A Golden Day

Team GB leaps to second place on Olympic medals board after successive wins

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Andy Murray

Great Britain experienced it’s most successful day of the Olympics since 1920 after winning 5 gold medals and beating China to reach second place in the medals table.

Gymnast Max Whitlock won double gold medals while Justin Rose became golf’s first Olympic champion since 1904. Cyclist Jason Kenny won gold in the men’s sprint and Andy Murray famously won the Olympics’ men’s single retaining his title.

Louis Smith meanwhile won silver in the pommel horse and Nick Dempsey claimed silver in windsurfing.

Murray was up against Juan Martin Del Potro whom he beat to retain his title.  The tennis star won in matches at 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5 after four hours and two minutes. Murray is the first tennis player to win two Olympic singles gold medals. The tennis player said, “Tonight was one of the hardest matches that I’ve had to play for a big title… emotionally it was tough, physically it was hard with so many ups and downs in the match.”

Whitlock claimed he exceeded his expectations winning two medals, “I’ve completely outdone myself, I never go into competitions expecting to get a medal or even trying to think about it, I go in to do my job.

“For hours and hours in a gym, for years and years – and you get a minute to show it what you’ve been working on. To do it today, the Olympic Games, I don’t know what to say.”

The Rio medals board totals in 69 medals overall for the United States, 38 medals for Britain and 45 for China. Great Britain at second place holds 15 gold medals whilst the United States at first place holds 26 gold medals.

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