Rio 2016: Day #1

Yesterday certainly kicked off a fantastic start to the Summer Olympic Games following the Opening Ceremony late yesterday morning, as all countries competed to win Bronze, Silver or Gold, with some striking Gold early. One man who got everyone talking yesterday was Adam Peaty, as he broke a world record with a finishing time of 57.55 seconds, only just below 57.98 seconds (.43 seconds below, beating the World Record) during the Swimming event. If you want to find out more about Adam Peaty’s Olympic World Record, please click here.

The Scottish swimmer, Ross Murdoch, who is 22, who finished third in the 100m breaststroke heat, had acknowledged that his result had been overshadowed by Adam Peaty. Ross Murdoch said: “It was just Adam’s race.“, to which he added on: “It was a world record, it was great.” He then went on to say that: “If you look at the trends in swimming down the years, there’s a build-up in an event and that’s been happening since London, a build-up of people going 59 lows and 58 highs and all of a sudden, one just emerges and bursts from the pack and that’s Adam this time.

Despite the roaring crowds, there was an unfortunate incident that occurred for one of the participants that took part, as the French gymnast, Samir Ait Said, suffered a horrific leg break during the Vault Olympic event, after landing on his leg awkwardly, which has smashed his Olympic dream to pieces. I feel so sorry for him as he sustained such a horrific injury, but I do hope he recovers from this horrific injury. If you want to find out more about Samir Ait Said’s severe leg break, please click here.

The United States gymnast, Danell Leyva, said: “I heard other gymnasts say ‘don’t look, don’t look‘, which goes to show that because of the untold pain that Samir Ait Said is now in as a result of his gruesome injury, this would have left him sickened, just the same for any of the participants, including the crowd who witnessed his leg break.

Again, I hope Samir Ait Said recovers from his horrific injury and my well wishes, support and respects go to him, I pray for him to have a speedy recovery.

On the medal table, China are currently in front with 4 medals (3 Bronze & 1 Silver), while Japan follows with three medals (Bronze). South Korea, the United States & Kazakhstan are not far behind so far with 2 medals each between them. South Korea have 1 Gold and 1 Silver medal, the same for the United States, while Kazakhstan has 1 Bronze medal and 1 Silver medal.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we win either Bronze, Silver or Gold medals during this year’s Summer Olympic Games, as we had quite a great success during the last Summer Olympic Games back in 2012.

The American teen shooter, Ginny Thrasher, won the first gold medal for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games yesterday morning after pulling off her upset in the women’s 10-metre air rifle event. She has, as a result, beaten the silver medalist, Du Li, of China, in the final round with an overall total of 208.0, only just beating the silver medalist by 1.0, as Du Li had finished with an overall total of 207.0 and Ginny Thrasher is only 19 years old, how amazing is that? To find out more about her first gold medal win, please click here.

Beslan Mudranov won Russia’s first gold medal for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games in the Judo -60kg event. This fantastic result meant he beat the reigning world champion, Yeldos Smetov, who had eliminated Great Britain’s Ashley McKenzie in the final. If you want to find out more about Beslan Mudranov’s Judo win, then please make sure to click here.

The 18 year old refugee, Yusra Mardini, who was forced to swim for her life after fleeing Syria a year ago, has become the first athlete to represent the refugee team at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. She finished first in her heat, but was able to clock the 41st quickest time overall in the swimming event. To find out more about Yusra Mardini’s story, click here.

Here are the final medal listings for Day #1:

Country
1

Australia
2 0 1 3
2

Hungary
2 0 0 2
3

United States
1 4 0 5
4

South Korea
1 1 0 2
5

Japan
1 0 4 5
6

Argentina
1 0 0 1
6

Belgium
1 0 0 1
6

Russia
1 0 0 1
6

Thailand
1 0 0 1
6

Vietnam
1 0 0 1
11

China
0 2 3 5
12

Italy
0 1 1 2
12

Kazakhstan
0 1 1 2
14

Brazil
0 1 0 1
14

Denmark
0 1 0 1
14

Indonesia
0 1 0 1
17

Canada
0 0 1 1
17

Spain
0 0 1 1
17

Poland
0 0 1 1
17

Uzbekistan
0 0 1 1

Benin
0 0 0 0

American Samoa
0 0 0 0

Afghanistan
0 0 0 0

Aruba
0 0 0 0

Burkina Faso
0 0 0 0

Andorra
0 0 0 0

Belize
0 0 0 0

Armenia
0 0 0 0

Mali
0 0 0 0

Malaysia
0 0 0 0

Bangladesh
0 0 0 0

Refugee Olympic Athletes
0 0 0 0

British Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Brunei
0 0 0 0

Kiribati
0 0 0 0

Liberia
0 0 0 0

Papua New Guinea
0 0 0 0

Seychelles
0 0 0 0

Marshall Islands
0 0 0 0

Somalia
0 0 0 0

Iraq
0 0 0 0

Sierra Leone
0 0 0 0

South Sudan
0 0 0 0

Gambia
0 0 0 0

United Arab Emirates
0 0 0 0

FYR Macedonia
0 0 0 0

Ghana
0 0 0 0

Cameroon
0 0 0 0

Congo
0 0 0 0

Bhutan
0 0 0 0

Cook Islands
0 0 0 0

Comoros
0 0 0 0

Georgia
0 0 0 0

Guinea-Bissau
0 0 0 0

Central African Republic
0 0 0 0

Cape Verde
0 0 0 0

Jordan
0 0 0 0

Great Britain
0 0 0 0

Equatorial Guinea
0 0 0 0

Guinea
0 0 0 0

Micronesia
0 0 0 0

DR Congo
0 0 0 0

Chad
0 0 0 0

Guyana
0 0 0 0

Cambodia
0 0 0 0

Malta
0 0 0 0

Sao Tome & Principe
0 0 0 0

Togo
0 0 0 0

Haiti
0 0 0 0

Samoa
0 0 0 0

Tonga
0 0 0 0

Mauritania
0 0 0 0

Maldives
0 0 0 0

Swaziland
0 0 0 0

Libya
0 0 0 0

Suriname
0 0 0 0

Nicaragua
0 0 0 0

Tuvalu
0 0 0 0

Senegal
0 0 0 0

Nepal
0 0 0 0

Lebanon
0 0 0 0

Madagascar
0 0 0 0

Solomon Islands
0 0 0 0

Vanuatu
0 0 0 0

Pakistan
0 0 0 0

St Vincent & the Grenadines
0 0 0 0

Cayman Islands
0 0 0 0

Niger
0 0 0 0

Uruguay
0 0 0 0

Palestine
0 0 0 0

Hong Kong, China
0 0 0 0

Malawi
0 0 0 0

Syria
0 0 0 0

Liechtenstein
0 0 0 0

Monaco
0 0 0 0

Mozambique
0 0 0 0

Montenegro
0 0 0 0

Sudan
0 0 0 0

Turkmenistan
0 0 0 0

Laos
0 0 0 0

Honduras
0 0 0 0

Rwanda
0 0 0 0

Kyrgyzstan
0 0 0 0

South Africa
0 0 0 0

Tanzania
0 0 0 0

Palau
0 0 0 0

Timor-Leste
0 0 0 0

Yemen
0 0 0 0

Independent Olympic Athletes
0 0 0 0

Dominica
0 0 0 0

Nauru
0 0 0 0

Oman
0 0 0 0

Guam
0 0 0 0

Netherlands
0 0 0 0

Germany
0 0 0 0

Ireland
0 0 0 0

France
0 0 0 0

Belarus
0 0 0 0

India
0 0 0 0

Serbia
0 0 0 0

Slovakia
0 0 0 0

Sweden
0 0 0 0

Bulgaria
0 0 0 0

Norway
0 0 0 0

Portugal
0 0 0 0

Cyprus
0 0 0 0

Guatemala
0 0 0 0

Singapore
0 0 0 0

Tunisia
0 0 0 0

Croatia
0 0 0 0

Ukraine
0 0 0 0

Lithuania
0 0 0 0

Finland
0 0 0 0

Turkey
0 0 0 0

Slovenia
0 0 0 0

Estonia
0 0 0 0

Mexico
0 0 0 0

Greece
0 0 0 0

Israel
0 0 0 0

Switzerland
0 0 0 0

Egypt
0 0 0 0

Austria
0 0 0 0

Colombia
0 0 0 0

Cuba
0 0 0 0

Ecuador
0 0 0 0

Kosovo
0 0 0 0

North Korea
0 0 0 0

El Salvador
0 0 0 0

Dominican Republic
0 0 0 0

Czech Republic
0 0 0 0

New Zealand
0 0 0 0

US Virgin Islands
0 0 0 0

Chinese Taipei
0 0 0 0

Iran
0 0 0 0

Ethiopia
0 0 0 0

Qatar
0 0 0 0

Bahamas
0 0 0 0

San Marino
0 0 0 0

Angola
0 0 0 0

Costa Rica
0 0 0 0

Azerbaijan
0 0 0 0

Mongolia
0 0 0 0

Myanmar
0 0 0 0

Kenya
0 0 0 0

Moldova
0 0 0 0

Morocco
0 0 0 0

Venezuela
0 0 0 0

Chile
0 0 0 0

Peru
0 0 0 0

Sri Lanka
0 0 0 0

Puerto Rico
0 0 0 0

Paraguay
0 0 0 0

Romania
0 0 0 0

Saint Kitts & Nevis
0 0 0 0

Lesotho
0 0 0 0

Eritrea
0 0 0 0

Zimbabwe
0 0 0 0

Botswana
0 0 0 0

Jamaica
0 0 0 0

Uganda
0 0 0 0

Namibia
0 0 0 0

Bahrain
0 0 0 0

Burundi
0 0 0 0

Trinidad & Tobago
0 0 0 0

Latvia
0 0 0 0

Bolivia
0 0 0 0

Nigeria
0 0 0 0

Algeria
0 0 0 0

Fiji
0 0 0 0

Mauritius
0 0 0 0

Iceland
0 0 0 0

Zambia
0 0 0 0

Côte d’Ivoire
0 0 0 0

Gabon
0 0 0 0

Antigua & Barbuda
0 0 0 0

Albania
0 0 0 0

Djibouti
0 0 0 0

Saudi Arabia
0 0 0 0

Panama
0 0 0 0

Philippines
0 0 0 0

Luxembourg
0 0 0 0

Tajikistan
0 0 0 0

Bosnia & Herzegovina
0 0 0 0

Saint Lucia
0 0 0 0

Grenada
0 0 0 0

Barbados
0 0 0 0

Bermuda
0 0 0 0

The first day events have officially come to a close. Please make sure to check back soon for Day #2 of the Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to all of you for a fantastic first day, and it’s my pleasure of bidding you all a very good night.

Alex Smithson

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