Here are some notable pronunciations of athletes’ names from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁi.u ʤi.ʒɐ.ˈnei̯.ɾu]). English approximations are also provided strictly as a guideline for the non-English names.
- አልማዝ አያና Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia, athletics) EAE: Almaz Ayana BGN/PCGN: Ālmaz Āyana Amharic pronunciation: [al.maz a.ja.na] (A(H)L-ma(h)z ah-YAH-nə [ˈɑːl.mɑːz ɑː.ˈjɑːn.ə]) —Not necessarily an Amharic name, but Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia. All syllables are stressed pretty evenly in Amharic; the stress indicated in the English approximation is only for ease of pronunciation in English.
- Katinka Hosszú (Hungary, swimming) Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkɒ.tin.kɒ ˈhos.suː] (KOT-ink-ə HOS-oo [ˈkɒt.ɪŋk.ə ˈhɒs.u]) —This is in the Western name order. The Hungarian name order puts the surname first, as Hosszú Katinka.
- Henri Junghänel (Germany, shooting) German pronunciation: [ˈhɛn.ʁi jʊŋ.ˈhɛː.nəl] (HEN-ree yuung-HEH-nəl [ˈhɛn.ɹi jʊŋ.ˈheɪ̯n.əl]) —The German media does not seem to use the French pronunciation for ‘Henri’, making it sound instead like the English name ‘Henry’.
- Majlinda Kelmendi (Kosovo, judo) Albanian pronunciation: [maj.lin.da kɛl.mɛn.di] (my-LIN-də kel-MEN-dee [maɪ̯.ˈlɪnd.ə kɛl.ˈmɛnd.i]) —There are conflicting accounts about which syllables are stressed in Albanian. The English approximation presented makes no effort to imitate syllable stress in Albanian.
- Chad le Clos (South Africa, swimming) English pronunciation: CHAD lə-KLOH [ˈʧæd lə.ˈkloʊ̯] — The surname is from French, where it is pronounced [lə.klo].
- Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa, athletics) English pronunciation: WAYD fun-nee-KAIRK [ˈweɪ̯d ˌfʌn.ni.ˈkɛə̯ɹk] — The South African English pronunciation of ‘van Niekerk’ is a straightforward imitation of the Afrikaans pronunciation, [fɐn.ni.ˈkɛrk].