Post-Rio spotlight on...athletics



Post-Rio spotlight on...athletics

19 November 2016 / 15:45


Mo Farah (Gold: 5,000m, 10,000m)

Jessica Ennis-Hill (Silver: heptathlon)

Greg Rutherford (Bronze: long jump)

Sophie Hitchon (Bronze: hammer throw)

GBR women’s 4x100m relay (Bronze)

GBR women’s 4x400m relay (Bronze)



MEN: James Dasaolu (100m/4x100m relay), James Ellington (100m/4x100m relay), Chijindu Ujah (100m/4x100m relay), Adam Gemili (200m/ 4x100m relay), Danny Talbot (200m/4x100m relay), Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (200m/4x100m relay), Martyn Rooney (400m/4x400m relay), Matthew Hudson-Smith (400m/4x400m relay), Rabah Yousif (400m/4x400m relay), Michael Rimmer (800m), Elliot Giles (800m), Chris O’Hare (1500m), Charlie Grice (1500m), Mo Farah (5000m/10,000m), Tom Farrell (5000m), Andrew Butchart (5000m), Andy Vernon (10,000m), Ross Millington (10,000m), Rob Mullett (3000m steeplechase), Andy Pozzi (110m hurdles), Lawrence Clarke (110m hurdles), Sebastian Rodger (400m hurdles) Jack Green (400m hurdles), Luke Cutts (pole vault), Robbie Grabarz (high jump), Chris Baker (high jump), Greg Rutherford (long jump), Nick Miller (hammer throw), Mark Dry (hammer throw), Chris Bennett (hammer throw), Tom Bosworth (20km race walk), Dominic King (50km race walk), Callum Hawkins (marathon), Tsegai Tewelde (marathon), Derek Hawkins (marathon), Richard Kilty (4x100m relay), Ojie Edoburun (4x100m relay), Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (4x100m relay), Jack Green (4x400m), Delano Williams (4x400m relay), Nigel Levine (4x400m relay), Jarryd Dunn (4x400m relay)


Asha Philip (100m/4x100m relay), Desiree Henry (100m/4x100m relay), Daryll Neita (100m/4x100m relay), Dina Asher-Smith (200m/4x100m relay), Jodie Williams (200m), Christine Ohuruogu (400m/4x400m relay), Emily Diamond (400m/4x400m relay), Seren Bundy-Davies (400m/4x400m relay), Lynsey Sharp (800m), Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (800m), Laura Muir (1500m), Laura Weightman (1500m), Elish McColgan (5000m), Stephanie Twell (5000m), Laura Whittle (5000m), Jo Pavey (10,000m), Beth Potter (10,000m), Jessica Andrews (10,000m), Lennie Waite (3000m steeplechase), Tiffany Porter (100m hurdles), Cindy Ofili (100m hurdles), Eilidh Doyle (400m hurdles/4x400m relay), Morgan Lake (high jump), Holly Bradshaw (pole vault), Lorraine Ugen (long jump), Shara Proctor (long jump), Jazmin Sawyers (long jump), Jade Lally (discus throw), Sophie Hitchon (hammer throw), Katarina Johnson-Thompson (heptathlon), Jessica Ennis-Hill (heptathlon), Sonia Samuels (marathon), Alyson Dixon (marathon), Bianca Williams (4x100m relay), Ashleigh Nelson (4x100m relay), Louise Bloor (4x100m relay), Anyika Onuora (4x400m relay), Margaret Adeoye (4x400m relay), Kelly Massey (4x400m relay)


The Rio recap

While not matching the quartet of athletics gold medals won at London 2012, Team GB did manage to surpass their overall medal tally in Rio with seven in total.

There were a number of familiar faces on the medal rostrum, most notably Mo Farah who successfully defended his 10,000m and 5000m titles to complete the Olympic double double and claim Team GB’s two athletics gold medals of the Games.

There was not quite a repeat of the famous Super Saturday but Farah’s fellow cast members Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford certainly played their part in Act II, with silver and bronze respectively in the same session as Farah’s 10,000m win.

Ennis-Hill came within 35 points of defending her heptathlon Olympic crown on what would later prove to be her competition swansong but had to settle for second behind emerging star Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium.


Rutherford meanwhile picked up his second Olympic medal after his sixth and final attempt of 8.29m moved him into the long jump medals behind new champion Jeff Henderson of America.

Rutherford’s bronze was one of two third-placed finishes claimed by Team GB’s field athletes with a surprise podium finish for hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon.

The 25-year-old also saved her best until last, launching the hammer to a British record mark of 74.54m to claim Team GB’s first Olympic medal in the event for 92 years.

And there was also girl power on the track as both the women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams clinched bronze medals to round off the podium finishes.



Did you know? Victory for Mo Farah in the 5000m final and bronze for the women’s 4x400m relay took Team GB to 66 medals, one more than their record haul at London 2012.

Where to from here?

Jessica Ennis-Hill’s retirement after a glittering career may have left a considerable gap in British Athletics but the opportunity for others to step up will come quickly, most notably with next year’s World Championships on home soil.

Five years after the Olympic Stadium played host to the Games, athletics will once again be front and centre at the venue next July for ten days of athletics action.

The likes of Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Adam Gemili area all set to compete but keep an eye out for some new names to grab the headlines.

Great Britain won seven medals at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and will be looking for home support to roar them to more.


Did you know? Team GB athletics team finished sixth in the medal table with seven podium finishes with heavyweights USA clear at the top with 32


Ones to watch


Andrew Butchart

All eyes were on Mo Farah as he beat all those before him but one Brit laying the foundations for future Games was Andrew Butchart in the 5000m.

Making his Games debut, the 25-year-old not only soaked up the experience but delivered a personal best performance of 13:08.61 to finish sixth.  

Whisper it quietly but there will be a time when Farah no longer effortlessly glides around the track for laps on end. They are big shoes to fill but it appears Butchart will be ready to try.



Laura Muir

Laura Muir finished seventh in the women’s 1500m final but there is no doubting that the 23-year old middle distance runner has a big future.

Muir beat Dame Kelly Holmes’ 12-year-old British record when she won London’s Anniversary Games in 3:57.49 minutes pre Rio.

And then just weeks after the Games, she was at it again, taking over two seconds off her previous best to lower the record to a time of 3:55.22.


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