The GB team matched their number of medals from London 2012 on the last day of the Tokyo Games. Gold cyclist Jason 65 medals won as Kenny history moved the GB to 64 medals on Sunday, just hours before boxer Lauren Price won gold in the middleweight final.
65 medals won as Kenny
That puts Britain at 65 medals – the equivalent of their performance as hosts for the past nine years and making Tokyo the second most successful Olympic Games overseas after Rio 2016.
- They competed for 22 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze medals in Japan.
Britain won 67 medals at the Rio Games – finishing second in the medal table – and UK Sport had put the list of between 45 and 70 medals at the delayed Olympics. The most successful GB female athlete, Laura 65 medals won as Kenny, was nominated to carry the British flag at the closing ceremony on Sunday at 12:00 BST.
Simon Gleave, head of sports analytics at Nielsen Gracenote, said: “In Rio 2016, Great Britain became the first country to improve its Olympic medals after hosting – and Team GB is the first to equalize or win more medals in the next two games.”
- Jason Kenny wins an amazing seventh gold
- Lauren Price wins women’s middle-weight boxing gold
- Full Olympic medal table in Tokyo
How will the Tokyo Olympics be remembered?
Tokyo Team performance in Tokyo surpassed pre-Games predictions by 52 medals and 14 gold – despite high barriers including the first defeat of Jade Jones’ taekwondo match, injuries to Dina Asher-Smith, Adam Gemili and Katarina Johnson-Thompson, and withdrawal for the Amber Hill and Covid-19 gold medal before the Games.
Team GB’s aspirations for the awards have been reviewed by the governing body to take into account the “unusual circumstances” offered to athletes and staff in the construction of the Games. UK Sport has said that success will also be measured in a “broader and more complete way” than just awards.
‘The Miracle of Tokyo’
The GB team finished Tokyo 2020 with 22 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze medals, placing them fourth in the medal table behind the USA, China and Japan – their lowest position on the medal table since Beijing 2008.
- Team GB chef Mark England hailed the Tokyo awards ceremony as “the greatest achievement in British Olympic history”.
He said: “Not only has the team made history but it has also made 65 medals won as Kenny history behind the most complex and challenging and challenging environment we will ever face in my life.
“All of this has been happening and I think that’s a great achievement in the history of the British Olympics. It’s been a miracle for Tokyo.”
- England believes the team is in good shape ahead of the 2024 Games in Paris.
“The Bryony Pages of the team, received another bronze after her silver medal in Rio, and the women’s gymnastics team won bronze and two 16-year-old twins – this kept the scoreboard striking and gave everyone confidence that the team was in good shape,” she said.
“We had 16 fourth place. This is a very small team and a very talented team, and the team that I really hope to go to Paris in less than three years has done very well.”
King Kenny did a miracle
Jason 65 medals won as Kenny successfully defended his keirin title to become the first Briton to win seven Olympic gold medals. The highly acclaimed British athlete has stunned the men’s stadium keirin as she has vividly run the remaining three necklaces to win and her ninth overall Olympic medal.
After winning the gold medal, the 33-year-old said he had “given up everything” before Sunday’s final, but with the October World Cycling Championships on the corner and the next Olympics in Paris in just three years, he admitted he may have bought the winner five gold medals at the Olympics said she felt “really tired” after winning the gold medal with Katie Archibald at Madison on Friday.
- The 29-year-old arrived in the fourth and final event – a point race – down to ninth place with 38 points at the top after colliding in the first race but struggled to finish thumbs out completely.
The five-time Olympic gold medalist, the first British woman to win gold at three Olympic Games, has been named the Team GB flag bearer at the closing ceremony in Tokyo.
The price makes Wales history in the ring
Lauren Price became the first Wales fighter to win the Olympic gold medal when she beat China’s Li Qian in the women’s middleweight division.
- The former taxi driver won a 22 GB gold medal in Tokyo for a 5-0 victory at the Kokugikan Arena.
Former World Boxing and Wales Soccer World Champions, Price is also a world heavyweight champion, Commonwealth and European Games. His gold completes Britain’s most successful Olympics in the boxing ring since 1920, with six medals – two gold, two silver and two bronze.