Names of Olympic firsts and world record breakers from Days 7-9

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As usual, here are more names of Olympic firsts and world record breakers from Days 7-9.

Before I move on any further, I wanted to clarify who’s added into the lists from now on.
Firstly, the ‘Firsts’ list now includes names of people who are the first people of their respective countries or, in the case of the United States, racial groups (like African-American, Asian-American etc.) to win an Olympic medal either on its own or in their respective sport(s).
Also, names of people who won their first medals in sports (re-)introduced in this Olympics (like rugby sevens and golf) will not be added with the exception that this is the first time a country has ever won an Olympic medal.

That is all…now, here are, first of all, the:

OLYMPIC FIRSTS

Michelle Carter (United States) – competed in women’s shot put, first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal at that event
Joseph Schooling (Singapore) – competed in men’s 100m butterfly in swimming, first Singaporean competitor to win an Olympic gold medal
Gary & Paul O’Donovan (Ireland) competed in men’s lightweight double sculls in rowing, first Irish rowers to win an Olympic medal
Florin Mergea & Horia Tecău (Romania) – competed in men’s doubles in tennis, first Romanian tennis players to win an Olympic medal
Marc López & Rafael Nadal (Spain) – competed in the same event as Mergea & Tecău, first Spanish tennis players to win an Olympic gold medal at that particular event
Lidia Valentín Pérez (Spain) – competed in women’s 75kg weightlifting, first Spanish weightlifter to win an Olympic medal
Mónica Puig Marchán (Puerto Rico) – competed in women’s singles in tennis, first Puerto Rican competitor to win an Olympic gold medal
Kirani James (Grenada) – competed in men’s 400m athletics, first Grenadian competitor to win an Olympic medal
Aurimas Didžbalis (Lithuania) – competed in men’s 94kg weightlifting, first Lithuanian weightlifter to win an Olympic medal

WORLD RECORD BREAKERS

Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) – competed in women’s 10,000m athletics, set a new world record of 29:17.45
Kianoush Rostami (Iran) – competed in men’s 85kg weightlifting, set a new world record of 396kg in total lift (the old record of 395kg was also set by him in May of this year (2016))
Edward “Ed” Clancy, Steven Burke, Owain Doull & Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) – competed in men’s team pursuit in cycling, set a new world record of 3:50.265
Ryan Murphy (United States) – competed in men’s 4x100m medley relay, individually set a new record of 51.85 in the first leg
Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa) – competed in same event as Kirani James, set a new world recrd of 43.03

With the added clarifications, here the Olympic firsts that I should have added into the last two posts.

Simone Manuel (United States) – competed in women’s 100m freestyle in swimming, first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming
Inès Boubakri (Tunisia) – competed in women’s foil in fencing, first Tunisian fencer to win an Olympic medal
Izzat Artykov (Kyrgyzstan) – competed in men’s 69kg in weightlifting, first Kyrgyz weightlifter to win an Olympic medal (now disqualified of his medal for doping)
Hidilyn Diaz (Philippines) – competed in women’s 53kg in weightlifting, first Filipino weightlifter to win an Olympic medal
Fehaid Al-Deehani (Kuwait/IOA) – competed in men’s double trap in shooting, first Independent Olympic competitor to win an Olympic gold medal
Paula Pareto (Argentina) – competed in women’s 48kg judo, first Argentine judoka to win an Olympic gold medal
Lukáš Krpálek (Czechia) – competed in men’s 100kg judo, first Czech judoka to win an Olympic gold medal
Tuyana Dashidorzhieva, Ksenia Perova & Inna Stepanova (Russia) – competed in women’s team archery, first Russian archers to win an Olympic medal
Jun* Mizutani (Japan) – competed in men’s singles in table tennis, first Japanese table tennis player to win an Olympic medal
Hsu Shu-ching** (Chinese Taipei) – competed in the same event as Diaz, first Taiwanese weightlifter to win an Olympic gold medal

* – the kanji for his name is 隼 which means “falcon.”¹
** – the characters/hanzi for her name are 淑净/淑淨 with 淑 meaning “good, pure, virtuous” and 净/淨 meaning “pure, clean.”²

Regarding the polls in the last post, here are the results at the time of this writing:

  • In the first poll, on the male side, Takuya and Nijat are on joint first with 20% overall. On the female side, Elinor and Laura are also on joint first (both on this side and overall) with 55% overall.
  • In the second poll, Leone is ranked first with 79%. Josua and Osea are ranked second and third with 50% and 36% respectively.

On Behind the Name right now are three polls, the first being the one for the male competitors who appeared on this post, the second being the one for the females and the third being the one for the Olympic firsts who didn’t appear in the last two posts. In the female poll for the first poll, with regards to Katie Ledecky, I didn’t include her full first name but since she set another world record in this time period, it does seem fitting to include her again in this female poll with her full first name being first (Kathleen) and Katie included in quotes.

Sources:
Wikipedia, some of the articles used include:

Jisho.org¹

Erik Peterson’s Chinese Character Dictionary²

Rio 2016 medal count by country – used for determining Olympic firsts

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