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Durant highest paid athlete in Rio

2016-08-03 21:57
Kevin Durant (Gallo Images)

Rio de Janeiro - Kevin Durant can count one Olympic title before the Rio Games begin - he's the highest paid athlete competing in Rio.

The NBA superstar topped a list from Forbes released on Wednesday of the athletes with the most earnings between June 2015 and June 2016.

Durant earned $56.2 million during that period.

He played for Oklahoma City last season, then signed with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent this off-season.

The list tallied both total earnings and salary or prize money.

Three of the top five athletes on the list are tennis players: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori.

Durant is one of four basketball players in the top 10, including Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving and Paul George.

Usain Bolt, at No 6 with $32.5 million, is the only athlete in the top 10 known mainly for Olympic accomplishments.

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