Rio round up: Bradley Wiggins become Britain’s most decorated Olympian and men’s four scoop fifth gold
Sir Bradley Wiggins became Britain’s most decorated Olympian of all-time as he claimed his eighth career medal – a gold in the team pursuit.
Elsewhere, Team GB won the rowing men’s four for the fifth consecutive Games, setting a new record in the sport.
Heather Stanning and Helen Glover stretched their unbeaten run, which started in 2011, by another race, defending their women’s pair title from London 2012.
Bryony Page won silver, Britain’s first ever trampolining medal while Jazz Carlin became the first multiple medallist of these Games, striking a second swimming silver in the women’s 800m freestyle.
And finally, the dressage team claimed silver in the team event, while Nick Dempsey is all but assured of second place in the men’s windsurfing.
Wiggins, alongside teammates Steven Burke, Ed Clancy and Owain Doull recorded their second world record of the day in the final as they came home in 3:50.265 to push Australia into second place.
The win was Clancy’s third successive team pursuit Olympic gold and Burke’s second, while it’s a first for Olympic debutant Doull.
Earlier in the session both Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner broke the men’s sprint Olympic record on their way to qualifying for the quarter-finals.
It was an historic day for Team GB’s rowers at the Lagoa Stadium as they won double gold in the women’s pair and men’s coxless four.
While they were hot favourites for the title, Glover and Stanning retained their women’s pair title with a typically assured performance, holding off a late New Zealand fightback to cross first in 7:18.29.
While Team GB have now lifted back-to-back titles in the women’s pair, their winning run in the men’s coxless four stretches to five Olympic Games after victory for Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis.
Page admits it’ll be years until she realises the realities of her Olympic silver after becoming the first British athlete ever to win a trampoline medal at the Games.
After qualifying for the final of the women’s event in seventh with a score of 100.075 from her two routines, the 25-year-old’s 56.040 was then good enough for the silver as Rosannagh MacLennan of Canada took gold.
Carlin became the first British athlete to win two medals at Rio 2016 as her 800m freestyle silver helped Team GB equal their best Olympic Games medal haul in the swimming pool since Los Angeles 1984.
Team GB wrapped up team silver in the dressage Grand Prix Special on Friday afternoon, with Charlotte Dujardin’s performance placing her second in the individual standings.
Dujardin, Hester and Bigwood all qualify for Monday’s freestyle event, which will decide the individual medals.
Jessica Ennis-Hill leads the women’s heptathlon after the first day of competition, but with just 100 points separating her and fellow Brit Katarina Johnson-Thompson, day two looks to be set for fierce competition.
Nick Dempsey will collect Team GB’s first sailing medal of the Rio 2016 Games after guaranteeing himself silver in the RS:X class.
The windsurfer, who turns 36 on Saturday, finished fifth, seventh and eighth in the last three races of the competition.
And while he trails too far behind defending Olympic champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe to have a chance of landing gold, he has enough points on the board to guarantee finishing ahead of the rest of the field after Sunday’s medal race.
Andy Murray will get the chance to compete for a medal in the men’s singles after his quarter-final victory over the USA’s Steve Johnson.
Amber Hill produced a superb performance in the Women’s Skeet competition as she made the final and only narrowly missed out on a medal at the Olympic Shooting Centre.
Mixed doubles pair Chris and Gabby Adcock and men’s doubles duo Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis claimed remarkable three-set victories on the second day of the badminton at Riocentro.
The Adcocks defeated Danish duo Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen 21-19, 22-24, 21-17 to avenge their opening loss to Xu Chen and Ma Jin of China on the first day of badminton.
While Sam Taylor recovered from three match points down in the fifth set of the deciding rubber to send Team GB’s table tennis players into the quarter finals of the team event.
Justin Rose is hoping to grab the attention over the weekend after two solid rounds so far.
The 36-year-old ended the second day of golf’s historic return to the Olympic Games on -6 after a round of 69 with Australian Marcus Fraser maintaining his lead on -10.
James Davis insists he and the rest of the Team GB fencing squad will leave Rio 2016 with their heads held high after placing sixth in the men’s team foil event.
Great Britain’s men’s team saw their Olympic campaign come to an end with a 1-1 draw against Spain, which was not enough to secure qualification out of pool A.
Sam Ward’s first half strike cancelled out David Alegre’s opener to earn the point but with Belgium losing to New Zealand later in the evening, GB finished fifth in the pool on five points.
And finally, Grace Reid believes her Olympic experience has been worth the wait after qualifying for the women’s 3m springboard semi-final at Rio 2016.
- 70Sutton's Joanna Rowsell-Shand MBE will take to the track for two events at Rio 2016 this week. The current Olympic champion will compete in the team pursuit this evening and the individual pursuit on Saturday. Sutton resident Rowsell-Shand will be hoping to replicate her London 2012 success where she won…
- 68A day after Katherine Grainger became Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian another of Team GB’s golden girls will bid for an unprecedented milestone of her own. Charlotte Dujardin could become the first British female to win three Olympic gold medals when dressage’s team grand prix special gets underway on…