Triumphant Brits return home

Agence France-Presse . London
British Olympic Team

Members of the British Olympic Team pose for a photograph with their medals after they arrived back from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil on a gold-tipped Boeing 747, at Heathrow airport in London on Tuesday. — AFP photo

Great Britain’s triumphant Olympic team returned home on Tuesday when a gold-nosed aircraft brought home a host of athletes clutching gold, silver and bronze from the Rio Games.
Great Britain’s most successful Olympic Games in more than a century saw it finish with 67 medals, 27 of them gold, with only the United States ahead in the overall standings in Rio.
Some 320 athletes and support staff travelled back from Brazil in the British Airways Boeing 747 with ‘victoRIOus’ emblazoned on the side.
Some of the medallists’ families — who have themselves given up hours of their time to support their relatives in their sporting ambitions — were present to watch them land at London’s Heathrow Airport and were then ushered into a private lounge.
Also on hand to greet the team was former sports minister Hugh Robertson, who was involved in the delivery of the successful 2012 London Games.
Britain’s performance in Rio was the best by any country that had hosted the immediate preceding Olympics and Robertson, now a vice-president of the British Olympic Association said the knock-on effect from London had played a part.
‘One of the objectives was to leave a legacy for UK athletes for generations to come,’ he told AFP.
‘Rio has surpassed all our expectations,’ added Robertson, who flew back from Brazil last Friday.
Cycling saw Britain’s ‘golden couple’ of Jason Kenny and fiancee Laura Trott, triumph in the velodrome.
Kenny matched British cycling great Chris Hoy’s tally of six golds with three wins in Rio, while Trott won two of her own to take her total to four.
Kenny, who returned earlier with Trott, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday: ‘It is now sinking in. As we go out for dinner, people are coming up and saying ‘Well done’ and buying us drinks. I don’t think we have bought a single drink since we have come back.’

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