Amazing! Top 10 priceless moments from the Rio 2016 Olympics (PHOTOS)

The Summer Olympics in Rio De Janiero may have ended but the memories that captured the Games will forever remain in our hearts.

Who can forget the Usain Bolt‘s cheeky smile for the camera just before he crossed the finish line to win the 100m semi-final or Shaune Miller‘s controversial dive to beat Allyson Felix to the gold medal in the Women’s 400m final?

Controversial or not, these were the moments that made millions of people turn their attention to the games in the historic Brazilian city.

In light of this,we have selected top 10 priceless moments from the games;

  1. Bolting away! – The fastest man in the world at the moment, Usain Bolt smiles for the camera just before he wins the 100m semi-final.

2. Diving for Gold! – Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller wins the women’s 400m gold with a controversial dive across the finish line ahead of the USA’s Allyson Felix. The rules state that a runner has finished a race when any part of the torso – not just head or fingers or arms – has passed the line.

3. Sometimes, it’s not all about winning! – The spirit of sportsmanship was exhibited between New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin and USA’s Abbey D’Agostino.

D’Agostino had a cramp during the women’s 5,000m heat and Hamblin paused to help her up. Earlier on in the race, D’Agostino had done the same for Hamblin after they collided.

This sporting behaviour earned them praises from audiences worldwide which led to them being given slots at the 5000m final.

4. Breaking political barriers – The unifying characteristic of the Olympics was proven yet again as this picture of  two gymnasts from South and North Korea – two countries who are experiencing frosty relations – taking a selfie hit the internet.

South Korean gymnast Lee Eun-ju <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/08/sport/korea-gymnast-selfie/index.html" target="_blank">takes a selfie</a> with North Korean gymnast Hong Un-jong during training on Thursday, August 4. Relations have been frosty between the North and South since its division following the end of World War II, but geopolitics were put to the side as the two Olympians came together.

5. Cultural diversity – Photos of the Egyptian beach volleyball team clad in hijab, long sleeve tees and leggings against their competitors from other countries showed the multi-cultural diversity the Olympics served audiences across the world.

6. Love wins – China’s Qin Kai proposed to his diver girlfriend while she received her silver medal in the 3 meter springboard event.

China's Qin Kai <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/14/sport/china-diving-marriage-proposal-rio-2016-olympics/index.html" target="_blank">proposes to fellow diver He Zi</a> after she received silver in the 3-meter springboard on Sunday, August 14.

7. Is it safe or not? – Another talking point of the games was when one of the diving pools at the swimming arena suddenly turned green.

The diving pool, right, is seen on Tuesday, August 9. The pool had turned from <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/09/sport/rio-olympics-green-pool/" target="_blank">blue to green</a> since Monday.<br />

8. Love in Rio – Brazilian female rugby player Isadora Cerullo kisses volunteer girlfriend Marjorie Enya after she accepted her marriage proposal in Rio de Janeiro.

Rugby player Isadora Cerullo of Brazil, left, kisses Marjorie Enya, a volunteer at the Games, on Monday, August 8. <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/09/sport/marriage-proposal-olympics-brazil/" target="_blank">Enya proposed to Cerullo</a> after the rugby sevens match between Australia and New Zealand.

9. I do this for my people! – Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia finished the Olympic marathon in second place with his arms crossed over his head, as a sign of solidarity for the Oromo people, his native group and the largest ethnic group in the country. By speaking out, he may not be able to go home.

10. Super Shinzo – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an epic entry popping out of a Super Mario green pipe dressed as the video game character to tell you to tune in for Tokyo 2020.

 

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