December 13, 2017

Rio 2016 Olympics: The Defining Pictures of Athletics

Sadly, another 4 year Olympic cycle has come to an end as the Rio 2016 Olympics ended this week. Throughout the athletics programme there were ups and downs with new champions being crowned, previous champions retaining their titles and others passing on their titles to new faces. All of this has been highly documented and publicised with all of these incredible events being captured through some amazing, defining pictures.


Record Breakers

Two of the most incredible performances of the games came from Almaz Ayana and Wayde Van Nierkek; both of whom broke the world record in their respective events of the 10,000m and 400m. Van Niekerk took 0.15 seconds off the long standing 400m WR.

Almaz Ayana broke the women's 10,000m WR on the opening day of the athletics
Almaz Ayana broke the women’s 10,000m WR on the opening day of the athletics
Wayde Van Nierkerk broke the men's 400m WR
Wayde Van Nierkerk broke the men’s 400m WR

Heartbreak and Struggles

Allyson Felix was one of the most certain athletes to continue their greatness but just missed out to a dramatic dive for the line from eventual winner Shaunae Miller.

Allyson Felix failed to defend her 400m title
Allyson Felix failed to defend her 400m title

Britain went into the games with a very strong group of sprinters on the male side but failed to return with any medals.

Adam Gemini just missed out on a medal.
Adam Gemini just missed out on a medal.

The award for the most sporting moment of the games went to Abbey D’agostina and Nikki Hamblin who helped up the American D’agostina after a fall in the women’s 5000m heats.

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Heartbreak for D’agostina as she falls out of the Olympics.

Men’s marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa has had to remain in Brazil after he fears for his safety having protested against his country as he finished the marathon.

lilesa-marathon
Lilesa protests as he finishes the marathon.

Teams reign Supreme

The USA showed their strength in the relays and the hurdles as they look a clean sweep of medals without world record holder Keni Harrison.

Hurdles gold for Team USA
Hurdles gold for Team USA
Men's 4x400m dominated by Team USA
Men’s 4x400m dominated by Team USA
Women's 4x100m clinched again by Team USA
Women’s 4x100m clinched again by Team USA

Champions become Legends

Many tried but only a few prevailed in becoming multiple Olympic champions and retaining the Olympic title. Most prolific of which was that of Usain Bolt who managed to complete the ‘triple-triple’ with Mo Farah not far behind gaining the ‘double-double’ over the strong African and America contingents.

Mo Farah remains unbeatable.
Mo Farah remains unbeatable.
Hard work pays off
Hard work pays off
The Champion becomes a legend - he is now immortal
The Champion becomes a legend – he is now immortal

These two were not the only ones to be successful in regaining their Olympic titles. The much anticipated men’s 800m final didn’t disappoint with David Rudisha looking back near his best to win his second Olympic title.

Rudisha runs 1:42 to win gold
Rudisha runs 1:42 to win gold

Easy Work

Usain Bolt is famous for his relaxed attitude but no one expected him to find even the semi-final runs to be one with such ease.

Bolt cruises into the 200m final
Bolt cruises into the 200m final
No one could live with Bolt over the 100m either
No one could live with Bolt over the 100m either

Finally, the men’s 1500m final was one of my personal highlights. Matt Centrowitz ran from the front: gun to tape. Running a 50.64 final 400m for gold, he showed that he is the master of all tacticians.

Centrowitz follows in father's Olympic footsteps
Centrowitz follows in father’s Olympic footsteps

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