7 Best Contemporary Olympic Athletes In Individual Sports

by Adekunle Mumin

Olympic games are a delight for any sports fan starting from the opening ceremony all the way to their favourite games.

Welcome to the 2nd edition of sports ranking as we count down to Tokyo Olympic 2020.

Tokyo 2020 was rescheduled  for 23rd July and ends on 8th August 2021. This is due to the Covid-19 Pandemic which brought sports to a halt since World War II.

Fans all over the world hope and cheer on their favourite athletes to score an Olympic medal for the country.

Hence, we look at some of the best individual athletes in some popular, sensational, breathtaking Olympic individual sports.


Phelps celebrates Olympic gold medal at the Rio 2016

Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is an American former competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals.

Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, Olympic gold medals in individual events , and Olympic medals in individual events.

Phelps broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz’s 1972 record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. When he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps had already tied the record of eight medals of any color at a single Games by winning six gold and two bronze medals.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four gold and two silver medals, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

He won five gold medals and one silver. This made him the most successful athlete of the Games for the fourth Olympics in a row.

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Bolt with the 1st position at Beijing 2015

Usain St Leo Bolt, (born 21 August 1986) is a Jamaican former sprinter, widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time.

He is a world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay.  

Bolt is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).

He gained worldwide fame for his double sprint victory in world record times at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

This made him the first person to hold both records since fully automatic time became mandatory. 

An eleven-time World Champion, he won consecutive World Championship 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 metres relay gold medals from 2009 to 2015, with the exception of a 100 m false start in 2011.

He is the most successful athlete of the World Championships in the world of Athletics.

Bolt is the first athlete to win four World Championship titles in the 200 m and is one of the most successful in the 100 m with three titles. 


Biles Won Her Latest All-Around Title With One Insane Floor Routine

Simone Arianne Biles (born March 14, 1997) is an American artistic gymnast. With a combined total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals.

Biles is the most decorated American gymnast and the world’s third most decorated gymnast.

It is important to note that she’s behind Belarus’ Vitaly Scherbo (33 medals) and Russia’s Larisa Latynina (32 medals). 

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Talakhadze competing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Lasha Talakhadze (born 2 October 1993) is a Georgian weightlifter, Olympic Champion.

A four time World Champion, and four time European Champion.

He competes in the super-heavyweight category 105 kg + until 2018 and 109 kg + starting in 2018 after the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) reorganized the categories.

Talakhadze’s a three time winner of the IWF Male Lifter of the Year and the current world record holder in the snatch (220 kg).

The clean and jerk (264 kg) and the total (484 kg), where his 220 kg snatch and 484 kg total are both all time world records respectively.

Due to his consistent tournament success and breaking of numerous world records.

He is considered by many to be the greatest super-heavyweight weightlifter of all time.

However, Talakhadze’s records in contention with the widely considered to have been the best pound for pound Olympic weightlifter of all time, and one of the greatest Olympic weightlifters ever Naim Süleymanoğlu.


Long in Rio 2016 Olympics Table Tennis Tournament

Ma Long (born 20 October 1988) is a Chinese table tennis player.The current Olympic and World Champion.

Long is ranked number 3 in the world (as of March 2020) by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

He held the ranking of number 1 for a total of 64 months, the most by any male player in the history of table tennis.

He won a record 5 straight ITTF World Tour tournaments in a row, including a streak of 35 sets, and a record total of 28 ITTF World Tour titles. 

After a clean sweep victory in the Men’s Singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Ma Long became the fifth player to complete a career Grand Slam.


He joins Jan-Ove Waldner and Liu Guoliang, Kong Linghui, and Zhang Jike.

Additionally, he became the first male player (and second overall) in the world to have won every singles title in table tennis.

These records have led many to consider him to be the greatest player of all time.


Tony Yoka in boxing competition

Anthony Victor James Yoka (born 28 April 1992) is a French professional boxer.

As an amateur he represented France at the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympics winning gold medals.

Yoka won the gold at the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships, earning him a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Yoka won the gold over the British boxer Joe Joyce in the super heavyweight division at the 2016 Olympic Games.

He gets France the first Super Heavyweight gold medal of their history.


Andéol awarded gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Émilie Andéol (born 30 October 1987) is a French judoka competing in the women’s +78 kg division.

She won gold at the 2014 European Judo Championships in Montpellier, bronze in the 2014 World Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk.

Nevertheless, she also won gold at the 2015 European Judo Championships in Baku.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, She won the gold medal. However, she’s behind the most decorated and best female judoka ever, Ryoko Tani.  

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