Rio 2016 Olympics in pictures: Watch out for these sports stars

Updated: 08 August, 2016 15:18 IST
  • Michael Phelps (swimming)
    The United States swimmer is the most successful Olympian of all time and a record holder with 22 gold medals. He also has the most first-place finishes in a single Olympics. The world champion also holds the records in 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley category. He has 39 world records to his name. All (Pics/ AFP)
  • Usain Bolt (track and field)
    The Jamaican sprinter is a 6-time Olympic gold medal winner and will be looking to add some more to his tally. He will also aim to win three successive Olympic titles in 100m, becoming the first man in history to do so. He holds the Olympic record of 9.63 in 100 metres and also a world record of 19.30 in 200 metres.
  • Serena Williams (tennis)
    The world number one tennis star has won 4 Olympic gold medals (1 singles and 3 doubles). The 22-time Grand Slam winner from United States will be looking to add to her tally in Rio.
  • Neymar (football)
    The Brazilian football star is one of the most sought after names for the Olympics and will be looking to lead from the front and end the 64-year drought to help his country bag gold. The hosts lost in the final in London 2012.
  • Leander Paes (tennis)
    India's biggest tennis star and one of the most decorated players will be entering a record seventh Olympics in Rio. Paes won an Olympic bronze in 1996 and has set the bar high for his countrymen.
  • Missy Franklin (swimming)
    The United States swimmer created history when she won 4 Olympic gold medals in 2012. She is also a six-time world champion and will be looking to head the team in this year's Olympic edition.
  • Katie Ledecky (swimming)
    The US female swimmer won a a gold medal on Olympic debut at age 15. She is a nine-time world champion and a record holder in the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyle categories.
  • Jessica Ennis-Hill (track and field)
    The British female athlete has won an Olympic gold medal and also is a two time world heptathlon champion.
  • Dafne Schippers (track and field)
    The Netherlands athlete is a four-time gold medal winner at the European Championships along with a European record of 21.63 secs. She is also a world champion in the 200 m in 2015.
  • Genzebe Dibaba (athletics)
    The Ethiopian athletic star is a world champion in the 1500 m format and is the women's answer to Usain Bolt. She has emerged as one of the finest long-distance runners and holds records in the indoor 3000 m, the indoor 5000 m, the indoor mile, and the indoor two mile categories.
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As the much awaited Rio 2016 tournament flags off today in Brazil, we short-list ten of the finest athletes across different sports who will look to create an impact in this year's Olympic Games

First Published: 05 August, 2016 16:13 IST