Rio Round Up
2nd September 2016
An emphatic display of majestic cycling leads Team GB to glory on Rio’s velodrome.
An Olympics that had everything; controversies, triumphs, records, a certain Mr Bolt and a football team that restored pride back into a nation has sadly come to its conclusion. Although what a fortnight it has been for Team GB, who against all odds finished a truly remarkable second in the final medal table. A feat that can just about be put into perspective when you realise that they fended off the likes of China, who have a staggering 1.2 billion more people than Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Four years on from the success of London 2012 Team GB have done it again, and one of the most crucial aspects to the triumph was the success inside the velodrome where we took 12 medals in total: 6 golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronzes. This gigantic total was double Team GB’s nearest rivals, the Dutch who took 6 medals: 2 gold, 3 silver and a bronze. The staggering performance ensured that every member of Team GB’s cycling team left Brazil with a medal.
Jason Kenny took three golds in the men’s sprint, men’s individual sprint and the men’s keirin which took his overall Olympic tally to 6 golds, equalling the astonishing total achieved by Sir Chris Hoy making him the joint most successful Olympian in British history. Could a knighthood soon follow? It was also a fantastic games for his fiancé Laura Trott who became the first British woman to win 4 Olympic gold medals by retaining her omnium title by taking the top prize in the women’s team pursuit along with Elinor Barker, Joanna Roswell-Shand and Katie Archibold.
There was a double podium in the women’s sprint as Katy Marchant took bronze and Becky James added her second silver, having already placed second in the women’s keirin.
Mark Cavendish managed to fulfil his dream of claiming an Olympic medal in dramatic circumstances after a collision with eventual winner Elia Viviani before crossing the line and collecting a silver.
Elsewhere in the team Callum Skinner aided Kenny in winning the team sprint alongside Phillip Hines, and he also took silver (second only to Kenny) in the individual sprint.
Sir Bradley Wiggins was back on top of the podium again spearheading Team GB to gold alongside Owain Doull, Ed Clancy and Steven Burke whilst our three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome managed to finish off Team GB’s haul with a bronze in the men’s time trial.
Great Britain’s dominance on the track continues and the only question that remains is can they propel forwards to a successful Tokyo 2020? With the perfect blend of youthful exuberance and experience of success within the camp, there is absolutely no reason why they can’t.