Rio’s resounding success! Team GB goes down in history at 2016 Olympics


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PICTURESQUE: Rio was overtaken by Olympic fever for 16 days as over 11,000 sportsmen and women arrived in the Brazilian city

PICTURESQUE: Rio was overtaken by Olympic fever for 16 days as over 11,000 sportsmen and women arrived in the Brazilian city

It has been yet another record breaking 16 days for British athletes at the Olympics this summer, with Team GB competitors bringing home a record haul of medals from a rocking Rio.

With 67 gold, silver and bronze medallions hanging around their necks, the haul eclipses even that of London four years ago and cements the 2016 Games as the nation’s greatest ever Olympic Games.

Only the ever-dominant US team surpassed the GB medal count, with usual recent bridesmaids China slipping to third place in the medal table.

The British Olympic Association had set a target of just 48 medals prior to departure, yet this number was surpassed with five days left of competition left to go as Britain ruled in Rio.

“We’re making sporting history - 67 medals, nearly 130 medallists, across 19 sports,” said Liz Nichol, UK Sport chief executive.

“Even the sporting superpowers haven’t done that in the past, but we are one of those now.”

Success in the 2016 Games has been put largely down to investment in sport in the UK.

BOA chairman Bill Sweeney added: “Since National Lottery funding started in 1997, we have had five consecutive [summer] Olympic Games of medal growth - no other country has come close to that.”

From Usain Bolt’s unprecedented ‘treble-treble’ to a refugee team making its debut at the Games, this year’s Olympics were not only a success for the Brits.

In total, over 11,000 athletes competed across 28 events and 306 categories as the world’s best sportsmen and women came together to battle it out in the international arena.

In athletics, IAAF President, Seb Coe, said fans have been treated to an unparalleled level of performance at this year’s instalment of the Olympic Games – and with three world records and nine Olympic records all registered, it is clear to see why.

“It’s a bit like glugging your way through a quart of cream, it’s been exceptional,” he said on the night prior to the closing ceremony.

 “It has enthralled, it has entertained, it has captured the global imagination this week.

“The sport is alive and incredibly strong. The performances have been incredible and I cannot remember a group of athletes who have come to an Olympics better prepared.”

International Olympic Committee chief, Thomas Bach, was also quick to declare Rio 2016 a success.

“These were the marvellous games, in this marvellous city,” he said.

“These Olympic Games are leaving a unique legacy, for generations to come. History will talk about Rio de Janeiro before and a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Games.”

MARVELLOUS GAMES: The Rio Olympics were officially the most successful Games in Team GB’s history

MARVELLOUS GAMES: The Rio Olympics were officially the most successful Games in Team GB’s history

Team GB Olympic Champions:

GOLD:

Adam Peaty - 100m breaststroke, swimming

Joe Clarke - K1, kayak

Jack Laugher & Chris Mears - men’s synchronised 3m springboard, diving

Men’s team sprint - cycling

Helen Glover & Heather Stanning - women’s coxless pair, rowing

Men’s coxless fours - rowing

Men’s team pursuit - cycling

Mo Farah  - 10,000m, athletics

Men’s eight - rowing

Women's team pursuit - cycling

Justin Rose - golf

Max Whitlock - floor, gymnastics

Max Whitlock - pommel horse, gymnastics

Jason Kenny - individual sprint, cycling

Andy Murray - tennis

Charlotte Dujardin - dressage

Giles Scott - sailing

Jason Kenny - keirin, cycling

Laura Trott - omnium, cycling

Alistair Brownlee - triathlon

Hannah Mills - 470 event, sailing

Saskia Clark - 470 event, sailing

Jade Jones - taekwondo

Nick Skelton - eventing, showjumping

Great Britain - women's hockey

Liam Heath - solo kayak 200m

Nicola Adams - boxing

Mo Farah - 5,000m, athletics

SILVER:

Jazz Carlin - 400m freestyle, swimming

Men’s 4x200m - freestyle relay, swimming

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor - 200m individual medley, swimming

David Florence & Richard Hounslow - C2, canoeing

Katherine Grainger & Vicky Thornley - women’s double sculls, rowing

Men’s sevens - rugby

Jazz Carlin - 800m freestyle, swimming

Bryony Page - trampolining

Team dressage - equestrian

Women’s eight - rowing

Jessica Ennis-Hill - heptathlon

Becky James - keirin, cycling

Men's 4x100m - medley relay, swimming

Louis Smith - pommel horse, gymnastics

Nick Dempsey - RS:X, windsurfing

Callum Skinner - individual sprint, cycling

Mark Cavendish - omnium, cycling

Becky James - sprint, cycling

Jack Laugher - diving

Jonathan Brownlee - triathlon

Liam Heath - double 200m, kayak

Jon Schofield - double 200m, kayak

Lutalo Muhammad - taekwondo

Joe Joyce - men's super heavyweight boxing

BRONZE:

Tom Daley & Dan Goodfellow - men’s synchro 10m platform, diving

Ed Ling - men’s trap, shooting

Sally Conway - -70kg, judo

Chris Froome - road race, cycling

Steven Scott - double trap, shooting

Max Whitlock - all-round, gymnastics

Greg Rutherford - long jump

Sophie Hitchon- hammer

Amy Tinkler - floor, gymnastics

Nile Wilson - horizontal bar, gymnastics

Katy Marchant - sprint, cycling

Joshua Buatsi - boxing

Marcus Ellis - doubles, badminton

Chris Langridge - doubles, badminton

Great Britain - 4x100m relay

Vicky Holland - triathlon

Bianca Walkden - taekwondo

Great Britain - women's 4x400m relay

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