Rio 2016: Top 10 Team GB gold medal winning moments

Four years after Team GB’s success at London 2012, the British athletes exceeded their previous medal haul by reaching 66 medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday.

Great Britain’s unprecedented performance in Brazil, surpassing China to second in the overall medal table, produced iconic moments that will long live in British sporting history.

Mo Farah’s 5,000m win at the Olympic Stadium, taking him to four Olympic gold medals, was one of the standout British victories at the games.

Out of the incredible 27 Team GB gold medals won, here is Play with Flair’s list of the top 10 winning moments from Rio 2016.

Mo Farah 

This was an Olympic Games dominated by the legends of previous competitions, with Michael Phelps winning his 28th medal in the swimming and Usain Bolt’s triple-triple.

Farah’s defence of his 10,000m and 5,000m gold medals from London 2012 will cement his own legendary status in long-distance running.

The 33-year-old’s 10,000m win thrilled the crowd after he was accidentally tripped by American training partner Galen Rupp.

Farah continued on to hold off Kenyan Paul Kipngetoch Tanui in a last-lap sprint to victory.

 

Max Whitlock

In an extraordinary day for British gymnastics, Max Whitlock became double Olympic champion in a matter of hours.

His unexpected men’s floor gold medal came after his main rivals, including current World Champion Japan’s Kenzo Shirai, made a series of errors on the floor.

Whitlock was the third performer but, after an anxious wait, won with a score of 15.633.

The 23-year-old then beat a disconsolate Louis Smith, who won another Olympic silver medal after doing so in 2012, in the men’s pommel horse final – an iconic British Olympic moment.

 

Andy Murray

The British number one’s gold-medal victory four years ago, a catalyst for his success at the following US Open and beyond, was one of the highlights at London 2012.

In 2012, Roger Federer beat Murray on the Wimbledon Centre Court a few weeks earlier and the current world number 2 came back from that disappointment to win against the Swiss great in front of the British public.

Murray defended his Olympic title in Rio in a thrilling four-hour encounter with Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, who had beaten Novak Djokovic in the first round and Rafael Nadal in a gruelling semi-final.

After 15 breaks of serve and a match which was constantly on the edge, Murray became the first man to retain an Olympic tennis title in a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory.

 

Justin Rose

On golf’s Olympic return following a 112-year hiatus there were several high-profile absentees from the contest, including Rory McIlroy.

The 2013 U.S Open champion was determined to make history, after achieving the first hole-in-one in his opening round.

The final round of the tournament was a closely fought content with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, who has been in great form in 2016, winning The Open Championship in July.

Rose and Stenson were level at 15 under par after 17 holes but the Brit won the final hole with a birdie, finishing at 16 under par as the Swede bogeyed the 18th hole.

 

Adam Peaty

Peaty was Britain’s first gold medalist at Rio 2016, winning the men’s 100m breaststroke in style with a world record time of 57.13 seconds.

The 21-year-old won a historic gold medal, the first British man to win since Adrian Moorhouse in Seoul 1988, in his first time competing at an Olympic games.

However, the British talent is no stranger to winning after becoming World, European and Commonwealth champion.

 

Nicola Adams

Yet more history was made for Team GB in the boxing ring as Nicola Adams became the first female boxer to successfully retain a title.

The Yorkshire boxer won a tight bout against France’s Sarah Ourahmoune with a unanimous decision from the judges.

Having already beaten Ourahmoune in their four previous fights, Adams was expected to win but withheld a tireless effort from the Frenchwoman.

 

Laura Trott

Team GB’s cycling team produced one of the standout performances in London 2012, with Laura Trott winning the team pursuit and omnium as a 20-year-old in her first Olympic games.

Fast forward to Rio 2016 and Trott created yet more Olympic history in the velodrome by becoming the first British woman to win four Olympic gold medals.

Trott’s imperious performance in the omnium earned her the title with 230 points, 24 points ahead of her closest rival American Sarah Hammer.

 

Jason Kenny

On the same night that Trott, Jason Kenny’s fiancée, made Olympic history Kenny equalled Sir Chris Hoy’s record tally of six Olympic gold medals for Great Britain after winning a dramatic keirin final.

There were two false starts, where Kenny was almost disqualified for seemingly overtaking the back wheel of the electric ‘derny’ bike before it had left the track.

However, the judges did not disqualify the 28-year-old Olympian and after another restart with no disqualifications, Kenny sprinted to victory.

 

Charlotte Dujardin

The successful combination of Charlotte Dujardin and her 14-year-old horse Valegro won the individual dressage, their third Olympic gold medal together.

By retaining her London 2012 title with a 93.857  score, Dujardin has cemented her status as a worldwide star of dressage.

Much of this success has been down to Dujardin’s relationship with Valegro, who will bow out of a final Olympics on a high.

 

Women’s hockey team

The British women’s hockey team won their first Olympic gold medal on penalties against defending champions the Netherlands in a tense final.

Britain’s keeper Maddie Hinch saved vital shots throughout the final, which ended 3-3 3 in normal time.

The Netherlands, who are the current world champions, put relentless pressure on the British team but they managed to keep the score level.

Hollie Webb scored the winning penalty to win 2-0 in the shootout, sparking the celebrations.

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