Britain is indisputably back as an Olympic superpower as Will Satch’s team-mates left Rio with 67 medals, including 27 gold, sitting proudly second, above China and behind only the all-powerful United States.
Among those winners were Bradley Wiggins, who now has the most medals of any British Olympian with eight, including five gold, and Jason Kenny, who joined Chris Hoy on six as winner of most golds.
Germany also impressed throughout the event, finishing with a total of 46 medals. Although Horst Hrubesch’s men failed to deliver against the hosts in the final of the football tournament, Sebastian Brendel, Isabel Werth and Michael Jung were all on point as the mannschaft collected 17 gold medals.
The athletics program produced three world records, including a stunning run in the 400m by South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk while showing how much Canada has improved since London 2012. Sprinter Andre de Grasse was arguably the biggest star, steering his country to medals in the 100 metres, 200 metres and the 4×100-metre relay.
Brazil, led by Rafaela Silva, also enjoyed a successful tournament. The 24-year-old celebrated her triumph in judo on Monday with residents of the shantytown where shew grew up in Rio de Janeiro, which became globally known after Paulo Lins’ novel “City of God”.
AFP news agency (@AFP) 23 August 2016