Top 20 single performances of the 2016 Olympic Games

Top 20 single performances of the 2016 Olympic Games

Wayde van Niekerk (400m) and Anita Włodarczyk (Hammer Throw) lead the Top-20 male and female single performances list respectively of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, published by

The lists were calculated according to the rules of the Overall Rankings.

South Africa's miracle man Wayde van Niekerk not only won the Olympic gold after his World title from last year but broke Michael Johnson's 'unbreakable' 400m world record. No wonder his incredible performance was the best of the best in Rio.

In the men's list van Niekerk is followed by the Jamaican 4x100m realy team which was full of stars. Local hero the Brazilian pole vaulter Thiago Braz managed to beat the wonderful Renaud Lavillenie and is third in the list.

The number one superstar of athletics Usain Bolt's 100m performance is the next in the list followed by the huge Shot put mark of Ryan Crouser.

King of the two-lap distance David Rudisha ruled the 800m again and his performance is sixth in this special list, just ahead of Usain Bolt's 200m. The Top10 is completed by Christian Taylor, Ashton Eaton and Derek Drouin.

Interesting to notice that besides two Africans the top-10 consists of performances achieved by Athletes from Americas.

We could witness two magnificent world records in the women's events. In fact both should be listed as number 1, but Anita Włodarczyk's Hammer Throw world record is slightly ahead of Almaz Ayana's world 10000m record. Indeed both are quite incredible achievements! 

For those who are not really familiar with Hammer Throw results: Włodarczyk's mark is nearly 3 metres better than the all-time 2nd best hammer thrower's PB. She won the Gold medal in Rio by beating the silver medallist by 5 and a half metres and was ahead of the bronze medallist by almost 8 metres!

Meanwhile Ayana broke a 23-year-old world 10000m record by 14 seconds and was way ahead of the field in a super 10000m race.

These two astonishing world record performances are followed by the US 4x100m relay team's world all-time 2nd best mark. What if they had a better lane draw...

Elaine Thompson's golden sprint performances come next in the list with the 100m result marginally better. Then another all-time 2nd best result is listed in 6th, Ruth Jebet just missed out the world record in the 3000m steeplechase.

Two field event Athletes share the 7th spot, Sandra Perković (Discus Throw) and Tianna Bartoletta (Long Jump) are listed ahead of Caster Semenya (800m) while Nafissatou Thiam's Heptathlon gold medal performance completes the women's Top-10.

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Top 20 Performances of the World Championships in Rio:

Name Nat.     Event                      Pos. Result           Performance Score
Wayde van Niekerk RSA 400m
1 43.03 (WR) 1641
Jamaica JAM 4x100m 1 37.27 1583
Thiago Braz BRA Pole Vault 1 6.03 1575
Usain Bolt JAM 100m 1 9.81 (+0.2) 1573
Ryan Crouser USA Shot Put 1 22.52 1572
David Rudisha KEN 800m 1 1:42.15 1562
Usain Bolt JAM 200m 1 19.78 (-0.5) 1558
Christian Taylor USA Triple Jump 1 17.86 (+0.7) 1557
Ashton Eaton USA Decathlon 1 8893 1557
Derek Drouin CAN High Jump 1 2.38 1551
Omar McLeod JAM 110m Hurdles 1 13.05 (+0.2) 1545
Kerron Clement USA 400m Hurdles 1 47.73 1545
Conseslus Kipruto KEN 3000m steeple 1 8:03.28 1543
Thomas Röhler GER Javelin Throw 1 90.30 1539
United States USA 4x400m 1 3:57.30 1534
Kirani James GRN 400m 2 43.76 1527
Jeff Henderson USA Long Jump 1 8.38 (+0.2) 1521
Renaud Lavillenie FRA Pole Vault 2 5.98 1521
Mo Farah GBR 10000m 1 27:05.17 1518
Matej Tóth SVK 50km RW 1 3:40:58 1517
Anita Włodarczyk POL Hammer Throw 1 82.29 (WR) 1612
Almaz Ayana ETH 10000m 1 29:17.45 (WR) 1607
United States USA 4x100m 1 41.01 1576
Elaine Thompson JAM 100m 1 10.71 (+0.5) 1564
Elaine Thompson JAM 200m 1 21.78 (-0.1) 1561
Ruth Jebet BRN 3000m steeple 1 8:59.75 1545
Sandra Perković CRO Discus Throw 1 69.21 1541
Tianna Bartoletta USA Long Jump 1 7.17 (+0.6) 1541
Caster Semenya RSA 800m 1 1:55.28 1538
Nafissatou Thiam BEL Heptathlon 1 6810 1535
Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot KEN 10000m 2 29:32.53 1533
Dalilah Muhammad USA 400m Hurdles 1 53.13 1532
United States USA 4x400m 1 3:19.32 1532
Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot KEN 5000m 1 14:26.17 1530
Shaunae Miller BAH 400m 1 49.44 1528
Brianna Rollins USA 100m Hurdles 1 12.48 (0.0) 1521
Caterine Ibarguen COL Triple Jump 1 15.17 (+0.4) 1520
Jamaica JAM 4x100m 2 41.36 1520
Katerina Stefanidi GRE Pole Vault 1 4.85 1515
Michelle Carter USA Shot Put 1 20.63 1514

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