Now we all know this Games has had a turbulent process- in terms of budgets running over and not being finish in time. BUT the day has come and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics are about to begin! In this post I’ll be giving a speedy overview of all the key people to look out for on the Athletics front, which I’m most passionate about, beginning 12th August 🎉 because there are soooo many events I’ll start just with the women-I’ll follow with a men’s post in the next couple of days! Now obviously the Olympics incorporates a multitude of sports from Archery to Fencing, so I’ll chuck in some cheeky facts about other sports at the Games too 😊
Where to start?! Well, the women’s athletics scene is looking super exciting at the moment! It’s a year where I think there are many favourites out there, the win is not predictable in any event, which makes it even more exciting.
On the track in the sprints we have the powerhouse that is Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce looking to retain her Olympic title. Plausible?
Most certainly, this year Shelly has run sub 11 seconds (10.93) which is undeniably rapid. But, so have 6 other women including the current European Champion Dafne Schippers. Dafne has come out from the Heptathlon and is becoming a household name in the female sprints. With a best this year of 10.9 and last year at world champs clocking 21.63 (3rd fastest in history) in the 200m, she is going to be a toughie to beat. She is in the form of her life! We can’t ignore Allyson Felix mind you, a multiple Olympic champion should never be doubted as she aims towards the double by winning the 400m too. As young as she is, Dina Asher-Smith from Team GB should also be expected to do extremely well with a finals place most definitely in her grasp.
Over the hurdles, the WR holder will not be in attendance! Setting a WR at the London Diamond League a couple of weeks ago, Kendra Harrison failed to come too 3 at US Olympic trials and so is sadly not going to be in Rio! The next favourite? Brianna Rollins. She tops the table in terms of times for women at the games, but with strong fellow Americans Nia Ali and Kristen Castlin plus Tiffany Porter from Team GB who knows what that podium will look like…
Moving onto the 400m & 800m, interest obviously as stated looks to Allyson Felix. British interesting lies with miss Christine Ohurugu , previous World and Olympic Champion. She is not currently showing us any signs she’s ready to contest for a medal. However, one thing about Christine, she knows how to perform on the world stage. In the 400m hurdles this Olympics, Zuzana Hejnova, Elidh Doyle, Sydney McLaughlin, Denisa Roslova are all contenders to take home a medal.
Caster Semenya (above) is leading the pack of the best 800m time this year and GB athlete Lyndsey Sharp sit in 7th so could we have a British hopeful in the final? A definite possibility! The 1500m brings a lot of excitement for Team GB with Laura Muir currently running out of her skin and breaking British record all over the place. A medal would be a fantastic way to finish 2016 for her! In the 3/5/10k Kenyans continue to dominate the field as the Brits aim for finals places for sure. In the 10,000m Tirunesh Dibaba will surely be favourite, with Brit Jo Pavey at her last ever Olympics wanting to get to the final. In the 5k Vivienne Cheryuiot is a name very well known along with the ever growing strong Moroccan fleet. As is with these distances tactics will be key!
So there’s a round of the track? Looking tasty isn’t it!! One the field there are so many British hopefuls to name but a few: Jazmin Jayne in the Long Jump, Jade Lally in Discus, Sophie Hitchon in the Hammer. Plus how can we forget the rivalry that will take place between the extraordinary Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson Thompson in the Heptathlon 🙌🏽🇬🇧
To finish I’ll leave you with some crazy Olympic facts:
Tug of war used to be an Olympic event back in the early 1900s!
The Summer Olympics has been cancelled 3 times due to World Wars. In 1916, 1940 and 1944.
Marathon runner Abebe Bikila from Ethiopia ran in 1960 in Rome and not only won the marathon, but did the whole thing barefoot!
Olympic Gold medals aren’t actually made of gold! They are silver with gold plating.
London is lucky enough to be the only city to ever host three Olympic Games!
That’s it from me enjoy the Games!!