Beneath the record-breaking exploits of Great Britain’s Rio Olympic Games team are the awe-inspiring stories of athletes who reached the very peak of their sports.
From London 2012 stars defending their titles, to the athletes achieving feats never before managed by a Brit, to those few individuals who have etched themselves into the narrative of Great Britain’s greatest athletes of all time.
With 67 medals, including 27 gold, to choose from, we’ve done our best at the near-impossible task of picking Team GB’s top 10 golden moments from Rio 2016.
1. Mo’s double-double
After winning Gold in both the 5,000 metres and 10,000m in London 2012, Mo Farah backed it up by taking both events in Rio to well and truly establish himself as the nation’s most successful athletics representative with four gold medals to his name.
2. Kenny equals Team GB’s greatest
A dramatic final of the men’s keirin event saw Jason Kenny power into the record books by equaling Sir Chris Hoy’s British record of six Olympic Gold medals, taking out his third for Rio 2016.
3. Trott becomes Britain’s greatest female Olympian
Having already won gold in the women’s team pursuit, Laura Trott was triumphant in the omnium event which took her total Olympic gold medal tally to four – more than any other British woman has achieved.
4. First hockey gold for British women
Team GB’s hockey team survived a heart-stopping penalty shoot-out against the defending Champions, the Netherlands, to claim the nation’s first ever women’s Olympic gold medal in the sport.
5. Murray goes back-to-back
Continuing on from taking out a record fifth Queen’s Club title and claiming his second Wimbledon Championship in just the last two months, Andy Murray achieved what no athlete has done before him, defending an Olympic tennis singles gold medal.
6. Magic five for Wiggins
As part of Great Britain’s victorious men’s team pursuit squad, Bradley Wiggins not only won a fifth gold medal but became the most decorated British Olympian of all time with a collection of eight medals in total.
7. Brownlee brothers victorious again
It’s incredible enough for two brothers to finish on the podium in any Olympic Games discipline. However to achieve it twice? That’s exactly what Alistair and Jonny Brownlee achieved after finishing first and second respectively in the men’s triathlon event, bettering their gold and bronze won in London four years earlier.
8. Whitlock’s Gymnastics double-act
Heading into Rio, Great Britain was yet to win a gold medal in the sport of gymnastics. However on one day, and in the space of just two hours, Max Whitlock would take out the floor and pommel horse finals, tumbling his way into the history books.
9. Adams punching with the boxing greats
The European and World Champion, Nikola Adams, won the women’s flyweight gold medal match against France’s Sarah Ourahmoune to become the first British boxer to retain their Olympic title in 92 years.
10. Gold account opened with Peaty’s World Record
It took a couple days to come but Adam Peaty made the moment worth the wait, earning Great Britain’s first Rio Olympic gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke in a World Record time.