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Team GB enjoy a gold rush during an amazing weekend in Rio

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August 15, 2016
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The medals just kept coming as Team GB enjoyed a breathless weekend of success at Rio 2016. Sports fans were treated to an incredible display from British athletes in the space of 48 hours – dubbed 'Super Saturday' and 'Sensational Sunday'.

Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford led the charge on a fantastic night for Team GB at the Estadio Olimpico. The three British athletes all claimed podium positions on Saturday, winning gold, silver and bronze respectively.


Mo Farah took the gold in the 10,000m men's race on Saturday

Mo, 33, was first up, and he put in a stunning performance to become the first British athlete to win three Olympic gold medals on the track, as he successfully defended his 10,000m London 2012 title.

A stumble from Mo in the middle of the race sparked an audible gasp from the crowd, and there was added drama when Kenya's Paul Kipngetich Tanui made a dash for the finish line in the final lap. But he couldn't hold off Mo's famous kick sprint and it was the British star who took the gold in Rio, to a deafening roar from inside the stadium.

Mo, who will attempt to defend his 5,000m crown this week, admitted that when he stumbled "for a moment I thought my race was over, my dream was over, but then I managed to dig deep".

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Jessica Ennis-Hill claimed silver in the heptathlon

He added: "I promised my daughter Rhianna I was going to get her a medal and I was thinking 'I can't let her down'. That was all I was thinking about – her. That's why I was quite emotional at the end because it almost went."

Jess, meanwhile, narrowly missed out on defending her Olympic heptathlon title as she won silver behind Nafissatou Thiam. The 30-year-old won the 800m – the final discipline of the competition – but it was not enough to overtake the Belgian, who triumphed by 35 points.

Greg's reign as the Olympic long jump champion sadly came to an end, but he managed to come back from fourth to bring home a medal for Team GB, behind USA's Jeff Henderson, and South Africa's Luvo Manyonga.

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Tennis ace Andy Murray made history by winning the men's singles 

Sunday proved even more successful for Britain's Olympians, who claimed eight medals in one day and overtook China to move into second place on the medals table.

Andy Murray capped his incredible year by winning gold in the men's singles. The 29-year-old became the first ever tennis player to win two consecutive Olympic titles, after a thrilling four-set match against Argentina's Martin del Potro.

It clearly meant a great deal to the Wimbledon champion. "The fact that it has never been done before shows it's a very difficult thing to do, and I'm very proud to have been the first one to have done it," he said.


Max Whitlock became Britain's first gymnast to win Olympic golds

History was also made by gymnast Max Whitlock, who became the first ever Team GB gymnast to win Olympic gold medals after stunning victories in the men's floor and the pommel horse. He was joined on the podium by team mate Louis Smith, who took silver in the pommel for his third consecutive Olympic medal in the event.

Jason Kenny stormed to victory in the velodrome to retain his individual sprint crown, and claim the fifth Olympic medal of his career, while golfer Justin Rose saw off strong competition to take the top prize at the Games.

On the water, Nick Dempsey managed to bring home the windsurfing silver medal, and Giles Scott sailed to victory to claim his first ever Olympic gold in the Finn class.

Boxer Joshua Buatsi, meanwhile, guaranteed he will win at least a bronze medal after reaching the semi-finals of the light heavyweight event, and will be aiming for gold as the competition this week at Riocentro.  

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