How can we not talk about the fabulous moments from the Rio 2016 Olympics even though it’s just ended? This year’s games went beyond medals in so many ways.
Humanity, love and true sportsWOMANship – these images capture the Rio stories that went straight to the heart.
When PV Sindhu comforted an emotional Carolina Marin despite losing the gold medal to the Spaniard.
When a 5,000-metre runner stopped mid-race to help a fallen athlete. New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin fell due to an accidental mid-race collision and USA’s Abbey D’Agostino helped her run on.
Dipa Karmakar might have narrowly missed the bronze medal in the vault finals but her smile won many hearts in India. Since independence, 11 Indian male gymnasts have taken part in the Olympics (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964), but this was the first for an Indian woman.
The 10-member Team Refugee competed in athletics, judo and swimming. But of all of them, we will always adore Yusra Mardini, a Syrian swimmer and Olympian who made the journey from Turkey to Greece on an inflatable boat while fleeing her home land.
When Chinese diver He Zi won a silver in the three-meter springboard event and received a marriage proposal on the podium from teammate Qin Kai. This was one of the sweetest moments of the Olympics.
When North and South Korea briefly united via Lee Eun Ju from South Korea and Hong Un Jong from North Korea over a selfie.
When Egypt’s women’s beach volleyball team wore hijabs against the German team in bikinis.
When Sara Al-Attar, Lubna Al-Omair, Cariman Abu Al-Jadail and Wujud Fahmi became only the second group of women Olympians from Saudi Arabia.
When another love story reached its happy ending as Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo received a marriage proposal from her girlfriend Marjorie Enya.
Without compassion in the competition, the Olympics wouldn’t be what they are.
Read more from our Rio series here
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