Rio 2016 Medals Race
In Rio 2016, there were a total of 306 sporting events. To measure the success of the participating countries, we tracked the results in number of medals won daily and the journey of each country in their overall ranking.
The order in the table is ranked from highest to lowest based on the number of medals won in gold, silver and bronze, respectively. This method, although not official, is used by most media and even by IOC. When several countries share the same position, alphabetical order is applied.
HIGHLIGHTS BY DAY
The Swimming events gave Australia their first 2 gold medals and this country was the leading country in the beginning. However, this scenario changed with the passing days. In August 6, the medal race began and the countries in competition started accumulating medals to measure their success in Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Golden start for Australia on day of records
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu ended her long wait for Olympic victory and Australia captured two gold medals in an exhilarating first day of swimming competition that saw three world records smashed in Rio on Saturday.
Hosszu, five times a world champion but without a medal from three previous Olympics, demolished the world record by 2.07 seconds in the final of the women's 400 metres individual medley.
Venus Williams knocked out in Rio tennis upset
Former Olympic champion Venus Williams was eliminated in the first round at the Rio Games on Saturday after Belgian underdog Kirsten Flipkens mounted a spirited fight back to cause the biggest upset of the opening day.
Another notable casualty on the first day of competition was former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, who surged ahead in the first set against world No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro but lost 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 after two error-strewn sets.
More records fall as Phelps collects 19th gold in swimming
Michael Phelps picked up his 19th gold medal on a second night of world records in the Olympic pool, with Katie Ledecky cruising to women's 400 metres freestyle victory and Britain's Adam Peaty running away with the men's 100 breaststroke.
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom extended Saturday's record spree in winning the 100 metres butterfly, and Peaty and Ledecky followed suit in the next two finals before the U.S. men's team, with Phelps swimming second, took the 4x100 freestyle relay.
Oman’s Barakat Al Harthi arrives in Rio
Oman’s ace sprinter Barakat Al Harthi arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Tueday even as the other two athletes of the Sultanate who will be competing in their respective disciplines in the coming days are gearing up for Olympic action.
Among the four who are representing the Sultanate at the Rio Games, Barakat is the only athlete to have achieved the qualifying mark while the other three received wild card invitations to the Olympics.
Hosszu completes her golden treble
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu won her third Olympic gold medal in four days on Tuesday with victory in the women's 200m individual medley.
The 27-year-old, who set an Olympic record of two minutes, 6.58 seconds, had already won the 400 individual medley on Saturday and 100 backstroke on Monday.
"Coming into Rio I didn't have any Olympic medals so I would have been OK having any colour medals," Hosszu said. "It's really unreal.
Unbeaten U.S. survive Australia scare
Carmelo Anthony came to Team USA's rescue with a record-breaking effort on Wednesday as the defending Olympic basketball champions beat Australia 98-88 in a thrilling encounter to extend their overall winning streak to 20 games.
Trailing the Boomers 72-70 early in the fourth quarter, Anthony tied the game from inside the paint then hit two big three-pointers to put the U.S. ahead for good as they remained top of the Group A standings with a 3-0 record.
Oman’s Mazoon Al Alawi qualifies for women’s 100m first round heats
Mazoon Al Alawi came up with a sensational run to qualify for the women’s 100m first round heats at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Friday.
The 18-year-old Omani girl began her Olympics debut in the second of the three preliminary heats on Friday and finished third after a photo finish with Patricia Taea of Cook Islands.
Farah reigns supreme, Thompson is new sprint queen
Elaine Thompson inherited the mantle of Olympic 100 metres champion from fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Saturday but Mo Farah simply refused to relinquish his 10,000m crown as the Briton recovered from a fall to retain his title.
Fraser-Pryce, who took bronze in a fantastic final, became the third athlete in two days to discover why no woman has ever managed to win three individual athletics titles in a row, after Ethiopian 10,000m runner Tirunesh Dibaba and New Zealand shot-putter Valerie Adams both came up short on Friday.
Rose wins golf gold for Britain
Britain's Justin Rose birdied the final hole to win the Olympic golf tournament on Sunday, the first gold medallist in a sport that returned to the Olympics in Rio after a 112-year absence.
Rose, who scored a hole in one on his first day, carded a final round four-under-par 67 to beat Henrik Stenson by two strokes in a competition that went all the way to the final putts.
The overnight leader was neck-and-neck with Stenson throughout much of the round but he hit a lovely approach shot to within feet of the pin at the final hole.
Steeplechaser Jebet wins Bahrain's first ever gold
Teenager Ruth Jebet won Bahrain's first ever Olympic gold medal on Monday, blowing away the competition in the women's 3,000 metres steeplechase but narrowly missing out on the world record.
The 19-year-old stormed into the lead after a few laps and set a blistering pace to win in eight minutes and 59.75 seconds, shy of the 8:58.81 world record set by Russia's Gulnara Galkina at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Soaring Da Silva is Brazil's new darling
Thiago da Silva won Brazil's first athletics gold of their home Games on an extraordinary, unforgettable Monday night in Rio, producing an Olympic record of 6.03 metres in the pole vault to beat hot favourite Renaud Lavillenie and send the fans into raptures.
A roar to match anything from Sunday's 100 metres final -- produced by a crowd a quarter of the size -- accompanied the 22-year-old as he sailed over the bar, leaving the French world record holder and defending champion one more chance to beat him.
Jamaica, Kenya and US strike gold in athletics
Jamaica, Kenya and the United States added to their athletics medal tallies in the 110metres hurdles, women's 1,500m and men's triple jump on Tuesday, while Russia's sole track and field competitor survived to compete another day at Rio.
Athletes from Kenya, Croatia and Canada also claimed Olympic gold in a largely empty stadium, where announcers urged rowdy Brazilian fans to restrain themselves after provoking a French pole vaulter with a chorus of boos the night before.
Beach Volleyball-Germany thrash Brazil to take gold
German beach volleyball duo Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst took gold in the early hours of Thursday, beating Brazil in gusty conditions to win their country's first female Olympic medal in the sport and silence the partisan Copacabana crowd.
The Germans used the wind and their height advantage, with Walkenhorst's dominance at the net proving too much for Brazil's Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas as they won 21-18 21-14 in the final that ended past midnight.
Abughaush kicks down medal barrier for Jordan
Ahmad Abughaush, a 20-year-old student from Amman, claimed Jordan's first ever Olympic medal when he beat Russian Alexey Denisenko to win Taekwondo gold in the men's 68kg category on Thursday.
Abughaush, who was seeded 10th and considered an outsider for a medal in Rio, used his quick footwork and effective kicks to score a 10-6 upset win over the 2012 London Games bronze medallist.
"It's an indescribable feeling to win the first medal in the history of Jordan in all the sports," said Abughaush, who was knocked out in the second round of the world championships last year.
Germany take women's gold after beating Sweden
Germany won their first ever Olympic gold medal in women's football on Friday when they turned in a superior second half performance to beat Sweden 2-1 at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The No. 2 ranked Germans scored two goals in the second half, and although the Swedes got a goal back they could not snatch an equaliser that would take the game into extra-time.
Neymar hands Brazil precious football gold medal
Neymar shed tears of joy after delivering Brazil's first men's football gold medal with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout triumph over Germany after a thrilling final ended in a draw following extra-time on Saturday.
Brazil had lost the Olympic final three times -- in 1984, 1988 and 2012 -- but they finally got the gold they craved on a dramatic night at the Maracana stadium in which they outplayed the Germans but were saved three times by the woodwork.