Friday, August 19, 2016

Congratulations to the Brownlee Brothers, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, Jade Jones, Nick Skelton and the British Women's hockey team

The run of magnificent performances from Team GB athletes in Rio just goes on and on.

If I have been counting correctly, Alistair Brownlee has become the third British competitor, after Andy Murray and Laura Trott, to successfully defend an Olympic title in an event in which nobody had ever won consecutive Oympic gold medals before.

And when Alistair and his brother Jonathan won gold and silver in the Triathlon I understand they became the first brothers to win Olympic Gold and Silver medals in the same event.

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark won the gold medal in the in the women's 4.70 sailing event.

Nick Skelton won gold in Showjumping and thereby became Britain's second-oldest Olympic gold medallist in his seventh Games.

The 58-year-old, who initially retired 16 years ago after breaking his neck in two places, claimed individual gold after a six-way jump-off. It is Britain's first individual show jumping medal since Anne Moore's silver in 1972, and adds to Skelton's win in the team event at London 2012.

Jade Jones was yet another British athlete who successfully defended an Olympic championship, winning Gold in Rio in the under 57kg women's Tae kwon do, having previously won the gold medal at London 2012

And the  British women's hockey team have won Gold on penalties at the climax to a superb match against the Netherlands.

This means that in the national league table Team GB has 24 Gold medals and 58 medals in total, putting us in second place behind only the USA, narrowly ahead of China in third place and well ahead of Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Italy and the Netherlands, the other countries in the top ten slots.

Congratulations to all of them for these magnificent performances.

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