- Chris Sobey
Team GB continued their great performance at the Rio Olympics, which has become their best ever away performance since Beijing, and maintained second place in the medal table thanks to our athletes producing world class performances across a range of different sporting events.
The Brownlee brothers Alastair and Johnny confirmed their status as the two best triathletes in the world taking Gold and Silver respectively yesterday. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clarke added two more Gold’s in 470 class sailing yesterday and Jack Laugher added to his Gold diving medal winning silver in the 3 metre springboard on Tuesday. At the time of writing GB’s women’s hockey team are through to the final for the first time, and will face defending champions the Netherlands tonight, who are going for a third straight Olympic Gold.
Nicola Adams who won Team GB’s first women’s Olympic medal in Boxing at London is through to the final again and will aim to become the first ever GB female athlete to defend her Gold medal. Liam Heath and Jon Schofield won silver in 200 metre Kayak double yesterday while Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge created history yesterday when they won bronze in the men’s Badmington doubles, which was the first ever Team GB medal in the sport.
Team GB have experienced a quiet few days on the athletics front, but Mo Farah is still on to defend his 5,000 metre Gold despite nearly falling again in qualification. Farah is already by far the greatest British Olympic athletics star of all time in my view and if he records another 10,000 and 5,000 metre Olympic double he should go down in history as the greatest ever British athletics star of all time and he will be a popular choice for BBC Sports Personality of the Year if he does, but that might depend on Andy Murray who has already won Wimbledon, the Olympics and if he wins the US Open and helps GB defend their Davis Cup title it will be hard to ignore what would be by far his best ever season.
There will be more opportunities for Team GB to add to their medal tally today and Sir Bradley Wiggins will be part of the cycling pursuit team, who are defending Olympic champions. Wiggins is aiming for a record eighth Olympic Gold medal and if he achieves this amazing feat it will make him the most decorated athlete in the nation’s history. There could be more Gold medals in rowing today as Team GB are defending champions in the men’s four. Alex Gregory, Mohammed Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis will attempt to defend the title while Helen Glover and Heather Stanning could make it another glorious day for Team GB in the women’s rowing pair’s.