The Rio 2016 olympics are kicking off tomorrow and records are about to be broken. More than 10,000 athletes from all over the world are set to compete for 4,924 medals in events ranging from wrestling to waterpolo to badminton and volleyball. Old and new faces are competing against each other, but who are about to make history? Here are 10 athletes to look out for that are likely to strike gold at the games.
Swimming: Mack Horton from Australia
Representing Australia in 400m freestyle, 20 year old Mack Horton has already made his Rio rivals take notice as he won on the opening night of the eight-day trials.
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Badminton: Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand
World champion from 2013, Ratchanok Intanon has been playing badminton since the age of six. Also winner of Singapore Open, Intanon displaced Spain’s Carolina Marin as the new world No. 1 shuttler. We cannot wait to see her in action in Rio.
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Beach volleyball: Larissa Franca from Brazil
Winner of numerous awards and titles, Larissa Franca is set to compete in her home country with teammate Talita Antunes. Listed at the top of the provisional ranking list, the expectations are high for this Brazilian duo.
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Track and field: Usain Bolt from Jamaica
Face of the Rio 2016 games, Usan Bolt is better known as the fastest person ever timed. He holds six gold medals from previous games, but will the sprint star keep up with his track history?
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Archery: Ki Bo Bae from Korea
The pressure is on as two time olympic champion Ki Bo Bae from Korea has gotten an opportunity to make history in the Rio 2016 olympics. No archer has ever won two individual Olympic titles in a row before, can she do it?
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Artistic gymnastics: Kenzo Shirai from Japan
Also called the ”twist prince”, 19 year old Kenzo Shirai is one of the youngest olympians competing in this year’s Olympics. He is making his Olympic debut this year, and is aiming for nothing but gold.
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Diving: Qiu Bo from China
Chinese silver medalist of the 2012 London olympics, Qui Bo has been ranked high in prediction lists for the Rio 2016 games.
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Fencing: Rossella Fiamingo from Italy
World champion of 2014 and 2015, Rossella Fiamingo became the first woman to win back-to-back world titles. The hopes are high for this swordswoman.
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Golf: Brooke Henderson from Canada
Named Canadian Press Female Athlete of the year 2015, 19 year old Brook Henderson is one of the top ranked female golfers in the world. As golf returns to the summer games for the first time since 1904, the expectations are high for this young lady.
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Triathlon: Jonathan Brownlee from the UK
A regular face to see on the podiums, Jonathan Brownlee was the Triathlon World Champion of 2012 and silver medalist in 2013. He is expected to show just as great results the upcoming games.
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