In the Olympics Welsh athletes compete under the banner of Great Britain, being selected to be part of the Team GB squad is a great honour. With so much competition to get in the squad it provides Welsh athletes with an opportunity to really push themselves to be able to compete on the world stage.
Before 2016 Wales' most successful Olympics in terms of Gold medals were the 1920 Games in Antwerp. There we won 4 gold’s as Christopher Jones and the legendary Paulo Radmilovic won in the Water Polo while John Ainsworth-Davies and Cecil Griffiths struck gold in the 4x400m relay. Although the Welsh contribution to the overall medal count was higher in the London 2012 Olympics, it's usually the Gold that counts!
In the Rio Olympic Games 2016 Welsh athletes brought home a record breaking 10 medals. Matching our 1920 Gold medal success our Olympians won 4 Gold medals. Jade Jones defended her title at -57kg. Cylcists Elinor Barker and Owain Doull each won Gold and sailor Hannah Mills won the women's 470 sailing event.
30 Welsh participants were named in Team GB for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 24 Welsh competitors were selected for Rio 2016’s Team GB, unfortunately that number fell to 23 as Graeme Thomas was withdrawn due to illness. 23 was still our highest contingent for an overseas games.