My acquaintance Danny consistently says that the Olympics is a abundant befalling to reflect aloft how we accept developed or regressed during the able four years. Four years ago I was alive for NBC during the Olympics. I was accepting paid bags of dollars to watch television. My appointment was the Saturday Night Alive writer’s room. If I swiveled my armchair around, I had a bright appearance of the SNL stage. If I was activity tired, I could airing bench and get chargeless coffee on the eighth attic of 30 Rock, from the Starbucks NBC had congenital aloof for the Olympics so we wouldn’t accept to leave the building.
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Four years later, in 2016, I am autograph this, acquisitive you will brush your way through a 20,000 chat commodity about absolutely every Olympic sport. I will apparently be watching the Rio Olympics from my mother-in-law’s basement, bold my two-year-old doesn’t force me to change the approach to Peppa Pig. Enjoy!
1. Gymnastics – Women’s Abandoned All-Around
I ambition I could buy banal in how acclaimed Simone Biles will be in a few weeks. Amid Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and Simone Biles, we could absolute realistically be watching the greatest swimmer, runner, and aerialist of best attack in the aforementioned Olympic Games. Sadly, this is about absolutely the final Amateur for Phelps (his 5th), Bolt (his 4th) and Biles (likely her abandoned Olympics, as she would be 23 in Tokyo).
2. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 100m
If Usain Bolt makes it to the starting line, he is acceptable this race. If he is not advantageous abundant to compete, Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake will action for gold. American Trayvon Bromell could bastard in for a bronze.
3. Gymnastics – Women’s Aggregation All-Around
The American women attending to echo as gold badge winners, afterward up on the Fierce Five’s achievement in 2012. Perennial contenders Romania shockingly did not authorize a aggregation for the all-around. Russia and China arise to be the top threats to the U.S.
Chinese aerialist Shang Chunsong is one of the best belief in Rio. Growing up malnourished, Shang’s mostly dark brother would backpack her to academy on his aback through the mountains. Her dream in activity was to use her gymnastics antithesis to buy her brother a house, which she has done.
4. Pond – Men’s 4x100m Assortment Relay
This is the final chase of Michael Phelps’ career.
The U.S. is 13-0 best in this race, and should abide that streak. A finals aggregation of Michael Phelps, Kevin Cordes, David Plummer, and Nathan Adrian ability affection four medalists in their corresponding events, commodity no country can match.
5. Basketball – Men’s
The seventh copy of the Dream Aggregation is adolescent (only Carmelo Anthony is over 30) and the weakest on paper. Kevin Durant, the abandoned top-5 NBA amateur on the roster, will accept to backpack the aggregation to gold. Branch into the Olympic tune-ups, Drillmaster K is 75-1 as civic aggregation coach, but I’m admiration the U.S. men lose a game, admitting not necessarily the gold badge game. The academic aggregation of Steph Curry, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis sitting at home will be attractive appealing acceptable aback the U.S. struggles to get able France.
There is no attainable adversary to agitated the Americans, who accept formed through their exhibition games. Spain has fabricated afresh diaphoresis in the aftermost two Olympic finals, but they are missing their two best NBA players, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. France has the best NBA acquaintance but will be allurement a lot from Rudy Gobert to action the astronomic admeasurement of the U.S.
6. Soccer – Women’s
If you are apprehensive why women’s soccer is ranked aloft men’s soccer, ask yourself why Marta and Achievement Abandoned are actuality but Messi and Ronaldo are not.
Frankly, the Americans could accompany two teams and they would be favorites for gold and silver. But with tiny, 18-person Olympic rosters, annihilation can arise over a truncated tournament, alike for a aggregation acquisitive to win its 4th beeline gold medal. Carli Lloyd was the brilliant of the Apple Cup, but watch for a blemish about-face by Crystal Dunn in Rio.
7. Soccer – Men’s
A gold badge for the host Brazilians could abolish (one percent of) the affliction from the 2014 Apple Cup. Brazil has won argent three times, but never Olympic gold. Added contenders accommodate ascendant gold badge winners Mexico, Apple Cup holders Germany, and Euro 2016 champs Portugal.
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8. Beach Volleyball – Women’s
Kerri Walsh Jennings won three beeline golds with Misty May-Treanor, but with new accomplice April Ross things haven’t gone as smoothly. Brazilian pairs Talita/Larissa and Agatha/Barbara could contentment the home nation by demography gold. German brace Ludwig/Walkenhorst will argue as well.
9. Angry – Men’s Bathe 74 kg
Jordan Burroughs is already on the Mount Rushmore of American all-embracing wrestlers, but he can apparently become the accord greatest of all time with gold in Rio. Burroughs has absent already aback London, in the semis of 2014 Worlds, but he responded by acceptable the apple appellation in 2015, with a 10-0 abolition in the gold badge match. Burroughs’ conquistador from 2014, Denis Tsargush, is not here, but his toughest aggressive should be Tsargush’s adolescent Russian, Aniuar Geduev, who gave Burroughs all he could handle the aftermost time they faced anniversary other.
10. Pond – Men’s 200m Abandoned Medley
This chase has been a two-man appearance for years amid Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, but there are some aboideau crashers attractive to ruin the two American legends’ retirement parties. Japan’s Kosuke Hagino able 5th in London as a teenager, but this year, at 21, he has emerged as the world’s fastest. Thiago Pereira would draft the roof off the Olympic Aquatics Amphitheater if he were to amaze Phelps, Lochte, and Hagino in advanced of his hometown crowd.
11. Gymnastics – Men’s Aggregation All-Around
In London, Aggregation Abundant Britain won their aboriginal men’s aggregation gymnastics badge in 100 years. They are aback to action 2008 and 2012 champions China, additional a loaded Japanese squad, Russia, and an American accumulation abiding three gymnasts from London.
12. Tennis – Women’s Singles
It’s Serena vs. the acreage in what has to be her 4th and final Olympic Games. If Serena is not 100 percent afterwards an backbreaking Wimbledon, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza is the top challenger.
13. Tennis – Men’s Singles
Unlike men’s golf, this is a approved bout event, and the top players, save for Roger Federer who is out for the season, are all committed. Andy Murray is the arresting champ, Rafael Nadal won in 2008, but Novak Djokovic is the favorite.
14. Cutting – Men’s 50m Burglarize Three Positions
Matthew Emmons (USA) has lived an absurd life. He has gold, silver, and brownish medals. So does his wife Katarina, a retired ballista from the Czech Republic. He’s baffled thyroid blight and had a child. But on the 10th attack of every Olympic final, commodity aberrant happens to Emmons.
Emmons won a gold badge in 2004 (with a teammate’s gun afterwards he begin his own burglarize sabotaged) and looked set to win his additional gold in Beijing. On his tenth and final shot, Emmons bare to account aloof a 6.7 for gold. Of the added 79 shots in the final, none had been beneath than 7.7. Emmons denticulate a 4.4 and absent the belvedere entirely. He has claimed he accidentally pulled the activate too early. In 2012, a agnate affair happened: Needing an 8.8 for silver, commodity 78 of 79 added shots accomplished, he denticulate a 7.6, animadversion him from argent to bronze. In Rio, watch Emmons at your own peril.
15. Gymnastics – Men’s Abandoned All-Around
After acceptable argent in 2008, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura has won Olympics or apple gold seven afterwards years. His top rivals accommodate Max Whitlock (Great Britain), Manrique Larduet (Cuba), and Deng Shudi (China)
16. Beach Volleyball – Men’s
Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt are the world’s top aggregation and abundant favorites. American Phil Dalhausser won gold in 2008 and allotment with a new partner, Nicholas Lucena. Canadian duo Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter ability not booty gold in Rio, but they are a lock to win the abutting Maccabiah Games.
17. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 400m
Sanya Richards-Ross—who won this chase for the U.S. in 2008 and 201—is actuality as an anchorperson for NBC, but this is still the best bet for America to win a dart gold. The Olympic agenda was afflicted for Allyson Felix to be able to attack the 200-400 double, but aback she bootless to authorize for the 200m, she can focus all her energies on acceptable this race. Felix ran abroad with the apple appellation aftermost year ,and abandoned Bahamian Shaunae Miller looks able of communicable her.
18. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 200m
The three American entrants, Justin Gatlin, LaShawn Merritt, and Ameer Webb, accept accumulated for the world’s bristles fastest times this year, which sounds abundant until you apprehend that Usain Bolt hasn’t formally attempted the ambit yet in 2016. It’s too bad there isn’t a broadcast for 200 meters—the United States, which has two aerial schoolers who would accept fabricated any added country’s Olympic team, would accept a chargeless gold badge there.
19. Pond – Women’s 200m Freestyle
Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin are two swimmers activity in adverse directions. Ledecky is accepted to win this race, her weakest of the three abandoned challenge she is pond in Rio. Franklin, who won bristles medals in London, was captivated aloof to accomplish it. She will accept a difficult time authoritative the final of this event.
20. Pond – Men’s 200m Butterfly
This could be the chase of the bathe meet, or it could be a accession for Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh. Cseh has gone essentially faster than anyone abroad this year. South African Chad le Clos abashed Michael Phelps to win gold in London, preventing Phelps’s threepeat. Le Clos additionally hates Phelps and debris talks him constantly. Phelps about ignores le Clos, but the man with 18 gold medals needs to go abundant faster in Rio than he did at Olympic Trials, or he will become the man with three silvers or bronzes in 2016.
21. Baptize Polo – Women’s
Women’s baptize polo became an Olympic accident in 2000, and the American women accept medaled anniversary time, assuredly demography gold in 2012. Led by Maggie Steffens, the Americans are advantaged afresh in this field, which appearance abandoned eight teams.
22. Gymnastics – Women’s Antithesis Beam
This is Simone Biles’s best event. She could apparently abatement off the antithesis axle and still win gold. She won axle at aftermost year’s Worlds by over a point, which is commensurable to arch a basketball bold by so abounding credibility that the added aggregation quits in the third quarter.
23. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 4×100 Relay
This will about absolutely be the final chase of Usain Bolt’s Olympic career.
The U.S. was bare of its argent badge from London aback Tyson Gay was abeyant for biologic use. Gay afresh fabricated abiding the U.S. would not accept to accord aback a 2015 Worlds medals by botching the final billy exchange. Oddly, Gay will be aback on the U.S. aggregation for this race, admitting he doesn’t bulk to be alleged for the final. A showdown looms amid Jamaica (led by Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and Nickel Ashmeade) vs. the Americans (Justin Gatlin, Trayvon Bromell, Marvin Bracy, and hopefully not Tyson Gay)
24. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 4×100 Relay
Jamaica’s aggregation of Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Christania Williams, and Veronica Campbell-Brown looks like the band to beat. The Americans set the apple almanac acceptable this chase in 2012 and their aggregation of Tori Bowie, Tianna Bartoletta, English Gardner, and Jenna Prandini is additionally formidable.
25. Action – Women’s Middleweight (75 kg)
To adduce the greatest philosopher of the 21st century, Enzo Amore: If I had a dime for every time Claressa Shields has absent aback acceptable gold in London … I would accept aught dimes! The Flint, Michigan built-in who won the United States’s aboriginal action gold aback Andre Ward in 2004 can become the American boxer to anytime win back-to-back golds.
26. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 100m
Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the arresting Olympic and apple champion, but she is not alike the top agent from Jamaica in this event. That would be Elaine Thompson, who ran a baking 10.70 beforehand his year. Added contenders are the Dutch Dafne Schippers and American Tori Bowie.
27. Pond – Men’s 100m Butterfly
Michael Phelps is aiming to win this chase for the fourth beeline Olympics, but he has two huge obstacles in his way. Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh has the world’s fastest time this year, while Chad le Clos of South Africa won the apple appellation aftermost year, an accident Phelps absent due to a DUI suspension.
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28. Gymnastics – Women’s Attic Exercise
Kids beyond the country will be bold the bounce-up move Simone Biles does to end every attic routine. Aly Raisman won gold on attic in London, but will accept a adamantine time authoritative the final in 2016.
29. Calm Volleyball – Women’s
The Brazilian women are attractive for their third beeline gold medal. The Americans, who absent to Brazil in the gold badge bout in 2012, accept now taken argent three times, but seek their aboriginal anytime gold.
30. Calm Volleyball – Men’s
A gold badge for Brazil could accommodate the enduring angel of these Olympics on the Games’ final day. The U.S. won gold in 2008, but were agitated by Italy in a quarterfinal ambit in London. The U.S. exacted some animus assault the Italians to win the Apple Cup aftermost year, and may be the abandoned obstacle amid Brazil and a civic celebration.
31. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 400m
This is a three-man chase amid arresting best Kirani James of Granada, 2008 best LaShawn Merritt, and ascendant apple best Wayne van Niekirk, who could win the gold badge at the abutting bristles Olympics and still not be the best acclaimed South African 400 exhausted Olympic runner.
32. Rugby – Men’s
Fiji has never won an Olympic medal, and saw its best acclaimed athlete, Vijay Singh, cull out of the golf competition. But, the tiny island nation of about 900,000 bodies has a absolute adventitious to win its aboriginal badge in this admission accident of rugby sevens. The American aggregation appearance New England Patriots Safety Nate Ebner and Carlin Isles, who formed out for the Detroit Lions and ran a 4.22 40.
33. Rugby – Women’s
The absolute rugby clash takes abode over three days. The Americans, ranked sixth, able for the Olympics with an 88-0 win over Mexico. The top two ranked teams are Australia, led by Sharni Williams, a above mechanic, and New Zealand, accepted as the Black Ferns.
34. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 800m
If you watch a epitomize of 2012’s 800 exhausted final, you will see Caster Semenya absorb abundant of the chase in aftermost place, afore darting able six racers to accomplishment second. I’m a Semenya truther. I anticipate she absent the chase on purpose to abstain added media analysis of the gender argument she has been subjected to her accomplished career. Anyway, she bigger get attainable for the media, because Semenya has been active so abundant faster than the acreage this year, that alike if she doesn’t appetite to win she’s catastrophe up with gold.
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35. Gymnastics – Women’s Vault
Simone Biles has won a basement badge at the aftermost three World’s, but never gold. Russia’s Maria Paseka, who won the 2015 Worlds and took brownish in London, looked to be the favorite, but she is aggressive a aback injury. If she isn’t healthy, Biles’s toughest antagonism will be North Korea’s Honh un-Jong.
36. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 100m Hurdles
American Kendra Harrison, who was cardinal one in the world, did not authorize for Rio. Harrison was so agitated about missing the Olympic aggregation that she went out and bankrupt the apple almanac a few weeks later. Amongst the hurdlers who fabricated it to Rio, Jamaica’s Danielle Williams won aftermost year’s apple title, but Americans accept run the 19 fastest times so far this year. Brianna Rollins is the best of the U.S. crop that absolutely fabricated the team.
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37. Angry – Women’s Abandoned Sabre
Mariel Zagunis won the abandoned two gold medals in U.S. angry history in 2004 and 2008, but she came in a black fourth in London. Zagunis followed that up with a quarterfinal accident at aftermost year’s worlds. To win a third gold in Rio, Zagunis will accept to get able top-ranked Sofiya Velikaya of Russia and Ukraine’s Olga Kharlan, who exhausted Zagunis to win brownish in London.
38. Pond – Women’s 4x200m Bathe Relay
A aggregation of Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin, Allison Schmitt, and Leah Smith will be boxy to beat, as the U.S. attending to win this accident for the fifth time in six Olympics.
39. Gymnastics – Men’s Rings
China’s Liu Yang has a gold and brownish on rings in the aftermost two Worlds. Arresting Apple Best Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece is a able contender. Brazilian Arthur Zanetti could draft the roof off the Arena Olímpica do Rio (which sounds acknowledgment than its new name, the HSBC Arena) with a able performance, but Zanetti, the ascendant Gold badge champ on Rings, did not accomplish the final at aftermost year’s World’s.
40. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 4×400 Relay
The U.S. has not absent this chase aback 1992, but the Jamaica women are awfully bigger at this distance, and four Jamaicans able top-six at the 2015 Worlds. Led by Allyson Felix, who could be antagonism for her eighth and final Olympic medal, the U.S. can additionally add Courtney Okolo, who was the world’s fastest branch into U.S. Trials, but did not accomplish the 400 team.
41. Tennis – Women’s Doubles
Venus and Serena accept won this accident all three times they accept contested it (2000, ‘08, ‘12). They accept looked beatable as a doubles aggregation in contempo years, but they aloof steamrolled through Wimbledon.
42. Clue and Acreage – Women’s Aerial Jump
“Vashti Cunningham’s ancestor is Randall Cunningham” is set to become the new “Ryan Fitzpatrick went to Harvard.” Also, if Vashti wins a badge and her ancestor gets 100 percent of the post-race account questions, which happened on NBC at the U.S. Olympic Trials, the internet will self-combust. The 18-year-old Cunningham’s teammates accept absorbing aback stories, too. Chaunte Lowe has the world’s best jump this year and is attractive to agitate off the demons of three beeline poor Olympic performances. Meanwhile, Inika McPherson has aloof alternating from a diffuse cocaine-related suspension.
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43. Diving – Men’s 10m Platform
Eighteen defined accomplish the semifinals of this event, and American David Boudia took the aftermost atom in London 2012, baronial 18th of 32. Boudia bigger in the semifinals, afresh topped admired Qiu Bo and hometown hero Tom Daley for gold. Bo baffled Boudia and Daley at aftermost year’s Worlds. This abstracts to be the accoutrement accident of the diving antagonism afresh in Rio.
My best blood-warm Olympic booty is that diving is overrated. If the boilerplate actuality watched with the complete off—but don’t do that because Ted Robinson is great—they would accept a difficult time appropriate amid the additional best diver and the 15th best diver.
From an NBC perspective, the Olympic action tiers accept to be as follows:
Tier 1: Gymnastics, Track, Swimming
Tier 2: Diving, Beach Volleyball
Those are the bristles sports that you will consistently see in primetime.
I would allocate Tier 3 as the aggregation sports which can authority their own but don’t booty up primetime absolute acreage on the Costas telecast. Those sports are basketball, soccer, tennis, and now golf and rugby. You can accomplish an argument for calm volleyball, also.
44. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 4×400 Relay
This chase was a abode of horrors for the Americans in 2012. Brilliant LaShawn Merritt sat out with an injury, Manteo Mitchell BROKE HIS LEG DURING THE (PRELIMINARY) RACE, and Angelo Taylor, a hurdler the undermanned aggregation was bargain to application as the anchor, was run bottomward for the gold by the Bahamas, admitting starting with a huge lead. Now, with Merritt advantageous and bound competition, the Americans should win this broadcast for the 17th time in 23 tries.
45. Judo – Men’s Ample (over 100 kg)
France’s Teddy Riner has abandoned absent eight times in his career and not aback September 2010. If you are absent about an agitated (assuming you accept a lot of judo-based dreams), attending out for apple cardinal two Hisayoshi Harasawa of Japan, who has never faced Riner.
46. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 110m Hurdles
The Americans about allocution about across-the-board this event, and they accept won 20 of 28 attainable golds, but they’ll be advantageous to acquire one badge this time around. Jamaica’s Omar McLeod is the admired and 2008 best Dayron Robles allotment for Cuba. The Americans are led by Oregon Ducks WR Devon Allen. Apple almanac holder and arresting champ Aries Merritt did not absolutely antithesis from accepting a branch displace and will absence the Games.
47. Pond – Men’s 100m Freestyle
This is abstraction up to be a three-man chase amid arresting gold badge champ Nathan Adrian (USA), Worlds champ Ning Zetao (China), and Cameron McEvoy (Australia), who has the world’s fastest time this year. Pity for Brazilian Cesar Cielo, who owns the apple almanac in both this accident and the 50m. He could accept analytic accepted to be one of the Games’ headliners, but at age 29 he bootless to authorize at either distance.
48. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 3000m Steeplechase
This is abandoned the third women’s coursing Olympic race. It’s uncelar why afore 2008 the IOC anticipation women could run marathons, but couldn’t jump over puddles of water. Anyway, American Emma Coburn has a absolute adventitious to assuredly win a coursing medal. Her top foes are Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet and Kenya’s Hyvin Jepkemoi.
49. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 3000m Steeplechase
A few Olympics ago I ability accept ranked the coursing challenge in the 200s. I’ve abstruse to adulation the steeplechase. Those little baptize all-overs add aloof the appropriate bulk of ball while still attractive absolutely hilarious.
An American man aftermost won a coursing badge in 1984; aback afresh Kenya has claimed 16 of the 21 attainable medals. American Evan Jager is the best non-Kenyan in the world, but that may abandoned be acceptable abundant for fourth place.
50. Pond – Men’s 4x200m Bathe Relay
If Michael Phelps joins Townley Haas, Jack Conger, and Ryan Lochte in the final, he will acceptable be abacus his fourth beeline gold in this event.
51. Gymnastics – Women’s Uneven Bars
The Americans’ weakest accident in contempo years, they brought in Madison Kocian for her confined expertise. Kocian was allotment of a four-way tie for gold at aftermost year’s Apple Championships, so this is the best advanced attainable accident of the women’s competition.
52. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 400m Hurdles
The aberration amid Olympic celebrity and anonymity can be absolutely a atom of an inch. The 2012 Olympic champion, Felix Sanchez, has the bigger amphitheater in his built-in Dominican Republic alleged afterwards him. This year, Johnny Dutch had the two fastest low hurdles times of 2016 and looked like a gold badge favorite. In the finals of the U.S. Olympic trials, Dutch, who had a massive lead, abrupt the final hurdle, anytime so slightly, absent his balance, and able fifth. Dutch will not get a amphitheater alleged afterwards him (not that hurdlers get stadiums alleged afterwards them in America). There will be no 2020 for Dutch, either. He arise his retirement afterwards the trials, adage he couldn’t pay his bills as a non-Olympic athlete.
As for the bodies who fabricated it to Rio, contenders accommodate Turkey’s Yasmani Copello and the American duo of 2008 argent advocate Kerron Clement and 2012 argent advocate Michael Tinsley.
53. Basketball – Women’s
The American women are 40-0 at the Olympics aback the WNBA was formed. Candace Parker did not accomplish the U.S. squad. She would be the best amateur on any added aggregation in this tournament.
54. Clue and Acreage – Women’s Pole Vault
In 2008, American Jenn Suhr took silver, which was anon followed by her drillmaster accusation her alive on camera for losing. Four years later, in London, now affiliated to the coach, Suhr won gold. She allotment to face a acreage that is missing her bigger rival, Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva, but will affection hometown admired Fabiana Murer, and Sandi Morris, who bankrupt Suhr’s American almanac appropriate afore branch off to Rio.
55. Baptize Polo – Men’s
The American men accept won argent or brownish six times, but never gold. Serbia bootless to win gold in London but are cutting favorites here.
56. Judo – Women’s Half-Heavyweight (78 kg)
Kayla Harrison, the aboriginal American to anytime win a gold badge in judo, allotment to avert her title. Shock 2012 finalist Gemma Gibbons of Abundant Britain did not qualify. The Netherlands for some acumen chose to accelerate sixth-ranked Marhinde Verkerk over apple cardinal two Guusje Steenhuis. I’m academic Steenhuis did not booty that account well.
57. Pond – Women’s 50m Freestyle
Australian Cate Campbell is the arresting apple best and has 2016’s fastest time. Added contenders accommodate Cate’s sister Bronte and Olympic almanac holder Ranomi Kromowidjojo (Netherlands). It will be boxy sledding for Americans Simone Manuel or Abbey Weitzeil to ability the belvedere in this chase or the 100 meters.
58. Archery – Men’s Team
South Korea takes archery so actively they accept been accepted to anatomy exact replicas of the Olympic archery ability to convenance on. Aback archery was reintroduced to the Olympics in 1972, South Korea has taken 19 of the 36 attainable gold medals. Afterwards actuality agitated by the U.S. in the semis in 2012, South Korea has revamped their team, bringing three Olympic rookies to Rio. The American aggregation is led by apple cardinal three Zach Garrett and Brady Ellison, who was ranked aboriginal branch into London, but has slipped to seventh advanced of the Olympics.
59. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 800m
David Rudisha of Kenya is the Olympic champion, the apple champion, and the apple almanac holder. Rudisha won gold in a 2012 chase that was so fast, the aftermost abode finisher would accept won gold in every added 800-meter Olympic final this century. The fastest American, aerial schooler Donovan Brazier, did not alike accomplish it out of the aboriginal annular at Olympic trials, so the top American badge achievement is Boris Berian, who is best accepted for his acknowledged action with Nike.
60. Pond – Men’s 200m Freestyle
China’s Sun Yang specializes in best races, but he has 2016’s fastest time and won argent at both the aftermost Olympics and the aftermost Worlds. Abundant Britain’s James Guy exhausted Sun at 2015 Worlds, and is the one to exhausted here. Apple almanac holder Paul Biedermann of Germany would adulation to win gold to bless his birthday, but that address may accept sailed; he set the mark at age 22 and will about-face 30 the day this accident begins. Americans Conor Dwyer and Townley Haas are in the mix. Also, Townley Haas sounds like he belongs on the Lacrosse All-Name Team.
61. Gymnastics – Men’s Horizontal Bar
This is Kohei Uchimura’s best adventitious to win his aboriginal accoutrement gold. American Danell Leyva and Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands are badge contenders as well.
62. Angry – Women’s Bathe 75 kg
Major backdrop to FILA, the administering anatomy of wrestling, for accretion the cardinal of women’s bathe capacity to six, analogous the men. The Olympic action that now has the best communicable up to do, adequation wise, is boxing, which has 10 men’s capacity and aloof three for women. Shooting’s nine to six arrangement could additionally be improved.
Adeline Gray can become the aboriginal American woman to win Olympic gold, as her abeyant gold badge bout would be one day afore added American hopefuls Elena Pirozhkova and Helen Maroulis. The Denver-native is in her aboriginal Olympics, but she has won medals at the able bristles Worlds, three of them gold. Gray has won 41 beeline matches, so gold is likely, but she stands to be overshadowed by Brazil’s Aline Ferreira, if the Sao Paulo-native can win the aboriginal anytime Olympic angry badge for the home nation.
63. Pond – Women’s 4x100m Assortment Relay
The Americans and the Australians accept gone one-two at this accident at the able bristles Olympics. (The U.S. has three victories to Australia’s two.) The Aussies should alike the account here, with Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm arch the way.
64. Cycling, BMX – Men’s
Latvia’s Māris “The Machine” Štrombergs is the abandoned macho BMX best in Olympic history, accepting won gold in 2008 and 2012. The U.S. claimed argent and brownish in 2008, but in London, Connor Fields comatose during the finals. Fields is aback for Rio, but it is Nicholas Continued who comes in with momentum, accepting taken brownish in May’s Apple Championships.
65. Cycling, BMX – Women’s
BMX cycling is abundantly fun to watch, but absolutely feels out of abode at the Summer Olympics. It has a austere X Amateur vibe. Colombia’s Mariana Pajon, nicknamed the “Queen of BMX”, looks to avert her gold. The U.S. aggregation is the aforementioned as 2012—Brooke Crain and Alise Post
66. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 200m
Allyson Felix would accept been the admired in this race, but she absent out on a atom by .01 abnormal to Jenna Prandini, who will be advantageous to accomplish the finals. This now appears to be a two-woman chase amid Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson.
67. Pond – Men’s 50m Freestyle
France’s Florent Manaudou is the arresting Olympic and apple best here. The American aggregation is 35 year-old Anthony Ervin and Nathan Adrian, who will acceptable action Aussie Cameron McEvoy for silver.
68. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 1500m
An American has not won gold at this ambit in 108 years, admitting they’ve taken argent bristles times aback then. That winless band should continue, with three-time arresting apple best Asbel Kiprop of Kenya the favorite. The U.S. should accept a attack at the bottom medals with Matt Centrowitz, who able fourth in London, arch the way.
69. Pond – Women’s 4x100m Bathe Relay
The Campbell sisters accomplish Australia a abundant admired in this race. The Americans, led by Simone Manuel and aided by Katie Ledecky, are a acceptable bet for silver.
70. Clue and Acreage – Men’s Aerial Jump
Last Olympics this was a carefully contested event, with tyree aerial jumpers attached for bronze. If athletes tie for a bronze, instead of giving out three abstracted medals, they should accept to allotment it, Fed-Ex’ing it back-and-forth to anniversary added every few months. This year, this accident is accepted to be a barnburner with Canada’s Derek Drouin, Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim, Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko, and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi all block gold and possibly, a apple record.
71. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 400m Hurdles
In all four hurdles challenge at the U.S. Olympic trials, either the arresting gold badge champ or the actuality with the world’s fastest time in 2016 bootless to accomplish the Olympic team. In the women’s 400 exhausted hurdles that was Shamier Little, the apple cardinal one who didn’t alike accomplish it out of the semifinals. Capitalizing on her accident is an American aggregation that includes 16 year-old Sydney McLaughlin from New Jersey, additional accepted adversary Dalilah Muhammad. Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic has won the able two Apple titles.
72. Gymnastics – Men’s Attic Exercise
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At 19, Japan’s Kenzo Shirai is one of the youngest competitors in the men’s field, but he has already won a apple appellation in attic exercise.
73. Clue and Acreage – Women’s Continued Jump
Reigning apple best Tianna Bartoletta (USA) is additionally aggressive in the 100 meters and the 4×100 relay. Adolescent American Brittney Reese won gold in London and has the world’s best jump, by far, this year.
74. Pond – Women’s 200m Butterfly
This is the best advanced attainable chase of the absolute bathe meet. Australia’s Madeline Groves is the fastest in the apple this year. Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi is the apple champion. fifth in London, and Cammile Adams (USA) took argent at Worlds. China’s Zhang Yufei is a sleeper. Aloof 17-years-old aftermost year, she took brownish at Worlds.
75. Gymnastics – Men’s Vault
Reigning gold badge champ Yang Hak-seon (South Korea) will absence Rio with a bottom injury, which is a shame, aback his appellation is “The God of Vault”. Ri-se gwang of North Korea took the able two apple titles, and is a abundant favorite.
76. Tennis – Men’s Doubles
The Bryan Brothers, Bob and Mike, won gold in London, but they are backward scratches due to “health” concerns. Still, this accident is absolutely loaded; contenders accommodate Andy Murray and his brother Jamie, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal teaming appropriately with doubles specialists Nenad Zimonjic and Mark Lopez, additional hometown faves Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.
77. Angry – Men’s Abandoned Foil
A teenaged Alexander Massialas was baffled in the annular of 16 in London. Now 22, Massialas is the best in the world, and has an befalling to be the aboriginal American man to win angry gold. His arch aggressive is second-ranked Yuki Ota of Japan, who defeated Massialas to win gold at the aftermost Worlds.
78. Pond – Men’s 100m Backstroke
It’s absolutely a abashment that pond abandoned allows two racers per country. An absolute nation across-the-board the medals and continuing on the belvedere calm is an enduring image, admitting it happens far beneath frequently than it did in say, 1904, aback the Americans went 1-2-3 in 19 challenge … in clue and acreage alone. In accompanying news, four of the bristles best 100 exhausted backstrokers are Americans. Ryan Murphy and David Plummer’s abandoned absolute antagonism for gold-silver should be Australia’s Mitch Larkin.
79. Canoeing – Women’s Coxed Eight
The acutely angry U.S. women’s eight looks for their third beeline gold. The abandoned connected on all three teams will be Elle Logan, who was alleged the PAC-12’s Rower of the Century.
80. Clue and Acreage – Men’s Triple Jump
It’s absurd the U.S. will go 1-2-3 in any accident in Rio, but this or men’s attack put ability be the abutting the Americans get. Christian Taylor and Will Claye went 1-2 in London and accept accumulated for the bristles best all-overs of the year. Abettor Chris Benard is absurd to accomplishment third, though.
81. Pond – Women’s 100m Breaststroke
An American swimmer did not alike accomplish this final at 2015 Worlds, but Indiana Hoosier Lily King came out of acutely boilerplate at the age of 19, to almanac the fastest bathe of the year in June. Her toughest antagonism will arise from apple almanac holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania. King’s abettor Katie Meili, a backward bloomer in her aboriginal Olympics at 25, could additionally medal.
82. Weightlifting – Men’s Over 105 kg
The best action of the absolute Olympic weightlifting affairs was activity to be Iran’s Behdad Salimi adjoin Ruslan Albegov of Russia. But with the absolute Russian weightlifting aggregation banned, Salimi’s primary antagonism will arise from Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze.
83. Pond – Women’s 800m Freestyle
Katie Ledecky is bigger at pond the 800-meter bathe than any Olympian has anytime been in any event. She is bigger at pond the 800-meter bathe than Usain Bolt is at active the 100. She is bigger at pond the 800-meter bathe than Michael Jordan was at basketball in 1992. Whoever gets argent and brownish should accord their medals to Ledecky, and acknowledge her for pond in the aforementioned basin as them.
84. Acreage Hockey – Women’s
The medals should arise from acceptable admiral Netherlands, Australia, and Argentina. It is absurd but not extraordinary that the American women, who able fifth at a above clash aftermost year, could acquire their aboriginal acreage hockey badge aback 1984.
85. Taekwondo – Women’s Welterweight (67 kg)
With 2008 and 2012 best Hwang Kyung-Seon out of the picture, American Paige McPherson has a adventitious to be the aboriginal American woman to win taekwondo gold.
86. Gymnastics – Men’s Parallel Bars
China has won 10 of the 16 attainable golds at the able two Olympics, and Deng Shudi and You Hao are top contenders here. American Danell Leyva is in contention.
87. Action – Women’s Failing (60 kg)
Ireland’s Katie Taylor anchored her bequest as the greatest women’s boxer anytime with a gold in London, but the 30-year-old Taylor was abashed by France’s Estelle Mossely in May, her aboriginal accident in bristles years. A Taylor-Mossely rematch in the final could be the highlight of the action affairs in Rio.
88. Clue and Acreage – Men’s Continued Jump
Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin absent authoritative this team, which was a draft for the Americans hopes for assorted medalists in an accident they’ve won 20 times. Arkansas Razorback Jarrion Lawson is the accepted NCAA Best in the 100 and 200 meters, as able-bodied as this event—something abandoned he and Jesse Owens accept done—and has the best jump this year. Abundant Britain’s Greg Rutherford shows up for big meets; he is the arresting Olympic and apple champion.
89. Pond – Women’s 400m Abandoned Medley
One of the stars of the London Olympics was Ye Shiwen (China), who at the age of 16 won the 200 and 400 abandoned medleys in atomic fashion. Ye angry abounding active aback she swam her final lap faster than men’s 400-meter abandoned assortment champ Ryan Lochte. But instead of acceptable the abutting Michael Phelps, Ye achromatic into obscurity aloof as bound as she emerged. At aftermost year’s Apple Championships, she did not alike accomplish the final, pond 14 abnormal slower than her gold badge time. Ye enters Rio as the year’s 92nd fastest 400-meter abandoned assortment swimmer. Washed up at 20-years-old, what a crazy sport.
90. Archery – Women’s Individual
Ki Bo-Bae won bifold gold in London, but isn’t alike South Korea’s top archer here. That would be prodigy Choi Mi-sun, who aloof angry 20. Texan Mackenzie Brown is ranked fourth, and is the abandoned changeable archer who able for the U.S.
91. Angry – Women’s Bathe 53 kg
Saori Yoshida of Japan has been alleged the greatest wrestler in Olympic history. Yoshida has won three beeline Olympic gold medals, and is aiming to become the aboriginal Olympic wrestler to anytime win four beeline gold medals. She will accept to win this gold at a altered weight, though, afterwards her old 55 kg analysis was consolidated.
Yoshida’s toughest antagonism will be American Helen Maroulis, who won the 55 kg apple appellation aftermost year. Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye can acquire her country’s aboriginal angry badge and the aboriginal angry badge for any woman from an African country.
92. Angry – Women’s Bathe 58 kg
Much like countrywoman Saori Yoshida, a gold badge in Rio would be a almanac fourth beeline for Kaori Icho. Icho will absolutely accept the aboriginal able at breaking the Olympic record, aback her final is a day afore Yoshida’s.
Colombia’s Jackeline Rentería Castillo won brownish in 2008 and 2012. Accession badge in Rio would accomplish her the aboriginal Colombian with three Olympic medals.
93. Pond – Women’s 100m Backstroke
Missy Franklin did not authorize for this chase to avert her gold medal, so argent advocate Emily Seebohm (Australia) should be able to advancement to gold in Rio. American Olivia Smoliga is a alive underdog.
94. Clue and Acreage – Men’s Attack Put
Many predicted an American ambit in this accident in London, but the U.S. leash able 3-4-9. This time about Americans accept the top nine throws this year. The brilliant is apple best and Penn State alum Joe Kovacs, who admitting actuality cardinal in the world, abandoned has 6,600 followers on Twitter. Not a ton of attack put groupies.
95. Clue and Acreage – Women’s Attack Put
New Zealand’s Valerie Adams has 17 siblings, the youngest of whom, Steven, acclimated to be on the aforementioned basketball aggregation as Kevin Durant. Adams won gold in 2008 and silver, initially, in 2012, but that was upgraded to gold aback Nazdeya Ostapchuk (Belarus) was bare of her gold for doping violations. Top challengers to Adams accommodate Germany’s Christina Schwanitz, China’s Gong Lijiao, and American Tia Brooks.
96. Pond – Men’s 200m Backstroke
Americans accept won this chase bristles beeline times. Ryan Murphy hopes to accomplish it six in a row, but apple best Mitch Larkin of Australia stands in his way. American Jacob Pebley additionally has a adventitious at a badge in his aboriginal Olympic race.
97. Diving – Women’s 10m Platform
North Korea has never won an Olympic diving meda,l but Kim Kuk-hyang addled gold at the aftermost year’s Apple Championships. Aloof 17 years of age, Kim is still two years beforehand than her capital competitor, China’s Ren Xi.
98. Angry – Men’s Greco-Roman 130 kg
The able four times Cuba’s Mijain Lopez and Turkey’s Riza Kayaalp accept showed up at the aforementioned above tournament, they’ve faced off in the finals. Cuban angry fable Lopez won the aboriginal three, including the gold badge bout in London, but the arguable Kayaalp assuredly addled back, demography gold in Las Vegas at the 2015 Worlds.
If Lopez can exact animus ballad Kayaalp, he stands to become the third man anytime to win three beeline angry golds, absolute aggregation that includes the GOAT Alexander Karelin.
American Robby Smith has a adventitious at acceptable the aboriginal U.S. badge in the top Greco-Roman analysis aback Rulon Gardner in 2004, but he needs to abstain Mijain Lopez in the draw. Lopez exhausted him 8-0 at the 2015 Worlds.
99. Angry – Men’s Abandoned Sabre
American Daryl Homer fabricated a abundant run to the quarterfinals in London, acquisition accepted cardinal one Aleksey Yakimenko (Russia) forth the way. Homer fabricated an alike bigger run to the 2015 Worlds finals area he met up with Yakimenko again, but was punished15-5 by Yakimenko. Is a third appointment in the cards in Rio?
100. Golf – Women’s
The women are demography golf’s Olympic re-debut added actively than their macho counterparts, with about all of the top players branch to Rio. New Zealand’s Lydia Ko is the apple cardinal one. South Korea and the U.S. are amenable for seven of the top 13 players in the field.
101. Gymnastics – Men’s Assault Horse
Great Britain’s Louis Smith won gold on the assault horse in 2012, but abettor Max Whitlock may be the admired this time around.
102. Clue and Acreage – Men’s Decathlon
The champ of the decathlon is about referred to as the world’s best athlete, and that has never been added accurate than of Ashton Eaton. The Oregonian would accept a absolute attack of authoritative the Olympics at three or four altered challenge if he focused on them instead of the decathlon. His best continued jump would accept won argent at the aftermost Olympics. Unless he fouls every time in a acreage event, Eaton will become the third actuality to anytime echo as Olympic decathlon champion.
The affair with the decathlon and heptathlon is the impossibility of compassionate the scoring system. There was a abundant New York Times commodity about how the 2008 decathlon best Bryan Clay was disturbing to accomplish six abstracts admitting owning the appellation of world’s greatest athlete. You can’t bright six abstracts if the action you boss requires calculus to actuate who wins.
103. Clue and Acreage – Women’s Heptathlon
Jessica Ennis-Hill blanket the appearance for Abundant Britain at the London Games. Ennis-Hill took time off to accept a son in 2014, but is aback and set for a showdown with Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who is affiliated to decathlon frontrunner Ashton Eaton. The Eatons’ approaching adolescent has already able for the 2036 Olympics.
104. Pond – Women’s 400m Freestyle
Katie Ledecky will win this race, anybody abroad is antagonism for second. American newcomer Leah Smith has an accomplished attack at silver. In a aberration for Olympic swimming, none of the badge winners from 2012 return. Brownish badge champ Rebecca Adlington (Great Britain) retired, argent advocate Alison Schmitt abandoned fabricated the American aggregation as a broadcast swimmer, and gold badge champ Camille Muffat (France) retired, and afterwards died in a adverse helicopter blast while filming a absoluteness TV appearance in Argentina.
105. Cutting – Women’s Skeet
Five Kim Rhode facts:
106. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 5000m
Bernard Lagat won argent and brownish aggressive for his built-in Kenya, but has not becoming an Olympic badge aback he started apery the U.S. At 41, Lagat may not be a badge factor, clashing old aggressive Mo Farah, who looks to echo afterwards acceptable gold on his home accommodation in 2012.
107. Pond – Men’s 100m Breaststroke
This chase is a showdown amid apple almanac holder Adam Peaty (Great Britain) and Peaty’s idol, Olympic best Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa).
108. Gymnastics – Men’s Abandoned Trampoline
China’s Dong Dong won gold in London, but accessory Gao Lei won aftermost year’s apple title. Russia’s Dmitry Ushakov and Uladzislau Hancharou of Belarus are threats as well. Sadly, Morgan Demiro-O-Demiro (France) able sixth at aftermost year’s Worlds but did not authorize for the Olympics.
109. Pond – Men’s 4x100m Bathe Relay
This was the best abominable chase of the 2015 Apple Championships, alike admitting the favorites took gold. Both the U.S. and Australia, armed with the top two swimmers in the world, bootless to alike accomplish the final of this relay, with their second-string teams asthmatic in the prelims. They should both accomplish the final this time, area Michael Phelps will be added as a ringer, but France is a abundant admired to repeat.
110. Archery – Men’s Individual
The abandoned Olympic accident that is not televised is the archery baronial round, the abandoned accident that takes abode Friday afore the Aperture Ceremony. This was black aback was I accoutrement archery for NBC in 2012 and couldn’t watch it, admitting I’m appealing abiding I’m over it now.
111. Pond – Men’s 400m Abandoned Medley
Michael Phelps abandoned this accident afterwards he shockingly able fourth in London, acutely handing the keys to the accident over to gold badge champ Ryan Lochte. But the U.S. bathe trials are about aloof as barbarous as the Olympics, and Lochte, pond a time that would accept been fifth in London, was the third best in the pool, acceptation Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland will go in Lochte’s stead. Kalisz, Phelps’s training partner, has a absolute adventitious to accomplish his drillmaster proud, as a gold badge is a astute result. Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, who agape Phelps off the badge angle in London, is acceptable the abandoned man continuing in Kalisz’s way.
112. Angry – Men’s Aggregation Foil
The U.S. hasn’t won a aggregation antithesis badge aback 1932 and has never won gold, but that’s acceptable activity to change. The American men are so deep; all four of their foilists (Alexander Massialas, Gerek Meinhardt, Chase Imboden, Miles Chamley-Watson) accept been ranked numer one in the world.
113. Pond – Women’s 200m Abandoned Medley
Maya DiRado is not like best Olympians. She started aerial academy at 13, got a absolute account on the algebraic allocation of the SAT’s at 15, and started Stanford at 17. These are DiRado’s aboriginal Olympics and are additionally her last; she will retire and booty a job with McKinsey afterwards Rio. DiRado has a abundant adventitious of extensive the podium, admitting gold seems unlikely, with Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu a abundant favorite.
114. Clue and Acreage – Men’s Pole Vault
I’m about a fan of NBC’s Olympic telecast; they televise about all accordant challenge and livestream everything, but it is acreage challenge like the pole basement that absolutely get the abbreviate end of the antenna. If you appetite to watch judo on television at 9 a.m., it’s there for you on CNBC or Bravo, but if you appetite to watch the pole basement or the attack put with absolute announcers, you are out of luck, alfresco of abrupt 30 additional updates from Lewis Johnson amid dart heats. Chargeless the pole vault, NBC.
115. Golf – Men’s
The Olympics acutely added golf with Tiger and Phil in mind, but were one quadrennial too late. In an attrition-filled accident missing 35 of the world’s top-50 players, the U.S. aggregation of Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, and Matt Kuchar contains bisected of the top-eight ranked participants. 2016 Masters Best Danny Willett (Great Britain) and British Attainable champ Henrik Stenson (Sweden) are the added headliners.
116. Gymnastics – Women’s Abandoned Trampoline
China’s He Wenna won gold in Beijing 2008, but fell at the end of her accepted in London and acclimatized for bronze. Canadian Rosannagh Maclennan won gold at He’s bulk and looks to echo in Rio. Li Dan of China could be a agency as well.
117. Pond – Women’s 100m Freestyle
Bronte Campbell (Australia) complains that she is the third fastest swimmer in the world, but abandoned additional best in her family. That could change in this race, a ambit area she defeated big sister Cate at Worlds aftermost year. Cate responded in archetypal beforehand affinity fashion, by breaking the apple almanac this year. And apparently a noogie, too.
118. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 10,000m
Mo Farah (Great Britain) is the arresting Olympic and Apple champion, Yegrem Demalash (Ethiopia) is the world’s fastest in 2016. American Galen Rupp won argent in London and is additionally application this chase as basic for the marathon, which he will run on the Games’ final day.
119. Archery – Women’s Team
This accident has been contested seven times, with South Korea acceptable all seven. The Americans were the additional seeded aggregation in London but bootless to authorize for Rio.
120. Diving – Women’s 3m Springboard
The Americans won this accident the aboriginal eight times it was contested, and now China can bout them with their eighth beeline win on the springboard if abiding argent advocate He Zi or Olympic amateur Shi Tingmao can cull through.
121. Handball – Men’s
Not abandoned is this a attenuate accident that the U.S. did not authorize for, the Americans did not alike authorize for the North American accomplishment tournament. Apparently, calls for the U.S. to assemblage the agenda with Tim Tebow and added bootless NFL players were not heeded. Anyway, France is the apple ability in men’s handball, but Qatar is a austere gold badge contender. Germany and Denmark will additionally be in the mix for medals.
122. Pond – Women’s 100m Butterfly
Dana Vollmer (USA) is the arresting best here, but the four-time gold advocate appears to be slipping. Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden) is a abundant admired to win gold, while American Kelsi Worrell is additionally in the badge mix.
123. Action – Men’s Bantamweight (56 kg)
Michael Conlan of Ireland won brownish in 2012, and alike admitting he is affective up a weight chic here, gold looks like a possibility. Newark’s Shakur Stevenson is alleged afterwards Tupac, and the 19-year old is apparently the United States’ best attack at a men’s action medal.
124. Diving – Men’s Synchronized 10m Platform
David Boudia won brownish in this accident in 2012, and allotment with a new partner, the affably alleged Steele Johnson. Johnson banned to abdicate the action as a 12-year-old afterwards hitting his arch on the platform, falling 33 feet, and ripping his attic in bisected aback he hit the water.
125. Pond – Men’s 200m Breaststroke
Americans Josh Prenot and Kevin Cordes will action actuality with Germany’s Marco Koch and Briton Andrew Willis.
126. Angry – Men’s Bathe 97 kg
The U.S. is so abysmal at 97 kg that arresting gold advocate Jake Varner could not accomplish it out of the Olympic Trials. Varner was defeated by 2015 apple best Kyle Snyder, who active to Rio as the co-favorite with Russia’s Anzor Boltukayev.
Russia is so abysmal that Abdusalam Gadisov, who won Worlds in 2014 and absent a 5-5 gold badge bout in 2015 to Snyder, was larboard off their team.
127. Handball – Women’s
Norway are the arresting Olympic and Worlds champs. Added than host Brazil, abandoned France, Sweden, and Argentina able for both men’s and women’s handball.
128. Pond – Men’s 400m Freestyle
Sun Yang (China) is the bigger bewilderment in the Rio pool. He has not absent this ambit in a above chase aback 2011, but he has struggled to bout his best times afresh and absolutely did not appearance up for his final chase at aftermost year’s Worlds. As in, they alleged his name and he wasn’t there. A argument about Sun accepting in some array of an in-pool argument with a changeable Brazilian swimmer ensued, admitting what absolutely happened is still vague. Anyway, he’s accepting booed, if he manages to appearance up this time.
129. Clue and Acreage – Women’s Triple Jump
Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia is the one to watch here. Newcomer Yulimar Rojas could be the aboriginal Venezuelan woman to win a gold medal. Aforementioned for Israel’s Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko, who competed for Ukraine at the aftermost Olympics.
130. Angry – Men’s Bathe (65 kg)
Azerbaijan’s Togrul Asgarov won gold in London, but at 60 kg; these guys are abundant bigger. None of the 2012 medalists from London’s 66 kg are back, so this is the best advanced attainable bathe analysis in Rio. The admired is apparently ascendant apple best Frank Chamizo, who acclimated to attack for Cuba and now competes for Italy.
The U.S. is represented in this analysis by Frank Molinaro, who had an best analysis at Penn State in 2012. Molinaro is not the abandoned above All-American wrestler at 65 kg. Bulgaria’s Borislav Novachkov, additionally an American citizen, wrestled at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
131. Angry – Women’s Aggregation Sabre
Ibtihaj Muhammad will become the aboriginal American to attack cutting a hijab. Muhammad and Mariel Zagunis advance a U.S. aggregation that is a absolute badge contender, admitting Russia, featuring a brace of top-five fencers in Sofiya Velikaya and Yana Egorian, is favored.
132. Action – Men’s Flyweight (52 kg)
Boxing at the London Olympics was bedeviled by scandal, decidedly afterwards a boxer from Azerbaijan was agape bottomward bristles times in a round, yet was still denticulate the champ of it. Reports alike that Azerbaijan paid $9 actor for a agreement of Olympic gold. While annihilation was proven, in Rio Azerbaijan won’t accept to pay anyone to win a gold medal. Elvin Mamishzada is the apple champion, and has his eyes on the country’s aboriginal gold medal. Elsewhere, Britain’s Muhammad Ali will get lots of attention, absolutely for his name, but he additionally ability win a few matches in the ring.
133. Canoeing – Men’s Coxed Eight
The U.S. has won this chase 12 times, but absent out on a badge by three-tenths of a additional in 2012. New Jersey-ite Stephen Kasprzyk is the abandoned affiliate of the eight to return.
134. Judo – Women’s Failing (57 kg)
American Marti Malloy won a shock brownish badge in 2012, but the alley actuality is alike added treacherous. Her antagonism includes the apple cardinal one, Mongolia’s Dorjsurengiin Sumiyaa, second-ranked Kim Jan-di of South Korea, 2012 gold badge champ Kaori Matsumoto of Japan, and Romania’s Corina Căprioriu, who won argent in London afterwards assault Malloy in the semis.
135. Action – Men’s Ample (91 kg)
Italy’s Clemente Russo has won argent at the able two Olympics, alike acquisition accepted WBC best Deontay Wilder in the process. Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko hopes to duke Russo his third beeline argent medal.
136. Pond – Women’s 200m Backstroke
Missy Franklin ashamed the antagonism to win this gold in London, but she does not arise to be a badge factor, unless she abundantly improves from June’s Olympic trials. Her American abettor Maya DiRado has a absolute attack at a medal, but it will best acceptable be bronze, abaft Australian duo Emily Seebohm and Belinda Hocking.
137. Angry – Women’s Bathe (63 kg)
American Elena Pirozhkova got baffled in her aboriginal bout in London, but the Russian-born wrestler has won gold, silver, and brownish at Apple Championships since. This is by far the best wide-open analysis of women’s wrestling, so Pirozhkova could realistically win, but she’d charge to get able wrestlers like Latvia’s Anastasija Grigorjeva, who thumped her at the 2012 Olympics.
138. Taekwondo – Men’s Welterweight (80 kg)
Steven Lopez (USA) won gold in 2000 and 2004, brownish in 2008, and absent in the aboriginal annular in 2012. At 37, this is Lopez’s swan song, and alike with accession aboriginal annular loss, he will go bottomward as the Babe Ruth of American taekwondo. Iran’s Mahdi Khodabakhshi ashamed Lopez 13-1 at aftermost year’s Apple Championships.
139. Cutting – Men’s Skeet
Vincent Hancock (USA) is attractive for this third beeline gold badge in skeet. Egypt’s Azmy Mehelba able in 36th of 36 shooters in London, but he is ranked fourth in the apple now. Egypt has never won a badge in shooting.
140. Angry – Men’s Bathe (57 kg)
Georgia has won 25 Olympic medals, 15 of them in wrestling. Vladimer Khinchegashvili stands to accomplish it 16 of 26 here, with gold likely. His capital antagonism is Iran’s Hassan Rahimi.
141. Men’s Acreage Hockey
Germany has won the antecedent two gold medals. Australia won gold in 2004. Besides that, they’ve taken brownish at every Olympics aback Atlanta. The Netherlands, which accept won a badge in this accident at every Olympics aback 1984, and India, already a behemothic in the action but who haven’t won a badge aback 1980, additionally bulk to be contenders.
142. Clue and Acreage – Men’s Discus
Piotr Malachowski of Poland ability be abbreviate for a discus thrower at 6’4”, but he is the best at what he does, as the arresting apple best and the apple cardinal one this year. Malachowski’s top antagonism in Rio ability be a brace of German brothers, Robert (6’7”) and Christoph Harting (6’9”).
143. Cutting – Women’s Trap
Ten altered countries accept won women’s allurement medals in the four times it has been held. There is a acceptable adventitious that cardinal will be increased, as the world’s top-ranked allurement ballista is Ray Bassil of Lebanon, a country that has never won a gold medal. Bassil can additionally become the aboriginal Lebanese woman to win a badge of any kind…..
Alaskan Corey Cogdell won brownish in 2008—she is affiliated to Chicago Bears DE Mitch Unrein.
144. Action – Women’s Flyweight (51 kg)
All three changeable action gold winners from London are abiding to avert their crowns. Flyweight Nicola Adams (Great Britain) could accept the toughest alley of the trio, with argent badge champ Ren Cancan of China and Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam in her way. There is no American at this weight class; Marlen Esparza won brownish in London, but was abashed at U.S. Olympic trials.
145. Pond – Women’s 200m Breaststroke
This is absolutely the abandoned chase in the basin area Aggregation USA has no adventitious of acceptable a medal. Top contenders are apple almanac holder Rikke Pedersen (Denmark) and 2016’s fastest woman, Rie Kaneto (Japan).
146. Gymnastics – Women’s Rhythmic Abandoned All-Around
Neither aerialist from Russia’s gold-silver accomplishment in London returns, but they are aloof as loaded as 2012. Yana Kudryavtseva, accepted as the Crystal Statuette, is a massive admired to win gold, while Margarita Mamun should advice Russia accomplishment one-two again.
147. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 1500m
Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba was abandoned in the aboriginal annular of this accident in London. Three years later, Dibaba set the apple almanac in 2015, active a antic 3:50.07, over 20 abnormal faster than the gold badge acceptable time from London 2012. She’s absolutely authoritative it out of the aboriginal annular this time.
148. Diving – Women’s Synchronized 3m Springboard
China’s Wu Minxia looks to win this accident for the fourth afterwards Olympics. The Americans did not authorize a aggregation in this event.
149. Action – Men’s Ablaze Welterweight (64 kg)
Like abounding London action medalists, 2012 ablaze welterweight champ Roniel Iglesias abashed up a weight class, aperture up a atom for Cuban agriculturist Yasniel Toledo, who is affective up from failing afterwards acceptable brownish in London. Maryland aerial academy valedictorian Gary Antuanne Russell is the brother of 2008 Olympic boxer Gary Russell. In fact, all bristles Russell brothers are alleged Gary, afterwards their ancestor and trainer, Gary Sr.
150. Clue and Acreage – Women’s Javelin
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Barbara Spotakova (Czech Republic) looks to win her third beeline gold medal. The American women are not badge threats here.
151. Clue and Acreage – Men’s Javelin
The best absorbing allotment of watching the javelin is watching the bodies who aggregate the javelins afterwards throws about get impaled by a misfired javelin. Seriously, there are bags of abutting calls and it is activity to arise one of these days, and afresh the accomplished javelin accident will be cancelled. If that doesn’t arise in Rio, afresh Germany’s Thomas Rohler should win gold.
152. Angry – Women’s Abandoned Foil
How acceptable is the Italian women’s antithesis team? Valentina Vezzali took argent in Atlanta in 1996, followed that up with three golds, and afresh a brownish in 2012. She is the Michael Jordan of fencing. At age 42, Vezzali is still ranked 18th in the world. But she retired in May; 18th isn’t acceptable abundant to get you a atom on the Italian Olympic antithesis team. Italy is still in abundant shape, though. Arriana Errigo, who exhausted Vezzali in the London semis, is cardinal one in the world. She and countrywoman Elisa Di Francisca, who exhausted Errigo to win gold in London, could accommodated in the gold badge bout again.
153. Synchronized Pond – Women’s Duet
Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina attending to win their additional beeline gold in the duet, while giving Russia its fifth gold in bristles tries aback it was reintroduced to the Games.
154. Diving – Men’s 3m Springboard
Russia’s Ilya Zakharov took a attenuate gold abroad from China in 2012, and allotment to avert his title. His capital competition: China’s He Chao, who defeated Zakharov at aftermost year’s Apple Championships.
155. Angry – Men’s Greco-Roman 75 kg
Mark Madsen (the wrestler, not to be abashed with the above Lakers benchwarmer and now Lakers abettor coach) took argent at the 2013 and 2015 Worlds, demography time off average to win his aboriginal two MMA fights. Denmark has never won a gold badge in wrestling, unless you calculation the 1906 Intercalated Games, which the IOC does not. That band will acceptable continue, as Russia’s Roman Vlasov exhausted Madsen 6-0 in aftermost year’s Worlds final and is the favorite. American Andy Bisek could win a medal, acceptable bronze.
156. Tennis – Alloyed Doubles
Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka won gold in London for Belarus, but Azarenka arise she was abundant three weeks afore Rio.
Bill Simmons has been adage this for years, but it is batty that all medals are created equal. You get the aforementioned gold badge for acceptable four alloyed doubles matches that you do for acceptable the chase or an absolute soccer tournament. Alloyed doubles is so extraneous alfresco the Olympics that if you offered Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic $3 actor to comedy in the alloyed doubles clash at Wimbledon, they would about-face you down. Alike the top doubles players, like the Bryan brothers, don’t comedy it.
157. Angry – Women’s Abandoned Épée
Sisters Courtney and Kelly Hurley won brownish in the aggregation accident in London. Kelly hopes to add accession badge to the ancestors bays case afore activity off to medical school. There is a achievability the Houston-based sisters could face anniversary added in the singles competition. Courtney is ranked higher, but big sister Kelly leads the head-to-head matchup, three to two.
158. Judo – Men’s Half-Middleweight (81 kg)
Avtandili Tchrikishvili of Georgia is ranked cardinal one at 81 kg. American Travis Stevens, who started practicing judo afterwards watching The Karate Kid, is ranked fifth and absolutely exhausted Tchrikishvili at the London Olympics. Japan’s Takanori Nagase and Canada’s Antoine Valois-Fortier are contenders here.
159. Action – Men’s Super Ample (over 91 kg)
Reigning apple best Tony Yoka (France) has the affliction appellation in action history, “The Artist”. Added contenders accommodate the brownish medalists from London: Ivan Dychko (Kazakhstan) and Mahommedrasul Majidov (Azerbaijan).
160. Cutting – Men’s 50m Burglarize Prone
This accident has the best adequation in Olympic shooting, as the able seven gold medals accept been won by seven altered nations: Czechoslovakia, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, United States, Ukraine, and Belarus. In a antagonism area none of the three London medalists return, the best bets to extend that band may be Australia’s Warren Potent and Brazil’s Cassio Rippel.
161. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 5000m
Take it to the bank: The top six finishers in this chase will all be from Ethiopia and Kenya. Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana is the abundant favorite.
162. Action – Men’s Middleweight (75 kg)
Cuba’s Arlen Lopez abandoned absent one annular en avenue to a apple appellation aftermost year. Eighteen-year-old Charles Conwell of Cleveland is the youngest boxer on the U.S. team. Campbell is additionally the bigger boxer on the U.S. team, which did not authorize fighters in the top three weight classes.
163. Cutting – Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
Cuba’s Leuris Pupo bootless to accomplish the final at three beeline Olympics, afore assuredly authoritative it and acceptable gold in 2012. Prior to apery the U.S., Emil Milev acclimated to shoot for Bulgaria, acceptable argent for them … in 1996. This will be Milev’s sixth Olympics.
164. Clue and Acreage – Women’s Discus
“A babe should be two things: CLASSY and FABULOUS.” So says Sandra Perkovic’s Instagram bio, at least. Perkovic, who ashamed the acreage to win gold in London, and is accepted to do the aforementioned in Brazil, is additionally a affiliate of the Croatian Parliament. Seriously, if you accept any complaints about how things are activity in Zagreb, accelerate her a fax at: 385 1 6303 398.
165. Action – Men’s Failing (60 kg)
Cuba’s Lázaro Álvarez took brownish in London at bantamweight, afresh abashed up to failing area he’s won the able two Apple Championships. Carlos Balderas, who has been action aback he was seven (he’s now 19), has an alfresco adventitious at a medal.
166. Pond – Men’s 1500m Freestyle
The 1500 is swimming’s best arid race. That actuality said, it is asinine that the men bathe 1500 as their longest distance, while the women bathe 800. Appealing abiding the women could handle the added 700 meters, abnormally aback Katie Ledecky’s best time at this distance—women bathe it at the Apple Championships—would accept baffled over 1/3 of the men in the 2012 Olympics.
167. Cycling, Clue – Women’s Aggregation Pursuit
Great Britain’s Laura Trott and America’s Sarah Hammer advance the teams allusive for gold. The U.S. won the action at this year’s Worlds, but Hammer’s four teammates accept no Olympic experience.
168. Cutting – Men’s Bifold Trap
Houston’s Glenn Eller able 22nd out of 23 shooters in 2012, afterwards acceptable gold in Beijing. Both he and Josh Richmond of Pennsylvania are ranked in the top ten in the world.
169. Diving – Men’s Synchronized 3m Springboard
In 2004, Peng Bo and Wang Kenan adulterated their final dive, earning aught credibility and finishing in aftermost place. In the three Olympics since, Chinese defined accept becoming medals in all 24 diving events. Cao Yuan and Qin Kai attending to abide that band here.
170. Diving – Women’s Synchronized 10m Platform
China is 4-for-4 best in this event, and Chen Ruolin, who is additionally 4-for-4 in her Olympic career, hopes to accumulate both streaks intact.
171. Action – Men’s Ablaze Ample (81 kg)
Ireland’s Joe Ward has absent to Cuba’s Julio Cesar La Cruz in the finals of the able two Apple Championships, and Cruz won accession apple championship afore that, too. Somehow he was abashed in the quarterfinals of London.
172. Cycling, Clue – Women’s Omnium
Californian Sarah Hammer won two silvers in 2012, and afterwards acceptable two apple titles aback London she is assured she will win her aboriginal gold. But Abundant Britain’s Laura Trott looms large. Trott defeated Hammer to win gold in London, and exhausted her at Worlds in March.
173. Cutting – Women’s 25m Pistol
Nino Salukvadze won two medals for the Soviet Union in 1988 and now competes for Georgia, abacus a brownish in Beijing. Enkelejda Shehu competed for Albania in 1992 and 1996, but now competes for the U.S. The top contenders actuality are arresting gold advocate South Korea’s Kim Jang-mi and apple cardinal one Zhang Jingjing, of China.
174. Taekwondo – Women’s Agile (57 kg)
Defending best Jade “Head Hunter” Jones of Abundant Britain becoming the appellation because of her proclivity to bang opponents in their heads. Also, she affectionate of is a head-hunter, aback she helps bodies acquisition jobs … in added fields, aback they can’t exhausted her at taekwondo.
175. Weightlifting – Women’s 63 kg
Each country abandoned gets a assertive bulk of weightlifting slots to admeasure out, so some lifters like Deng Wei can get larboard home, alike if they are apple champions. Afterwards missing out on London, Wei becoming one of China’s adored spots for 2016 afterwards acceptable her third apple title, and her stiffest antagonism will be apple almanac holder Lin Tzu-chi of Chinese Taipei, or as you apparently apperceive it, Taiwan.
176. Gymnastics – Women’s Rhythmic Accumulation All-Around
Belarus is apparently the arch adversary to Russia’s ascendancy in this event. Russia topped Belarus in 2012, but neither band allotment a distinct aerialist from four years ago.
177. Cutting – Women’s 10m Air Pistol
Guo Wenjun of China won air pistol gold in 2008 and 2012. Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych is the 2004 gold medalist, and she’s now ranked cardinal one in the world.
178. Weightlifting – Women’s 53 kg
Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Shu-ching won the gold badge in London … she thinks. Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan aerial added than Hsu, but she is accepted to anon be bare of the badge for steroid violations. Hsu’s apple appellation from 2015 is not in dispute, and she is the admired branch into Rio.
179. Clue and Acreage – Men’s Marathon
Kenya is so abysmal that Dennis Kipruto Kimetto set the apple almanac beneath than two years ago and did not alike accomplish this team. In total, Kenya had 427 able marathoners to accept from. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from Eritrea is the arresting apple champion, but this chase is absurd to predict.
180. Action – Men’s Ablaze Flyweight (49 kg)
Paddy Barnes of Ireland hopes to advancement his brownish medals from Beijing and London into gold. Cuba’s Joahnys Argilagos, the 2015 apple champion, is a gold badge threat. Kansan Nico Hernandez is not a badge threat.
181. Cutting – Men’s Trap
Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo absent the final in London by one ambition afterwards acceptable argent or brownish in Sydney, Athens, and Beijing. This is the abandoned cutting accident which the U.S. did not authorize for.
182. Triathlon – Women’s
American Gwen Jorgenson, a above accountant, got a collapsed annoy in London during the bike allocation of the triathlon, and able 38th. Now, Jorgensen, who had a cord of 13 beeline aristocratic triathlon chase wins airtight beforehand this year, enters the Olympics as apple best and Olympic favorite.
183. Weightlifting – Women’s 48 kg
Hou Zhihui has never competed in a above apple event, but the 210 kg she managed to lift at the Chinese Nationals can’t be affected by anyone in this competition. Japan’s Hiromi Miyake won brownish in London, authoritative her the third weightlifting advocate in her family, afterwards her ancestor and uncle.
184. Cutting – Women’s 50m Burglarize Three Positions
Germany’s Jolyn Beer is ranked additional in the apple but did not accomplish the Olympic team. Ranked aboriginal in the chat is Snježana Pejcic, who did accomplish her aggregation and can become the aboriginal Croatian woman to win cutting gold.
185. Taekwondo – Men’s Ample (over 80 kg)
Jasur Baykuziyev is the cardinal two ample in the apple but he’s not activity to Rio. That’s because Baykuziyev is from Uzbekistan, and so is the cardinal one heavyweight, Dmitriy Shokin. This would be Uzbekistan’s aboriginal taekwondo medal.
186. Canoeing – Women’s Quadruple Sculls
Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli acknowledgment from the American aggregation that won brownish in London. If the U.S. women win gold, like they did at 2015 Worlds, it would be the aboriginal canoeing gold for American women alfresco of the eights.
187. Weightlifting – Men’s 85 kg
China’s Tian Tao is the bigger bewilderment in weightlifting appropriate now. In three Apple Championships, he has bootless to accomplishment alert and taken sixth abode the one time he did. But, in April, Tian reportedly bankrupt the apple almanac (unofficially) at the Chinese Civic Championships.
While bodies may be skeptical, China does not accelerate weightlifters to the Olympics unless they are gold badge threats. If Tian flops, Kianoush Rostami of Iran, a apple best who won brownish in London, could aces up the gold.
188. Cutting – Men’s 50m Pistol
South Korea’s Jin Jong-oh is the apple almanac holder, and afterwards earning argent in 2004, has won the aftermost two golds. Jitu Rai was built-in in Nepal, but competes for India. If Rai can agitated Jin to win gold, it would abandoned be India’s additional gold badge aback 1980.
189. Angry – Women’s Bathe 48 kg
Japan’s Eri Tosaka is the three-time arresting apple champion. Amid the Summer and Winter Olympics, the Netherlands has won about 400 medals, but none accept arise from wrestling. Jessica Blaszka, brownish badge champ at 2015 Worlds, can be the first.
190. Angry – Women’s Aggregation Épée
Team China, led by top-ranked Xu Anqi, are arresting Olympic and Apple champions. The Americans women, starring the Hurley sisters, Courtney and Kelly, won brownish in London, but the blow of their roster, decidedly Katarzyna Trzopek, is a affair at this level.
191. Canoeing – Women’s Distinct Sculls
Ekaterina Karsten has been aggressive in the Olympics for best than her built-in Belarus has. Afterwards acceptable brownish as allotment of the Unified Aggregation in 1992’s quadruple skulls competition, she switched to abandoned antagonism beneath the Belarusan flag, demography gold in 1996 and 2000, argent in 2004, and brownish in 2008, afore falling to fifth in 2012. The American in this event, Genevra Stone, is a doctor, accepting completed Tufts Medical School.
192. Cycling, Clue – Men’s Aggregation Sprint
Phillip Hindes acquired a activity in London aback he accepted to carefully abolition to force a chase restart, aback Abundant Britain got off to a apathetic start. With new life, the Britons went on to win gold. Hindes and Jason Kenny acknowledgment to avert gold in Rio, with Jamie Staff replacing allegorical Chris Hoy. France has a won a badge every time this accident has been contested.
193. Synchronized Pond – Women’s Team
The U.S. won the countdown adaptation of this accident in Atlanta, but accept now bootless to authorize for the additional beeline Olympics. Russia, which has won every gold since, should affirmation their fifth beeline title.
194. Angry – Women’s Bathe (69 kg)
They’re apparently both out of the gold badge picture, but watch out if Egypt’s Enas Mostafa and Israel’s Ilana Kratysh aboveboard off. Mostafa was abeyant for allegedly bitter Kratysh’s aback during a 2013 match, and banned to agitate easily afterwards.
The absolute gold badge challenge will be amid Russia’s Natalia Vorobieva and China’s Zhou Feng. Vorobieva won gold in London.
195. Canoeing – Men’s Coxless Four
Great Britain could win this accident for a fifth beeline Olympics, but Italy is the ascendant apple champion. The American team—featuring Henrik Rummel and Charlie Cole from the bronze-winning 2012 squad, additional newcomers Seth Weil and Matt Miller—could contend.
196. Angry – Men’s Bathe (86 kg)
Abdulrashid “The Russian Tank” Sadulaev has won every clash he has entered aback 2014. His abutting bout at aftermost year’s Worlds was a 6-2 win in the semifinals. The account of accident to the Tank in the finals should go to Turkey’s Selim Yasar or Cuba’s Reineris Salas.
197. Taekwondo – Women’s Flyweight (49 kg)
China’s Wu Jingyu stands to become the aboriginal actuality with three gold medals in taekwondo. In London, Wu won her matches by array of 10-2, 14-0, 19-7, and 8-1.
198. Cycling, Clue – Men’s Aggregation Pursuit
Great Britain, which won this chase in 2008 and 2012, is led by Bradley Wiggins, who is attractive to win a badge for the fifth beeline Olympics. Their arch adversary is Australia, the abandoned non-European nation to anytime win the aggregation pursuit.
199. Canoeing – Women’s Bifold Sculls
Great Britain’s Katherine Grainger allotment with a new partner, Victoria Thornley. Afterwards acceptable silvers in Sydney, Athens, and Beijing in quadruple sculls and coxless pair, Grainger switched to bifold sculls for London and addled gold.
200. Action – Men’s Welterweight (69 kg)
Morocco, which has abandoned anytime won medals in clue and boxing, has a adventitious to win its aboriginal action gold abaft Mohammed Rabii.
201. Cycling, Clue – Women’s Keirin
Australia’s Anna Meares, who won dart brownish in 2004, argent in 2008, and gold in 2012, hopes to add keirin gold to her bristles Olympic medals.
202. Judo – Women’s Half-Lightweight (52 kg)
Majlinda Kelmendi, who was affected by the IOC to attack for Albania in 2012, is a abundant admired for gold, which would be Kosovo’s aboriginal medal, in its countdown Olympics. American Angelica Delgado is absolute on Twitter, but abandoned has 490 followers as of this typing.
203. Angry – Men’s Aggregation Épée
This accident was not contested in 2012. One of the affected aspects of Olympic angry is that abandoned two of the three angry disciplines get to accept a aggregation accident anniversary Olympics. One of the three, this year men’s sabre and women’s antithesis get rotated out. It’s as if staging accession accident for fencers, best of whom are already there, would be a above adventure for the Olympics. It additionally agency that admirers abandoned get one adventitious to see assertive brilliant fencers like American Mariel Zagunis, who had no aggregation saber accident in 2012.
204. Weightlifting – Men’s 94 kg
Kendrick Farris is the abandoned American macho weightlifter in Rio. U.S. men accept won 41 weightlifting medals, but none aback 1984. Farris able eigth in 2008 and 10th in 2012; he is not a badge hopeful, but he did go vegan in 2014.
Also not a badge hopeful is apple almanac holder and backstab arresting gold advocate Ilya Ilyan (Kazakhstan), who has abashed up to 105 kg and was banned for steroids in June.
Without Ilyan, the weight chic is a mess. None of the top eight finishers from London will be in Rio. Vadim Stralsou of Belarus came out of boilerplate to win the apple appellation by a advanced allowance in 2015.
205. Cycling, Clue – Men’s Omnium
American Booby Lea had a biologic abeyance bargain to be accustomed to attack in Rio. Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark), who won gold in London, the aboriginal time this accident was held, returns. Additionally antagonism is Mark Cavendish (Great Britain). Best accepted for his Bout de France sprinting prowess. Cavendish has won apple titles in clue and alley cycling, but never an Olympic medal.
206. Judo – Women’s Extra-Lightweight (48 kg)
Brazilian Sarah Menezes won gold in London, but apple cardinal one, Monkhbatyn Urantsetseg of Mongolia, has affairs to ruin her homecoming. Menezes did agitated Monkhbatyn aback they faced off in December.
207. Canoeing – Men’s Coxless Pair
New Zealand’s Hamish Bond and Eric Murray accept won every above appellation aback 2009. American Nareg Guregian (teaming with Anders Weiss here) is affianced to women’s eight rower Katelin Snyder. She is apparently activity to arise home with gold, while Guregian will be advantageous to accept his own Wikipedia folio aback he gets home.
208. Cycling, Clue – Men’s Keirin
Great Britain’s Chris Hoy, who won this chase in Beijing and London, has retired. Azizulhasni Awang, nicknamed the “Pocket Rocket Man” for his baby stature, took brownish at the able two Worlds, and has a adventitious to win Malaysia’s aboriginal cycling badge and aboriginal gold in any Olympic event.
209. Judo – Men’s Half-heavyweight (100 kg)
Every Olympics, I get aflame to watch some judo match, and afresh bethink that the rules are absolutely bulletproof to the layman. I wasn’t alike absolutely a layman—I’ve gotten paid to watch judo—and I still don’t absolutely accept all the rules. You apperceive who knows the rules? The Netherlands’ Henk Grol. He’s won brownish at the aftermost two Olympics, but has a absolute adventitious to about-face that into gold here.
210. Angry – Men’s Bathe 125 kg
Turkey’s Taha Akgul outscored opponents 41-3 on the way to acceptable the 2015 apple title. Added contenders are Russia’s Bilyal Makhov, who exhausted Akgul in London, and Jamaladdin Magomedov of Azerbaijan.
211. Canoeing – Men’s Quadruple Sculls
The German aggregation allotment three of four rowers from the aggregation that won gold in London. Accession contender, Australia, allotment aught from their brownish badge group.
212. Cycling, Clue – Men’s Abandoned Sprint
Great Britain’s Jason Kenny won gold in London afterwards demography argent in Beijing, in accession to acceptable gold in both aggregation sprints.
213. Judo – Women’s Ample (over 78 kg)
This is a two-woman chase amid 2012 best Idalys Ortiz of Cuba and China’s Yu Song. Somehow, the two accept abandoned faced off alert in eight years calm in the action (each won once.)
214. Canoeing – Men’s Distinct Sculls
All three medalists from London return: Mahe Drysdale (New Zealand, gold) Ondrej Synek (Czech Republic, silver) Alan Campbell (Great Britain, bronze.) No American able for this event, which they accept been shut out in aback 1956.
215. Cycling, Alley – Men’s Alley Race
This is the abandoned abandoned Olympic accident area a country can accelerate as abounding as bristles athletes to compete. It’s additionally a aberrant accident area accession like Abundant Britain’s Chris Froome can accomplishment 109th at the aftermost Olympics and be advised a gold badge adversary in Rio.
216. Cutting – Women’s 10m Air Rifle
The champ of this event—I’ll adumbrate Andrea Arsovic of Serbia—will be the aboriginal gold advocate of Rio 2016. At NBC, the chat advocate is okay, but the byword ‘to medal’ is verboten; it is not to be acclimated as a verb. But I anticipate we’re air-conditioned here.
217. Judo – Men’s Middleweight (90 kg)
This is apparently the judo weight chic with the best parity: Japan’s Mashu Baker is ranked cardinal one, but he faces annealed challenges from South Korea’s Gawk Dong-han, Hungary’s Krisztián Tóth, Sweden’s Marcus Nyman, and Georgia’s Varlam Liparteliani.
218. Taekwondo – Women’s Ample (over 67 kg)
A amazing 75 of the 206 countries that participate in the Olympics accept never won a distinct medal. Cambodia, which has a citizenry of over 15 million, is on the list. In fact, Sorn Seavmey, aggressive in this weight class, became the aboriginal anytime Cambodian to absolutely authorize for the Olympics. All antecedent Cambodian Olympians accustomed appropriate invites set abreast for athletes from countries which contrarily couldn’t accelerate an Olympic delegation. Seavmey, ranked 33rd, apparently won’t win Cambodia’s aboriginal medal, but the country is headed in the appropriate direction.
219. Canoeing – Women’s Coxless Pair
Great Britain’s Heather Stanning and Helen Glover aftermost absent a chase in 2011. Aback afresh they accept become Olympic, apple and European champions. Stanning, now a above in the British army, has done a bout in Afghanistan.
220. Cycling, Alley – Men’s Time Trial
American Taylor Phinney hopes to advance aloft his London experience, aback he able a barbarous fourth in both the alley chase and the time trial.
221. Angry – Men’s Greco-Roman 98 kg
Iran’s Ghasem Rezaei won gold in London, but afresh he has run into the buzzsaw accepted as Artur Aleksanyan. Rezaei absolutely exhausted Aleksanyan at the Olympics en avenue to victory, but the Armenian defeated Rezaei in the semis of the Apple Championships in 2014, afresh the finals in 2015. Annular four may be advancing in Rio.
222. Clue and Acreage – Men’s Hammer Throw
Make abiding you aces Poland’s Pawel Fajdek in your Olympic Pools. With 2016’s top ten throws, he is an cutting favorite.
223. Weightlifting – Women’s Over 75 kg
Russia’s Tatiana Kashirina was apparently the bigger lock of the absolute weightlifting antagonism to win gold. No one in the Rio acreage came aural 35 kg of her at the Apple Championships. But with the banning of the absolute Russian weightlifting team, Kashirina will absence out on an impossibly attainable gold medal. Amid Kashirina’s absence and China not selecting any weightlifters for this division, this is absolutely no best an Olympic-caliber event. North Korea’s Kim Kuk-hyang should win an dull gold.
Sarah Robles of the U.S. able sixth at 2015 Worlds. Holley Mangold, Nick’s sister, additionally competed in this weight chic in London, but did not authorize for Rio.
224. Cycling, Clue – Women’s Aggregation Sprint
Anna Meares will alpha her Olympics as Australia’s agent in the aperture ceremony. If she and abettor Stephanie Morton accomplish the belvedere in the aggregation sprint, she could airing into the closing ceremonies with eight career Olympic medals.
225. Clue and Acreage – Women’s Marathon
This chase appearance a set of Estonian triplets, Leila, Liina, and Lily Luik. They are not badge contenders, but you will apprehend abundant added about them than anyone who ability potentially win the race. The favorites you won’t apprehend abundant about accommodate Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia and Kenyans Helah Kiprop and Jemima Sumgong.
226. Angry – Men’s Greco-Roman 59 kg
Iran’s Hamid Sourian was the favorite, accepting won gold in London, additional six apple titles, but a close abrasion has put his Olympic cachet in doubt. The almsman could be Azerbaijan’s Rovshan Bayramov, argent advocate at the aftermost two games. If Sourian and Bayramov do meet, apprehend bad blood: Sourian was butterfingers from the aftermost Apple Championships for head-butting Bayramov.
227. Cycling, Alley – Women’s Time Trial
American Kristin Armstrong, who has now arise out of retirement twice, is aiming to win this chase for a third afterwards Olympics. It would be a abundant altogether present to herself; she turns 43 the day afterwards the race.
228. Weightlifting – Women’s 75 kg
Rim Jong-Sim of North Korea has a adventitious to win back-to-back golds in altered weight classes. She able additional at the 2015 Worlds, but gold went to a Chinese countdown not aggressive in Rio and brownish went to a banned countdown from Kazakhstan…..American Jenny Arthur able 7th at Worlds.
229. Angry – Men’s Greco-Roman 85 kg
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Ukraine has won six angry medals at the able two Olympics, but none of them gold. The man best acceptable to change that is Zhan Beleniuk, whose ancestor was asleep in the Rwandan Civil War aback he was a toddler.
American Ben Provisor is out for accretion afterwards accident in the annular of 16 in London.
230. Badminton – Women’s Singles
China has won gold in women’s singles at the aftermost four Olympics, but Spain’s Carolina Marin stands in their way. Marin, the backstab arresting apple champion, is attractive to win Spain’s aboriginal badminton medal. Her arch rivals are Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, additional the Chinese duo of Li Xuerui and Wang Yihan, who won gold and silver, respectively, in London. The U.S. will be represented by Iris Wang, ranked 33rd in the world.
231. Angry – Men’s Abandoned Épée
This is by far the weakest angry accident for the U.S. Their abandoned entrant, Jason Pryor, is ranked 24th. The top épée fencer is France’s Gauthier Grumier, who has four golds at apple championships, but absent in the aboriginal annular in London. Grumier’s toughest antagonism is apple best Géza Imre of Hungary.
232. Canoeing – Women’s Failing Bifold Sculls
Probably the best wide-open chase of the women’s canoeing program, contenders accommodate British duo Charlotte Taylor and Katherine Copeland—Copeland won gold with a altered accomplice in London—New Zealand apple champs Sophie MacKenzie and Julia Edward, additional China’s Pan Feihong and Huang Wenyi, who won argent with a altered accomplice in London.
233. Badminton – Men’s Singles
Denmark is the abandoned non-Asian country to anytime win a men’s badminton medal. That aridity is about assertive to continue. The world’s top three players are the three London medalists Lin Dan (China, gold), Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia, silver), and Chen Continued (China, bronze).
234. Angry – Men’s Greco-Roman 66 kg
The able eight winners at this weight chic accept arise from eight altered nations. Germany’s Frank Staebler could accomplish it 9-for-9; he won 2015 Worlds in Vegas. Iran has additionally never won this weight class; Omid Norouzi won gold at 60 kg in 2012, but he had to move up in weight, afterwards the men’s classifications were circumscribed in favor of abacus added women’s weight classes.
235. Cutting – Men’s 10m Air Rifle
Italy’s Niccolo Campriani won argent actuality and gold in the 50-meter air pistol in 2012. Surprisingly, he is not alike the abandoned affiliate of the Italian Olympic aggregation to accept abounding West Virginia University; Petra Zublasing did too.
India’s Gagan Narang was a abruptness brownish advocate in London, as he didn’t abode in the top eight in his six added Olympic competitions.
236. Taekwondo – Men’s Agile (68 kg)
Taekwondo is both the best assorted action in the Olympics and the action with the best parity. Thirty-two countries accept won medals in aloof four Olympics. Look, for instance, at the countries of agent for the agile top seven: Belgium, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Spain, Iran. The top 20 additionally includes athletes from Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Poland, Portugal, Canada, and Egypt.
237. Badminton – Alloyed Doubles
China swept all bristles badminton gold medals in London, and Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei acknowledgment to avert their alloyed doubles gold. British brace Chris and Gabby Adcock are married.
238. Judo – Men’s Half-Lightweight (66 kg)
Japan’s Masashi Ebinuma is the abandoned abiding advocate actuality from 2012; the gold and argent badge winners both abashed up weight classes. Clashing with action and the UFC, I can’t endorse affective up weight classes in judo unless you absolutely can’t accomplish weight. It’s not like you get a bigger badge if you win gold at middleweight vs. lightweight. I’m not the blazon of actuality who plays video amateur on the easiest mode, but if it was my job to exhausted video games, I absolutely would.
239. Cutting – Men’s 10m Air Pistol
Pang Wei won gold in 2008, but able fourth in this accident in London, snapping China’s band of acceptable a badge at every Olympic air pistol antagonism aback it was alien at the 1988 Games. American Will Brown had to exhausted out his brother Wyatt and his ancestor Dan at the Olympic Trials to accomplish the team.
240. Badminton – Women’s Doubles
In 2012, for the aboriginal time ever, China bootless to win at atomic two of the women’s doubles medals aback one of their teams—along with both South Korean duos and an Indonesian pair—was befuddled out of the antagonism for “tanking.” They were accused of throwing matches to try to get an easier antagonism in badge rounds. One of the accused, Yu Yang, allotment and will try to get aback on the podium, accepting won gold in Beijing. Japan’s Ayaka Takahashi and Misai Matsutomo are the top-ranked team. American brace Eva Lee and Paula Lynn Obanana are the everyman ranked team.
241. Sailing – Women’s 49erFX
This is the admission accident for women’s 49erFX. The U.S. aggregation of Paris Henken and Helena Scutt has been through added than best teams. In their aboriginal Apple Championships together, Scutt burst her aback during a race. Now, Scutt is dating Henken’s beforehand brother Hans.
242. Badminton – Men’s Doubles
Indonesia is the fourth best crawling country on earth, yet in 2012 it bootless to win a gold medal. (Though neither did India, the additional best crawling country on Earth.) Indonesia’s brightest achievement in 2016 is the aggregation of Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan. Setiawan won gold in 2008, but his accomplice Markis Kido abandoned out of London 2012 at the aftermost minute due to bearding “personal problems.” Setiawan teamed up with the adolescent Ahsan in 2013 and they are now the world’s cardinal two team, abaft South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong. The U.S. aggregation of Sattawat Pongnairat and Phillip Chew is seeded 15th of 16 teams.
243. Sailing – Women’s Laser Radial
Eight of the top nine finishers from London acknowledgment for this event. American Paige Railey is one of the returnees, she able eighth in 2012. Her brother Zach won a sailing badge in Beijing. China’s Xu Lijia has apparent beyond obstacles than aggravating to echo as Olympic champion; she is about dark in her larboard eye, has above audition problems, and absent the Athens Olympics aback a bump was apparent in her knee.
244. Canoe Dart – Men’s Canoe Bifold 1000m
Brazil has never won a badge in canoeing, but Isaquias Queiroz and Erlon Silva are advantaged to win gold in Rio.
245. Canoe Dart – Women’s Kayak Distinct 500m
Maggie Hogan is the abandoned American to authorize for a canoe sprint. Hogan, now 37, aboriginal started in the action aback she was 26. She works for GE, in the bones adjustment department. Hungary’s Danuta Kozak won this chase in 2012, she was additionally allotment of the K-4 gold badge team.
246. Canoe Dart – Men’s Kayak Bifold 200m
Alexander Dyachenko and Yury Postrigay won the admission adaptation of this accident in London. Hungary’s Sándor Totka and Peter Molnar are able contenders, also.
247. Canoe Dart – Men’s Canoe Distinct 1000m
Germany’s Sebastian Brendel has followed up his gold badge in London by acceptable bristles added apple championships.
248. Canoe Dart – Women’s Kayak Four 500m
Hungary concluded Germany’s K-4 gold badge band at four in London. The aftermost country to win this accident added than Hungary or Germany no best exists (East Germany).
249. Canoe Dart – Women’s Kayak Distinct 200m
New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington is the arresting champion, she additionally won the 200-500 bifold at 2015 Worlds.
250. Canoe Dart – Men’s Kayak Distinct 1000m
Adam van Koeverden, who has been Canada’s agent in both aperture and closing ceremonies, has won medals at the able three Olympics.
251. Canoe Slalom – Men’s Kayak Single
Michal Smolen, who took brownish at aftermost year’s Worlds, could become the aboriginal anytime American K-1 medalist. Built-in in Poland, Smolen, was not acceptable to attack for the U.S. in London due to citizenship issues.
252. Cycling, Clue – Women’s Abandoned Sprint
Kristina Vogel is a German badge administrator aback she’s not entering Olympic challenge as the favorite. Vogel won gold in the aggregation dart in London.
253. Sailing – Men’s RS:X
Nick Dempsey (Great Britain), who won argent in London, reportedly larboard his wife, sailor Sarah Ayton—who won golds in 2004 and 2008—for her adversary Sarah Mills, who additionally took argent in London.
254. Canoe Dart – Men’s Kayak Distinct 200m
Great Britain’s Liam Heath has won six Olympic and apple medals, but never gold.
255. Table Tennis – Men’s Singles
China’s Zhang Jike won gold in London but accessory Ma Continued is now cardinal one in the world. An all-China final acceptable looms for the third afterwards Olympics. Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov, ranked fifth, is the top ranked non-Chinese amateur in the world. At 16-years-old, Kanak Jha is the youngest affiliate of the absolute U.S. Olympic roster. If you appetite to feel old, he was built-in in the 2000s.
256. Cycling, Alley – Women’s Alley Race
This is a absolute abysmal chase that includes all three medalists from Rio: Marianne Vos (Netherlands, gold), Lizzie Armitstead (Great Britain, silver), Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia, bronze)
257. Canoe Dart – Men’s Kayak Four 1000m
Half of Australia’s gold badge aggregation from London allotment in Murray Stewart and Jacob Clear, who are now abutting by Lachlan Tame and Ken Wallace.
258. Pond – Women’s 10km Attainable Water
In 2008, France’s Aurelie Muller able 21st of 25 swimmers in the countdown Olympic pond marathon. In 2012, Muller did not alike authorize for the race. Now, she stands as the admired to win gold in Rio. American Haley Anderson hopes to advance on her argent badge accomplishment in London.
259. Table Tennis – Women’s Team
Chinese women accept won 13 of the 14 attainable gold medals in table tennis aback the action was alien to the Olympics in 1988. Japan, with two of the top seven players in the world, is a austere admired for silver.
260. Canoeing – Men’s Coxless Failing Four
The Swiss aggregation that won gold at aftermost year’s Worlds is intact. The American men accept abandoned anytime won one failing canoeing medal, a brownish in 1996.
261. Canoe Dart – Women’s Kayak Bifold 500m
Tina Dietze and Franziska Weber of Germany are aback to avert their title. They will additionally be allotment of the K-4 aggregation again, area they won argent in London.
262. Table Tennis – Women’s Singles
China’s Liu Shiwen is ranked aboriginal in the world, but was not called for this event; Li Xiaoxia and Ding Ning were alleged instead. Li defeated Ding in the gold badge bout in London. Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, who took brownish in London, is absolutely ranked college (fourth) than Li (fifth).
263. Weightlifting – Men’s 69 kg
This is how abysmal China is at the 69 kg weight class. They accept 2012 gold advocate Lin Qingfeng. They accept the 2008 gold advocate Liao Hui, who aloof set the apple almanac beneath than two years ago. But neither of those champions will be in Rio, because they begin a new aureate boy at 69 kg—Shi Zhiyong, the 2015 apple champion.
264. Canoe Slalom – Women’s Kayak Single
Australia’s Jessica Fox won argent in London in a kayak, afresh took gold in a canoe at the aftermost three C-1 Apple Championships.
265. Canoeing – Men’s Failing Bifold Sculls
Denmark’s Mads Rasmussen took fourth in 2004, brownish in 2008, gold in 2012, so he has alternating at age 34 to affirmation his applicable argent medal.
266. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 10,000m
Ten thousand exhausted challenge are 30 account of accidental apathy followed by a final 30 abnormal of excitement. Any chase that can affection assorted bartering breach is skippable. American Molly Huddle absent out on brownish at aftermost year’s Worlds aback she started adulatory afore the line. The announcers will accept affluence of time to adduce that anecdote.
267. Table Tennis – Men’s Team
Beginning with the accession of Olympic table tennis in 1988, Chinese men won all bristles Olympic doubles events. Afresh in 2008, it was switched to a aggregation event, and China should aces up their third beeline gold with ease. China is attractive for their third beeline ambit of the four Olympic table tennis events.
268. Weightlifting – Men’s 62 kg
China’s Chen Lijun set the apple almanac in Houston aftermost year and is ablaze years advanced of the blow of the division. Silver-bronze could be all-Colombia, with Francisco Mosquera and 2012 argent advocate Oscar Figueroa. Oddly, Colombia has won 19 Olympic medals, but abandoned two golds.
269. Sailing – Men’s Finn
Race admired Giles Scott (Great Britain) follows in the footsteps of Sir Ben Ainslie, apparently the greatest sailor in Olympic history.
270. Canoe Dart – Men’s Kayak Bifold 1000m
Germans Max Rendschmidt and Marcus Gross accept won two apple championships together. Serbia’s Marko Tomicevic has won medals at the able two Worlds with altered partners; he teams with Milenko Zoric here.
271. Judo – Men’s Extra-Lightweight (60 kg)
When I was a researcher at NBC for London 2012, one of our pre-Olympic tasks was to access able accentuation for the added abstruse athletes. There is already a database for the badge contenders and a abstracted one for the Chinese athletes’ names. We would abrade YouTube for interviews or alarm embassies and ask them for accentuation help. Anyway, seeing names like Boldbaatar Ganbat or Sharafuddin Lutfillaev gives me anxiety. Though, they would assuredly say the aforementioned affair about my aftermost name.
272. Weightlifting – Men’s 77 kg
China’s Lu Xiaojun bludgeoned the acreage in London, and afresh bankrupt the apple almanac a year later. But Lu enters Rio on a aberrant note, accepting bootless to complete the apple-pie and jerk at aftermost year’s Apple Championships, DQ-ing him from the event. Egypt’s Mohamed Ihab can win the nation’s aboriginal weightlifting badge aback 1948. Egypt has 26 medals in total, all from men.
273. Judo – Men’s Failing (73 kg)
The apple cardinal one at 73 kg, An Chang-rim, was built-in in Japan but represents South Korea. One of An’s top challengers is Japan’s Shohei Ono. Japan has three of the top six judokas in this division, but is abandoned accustomed to accelerate one per weight class. The rules are the aforementioned in added action sports, like boxing, wrestling, and taekwondo. Alike if you accept the top two fighters in the world, a country needs to aces one. I declared the abhorrence is collusion, but why would that be the case in judo but not, say fencing, area compatriots are accustomed to face anniversary other?
274. Canoe Slalom – Men’s Canoe Single
With three-time gold badge champ Tony Estanguet (France) retired, David Florence (Great Britain) has a adventitious to win his aboriginal Olympic gold, afterwards silvers in Beijing and London. American Casey Eichfeld created a GoFundMe folio to advice him get to Rio, accepting over $13,000.
275. Sailing – Men’s Laser
Great Britain’s Nick Thompson has won the able two apple titles. But the adventure actuality will be Brazil’s Robert Scheidt, who could win a badge in his sixth afterwards Olympics, which would additionally accord him added sailing medals than any actuality in history.
276. Sailing – Women’s RS:X
About ten altered women could analytic booty this event, but why bet adjoin Spain’s Marina Alabau, who won in 2012?
277. Weightlifting – Men’s 105 kg
Alexandr Zaichikov of Kazakhstan ran abroad with the apple appellation aftermost year in Houston, but Ruslan Nurudinov has baffled Zaichikov’s 421 kg assorted times. Nuruduniv could win gold, but any blush badge would be Uzbekistan’s aboriginal in weightlifting.
278. Sailing – Alloyed Nacra 17
Lincoln Chafee did not win the Democratic presidential nomination, but at atomic he can go to Rio to watch his daughter, Louisa Chafee, attack instead of campaigning. Now actuality competed as a alloyed event, this is one of nine Olympic competitions to affection both men and women, in accession to all six equestrian events, additional alloyed doubles in tennis and badminton.
279. Sailing – Men’s 49erFX
This should be a action amid Aussies Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, who won gold in 2012, adjoin New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who took silver. American Thomas Barrows III competed for the Virgin Islands in Beijing.
280. Cycling, Mountain – Men’s Cross-Country
All 15 men’s cross-country medals accept gone to European countries. That should abide with the favorites including France’s Julien Absalon—who won gold in 2004 and 2008 but blew a annoy in London and did not accomplishment the race—and Switzerland’’s Schurter, who won brownish in 2008 and argent in 2012. The five-time apple best would adulation to complete the progression.
281. Weightlifting – Men’s 56 kg
North Korea’s Om Yun-chol exhausted China’s Wu Jingbiao, both at the 2012 Olympics and afresh at the 2015 Worlds, but abandoned by a accumulated four kg total.
282. Taekwondo – Men’s Flyweight (58 kg)
With the gold, silver, and brownish medalists from London all affective up in weight class, the abundant admired actuality is 19 year-old Farzan “The Tsunami” Ashourzadeh, of Iran.
283. Sailing – Women’s 470
Austria’s Lara Vadlau, who is teaming with Jolanta Ogar in Rio, able asleep aftermost of 20 boats in London, but afterwards acceptable apple titles in 2014 and 2015 she has a absolute adventitious of activity worst-to-first. New Zealand’s Jo Aleh, bond with Olivia Powrie, is acquisitive not to go in the adverse administration afterwards claiming gold in 2012.
284. Weightlifting – Women’s 58 kg
Pimsiri Sirikaew won argent in London but could booty gold in Rio, in what is a watered bottomward division. Thailand did not win a gold badge in London, and all of its medals accept arise from weightlifting, boxing, and taekwondo.
285. Judo – Women’s Half-Middleweight (63 kg)
To ensure every country gets representation in the Olympics, the IOC invites athletes who don’t accept the academic abilities to attack in assertive events. Generally, those challenge are “safe” like the 100 exhausted dash, or pond the 50 exhausted freestyle, but in assertive sports they do acquiesce abounding countries to accelerate one “lesser qualified” athlete. For instance, Nepal’s Phupu Lhamu Khatri is ranked 149 in the world, but will be one of about 20 judokas aggressive at this weight class. The 19 year-old’s almanac on judoinside.com shows 0 victories and 9 losses. Nepal has never won an Olympic badge and that does not attending acceptable to change here.
286. Judo – Women’s Middleweight (70 kg)
It does accept like judo is one of the aftermost sports that accidental entrants should be befuddled into.
The bristles affliction Olympic sports for novices:
287. Clue and Acreage – Women’s Hammer Throw
The bristles bigger gold badge locks of these Olympics:
288. Cycling, Mountain – Women’s Cross-Country
Georgia Gould won the aboriginal anytime U.S. badge in cross-country in London. She’s not back, but Lea Davison and Chloe Woodruff will represent the U.S.
289. Weightlifting – Women’s 69 kg
For the aboriginal time ever, China did not win this weight chic at the London Olympics, with North Korean Rim Jong-Sim finishing on top. With Jong-Sim affective up a weight class, China’s Xiang Yanmei should romp.
290. Avant-garde Pentathlon – Women’s
The U.S. is represented actuality by a brace of sisters, Margaux and Isabella Isaksen. Neither is a austere badge threat, admitting Margaux able fourth in the Beijing Olympics as a 16-year-old. The admired is apparently top-ranked Germany’s Lena Schöneborn, who won gold in Beijing.
291. Equestrian – Abandoned Jumping
New Yorker McLain Ward ability be the U.S. best badge bet in this event. Adolescent Big Apple citizen Beezie Madden was shut out in London afterwards acceptable gold in Athens and a brace of medals in Beijing. Yes, her husband’s name is John Madden.
292. Canoeing – Men’s Bifold Sculls
Chris Morgan and David Watts would be the third afterwards altered Australian brace to win gold. The Sinkovic brothers of Croatia won argent in London in quadruple sculls.
293. Equestrian – Aggregation Jumping
Not abandoned did Abundant Britain anticipate the U.S. from acceptable a third beeline aggregation jumping gold in London, the Americans were kept off the badge angle altogether, finishing angry for sixth. There is a huge age gap amid the Aggregation USA women: Beezie Madden is 52, Lucy Davis is 23.
294. Sailing – Men’s 470
Australia Matthew Belcher, teaming actuality with William Ryan, won gold in London, additional he’s won six of the able seven Apple Championships. Belcer was assuredly unseated by Croatian duo Sime Fantela and Igor Marenić. Americans Stuart McNay and David Hughes accept accepted badge hopes.
295. Equestrian – Abandoned Eventing
German Michael Jung is the favorite, but the Americans accept a able team. In his sixth Olympics, Phillip Dutton, who won two golds for Australia afore switching to the U.S., is ranked third. Boyd Martin is seventh and Lauren Kieffer 11th.
296. Canoe Slalom – Men’s Canoe Double
I know. It feels like there should be about ten beneath canoe races. About done.
The abandoned abiding medalists from London’s C-2 are Richard Hounslow and David Florence, who won silver. Aloof falling abbreviate of the appellation was not alien area for Hounslow, a Tottenham fan.
297. Equestrian – Aggregation Dressage
European countries are 19-for-19 in the aggregation dressage. The U.S. is the abandoned non-Euro country to anytime win a aggregation dressage medal. American Steffan Peters has a badge in this event- a brownish way aback in Atlanta 1996.
298. Triathlon – Men’s
Triathlons are arid to watch aback you’re auspicious on ancestors members, let abandoned strangers. Speaking of ancestors members, the British Brownlee brothers acknowledgment afterwards a gold-bronze accomplishment for Alistair and Jonathan in London. No American man has won a triathlon medal, commodity the U.S. aggregation led by Joe Maloy is absurd to adjust in Rio.
299. Equestrian – Aggregation Eventing
Phillip Dutton’s horse is alleged Fernhill Cubalawn. New Zealand’s Mark Todd could win an Olympic badge in a fourth altered decade, admitting actuality shut out in the 1990s.
300. Clue and Acreage – Women’s 20km Walk
After finishing fourth at the able two Olympic Games, Liu Hong is accepted to airing abroad with the gold this year. Sorry.
301. Canoe Dart – Men’s Canoe Distinct 200m
Portugese badge administrator Helder Silva could win his country’s aboriginal canoeing gold.
302. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 20km Walk
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303. Avant-garde Pentathlon – Men’s
Modern Pentathlon has no business actuality in the Olympics.
Modern Pentathlon now consists of fencing, swimming, appearance jumping, and a cantankerous country run area the runners accept to booty a breach for some laser shooting. Purportedly invented by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the architect of the avant-garde Olympics, the pentathlon takes abode at the absolute end of the Games, far off the alarm of television.
The action was at accident in 2013, when, forth with Angry and Taekwondo, it faced banishment from the Games, in an accomplishment to abate the Olympic footprint. In what appeared to be a FIFA-esque travesty, wrestling, a action with an abundantly affluent Olympic history, absent the vote and was excised from the 2016 Games. Speculation was aggressive about how a tiny action with no all-embracing afterward was able to topple wrestling, with theories pointing to Samsung—supposedly the Olympic sponsor capital to accumulate the action because of its abounding South Korean fans, alike admitting South Korea has never won a badge in the event. Added likely, the vote was a abolishment of FILA, the angry organization.
In an absorbing reversal, angry was reinstated seven months afterwards and new IOC President Thomas Bach shepherded in bristles new sports for 2020: baseball/softball, skateboarding, surfing, karate, and sports climbing.
304. Pond – Men’s 10km Attainable Water
Jordan Wilimovsky bootless a lifeguard affected access assay aback he was nine, awkward him into abutting a bathe team. Now he is the apple best and admired activity into Rio. Also, he aloof accelerating Northwestern, so every American sportswriter in Rio will be all over this kid.
305. Clue and Acreage – Men’s 50km Walk
Go apprehend a book.
306. Equestrian – Abandoned Dressage
Equestrian is primarily attainable to British royalty—Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, won a argent badge in London 2012—and American royalty—Bruce Springsteen’s daughter, Jessica, was an alternating at the aftermost Olympics.
The issues with equestrian are not aloof its body as a abeyant adversary and as a television viewer; alike with rugby added to the Olympic slate, equestrian is the Olympics’ best alarming sport.
Oh, and we apperceive absolute little about Zika’s aftereffect on horses.
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Correction: This column originally declared that American men accept never won a failing canoeing medal. They won brownish in the failing coxless four man in 1996.
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