Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Team Great Britain record holders return from RIO triumphantly in gold nosed plane

Britain broke record by becoming the first country to improve on their medals win from 65 in London 2012 to 67 in Rio 2016.

Their performance were the best compared to any country that had hosted a proceeding Olympics.

 They returned home triumphantly in a gold nosed coloured British airways plane.About 320 athletes, support staff travelled back surrounded by supportive families of the medalist.

BBC gathered that the plane carried back poles for the pole vault, bicycles, javelins and a 6.7-metre sail, while 77 bottles of champagne and a three-course menu were on offer. 130 of the 366 atheletes that represented Britain came back with a medal.

Katherine Grainger became Britain's most decorated female Olympian by taking silver with Victoria Thornley in the double sculls in rowing.Granger expressed her joy on her victory and stated that she felt a sense of pride that is infectious and everyone wants to add to it.

Max Whitlock  won two individual gold medals in the men's gymnastics while Nicoal Adams retained her women's flyweight title.British driver Jack Laugher won gold and silver in Rio.

 BBC News reporter Daniela Relph who was present at Heathrow when the team came back described the atmosphere as a happy one with layers and layers of people on all floors of the terminal. It was a great Team GB welcome home she said.

Cycling saw Britain’s ‘golden couple’ of Jason Kenny and fiancee Laura Trott, triumph in the velodrome.

Kenny matched British cycling great Chris Hoy's tally of six golds with three wins in Rio, while Trott won two of her own to take her total to four.

Kenny, who returned earlier with Trott, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday: “It is now sinking in. As we go out for dinner, people are coming up and saying ‘Well done’ and buying us drinks. I don’t think we have bought a single drink since we have come back.”

Several British competitors defended titles won in London, notably Mo Farah who despite falling down in one of his races still  took gold in both the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres  becoming the first man since Finland’s Lasse Viren in 1976 to complete Olympic long-distance running’s ‘double double’.


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