Friday 9 December 2016

32k tennis balls, Michael Phelps' 18 gold medals and two new sports... it's the Rio Olympics by the numbers

Published 12/07/2016 | 12:33

Michael Phelps.
Michael Phelps.

The eyes of the sporting world will be on Brazil next month when the Olympic Games takes place in Rio.

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Here, we look at the event in numbers:

19 - Days for which it runs, from August 3 to 21 (including the football competition, which begins two days before the opening ceremony)

37 - Venues set to host the action - 32 in Rio de Janeiro, plus five football co-host cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo

206 - National Olympic Committees (countries) set to be represented at the Games

42 - Sport disciplines that will take place

Two - Sports new to this year's programme - golf, which was last at the Olympics in 1904, and rugby sevens

2,102 - The total number of gold, silver and bronze medals that will be awarded

22 - The medal haul of 31-year-old American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time who is set to compete at his fifth Games this summer

18 - The number of Phelps' Olympic medals that are gold

43 - The age of sailor Robert Scheidt, who will be the oldest member of Brazil's Olympic team and also its most decorated. Scheidt has won a medal at each of the five Olympics he has competed in, clinching gold in Atlanta 20 years ago and in Athens in 2004.

32,000 - The estimated amount of tennis balls the Games will make use of, along with 8,400 shuttlecocks and 400 footballs

80,000 - The estimated number of chairs that will be in the athletes' village, as well as 70,000 tables, 60,000 clothes hangers, 29,000 mattresses and 6,000 television sets

(Statistics source:, the official website for this summer's Olympics)

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