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24 August 2016

Rio Records

So we were right to be excited, Team GB were unbelievable, what a Games!

Bucking the trend, Britain is the first country to win more medals at the next Games after a home Games, with Team GB winning 67 medals in total! Once again Welsh athletes made a stellar contribution to Team GB success. Welsh athletes have brought home a record breaking 10 medals, 3 more than London 2012. Our athletes won 4 Gold and 6 Silver Medals; it would seem that we weren’t bothered by Bronze this Games! The last time Welsh athletes won 4 Gold medals at an Olympic Games was Antwerp 1920, so it’s great to have updated that record!

Now that everyone has landed back on UK soil it’s a good time to think back to what the athletes achieved, just in case you hadn’t heard…

Jade Jones defended her title and took Gold in Taekwondo 57kg. Watching ‘The Head-hunter’ in action was brilliant, it took a lot of concentration to stay focused on the screen and not miss one of her lightening quick kicks, maybe that’s how her opponents felt!

On the Track Owain Doull and Elinor Barker played their part in their pursuit teams exceptionally well, both bringing home Gold. Having missed out on 2012 Becky James certainly made up for it bagging two Silvers.

Hannah Mills made us proud on the water in the 470 sailing event with her Great Britain team-mate Saskia Clark, they went one better than London 2012 by winning Gold in Rio.

Jazz Carlin won two Silvers in the pool in the women’s 800m freestyle and 400m freestyle, another athlete coming back strong after missing out on London 2012.

It was a first appearance for Rugby Sevens at Rio and good job too - Sam Cross and James Davies both won Silver as part of the GB Sevens team.

Another first was Victoria Thornley’s Silver medal in the double sculls alongside her Great Britain team-mate Katherine Granger –a first welsh women’s Olympic medal in rowing.

Strong performances were put on by more than just the medal winners, all the athletes made us proud to watch and cheer! It’s not over yet though, before we think ahead to Tokyo 2020 there’s only a couple of weeks left of waiting for the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The Superhumans will show us how it’s done and break a few more records…