Written by: Nicole Sylva
Olympics were hosted this year in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This year Britain broke their record gaining 67 medals in total and coming second place in the total of gold medals, with 27 gold medals, only beaten by the US and for the first time ever GB beat China which closely followed with 26 gold medals. The US in first place achieved a grand total of 121 medals, with 46 golds. Brazil, host of this year’s games, won a total of 19 medals and came in 13th place which is the highest they’ve ever scored.
In these Olympics we had many amazing and much admired athletes saying goodbye to the Olympics as they will not be competing in the future Olympics in Tokyo. One of these athletes being the legendary Michael Phelps, who alone won 28 medals, 23 golds, for America. Another legendary athlete saying goodbye to the Olympics is Marta (the best female football player in the world) who almost managed to bring the Brazilian football to winning a bronze medal but losing to Canada 2-1. Another legendary athlete who also competed in the 2016 Olympics was Usain Bolt who won gold in all of his races, winning 3 gold medals for Jamaica.
One of the biggest football matches during the Olympics was the gold medal match between Brazil and Germany in the finals. Most people were worried about this match due to Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup. It was a very close game finishing 1-1 after extra time so this stressful match would finish in the penalties. The first few penalties were alright as both teams scored successfully. When it came to another penalty the Brazilian player scored the goal however Germany’s Nil Peterson got his penalty defended by Brazilian goalkeeper Weverton so all the pressure was on Brazilian football star Neymar to score the penalty and help win it for Brazil. Neymar successfully scored the penalty helping to win the match for Brazil at 5-4 in the penalties. So Brazil finally got revenge on Germany by taking the gold medal and leaving Germany with silver.
All these great events and athletes show just how amazing the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were. Most people can join me in saying that we can’t wait for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo which we hope will be just as extraordinary as the previous Olympics in London and most recently Rio de Janeiro.