Top 5 Athletes to Watch in Rio Olympics 2016

Published 4 August 2016 By: James

Big names, top athletes, great atmosphere and high expectations make this summer Olympics an extravaganza to watch out for by all means. This historic event is special for some controversial reasons as well as for some historic reasons. The numbers of games have increased and this time around the highest number of players will be competing in 42 disciplines.

You can bet on Rio Olympics to be the greatest and the biggest sporting gala of all time. Nevertheless, it has been disappointing to see some big names backing out of the games for some reasons but still these Olympic Games are blessed to have some of the greatest athletes of the decade. Although more than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries are participating in the summer Olympic games, here are our top 5 picks to watch for in 2016 Rio Olympic Games:

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1. Usain Bolt

The Jamaican Sprinter has the chance to become the greatest track athlete of all time by retaining his “triple triple” which he won in Beijing Olympics in 2008 and successfully retained those titles in 2012 London Olympic Games as well. It is an unexpected thing as he is aiming to claim 100m, 200m and 4*100 relay all the way. No one has done that before but Bolt is someone expert in breaking the odds. With the aim to retire from the sport next year, Bolt aims at making his last Olympic games memorable by celebrating his success in the closing ceremony of the games that will also mark his birthday.

2. Bradley Wiggins

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With four gold, one silver and two bronze Olympic medals, Wiggins is the only British to win the Tour de France. He is considered a maestro on both the track and the road and is a perfectionist at what he does. At 34, he is competing may be in his last Olympic Games with the aim to claim an eight medal that will make him the most decorated British Olympian of all time.


3. Tamika Catchings

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Catchings, the 35-year-old is one of the most enthusiastic and entertaining sportswomen in the US. The WNBA star blessed the podium in her last three outings and is aiming to claim her fourth gold this time as well in Rio Olympics 2016. This may be her last outing and she wants to make it special by becoming the most decorated basketball player in the history of the US.


4. Yelena Isinbaeva

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The Russian has just embraced motherhood and is aiming to claim her third gold in the Olympics games after failing to top the podium in her last outing in London, where she claimed bronze. The greatest female pole vaulter of all time claimed gold at Athens 2004 and in Beijing 2008. She just returned to training and is confident to claim her third gold medal in Rio Olympics 2016 to be inducted in the history books as one of the greatest to compete in the games.


5. Lin Dan

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The greatest badminton player of all time, Lin Dan, is competing in Rio Olympics 2016 in search of third consecutive gold. He created history in London 2012 by retaining his Olympic gold by defeating the Malaysian, Lee Chong Wei, in an epic battle to glory. Considered as one of the greatest single player in the game, Dan is confident to top the podium this time and has no plans to retire despite the rumors of his retirement going around.

Honorable Mentions

  • Federica Pellegrini, 26, will be competing in her fourth Olympic games and is the only Olympic champion from Italy.
  • Michael Phelps will also return in the pool after facing a hard time in personal life with doping allegations. He is all set to prove the pundits wrong.
  • Serena Williams has 19 grand slams and 4 Olympic gold medals to her tally and is the joint highest gold medalist in tennis. She will be defending her singles title in Rio Olympics 2016.
  • Lauren Jackson, the Australian Basketball great, is aiming to bid farewell to the sport after Rio Olympics 2016. With three silver and two bronze medals, her search is for gold this time around.

Let’s just wait and watch for these great athletes to go out loud in the Olympic Games 2016. If you are looking to watch Rio Olympics live online, check this Olympics Live Streaming Guide to enjoy every game of Olympics from anywhere.