Rio 2016: Five gold medals on another golden day for Team GB

Andy Murray and Jason Kenny both defended their Olympic titles, while Max Whitlock made history with two gold medals and Justin Rose won the first golf gold medal in 112 years.

Rio 2016: Five gold medals on another golden day for Team GB
Max Whitlock with his double gold medals from Gymnastics Floor and Pommel Horse. (Image: Getty Images)

Great Britain enjoyed their best at an overseas Olympics on day nine of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero as Team GB won five gold and three silver medals as they rose to second in the Rio medal table.

Andy Murray and Jason Kenny both defended their Olympic titles, while Max Whitlock made history with two gold medals and Justin Rose won the first golf gold medal in 122 years. Nick Dempsey, Louis Smith and Callum Skinner all claimed silver medals to take Britain's total to 38 medals - one more than at this stage four years ago.

A historic golden double for Max Whitlock

Britain had never won a gymnastics gold medal at an Olympic Games, but they won two gold medals in under two hours as Max Whitlock triumphed in the men's floor and pommel horse. Whitlock was also joined on the podium by compatriot Louis Smith, who took silver in the pommel for his third consecutive Olympic medal in the event.

Whitlock won the first of the three Team GB medals in the session in the floor as he produced a near flawless routine to earn a score of 15.633 to win gold. Just over an hour later and Whitlock was on the top step of the podium again, this time in the pommel horse after he recorded a score of 15.966.

It was enough to edge Louis Smith into second as both shared a podium again following a silver and bronze medal at London 2012. Whitlock's two gold medals means he is now the most decorated British Olympic gymnast ever with five medals following his two golds and one bronze at Rio 2016 and two bronzes at London 2012.

Max Whitlock edged Louis Smith into second place as both won medals in the men's pommel horse. | Photo: Getty Images
Max Whitlock edged Louis Smith into second place as both won medals in the men's pommel horse. | Photo: Getty Images

Murray and Kenny successfully defend Olympic titles

Both Andy Murray and Jason Kenny successfully defended their Olympic titles from London as Murray beat Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in a mammoth clash to defend his men's singles title, while Kenny triumphed in the battle of the Brits to regain his individual sprint crown.

Murray became the first tennis player in history to defend their Olympic title after a remarkable four set victory over Del Potro. The 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win came in just over four hours as Murray added Rio 2016 gold to his London 2012 singles victory and mixed doubles silver.

The gold medal capped an incredible nine months for the Brit that has seen him help Great Britain to win the Davis Cup, voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, become a father for the first time, won his second Wimbledon title and carry the flag at the opening ceremony.

Jason Kenny beat fellow Brit Callum Skinner in the men's individual sprint final to claim his sixth medal and join fellow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins and rower Sir Steve Redgrave on five gold medals. He becomes only the third cyclist to defend his sprint title, the first since 1996, while it is also the second time in three Olympic Games that Team GB have taken gold and silver in the event.

Golf gold for Rose and sailing silver for Dempsey

Team GB won another historic gold on day nine as Justin Rose became the first Olympic golf gold medallist in 112 years in a thrilling duel with Sweden's Henrik Stenson. Rose and Stenson were level heading to the final hole and the Brit held his nerve superbly to chip to within six-feet on the hole, before sinking his putt to seal the historic gold medal.

Windsurfer Nick Dempsey won Great Britain's first sailing medal at Rio 2016 as he won a second successive Olympic silver medal in the men's RS:X class. The five-time Olympian enjoyed a consistent series to become the most decorated male windsurfer at the Olympic Games after claiming the third Olympic medal of his career following silver at London 2012 and a bronze in Athens in 2004.

Justin Rose beats Henrik Stenson to Olympic gold in a tense finale. | Photo: Getty Images
Justin Rose beats Henrik Stenson to Olympic gold in a tense finale. | Photo: Getty Images

More medals on their way...

After waiting for their first sailing medal at Rio 2016, Giles Scott guaranteed a second medal in the Finn class after an eighth and a second place on day nine ensured he would win Great Britain's fourth successive Olympic title in the Finn as long as he finishes the medal race.

In the boxing ring, Joshua Buatsi guaranteed himself Team GB's first boxing medal of Rio 2016 in the men's light heavyweight division after beating Algeria's Abdelhafid Benchable to reach the semi-finals.