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MEN

Individual

[Gold] Kim Woo-jinSouth Korea

[Silver] Ku Bon-chanSouth Korea

[Bronze] Brady EllisonU.S.

Ellison won silver in London.

Team

[Gold] South Korea

[Silver] Netherlands

[Bronze] U.S.

Watch Italy, surprise '12 winners.

WOMEN

Individual

[Gold] Choi Mi-sunSouth Korea

[Silver] Ki Bo-baeSouth Korea

[Bronze] Ksenia PerovaRussia

Ki, 2012 champ, was cut in '14.

Team

[Gold] South Korea

[Silver] Taiwan

[Bronze] Russia

South Korea has won all seven women's team golds.

BADMINTON

MEN

Singles

[Gold] Chen LongChina

[Silver] Lee Chon WeiMalaysia

[Bronze] Lin DanChina

World No. 2 Kento Momota was banned for gambling.

Doubles

[Gold] Lee Yong-dae & Yoo Yeon-seongSouth Korea

[Silver] Mohammad Ahsan & Hendra SetiawanIndonesia

[Bronze] Fu Haifeng & Zhang NanChina

Indonesia has won six Olympic golds, all in badminton.

WOMEN

Singles

[Gold] Carolina MarinSpain

[Silver] Ratchanok IntanonThailand

[Bronze] Saina NehwalChina

Marin is a two-time world champ, Spain's first.

Doubles

[Gold] Tian Qing & Zhao YunleiChina

[Silver] Christinna Pedersen & Kamilla Rytter JuhlDenmark

[Bronze] Misaki Matsumoto & Ayaka TakahashiJapan

China has won 19 of the last 20 world titles.

Mixed

[Gold] Zhang Nan & Zhao YunleiChina

[Silver] Ko Sung-hyun & Kim Ha-naSouth Korea

[Bronze] Xu Chen & Ma JinIndonesia

Kim was DQ'd in '12 for tanking.

BASKETBALL

MEN

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] Spain

[Bronze] Serbia

The U.S. beat foes by an average of 32.1 points in 2012.

WOMEN

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] Spain

[Bronze] Australia

The U.S. has a 41-game Olympic winning streak.

BOXING

MEN

49 kg (108 pounds)

[Gold] Joahnys ArgilagosCuba

[Silver] Vasily YegorovRussia

[Bronze] Paddy BarnesIreland

[Bronze] Hsanboy DusmatovUzbekistan

Barnes is slated to be Ireland's flagbearer.

52 kg (114 pounds)

[Gold] Yosvany VeitíaCuba

[Silver] Elvin MamishzadaAzerbaijan

[Bronze] Misha AloyanRussia

[Bronze] Hu JianguanChina

Azerbaijan has never won boxing gold or silver.

56 kg (123 pounds)

[Gold] Michael ConlanIreland

[Silver] Shiva ThapaIndia

[Bronze] Dzmitry AsanauBelarus

[Bronze] Murodjon AkhmadalievUzbekistan

Conlan appeared on Ireland's Celebrity Apprentice.

60 kg (132 pounds)

[Gold] Lázaro AlvarezCuba

[Silver] Berik AbdrakhmanovKazakhstan

[Bronze] Robson ConceiçãoBrazil

[Bronze] Albert SemilovAzerbaijan

Álvarez has three world golds.

64 kg (141 pounds)

[Gold] Vitaly DunaytsevRussia

[Silver] Yasniel ToledoCuba

[Bronze] Fazliddin GaibnazarovUzbekistan

[Bronze] Wuttichai MasukThailand

Russia didn't qualify in this class for London.

69 kg (152 pounds)

[Gold] Mohammed RabiiMorocco

[Silver] Roniel IglesiasCuba

[Bronze] Liu WeiChina

[Bronze] Daniyar YeleussinovKazakhstan

Morocco has never won boxing gold or silver.

75 kg (165 pounds)

[Gold] Arlen LópezCuba

[Silver] Michael O'ReillyIreland

[Bronze] Artem ChebotarevRussia

[Bronze] Bektemir MelikuzievUzbekistan

His coach says O'Reilly often needs a "kick in the arse."

81 kg (178 pounds)

[Gold] Julio César La CruzCuba

[Silver] Joe WardIreland

[Bronze] Petr KhamukovRussia

[Bronze] Adilbek NiyazymbetovKazakhstan

Cruz was shot in 2014.

91 kg (201 pounds)

[Gold] Evgeny TishchenkoRussia

[Silver] Erislandy SavónCuba

[Bronze] Yamil PeraltaArgentina

[Bronze] Clemente RussoItaly

Savón's uncle is three-time Olympic champ Felix Savón.

91+kg (more than 201 pounds)

[Gold] Tony YokaFrance

[Silver] Ivan DychkoKazakhstan

[Bronze] Joseph JoyceGreat Britain

[Bronze] Erik PfeiferGermany

Yoka is engaged to French boxer Estelle Mossely.

WOMEN

51 kg (112 pounds)

[Gold] Nicola AdamsGreat Britain

[Silver] Ren CancanChina

[Bronze] Peamwilai LaopeamThailand

[Bronze] Zhaina ShekerbekovaKazakhstan

Adams would be the first British boxer to repeat since 1924.

60 kg (132 pounds)

[Gold] Katie TaylorIreland

[Silver] Yana AlexseevnaAzerbaijan

[Bronze] Estelle MosselyFrance

[Bronze] Mira PotkonenFinland

Alexseevna snapped Taylor's 62-match win streak in April.

75 kg (165 pounds)

[Gold] Claressa ShieldsU.S.

[Silver] Savannah MarshallGreat Britain

[Bronze] Nouchka FontjinNetherlands

[Bronze] Li QianChina

Marshall handed Shields her only loss in 69 bouts.

CANOE/KAYAK (FLATWATER)

MEN

Canoe singles, 200 meters

[Gold] Li QiangChina

[Silver] Helder SilvaPortugal

[Bronze] Timur KhaidarovKazakhstan

Nine men have medaled at the last three worlds.

Canoe singles, 1,000 meters

[Gold] Sebastian BrendelGermany

[Silver] Serghei TarnovschiMoldova

[Bronze] Martin FuksaCzech Republic

Brendel has won medals at worlds from 200 to 5,000.

Canoe doubles, 1,000 meters

[Gold] Erlon Silva & Isaquias QueirozBrazil

[Silver] Henrik Vasbányai & Róbert MikeHungary

[Bronze] Piotr Kuleta & Marcin GrzybowskiPoland

Queiroz is the first Brazilian to win a world sprint canoe medal.

Kayak singles, 200 meters

[Gold] Mark de JongeCanada

[Silver] Maxime BeaumontFrance

[Bronze] Liam HeathGreat Britain

De Jonge won '14 and '15 worlds.

Kayak singles, 1,000 meters

[Gold] Rene PoulsenDenmark

[Silver] Josef DostalCzech Republic

[Bronze] Adam Van KoeverdenCanada

Poulsen has hauled in 12 medals at the European championships.

Kayak doubles, 200 meters

[Gold] Nebojša Grujić & Marko NovakovićSerbia

[Silver] Yury Postrigay & Alexander DyachenkoRussia

[Bronze] Sandor Totka & Peter MolnarHungary

Dyachenko's wife, Anna, is a top rhythmic gymnastics coach.

Kayak doubles, 1,000 meters

[Gold] Max Rendschmidt & Marcus GrossGermany

[Silver] Ken Wallace & Lachlan TameAustralia

[Bronze] Marko Tomićević & Vladimir TorubarovSerbia

Wallace has won four world titles in 5,000-meter singles.

Kayak fours, 1,000 meters

[Gold] Slovakia

[Silver] Czech Republic

[Bronze] Hungary

Neither the Czechs nor Slovaks have won this at the Games.

WOMEN

Kayak singles, 200 meters

[Gold] Lisa CarringtonNew Zealand

[Silver] Marta WalczykiewiczPoland

[Bronze] Inna Osipenko-RodomskaAzerbaijan

Carrington was Maori senior sportswoman of the year.

Kayak singles, 500 meters

[Gold] Lisa CarringtonNew Zealand

[Silver] Danuta KozákHungary

[Bronze] Zhou YuChina

Zhou missed a London medal by .14 of a second in the K-2.

Kayak doubles, 500 meters

[Gold] Gabriella Szabo & Danuta KozakHungary

[Silver] Milica Starovic & Dalma Ruzicic-BenedekSerbia

[Bronze] Franziska Weber & Tina DietzeGermany

Szabo has won worlds with two different partners.

Kayak fours, 500 meters

[Gold] Hungary

[Silver] Germany

[Bronze] Poland

Hungary has the most Olympic canoe/kayak medals, 77.

CANOE/KAYAK (WHITEWATER)

MEN

Canoe singles, slalom

[Gold] David FlorenceGreat Britain

[Silver] Benjamin SavšekSlovenia

[Bronze] Matej BeňušSlovakia

Florence (with Richard Hounslow) is also a threat in doubles.

Canoe doubles, slalom

[Gold] Franz Anton & Jan BenzienGermany

[Silver] Gauthier Klauss & Matthieu PéchéFrance

[Bronze] Jonas Kaspar & Marek SindlerCzech Republic

Benzien has no Olympic medals, but nine from worlds.

Kayak singles, slalom

[Gold] Jîrî PrskavecCzech Republic

[Silver] Sébastien CombotFrance

[Bronze] Jakub GrigarSlovakia

Watch Michal Smolen of the U.S.

WOMEN

Kayak singles, slalom

[Gold] Melanie PfeiferGermany

[Silver] Maialen ChourrautSpain

[Bronze] Jessica FoxAustralia

Fox was born in France; her father paddled for Great Britain in 1992.

CYCLING

MEN

Road race

[Gold] Alejandro ValverdeSpain

[Silver] Chris FroomeGreat Britain

[Bronze] Vincenzo NibaliItaly

A hilly course favors climbers.

Time trial

[Gold] Chris FroomeGreat Britain

[Silver] Tony MartinGermany

[Bronze] Tom DumoulinNetherlands

Froome punched a spectator at this year's Tour de France.

Sprint

[Gold] Matthew GlaetzerAustralia

[Silver] Jason KennyGreat Britain

[Bronze] Denis DmitrievRussia

A pole-vaulting injury made Glaetzer turn to cycling.

Keirin

[Gold] Joachim EilersGermany

[Silver] Eddie DawkinsNew Zealand

[Bronze] Azizulhasni AwangMalaysia

In a 2011 crash, Awang got an eight-inch splinter in his leg.

Omnium

[Gold] Fernando GaviriaColombia

[Silver] Glenn O'SheaAustralia

[Bronze] Elia VivianiItaly

World champ Gaviria also does road cycling.

Team sprint

[Gold] New Zealand

[Silver] Germany

[Bronze] France

The velodrome was completed too late to hold any test event.

Team pursuit

[Gold] Australia

[Silver] Great Britain

[Bronze] New Zealand

Britain's Bradley Wiggins goes for Olympic medal No. 8.

Mountain biking

[Gold] Nino SchurterSwitzerland

[Silver] Julien AbsalonFrance

[Bronze] Maxime MarotteFrance

Five-time world champ Schurter has Olympic silver and bronze.

BMX

[Gold] Niek KimmannNetherlands

[Silver] Joris DaudetFrance

[Bronze] Liam PhillipsGreat Britain

Nicholas Long of the U.S. could make the podium.

WOMEN

Road race

[Gold] Lizzie ArmitsteadGreat Britain

[Silver] Megan GuarnierU.S.

[Bronze] Marianne VosNetherlands

Armitstead has won five world medals in a velodrome.

Time trial

[Gold] Linda VillumsenNew Zealand

[Silver] Ellin van DijkNetherlands

[Bronze] Lisa BrennauerGermany

The U.S.'s Kristin Armstrong, two-time champ, will turn 43 in Rio.

Sprint

[Gold] Kristina VogelGermany

[Silver] Zhong TianshiChina

[Bronze] Lin JunhongChina

Vogel was hit by a bus and was comatose for two days in 2009.

Keirin

[Gold] Anna MearesAustralia

[Silver] Kristina VogelGermany

[Bronze] Becky JamesGreat Britain

Meares, 32, medaled in the last three Games.

Omnium

[Gold] Laura TrottGreat Britain

[Silver] Annette EdmondsonAustralia

[Bronze] Sarah HammerU.S.

Trott, 24, took gold in London.

Team sprint

[Gold] China

[Silver] Russia

[Bronze] Germany

China has no track cycling golds.

Team pursuit

[Gold] Great Britain

[Silver] U.S.

[Bronze] Canada

Britain won seven of 10 events in the London velodrome.

Mountain biking

[Gold] Pauline Ferrand-PrévotFrance

[Silver] Annika LangvadDenmark

[Bronze] Jolanda NeffSwitzerland

Ferrand-Prévot was 20 when she rode in London.

BMX

[Gold] Caroline BuchananAustralia

[Silver] Mariana PajónColombia

[Bronze] Alise PostU.S.

Post is engaged to Aussie BMX medalist Sam Willoughby.

DIVING

MEN

3-meter springboard

[Gold] He ChaoChina

[Silver] Ilya ZakharovRussia

[Bronze] Cao YuanChina

He was '15 world diver of the year.

10-meter platform

[Gold] Qiu BoChina

[Silver] David BoudiaU.S.

[Bronze] Tom DaleyGreat Britain

Boudia upset Qui in London.

Synchronized 3-meter springboard

[Gold] Cao Yuan & Qin KaiChina

[Silver] Stephan Feck & Patrick HausdingGermany

[Bronze] Evgeny Kuznetsov & Ilya ZakharovRussia

China has 19 golds over the last three Games.

Synchronized 10-meter platform

[Gold] Chen Aisen & Lin YueChina

[Silver] Tom Daley & Dan GoodfellowGreat Britain

[Bronze] David Boudia & Steele JohnsonU.S.

Johnson, 20, nearly died during a practice dive at age 12.

WOMEN

3-meter springboard

[Gold] Shi TingmaoChina

[Silver] He ZiChina

[Bronze] Tania CagnottoItaly

Cagnotto's dad, Giorgio, won four Olympic diving medals.

10-meter platform

[Gold] Ren QianChina

[Silver] Si YajieChina

[Bronze] Melissa WuAustralia

Ren was second at worlds last year at age 14.

Synchronized 3-meter springboard

[Gold] Wu Minxia & Shi TingmaoChina

[Silver] Tania Cagnotto & Francesca DallapeItaly

[Bronze] Jennifer Abel & Pamela WareCanada

Wu has suffered from anemia.

Synchronized 10-meter platform

[Gold] Liu Huixia & Chen RuolinChina

[Silver] Meaghan Benfeito & Roseline FilionCanada

[Bronze] Lois Toulson & Tonia CouchGreat Britain

Chen, 22, has entered four Olympic events and won four.

EQUESTRIAN

Individual dressage

[Gold] Kristina Broring-SpreheGermany

[Silver] Charlotte DujardinGreat Britain

[Bronze] Isabell WerthGermany

Broring-Sprehe's husband biked six days to watch her in London.

Team dressage

[Gold] Germany

[Silver] Great Britain

[Bronze] Netherlands

The Brits broke Germany's streak of seven golds in 2012.

Individual three-day event

[Gold] Michael JungGermany

[Silver] Christopher BurtonAustralia

[Bronze] Sandra AuffarthGermany

Jung holds world, Olympic and European titles at the same time.

Team three-day event

[Gold] Germany

[Silver] Great Britain

[Bronze] France

Rio is the eighth Games for New Zealand's Mark Todd, 60.

Individual jumping

[Gold] Steve GuerdatSwitzerland

[Silver] McLain WardU.S.

[Bronze] Simon DelestreFrance

Ward, 40, won the USET Show Jumping Derby at 14.

Team jumping

[Gold] France

[Silver] Netherlands

[Bronze] U.S.

Saudi Arabia won bronze in London, its only medal in 2012.

FENCING

MEN

Épée

[Gold] Gauthier GrumierFrance

[Silver] Enrico GarozzoItaly

[Bronze] Geza ImreHungary

Equestrian was out for Grumier, who is allergic to horses.

Foil

[Gold] Alexander MassialasU.S.

[Silver] Yuki OtaJapan

[Bronze] Ma JianfeiChina

At 18, Massialas was the youngest U.S. man in London.

Sabre

[Gold] Alexey YakimenkoRussia

[Silver] Gu Bon-gilSouth Korea

[Bronze] Kim Jung-hwanSouth Korea

Kim served a doping suspension in '05 he blamed on sleeping pills.

Team épée

[Gold] France

[Silver] South Korea

[Bronze] Ukraine

France won no fencing medals in 2012.

Team foil

[Gold] Italy

[Silver] U.S.

[Bronze] Russia

Two-time champ Italy has 13 medals in this event.

WOMEN

Épée

[Gold] Rossella FiamingoItaly

[Silver] Xu AnqiChina

[Bronze] Sarra BesbesTunisia

Fiamingo loosens her fingers by playing piano.

Foil

[Gold] Arianna ErrigoItaly

[Silver] Inna DeriglazovaRussia

[Bronze] Aida ShanavaRussia

Notre Dame's Lee Kiefer is in the mix.

Sabre

[Gold] Sofiya VelikayaRussia

[Silver] Olga KharlanUkraine

[Bronze] Mariel ZagunisU.S.

Velikaya's husband, Aleksey Mishin, won wrestling gold in '04.

Team épée

[Gold] China

[Silver] Romania

[Bronze] Russia

Russia lost '12 gold to China in OT.

Team sabre

[Gold] Ukraine

[Silver] U.S.

[Bronze] Russia

U.S. has never won team fencing gold.

FIELD HOCKEY

MEN

[Gold] Australia

[Silver] Netherlands

[Bronze] Germany

Five-time world player of the year Jamie Dwyer leads Aussies.

WOMEN

[Gold] Argentina

[Silver] Netherlands

[Bronze] Australia

U.S. won the 2015 Pan-Am Games, upsetting Argentina.

GOLF

MEN

[Gold] Bubba WatsonU.S.

[Silver] Sergio GarcíaSpain

[Bronze] Padraig HarringtonIreland

Beware of British Open champ Henrik Stenson of Sweden.

WOMEN

[Gold] Brooke HendersonCanada

[Silver] Lydia KoNew Zealand

[Bronze] Lexi ThompsonU.S.

Last time women's golf was in the Olympics was 1900.

GYMNASTICS (ARTISTIC)

MEN

Team

[Gold] Japan

[Silver] China

[Bronze] Russia

China won gold, Japan silver, in both 2008 and '12.

All-around

[Gold] Kohei UchimuraJapan

[Silver] Deng ShudiChina

[Bronze] Manrique LarduetCuba

Uchimura, 27, has won the last six world all-around titles.

Floor exercise

[Gold] Kenzo ShiraiJapan

[Silver] Max WhitlockGreat Britain

[Bronze] Marian DrăgulescuRomania

Drăgulescu has a vault named for him.

Pommel horse

[Gold] Max WhitlockGreat Britain

[Silver] Louis SmithGreat Britain

[Bronze] Harutyun MerdinyanArmenia

Smith won a 12-segment dancing TV show in the U.K.

Rings

[Gold] You HaoChina

[Silver] Arthur ZanettiBrazil

[Bronze] Eleftherios PetrouniasGreece

Zanetti's London gold was Brazil's only gymnastics medal.

Vault

[Gold] Ri Se-gwangNorth Korea

[Silver] Denis AblyazinRussia

[Bronze] Marian DrăgulescuRomania

Ablyazin's wife, Ksenia, won the uneven bars at 2007 worlds.

Parallel bars

[Gold] You HaoChina

[Silver] Deng ShudiChina

[Bronze] Oleg VernyayevUkraine

Deng is a billiards junkie.

Horizontal bar

[Gold] Kohei UchimuraJapan

[Silver] Nile WilsonGreat Britain

[Bronze] Danell LeyvaU.S.

Leyva made the U.S. team after John Orozco tore his ACL last week.

WOMEN

Team

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] China

[Bronze] Russia

Perennial power Romania failed to qualify.

All-around

[Gold] Simone BilesU.S.

[Silver] Angelina MelnikovaRussia

[Bronze] Laurie HernandezU.S.

Biles is the first three-time world all-around champ.

Vault

[Gold] Simone BilesU.S.

[Silver] Maria PasekaRussia

[Bronze] Hong Un-jongNorth Korea

Watch for Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina—age 41.

Uneven bars

[Gold] Fan YilinChina

[Silver] Madison KocianU.S.

[Bronze] Daria SpiridonovaRussia

These three were part of a four-way tie for world gold in 2015.

Balance beam

[Gold] Simone BilesU.S.

[Silver] Wang YanChina

[Bronze] Angelina MelnikovaRussia

Two of Biles's 10 world golds came on beam.

Floor exercise

[Gold] Simone BilesU.S.

[Silver] Aly RaismanU.S.

[Bronze] Ksenia AfanasyevaRussia

Raisman finished fourth on Dancing with the Stars.

GYMNASTICS (RHYTHMIC)

Individual

[Gold] Yana KudryavtsevaRussia

[Silver] Margarita MamunRussia

[Bronze] Melitina StanioutaBelarus

Kudryavtseva's nickname is Angel with Iron Wings.

Group

[Gold] Russia

[Silver] Italy

[Bronze] Bulgaria

Russia has every gold since 2000.

TRAMPOLINE

MEN

[Gold] Dong DongChina

[Silver] Uladzislau HancharouBelarus

[Bronze] Dmitry UshakovRussia

Dong has won the last three world titles.

WOMEN

[Gold] Li DanChina

[Silver] Hannah HarchonakBelarus

[Bronze] Rosannagh MacLennanCanada

MacLennan's granddad qualified for the canceled 1940 Games.

JUDO

MEN

60 kg (132 pounds)

[Gold] Kim Won-jinSouth Korea

[Silver] Yeldos SmetovKazakhstan

[Bronze] Orkhan SafarovAzerbaijan

[Bronze] Naohisa TakatoJapan

The Korean men's team has turned over completely since '12.

66 kg (145 pounds)

[Gold] An Ba-ulSouth Korea

[Silver] Mikhail PulyaevRussia

[Bronze] Tumurkhuleg DavaadorjMongolia

[Bronze] Golan PollackIsrael

An, 22, won worlds on his first attempt, in 2015.

73 kg (161 pounds)

[Gold] Shohei OnoJapan

[Silver] An Chang-rimSouth Korea

[Bronze] Denis IartcevRussia

[Bronze] Rustam OrujovAzerbaijan

Born in Japan, An rejected offers to join its team.

81 kg (178 pounds)

[Gold] Takanori NagaseJapan

[Silver] Avtandili TchrikishviliGeorgia

[Bronze] Victor PenalberBrazil

[Bronze] Antoine Valois-FortierCanada

Watch Travis Stevens of the U.S.

90 kg (198 pounds)

[Gold] Gwak Dong-hanSouth Korea

[Silver] Mashu BakerJapan

[Bronze] Varlam LipartelianiGeorgia

[Bronze] Krisztian TothHungary

Baker's father is American.

100 kg (220 pounds)

[Gold] Elmar GasimovAzerbaijan

[Silver] Lukáš KrpálekCzech Republic

[Bronze] Karl-Richard FreyGermany

[Bronze] Cyrille MaretFrance

World champ Ryunosuke Haga of Japan could medal.

100+ kg (more than 220 pounds)

[Gold] Teddy RinerFrance

[Silver] Hisayoshi HarasawaJapan

[Bronze] Iakiv KhammoUkraine

[Bronze] Roy MeyerNetherlands

Guadeloupe-born Riner is known as Teddy Bear.

WOMEN

48 kg (106 pounds)

[Gold] Urantsetseg MunkhbatMongolia

[Silver] Paula ParetoArgentina

[Bronze] Ami KondoJapan

[Bronze] Sarah MenezesBrazil

In 2012, Menezes became Brazil's first female Olympic champ.

52 kg (115 pounds)

[Gold] Misato NakamuraJapan

[Silver] Majlinda KelmendiKosovo

[Bronze] Andreea ChituRomania

[Bronze] Erika MirandaBrazil

Kosovo is in its first Olympics.

57 kg (126 pounds)

[Gold] Dorjsuren SumiyaMongolia

[Silver] Kaori MatsumotoJapan

[Bronze] Kim Jan-diSouth Korea

[Bronze] Marti MalloyU.S.

Matsumoto won Japan's only judo gold in London.

63 kg (139 pounds)

[Gold] Tina TrstenjakSlovenia

[Silver] Clarisse AgbegnenouFrance

[Bronze] Yarden GerbiIsrael

[Bronze] Miku TashiroJapan

Gerbi seized '13 world gold in Rio.

70 kg (154 pounds)

[Gold] Yuri AlvearColombia

[Silver] Kim PollingNetherlands

[Bronze] María BernabéuSpain

[Bronze] Gévrise ÉmaneFrance

Polling is also a kindergarten teacher.

78 kg (172 pounds)

[Gold] Kayla HarrisonU.S.

[Silver] Mayra AguiarBrazil

[Bronze] Luise MalzahnGermany

[Bronze] Mami UmekiJapan

The U.S. has only one Olympic judo gold—Harrison's in 2012.

78+ kg (more than 172 pounds)

[Gold] Yu SongChina

[Silver] Idalys OrtizCuba

[Bronze] Kanae YamabeJapan

[Bronze] Emilie AndeolFrance

A dicey call cost Ortiz gold in Beijing. She won in London.

MODERN PENTATHLON

MEN

[Gold] Aleksander LesunRussia

[Silver] Adam MarosiHungary

[Bronze] Amro El GeziryEgypt

Amro's brother Omar could medal.

WOMEN

[Gold] Lena SchonebornGermany

[Silver] Laura AsadauskaitėLithuania

[Bronze] Sarolta KovacsHungary

Asadauskaitė's husband, Andrejus Zadneprovskis, won medals in '04 and '08.

ROWING

MEN

Single sculls

[Gold] Mahé DrysdaleNew Zealand

[Silver] Ondrej SynekCzech Republic

[Bronze] Ángel FournierCuba

Drysdale was named after the Seychelles' largest island.

Double sculls

[Gold] Martin Sinković & Valent SinkovićCroatia

[Silver] Chris Harris & Robbie MansonNew Zealand

[Bronze] Jonathan Walton & John CollinsGreat Britain

The Sinkovićs won worlds thrice.

Lightweight double sculls

[Gold] Pierre Houin & Jérémie AzouFrance

[Silver] Kristoffer Brun & Are StrandliNorway

[Bronze] James Thompson & John SmithSouth Africa

Houin grew up 300 meters from a rowing club.

Quadruple sculls

[Gold] Australia

[Silver] Germany

[Bronze] Poland

The Russian quad was DQ'd in June for a doping offense.

Pair without coxswain

[Gold] Hamish Bond & Eric MurrayNew Zealand

[Silver] Roel Braas & Mitchel SteenmanNetherlands

[Bronze] Spencer Turrin & Alexander LloydAustralia

Bond and Murray won worlds by 6.5 seconds.

Four without coxswain

[Gold] Great Britain

[Silver] U.S.

[Bronze] Australia

Britain has prevailed at four straight Games.

Lightweight four without coxswain

[Gold] Switzerland

[Silver] New Zealand

[Bronze] Denmark

Swiss rowers Simon Niepmann and Lucas Tramèr are world lightweight pairs champs too.

Eight

[Gold] Germany

[Silver] Netherlands

[Bronze] U.S.

British world champs moved their top sweep rowers to the four.

WOMEN

Single sculls

[Gold] Kim BrennanAustralia

[Silver] Emma TwiggNew Zealand

[Bronze] Gevvie StoneU.S.

Twigg missed 2015 to get a master's in sports management.

Double sculls

[Gold] Magdalena Fularczyk & Natalia MadajPoland

[Silver] Sally Kehoe & Genevieve HortonAustralia

[Bronze] Eve Macfarlane & Zoe StevensonNew Zealand

Kehoe was in the eight in London and Beijing.

Lightweight double sculls

[Gold] Ilse Paulis & Maaike HeadNetherlands

[Silver] Lindsay Jennerich & Patricia ObeeCanada

[Bronze] Kirsten McCann & Ursula GroblerSouth Africa

Paulis studied microbiology at Ohio State.

Quadruple sculls

[Gold] Australia

[Silver] Germany

[Bronze] U.S.

The U.S. won the world title in '15.

Pair without coxswain

[Gold] Helen Glover & Heather StanningGreat Britain

[Silver] Felice Mueller & Grace LuczakU.S.

[Bronze] Rebecca Scown & Genevieve BehrentNew Zealand

Glover is ranked the No. 1 female rower in the world.

Eight

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] New Zealand

[Bronze] Great Britain

The U.S. is unbeaten at worlds and Olympics since 2006.

RUGBY

MEN

[Gold] New Zealand

[Silver] Fiji

[Bronze] South Africa

The Kiwis won three of eight worlds.

WOMEN

[Gold] Australia

[Silver] New Zealand

[Bronze] Great Britain

Great Britain competes as separate countries during the year.

SAILING

MEN

RS: X windsurfing

[Gold] Wang AichenChina

[Silver] Dorian van RijsselbergheNetherlands

[Bronze] Pierre Le CoqFrance

Van Rijsselberghe won seven of 11 races to take gold in London.

Laser one-person dinghy

[Gold] Nick ThompsonGreat Britain

[Silver] Tom BurtonAustralia

[Bronze] Jean Baptiste BernazFrance

Brazil's Robert Scheidt, 43, has five Olympic medals.

Finn heavyweight one-person dinghy

[Gold] Giles ScottGreat Britain

[Silver] Vasilij ZbogarSlovenia

[Bronze] Jonas Hogh-ChristensenDenmark

Zbogar won two medals in laser.

470 two-person dinghy

[Gold] Sime Fantela & Igor MarenicCroatia

[Silver] Matt Belcher & William RyanAustralia

[Bronze] Luke Patience & Chris GrubeGreat Britain

Patience's ex-crew Elliot Willis was sidelined by cancer.

49er skiff

[Gold] Peter Burling & Blair TukeNew Zealand

[Silver] Nico Delle-Karth & Nikolaus ReschAustria

[Bronze] Nathan Outteridge & Iain JensenAustralia

The Kiwis' four-year undefeated streak ended this month.

WOMEN

RS: X windsurfing

[Gold] Chen PienaChina

[Silver] Bryony ShawGreat Britain

[Bronze] Malgorzata BialeckaPoland

There was a move to replace windsurfing with kiteboarding.

Laser radial one-person dinghy

[Gold] Marit BouwmeesterNetherlands

[Silver] Alison YoungGreat Britain

[Bronze] Paige RaileyU.S.

Railey fractured her spine in a 2014 bicycling accident.

470 two-person dinghy

[Gold] Hannah Mills & Saskia ClarkGreat Britain

[Silver] Camille Lecointre & Hélène DefranceFrance

[Bronze] Lara Vadlau & Jolanta OgarAustria

In 2014, Mills and Clark were robbed at knifepoint in Rio.

49er FX skiff

[Gold] Martine Grael & Kahena KunzeBrazil

[Silver] Berta Betanzos Moro & Tamara EchegoyenSpain

[Bronze] Katka-Salskov Iversen & Jena Mai HansenDenmark

Martine's father, Torben, won five Olympic medals.

MIXED

NACRA 17 multihull

[Gold] Billy Besson & Marie RiouFrance

[Silver] Jason Waterhouse & Lisa DarmaninAustralia

[Bronze] Fernando Echávarri & Tara PachecoSpain

The French have won four straight world titles.

SHOOTING

MEN

10-meter air pistol

[Gold] Jin Jong-ohSouth Korea

[Silver] Felipe Almeida WuBrazil

[Bronze] Yusuf DikeçTurkey

Jin is the only man to win at 10m and 50m at one Games (London).

25-meter rapid-fire pistol

[Gold] Zhang FushengChina

[Silver] Christian ReitzGermany

[Bronze] Jean QuiquampoixFrance

Reitz set the world record (593 of 600) in 2013.

50-meter pistol

[Gold] Jin Jong-ohSouth Korea

[Silver] Jitu RaiIndia

[Bronze] Pang WeiChina

Jin broke a 34-year-old mark with 583 in 2014.

10-meter air rifle

[Gold] Cao YifeiChina

[Silver] Yang HaoranChina

[Bronze] Vitali BubnovichBelarus

Yang, 20, set eight junior world records.

50-meter rifle prone

[Gold] Torben GrimmelDenmark

[Silver] Warren PotentAustralia

[Bronze] Daniel BrodmeierGermany

Rio is Potent's fifth Games.

50-meter rifle, three positions

[Gold] Matt EmmonsU.S.

[Silver] Zhu QinanChina

[Bronze] Hui ZichengChina

Emmons grabbed Athens gold in the 50m prone event.

Trap

[Gold] Alberto FernandezSpain

[Silver] Erik VargaSlovakia

[Bronze] Giovanni PellieloItaly

Pellielo, 46, is shooting in his seventh Games.

Double trap

[Gold] Joshua RichmondU.S.

[Silver] Vasily MosinRussia

[Bronze] James WillettAustralia

Richmond is an Army staff sergeant at Fort Benning.

Skeet

[Gold] Vincent HancockU.S.

[Silver] Gabriele RossettiItaly

[Bronze] Azmy MehelbaEgypt

Hancock has two Olympic golds.

WOMEN

10-meter air pistol

[Gold] Guo WenjunChina

[Silver] Wu Chia-yingTaiwan

[Bronze] Olena KostevychUkraine

World champ Jung Jee-hae didn't make the South Korean team.

25-meter pistol

[Gold] Zhang JingjingChina

[Silver] Kim Jang-miSouth Korea

[Bronze] Olena KostevychUkraine

Georgia's Nino Salukvadze is in her eighth Games, her son Tsotne his first.

10-meter air rifle

[Gold] Yi SilingChina

[Silver] Andrea ArsovićSerbia

[Bronze] Petra ZublasingItaly

Yi is a former dancer known as Shooting Beauty.

50-meter rifle, three positions

[Gold] Snježana PejčićCroatia

[Silver] Barbara EnglederGermany

[Bronze] Malin WesterheimNorway

2012 champ Jamie Gray of the U.S. retired with a back injury.

Trap

[Gold] Fatima GalvezSpain

[Silver] Ray BassilLebanon

[Bronze] Arianna PerilliSan Marino

San Marino has no Olympic medals; Lebanon, no golds.

Skeet

[Gold] Sutiya JiewchaloemmitThailand

[Silver] Kim RhodeU.S.

[Bronze] Danka BartekováSlovakia

Rhode, 37, has medaled at the last five Olympics.

SOCCER

MEN

[Gold] Brazil

[Silver] Colombia

[Bronze] Mexico

Mexico beat Brazil for gold in '12.

WOMEN

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] France

[Bronze] Brazil

The U.S. has four golds and a silver in five Olympics.

SWIMMING

MEN

50-meter freestyle

[Gold] Florent ManaudouFrance

[Silver] Cameron McEvoyAustralia

[Bronze] Nathan AdrianU.S.

Science geek McEvoy wears a cap with images of black holes.

100-meter freestyle

[Gold] Cameron McEvoyAustralia

[Silver] Ning ZetaoChina

[Bronze] Nathan AdrianU.S.

Adrian won gold in '12 by .01

200-meter freestyle

[Gold] Sun YangChina

[Silver] James GuyGreat Britain

[Bronze] Paul BiedermannGermany

Sun broke his right foot while training in January.

400-meter freestyle

[Gold] Mack HortonAustralia

[Silver] Sun YangChina

[Bronze] James GuyGreat Britain

Guy's grandfather George Guy was a champion boxer in India.

1,500-meter freestyle

[Gold] Gregorio PaltrinieriItaly

[Silver] Mack HortonAustralia

[Bronze] Connor JaegerU.S.

Paltrinieri was Italian sportsman of the year in '15.

100-meter backstroke

[Gold] Mitch LarkinAustralia

[Silver] David PlummerU.S.

[Bronze] Ryan MurphyU.S.

Plummer, 30, is in his first Games.

200-meter backstroke

[Gold] Mitch LarkinAustralia

[Silver] Ryan MurphyU.S.

[Bronze] Evgeny RylovRussia

Larkin dates Aussie swimmer Emily Seebohm.

100-meter breaststroke

[Gold] Adam PeatyGreat Britain

[Silver] Kevin CordesU.S.

[Bronze] João Luiz Gomes JúniorBrazil

As a boy, Peaty skipped showers out of fear of water.

200-meter breaststroke

[Gold] Josh PrenotU.S.

[Silver] Marco KochGermany

[Bronze] Kevin CordesU.S.

Cordes trained in Singapore in '15.

100-meter butterfly

[Gold] Michael PhelpsU.S.

[Silver] László CsehHungary

[Bronze] Chad le ClosSouth Africa

Cseh is the only swimmer to medal at seven worlds.

200-meter butterfly

[Gold] László CsehHungary

[Silver] Michael PhelpsU.S.

[Bronze] Chad le ClosSouth Africa

Phelps has set this event's last eight world records.

200-meter individual medley

[Gold] Kosuke HaginoJapan

[Silver] Michael PhelpsU.S.

[Bronze] Ryan LochteU.S.

Phelps and Lochte set the race's last 10 world records.

400-meter individual medley

[Gold] Kosuke HaginoJapan

[Silver] Daiya SetoJapan

[Bronze] Chase KaliszU.S.

Hagino missed the '15 worlds because of a cycling accident.

4 × 100-meter freestyle relay

[Gold] France

[Silver] Australia

[Bronze] U.S.

The U.S. has always won a medal in this event.

4 × 200-meter freestyle relay

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] Australia

[Bronze] Great Britain

And this event too.

4 × 100-meter medley relay

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] Australia

[Bronze] China

The U.S. has 13 golds in 13 Games.

10-kilometer open water

[Gold] Simone RuffiniItaly

[Silver] Jordan WilimovskyU.S.

[Bronze] Marc-Antoine OlivierFrance

Ruffini proposed to his girlfriend on the podium at 2015 worlds.

WOMEN

50-meter freestyle

[Gold] Cate CampbellAustralia

[Silver] Ranomi KromowidjojoNetherlands

[Bronze] Bronte CampbellAustralia

The Campbell sisters were born in Malawi.

100-meter freestyle

[Gold] Cate CampbellAustralia

[Silver] Bronte CampbellAustralia

[Bronze] Sarah SjöströmSweden

Sjöström holds the world record in the 100 butterfly.

200-meter freestyle

[Gold] Katie LedeckyU.S.

[Silver] Sarah SjöströmSweden

[Bronze] Federica PellegriniItaly

2012 champ Allison Schmitt of the U.S. will swim only in relays.

400-meter freestyle

[Gold] Katie LedeckyU.S.

[Silver] Leah SmithU.S.

[Bronze] Boglarka KapasHungary

Smith's great uncle was boxer Billy Conn.

800-meter freestyle

[Gold] Katie LedeckyU.S.

[Silver] Jessica AshwoodAustralia

[Bronze] Leah SmithU.S.

Ledecky is 11.46 seconds faster than anyone else in 2016.

100-meter backstroke

[Gold] Emily SeebohmAustralia

[Silver] Katinka HosszuHungary

[Bronze] Mie NielsenDenmark

Hosszu is coached by her husband, Shane Tusup.

200-meter backstroke

[Gold] Emily SeebohmAustralia

[Silver] Belinda HockingAustralia

[Bronze] Katinka HosszuHungary

Seebohm pole-dances to strengthen her core.

100-meter breaststroke

[Gold] Lilly KingU.S.

[Silver] Ruta MeilutyteLithuania

[Bronze] Katie MeiliU.S.

Alia Atkinson could win Jamaica's first swimming medal.

200-meter breaststroke

[Gold] Rie KanetoJapan

[Silver] Taylor McKeownAustralia

[Bronze] Kanako WatanabeJapan

Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir could win Iceland's first swimming medal.

100-meter butterfly

[Gold] Sarah SjöströmSweden

[Silver] Jeanette OttesenDenmark

[Bronze] Kelsi WorrellU.S.

Ottesen reached the Olympics four years after starting to swim.

200-meter butterfly

[Gold] Madeline GrovesAustralia

[Silver] Natsumi HoshiJapan

[Bronze] Franziska HentkeGermany

Watch Cammile Adams of the U.S.

200-meter individual medley

[Gold] Katinka HosszuHungary

[Silver] Siobhan-Marie O'ConnorGreat Britain

[Bronze] Maya DiRadoU.S.

Hosszu is class of 2012 from USC.

400-meter individual medley

[Gold] Katinka HosszuHungary

[Silver] Maya DiRadoU.S.

[Bronze] Hannah MileyGreat Britain

U.S. swimmers set the first 17 world records in this event.

4 × 100-meter freestyle relay

[Gold] Australia

[Silver] U.S.

[Bronze] Netherlands

Three of the four fastest 100-free swimmers of '16 are Aussies.

4 × 200-meter freestyle relay

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] China

[Bronze] Italy

China's world record of 7:42.08 has stood since 2009.

4 × 100-meter medley relay

[Gold] Australia

[Silver] China

[Bronze] U.S.

Not since 1912 have U.S. women failed to medal in this relay.

10-kilometer open water

[Gold] Aurelie MullerFrance

[Silver] Rachele BruniItaly

[Bronze] Ana Marcela CunhaBrazil

Look for Haley Anderson of the U.S.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

Duet

[Gold] Natalia Ishchenko & Svetlana RomashinaRussia

[Silver] Huang Xuechen & Sun WenyanChina

[Bronze] Lolita Ananasova & Anna VoloshynaUkraine

Ishchenko's first costume was made from her mom's hose.

Team

[Gold] Russia

[Silver] China

[Bronze] Ukraine

Russia has won four straight.

TABLE TENNIS

MEN

Singles

[Gold] Ma LongChina

[Silver] Zhang JikeChina

[Bronze] Dimitrij OvtcharovGermany

Zhang was named for Brazilian soccer star Zico.

Team

[Gold] China

[Silver] South Korea

[Bronze] Japan

The world's top four players are from China.

WOMEN

Singles

[Gold] Ding NingChina

[Silver] Li XiaoxiaChina

[Bronze] Kasumi IshikawaJapan

World No. 1 Liu Shiwen was left off the Chinese team.

Team

[Gold] China

[Silver] Japan

[Bronze] Germany

Four of the world's top five players are from China.

TAEKWONDO

MEN

58 kg (128 pounds)

[Gold] Farzan AshourzadehIran

[Silver] Kim Tae-hunSouth Korea

[Bronze] Rui BragancaPortugal

[Bronze] Si Mohamed KetbiBelgium

Ashourdadeh is just 19, Ketbi 18.

68 kg (150 pounds)

[Gold] Alexey DenisenkoRussia

[Silver] Servet TazegulTurkey

[Bronze] Joel GonzálezSpain

[Bronze] Lee Dae-hoonSouth Korea

Criminology student Gonzalez studies betting corruption.

80 kg (176 pounds)

[Gold] Mahdi KhodabakhshiIran

[Silver] Aaron CookMoldova

[Bronze] Albert GaunRussia

[Bronze] Cheick Sallah CisseIvory Coast

Cook split from his native Britain when he was left off the '12 team.

80+ kg (more than 176 pounds)

[Gold] Dmitriy ShokinUzbekistan

[Silver] Sajjad MardaniIran

[Bronze] Radik IsaevAzerbaijan

[Bronze] M'bar N'diayeFrance

Gabon's only Olympic medalist, Anthony Obame, could add one.

WOMEN

49 kg (108 pounds)

[Gold] Wu JingyuChina

[Silver] Panipak WongpattanakitThailand

[Bronze] Kim So-huiSouth Korea

[Bronze] Lucija ZaninovicCroatia

Two-time champ Wu likes to be called Joy.

57 kg (126 pounds)

[Gold] Eva Calvo GomezSpain

[Silver] Jade JonesGreat Britain

[Bronze] Mayu HamadaJapan

[Bronze] Hedaya MalakEgypt

Olympic champ Jones eats jelly just before each fight.

67 kg (148 pounds)

[Gold] Haby NiaréFrance

[Silver] Elin JohanssonSweden

[Bronze] Oh Hye-riSouth Korea

[Bronze] Chuang Chia chiaTaiwan

Parisian Niaré is known as the Haby-gator.

67+ kg (more than 148 pounds)

[Gold] Zheng ShuyinChina

[Silver] María EspinozaMexico

[Bronze] Jackie GallowayU.S.

[Bronze] Bianca WalkdenGreat Britain

Espinoza was a flagbearer in 2012.

TEAM HANDBALL

MEN

[Gold] France

[Silver] Poland

[Bronze] Denmark

Qatar is a surprising medal threat.

WOMEN

[Gold] Norway

[Silver] Netherlands

[Bronze] Romania

Scandinavians have won five in a row.

TENNIS

MEN

Singles

[Gold] Novak DjokovicSerbia

[Silver] Andy MurrayGreat Britain

[Bronze] Roger FedererSwitzerland

Murray beat Federer to win '12 gold.

Doubles

[Gold] Nicolas Mahut & Pierre-Hugues HerbertFrance

[Silver] Bob Bryan & Mike BryanU.S.

[Bronze] Stan Wawrinka & Roger FedererSwitzerland

Brits Andy and Jamie Murray are another brother threat.

WOMEN

Singles

[Gold] Serena WilliamsU.S.

[Silver] Angelique KerberGermany

[Bronze] Garbiñe MuguruzaSpain

Since '88, the U.S. has 13 tennis golds; second most is two.

Doubles

[Gold] Serena Williams & Venus WilliamsU.S.

[Silver] Martina Hingis & Belinda BencicSwitzerland

[Bronze] Elena Vesnina & Ekaterina MakarovaRussia

The Williams sisters have won gold three times.

Mixed Doubles

[Gold] Martina Hingis & Roger FedererSwitzerland

[Silver] Kristina Mladenovic & Pierre-Hugues HerbertFrance

[Bronze] Garbiñe Muguruza & Rafael NadalSpain

Since 2015, Hingis has won the Grand Slam in mixed doubles.

TRACK & FIELD

MEN

100 meters

[Gold] Usain BoltJamaica

[Silver] Justin GatlinU.S.

[Bronze] Trayvon BromellU.S.

Bolt pulled out of the Jamaican trials with a hamstring injury.

200 meters

[Gold] Usain BoltJamaica

[Silver] LaShawn MerrittU.S.

[Bronze] Ameer WebbU.S.

Bolt has nine of the fastest 16 times in history.

400 meters

[Gold] La Shawn MerrittU.S.

[Silver] Kirani JamesGrenada

[Bronze] Wayde van NiekerkSouth Africa

Van Niekerk has broken 10, 20 and 44 seconds in the 100, 200 and 400.

800 meters

[Gold] David RudishaKenya

[Silver] Alfred KipketerKenya

[Bronze] Adam KszczotPoland

Rudisha's father, Daniel, won Olympic silver in 1968.

1,500 meters

[Gold] Asbel KipropKenya

[Silver] Elijah ManangoiKenya

[Bronze] Taoufik MakhloufiAlgeria

Kiprop was expelled from running camp for sneaking in his girlfriend.

3,000-meter steeplechase

[Gold] Conseslus KiprutoKenya

[Silver] Ezekiel KemboiKenya

[Bronze] Brimin KiprutoKenya

Kenyans have won the last eight.

5,000 meters

[Gold] Mo FarahGreat Britain

[Silver] Muktar EdrisEthiopia

[Bronze] Caleb NdikuKenya

The Somali-born Farah lives in Portland.

10,000 meters

[Gold] Mo FarahGreat Britain

[Silver] Geoffrey KamwororKenya

[Bronze] Paul TanuiKenya

Finland's Lasse Virén doubled at 5 & 10,000 in '72 and '76, can Farah?

Marathon

[Gold] Eliud KipchogeKenya

[Silver] Tesfaye AberaEthiopia

[Bronze] Stanley BiwotKenya

World-best Dennis Kimetto didn't make the Kenyan team.

110-meter hurdles

[Gold] Omar McLeodJamaica

[Silver] Hansle ParchmentJamaica

[Bronze] Devon AllenU.S.

McLeod was an NCAA champ at Arkansas.

400-meter hurdles

[Gold] Kerron ClementU.S.

[Silver] Michael TinsleyU.S.

[Bronze] Keisuke NozawaJapan

Clement left his native Trinidad when he was in high school.

4 × 100-meter relay

[Gold] Jamaica

[Silver] U.S.

[Bronze] Canada

Jamaica won this in 2008 and '12.

4 × 400-meter relay

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] Trinidad and Tobago

[Bronze] Great Britain

Surprise gold in London: Bahamas.

20 kilometer walk

[Gold] Wang ZhenChina

[Silver] Miguel Angel LopezSpain

[Bronze] Ben ThorneCanada

World-record holder Yusuke Suzuki of Japan is injured.

50 kilometer walk

[Gold] Yohann DinizFrance

[Silver] Jared TallentAustralia

[Bronze] Takayuki TaniiJapan

Diniz holds the world record for 50K.

High jump

[Gold] Mutaz Essa BarshimQatar

[Silver] Majd Eddin GhazalSyria

[Bronze] Derek DrouinCanada

Watch Erik Kynard from Toledo, Ohio.

Long jump

[Gold] Greg RutherfordGreat Britain

[Silver] Rushwal Samaai SouthAfrica

[Bronze] Jarrion LawsonU.S.

Rutherford's ancestors starred for Arsenal; he supports Man U.

Triple jump

[Gold] Christian TaylorU.S.

[Silver] Will ClayeU.S.

[Bronze] Dong BinChina

In '12, Claye was the first to medal in long and triple jumps since '36.

Pole vault

[Gold] Shawn BarberCanada

[Silver] Renaud LavillenieFrance

[Bronze] Sam KendricksU.S.

Barber was born in New Mexico.

Shot put

[Gold] Joe KovacsU.S.

[Silver] Ryan CrouserU.S.

[Bronze] David StorlGermany

The nine longest throws in 2016 are by U.S. athletes.

Discus

[Gold] Piotr MałachowskiPoland

[Silver] Christoph HartingGermany

[Bronze] Philip MilanovBelgium

Christoph's brother, Robert, is the reigning Olympic champ.

Hammer throw

[Gold] Pawel FajdekPoland

[Silver] Ivan TikhonBelarus

[Bronze] Dilshod NazarovTajikistan

Fajdek has the nine longest throws of 2016.

Javelin

[Gold] Thomas RohlerGermany

[Silver] Ihab El-Sayed AbdelrahmanEgypt

[Bronze] Julius YegoKenya

Yego grew up without electricity.

Decathlon

[Gold] Ashton EatonU.S.

[Silver] Damian WarnerCanada

[Bronze] Arthur AbeleGermany

Eaton is unbeaten in major competitions since 2012.

WOMEN

100 meters

[Gold] Elaine ThompsonJamaica

[Silver] Tori BowieU.S.

[Bronze] English GardnerU.S.

World champ Tianna Bartoletta of the U.S. could also contend.

200 meters

[Gold] Dafne SchippersNetherlands

[Silver] Tori BowieU.S.

[Bronze] Veronica Campbell-BrownJamaica

Schippers won bronze in the heptathlon at worlds in 2013.

400 meters

[Gold] Allyson FelixU.S.

[Silver] Shaunae MillerBahamas

[Bronze] Stephanie McPhersonJamaica

Felix missed a 200m spot by .01 second at U.S. trials.

800 meters

[Gold] Caster SemenyaSouth Africa

[Silver] Francine NiyonsabaBurundi

[Bronze] Rénelle LamoteFrance

Semenya won worlds at 18 in 2009.

1,500 meters

[Gold] Genzebe DibabaEthiopia

[Silver] Faith KipyegonKenya

[Bronze] Dawit SeyaumEthiopia

Genzebe's sister Tirunesh won five Olympic medals.

3,000-meter steeplechase

[Gold] Hyvin JepkemoiKenya

[Silver] Ruth JebetBahrain

[Bronze] Sofia AssefaEthiopia

Emma Coburn has a chance for the first U.S. medal in this event.

5,000 meters

[Gold] Almaz AyanaEthiopia

[Silver] Senbere TeferiEthiopia

[Bronze] Hellen Onsando ObiriKenya

All of Ethiopia's 21 golds and 45 medals are in distance running.

10,000 meters

[Gold] Almaz AyanaEthiopia

[Silver] Gelete BurkaEthiopia

[Bronze] Alice AprotKenya

Twelve of the fastest 13 runners in 2016 are Ethiopians.

Marathon

[Gold] Jemima SumgongKenya

[Silver] Mare DibabaEthiopia

[Bronze] Aselefech MergiaEthiopia

Sumgong fell and still won the 2016 London Marathon.

100-meter hurdles

[Gold] Brianna RollinsU.S.

[Silver] Kristi CastlinU.S.

[Bronze] Cindy RolederGermany

World No. 1 Kendra Harrison failed to make the U.S. team.

400-meter hurdles

[Gold] Dalilah MuhammadU.S.

[Silver] Janieve RussellJamaica

[Bronze] Ashley SpencerU.S.

Watch for 16-year-old Sydney McLaughlin of Dunellen, N.J.

4 × 100-meter relay

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] Jamaica

[Bronze] Trinidad and Tobago

The U.S. set a world record (40.82) to top Jamaica in 2012.

4 × 400-meter relay

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] Jamaica

[Bronze] Great Britain

The U.S. has won five in a row.

20 kilometer walk

[Gold] Liu HongChina

[Silver] Lu XiuzhiChina

[Bronze] Eleonora GiorgiItaly

Russians have walked nine of the 10 fastest times in history.

High jump

[Gold] Chaunte LoweU.S.

[Silver] Kamila LićwinkoPoland

[Bronze] Blanka VlasicCroatia

Lowe is a mother of three.

Long jump

[Gold] Brittney ReeseU.S.

[Silver] Brooke StrattonAustralia

[Bronze] Ivana ŠpanovićSerbia

Tianna Bartoletta of the U.S. won worlds in 2005 and '15.

Triple jump

[Gold] Caterine IbargüenColombia

[Silver] Yulimar RojasVenezuela

[Bronze] Olga RypakovaKazakhstan

Colombia has never won a track and field gold.

Pole vault

[Gold] Yarisley SilvaCuba

[Silver] Jenn SuhrU.S.

[Bronze] Ekateríni StefanídiGreece

Twice champ Yelena Isinbayeva is among the banned Russians.

Shot put

[Gold] Gong LijiaoChina

[Silver] Valerie AdamsNew Zealand

[Bronze] Christina SchwanitzGermany

Adams's brother Steven plays for the NBA's Thunder.

Discus

[Gold] Sandra PerkovicCroatia

[Silver] Yaime PerezCuba

[Bronze] Denia CaballeroCuba

Perkovic is a member of Parliament.

Hammer

[Gold] Anita WłodarczykPoland

[Silver] Betty HeidlerGermany

[Bronze] Zhang WenxiuChina

Włodarczyk has the nine best throws of 2016.

Javelin

[Gold] Barbora ŠpotákováCzech Republic

[Silver] Tatsiana KhaladovichBelarus

[Bronze] Christin HussongGermany

World leader Vera Rebrik, a Russian, won't compete.

Heptathlon

[Gold] Brianne Theisen-EatonCanada

[Silver] Jessica Ennis-HillGreat Britain

[Bronze] Laura Ikauniece-AdmidinaLatvia

Theisen-Eaton's husband is Ashton, the decathlon pick.

TRIATHLON

MEN

[Gold] Mario MolaSpain

[Silver] Jonathan BrownleeGreat Britain

[Bronze] Alistair BrownleeGreat Britain

Jonathan took bronze in London; brother Alistair gold.

WOMEN

[Gold] Gwen JorgensenU.S.

[Silver] Helen JenkinsGreat Britain

[Bronze] Flora DuffyBermuda

A flat tire felled Jorgensen in London.

VOLLEYBALL

MEN

Indoor

[Gold] Brazil

[Silver] Poland

[Bronze] Russia

Brazil lost to Russia for '12 gold.

Beach

[Gold] Ailson Cerutti & Bruno Oscar SchmidtBrazil

[Silver] Evandro Conçalves & Pedro SolbergBrazil

[Bronze] Phil Dalhausser & Nick LucenaU.S.

Bruno's uncle is basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Schmidt.

WOMEN

Indoor

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] China

[Bronze] Brazil

The U.S. won its first world title in 2014.

Beach

[Gold] Larissa França & Talita AntunesBrazil

[Silver] Kerri Walsh Jennings & April RossU.S.

[Bronze] Ágatha Bednarczuk & Barbara SeixasBrazil

Walsh was pregnant when she won her third gold, in London.

WATER POLO

MEN

[Gold] Serbia

[Silver] Greece

[Bronze] Croatia

Serbia's coach in '12, Dejan Udovičić leads the U.S. team.

WOMEN

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] Australia

[Bronze] Hungary

World silver medalists, the Netherlands, didn't qualify.

WEIGHTLIFTING

MEN

56 kg (123 pounds)

[Gold] Om Yun-choiNorth Korea

[Silver] Long QingquanChina

[Bronze] Thach Kim TuanVietnam

At 5 feet, 123 pounds, Om has cleaned three times his weight.

62 kg (137 pounds)

[Gold] Chen LijunChina

[Silver] Eko Yuli IrawanIndonesia

[Bronze] Oscar FigueroaColombia

Colombia took two medals in this class at 2015 worlds.

69 kg (152 pounds)

[Gold] Shi ZhiyongChina

[Silver] Kim Myong-hyokNorth Korea

[Bronze] Oleg ChenRussia

Shi Zhiyong's idol is another Chinese lifter: Shi Zhiyong.

77 kg (170 pounds)

[Gold] Lyu XiaojunChina

[Silver] Nijat RahimovKazakhstan

[Bronze] Mohamed Ihab MahmoudEgypt

Rahimov moved from his native Azerbaijan to get better coaching.

85 kg (187 pounds)

[Gold] Tian TaoChina

[Silver] Kianoush RostamiIran

[Bronze] Artem OkulovRussia

The U.S. men last won weightlifting gold in 1960.

94 kg (207 pounds)

[Gold] Vadzim StraltsouBelarus

[Silver] Sohrab MoradiIran

[Bronze] Adrian ZielinskiPoland

Defending champ Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan was banned for doping.

105 kg (231 pounds)

[Gold] Alexandr ZaichikovKazakhstan

[Silver] Simon MartirosyanArmenia

[Bronze] Ruslan NurudinovUzbekistan

Zaichikov was born in Belarus.

105+ kg (more than 231 pounds)

[Gold] Behdad SalimiIran

[Silver] Lasha TalakhadzeGeorgia

[Bronze] Ruslan AlbegovRussia

Iran banned Salimi for a year for using bad language.

WOMEN

48 kg (106 pounds)

[Gold] Hou ZhihuiChina

[Silver] Sopita TanasanThailand

[Bronze] Hiromi MiyakeJapan

Asian lifters have won 11 of 12 medals in this event.

53 kg (117 pounds)

[Gold] Hsu Shu-chingTaiwan

[Silver] Li YajunChina

[Bronze] Rebeka KohaLatvia

Hsu set the world record of 233 kg at the 2014 Asian Games.

58 kg (128 pounds)

[Gold] Pimsiri SirikaewThailand

[Silver] Sukanya SrisuratThailand

[Bronze] Kuo Hsing-ChunTaiwan

World champ Boyanka Kostova of Azerbaijan is banned.

63 kg (139 pounds)

[Gold] Deng WeiChina

[Silver] Tima TurievaRussia

[Bronze] Choe Hyo-simNorth Korea

Turieva was an arm wrestler.

69 kg (152 pounds)

[Gold] Xiang YanmeiChina

[Silver] Zhazira ZhapparkulKazakhstan

[Bronze] Anastasia RomanovaRussia

Xiang is the reigning two-time world champion.

75 kg (165 pounds)

[Gold] Rim Jong-simNorth Korea

[Silver] Darya NaumavaBelarus

[Bronze] Lidia ValentinSpain

Rim took gold at 69 kg in 2012.

75+ kg (more than 165 pounds)

[Gold] Tatiana KashirinaRussia

[Silver] Son Young-heeSouth Korea

[Bronze] Kim Kuk-hyangNorth Korea

Four-time world champ Kashirina, 25, got a doping ban at age 15.

WRESTLING (FREESTYLE)

MEN

57 kg (126 pounds)

[Gold] Hassan RahimiIran

[Silver] Vladimer KhinchegashviliGeorgia

[Bronze] Erdenebat BekhbayarMongolia

[Bronze] Yowlys Bonne RodriguezCuba

Mongolia has nine Olympic wrestling medals, but no golds.

65 kg (143 pounds)

[Gold] Frank ChamizoItaly

[Silver] Soslan RamonovRussia

[Bronze] Togrul AsgarovAzerbaijan

[Bronze] Ikhtiyor NavruzovUzbekistan

Chamizo was born in Cuba.

74 kg (163 pounds)

[Gold] Jordan BurroughsU.S.

[Silver] Aniuar GeduevRussia

[Bronze] Purevjav UnurbatMongolia

[Bronze] Hassan YazdaniIran

Burroughs is 24--1 in world and Olympic competition.

86 kg (190 pounds)

[Gold] Abdulrashid SadulaevRussia

[Silver] Selim YasarTurkey

[Bronze] Reineris SalasCuba

[Bronze] Sandro AminashviliGeorgia

Saldulaev has surrendered just four points in winning two world titles.

97 kg (214 pounds)

[Gold] Anzor BoltukaevRussia

[Silver] Kyle SnyderU.S.

[Bronze] Khetag GazyumovAzerbaijan

[Bronze] Reza YazdaniIran

Snyder, 20, gave up one takedown in high school, going 179--0.

125 kg (276 pounds)

[Gold] Geno PetriashviliGeorgia

[Silver] Bilyal MakhovRussia

[Bronze] Taha AkgulTurkey

[Bronze] Komeil GhasemiIran

Makhov plans to join the UFC after Rio.

WOMEN

48 kg (106 pounds)

[Gold] Eri TosakaJapan

[Silver] Mariya StadnykAzerbaijan

[Bronze] Jessica BlaszkaNetherlands

[Bronze] Zhuldyz EshimovaKazakhstan

Mariya's husband, Andriy Stadnyk, competes for Ukraine.

53 kg (117 pounds)

[Gold] Saori YoshidaJapan

[Silver] Helen MaroulisU.S.

[Bronze] Odunayo AdekuoroyeNigeria

[Bronze] Sofia MattssonSweden

Yoshida is unbeaten in 13 world championships and three Olympics.

58 kg (128 pounds)

[Gold] Kaori IchoJapan

[Silver] Jackeline Renteria CastilloColombia

[Bronze] Valeria KoblovaRussia

[Bronze] Johanna MattssonSweden

Icho is unbeaten in 10 world championships and three Olympics.

63 kg (139 pounds)

[Gold] Yuliia TkachUkraine

[Silver] Soronzonbold BattsetsegMongolia

[Bronze] Anastasija GrigorjevaLatvia

[Bronze] Elena PirozhkovaU.S.

Russian-born Pirozhkova grew up in Massachusetts.

69 kg (152 pounds)

[Gold] Zhou FengChina

[Silver] Natalia VorobievaRussia

[Bronze] Sara DoshoJapan

[Bronze] Aline FockenGermany

Vorobieva pinned Zhou to win '15 worlds.

75 kg (165 pounds)

[Gold] Adeline GrayU.S.

[Silver] Qian ZhouChina

[Bronze] Aline da Silva FerreiraBrazil

[Bronze] Erica WiebeCanada

Brazil has never won an Olympic wrestling medal.

WRESTLING (GRECO-ROMAN)

59 kg (130 pounds)

[Gold] Hamid Souryan ReihanpourIran

[Silver] Rovshan BayramovAzerbaijan

[Bronze] Ismael BorreroCuba

[Bronze] Almat KebispayevKazakhstan

Reihanpour has one Olympic and six world titles.

66 kg (146 pounds)

[Gold] Frank StaeblerGermany

[Silver] Ryu Han-sooSouth Korea

[Bronze] Tamas LorinczHungary

[Bronze] Davor StefanekSerbia

Staebler's trademarked logo is a jumping squirrel.

75 kg (165 pounds)

[Gold] Roman VlasovRussia

[Silver] Mark MadsenDenmark

[Bronze] Andy BisekU.S.

[Bronze] Doszhan KartikovKazakhstan

Denmark has never won wrestling gold.

85 kg (187 pounds)

[Gold] Zhan BeleniukUkraine

[Silver] Rustam AssakalovUzbekistan

[Bronze] Aleksei MishinRussia

[Bronze] Saman TahmasebiAzerbaijan

Beleniuk outpointed foes 21--4 to win 2015 worlds.

98 kg (216 pounds)

[Gold] Artur AleksanyanArmenia

[Silver] Ghasem RezaeiIran

[Bronze] Aleksander HrabovikBelarus

[Bronze] Nikita MelnikovRussia

Belarus has eight Olympic wrestling medals, but no golds.

130 kg (287 pounds)

[Gold] Miljan LopezCuba

[Silver] Riza KayaalpTurkey

[Bronze] Aleksander ChernetskiUkraine

[Bronze] Johan Magnus EurenSweden

Lopez has two Olympic and four Pan-Am titles.

USA Basketball

First off, we know who's not playing for Team USA: LeBron James decided to rest after putting together a legendary NBA Finals performance; James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook all pulled out; Steph Curry chose to stay home after suffering multiple injuries during the playoffs; John Wall is recuperating from knee surgery; Damian Lillard is still recovering from plantar fasciitis, Blake Griffin from a quad injury and Anthony Davis is out after shoulder surgery.

So, who is playing for Team USA? The 12-man roster comprises Carmelo Anthony, Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar Derozan, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving (right), DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry and Klay Thompson. On the bench? Mike Krzyzewski, who will coach his final Olympic team before passing the torch to Gregg Popovich.

Let's answer some more questions. Is this unit a letdown? Yes, in the sense that it's not top-heavy with NBA megastars. But that also means there's an opportunity for some of the next generation's best to command a global stage. So instead of watching LeBron or Chris Paul romp to another gold we get to see Cousins and Green talk trash to the entire world while trying to win their first. This is a good thing.

And who will be the breakout star? Irving, especially on a roster that's thin at point guard. He ascended to another level during the NBA Finals, and the Olympics will be a place for him to keep it going, cementing his place among the world's elite.

What's the story behind the story? The (Next) Year of the Warriors starts in Rio. The Olympics will provide the first glimpse of Durant, Green and Thompson on the same team. How do they interact? Who takes the most shots? Should we just cancel the NBA season and give them the title now?

Who's the leader of Team USA? In 2008, it was clearly Kobe Bryant. In 2016, there is no obvious answer. Irving is coming off an NBA title and will have the ball more than anyone else, but Anthony is one of the most accomplished U.S. players ever, and may be the veteran the team comes to count on. Of course, Durant could transform the Warriors' roster into what may become one of the most dominant of all time, and the core of that team may also be the backbone of this one.

So Team USA should win, right? Right. Probably. Spain, as always, is the toughest challenger. While Marc Gasol is likely out after injuring his right foot in February, the Spanish will likely have his older brother, Pau, along with Olympic veterans José Calderón, Juan Carlos Navarro, Sergio Rodríguez and Ricky Rubio. The Spanish have more international experience than most of the Americans, and that wiliness could make them tough to beat.

Lithuania has been consistently competitive, and Argentina has a veteran roster, led by Manu Ginóbili and Luis Scola. France has Tony Parker and Boris Diaw. But, yes, Team USA is still the favorite.

Is there a dark horse? Croatia has future 76ers rookie Dario Saric as a 6'10" do-everything playmaker, and 2015 top five pick Mario Hezonja as a shooter, dunker and trash talker. But its best weapon may be Bojan Bogdanovic, a high-scoring wing from the Nets who helped carry the team past Italy in the Olympic qualifiers.

And what about the women? LeBron, Kobe and Steph may be watching from home, but if you're looking for a U.S. team full of Hall of Famers and superstars to torch the rest of the world, don't worry. Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Elena Della Donne, Brittany Griner, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi have you covered.

Projected Medal Count

The U.S. retains the overall crown, with China second. Russia, minus its track and field athletes—and perhaps more, depending on IOC sanctions—is third. Australia adds the most to its haul from London.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

COUNTRY

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

TOTAL

2012 TOTAL

U.S.

45

34

39

118

103 (rank: 1)

CHINA

45

25

15

85

88 (rank: 2)

RUSSIA

14

16

29

59

82 (rank: 3)

GREAT BRITAIN

16

20

17

53

65 (rank: 4)

AUSTRALIA

20

21

9

50

35 (rank: 8)

GERMANY

14

13

20

47

44 (rank: 5)

FRANCE

15

10

14

39

35 (rank: 7)

JAPAN

13

7

14

34

38 (rank: 6)

SOUTH KOREA

10

11

10

31

28 (rank: 9)

NETHERLANDS

4

11

7

22

20 (rank: 11)

Team Brazil

Every country gets a boost when the Games are held on its turf. In 2012, Brazilians mounted the podium 17 times, and they are sure to better that mark next month.

Brazil has won more beach volleyball medals—11—than any other country, and it is poised to add more. Larissa França, 34, and Talita Atunes, 33, are defending FIVB world tour champs, and on the men's side the reigning Olympic silver medalist is 6'8" Alison Cerutti, whose nickname is mamute—mammoth. He is paired with Bruno Schmidt, 29, who has been named the tour's best defensive player three years in a row. Indoors, the women, two-time defending Olympic champions, bring back nine of 12 players from London, and the men are defending silver medalists.

In London, Sarah Menezes, now 26, won the first judo gold medal in Brazil's history, and she will defend her crown in the 48kg class. She'll be joined by Mayra Aguiar, 24, who won a bronze in the 78kg class in London and beat out U.S. judoka Kayla Harrison for gold at the 2014 world championships.

The gymnastics squads might not be contenders for team titles, but several men have individual medal aspirations. Diego Hypólito, 30, has won five medals in the floor exercise at world championships since 2005. Arthur Zanetti, 26, won the rings in London, and Arthur Mariano, 22, finished first on the high bar at the '16 Osijek World Cup.

While César Cielo, the most decorated Brazilian swimmer in history, will not be splashing around in the pool, Bruno Fratus, 27, will. He won the 50-meter freestyle at the 2014 Pan-Pacific Games, and beat out Cielo at Brazil's trials.

With superstar Neymar on the team, Brazil could also take gold where it counts—at Maracanã. The country has never won a gold medal in soccer, and its fortunes on the pitch could determine how Brazilians view the entire Games.