desk at Catch. A gadget freak, he loves offering free tech support to family and friends. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, New York and worked previously for Scroll. He selectively boycotts fast food chains, worries about Arsenal, and travels whenever and wherever he can. Sahil is an unapologetic foodie and a film aficionado.