International Olympic Athletes to Watch in Rio

By Charlotte Cuthbertson, Epoch Times
August 5, 2016 6:02 am Last Updated: August 7, 2016 3:52 am

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are about to start. Here’s a short list of athletes to keep an eye on during the games. 

For a list of American athletes to watch, visit here. 

Mo Farah, Great Britain

 Mo Farah of Great Britain competes in the Muller Anniversary Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Mo Farah of Great Britain competes in the Muller Anniversary Games t the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park stadium in London on July 23. (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Going for the London–Rio double in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races.

Usain Bolt, Jamaica

Usain Bolt creates his "Lightening Bolt" pose as he celebrates winning the men's 200m at the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park stadium in London on July 22.  (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Usain Bolt creates his “Lightening Bolt” pose as he celebrates winning the men’s 200m at the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park stadium in London on July 22. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Will defend his 100, 200, and 4×100 relay golds from Beijing and London. Will turn 30 on Aug. 21.

David Rudisha, Kenya

David Rudisha runs in the Men's 800 Meter during the IAAF World Challenge at Olympic Park  in Melbourne, Australia, on March 25.  (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
David Rudisha runs in the Men’s 800 Meter during the IAAF World Challenge at Olympic Park in Melbourne, Australia, on March 25. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Defending his 800-meter London gold. Holds six of the eight fastest times ever run in the event.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  sprints to the finish line to win gold in the Women's 4x100 Meter Relay final at the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sprints to the finish line to win gold in the Women’s 4×100 Meter Relay final at the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Gunning for three straight 100-meter Olympic golds, a feat no other woman has accomplished.

Genzebe Dibaba, Ethiopia

Genzebe Dibaba celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 1500 meter final at the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)
Genzebe Dibaba celebrates after winning gold in the Women’s 1500 meter final at the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

The 2015 world record-holder in the 1,500 is odds-on favorite. In June, her coach was arrested in a doping raid.

Cate and Bronte Campbell, Australia

Cate Campbell (L) and Bronte Campbell  in Brisbane, Australia., on   (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Sisters Cate Campbell (L) and Bronte Campbell in Brisbane, Australia, on Feb. 26. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The sisters will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle events and probably some relays. Cate is faster right now, but either way, there’s bound to be a Campbell on the podium more than once.

Qiu Bo, China

Bo Qiu competes in the  16th FINA World Championships at the Aquatics Palace in Kazan, Russia, on Aug. 2, 2015.  ( Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Bo Qiu competes in the 16th FINA World Championships at the Aquatics Palace in Kazan, Russia, on Aug. 2, 2015. ( Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The Chinese divers are expected to dominate the boards this year, so take your pick of who to watch. The closest competition may come in the 10-meter individual event where American David Boudia pipped Qiu in London.

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Great Britain

 Jessica Ennis-Hill competes at the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games in London on July 22. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Jessica Ennis-Hill competes at the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games in London on July 22. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Won gold at last year’s heptathlon world championships. Could win back-to-back Olympic titles. Looks to be headed for a good battle with Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton.

Kohei Uchimura, Japan

Kohei Uchimura performs in the Men's Horizontal bar Final at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2015.  (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)
Kohei Uchimura performs in the Men’s Horizontal bar Final at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2015. (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Considered the best male gymnast of all time. Has one gold and four silver Olympic medals and 19 world championship medals.  

Oksana Chusovitina, Uzbekistan

Oksana Chusovitina trains on the balance beam in Rio de Janeiro, on Aug. 4. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Oksana Chusovitina trains on the balance beam in Rio de Janeiro, on Aug. 4. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Oldest female Olympic gymnast ever at 41 and six-time Olympian. Has a team gold and an individual silver medal.

Neymar, Brazil

Brazil player Neymar at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia on Aug. 4. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazil player Neymar at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia on Aug. 4. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

After a silver in London, Neymar and the Brazilian men’s soccer team are still looking for a first Olympic gold medal. 

Refugee team

Athletes of the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro on July 30. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected 10 refugee athletes to set a refugee's team for the first time, to bring about hope to people displaced by conflicts or war in the world. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes of the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro on July 30.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected 10 refugee athletes to set a refugee’s team for the first time, to bring about hope to people displaced by conflicts or war in the world. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

A 10-person team—from Syria, South Sudan, Congo, and Ethiopia—will compete under the Olympic flag.

For the full schedule, visit nbcolympics.com/full-schedule