8 funniest moments from Rio 2016

2016-08-22 16:45
Michael Phelps (Twitter)

Cape Town - For the past two and a bit weeks we've seen the world's greatest athletes take centre stage, but even the best of the best make mistakes!

Although the Rio Olympics have showcased just how incredible sportsmen and women are in their sports, that didn't mean there wasn't any humour in Brazil.

We look at eight of the funniest moments from the Rio Games:

Swimmer Sun Yang can't throw

Soon after defeating Chad le Clos in the men’s 200m freestyle final, Chinese swimmer Sun Yang tried to throw his cap towards his adoring fans, but missed completely.

All eyes were on the swimmer and fans loved it so much that they put Coldplay’s Fix You to make the gaffe even more hilarious.

The most useless job at the Olympics?

If there's ever been a pool that doesn't need a lifeguard, you'd think it would be at the Olympics.

Apparently not, as an image of a bored lifeguard hunched overlooking the Rio Aquatics Stadium pool went viral, as many couldn’t quite understand professional Olympic swimmers needing lifeguards.

According to Metro website, it’s a Brazilian law that any public pool over a certain size must have a lifeguard present.

Paul George left hanging

NBA basketball player Paul George must be used to having someone wait on him.

During the USA v Venezuela game, George took a break in between quarters to drink a cup of water. He then keeps his cup over his shoulder waiting for someone to come retrieve it - but no one comes.

Confused, the Indian Pacers star looks around him only to realise the Olympics do not have someone at hand like they do in the NBA.

Michael Phelps’ death stare

The internet went into overdrive when Michael Phelps gave Chad le Clos a "if looks could kill" glare in the waiting area ahead of their 200m butterfly semi-final at the Rio Olympic Games.

As Chad le Clos was shadow boxing, Phelps’ face to the South African has prompted many memes.

Mongolian coach strips down

Mongolian coaches stripped down to their underpants in order to protest a decision against their wrestler Ganzorig Mandakhnaran.

In the 65kg bronze medal match, Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov was awarded the fight after the Mongolian was penalised a point, which drove his two coaches to argue and take their clothes off in protest.

Clumsy 110m hurdle runner

Haitian athlete Jeffrey Julmis had an embarrassing mishap in the men’s 110m hurdles semi-finals.

Julmis relished his moment at Rio gesturing to the camera with confidence. However he couldn’t quite manage to get over the first hurdle, as he tumbled down.

Despite the fall, he got up and completed the race - finishing last - but was eventually disqualified.

Lu Bin’s premature celebration

Chinese boxer Lu Bin was extremely confident that he had defeated Kenyan Peter Warui in the light fly 49kg.  

As the referee makes his final decision, Bin celebrates a bit too early - then realises he has lost the match. He then tries to hide his embarrassment by hugging his opponent.

The hilarious O'Donovan brothers

Irish rowers Gary and Paul O’Donovan became an internet sensation after giving a hilarious interview shortly after their silver medal row in the men’s lightweight double sculls.

Their silver was Ireland’s first of two medals at the Rio Olympics.

In an interview, the brothers speak openly about putting on their “podium pants” and doing a doping test by urinating in a cup.

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