100 Olympians to watch at Rio 2016

August 2, 2016

From global stars to refugees ready for a tilt at glory, here are 100 competitors for you to watch and follow in Rio:

Track and field will be the main event in the second week when Usain Bolt sets his sights on a historic triple-triple. Contenders include:

Devon Allen: USA

Sarah Attar: Saudi Arabia
Boris Berian: USA
Usain Bolt: Jamaica

Tori Bowie: USA

Trayvon Bromell: USA

Vashti Cunningham: USA

Andre De Grasse: Canada

Tirunesh Dibaba: Ethiopia

Jessica Ennis-Hill: GB

Mo Farah: GB

Allyson Felix: USA

Justin Gatlin: USA

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: GB

Asbel Kiprop: Kenya

Leila, Liina and Lily Luik: Estonia

Sydney McLaughlin: USA

David Rudisha: Kenya

Greg Rutherford: GB

Dafne Schippers: Netherlands

Caster Semenya: South Africa

Christian Taylor: USA

Jared Tallent: Australia


Swimming dominates week one of the Games as Michael Phelps makes his Olympic swansong in the pool. Contenders:

Bronte Campbell: Australia

Tom Daley: GB

Missy Franklin: USA

James Guy: GB

Steele Johnson: USA

Chad Le Clos: South Africa

Katie Ledecky: USA

Florent Manaudou: France

Yusra Mardini: Refugee team (Syria)

Cameron McEvoy: Australia

Aurélie Muller: France

Keri-Anne Payne: GB

Adam Peaty: GB

Michael Phelps: US

Melissa Wu: Australia


Bradley Wiggins bids to become Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian with a medal in the men’s team pursuit. Contenders:

Lizzie Armitstead: GB

Australia men’s team pursuit: Australia

Caroline Buchanan: Australia

Rohan Dennis: Australia

Chris Froome: GB

Jason Kenny: GB

Peter Sagan: Slovakia

Laura Trott: GB

Bradley Wiggins: GB


The remarkable Simone Biles takes centre stage in the artistic programme in one of the marquee events of the Games. Contenders:

Simone Biles: USA

Kat Driscoll: GB

Houry Gebeshian: Armenia

Kohei Uchimura: Japan

Max Whitlock: GB

Combat sports

Great Britain’s Nicola Adams returns to the boxing competition at the top of her sport

Nicola Adams: GB

Muhammad Ali: GB

Kayla Harrison: USA

Jade Jones: GB

Joe Joyce: GB

Mijain López: Cuba

Ibtihaj Muhammad: USA

Claressa Shields: USA

Nekoda Smythe-Davis: GB

Katie Taylor: Ireland

Saori Yoshida: Japan

Team sports

Rugby sevens makes its Olympic bow and the US bid for gold in women’s football

Australia women’s hockey team: Australia

Ellie Carpenter: Australia

Nate Ebner: USA

Carli Lloyd: USA

New Zealand men’s rugby sevens team: New Zealand

Norway women’s handball team: Norway

Jillion Potter: USA

US women’s basketball team: USA

Niall Williams: New Zealand

On the water

Rio will provide a spectacular backdrop for sailing while competition will be fierce in rowing and canoeing

Mark de Jonge: Canada

David Florence: GB

Jessica Fox: Australia

Helen Glover & Heather Stanning: GB

Martin Marinov: Australia

Hannah Mills & Saskia Clark: GB

Robert Scheidt: Brazil

Giles Scott: GB

Bryony Shaw: GB

Rebeka Simon: GB

Rackets, bats and clubs

Venus and Serena Williams will team up in the tennis and golf returns to the Games after 112 years

Novak Djokovic: Serbia

Brooke Henderson: Canada

Kanak Jha: USA

Lydia Ko: New Zealand

Garbiñe Muguruza: Spain

Andy Murray: GB

Lee Chong Wei: Malaysia

Serena and Venus Williams: USA

Target sports

South Korea bid to reign supreme once more in women’s archery but face competition in the shooting

Amber Hill: GB

Mitch Iles: Australia

Jin Jong-oh: South Korea

South Korea women’s archery team

Taylor Worth: Australia

Other sports

Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee duels it out with brother Jonny in Fort Copacabana for the men’s triathlon title

Alistair Brownlee: GB

Charlotte Dujardin: GB

Mary Hanna: Australia

Yane Marques: Brazil

Rebekah Tiler: GB

EDITED FROM: theguardian.co.uk

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