Rio 2016: Team GB's medal total reaches 50 after nine medals on day 11

Gold medals from Laura Trott, Jason Kenny and Giles Scott helped Great Britain secure their best medal haul at an overseas Olympic Games as their Rio 2016 total reached 50 on day 11.

Rio 2016: Team GB's medal total reaches 50 after nine medals on day 11
Laura Trott and Jason Kenny make history after winning gold in the omnium and individual sprint. (Image: PA)

Gold medals from Laura Trott, Jason Kenny and Giles Scott helped Great Britain secure their best medal haul at an overseas Olympic Games as their medal total at Rio 2016 reached 50 on day 11.

Becky James and Katy Marchant both made the podium in the women's sprint, Jack Laugher won his second medal of the Olympics in diving, Joshua Buatsi won Team GB's first boxing medal in Rio, while Amy Tinkler and Nile Wilson won floor and high bar bronze medals on the final day of gymnastics.

The nine medals won by Britain on day 11 is the most achieved on a single day in Rio so far and Team GB have now won two more medals than at the same stage at London 2012, which was their most successful games.

A golden end to another golden Olympics for British cycling

It was almost unthinkable that Great Britain could repeat the track cycling success of Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, but it has been another golden Olympics for British cycling. Four medals on the final day in the Rio velodrome took Team GB's final total on the track to 11 medals.

Golden couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny won historic gold medals as Trott became Britain's most successful female Olympian, while Kenny equalled Sir Chris Hoy's record of six gold medals. Trott dominated the women's omnium, coming first or second in each of the first five events before marking her nearest rivals Sarah Hammer of USA and Jolien d'Hoore of Belgium to successfully defend her Olympic title and win a historic fourth gold medal.

Kenny took his third gold at Rio 2016 in the keirin to equal Chris Hoy's record of six and repear Hoy's impressive feat in Beijing by adding the keirin title to his team and individual sprint gold medals. The cycling medals did not stop there as Becky James and Katy Marchant won silver and bronze respectively in the women's individual sprint to push Great Britain's track cycling medal haul to 11 from nine events in Rio.

Becky James wasn’t able to overcome the power of Germany’s Kristina Vogel in the final of the Olympic women’s sprint competition. | Photo: Getty Images
Becky James wasn’t able to overcome the power of Germany’s Kristina Vogel in the final of the Olympic women’s sprint competition. | Photo: Getty Images

Gold for sailor Scott

Giles Scott won Great Britain's first sailing gold at Rio 2016 after finishing in second-place in the medal race of the Finn class. Scott had already guaranteed gold, accruing enough points in the opening ten races that his score could not be surpassed in the final race of the competition.

Team GB will secure another sailing gold on day 12 as long as the British 470 pair Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills avoid a penalty in the medal race. The pair, who won silver at London 2012 after slipping from first to second place in the medal race, are within touching distance of going one better than in London, after finishing third, second and third in their three races.

Gymnastics medal rush continues in Rio

Great Britain's medal rush in gymnastics continued on day 11 as Amy Tinkler and Nile Wilson won bronze medals in their respective floor and high bar finals. Tinkler is the youngest member of Team GB at Rio 2016 at the age of 16 and she was already the first British woman to make a floor final. The 16-year-old produced a fantastic routine to claim a bronze medal with a score of 14.933.

Nile Wilson then became the first British athlete to win an Olympic medal in the high bar less than an hour later. The 20-year-old put in a superb performance to score 15.466, bettered only by Germany's Fabian Hambuechen, who took gold, and USA's Danell Leyva, who took silver. The two bronze medals mean Great Britain leave Rio having won seven medals in gymnastics.

Great Britain's Amy Tinkler won an unexpected bronze in the women's floor final. | Photo: AP
Great Britain's Amy Tinkler won an unexpected bronze in the women's floor final. | Photo: AP

Diving and boxing medals help GB reach 50 medals

Jack Laugher won his second diving medal at Rio 2016 after he added 3m individual silver to his synchronised gold to officially put Team GB on 50 medals. The 20-year-old executed nearly all six dives in the final perfectly as he claimed silver with a score of 523.85.

Joshua Buatsi claimed Great Britain's first boxing medal in Rio after securing a bronze medal in the light heavyweight division. Nicola Adams guaranteed herself another Olympic medal as she progressed to the semi-finals of the women's flyweight division, while Joe Joyce will also collect at least a bronze medal after reaching the last four of his division.