Rio 2016: five Olympic stories to take your breath away

We look at some of the athletes likely to strike gold at the Games

Perhaps it will be some consolation for the organisers of Rio 2016 to think that the only way – surely – is up. Last month, like in a scene from The Wire, a rotting corpse was found floating in Guanabara Bay, just along the coast from the sewage-dense venue for the Olympic sailing and windsurfing events.

Despite a reinforced police presence, the homicide rate in the city increased in the first quarter of the year by 15%, with 1,715 deaths. The Brazilian president has been impeached, the economy is nosediving and Rio has declared a “state of public calamity”.

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