The Rio 2016 Olympic games are now upon us and all eyes are already on Usain Bolt as the Jamaican sprinter prepares to defend the 100m, 200m and sprint relay titles he won in Beijing in 2008 and in London four years ago.
The 29-year-old, who was given a medical exemption after he pulled a hamstring during the Olympic trials, said he felt he was in better shape ahead of the opening race of his program on August 13 than he was for last year’s world championships.
America’s Michael Phelps will also be looking to make history in Rio. The swimming great, who won an unprecedented eight golds at one Games in Beijing, is set to add to his haul in Brazil with three individual events as well as relays.
The 31-year-old, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, was chosen in a team vote to lead the delegation into the Maracana stadium in what will be his first opening ceremony.
It's Friday, #Rio2016 Opening Ceremony is tonite with
MichaelPhelps</a> as <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USA?src=hash">#USA</a> flag bearer! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FridayFeeling?src=hash">#FridayFeeling</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SwimUnited?src=hash">#SwimUnited</a> <a href="https://t.co/VWeMWU9WKC">pic.twitter.com/VWeMWU9WKC</a></p>— USA Swimming (USASwimming) 5 August 2016