Countries from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Europe all achieved Olympic triumph for the first time in their history
For some nations, winning Olympic gold is quite the regular occurrence. At Rio 2016, plenty of first-timers got to hear their anthems played in celebration as well.
That's the most first-timers since 16 nations got their inaugural feel of Olympic gold at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
And those were hardly the only medal milestones at these games. The United States became the first team to win 1,000 gold medals in summer games competition, and a record 87 teams got at least one medal in Rio.
Take a look at the 10 first-time Olympic champions:
Ruth Jebet, born in Kenya but now running for Bahrain, won the women's steeplechase. Bahrain was making its ninth trip to the Olympics.
The men's rugby sevens team took gold, giving Fiji its first gold in 14 trips to the Summer Olympic Games.
Fehaid Al Deehani is an officer in the Kuwaiti army, but his nation is suspended by the International Olympic Committee. He was permitted to compete as an independent, becoming the first with that distinction to win gold when he prevailed in double trap shooting.
Cheick Sallah Junior Cisse won gold in taekwondo, the first gold in 14 Olympic Games for Côte d'Ivoire.
Ahmad Abughaush also prevailed in taekwondo. This was Jordan's 10th trip to the Summer Olympic Games.
Majlinda Kelmendi prevailed in women's judo. Kosovo was first recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 2014, so this was its first time at the Summer Games.
Monica Puig won the women's tennis gold, completing a dazzling run through the field. Puerto Rico's first gold came in the island's 18th trip to the Summer Games.
Joseph Schooling won the men's 100m butterfly, beating Michael Phelps among others. It took Singapore 16 trips to the Summer Games before winning a gold.
Dilshod Nazarov won the men's hammer throw. This was Tajikistan's sixth time sending a team to the Summer Olympic Games.
Hoang Xuan Vinh in the 10m air pistol gave the Vietnamese their first gold in 15 trips to the Olympic Games.