The Amazing Disappointments of the Rio Olympics

Author: Raphael Minter


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The Rio Olympics has seen great performances being churned out by numerous athletes. Not only that many Olympic and World Records have been smashed in the process with Bolt setting the record as the first sprinter to win 100m gold in three successive Olympics, at Rio, London and Beijing.

The excitement and euphoria has been great but there have been some massive disappointments and here we take a look at some of these surprises that has engulfed the Olympics.

Justin Gatlin Did Little to Dethrone Usain Bolt at Rio Olympics

The American Sprinter gave so much hope to fans that had a strong feeling that Bolt would finally be beaten in Rio. During the build-up to the games, Gatlin competed in numerous IAAF Championships and showed class and was tipped ahead of fellow Jamaican star Blake.

Bolt finished the race pointing his finger to himself in a gesture that can be translated as I am the Best Ever, You cannot beat me. Many bookmakers predicted a close race and a strong chance for the athletes to get near the World Record set by Bolt in 2009 but considering Bolt won in a time of 9.80 seconds when his Olympic Record stood at 9.63 and World Record at 9.57 means that Gatlin did less to impress his fans and challenge the status quo of the Bolt empire.

Blake Fails to Give Jamaica a Medal in 100m Final

Blake has been the athlete that has disappointed fans the most because Jamaicans counted on him on the medals list and failed.

After failing to win the bronze losing their place to Canadian Andre De Grasse, Blake has the 4×100m in sight but for the second fastest man according to time not to make the first three in a final that saw the winner complete the race in 9.80 seconds means that Blake has been a huge disappointment.

Brazil’s Women Soccer Team Fails to Play in a Gold Medal Game

On Tuesday afternoon, the Brazilian team lost 3-4 to Sweden, the team that eliminated United States from the completion in the quarters.

Marta and his teammates dominated possession and created chances but failed to find the back of the net in a match played out in 120 minutes.

Brazil now faces Canada in the Bronze medal match. At their own backyard and the Maracana, Brazil had to win and climax it with a gold medal but their Women’s soccer team has been a disappointment by not reaching their aim but would take great solace in winning Bronze.

Allyson Felix Fails to Win Gold in the 400m Final

400m Runner Allyson Felix won Silver in an epic finish at the Rio games in the 400m finals. Winning Silver adds massively to the medals won by the United States but she is known for being the best in the event and therefore losing out to Shaunae Miller in the final has been one of the shocks of the Games.

China Failing to Impress at the Rio Olympics

China has always been closer to the United States on the medal table but at the RIO Olympics the story is a little different. The United States Team has distanced itself from the rest of the world whiles Team Great Britain has gradually warmed their way up to the medal table and look poised to overtake China and claim the second spot at the end of the Games.

The Olympics has been great with many ups and downs in all events but with just a few days to the end, fans of the Rio Games are in for great events as the Men’s Soccer final, NBA final, 200m final and 4×100m final are due to take place.


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