Can we just take a moment to recognise how excellent Team GB were at the Rio Olympics? This little island finished second in the medal table. ACTUAL SECOND! That’s ahead of China- a country with a population of over A WHOLE BILLION. Per capita, we beat the USA.
Our gold medals came from a broader spectrum of sports than anyone else’s, with winners in 15 different sports. The dedication and pride exhibited by the athletes deserves applause and recognition. They have truly done the Kingdom proud.
These have been Great Britain’s most successful Olympics. Sports funding provided by the National Lottery has garnered clear, positive results.
Just look at all those medals, edging out the 66 won in the London 2012 games. And there are some even better victories within those stats.
Mo Farah has become the world’s most successful long distance runner, as he defended his title in both the 5000m and 10000m races (and that’s even after he tripped in the 10000m run).
Laura Trott is Team GB’s most successful female Olympian and put in an excellent performance to win gold in the women’s Omnium. Jason Kenny is also doing the nation proud, picking up three gold medals in both individual and team events. The couple’s combined medal tally beats several countries in the final standings.
Team GB’s women’s hockey team became the first from this island to win Olympic gold, and their reaction (which you can watch on the BBC iPlayer) was enough to fill anyone’s heart with joy.
Nicola Adams is the first British boxer to win a second consecutive gold medal in over a century and proved a smile truly is infectious. This honour came after a tense fight between her and France’s Sarah Ourahmoune.
Max Whitlock became the first ever member of Team GB to win a gymnastics gold in the floor event. With a taste for victory, he then took gold on the pommel horse, with silver going to fellow Brit Louis Smith.
Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee took gold and silver respectively in the triathlon, resulting in the most proud parents in the world.
A special mention for Lutalo Muhammed, who won silver in the men’s taekwondo. He was seconds away from a gold but his display of raw emotion after being narrowly beaten is a prime example of the dedication of these athletes.
All of these achievements are without the dreary conditions our athletes are used to. So, it can’t be labelled as a fluke. In fact, Britain is the only team in the modern Olympics to get more medals in the games immediately following the ones it hosted.
You can see all the medals Team GB won, and some happy faces, here. Here’s hoping for more success at the Paralympic games.