In case you missed it: highs and lows of the Olympics so far


One of the more recent highlights is Chinese diver He Zi getting a proposal from boyfriend and fellow diver Qin Kai. Getting down on one knee at the podium and proposing in front of the whole world after she received a silver medal in the women’s 3-metre springboard. She of course said yes to her ecstatic boyfriend.

It seems love is in the air at the Rio Olympics considering this is the second engagement to happen at the games when rugby player Isadora Cerullo proposed to girlfriend Marjorie Enya last week.

History has been made and written many times at the Olympics but this time it was particularly special when 22-year-old hijab-clad Kariman Abuljadayel became the first-ever Saudi woman to run at the 100-metre dash at an Olympic event finishing seventh at 14.61 seconds.

Teenager Yusra Mardini has probably done more in her life than most adults will do in their entire lifetime. After helping to save the lives of 20 people during a perilous journey through the Aegean Sea escaping war-torn Syria, she became part of the first refugee team to compete at the Olympics. Speaking on the experience she says.

Still on the water sports, the swimming pool turned green. The once crystal blue waters turned into a mossy green mystery. After speculation pinned down the cause as poor sanitation, which would have been an appalling source, it was revealed that the problem was instigated by a surplus of hydrogen peroxide in the water.

One of the earliest incidents of the Rio Olympics was when French gymnast Samir Aid broke his leg in a gruesome accident. After a failed vault landing, his lower leg broke at a right angle. In a comedic but still horrific twist ambulance staff dropped him while in a rush to get him medical assistance.

Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, predictably but still unbelievably continue to own the Olympics. The former has the honour of being the most lauded Olympian in history with 23 gold medals under his belt, a great way to end a career. Nobody even remembers the purple welts on his back at this point. Bolt became the first ever sprinter to win 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in the men’s 100-metre race, flashing a winning smile for the cameras as he finished the race.

A single selfie proved that we are all just people when it comes down to it. Gymnasts Hong Un-jong of North Korea and Lee Eun-ju from the South shared a quick picture during the games and the flash of the camera was seemingly heard all around the world. North and South Korea have had a long standing enmity fuelled by external and internal forces. This was a heart-warming moment showing what the Olympics is truly about, bringing people together.

At home David Rudisha and Jemima Jelagat Sumgong won Kenya its first gold medals at the Olympics in the men’s 800-metres final and women’s marathon respectively, while we wait to see what else is in store.


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