We certainly kicked today off with a bang, as Helen Glover and Hannah Stanning, our rowing players for Team GB, struck Gold earlier, also retaining their Olympic title. What a perfect way to kick off Day #7 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
It’s been announced that Team GB have just won a sixth gold medal in the men’s coxless four rowing event. It’s like a Gold Rush today isn’t it?
Team GB’s Andy Murray has beaten Steve Johnson to the semi-final.
Team GB also won the dressage team silver and the Trampoline silver as well.
Mel Clewlow (The ex-Team GB Hockey Player): “Great Britain haven’t really fired yet in this tournament and Spain have. It’s going to be a tough game at Deodoro.“
Chris Boardman (The Olympic Cycling Champion for the BBC): “There will be a collective groan coming from the other competitors because the British team have done this on two previous Olympics, come to form at the right time.“
Rafael Nadal has gone through to the semi-finals for the tennis event.
Olympic Sailing Champion, Shirley Robertson: “Nick Dempsey in the RS:X men’s windsurfing has, subject to confirmation, secured a silver medal. The gold medal will go to the Dutch sailor Dorian van Russelberghe, who won gold in 2012. Nick led until halfway through but Dorian came back in the closing stages. This is Nick’s fifth Olympics, he had a silver in London and a bronze in Beijing, and he retires after this event. And Britain is currently leading in the 470 class, both the men and the women.“
Sir Chris Hoy (Six-Time Olympic Cycling Champion on BBC One): “It is gold or nothing for the GB team. It is always billed as an Australia v GB showdown and it may well be tonight.“
Sir Chris Hoy: “The Aussies were on the rack but it just shows you that it is not over until the finish.“
Sir Chris Hoy: : “I think we all predicted faster times across the board in qualifying for the team pursuit, for all of the nations, but the track suits the sprint dynamics. The team pursuit teams aren’t going as fast but the GB team look super impressive compared to other nations. Bradley wasn’t the strongest but he wasn’t struggling.“
Chris Boardman: “What a ride by New Zealand, they are pushing GB all the way.“
Team GB have set another world record in the Men’s Team Pursuit Cycling Event with a world record time of 3:50.70 seconds, placing Team GB in the final of the men’s team pursuit cycling event.
Chris Boardman: “I think GB had to work so hard they got to the last kilometre and they thought they might as well see what can do. It was a much more controlled ride. It wasn’t given to them at all, they rode much more smoothly.“
Sir Chris Hoy: “They didn’t have to do that (go for world record) it was just a matter of winning the race. You have got to expect they will do a 3:49 in the final if they recover from that ride.“
Sir Chris Hoy: “When you look at that time, unless something strange happens, you have got to look at GB for the gold medal now.“
Sir Chris Hoy: “The Great Britain team don’t even look particularly stressed, they have just rode a world record race.“
Chris Boardman: “Kenny can go in with confidence. He knows the form is good, he’s already got one gold medal. What a way to go into the competition.“
Chris Boardman: “There was a lot of confidence in that ride. Kenny didn’t get drawn into any tactical battle, he just waited and waited and went when he was comfortable.“
Chris Boardman: “That was a very seasoned ride from Callum Skinner.“
China have seen off Russia with a Gold Medal in the Women’s team sprint event.
Sir Chris Hoy: “It is hard to explain how fast both of them went. They’re safely through the first round with no problems at all and these are the times when you can often make mistakes but they didn’t and they’re absolutely perfect so far.“
Sir Chris Hoy: “I would be very surprised if Bradley has a massive emotional release tonight. I just see a man very much in control. He has one aim and that is to win this gold medal. You don’t sense he has a lot of pressure on his shoulders.“
Sir Chris Hoy: “For the team pursuit to have gone that quick in the semi-final shows they have confidence. I reckon they will go at least a second quicker in the final. They might even catch the Aussies.“
Mel Clewlow: “It’s a nightmare, any British fan will be glued to social media for the next hour to follow the other results. The positive is that it was a big improvement on the other performances.“
Sir Chris Hoy: “Bringing Bradley into the team has been a masterstroke. His status, his leadership, everyone has used him to shoulder the pressure coming into Rio. It has gone as well as anyone could have hoped.“
Denmark have won the Bronze Medal in the Men’s Team Pursuit Cycling Event.
Chris Boardman: “It is a difficult position for GB to be in because it really is all their’s to lose.“
Chris Boardman: “There was a slight wobble from Clancy and that cost them but GB are getting back level now.”
Chris Boardman: “It is going to go down to the wire this one. GB are going to have to do something special.“
Chris Boardman: “GB are coming back, they have got the momentum.“
Thanks to Team GB’s Sir Bradley Wiggins, Steven Burke, Ed Clancy & Owain Doull, we have just won Gold in the Men’s Team Pursuit Cycling Event.
Simon Brotherton (BBC Commentator in Rio de Janeiro): “The awesome foursome have done it.
Chris Boardman: “GB had to work for it, we didn’t expect that. Australia produced at the perfect moment, GB had to give everything. I didn’t enjoy that.“
The previous world record has been broken now as a result of Sir Bradley Wiggins and his cycling team winning Gold, which is the third time that Team GB have set a new mark within just two days, and the world record time is now 3:50.265.
Victoria Pendleton (Olympic Cycling Gold Medallist on BBC Radio 5 Live): “Australia had to go out fast, they had no other option and it took Great Britain time to get up to speed. The Australian team did not look as tight-knit as they could have done. It was an incredible final and you want it to be close, you don’t want it to be a walkover, and it was definitely close.“
Sir Chris Hoy: “It was anything other than assured. It was a nail biter, a classic battle. I have goosebumps.“
Sir Bradley Wiggins: “It’s hard not to come off the track and spout a load of cliches but really, the last 12 months we have done everything together. Training camps at altitude, early starts and late finishes. Cycling on Christmas Day. It was all for this and we’ve done it. These three guys here are amazing. When you have guys like that it makes your life easier. I was trying not to think about winning but these guys have been bouncing off the ceiling all afternoon. It was fantastic.“
The Team Pursuit Gold Medallist, Ed Clancy for the BBC: “This is the best gold of them all. If truth be told we haven’t won a fat deal between London and now. We had some big downs and crossing the line there has made every single pedal rev and every training session worthwhile. We’ve been through the mill a bit. The medical team have put 1000 man hours into my back to get me here.“
Anna Thompson (BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro): “Sir Bradley takes an extra lap of the velodrome than the rest of his gold-winning team. He was probably trying to gather his thoughts after such an amazing achievement. There are plenty of hugs with the support crew and the Australia team who came so close. And he blows a kiss to the thousands of British fans who can proudly say they were there when history was made.“
Team GB’s Gold Medal Winner, Owain Duoll: “It’s surreal. To pull it off now is unbelievable.“
Steven Burke, who had also won Gold in 2012: “I really wanted to defend the title. It all came together at the right time. We’ve got the best team ever.“
Sir Chris Hoy: “You see the emotion coming out now, that meant so much. It was a battle. It is wonderful to witness it.“
Victoria Pendleton: “Australia knew they had a lot to do and they didn’t look as tidy as they had done, but they gave it their absolute all. Go out hard and see if they could hang on was their only option. Team GB picked up the pace, lap by lap, until they got to full capacity. It was a steady development for Team GB and that is how they like to approach the event.“
Sir Chris Hoy: “Sticking his tongue out during the medal ceremony showed what a release of pressure it was. He’s happy, relaxed and loving the moment. He’s the greatest British cyclist of all time because of what he’s done across the board in so many disciplines. Chris Froome has won three Tours de France, which is no mean feat, but Bradley has won road world titles, Tour de France, track titles and set the world hour time record. Tonight hasn’t really changed that because he was the greatest before tonight.“
Sir Steve Redgrave: “It is fantastic to be here. The atmosphere is very special. I wanted to be here to see the team pursuit win and to see Brad win. I admire him so much. For his character, he’s very different, fresh and special. I am getting annoyed these cyclists are pushing me down the list!“
Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed that he has no plans to race in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
Below is a link of the funny moment that Sir Bradley Wiggins made during Team GB’s National Anthem for added humour.
Tom Bosworth may have missed out on the chance of claiming a medal earlier on during the 20k walk, but the 26 year old had smashed the British record with his own finishing time of 1:20.13, which stood initially at 1:22.03 since Ian McCombie’s own efforts in the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
Here’s what Tom Bosworth had to say about his 20k walk earlier on: “I’m in shock at what just happened, I can’t be disappointed with sixth place at the Olympics but I could have done better as I had a dodgy stomach last night and that affected me a little bit. To break the British record by such a margin and at the Olympics is a dream come true. It was just an amazing experience. I’m so happy I cannot put it into words.“
Day #7’s events have officially come to a close. Please make sure to check back soon for Day #8 of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to all of you for such a fantastic, positive and absolutely perfect seventh day and I hope and wish all of you a very positive and wonderful night.