Rio 2016 - Athletes to follow on social media.

After months of negative press surrounding this year's Rio Olympic games - from water pollution to a possible Zika outbreak, to Russia's 119 Athlete drug doping scandal ban, we're now just hours away from the opening ceremony. The excitement is building and this year's athletes are looking fitter, stronger, faster and possibly even better looking than ever. 

Keen to get to know them a little better? Here’s our list of #topathletes to follow on social media at this year's Olympic games.

Usain Bolt, sprinting - Jamaica

Instagram: @Usainbolt
Twitter: @usainbolt

Why you should follow him:

The Jamaican sprinter needs little introduction. With over 7 million followers on Instagram and twitter, he certainly knows how to entertain. This will likely be Usain's last olympic games and he'll be hoping to bring home another double gold medal to add to his already impressive collection. 

Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca, beach volleyball - Brazil

Instagram: @larissaetalitaoficial and @talitavolei
Twitter: @LarissaeTalita

Why you should follow them:

Having ascended to the top of the women’s provisional ranking list with a dramatic two-set win over American Olympic medalists April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings. This hot duo are hot favourites to win the gold in Rio. 

Bradley Wiggins, cycling - UK

Instagram: @wigginsofficial
Twitter: @officialWIGGINS

Why you should follow him:

The 34-year-old cyclist has four Olympic gold medals, one silver and two bronzes to his name. Wiggins has mastered both the road and velodrome and If he can win another medal at Rio, he’ll become the most decorated British Olympian in history.

Ibthaj Muhammad, fencing – USA

Instagram: @IbtihajMuhammad 
Twitter:  @IbtihajMuhammad 

Why you should follow her:

Regardless of whether or not Ibthaj takes home a medal at this years olympics, she’ll be making history by being the first muslim woman to represent her country while wearing a hijab


Mo Farah, distance running - UK

Instagram: @gomofarah
Twitter: @Mo_Farah

Why you should follow him:

Mo Farah produced one of the best distance running performances of all time at the 2008 London olympics, taking home gold in the 5,000-m and 10,000-m. If he can repeat his success in Rio, he'll become one of only 2 people (Lasse Viren being the other at the 1972 -76 olympic games) to ever have won gold twice in both events. 


Neymar Jr, football - Brazil

Instagram: @neymarjr
Twitter: @neymarjr

Why you should follow him:

Asides from sporting some rather odd looking hairstyles on the pitch, Barcelona's Neymar Jr is arguably Brazil’s best player. Following Brazil’s disappointment of Silver at the London 2012 games, The Brazilian captain will be hoping to win gold this year in front of his home crowd! 

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