The 73 best photographs from the Rio Olympics

The Rio Olympics are already more than halfway done, and we’ve seen new world records, stunning upsets, heartbreaking crashes and injuries, and plenty more excitement.

One of the best parts of the Olympics, though, is the photography. The photos from every sport are terrific, and they capture the emotion, energy, and athleticism of the games. That Rio is one of the most photogenic cities in the world helps, too.

Below are some of our favourite photos so far. This is by no means an exhaustive list — there are simply too many terrific shots to choose from. We picked a bunch, but we’ll be updating this post throughout the games as more great photos come in.


An Australian archer takes aim with a Rio favela in the background.

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Nice dig by China's Fan Wang.

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There's something exceedingly dramatic about fencing.

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Polish rowers completely drained after the pair final.

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An anguished Azza Besbes of Tunisia after a fencing loss.

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Nobody likes to lose.

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Russian and Mongolian wrestlers, wrestling.

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Weightlifter Ayesha Shahriyar M. Albalooshi of the UAE.

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Even Olympians get tired after the steeplechase.

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Tattoos of the Olympic rings are common throughout Rio.

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Rowers take the water early in the morning.

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Great Britain's Elissa Downie gives you a sense of how narrow the balance beam is...

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...Which makes Gabby Douglass all the more impressive.

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Sergio Garcia and Bernd Wiesberger check out a capybara on the golf course.

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Simone Manuel reacts after winning gold.

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A tangle of body parts in Xuechen Huang and Wenyan Sun of China's routine.

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Anastasia Gloushkov Leventhal and Ievgenia Tetelbaum of Israel are in sync.

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It's too easy for Usain Bolt.

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How about this, from Katarzyna Jurkowska Kowalska of Poland?

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How's this for strength?

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Raven Saunders prepares to shot put.

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Isabelle Yacoubou might have the best hair in the Olympics.

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Katie Ledecky, breaking world records.

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Ledecky, breaking more records.

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The emotion after a win is unparalleled.

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Don't mess with Paula Ungureanu of Romania's handball team.

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Victory is sweet.

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Different reactions from USA's Lilly King and Russia's Yulia Efimova as they look at their times.

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Simone Biles momentarily defeats gravity.

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Good concentration from Segun Toriola of Nigeria.

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And a good backhand.

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Team USA's Heather Miller-Koch competes in the high-jump portion of the heptathlon.

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Backstrokers in unison.

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Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade stretches out on the balance beam.

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Hands from Russia and Argentina.

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Losing is never easy for Novak Djokovic.

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Germany's Laura Vargas Koch competes against Angola's Antonia Moreira in judo.

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Judo is a painful sport.

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Japanese decathlete Akihiko Nakamura stretches out in the long jump.

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The 10km marathon swimmers grab refreshments.

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Tijana Bogdanovic of Serbia lands a high kick in women's taekwondo.

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Mateus Filipe Gregorio Machado of Brazil lets it all out.

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Handball is perhaps the most fun sport to watch on TV.


Hosam Hussein Bakr Abdin of Egypt is feeling the pain.

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And Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba is about to feel the pain.

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Fencers in action -- fencers in flight.

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Violetta Kolobova of Russia celebrates winning bronze.

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Celebration in the men's steeplechase finale.

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Jack Laugher and Chris Mears of Great Britain warm up ahead of the Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard Final.

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Uh oh.


Boomer Phelps getting ready for 2036?

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Good concentration from Lin Dan of China.

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Indonesian mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir celebrated after winning gold.

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Trinidadian shot-putter Cleopatra Borel readies herself.

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A Croatian water-polo player rises out of the water for a shot.

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Yang Haeun of South Korea watches the ball.

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Italy's Paola Ogechi Egonu elevates and detonates over Puerto Rico.

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Russian fencers celebrate after defeating the US in the team semifinal

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Tania Cagnotto of Italy plummets off the three-meter springboard.

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Canada's Jennifer Abel seemingly relaxes in mid-air during the women's three-meter springboard final.

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Not a bad view from the women's road race.

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Great Britain's Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves hike all the way out.

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Christ the Redeemer looks down upon some windsurfers.

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American women celebrate the first-ever sweep in the 100-meter hurdles event.

Matthias Hangst

Naomi van As of the Netherlands accidentally hits Germany's Nike Lorenz in field hockey.

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Brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee celebrate their 1-2 finish in the triathlon.

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The BMX course looks fun from afar.

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Athletes dash into the water at the start of the triathlon.

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April Ross lays out.

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India's Pusarla V Sindhu has a perfectly lined-up badminton shot.

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Usain Bolt laughs as Canada's Andre de Grasse sneaks up on him at the end of the 200-meter semifinal.

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Ipanema Beach at sunset.

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