Report12 Aug 2016

Day one in numbers – Rio 2016 Olympic Games


Almaz Ayana in the 10,000m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (© Getty Images)

In the women’s 10,000m, the first athletics final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, it was Almaz Ayana against the clock and six important digits that mattered in the end.

Here are all the numbers you need to know from day one.

Women’s 10,000m

minutes – Almaz Ayana’s winning time, a world record.

seconds, Almaz Ayana's winning margin over Kenya’s world champion Vivian Cheruiyot.

national records fell during that race. Ethiopia, Kenya, USA, Sweden, Burundi, Greece, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan will all have to update their record books.


The women's 10,000m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games


personal bests were set by athletes of 12 different nations.

Olympic medals now sit in Tirunesh Dibaba’s medal cabinet. The Ethiopian two-time defending champion took bronze in a personal best of 29:42.56.

Men’s 20km race walk

Olympic gold for China’s Wang Zhen after he took bronze in 2012.


Dane Bird-Smith, Wang Zhen and Cai Zelin in the 20km race walk at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games


seconds difference between third-placed Dane Bird-Smith of Australia and fourth-placed Caio Bonfim of Brazil. It matched the closest finish for bronze, first recorded in 2008, at the 20km race walk.

kilometres that Britain’s Tom Bosworth led for. He set a national record of 1:20.13.

Women’s shot put

metres in her sixth and final attempt secured gold, USA’s first ever Olympic title in the women’s shot put and a national record for Michelle Carter.


Shot put winner Michelle Carter at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games


minutes Valerie Adams held on to the lead until Carter’s final throw dethroned the reigning two-time Olympic champion.

-year-old Raven Saunders finished fifth at her first Olympics with a final-round PB of 19.35m.

Women’s heptathlon

metres were cleared by both Nafissatou Thiam and Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the high jump – a world heptathlon best.


Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the heptathlon high jump at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games


seconds for Brazil’s Vanessa Chefer to cover 200m. She may not have been the fastest, but her performance definitely produced the loudest reaction.

points difference between overnight leader and reigning Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and second-ranked Thiam.

Men’s discus qualifying

athletes went beyond the automatic qualifying mark of 65.50m; Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger and Poland’s Piotr Malachowski.

centimetres short of a spot in the final was reigning Olympic champion Robert Harting, one of the biggest shocks of the morning session.

Men’s 800m heats

men recorded a time of 1:46 or faster in the heats of the men’s 800m. Defending champion and world record-holder David Rudisha was fastest in 1:45.09.


David Rudisha in the 800m heats at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games


Men’s 400m heats

seconds secured both Rafal Omelko of Poland and Czech Pavel Maslak a lane in the semi-final in the last heat of seven.

Men’s long jump qualifying

fouls by Olympic champion Greg Rutherford made the British fans in the crowd hold their breath, before he secured his spot with 7.90m in 10th position.

Women’s hammer qualifying

throw was all it took world record-holder Anita Wlodarczyk to secure her spot in the final.


Anita Wlodarczyk at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games


Women’s 100m heats

woman stayed below the 11-second barrier: double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with 10.96.

different nationalities will be represented in tomorrow’s semifinals.

-year-old Ewa Swoboda is the youngest qualifier in the women’s 100m. The Pole took silver at last month’s IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz.

Michelle Sammet for the IAAF