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posted on 25 August 2016

Rio 2016 Vs. The World, Percentage Margin Of Victory

by Felix Richter, Statista.com

-- this post authored by Martin Armstrong

A photo finish. Down to the last hit of the game.

Waiting anxiously as Hawkeye reveals if the ball was in or out.

Sport is full of these make or break moments, fine lines between failure and glory. Sometimes though, the adrenaline gets pumping due to the sheer domination of a team or athlete. The infographic below, based on research by Sports Illustrated, looks at these winning margins - both in Rio and other selected records or achievements.

When the American cyclist Kristin Armstrong beat Russian Olga Zabelinskaya to gold in the women's time trial, there was a mere 0.21 percent difference in their times. After over 44 hard fought minutes, less than 6 seconds separated them. Usain Bolt's march to the 'triple triple' was also a tight affair with Justin Gatlin just 0.09 seconds behind Bolt after a stunning comeback from the Jamaican in the 100m final - a margin of 0.82 percent.

At the other end of the scale, in Rio, Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk hammer threw her way to a new world record, leaving the competition without a hope - 5.5m ahead of the nearest challenger with a margin of 6.73 percent. The biggest margin selected for this infographic comes from outside the world of sport. Psy's Gangnam Style enjoys a cushion of almost 26 percent as Youtube's most viewed video.

This chart shows the percentage margin of victory from selected Olympic events and other global records/achievements.

Infographic: Rio 2016 Vs. The World: Percentage Margin Of Victory | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista.

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