Top 20 followed Olympians on Instagram

Rio de Janeiro delivered a superbly vibrant and colourful opening ceremony. With over 40 disciplines expertly practiced over a four-year period, the task of keeping up with Olympic medallist hopefuls can certainly be daunting. In light of this, here are 20 Instagram handles you definitely need to follow this time around.

DeMAR DeROZAN

#ProveEm

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GABRIELLE DOUGLAS

MARQUINHOS

Boa rapaziada, seguimos em frente rumo ao nosso grande objetivo! Muito feliz pelo gol 😄💪🏽 #JuntosComASeleção

A photo posted by Marcos Aoás Corrêa (@marquinhosm5) on

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JIMMY BUTLER

and so it begins.. well it really began yesterday but I forgot to tell y'all..

A photo posted by Jimmy Butler (@jimmybutler) on

TOM DALEY

All dressed up in our opening ceremony gear, ready to watch from the village :) @teamgb

A photo posted by Tom Daley (@tomdaley1994) on

DeMARCUS COUSINS

See us before the world. Make sure to follow @ShockDoctor! They're giving away tickets to our @USABasketball tour.

A photo posted by DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) on

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DRAYMOND GREEN

Complete team effort!! Way to fight fellas 2-0 we MUST keep it rolling!

A photo posted by Draymond Green (@money23green) on

DeANDRE JORDAN

let the games begin! #openingceremony

A photo posted by DeAndre Jordan (@deandrejordan6) on

SANIA MIRZA

This feeling 😀💪🇮🇳 Rio bound .. #TeamIndia #Olympics

A photo posted by Sania Mirza (@mirzasaniar) on

RAFAEL NADAL

Un orgullo poder representar a #España en #Rio2016!! Proud to represent #Spain in #Rio2016!!

A photo posted by Rafa Nadal (@rafaelnadal) on

KLAY THOMPSON

Beyond grateful what a night @olympics

A photo posted by Klay Thompson (@klaythompson) on

USAIN BOLT

Happiness of Pursuit #Rio2016

A photo posted by Usain St.Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) on

PAUL GEORGE

🇺🇸

A photo posted by Paul George (@ygtrece) on

SERENA WILLIAMS

Our amazing tennis team😍

A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

ALEX MORGAN

Happiest of birthdays to this gem!!! Now let's win this damn thing! #isiphotos 📷 Brad Smith

A photo posted by Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) on

CARMELO ANTHONY

Paid In Full Pt.2 Starring Myself, Wood Harris, and Omar Gooding 😂😂😂

A photo posted by @carmeloanthony on

KYRIE IRVING

A photo posted by Kyrie Irving (@kyrieirving) on

KEVIN DURANT

NEYMAR JR.

Hoje recebi a visita dessa família linda @alexandrepires_ #Sara #Julia #Arthur 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

A photo posted by Nj 🇧🇷 👻 neymarjr (@neymarjr) on

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Olympian of the Day: Adam Peaty (Great Britain)

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Peaty rules the pool

The 21-year-old British swimmer made a big splash on his Olympic debut, shattering his own world record in the 100m breaststroke heats to power into the semi-finals (which took place at 06:16 this morning).

Peaty finished in 57.55secs, more than a second quicker than Yasuhiro Koseki, the second fastest qualifier, and Olympic gold seems an almost inevitability.

Peaty's Stats

  • 28 - years since a British male last won Olympic gold in swimming
  • .37 - Peaty took .37 seconds off his own world record
  • 02 - In 2015, Peaty became the second GB swimmer to break the 100m breaststroke world record after Adrian Moorhouse in 1989
  • 03 - gold medals won at last year’s World Championships in Kazan

Just over 12 months ago he became the first man in history to go under 58 seconds at the World Championships in Kazan to establish his position as a genuine force in the sport, and should he triumph in tomorrow morning’s final (assuming he gets there) he’d become the first British male to win Olympic gold in swimming since Adrian Moorhouse in the same event in 1988.

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Gold for Van Avermaet after sprint finish

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Van Avermaet also won a stage of the Tour de France last month.

Van Avermaet pipped Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark into second with Rafal Majka of Poland taking bronze at the end of the gruelling 237.5km race.

It continued a stunning summer for the 31-year-old Van Avermaet, who won a stage of the Tour de France last month while also holding the coveted race leader’s yellow jersey for three days.

A dream year for Van Avermaet has also included winning his first major week-long stage race, Tirreno-Adriatico, and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad one-day classic.

He and Fuglsang caught runaway leader Majka 1.5km from the finish on the world famous Copacabana beach before the latter two contested the sprint finish.

Majka had looked set to win as he found himself alone in front 12km from the finish after breakaway companions Vincenzo Nibali and Sergio Henao crashed on a fast descent.

But the Pole didn’t have the strength to hold off the charging Van Avermaet and Fuglsang.

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