Rio 2016: Team GB claim eight medals on day eight

Great Britain enjoyed their most successful day at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro so far as Mo Farah, Laura Trott and the men's rowing eight all claimed historic golds with eight medals secured in total.

Rio 2016: Team GB claim eight medals on day eight
Katie Archibald, Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Elinor Barker and Laura Trott celebrate after winning gold in the women's team pursuit. (Image: Getty Images)

Great Britain enjoyed their most successful day at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro so far as Mo Farah, Laura Trott and the men's rowing eight all claimed historic golds with eight medals secured in total on day eight.

Farah recovered from a fall to successfully defend his 10,000m title, while Trott's women's pursuit team beat the USA in a world record time. The men's eight rowers won gold just after the women won silver, before silver medals followed in cycling and swimming. In athletics, Jessica Ennis-Hill took silver in the heptathlon, while there was a bronze medal for long jumper Greg Rutherford.

The eight medals won on day eight of Rio 2016 kept Team GB third in the medal table on 30 medals - one more than at the same stage of London 2012.

A repeat of 'Super Saturday'?

Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford provided great memories at London 2012, with all three Britons winning Olympic gold on the same night - a day which was subsequently dubbed 'Super Saturday'. The trio were all back to defend their titles in Rio on Saturday and all won medals, although it was only Farah who topped the podium.

The 33-year-old recovered from a mid-race fall in the 10,000m to pass Paul Tanui of Kenya in the final straight to power clear of the field in the final 100m to win in 27 minutes, five seconds. In retaining his Olympic title, he became the first British athlete to win three Olympic track and field gold - following his long-distance double in London four years ago.

Mo Farah successfully defended his 10,000m Olympic title in Rio. | Photo: Getty Images
Mo Farah successfully defended his 10,000m Olympic title in Rio. | Photo: Getty Images

Jess Ennis-Hill narrowly missed out on defending her Olympic heptathlon title as she won a silver medal behind Belgium’s Nafi Thiam. Ennis-Hill emphatically won the final discipline of the competition, the 800m, but it was not enough to finish the 9.47 seconds clear of Thiam that was needed for gold as the Belgian won by 35 points, while Team GB's Katarina Johnson-Thompson finished in sixth.

Greg Rutherford's reign as Olympic champion came to an end as he had to settle for bronze in the long jump. Rutherford's final jump of 8.29m was only good enough for third as Jeff Henderson of USA took gold and South Africa's Luvo Manyonga in silver. 

Historic achievement for Trott as women’s team pursuit wins gold

Laura Trott became the first British female to win three Olympic gold medals as Team GB's women's pursuit team broke the world record yet again to retain their Olympic title at Rio 2016. Trott along with Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker knocked almost two seconds off the world record they set in the morning session to beat the USA in the women's team pursuit final.

Another medal in the velodrome came twenty minutes later when Becky James claimed a silver medal in the keirin. Two years ago she feared she may never ride a bike again after a cancer scare and a career-threatening injury, but, despite being at the back of the pack with one lap to go, she stormed to silver to win her first Olympic medal.

A successful end to rowing and swimming

The medals charge began on the rowing lake where the women's eight claimed a first medal for Great Britain in the event, winning silver behind world and defending Olympic champions USA. The men's eight then went one better in the final race of the Olympic regatta, leading from start to finish to win their first gold since 2000 and their fourth medal from the past five Olympics. 

Britain secured a medal in the final swimming event of Rio 2016 as the men's 4x100m relay of Adam Peaty, Chris Walker-Hebborn, James Guy and Duncan Scott finished second behind the USA. The silver medal was Team GB's sixth medal in the pool in Rio, which is double the tally of four years ago and the highest since 1908.

Great Britain won a silver medal in the final swimming event of Rio 2016. | Photo: Getty Images
Great Britain won a silver medal in the final swimming event of Rio 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

Other sports

In tennis, Andy Murray sealed his place in the men's single finals, beating Japan's Kei Nishikori, to edge closer to becoming the first man to win more than one singles title in Olympic history, but first he must beat Argentina's Juan-Martin Del Potro in the final.

Justin Rose is the overnight leader heading into the final round and has put himself in a very strong position to win the first Olympic gold medal in 112 years, while Giles Scott is closing in on his first Olympic medal at his maiden Games in sailing.

World champions Nick Thompson and Alison Young have both qualified for the medal races in their respective sailing classes, Grace Reid has reached the final of the women's 3m springboard on her Olympic debut and Team GB's women's hockey team secured their passage to the quarter-finals with their fifth win in five games.