The Rio 2016 summer Olympics is has kicked off, and all of the best athletes from around the world are coming together to compete for gold in their various events. All the excitement of the games got the GB Energy Supply team thinking about the amount of energy that could be generated during the Olympic events if they could convert the power exerted by each athlete into electrical energy.
Surprisingly, Usain Bolt, the fastest sprinter in the world, would only manage to generate 12 Watts of energy during his 200m sprint. This is the equivalent to just ten calories, and would only manage to power a lightbulb for just over 11 minutes. On the other end of the scale, a road cyclist would generate a staggering 5,076 Watts during their event, with a total calorie burn of 4,360 which could power the same lightbulb for 3 days, 12 hours and 36 minutes.
So if you want to learn about how much electricity could potentially be generated by the athletes of Rio 2016, look no further than the infographic below.
Infographic by: gbenergysupply.co.uk