British Olympians make history with 27 golds as the fortnight-long festival of sport ends with a colourful closing ceremony.


Team GB has taken second place in the Olympic
medal table as the Games came to a close with a
colourful ceremony in Rio.

The United States topped the medals table with 46
golds and 121 medals overall and Mo Farah’s
5,000m triumph pushed Great Britain and Northern
Ireland to 27 golds, one ahead of China.
As the last event of the 2016 Games finished –
basketball between Serbia and the US – the team’s
place ahead of China was confirmed.
The overall medal haul of 67 made Rio Britain’s
best games since 1908 and ensured Team GB
became the first team in history to increase their
medals count four years after hosting the
In London in 2012, the athletes won 65 medals
overall at their home Games.

The captain of Great Britain’s victorious women’s
hockey team Kate Richardson-Walsh led out Team
GB as flag bearer for the rain-lashed closing
ceremony in the Maracana stadium.
Richardson-Walsh and wife Helen became the first
same-sex married couple to win an Olympic gold
in the same final and the first married couple to
win medals in more than 110 years.
Many of the athletes wore ponchos as they entered
the stadium taking selfies and dancing to music
from Brazilian DJs.
Gold medal winners among flag bearers from other
nations included 4ft 9in gymnastics superstar
Simone Biles from the US and South African runner
Caster Semenya.


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