IOC Golden Rings awards have been handed out in Lausanne ©IOC

NBC scooped three awards at the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Golden Rings Awards celebrating broadcast coverage of Rio 2016. 

The American rightsholder was named winner in the "Best Olympic Feature" category for their opening film: The Most Beautiful Things.

It was also honoured for "Best Athlete Profile" was a segment about Wayde van Niekerk, the South African sprinter who broke the world record when winning the 400 metres final with a time of 43.03sec from lane eight.

A third gong was then received in the "Best Olympic Digital Service" category.

Brazilian cable network SporTV received the "Best Olympic Programme" award, while BBC Sport received the "Best On-Air Promotion" accolade for a feature entitled: Rio 2016 The Olympic Games - The Greatest Show On Earth.

Beach volleyball beat the cycling road race and sailing to be named "Best Olympic Sports Production".

Created in 1976, the Olympic Golden Rings is an international contest through which the IOC seeks to promote and recognise excellence in television broadcasting of the Olympic Games.

"Half the world's population followed the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and there was more television and more digital coverage than ever before," said IOC President Thomas Bach.

He presented the "Best Olympic Programme" award. 

"This clearly demonstrates the continuing global appeal of the Olympic Games," Bach added.

"Thanks to the broadcasters that we are honouring tonight with the Golden Rings Awards, the iconic Olympic moments and the athletes' achievements will live on forever in our collective memory."

CATEGORY 1 – The Best Olympic Sports Production

GOLD - Beach Volleyball - Producer: Geoff Johnson. Directors: Greg Breakell, Gary Milkis

SILVER - Cycling Road Race - Producer: Chris Jensen. Director: Philippe Lombaerts

BRONZE - Sailing - Producer: Henry Mok. Directors: Denis Harvey, Leon Sefton

CATEGORY 2–The Best Olympic Feature - Presented by Marisol Casado and Danka Bartekova

GOLD - NBC Olympics - "The Most Beautiful Things" - XXXI Olympiad Opening Film
Producers: Jim Bell, Mark Levy, Joe Gesue, Jack Felling, Phil Parrish, Matthew Allen

SILVER - China Central Television - A Sequel of Love
Producers: Zhang Wi, Bi Ran, Luo GangDirectors: Yang Shuo, Sun Yan, Meng Fanhao, Lu WeiI, Zhang Hu, Li Jingliang, Cui Jia.

BRONZE - TV Globo - Esporte Espetacular

CATEGORY 3 – The Best Athlete Profile - Presented by Yang Yang and Kirsty Coventry

GOLD - NBC Olympics - Wayde van Niekerk
Producers: Jim Bell, Mark Levy, Joe Gesue, Jack Felling. Director: Tom Davidson, Ryan Yeager

SILVER - TV Globo - Izaquias Queiroz
Producers: Victor Pozella, Mariana Monteiro, André Modesto, Janir Silva, Gustavo Serra, Rubian Natanael, André Amaral, Ari Junior, Lucas Munhoz Reporter: Pedro Bassan

BRONZE - RTBF Radio Télévision de la Communauté Française de Belgique, Portrait of Nafi Thiam, Athletics, Heptathlon
Producer: Mathieu Istace. Cameraman: Cedric Hamiet. Editor: Billy Moens

Beach volleyball was named as the sport with the best production at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images
Beach volleyball was named as the sport with the best production at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

CATEGORY 4 – The Best On-Air Promotion – Presented by Gianni Merlo

GOLD - BBC Sport - Rio 2016 The Olympic Games – The Greatest Show On Earth
Producers: Ryan Goodwin Smith (Passion) / Keeley Pratt (Y&R). Directors: Derek Picken & Niklas Rissler (againstallodds) – Passion Pictures

SILVER - NBC Olympics - Rio 2016 Olympic Promotional Campaign
Directors: John Miller, Jennifer Storms, Joseph Lee, Jeremy Quayhack, Justin Greenlee, Joseph Uliano, Nicholas Dobrowolski. Producers: Alexis Coble, Charles Jensen, Nate Robinson

BRONZE - Bulgarian National TV - Olympic Dream – Tereza Marinova Triple Jump Olympic Champion, Olympic Games Sydney 2000
Producer: Metodi Mantchenko. Director: Georgi Panayotov Tornev

CATEGORY 5 – The Best Olympic Digital Service – Presented by Patrick Baumann and Mikaela Cojuangco-Jaworski

GOLD - NBC Olympics - The Games of the XXXI Olympiad on NBC
Producers: Rick Cordella, Eric Black. Director: David Gabel

SILVER - ZDF-German TV - Rio 2016 – 3D perspective
Producers: Anke Scholten, Christian Hoffrichter. Director: Studio 71, Ansgar Pohle

BRONZE - SporTV/Globosat - App SporTV Rio 2016

CATEGORY 6 – The Best Olympic Programme - Presented by IOC President Thomas Bach

GOLD - SporTV/Globosat - É Campeão (Champions) - SporTV

SILVER - TV Globo - Globo Esporte

Producers: Ary Cunha, Camila Nogueira, Edmundo Goulart, Rafael Pirrho, Bruno Torres, Fernando Gimenes, Otto Conde, Sergio Neves, Vinicius Iannuzzi Director: Ricardo Jacomo

BRONZE - BBC Sport - Olympics 2016 - Review of the Games

Producer: Alastair Mcintyre. Director: Sally Richardson