Team GB have leaped up the medal tally following an unprecedented weekend of success at the Rio 2016 Olympics, to the tune of eight gold medals.
On Saturday, Mo Farah became the first British track and field athlete to win three gold medals while in the cycling, Laura Trott also claimed a third gold – the first British female athlete to do so.
The gold came thicker and faster on Sunday with Max Whitlock winning Team GB’s first ever Olympic gymnastics titles, before Justin Rose and Andy Murray finished off an unforgettable weekend in Rio.
- Saturday: 3 Gold | 4 Silver | 1 Bronze
- Sunday: 5 Gold | 3 Silver | 0 Bronze
Great Britain’s athletic trio of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford headlined an action-packed Saturday night after all three athletes won gold in London 2012.
However, it was the 10,000 metre star who stole the show, defending his Olympic crown despite an early stumble, becoming Britain’s most accomplished athletics representative of all time.
Despite snatching a bronze with his last attempt, Rutherford was left devastated in the men’s long jump though Ennis-Hill was gleaming with heptathlon silver in what could be her final major tournament.
Meanwhile in the velodrome, the women’s pursuit team of Joanna Rowsell, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Laura Trott, broke the world record yet again, handing the latter a record-breaking third gold medal.
To top the day off, the rowing eights were both among the medals with the women’s team earning a hard-fought silver before the men went one better, claiming gold.
In Sunday’s events, Justin Rose teed off the day’s gold by holding onto his lead to take out the men’s individual stroke play in golf’s return to the Olympic stage.
Going into the 18th and final hole, Rose was tied for first with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson at 15-under however grabbed the advantage with his approach shot onto the green, holding on to become golf’s first gold medallist in 112 years.
Ahead of the day’s artistic gymnastics all-around finals, Great Britain had never won an Olympic gold medal in the sport.
However in the space of two hours, Max Whitlock shocked the world to out perform his more fancied opponents in the floor final before finishing the night with a second goal in the pommel horse competition.
The 23-year-old resigned London 2012 silver medallist, Louis Smith, to another silver, outscoring his compatriot by a mere 0.133.
Team GB were already guaranteed gold and silver in the men’s sprint final at the velodrome with Jason Kenny going head-to-head against Callum Skinner.
It was the former who was able to edge his compatriot, claiming the first two races in a best of three final to successfully defend his title, claiming a fifth Olympic title.
To finish off an incredible weekend, Andy Murray was able to secure back-to-back Olympic titles in the tennis men’s singles event.
The Scotsman was taken to four sets by a determined Juan Martin del Potro, however outlasted the Argentinian to end the night winning 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.