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Starting on the 5th and finishing on the 21st of August 2016 in Rio, Brazil, the Olympic Games are one of the biggest sporting events of the year. Which nation will win the most medals? What records can be broken? Analysis and Presentation of the 31st Olympic games.


With 28 sports, 42 disciplines and more than 300 events in 33 locations around the city of Rio, the atmosphere will be electric, there is no better place for the games to be held, than in Brazil. With all events that will take place, there are some that will be particularly prone to predictions.

After the opening ceremony on the night of August 6th, the men’s 100m final is the next event that must not be missed. After 13 qualifying rounds, the final will be held on August 14th at 22:25 and will pit the best sprinters in the world against each other in the Olympic Stadium in Engenhão. If Usain Bolt is favourite with a 1.35 rating, Gatlin, at odds of 3.40, will not admit defeat and won't give up easily.

Another highly anticipated event is the swimming. You can expect to see two action packed days on the 10th and 12th of August with the 50m and 100m freestyle at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra de Tijuca. The Frenchman Florent Manaudou is the favorite for the latter at 1.50, and could do the double after winning in London in 2012.  

Judo takes place on August 12th. It will include the heavyweight final for both the ladies and men, taking place in the Arena Carioca 2 of Barra de Tijuca. This will let us see the magical Teddy Riner at work, who is the favourite and will attempt to win his second gold medal in this sport.

We'll also be keeping a close eye on the finals of the Rowing on August 13th in Lagoa Stadium. For those of you that are interested in track cycling there is something for you the day after at the Rio Olympic Velodrome. For those who like Hockey go to the Olympic Hockey Centre on the 19th and Badminton lovers go to the Riocentro on the 20th. Tennis will also be very popular and many will flood to watch from the 6th to 14th August. On a hard surface court, it will pit the best tennis players in the world against each other since all the top players at the moment are to take part. Everyone from Djokovic to Murray and Nadal and Nishikori, paying particualr attention to Roger Federer who will try to win gold after his defeat in the final to Murray in London in 2012.

Finally, it will be interesting to follow the Rugby 7’s again after almost a hundred years without it in the games, the final will take place on August 11th at the Deodoro Stadium. For the golf fans, the mens is on the 14th and 20th for the ladies and both can be found at the Olympic Golf Course.


In addition to the Rugby 7s, the Olympic Games also will highlight the major team sports in the world. We will look firstly at the Basketball, where the men's final will be held on August 20th at the Arena Carioca 1. Team USA, who are favourites will, no doubt go for gold for the fifteenth time, with players like Irving and Anthony Durant representing their country.

On to the Football now, match ups looks just as appealing with the tournament starting on the 3rd and being played until the men's final on August 20th at Maracana. This is an ideal opportunity to see Brazil’s Neymar, Marquinhos and Douglas Costa in action, who are favourites to win in their home country at 2.50 with Bet365.

Then we have the men's handball final which will be on the 21st of August in the Future Arena, with womens on the 20th after a two week long tournament. Unsurprisingly, it is the French who are favorites with odds of 2.20 from William Hill. They have won it the last 2 olympics games and will rely on high caliber players like Karabatic, Omeyer, Abalo or Narcissus. Volleyball will also take place on these days in the Maracanazinho.


The highlight of the competition may well be the setting of new Olympic records on Brazilian soil. For example, the 1,500 meters, on the 20th of August. Kenyan Asbel Kiprop could possibly beat the time of 3.32.07 'which is the record at present. He recently ran the distance in 3.26.69' in Monaco. For the pole vault, on the 15th of August, the 5.97m achieved by Lavillenie could also be exceeded as the Frenchman has jumped well above this since London 2012.

Back to the swimming, Cesar Cielo's 50m freestyle time of 21'30 will be complicated to beat, but not impossible when you see the consistent performances that Florent Manaudou has put in in the past two years. He swam a 21'42 in 2016 and a 21'19 in 2015. In 100m, Australian McEvoy could dethrone Sullivan with his time of 47'02 set in 2008. He has swam a 47'04 this season.

Finally, at country level, 42 medals are needed for the French to beat their record, along with 240 for American and 147 for Britain,  101 for the Chinese, 22 for the Spanish, 4 for the Portuguese, 90 for the Germans, 37 or more for the Italians. The battle for the podiums has begun!


- Opening Ceremony (5th August)
- The 100m freestyle in swimming final(10th August)
- The 50m freestyle in swimming final (12th August)
- Judo heavyweight final (12th August)
- 4x100m freestyle relay in swimming final(13th August)
- Finals of the 100m and 400m in Athletics (14th August)
- Mens Tennis final (14th August)
- Mens Basketball final (20th August)
- Mens Football final (20th August)
- Mens Handball final (21st August)