US Tops Medal Table as 2016 Rio Olympics Come to a Close

Toby Graves
Сентября 3, 2016

The dancing broccoli gave way to Miley Cyrus, and NBC was the ratings leader on the last night of the Rio Olympics.

As Brazil begins to reflect on its performance as host of the 2016 Olympics and Japan takes the baton for Tokyo 2020, there is palpable relief among all involved that while not a roaring success, the Games were not the disaster doom merchants had predicted.

Olympians and fans from all around the world together bid goodbye to the Rio Olympics which came to a sparkling end. The U.S. finished with 46 gold medals and 121 medals overall, its 51-total-medal margin over second-place China the largest in a non-boycotted Olympics in almost a century.

Whether the blame lies on distracted millennials or Comcast/NBCUniversal's (CMCSA) coverage of the Games, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro failed to live up to the company's ratings expectations.

Brazil's athletes have just achieved their best ever result in an Olympic Games, with the highest number of gold (seven) and total medals (19).

Overall, of the many legacies from the Rio 2016 Olympics, the one most dear to me is the knowledge that the Games have brought Brazil and the United Kingdom closer together.

It was a spectacular show from Rio, whose country was clouded in controversy in the Games.

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In the pool, Michael Phelps swam into retirement, the U.S. great adding five golds to a tally that now stands at 23, among a total of 28 medals. At the age of 19 she obliterated her own world record in winning the 800m freestyle, uniting the 200m, 400m and 800m titles for the first time since 1968.

But one man bestrode the whole event, Usain Bolt signing off his extraordinary Olympic career with an unprecedented treble-treble: gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay for the third time in successive Games.

In a final symbolic act, the Olympic flame that had burned since Aug.5 was then extinguished in a downpour of artificial rain.

And what will the host nation think now that the games are over?

The Games had many memorable moments, both for Brazilian competitors at home and athletes from around the world. Russian Federation finished with 19 golds and 56 medals overall, both well below its normal showings. China was in third place with 26 gold, 18 silver and 26 bronze medals, while Russian Federation finished in fourth place after securing 19 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze medals.

Other top posts include: Japanese gymnast celebrating his team's gold on Twitter, Argentine tennis player winning silver in the men's singles match on Twitter and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulating Indian badminton player PV Sindhu winning India's first medal in a women's competition on Facebook.

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