After 10 days of Olympic Games action, take a look at how many medals we correctly guessed and let us know how that compares with your own predictions!

Ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics athletics action we put together a list of medal predictions, but how did we get on?

Here we compare our predictions against what actually happened. You can find all the medal winners listed here, with a link through to each of our online reports. Check out the August 18 and 25 editions of AW magazine for further coverage!



Gold: Usain Bolt (JAM)

Silver: Justin Gatlin (USA)

Bronze: Trayvon Bromell (USA)

Top two correct but Canada’s Andre De Grasse, who claimed joint world bronze with Bromell in Beijing last summer, got Olympic bronze as Bromell placed eighth.


Gold: Usain Bolt (JAM)

Silver: Justin Gatlin (USA)

Bronze: LaShawn Merritt (USA)

Bolt again got the gold but De Grasse went one better than his 100m bronze to get 200m silver as Gatlin struggled with injury and Merritt placed sixth. France’s Christophe Lemaitre just pipped GB’s Adam Gemili to bronze as both athletes clocked 20.12.


Gold: Kirani James (GRN)

Silver: Wayde van Niekerk (RSA)

Bronze: LaShawn Merritt (USA)

We got the top three right but in the wrong order as Van Niekerk stormed to a world record ahead of James and Merritt.


Gold: David Rudisha (KEN)

Silver: Alfred Kipketer (KEN)

Bronze: Adam Kszczot (POL)

A fine run saw Rudisha retain his title but it was Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi and USA’s Clayton Murphy in silver and bronze respectively.


Gold: Asbel Kiprop (KEN)

Silver: Elijah Manangoi (KEN)

Bronze: Matt Centrowitz (USA)

We had Centrowitz down for a medal, just not the gold he went on to win! The American beat Makhloufi and New Zealand’s Nick Willis, while Kiprop finished sixth.


Gold: Mo Farah (GBR)

Silver: Caleb Ndiku (KEN)

Bronze: Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH)

No Kenyans even made the final so that already ruled Ndiku out of the medals. We were correct with our gold and bronze medal predictions but USA’s Paul Chelimo got the silver.


Gold: Mo Farah (GBR)

Silver: Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN)

Bronze: Yigrem Demelash (ETH)

Again, our gold medal guess was right but Kamworor finished down in 11th as the minor medallists were his fellow Kenyan Paul Tanui and Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola, who pipped Demelash by just 0.01.


Gold: Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)

Silver: Stanley Biwott (KEN)

Bronze: Tesfaye Abera (ETH)

Kipchoge did continue his domination to get the gold but Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa claimed silver and USA’s Galen Rupp the bronze.

110m hurdles

Gold: Omar McLeod (JAM)

Silver: Devon Allen (USA)

Bronze: Dimitri Bascou (FRA)

Gold and bronze were as we predicted, but Spain’s Orlando Ortega secured silver as Allen placed fifth.

400m hurdles

Gold: Kerron Clement (USA)

Silver: Nicholas Bett (KEN)

Bronze: Michael Tinsley (USA)

Gold did indeed go to Clement, but instead of Bett it was another Kenyan in silver – Boniface Mucheru. Bronze was won by Turkey’s Yasmani Copello, just ahead of Ireland’s Thomas Barr. Bett was disqualified in his heat, while Tinsley was sixth in his.

3000m steeplechase

Gold: Conseslus Kipruto (KEN)

Silver: Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN)

Bronze: Brimin Kipruto (KEN)

Kipruto did get the gold and initially Kemboi also claimed a medal but was later disqualified and lost his bronze. Silver went to USA’s Evan Jager and bronze to Mahiedine Mekhissi of France.

High jump

Gold: Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT)

Silver: Bohdan Bondarenko (UKR)

Bronze: Derek Drouin (CAN)

Again, correct guesses on the medallists but in the wrong order as Drouin got gold, Barshim silver and Bondarenko bronze.

Pole vault

Gold: Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)

Silver: Shawn Barber (CAN)

Bronze: Sam Kendricks (USA)

Surprise gold medallist was Brazil’s Thiago Braz da Silva, who we listed as an ‘outside tip’ in our magazine previews. He beat Lavillenie and Kendricks.

Long jump

Gold: Greg Rutherford (GBR)

Silver: Jeffrey Henderson (USA)

Bronze: Jarrion Lawson (USA)

Henderson got the gold and Rutherford the bronze as South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga secured silver.

Triple jump

Gold: Christian Taylor (USA)

Silver: Will Claye (USA)

Bronze: Pedro Pablo Pichardo (CUB)

Taylor did successfully defend his title and Claye claimed silver, but Dong Bin bagged bronze.

Shot put

Gold: Joe Kovacs (USA)

Silver: David Storl (GER)

Bronze: Ryan Crouser (USA)

Kovacs was beaten to the title by Crouser, while New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh was third and Storl seventh.


Gold: Robert Harting (GER)

Silver: Piotr Malachowski (POL)

Bronze: Philip Milanov (BEL)

A Harting did win but it was Robert’s younger brother Christoph as the older sibling failed to qualify for the final. We were right with the silver medallist, but Germany’s Daniel Jasinski claimed bronze.


Gold: Pawel Fajdek (POL)

Silver: Krisztian Pars (HUN)

Bronze: Dilshod Nazarov (TJK)

We got one medallist in the list but in the wrong place as Nazarov got gold ahead of Ivan Tsikhan of Belarus and Poland’s Wojciech Nowicki as Fajdek failed to make the final and Pars was seventh.


Gold: Thomas Rohler (GER)

Silver: Julius Yego (KEN)

Bronze: Julian Weber (GER)

The top two were correct but defending champion Keshorn Walcott claimed bronze this time.


Gold: Ashton Eaton (USA)

Silver: Damian Warner (CAN)

Bronze: Kaz Kazimirek (GER)

Eaton did win, but Warner was third, Kazimirek fourth and France’s Kevin Mayer secured the silver.


Gold: Jamaica

Silver: United States

Bronze: Great Britain

There was another victory for Jamaica, gaining Usain Bolt his ninth Olympic gold, but Japan were second and Canada third. USA were disqualified and Britain placed fifth.


Gold: United States

Silver: Botswana

Bronze: Great Britain

USA won from Jamaica and Bahamas as Britain was handed a controversial disqualification in their heat.

20km walk

Gold: Wang Zhen (CHN)

Silver: Chen Ding (CHN)

Bronze: Alvaro Martin (ESP)

Wang won the title from his team-mate Cai Zelin, as Australia’s Dane Bird-Smith claimed bronze.

50km walk

Gold: Yohann Diniz (FRA)

Silver: Jared Tallent (AUS)

Bronze: Matej Toth (SVK)

It was Toth from Tallent as Diniz placed eighth despite struggling out on the course. Bronze went to Japan’s Hirooki Arai, who was briefly disqualified but later reinstated.



Gold: Elaine Thompson (JAM)

Silver: Dafne Schippers (NED)

Bronze: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)

Our predictions as to the medals claimed by the two Jamaicans were correct, but struggling with injury in the lead up, Schippers placed fifth, while silver was won by USA’s Tori Bowie.


Gold: Dafne Schippers (NED)

Silver: Torie Bowie (USA)

Bronze: Elaine Thompson (JAM)

We didn’t predict that Thompson was going to complete a sprint double but we did correctly guess the three medallists, just in the wrong order, as Schippers secured silver and Bowie bagged bronze.


Gold: Allyson Felix (USA)

Silver: Shaunae Miller (BAH)

Bronze: Phyllis Francis (USA)

Felix was pipped to the title by Miller, who dived over the line, while Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson claimed the bronze and Francis was fifth.


Gold: Caster Semenya (RSA)

Silver: Francine Niyonsaba (BUR)

Bronze: Melissa Bishop (CAN)

Our top two prediction was correct but bronze went to Margaret Wambui ahead of Bishop.


Gold: Genzebe Dibaba (ETH)

Silver: Faith Kipyegon (KEN)

Bronze: Laura Muir (GBR)

Kipyegon defeated Dibaba for gold, while Jenny Simpson was third and Muir seventh.


Gold: Almaz Ayana (ETH)

Silver: Hellen Obiri (KEN)

Bronze: Yasemin Can (TUR)

After her 10,000m world record, Ayana didn’t have the pace to stick with eventual winner Vivian Cheruiyot and Obiri and she claimed bronze.


Gold: Almaz Ayana (ETH)

Silver: Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)

Bronze: Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)

Ayana was a hugely dominant winner, breaking the world record on her way to victory. We got the other two medallists correct too, but in the wrong order.


Gold: Jemima Sumgong (KEN)

Silver: Mare Dibaba (ETH)

Bronze: Tigist Tufa (ETH)

Sumgong completed the first part of the Kenyan marathon double and Diababa did win a medal, but bronze. Tufa didn’t finish and silver went to Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa.

100m hurdles

Gold: Brianna Rollins (USA)

Silver: Kristi Castlin (USA)

Bronze: Nia Ali (USA)

Another event in which we correctly guessed the three medallists but in the wrong order as behind winner Rollins, Ali got silver and Castlin bronze.

400m hurdles

Gold: Dalilah Muhammad

Silver: Zuzana Hejnova (CZE)

Bronze: Eilidh Doyle (GBR)

Muhammad was a dominant winner, while silver went to Denmark’s Sara Slott Petersen and bronze to USA’s Ashley Spencer as Hejnova finished fourth and Doyle eighth.

3000m steeplechase

Gold: Ruth Jebet (KEN)

Silver: Hyvin Kiyeng (KEN)

Bronze: Habiba Ghribi (TUN)

We were correct in predicting that Jebet would get the gold and she almost broke the world record on her way to doing so. Kenya’s Hyvin Jepkemoi claimed silver and Emma Coburn broke the American record for bronze.

High jump

Gold: Chaunte Lowe (USA)

Silver: Ruth Beitia (ESP)

Bronze: Kamila Licwinko (POL)

Beitia did indeed get a medal, but it was the gold as the 37-year-old claimed her first major senior title. Silver was secured by Bulgaria’s Mirela Demireva and Croatia’s Blanka Vlasic the bronze as Lowe just missed out on countback, the top four all having cleared 1.97m.

Pole vault

Gold: Jenn Suhr (USA)

Silver: Yarisley Silva (CUB)

Bronze: Ekaterini Stefanidi (GRE)

Suhr suffered illness in the lead-up and the top three was Greece’s Ekateríni Stefanídi, USA’s Sandi Morris and New Zealand’s Eliza McCartney.

Long jump

Gold: Brittney Reese (USA)

Silver: Ivana Spanovic (SRB)

Bronze: Sosthene Moguenara (GER)

Reese was beaten by team-mate Tianna Bartoletta on her title defence and Spanovic got bronze rather than the silver we predicted.

Triple jump

Gold: Caterine Ibarguen (COL)

Silver: Yulimar Rojas (VEN)

Bronze: Olga Rypakova (KAZ)

We predicted it! Our three guesses were correct for this event.

Shot put

Gold: Valerie Adams (NZL)

Silver: Christina Schwanitz (GER)

Bronze: Gong Lijiao (CHN)

USA’s indoor champion Michelle Carter claimed a last-gasp victory, beating Adams with her final throw, while Hungary’s Anita Márton got the bronze.


Gold: Sandra Perkovic (CRO)

Silver: Denia Caballero (CUB)

Bronze: Yaime Perez (CUB)

Perkovic and Caballero did both claim medals, but gold and bronze respectively as silver went to France’s Mélina Robert-Michon.


Gold: Anita Wlodarczyk (POL)

Silver: Zhang Wenxiu (CHN)

Bronze: Betty Heidler (GER)

Wlodarczyk broke her world record to retain her title in style as Zhang’s result did also match our prediction as she got silver. A British record-breaking final throw from Sophie Hitchon got her the bronze ahead of Heidler.


Gold: Barbora Spotakova (CZE)

Silver: Tatsiana Khaladovich (BLR)

Bronze: Linda Stahl (GER)

Croatia’s Sara Kolak claimed a surprise victory from South Africa’s Sunette Viljoen, while Spotakova did win another Olympic medal but this time it was bronze.


Gold: Jessica Ennis-Hill (GBR)

Silver: Katarina Johnson-Thompson (GBR)

Bronze: Brianne Theisen-Eaton (CAN)

Another surprise victory came in the heptathlon as Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam set five PBs from the seven events to take the title ahead of Ennis-Hill and Theisen-Eaton.


Gold: United States

Silver: Jamaica

Bronze: Great Britain

Three correct guesses! We predicted this result.


Gold: United States

Silver: Jamaica

Bronze: Great Britain

The same as the shorter relay and we again predicted it correctly.

20km walk

Gold: Liu Hong (CHN)

Silver: Lu Xiuzhi (CHN)

Bronze: Erica de Sena (BRA)

Hong did get the gold but it was Mexico’s María Guadalupe González who claimed the silver and China’s Lü Xiuzhi the bronze.

So we didn’t do too badly with our predictions but let us know how you got on! Share your success by sending us a Tweet, say it on Facebook or pop a comment beneath this blog post.