Team GB Celebrate Second At Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony

Team GB has taken second place in the Olympic medal table as the Games came to a close with a colourful ceremony in Rio.

Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony

The United States topped the medals table with 46 golds and 121 medals overall and Mo Farah’s 5,000m triumph pushed Great Britain and Northern Ireland to 27 golds, one ahead of China.

As the last event of the 2016 Games finished – basketball between Serbia and the US – the team’s place ahead of China was confirmed.

The overall medal haul of 67 made Rio Britain’s best games since 1908 and ensured Team GB became the first team in history to increase their medals count four years after hosting the Olympics.

In London in 2012, the athletes won 65 medals overall at their home Games.The captain of Great Britain’s victorious women’s hockey team Kate Richardson-Walsh led out Team GB as flag bearer for the rain-lashed closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium.

Richardson-Walsh and wife Helen became the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic gold in the same final and the first married couple to win medals in more than 110 years.

Many of the athletes wore ponchos as they entered the stadium taking selfies and dancing to music from Brazilian DJs.

Gold medal winners among flag bearers from other nations included 4ft 9in gymnastics superstar Simone Biles from the US and South African runner Caster Semenya.

Towards the end of the ceremony, Rio handed over hosting duties to Tokyo with a taster sequence for the 2020 Games that featured bullet trains and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe emerging from a green pipe dressed as Nintendo video game hero Mario.

Like so many events during the Rio Games, the closing ceremony took place in front of a half-empty stadium and helicopters that were supposed to provide spectacular aerial footage were grounded by monsoon-like conditions.

The high winds and torrential rain caused power cuts in Rio, including near the Maracana stadium shortly before the start of the ceremony when power lines came down.

Some athletes cut short their participation. Team GB distance runner Eilish McColgan tweeted: “So we lasted 10 minutes and are on the first bus home! Should of stayed and watched it on the TV!!””

Before the Games closed Team GB won its last medal with Joe Joyce putting up a valiant fight in the super-heavyweight boxing final, but walking away with a silver medal.

Earlier on Sunday, Farah’s retention of his 5km title had made him the first athlete in 40 years to scoop a historic “double double”.

He has now won two golds in the same events in two successive Olympic Games, boosting his status as Britain’s greatest track athlete.

Speaking the morning after his win, the 33-year-old reveals he plans to quit the track to focus on road races after 2017’s World Championships in London.

Eilidh Doyle, Anyika Onuora, Emily Diamond and Christine Ohuruogu in the women’s 4×400 relay had pushed Great Britain to 66 medals, winning a bronze medal moments after Farah’s victory.

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Bronze medals also came from taekwondo competitor Bianca Walkden and Vicky Holland in the women’s triathlon.

Theresa May announced on Saturday that Britain’s medal winners will embark on a parade through the centre of Manchester as part of celebrations of the country’s success.

Another celebration will take place in London afterwards.

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