The Rio Round Up: Week 1 in Review
Rio 2016

The Rio Round Up: Week 1 in Review

23 August 2016 / 13:38

It’s over. Finito. Acabado. Don’t cry because it’s over though, celebrate because it was our best ever away Olympic Games and Team GB made history by becoming the only nation to ever better their medal tally, the Games after hosting.

With a final haul of 67 medals, 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze, our Team GB athletes surpassed all expectations and targets set ahead of the Games.

Our athletes and support staff have now touched down at Heathrow after a very special flight on our BA VictoRIOus plane – so with that in mind, here’s a day-by-day guide to all our key performances and the story behind every medal.

To get you going, here’s our recap of the first eight days in Rio.

Day 1

Geraint Thomas at Rio 2016 men's road race
The morning after the night before.

The Opening Ceremony at the Maracana had kicked things off in style. A green Games was the message and a party atmosphere the plan.

There were no medals on day one but there was the small matter of a new world record, and a sign of things to come, from our (spoiler alert!) golden boy Adam Peaty.

There was also disappointment for Geraint Thomas in the road race, whose crash on the final descent dashed hopes of an opening day medal.

Day 2


We didn't have long to wait for our first medals as our swimmers got off to a flying start in the pool.

Adam Peaty won gold in the 100m breaststroke and Jazz Carlin got silver in the 400m freestyle - within eight minutes of each other - on the second night of swimming finals.

Elsewhere on day two Lizzie Armitstead missed out in the women's road race and Andy Murray began his gold medal defence with a win.

Day 3

Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow celebrate Olympic bronze

Three was the magic number as third place finishes for Ed Ling, Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow brought home two more bronze medals for Team GB.

Daley and Goodfellow won bronze in the 10m synchro diving with a last-ditch dive for glory, and Ling won a shoot-off in the men's trap to win his medal.

There was agony for our rugby sevens women though as they finished just out of the medals in fourth.

Day 4

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor celebrates her 200m IM silver success

Only day four and our swimming squad had already won enough medals to make it our most successful games in the pool since Los Angeles 1984.

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor raced to silver in the 200m individual medley and our quartet of James Guy, Duncan Scott, Stephen Milne and Dan Wallace did the same in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Elsewhere on day nine Andy Murray and Johanna Konta both progressed in the tennis singles, Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley led Team GB’s rowing finals charge and our men’s hockey side were on cloud nine after routing Brazil.

Day 5

Joe Clarke

If we had Super Saturday at London 2012 then day five was certainly wonderful Wednesday at Rio 2016.

There were gold medals for Joe Clarke in the K1 canoe slalom, as well as Jack Laugher and Chris Mears in the 3m springboard synchro, plus bronzes for Max Whitlock and Sally Conway in the gymnastics and judo, respectively.

We weren't done there though, with further bronze success for Chris Froome in the time trial and Steve Scott in the double trap.

Day 6


A gold and three silvers made it ten medals in two days for Team GB on day six.

Jason Kenny showed us just how quick he was riding as the team sprint raced to gold, while Thornley and Grainger stroked to doubles sculls silver.

Our boys lost out to Fiji in the final but still came away with rugby sevens silver, and David Florence and Rich Hounslow repeated their silver success from London 2012.

Day 7

Men's Team Pursuit win Olympic gold

Wonderful Wednesday was matched by Fantastic Friday, as Team GB scooped another six medals.

Sir Bradley Wiggins became the most decorated Team GB athlete of all time with team pursuit victory, while Helen Glover and Heather Stanning retained their London 2012 gold and the men's coxless four won for a fifth Games in a row.

There was a surprise silver for Bryony Page on the trampoline, while Jazz Carlin make it double silver with second in the 800m freestyle and Charlotte Dujardin led Team GB to team dressage silver.

Day 8

Mo Farah wins 10,000m gold at Rio 2016

Day eight and eight medals were won as the cast of Super Saturday returned to the Olympic Stadium for a gritty, gripping, sequel.

Mo won gold, Jess got silver and Greg went home with bronze. Our rowing eights won men's gold and women's silver. And our speedsters in the pool swam to 4x100m medley relay silver.

There was another world record and another gold medal on the track as our women's team pursuit squad matched their male counterparts, and Becky James got silver in the keirin.

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