The Rio Summer Olympics have finally ended. Great Britain surprised everyone by finishing second in the medal tally, moving ahead of China and Germany. Great Britain Team has won a total of 67 medals this time around. They have surpassed their previous best tally of 65 medals which they won at their home. They managed to clinch 27 Gold medals, 23 Silver medals and 17 Bronze medals. In this process, Great Britain has become the first nation to exceed its medal total in the Games immediately following one that it hoisted.
The Rio Olympics have reignited the excitement about sports among the Britons. The previous month was hard for the British because of England’s Euro 2016 humiliation from the hands of Iceland. However, Northern Ireland performed much better than they were expected to. Great Britain’s exit from the European Union has led to an environment of uncertainty. That’s why the superb performance by Great Britain’s athletes has come like a breath of fresh air. Let’s discuss about their breathtaking performances.
Of the 366 athletes that went to Rio, 129 of them won the medal. Great Britain dominated track cycling, winning 6 of 10 events and finishing with a total of 11 medals in that event. GB had a great performance in Rowing and Gymnastics as well.
Adam Peaty won the Gold medal in 100m breaststroke in a record time.
Jack Laugher and Chris Mears claimed GB’s first ever Olympic Gold in driving.
Bryony Page won a silver medal in the trampoline event, this was the first ever medal for GB in this event.
Sophie Hitchon claimed Britain’s first ever medal in women’s hammer.
Great Britain’s Olympic Heroes-
Jason Kenny was the most successful British athlete; he won three golds in Track Cycling event.
Laura Trott won two golds in the Velodrome to take her medal tally to 4. She became Britain’s most successful woman Olympian.
Andy Murray defended his title by winning Gold in Men’s Single.
Mo Farah defended two Olympic titles, winning both the 5000m and 10000m.
Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first British to win a total of eight Olympic medals, signing off with a victory in team pursuit.
Jade Jones won the Gold in Taekwondo.
Some athletes continued their winning run in an emphatic manner.
GB rowers won a 5th consecutive Olympic Gold.
Track Cyclists won three straight titles in both the events.
Sailor Giles Scott made it five straight wins in the Finn class event.
There are many more Olympic heroes that gave a performance of utmost superiority and class. Hats off to all of them!!!
The Rio Olympics established Great Britain as a major sporting powerhouse. History was created in these Olympics. After coming back, the athletes will now focus on the Tokyo Olympics to build on this tremendous performance. Prime Minister Theresa May said a ‘’celebration fit for heroes’’ would be staged in Manchester in honor of the athletes.