Economists at Goldman Sachs will be forced to revisit their models after Team GB confounded the investment bank’s forecasts for the Rio Olympics.
Whatever Jade Jones does for the rest of her life – and when she sets her sights on something it generally happens – she will always cherish Rio.
Laura Trott became the first woman in British history to win four Olympic gold medals and it took her only four events across two Games to do so. The 24-year-old was triumphant in the omnium, adding to the Rio gold she had already won in the women’s team pursuit in defending the titles.
Sir Chris Hoy has tipped Jason Kenny to add to his tally of gold medals after the 28-year-old from Bolton equalled his British record of six by winning the keirin.
Charlotte Dujardin retained her individual grand prix dressage medal at Rio’s Olympic equestrian centre with a stunning round on Valegro. Her winning score of 93.857 was the third highest of all time, beaten only by herself. Still, though, a high‑quality competition boiled down a thrilling last ditch finish in the baking Rio sun.
It was third time lucky, then, for the endlessly compelling contradiction that is Mark Cavendish. Following two epic days of competition in only his third ever international class omnium, the Isle of Man cyclist finally had the Olympic medal he craved around his neck after bitter disappointment in Beijing and London.
There was nothing to separate Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson through 71 holes with the former Ryder Cup partners both 15-under par as they stepped on to the 18th green at the Olympic Golf Course on Sunday afternoon.
Max Whitlock has always been a shy kind of sportsman. It does not matter now. The history books – and an army of fans – will shout loud enough for him, after he ended Britain’s 116-year drought with not one but two gold medals in the Olympic Arena and established himself as -simply the greatest gymnast the country has produced.