Team GB has been awarded 65 medals, (22 Gold, 21 Silver, and 22 Bronze) from the Tokyo Olympics, this matches their total from London 2012 also making Tokyo their second-most successful overseas Olympics after Rio in 2016.
The UK Sport has set a medal target of 45 – 70 medals after delaying the Olympics last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
GB’s most successful female athlete, Laura Kenny represented the team carrying the British flag in the Olympics Games ceremony on Sunday.
Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Nielson Gracenote, said:
At Rio 2016, Great Britain became the first country to improve on its medal tally in the Olympics after being the host – and Team GB have now become the first to equal or win more medals at each of the next two Games.
Predictions for the games exceeded forecasts showing 52 medals and 14 golds – despite high-profile setbacks including defeat for Jade Jones, injury issues for Dina Asher-smith, Adam Gemili, and Katarina Johnson Thompson, and the withdrawal of potential gold medal shooter Amber Hill with COVID-19 before the Games started.
Tokyo 2020 Medal Table shows GB finishing 4th overall behind the USA, China, and Japan.
Team GB chef de mission Mark England hailed the medal haul in Tokyo as
The greatest achievement in British Olympic history.
He said: “Not only has the team made history but it has probably made history on the back of the most complex and most challenging and difficult environment that we will face certainly in my lifetime.
It has been against all the odds and I think it is the greatest achievement in British Olympic history. It has been the miracle of Tokyo.
England believes the team is in great shape ready for the 2024 Games in Paris.
The Bryony Pages of this team, winning another bronze after her silver medal in Rio, and the women’s artistic gymnastics team winning a bronze with two 16-year-old twins – these kept the scoreboard ticking over and gave everybody the confidence that the team is in great shape,” he said.
We’ve had 16 fourth places. This is a very, very young team and a very talented team, and a team I’m absolutely confident that will go to Paris in less than three years and do exceptionally well.
Six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy told BBC Sport that the British team should be incredibly proud of their achievements in Tokyo.
They have done us all proud – a great performance.
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