Belarus Leaves Rio with Nine Medals

On August 21, the Rio 2016 Olympics closed with a spectacular ceremony, which took place at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

For two weeks, the world’s best athletes competed for Olympic medals. The United States of America won the medal count with 121 medals (46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze). China and Great Britain came second and third, with 70 and 67 medals, respectively.

Belarus occupied the 40th position in the medal count, having won nine medals in total, including one gold, four silver, and four bronze medals. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Belarusian athletes won 12 medals.

These are the Belarusian athletes who won Olympic medals in Rio:

  • Gold — Uladzislau Hancharou, trampoline
  • Silver — Darya Naumova, weightlifting
  • Silver — Vadzim Straltsou, weightlifting
  • Silver — Maryia Mamashuk, wrestling
  • Silver — Ivan Tsikhan, hammer throw
  • Bronze — Aliaksandra Herasimenia, swimming
  • Bronze — Javid Hamzatau, wrestling
  • Bronze — Nadezhda Liapeshka, Maryna Litvinchuk, Volha Khudzenka, and Margarita Makhneva, canoe sprint
  • Bronze — Ibrahim Saidov, wrestling


Uladzislau Hancharou was among the candidates to carry the Belarusian flag at the closing ceremony, but had to leave Rio early due to his flight back home. Ivan Tsikhan carried the flag during the parade of athletes.

The next Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan, in 2020.

Belarus Leaves Rio with Nine Medals
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