Today the 2016 Rio Paralympics will have it’s closing ceremony ending a summer of incredible sporting achievements by both the Olympic and Paralympic GB team. The Olympic team won a record 67 medals and an astonishing 27 golds while the Paralympians also broke records winning 147 medals and 64 golds, their best tally for 28 years!
Coming into these games many people predicted GB wouldn’t be able to emulate the incredible games they had in London. However, the whole team proved their critics wrong by steaming past the 65 medals they won four years ago and only just missing out on beating their gold medal total. Some of the highlights of the 16 days include Adam Peaty’s world record and gold medal on the first night in the pool, Mo Farah’s incredible double double, the Brownlee brothers 1-2 in the triathlon, the Woman’s hockey team’s thrilling gold, Jason Kenney and Laura Trott’s record-breaking wins and Andy Murray’s dominant tennis gold.
The performance in Rio shows that there is a still a lasting legacy from the London games and that the funding U.K. Sport has given to the Athletes has really paid off. Impressive performances in the Velodrome and the Pool have shone through but in this Olympics, GB have picked up a big amount of medals in the ‘smaller events’ such as Kayaking and Golf. These unexpected medals catapulted GB up the medal table and ended up finishing second above China, a brilliant achievement despite the fact China underperformed massively. Now the question is, can GB sustain their incredible athletes and perform even better in Tokyo? Comment below whether you think Great Britain will beat their medal tally from Rio in 2020!
GB have performed incredibly in these Paralympics and it has been their best games since Seoul 1988. Sarah Storey once again won gold medals for fun in her eighth Olympic Games and swimmer Ellie Robinson, who is 15 years old, won gold and bronze in the pool after being inspired by Ellie Simmonds at London 2012. This Paralympics has been filled with incredible stories but the best by far was inspirational Egyptian table tennis player called Ibriham Hamato. Ibriham lost both his arms in a train accident when he was 10 and 3 years later set himself a goal of playing table tennis. He serves with his foot and holds the bat in his mouth. Despite losing his first round game he was voted the most inspirational paralympian by the public.
Now the Games have finished for another four years Rio will go back to being a normal working city but from now on there will always be a hint of something special in the capital of Brazil.