10 Young Athletes who may become stars in the Rio Olympics
The Rio Summer Olympics are almost upon us and as we wait with bated breath for the world’s most prestigious sporting extravaganza, commencing on 5th August, all eyes will be on the top most stars in action. Here are ten of the youngest athletes who might well shine on to stardom at Rio.
1 Jaheel Hyde (Jamaica). Athletics
Jamaican star footballer was a player to watch when he featured in the Jamaican under-17 football team. But, somehow this young star felt he could do better in athletics instead, and went on to follow his dream career by winning the 400 m hurdles gold at the Junior World Championships and also clocking a youth record of 12.96 seconds at the 110 m hurdle sprint at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in which he won gold.
2 SI Yajie (China). Diving
This little Chinese star has been a diver since she was just six. At the 2013 World Championships, Si shocked everyone by winning the 10m platform title when she was only 14. At the Asian Games, she won the gold in the same event. Si is a major contender for the gold at Rio.
3 Yana Kudryavtseva (Russia). Rhythmic Gymnastics
Yana is no stranger to gold medals. She already has, three golds to her credit, winning them in the 2013 World Championships. Then aged 15, Yana also holds the distinction of being the youngest ever all round champion in 2014; she struck a larger haul of five golds and will be debuting in the Olympics at Rio.
4 Giarnni Regini – Moran (Great Britain) Artistic Gymnastics
Regini Moran was just 16 years old when she won three gold medals and two bronze at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing. She was the star of the show despite of the fact that she was suffering from flu. Regini Moran will be seen at action in Rio, taking on the Floor, Vault, parallel; bars, horizontal bars and the all round events.
5 Matheus Santana (Brazil) Swimming
A silver and gold medalist at the Youth Olympics at Nanjing, Matheus Santana went on to create a junior record in the freestyle 100m. The new Brazilian sensation is already a star and his country will be rooting for him to win Brazil, the host nation, gold in the event as well as the 4×100 relay, the most sought after gold in swimming events.
6 Allyson Felix (USA) Track and Field
This young athlete could well go on to create history in the Rio Olympics. She is currently the world’s best athlete in the 200m sprint and is equally tied with the legendary Jackie Joyner Kersey for the highest ever Olympic track and field medals won by any US woman in the sport.
7 Jean Quiquampoix (France). Shooting
At just 19, this shooting star went on to win his first ever event in the rapid fire 25m category. This was at the World Cup Shooting senior finals in Changwon, Republic of Korea. His 29 hits not only assured him a place at Rio, it also helped him create a new junior world record.
8 Vashti Cunningham, (USA) High Jump
All eyes will be on this young 16 year old American athelete, expected to win gold in the high jump at Rio. Known for her stunning looks and the fact that she is the daughter of legendary quarterback NFL star Randall Cunningham, Vashti at 6’1” has won gold at the Indoor US Championships and is the youngest athlete ever to do so.
9 Fernando Gaviria (Colombia). Track Cycling
Gaviria is all set to be one of the hottest young stars in Rio. He has already won the World Championships title in 2015 and beat famous cyclist Mark Cavendish of USA at the Tour de Argentina. He sped ahead of Cavendish in two sprint finishes at the Championship. This 20-year-old will be eyeing the Omnium cycling gold at Rio.
10 Simone Arianne Biles (USA). Gymnastics
Simone Biles is virtually unstoppable and like the little bulldozer Mary Lou Retton, will be eyeing a lot of golds in Rio. Biles won the US Championships, two consecutive years in 2013 and 2104. She has also won the US national title and the all round world title in gymnastics. That makes her one of the top contenders in Gymnastics and definitely one to watch out for.