Rio 2016 Round-up: Two gold medals lead Team GB medal rush on day five

Gold medals for synchro divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears and slalom canoeist Joe Clarke led a medal packed day as Great Britain doubled their haul at Rio 2016.

Rio 2016 Round-up: Two gold medals lead Team GB medal rush on day five
Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won Great Britain's first ever Olympic diving gold medal. (Image: Getty Images)

After four days of competition that were steady rather than superlative for Great Britain, Team GB doubled their medal haul at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as two gold medals led a medal rush on day five.

Kayaker Joe Clarke and diving duo Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won gold, while there were bronze medals for Chris Froome, Steven Scott, Sally Conway and Max Whitlock.

Team GB now have three gold, three silver and six bronze medals and they are three ahead of their medal tally at the end of day five in London 2012.

Another golden day for Team GB

Joe Clarke claimed Great Britain's first gold medal of the day after triumphing in the canoe slalom K1. The paddler from Stoke-on-Trent was only considered an outside medal chance, but clocked a winning time of 88.53 seconds in a faultless run to finish 0.17 ahead of second place Peter Kauzer of Slovenia. The win makes Clarke the first ever British athlete to take gold in the men's K1 competition as well as the first to claim a medal in the event since Campbell Walsh won silver at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won Team GB's first ever Olympic diving gold medal after topping the men's synchronised 3m springboard final. The British pair scored a total of 454.32 to finish ahead of pairs from USA (450.21) and China (443.70) to end China's hopes of a clean sweep of diving golds in Rio. It was a particularly emotional victory for Mears who had life-saving surgery to remove his spleen that was ruptured while diving in 2009.

Joe Clarke claimed Great Britain's first gold medal of the day after triumphing in the canoe slalom K1. | Photo: AP
Joe Clarke claimed Great Britain's first gold medal of the day after triumphing in the canoe slalom K1. | Photo: AP

Bronze medals in cycling, shooting, judo and gymnastics

For cyclist Chris Froome, it was the same position he finished in London four years ago and comes just over a couple of weeks after the Team Sky rider claimed his third Tour de France title.

Froome finished over a minute down on Swiss winner Fabian Cancellara, with Dutchman Tom Dumoulin finishing second.  Team GB's second entrant, Geraint Thomas finished in ninth, while in the women's race Emma Pooley struggled in the difficult weather conditions to cross the line in 14th.

Britain were guaranteed a medal in the men's Olympic double trap competition after both Steve Scott and Tim Kneale qualified for the bronze medal match. It was Scott who triumphed in the battle of friends and compatriots with a perfect score of 30 against Kneale's 28.

Sally Conway won Team GB's first judo medal of the 2016 Olympic Games after a brilliant day for the Brit ended with a well-deserved bronze in the -70kg category. The 29-year-old beat world champion Gevrise Emane of France en-route to reaching the semi-finals, before losing to Colombian judoka Yuri Alvear in the semi-final by waza-ari. Conway then returned to the mat to claim bronze by beating Austria's Bernadette Graf in the bronze medal match.

Gymnast Max Whitlock won Team GB's first men's individual all-around gymnastics medal in 108 years, claiming a bronze medal in a nerve-wracking competition. The 23-year-old started on the pommel horse, scoring the best score on the apparatus all night, before producing top-five performances on the floor, rings and vault to finish behind defending champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan and Ukraine's Oleg Verbiaiev.