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It was a golden Olympic weekend for Team GB as they won a marvellous 12 Gold Medals to move them up to second in the overall medal table behind the USA. In addition to Mo Farah’s heroics in the athletics 10,000 metres on Saturday night, Max Whitlock created more Olympic history by becoming Team GB’s first ever Gold medal winner in Gymnastics. He was the surprise winner of the men’s floor event, but his miraculous day was not over, as he went on to win Gold on the pommel horse beating team mate Louis Smith in to second.

Justin Rose carded a nail biting closing round 67 to claim golf’s first Olympic Gold medal for team GB beating Open winner Henrik Stenson by two shots. The men’s and women’s indoor cycling pursuit teams reclaimed there Olympic titles yesterday and Jason Kenny made it two Golds in the men’s sprint final, beating compatriot Calum Skinner. There was more Gold for Team GB’s rowers as the men’s eight rounded off a fantastic rowing regatta for Team GB. Giles Scott won sailing Gold in the Finn class and Andy Murray defended his Olympic title beating Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro in a thrilling 4 hour men’s final in the early hours of Monday morning.

On Monday Team GB’s Charlotte Djujardin successfully defended her Dressage Olympic title while Mark Cavendish finally added an Olympic medal to his impressive cycling CV landing Silver in the men’s Omnium. On Tuesday Sophie Hitchon snatched Olympic Bronze with her last throw in the women’s Hammer, Nile Wilson won GB’s first ever men’s Gymnastics medal on the high bar and not to be outdone Amy Tinkler also won bronze in the women’s floor final. Finally, at the time of writing Team GB were set to win more Gold medals in cycling with Jason Kenny going for a third in the Keirin, partner Laura Trott was in the lead in the women’s Omnium and Becky James was through to the final of women’s sprint.

Elsewhere the highlights have been Usain Bolt kept his hopes alive for a triple triple Olympic Gold medal haul after winning the men’s 100 metre title for a third time, David Rudisha defending his Olympic 800 metre title and the story of the Olympic athletics so far Wayde van Niekerk from South Africa winning the men’s 400 metres Gold in a new World Record time of 43.03 seconds, which broke Michael Johnsons 17 year old record.


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