There is still almost a week left of the Rio Olympics, but it’s already been full of memorable moments. Here are five of our favorites that came from Asia and Asian America:
Joseph Schooling beats Michael Phelps: The Singaporean swimmer Schooling first met his idol Phelps in 2008 when he was 13 years old. The US team was in Singapore training for the 2008 Olympics, where Phelps would win his record eight gold medals. Now 21, Schooling beat Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly, earning the gold medal — his very first Olympic medal, and Singapore’s very first gold medal.
Vietnam’s first-ever gold medal: Hoang Xuan Vinh earned gold in the 10m air pistol event after a close competition with Brazil’s Felipe Almeida Wu. In third place was Pang Wei from China. Vietnam has only won two silver medals ever, prior to Hoang Xuan Vinh’s gold-medal win. Days later, Vinh would pick up another silver medal for Vietnam in the 50-metre pistol competition.
Kohei Uchimura defends Olympic title: Uchimura, who has won every all-around title at the world championships or the Olympics since 2009, was a favorite going into the Olympics, and he didn’t disappoint. He led the Japanese team to a gold-medal victory with his score of 15.600 on the floor.
Nathan Adrian and team set Olympic record for 4x100m medley relay: With a team that included Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, Ryan Held, and Nathan Adrian in the final leg, the gold-medal relay finish for the US was one of the most memorable moments for fans of swimming. Adrian himself also won three more medals: another gold in the Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay, and two bronzes, for the Men’s 50m freestyle and men’s 100m freestyle.
A marriage proposal between two Chinese divers: Chinese diver He Zi won the silver medal for the women’s 3-meter springboard, while her boyfriend of six years Qin Kai won the bronze in the men’s 3-meter synchronized springboard last week. And after her medal ceremony, he surprised her by getting down on one knee and presenting her with a diamond. Luckily, her answer was yes!
And let’s not forget about weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz giving the Philippines their first medal in 20 years, Sanyoung Park taking home the men’s epee gold, China’s synchonized diving gold medals, Japan’s judo wins, and more!
What have your favorite moments been?
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