Olympic history for Britons

Tears of joy for Murray as Team GB enjoys Rio gold


Murray broke down in tears after his Rio victory
Murray broke down in tears after his Rio victory

Andy Murray made Olympic history today, defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in an epic four-set match in Rio.

Double Wimbledon winner Murray was overcome with emotion after becoming the first player to defend an Olympic title in a match of extraordinary quality lasting three and a quarter hours.

Both players enjoyed strong spells of domination. Murray won the first set 7-5, but lost the second 6-4 as the Argentine player took control of the match with some scintillating serving.

But he seemed to tire and Murray stormed through the third set 6-3. With the match finely poised the fourth set revolved around successive breaks of serve until Murray made the final breakthrough to win the set 7-5.

The match was a hard-fought battle featuring 14 breaks of serve and a crowd that became so engaged that two spectators had to be ejected.

Speaking afterwards about his double success, Murray said: “The fact it’s not been done before means it’s a very difficult thing to do. I’m very proud to have been the first one to have done that.

“It hasn’t obviously been easy because a lot can happen in four years. Since London I’ve had back surgery, I’ve gone through some tough times on the court as well.”

It crowned Britain’s best ever day at an overseas Olympics as the GB team picked up five gold medals and moved into second place in the table with 15 in total.

In golf, Justin Rose birdied the 18th to beat Henrik Stenson and win by two shots to become the first Olympic golf gold medallist for 112 years. Gymnast Max Whitlock scored a double success on the floor and the pommel horse to win the first ever gold medals in the discipline for GB.

Cyclist Jason Kenny beat team-mate Callum Skinner to take GB above China in the medals table behind the US with 26. City of Edinburgh cyclist Callum Skinner added a silver to his Olympic gold.

Kenny claimed sixth medal and fifth Olympic title of his career by retaining his men’s sprint title.

The 28-year-old joins fellow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins and rower Sir Steve Redgrave on five gold medals.

There will be gold in sailing for Giles Scott in the Finn on Tuesday. He will win a first Olympic title on his debut even if he finishes last in the race.

Leading medals table: Gold/Silver/Bronze/Total

1 US 26 20 21 67
2 GB 15 16 7 38
3 China 15 13 17 45
4 Russia 9 11 10 30
5 Germany 8 5 4 17
6  France 7 8 7 22
7 Italy 7 8 6 21
8 Japan 7 4 15 26
9 Australia 6 7 9 22
10 S. Korea 6 3 5 14




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