Team GB is guaranteed to finish second in the medals table after its greatest ever overseas Olympic Games in Rio.
Great Britain smashed their target of 48 medals to make Rio 2016 the country’s best ever ‘away’ Games, and will end up with 67 medals – two more than London’s remarkable haul.
The success of athletes including Mo Farah, Nicola Adams, Jason Kenny and Laura Trott spurred the nation on and boxer Joe Joyce can make it 28 golds by winning the men’s super heavyweight final.
As the closing ceremony drew closer, Team GB had collected 27 gold, 22 silver and 17 bronze medals.
China picked up more medals than Britain with 70 but with 26 of them gold and only one more athlete left to compete, the nation cannot overtake Team GB.
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The head of Team GB last night hailed the nation’s ‘greatest ever’ Olympics and heaped praise on Britain’s ‘magnificent’ athletes, including Mo Farah (pictured)
Britain has also earned its first ever gold medals in some sports at these games including the women’s hockey event, pictured, with Team GB defeating the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out
Our cyclists remain as strong as ever with the men’s team pursuit squad, pictured, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, far right, taking gold
Team GB is as strong as ever in rowing as well with the men’s eight beating Germany in a nail-biting finish
Team GB chef de mission Mark England said ‘I have no doubt this is our greatest ever Games’ and praised the efforts of all the athletes who have taken part
The head of Team GB hailed the nation’s ‘greatest ever’ Olympics as Britain won even more medals to top its haul from the 2012 London games.
In a stirring interview as the Rio Games drew to a climax, chef de mission Mark England heaped praise on Britain’s ‘magnificent’ athletes after and spoke of how Britain’s performance ‘without question’ surpassed the heroics of London four years ago.
For a country the size of Britain to finish second to the USA in the medals table – our highest ever position – and above China was, he added, ‘nothing short of extraordinary. We are now a powerhouse of world sport.’
At the Atlanta Olympics 20 years ago, GB came away with just one gold medal and finished a pitiful 36th – behind Algeria and Norway.
Mr England spoke ahead of Mo Farah earning his fourth Olympic gold by winning the 5,000m and capping a remarkable fortnight for Britain’s 366 athletes – 175 fewer than competed at London 2012.
Despite the slimmed-down squad, Britain still managed to match the medals haul and achieve success across a wider range of sports.
No country has ever gone from hosting the Games to better or match its performance four years on, or even come close.
For a country the size of Britain to finish second to the USA in the medals table – our highest ever position – and above China was, he added, ‘nothing short of extraordinary’. Pictured (right) is the table after the action concluded last night
(L-r) Fran Halsall, swimming, Nile Wilson, gymnastics, Dina Asher Smith, athletics, Joe Joyce, boxing, Simon Mantell, hockey, and Bianca Walkden, Taekwondoí, have all played their part in the historic games
Cycling couple Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, pictured, now have 10 Olympic gold medals between them
(L-r) Mo Sibhi, Alex Gregory, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis took gold for Britain in the coxless four
Mr England said other nations, including Australia, which has had one of its most disappointing Olympics for years, have been in contact with him, desperate to learn from Britain’s success, though he promised he had given ‘no secrets away’.
Yesterday brought yet more glory, including a historic second gold medal for boxer Nicola Adams, gold for kayaker Liam Heath and bronze for Vicky Holland in the women’s triathlon event.
Mr England added: ‘I have no doubt this is our greatest ever Games. The collective team effort has been outstanding – we have had so many firsts, so many greatest ever performances.
Jade Jones became a double Olympic champion after defending her gold medal in the women’s 57kg taekwondo
‘Magic’ Max Whitlock became Britain’s first ever gold-medal winning gymnast with victory in both the men’s pommel horse and floor exercise competitions
Andy Murray also made Olympic history by becoming the first singles player to win two Olympic golds
But it’s not just about medals. It was about the big moments at home to inspire people, those moments where you get millions of people screaming at the TV.
‘At this moment in time, 36 hours before the closing ceremony, it is time to really celebrate what 366 athletes have done.
‘It is better than it has ever been before and it is more successful than it has ever been before. It has been a more challenging environment than it has ever been before.
‘It is unprecedented and extraordinary. We have been excited to watch athletes compete and we have been thrilled with the outcome.’