Team GB are smashing unseen records at Rio



Yesterday, was another great day of sport for Team GB.

Team GB smashed two different records and overall they won 4 Bronze medals and 2 Gold medals. Placing them 9th on the medal table.

Diving saw Team GB have a ground breaking success. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won gold in the 3 meter synchro springboard diving final. This is the first time in the history of the Olympics that Team GB have topped the podium in diving.


Laugher and Mears led throughout much of the competition – beating their American and Chinese rivals over six dives.

The pair were always considered to be in contention having won bronze at the most recent world championships. The duo also live together and in a post win interview Laugher described Mears as his best friend.

Mears, 23, almost died in January 2009 after contracting the deadly Epstein Barr virus. He collapsed with a ruptured spleen and lost five pints of blood as he battled to survive – falling into a coma.

He is an aspiring DJ with a growing fan base. He also recently commented he wouldn’t mind being in a boyband!

 

Over at the gymnastics arena, Max Whitlock, won a bronze medal in the all around men’s gymnastics. This is the first medal won by GB in 108 years!

Wait a go Max.

The competition was so tight that the 23 year old, faced a nervous wait as he finished in third place. The only man who could have stolen third place was Russia’s David Belyavskiy, but despite putting together an almost faultless routine on the high bars, his 14.733 score was not enough to push the Brit off the podium.

Another Brit, Nile Wilson, also competed on the night and managed an impressive eighth place finish in his first Olympics.

Well done to Max, the last time Team GB were on the podium it was 1908. This is just the ninth medal won by a British gymnast at the Olympic Games. The only way is up!