Heroes of Team GB will return home from the Rio Olympics in triumph after magnificent medal haul

Great Britain with their medals following victory over Holland in the gold medal match at the Olympic Hockey Centre on the Fourteenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil (David Davies/PA)
Great Britain with their medals following victory over Holland in the gold medal match at the Olympic Hockey Centre on the Fourteenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil (David Davies/PA)

IT’S been a golden Games bursting with glory and unforgettable moments.

The spectacular sporting action staged in Rio de Janeiro over the last fortnight has thrown up a host of medal-
winning Team GB superstars.

And the gold rush now looks set to secure Britain second spot in the medals’ league table ahead of mighty China.

Since China’s 1984 Olympic debut, Britain has never
finished above them.

Although China leads GB on total medals, the table is ranked on golds and GB are ahead where it matters going into today’s final day of competition.

Data analysts Gracenote Sports, which forecasts results on its Virtual Medal Table, is predicting Team GB will cement second place in the medals table – and make history by becoming the first host nation to improve their medal total at the next Games.

Simon Gleave, head of analysis at Gracenote, said: “It now looks very much as though GB will finish second as we now have an advantage on golds and silvers over China.”

Team GB has smashed its target of at least 48 medals in Rio.

It has secured medals from 19 different sports, performing best in cycling, swimming, gymnastics and rowing.

Experts believe two key factors lay behind the last fortnight’s stellar success: millions of pounds of National Lottery funding and the incredible team spirit fostered by the British Olympic Association.

Team GB’s experienced chef de mission, Mark England, is surely the architect of such success.

One of his team’s key ideas saw all athletes and competitors presented with their Team GB tracksuits when they arrived at the Rio athletes’ village.

It’s such attention to detail that has proved the difference between Britain and the rest of the world, say experts.

The team’s golden heroics are to be celebrated at two key events.

Manchester is to stage a homecoming parade, with a further national event to be held in London.

Prime Minister Theresa May said both events would take place in October after the Paralympians have returned from the Games in Rio.

“It will be a celebration fit for heroes – and rightly so, because that is exactly what they are,” said Mrs May.

 

Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain walks with her fiance, Dean Wyatt Golding after winning the gold medal during the Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain walks with her fiance, Dean Wyatt Golding after winning the gold medal during the Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Team GB cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny pose with their gold medals (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Team GB cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny pose with their gold medals (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Hannah Mills of Great Britain (left) and Saskia Clark of Great Britain pose with their gold medals after winning the womens 470 class medal race at the Marina da Gloria (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Hannah Mills of Great Britain (left) and Saskia Clark of Great Britain pose with their gold medals after winning the womens 470 class medal race at the Marina da Gloria (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Gold medallist, Nick Skelton of Great Britain riding Big Star celerates after the Equestrian Jumping Individual Final Round (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Gold medallist, Nick Skelton of Great Britain riding Big Star celerates after the Equestrian Jumping Individual Final Round (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Gold medallists Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner of Great Britain celebrate after the Men's Team Sprint Track Cycling Finals (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Gold medallists Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner of Great Britain celebrate after the Men’s Team Sprint Track Cycling Finals (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Gold medallist Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain celebrates on the podium during the Men's Triathlon (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Gold medallist Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain celebrates on the podium during the Men’s Triathlon (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
(L-R) Gold medalists Jack Laugher and Chris Mears of Great Britain pose during the medal ceremony for the Men's Diving Synchronised 3m Springboard Final (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
(L-R) Gold medalists Jack Laugher and Chris Mears of Great Britain pose during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Diving Synchronised 3m Springboard Final (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
Gold medallist Adam Peaty of Great Britain poses during the medal ceremony for the Men's 100m Breaststroke Final (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Gold medallist Adam Peaty of Great Britain poses during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 100m Breaststroke Final (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Gold medallist, Jade Jones of Great Britain celebrates after defeating Eva Calvo Gomez of Spain during the Women's -57kg Gold Medal Taekwondo contest (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Gold medallist, Jade Jones of Great Britain celebrates after defeating Eva Calvo Gomez of Spain during the Women’s -57kg Gold Medal Taekwondo contest (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Gold medallist Andy Murray of Great Britain poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's singles (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Gold medallist Andy Murray of Great Britain poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men’s singles (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Justin Rose of Great Britain celebrates with the gold medal after winning in the final round of men's golf (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Justin Rose of Great Britain celebrates with the gold medal after winning in the final round of men’s golf (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Max Whitlock of Great Britain poses for photographs with his two gold medals in front of the Olympic Park (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Max Whitlock of Great Britain poses for photographs with his two gold medals in front of the Olympic Park (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Gold medallists Owain Doull, Edward Clancy, Steven Burke and Bradley Wiggins of Team Great Britain pose for photographs (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Gold medallists Owain Doull, Edward Clancy, Steven Burke and Bradley Wiggins of Team Great Britain pose for photographs (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Gold medallists Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker of Great Britain celebrate on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's Team Pursuit (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Gold medallists Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker of Great Britain celebrate on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women’s Team Pursuit (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Jason Kenny of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Men's Keirin Finals race (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Jason Kenny of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Men’s Keirin Finals race (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Gold medalists Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis of Great Britain (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Gold medalists Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis of Great Britain (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Gold medallists Helen Glover (R) and Heather Stanning (L) of Great Britain (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Gold medallists Helen Glover (R) and Heather Stanning (L) of Great Britain (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
 (L to R) Gold medallists Great Britain pose for photographs after the medal ceremony for the Men's Eight (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
(L to R) Gold medallists Great Britain pose for photographs after the medal ceremony for the Men’s Eight (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Giles Scott of Great Britain celebrates winning the gold medal in the Finn class (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Giles Scott of Great Britain celebrates winning the gold medal in the Finn class (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Gold medalist Joseph Clarke of Great Britain stands on the podium after the Kayak (K1) Men's Final (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Gold medalist Joseph Clarke of Great Britain stands on the podium after the Kayak (K1) Men’s Final (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Gold medallist Mohamed Farah (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Gold medallist Mohamed Farah (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Great Britain's Liam Heath folliowing his gold medal in the men's K1 200 metres on the fifteenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil (Mike Egerton/PA)
Great Britain’s Liam Heath folliowing his gold medal in the men’s K1 200 metres on the fifteenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil (Mike Egerton/PA)
Great Britain with their medals following victory over Holland in the gold medal match at the Olympic Hockey Centre on the Fourteenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil (David Davies/PA)
Great Britain with their medals following victory over Holland in the gold medal match at the Olympic Hockey Centre on the Fourteenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil (David Davies/PA)

 


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