Russian Medallists – level 2
Because of doping scandals, only 287 of 387 Russian athletes were allowed to compete in Rio. People banned the whole track and field team.
However, Russia still managed to finish in an impressive fourth place. One hundred Russian Olympians who won a medal were thanked by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev at the Kremlin. He also gave them a free BMW.
Difficult words: track and field team (the team of athletes that run on a track and compete on a nearby field), impressive (amazing).
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