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Gold Rush in Rio

It's been a fantastic year for the UK's Olympians and Paralympians. Nick Hope and Kate Grey look back on a golden summer in Rio.


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Nick Hope looks back on a golden summer in Rio in Review

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2016: Gold Rush in Rio.

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Coming four years after a stunning London Games, Rio 2016 had

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a tough act to follow.

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And while the build up was far from ideal, with political scandals,

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a financial crisis and worries about the Zika virus,

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Brazil was always going to offer a spectacular setting

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for South America's first ever Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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There'd be plenty of time for selfies after the success,

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and Team GB had big ambitions - hoping for their best

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ever foreign Olympics.

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Paralympics GB hoping to better their medal

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haul from London 2012.

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More on their success stories later, but first to athletics...

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And Super Saturday, part two!

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The stadium erupts!

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Three Gold medals for GB!

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What a night!

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Sydney 2000 heptathlon champion Denise Lewis

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was there in Rio as Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill

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and Greg Rutherford bid to defend their respective

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Olympic titles.

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We were all looking forward of Super Saturday from London 2012.

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We had Mo Farah going in the 10,000 metres.

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Not without its drama.

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Falls...

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Fallen, clip there.

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Bumps, barges...

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But Mo still came through.

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The atmosphere in the stadium was electric.

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Mo Farah becomes the first British athlete to win three

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Olympic Gold medals!

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Jess Ennis-Hill was not going to have it all her own way

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in the women's heptathlon, straight back from giving

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birth to her son Reggie.

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Could she retain her title?

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She fought hard and competed with such valour.

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To come away with Silver was a great achievement for a woman who has just

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graced the tracks for so many years.

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And so to Greg, desperate to try to retain his title.

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With a jump of eight metres 29 it was only going to be Bronze.

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Men's 5,000 metre final.

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Mo going for the double double!

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Could he do the double?

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Farah wins!

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Delivered on every count!

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Gold for GB again!

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Double double!

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After the 10k my legs were tired.

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Can't believe I did it!

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Just every athlete's dream.

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Hasn't sunk in yet.

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British women had high hopes in the 4x1 -

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could they actually come through and take a medal?

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Yes they could!

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GB for Bronze!

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Doing a fantastic job to bring home a medal for Britain.

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Medals in the 4x4, taking that Bronze.

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And who could forget Sophie Hitchon in the women's hammer!

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Bronze medal.

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Totally unexpected.

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But boy did she work hard for it!

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Coming through on the sixth and final throw.

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Overall, fantastic championships for British athletics.

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A lot has to go to Mo!

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Hi, I'm Vicky Holland, and in Rio I became the first

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British woman to ever win an Olympic triathlon medal.

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The race was tough conditions, interesting surf swim

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followed by a hilly tough bike ride, flat run, hot humid sprint finish.

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I came out with a Bronze.

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Having watched the Olympics from six years old, in front of the tv,

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Having watched the Olympics from six years old, in front of the tv,

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to coming home and finally having a medal was everything I wanted.

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Obviously triathlon has a couple of other superstars in the sport.

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Alistair and Jonny did fantastically well to win Gold and Silver.

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The pioneers of triathlon.

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I'm so pleased to have won a medal alongside them.

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The British success didn't stop there.

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Golf made a controversial return.

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But GB's Justin Rose loved his time in Brazil.

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Becoming the sport's first Olympic Gold medallist for 112 years.

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Andy Murray had an unbelievable year and defended his Olympic tennis

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title after an epic battle with Argentina's Del Potro.

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The tennis venue is the crown jewel of venue's in the Rio Olympic Park

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and just a matter of metres away, the velodrome.

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One of the most challenging and finished just weeks

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before the Olympics began.

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That said, any issues that organisers had paled

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into insignificance next to the difficult build up GB Cycling

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had ahead of the Olympics.

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Performance manager Shane Sutton resigned after allegations

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of bullying and sexist comments.

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Results on the track had been mixed at best.

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But once again they peaked when it mattered most.

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Gill Douglas rounds up the action.

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One Gold medal up for grabs on the opening day.

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Men's team sprint.

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For four years GB had struggled to fill the shoes

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of Sir Chris Hoy in the anchor role.

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But lead out by defending champions Phillip Hines and Jason Kenny,

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another Scot, Callum Skinner rose to the occasion.

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Towards the line!

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Gold for GB!

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Champions again!

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The next day, all the focus was on one man, Sir Bradley Wiggins.

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Could he become GB's most decorated Olympian of all time?

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The British quartet of Wiggins, Ed Clandy and Steven Burke

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and Owain Doull trailed all the way till the closing stages.

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Britain?

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Australia?

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Certainly GB in record time!

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Another day, another Gold.

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This time a successful defence of the women's team

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pursuit as Laura Trott, alongside Joanna Rowsell Shand,

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Eleanor Barker and Katie Archibald became the first British women

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to win three Olympic Golds.

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Not to be outdone by his fiance, Jason Kenny retained his Olympic

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crown in the individual sprint.

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Beating compatriot Callum Skinner into Silver.

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Becky James put more than two years of injury and illness

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behind her to take Silver.

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While Mark Cavendish's status as one of the all time greats

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on the road is undisputed, at his third Olympic Games an Olympic medal

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was still a big hole.

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Many doubted the omnium would change that.

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How wrong they were.

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After all the effort...

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Mark Cavendish has an Olympic medal.

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Silver.

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The sixth and final day brought more Gold.

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Trott inked her way further into the record books

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with an emphatic defence of her omnium title.

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Becky James celebrated a second Silver in the individual sprint

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and Katy Marchant showed promise for the future with Bronze.

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Jason Kenny going for a British record...

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In the final event, aiming to match Sir Chris Hoy's feat

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and secure his third Gold of the Games.

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And equal his predecessor's record total of six.

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Golden hat-trick in Rio!

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Jason Kenny!

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British record equalling sixth Gold!

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For the third Olympics in a row, GB dominated

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proceedings in the velodrome.

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Golden performance from the whole of the British squad.

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And not to be forgotten out on the road, Chris Froome followed

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up a third Tour de France victory with time trial Olympic bronze.

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Swimming is undoubtedly one of the most popular Olympic sports.

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But the British team had been noticeable absentees

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from the podium among most sports at London 2012.

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They missed the medal target, just three.

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But four years on, led by a new generation,

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results would be different.

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Here's double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington's take.

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It was a target of four-six medals going to Rio.

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I think Adam Peaty got the ball absolutely rolling.

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Brilliant.

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Fantastic.

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Adam takes Olympic Gold by a street!

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Obliterated the world record!

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Most of the time it's literally down to fingernails.

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Winning by such a way over 100 is huge.

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So surreal.

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Team GB's first Gold.

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This is a product of seven years of work.

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More importantly, did it for my country.

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So important.

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Just to be one of those next to Adam Peaty who's just got

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Gold, just lifts you.

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For those boys, the relay, Silver, so impressive.

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For me it shows the depth in British swimming.

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We can back it up.

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Men's 4x200, girls equally did well.

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Jazz getting two Silvers.

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I felt so attached, the events I used to do.

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So pleased.

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Rio was her moment.

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Siobhan as well.

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The fact she pushed the competition, scared her,

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a sense of what's to come.

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They're going to have an even better Tokyo Olympics.

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Inspired by the success of the British swimmers, GB divers

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aimed to make their own impact here at the aquatic park.

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From a British perspective, it's no longer just about London Bronze

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medallist Tom Daley.

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He was here but he has talented team-mates!

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So here come the Brits...

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Jack Law and Chris Mears.

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This pair are gunning for a medal.

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Here they go.

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Yes!

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Good enough!

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Yes!

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Yes!

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Yes!

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This is the moment for Jack and Chris...

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Yes!

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Come on!

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It is Gold!

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Pure Gold for Jack and Chris!

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Law and Mears have done it!

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Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow.

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This is going to have to be so good.

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Last one.

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Enough?

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Going to be so close.

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Wait and see...

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Done it!

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Daley and Goodfellow are Bronze medallists!

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Jack Law...

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Yes!

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Get in!

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Tremendous.

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Silver to add to Gold.

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Tremendous performance by Jack Law.

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Hi everyone.

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I'm Jade Jones and I won my second taekwondo Gold in Rio.

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Relief more than anything.

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Having all that pressure, number one, so much expectation.

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Just amazing to do it on the day.

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Nail it.

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In good style.

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Great Games for GB taekwondo.

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You may remember this interview!

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Half second from accomplishing my dream!

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I don't want to cry on TV but I'm distraught!

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He'll be back in Tokyo.

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But another impressive medal.

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Bianca Walkden claimed heavyweight bronze.

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One more sport I like and GB happen to be good at is boxing.

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Like me, Nicola Adams also defended her title.

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Whilst there was silver for super heavyweight Joe Joyce

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and Josh Buatsi took home bronze.

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Rounding off the combat sports is judo.

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Sally Conway claimed Olympic bronze medal in the -70 kilos division.

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Still to come on the programme: We find out how the British rowing

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team continued their gold-medal run which goes all the way back to 1984.

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Hollie Webb gives us her take on that penalty which secured the GB

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women's hockey team a historic first-ever Olympic title.

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And we take a look at some of the record-breaking successes

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for Britain's Paralympic athletes in Rio.

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Next, to gymnastics, and a sport which from a British

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perspective has undergone a massive transformation over

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the last decade or so.

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Back at the 2004 Athens Olympics GB had just one male

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qualifier and won no medals.

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They now have some of the best gymnasts in the world.

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And here at the Rio Olympic Arena history would be made.

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London 2012 bronze medallist Beth Tweddle watched it all unfold.

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This summer was incredible for Team GB gymnastics.

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I don't think ten years ago we could have ever dreamt of coming

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home with seven Olympic medals.

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Max Whitlock picking up double Olympic gold,

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one of them being on the floor, which, to be honest,

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I think I can openly say I don't think anyone would have expected.

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He suddenly found himself in medal contention and I don't think even

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realised when he had won the gold, I think his coach

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actually had to tell him.

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And then to put that behind him an hour later he had to walk out

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into the pommel final with Louis Smith.

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We knew it was going to be a close contest.

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But Louis did the routine of his life and then Max Whitlock

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also performed the routine of his life and took home that gold.

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I have completely outdone myself, me and Scott can stand here very

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proud, it's just incredible.

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To come into the Olympic Games, I don't know what to say,

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I'm just so happy.

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To see one and two for Great Britain on that Olympic

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podium was so special.

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The next medal came from Amy Tinkler.

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She's the only other girl that's won an Olympic medal

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and she's only 16 years old.

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Three weeks later she was picking up her GCSEs.

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So it just shows how far British gymnastics are coming on.

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Nile then went on to pick up that medal in the high bar,

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the first-ever British medal for us on that piece of apparatus.

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That is going to challenge, Nile Wilson.

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We cannot forget about Max, he also picked up a third medal

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with the bronze in the all-around.

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Three Olympic medals for him.

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And finally for trampolining, Bryony Page picking up

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the surprise silver medal.

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I don't think she could believe it.

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What an achievement.

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For me, to stand there in the stands being on the other

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side of the stage I thought I was going to be a little bit

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nervous, and a little bit, do I wish I were still out there?

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But actually I was just proud to be British.

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One of the major worry is heading into the real Olympics

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concerned water pollution following the discovery of drug

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resistant super bacteria in the Guanabara Bay

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and some inland venues.

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Would it impact athletes in some of Britain's most successful sports?

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In short, not much.

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Years of intense preparations clearly paid off as

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David McDaid explains.

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There are no guarantees in sport of victory for Helen Glover

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and Heather Stanning comes pretty close.

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They had gone five years unbeaten into the games

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and ended their career together with another success,

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defending their Olympic women's pairs title.

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They are fearless, they are without equal,

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they are history makers, Great Britain's Glover and Stanning

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defend their Olympic title and they have done it in such style.

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There would be gold medals, too, for the men's coxless fours

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and the men's eight.

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Many thought that Katherine Grainger would retire after London

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but the temptation to return proved too strong.

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Aged over 40 and after a long break from the sport it is perhaps little

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surprise she and Vicky Thornley failed to impress in

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the lead up to the Games.

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But when the pressure was on the result was different.

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It's a silver medal today.

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Considering what we have been through the last couple of years I'm

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so proud of what we have done.

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That is a medal that not many people would have given us so I'm pleased.

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Tokyo?

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Mum and dad, I promise, I'll never put you through that again.

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After the rowing, the lake was clear for the Sprint canoeists

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and Liam Heath lived up to his billing as one

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of the pregames favourites with victory in the K1 200.

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He also partnered John Schofield to siler in the same

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distance in the K2 category.

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Few saw Joe Clarke as a medal prospect in slalom, but he produced

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one of the shocks of the games with a near-perfect

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run to claim K1 gold.

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It was absolutely great.

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David Florence secured a third successive silver of his career,

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teaming up with Richard Hounslow to finish second in the C2 event.

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Finally, to sailing, and there would be no

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Sir Ben Ainslie in these games but his replacement in the Finn

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class, Giles Scott, delivered a performance Ben Ainslie would have

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been proud of.

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To win his maiden Olympic title.

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Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills also navigated the tricky Rio

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waters to perfection, and upgraded their London

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2012 silver to Rio gold.

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The windsurfer Nick Dempsey took silver and became the first man

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to win three career Olympic medals in this event.

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Hello, my name is Hollie Webb and I was a member of the Team GB

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women's hockey team that won a gold medal at the Rio games.

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We knew that if we could get a good game under our belts in the first

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game then we could use that momentum all the way through the tournament.

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And the game is tough, as we expect against Australia,

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but we managed to win that game.

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Absolute beauty!

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We topped the pool, and won all of our pool games and I can

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remember thinking that night, gosh, we're going to have to win

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every single game now to win the Rio Olympic Games.

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So our next massive, massive focus was the quarterfinal.

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What an easy finish for Lily Owsley.

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We drew Spain.

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We managed to win that game as well.

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The semifinal we were up against the Kiwis,

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who were ludicrously fast and so athletic and we

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managed to win 3-0.

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Our coach just said to us, OK, one more game.

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Great Britain are in the Olympic final.

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The Netherlands hadn't lost at the Olympic Games since 2004.

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We knew it would be a big challenge.

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The Dutch played out of their skins and were sort of all over us.

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We had to fend for our lives.

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Inside the circle, Maddie Hinch is down, the angle...

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They had four chances and scored three.

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It ended 3-3.

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We were in a positive place going into the penalties,

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and each person went, Maddie was making some incredible

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saves, as she always does.

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Maddie Hinch absolutely brilliant.

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It came to the third one, and Helen scored hers.

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Great Britain are off the mark in the shoot out.

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If I scored my last one then that would be it, we would win.

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So we went up, made sure I went really slowly

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so the goalie was waiting for me.

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Make sure I looked in the eyes and looked as big

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and confident as possible.

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Hollie Webb on her way, to win gold for Great Britain.

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Webb...

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Turns, scores!

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That's the golden goal.

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Great Britain have won the Olympic gold medal.

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The best feeling in the world.

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Hi, I'm Charlotte Dujardin and I won the individual gold and team silver

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in the dressage in Rio.

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Winning my individual gold meant the world to me

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and it was the perfect way to finish my career with Valegro.

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Showjumper Nick Skelton became Britain's second oldest Olympic

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champion of all time.

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He's done it!

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Two other sports at the Diadoro cluster were rugby

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sevens and shooting.

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The men's rugby team took home silver in the sport's Olympic debut,

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while GB shooters had two bronze medals to celebrate.

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Ed Lling in the trap and Steven Scott in the double trap

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claiming the honours.

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Can you sum up what this incredible bronze medal means to you?

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Easy, there you go, a smile.

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Finally, to badminton.

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GB secured their first medal in the sport since 2004,

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with Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge claiming

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men's doubles bronze.

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Rio's breathtaking geography and spectacular seafront made

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for a stunning setting but the city isn't without its problems and life

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for disabled people here can be far from straightforward.

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So the Rio Paralympics was seen as an opportunity to improve

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accessibility and attitudes here in Brazil.

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The British team were hoping to improve on their medal

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success from London 2012.

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Dame Sarah Storey already had an incredible haul heading into Rio

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and that was further extended.

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Three gold medals saw her become GB's most successful female

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Paralympian of all time.

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With 14 titles.

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Other highlights included Jonnie Peacock sprinting his way

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to a stunning defence of his 100 metre crown.

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The historic 1-2-3 for the GB archers, an emotional table tennis

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victory for Will Bayley, and brilliant hat tricks

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for Hannah Cockroft on the track, Bethany Firth in the poll,

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as well as for the equestrian stars Sophie Christiansen

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and Natasha Baker.

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There were countless others who also excelled.

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Here's Kate Grey's take on the best of the rest.

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The older more experienced members of

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Paralympics GB delivered once again here in Rio.

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But the young new stars have also made their mark.

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The one standout performer was Kadeena Cox,

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for whom one sport just wasn't enough.

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Winning gold in both cycling and athletics.

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That is so crazy!

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It is just normal, but everyone seems

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to think I have done something special.

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It is amazing, the support and the warm welcome.

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It makes you feel so special and grateful for

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everyone that has supported me.

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15-year-old Ellie Robinson and carrier Dunnigan were inspired by

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London 2012.

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Four years on they've now become medallists here in Rio on

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their Paralympic debut.

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It was also great to see the veterans of the

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team still topping the podium.

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Sasha Kindred and Jody Cundy both competing in their sixth Paralympic

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games and both still winning gold.

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But we can't ignore the fact GB's success has been helped

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by the absence of Russia and the doping ban.

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But considering there were fears that these games would

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not even happen at all in the lead up, for 11 days the Brazilian people

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have embraced the Paralympic spirit.

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GB finished an impressive second in the medal table behind

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China, with a stunning total of 147 medals.

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Back to the Olympics now and away from the Golden performances of

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the British team in Rio, there were of course many incredible

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achievements by athletes from other countries as well.

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Usain Bolt rounded off an unbelievable Olympic

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career with the third sprint treble for Jamaica,

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winning the 100 metres, 200 metres and the 4x100 metre relays.

0:23:580:24:03

I look on it as pressure, you know what I mean?

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I enjoy pressure, I live for these moments, and for me

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it is beautiful.

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I came through and I was proud of myself.

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From the greatest sprinter of all time to the

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greatest ever swimmer, Michael Phelps has rewritten

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the record books time and time again for the

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USA.

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And extended his honour list to an incredible 28 medals,

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23 of those gold, from five Olympics.

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He has said it before but insists he is now

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retired for good.

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Next to the host nation and from poverty to the

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podium.

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Raffaella Silva grew up in one of Rio's toughest

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neighbourhoods, was disqualified in London, and labelled an

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embarrassment.

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A fairy tale turnaround was completed with an

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emotional victory and Brazil's first gold of the games.

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The title the hosts crave more than any came in

0:24:400:24:43

their favourite sport, never before have Brazil won

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an Olympic football gold, but inspired by Barcelona star

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Neymar, they finally completed football's grand slam of titles.

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200 hundred million Brazilians scream with

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delight!

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There were also pretty wild celebrations from the Fijian rugby

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sevens team, who won their country's first-ever Olympic gold, while

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American teenage gymnast Simone Biles dazzled

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with four gold medals, a star now and for the future games.

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It was a golden games for so many nations,

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but with 67 medals, 27 of them gold, it was a historic Olympics for Great

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Britain.

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They became the first nation ever to beat their total from

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a home games and just four years later,

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and finished second on the

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medal table behind the USA and ahead of China.

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Rio 2016 was an incredible games, it saw us say goodbye to

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major names like Sir Bradley Wiggins and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who won't be

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competing at the next Olympics.

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But it saw the rise of new stars who will be looking to build

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on their successes.

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So from the road to Rio we are now on the Trail to Tokyo.

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Good

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Good afternoon.

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Good afternoon. Most

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Good afternoon. Most of

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Good afternoon. Most of us

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