Mayor of London confirms timings for Heroes’ Return
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Mayor of London confirms timings for Heroes’ Return

07 October 2016 / 15:01

A heroes' return for the record-breaking Olympic and Paralympic athletes who thrilled the nation at the Rio Games has been confirmed for Trafalgar Square on Tuesday 18 October.

The event will begin at 1pm in Trafalgar Square and is expected to last for around 90 minutes. Both the Olympic and Paralympic teams will be introduced to the crowds, and the celebration will include big-screen footage of their achievements in Rio, as well as music performances.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “We are going to put on a fabulous celebration in Trafalgar Square of the achievements of our athletes in Rio, which kept millions up half the night cheering them on, including me. They have inspired millions of people, I’m incredibly proud of their exploits and they deserve nothing less than a real heroes' return in the heart of the capital.”

Team GB won 67 medals at Rio 2016, making history as the first ever nation to achieve more medals at an away Games having previously hosted.  They also won more medals across more sports than at London 2012.  In Rio they won medals across 18 sports, compared to 16 in London, and finished second in the medals table.

ParalympicsGB won 147 medals and also finished second in the medal table. Their medal count was the highest since National Lottery funding was introduced for elite athletes in 1997. They smashed their medal target of 121 medals and won medals across 15 sports.