Great Britain Enjoys Most Successful Away Olympics Ever
Team GB’s Jason Kenny and Laura Trott. (Image Credit: Bryn Lennon / Getty Images)
Team GB is celebrating Great Britain’s most successful ever foreign Olympic Games competition, beating their previous best of 48 medals in Beijing with 50 medals overall. This means that they’re now on course to top the record of 65 medals they won in London back in 2012.
The history-making day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympics saw cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny – who are set to marry in September – both winning gold medals, adding to the tally of the most gold medals won in Rio 2016 in a single day thus far.
They also celebrated their own individual accomplishments, with Trott now tying with Sir Matthew Pinsent and Paul Radmilovic to become Great Britain’s sixth most successful Olympian and most successful female Olympian, while Kenny has remarkably managed to tie with the legendary Sir Chris Hoy, both having earned seven gold medals apiece to become the joint most successful British Olympians ever. Taking the top spot on the podium after a winning performance in the keirin, at the age of 28 Kenny could well surpass Hoy’s total at the next Olympic Games.
Giles Scott also secured a gold medal in sailing’s Finnclass, with the 29-year-old Olympiad earning Britain’s fifth successive gold in the event. Cyclist Becky James and diver Jack Laugher also won silver medals to increase Team GB’s tally, while bronze medals were obtained in two gymnastics events, cycling and boxing.
This has now put Great Britain in second place in the medals table, with them having earned 50 medals overall and 19 gold. The United States still maintain their lead with 84 medals and 28 gold, while China trail slightly in third place with 51 medals and 17 gold.