TEAM GB rocketed up to third in the Olympic medals table on Friday thanks to two rowing golds and one from cycling, and then silvers from equestrian, swimming and trampolining.
The heavenly half-dozen were almost as good as the comparable haul on the first Friday of London 2012, when the hosts won three golds and four bronze medals.
This sets the team up nicely to achieve its target of a best-ever “away Games” as we head into the middle weekend. Beating Beijing’s 47 medals now looks very attainable, with team bosses suggesting a total beyond 50 is on the cards.
Here, is how the medals were won on ‘Fabulous Friday’ at UK time:
3.13pm: Defending champions and unbeaten in five years, women’s rowing pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were not going to let that streak snap here. They led from the start and had enough class to hold off a late charge from New Zealand.
3.33pm: Twenty minutes later, British rowing’s other great medal banker, the men’s four, delivered. Alex Gregory, Constantine Louloudis, George Nash and Mohamed Sbihi are paddling in the ripples of giants, as they brought home Britain’s fifth successive gold medal in the event.
8.11pm: Charlotte Dujardin was one of the stars of London 2012 with two golds but she gave up one of her titles in Rio in the team dressage. But Dujardin and team-mates Fiona Bigwood, Carl Hester and Spencer Wilton put in a solid performance to claim a silver medal behind an impeccable German team.
8.27pm: We expect medals in equestrian and rowing but trampoline? Never before. And 25-year-old Bryony Page’s previous best individual result was fourth at the world championships. But she bounced her way to silver in Rio, a performance that left her speechless, but very, very happy.
10.52pm: Sir Bradley Wiggins will get the headlines for claiming a British record eighth Olympic medal, and fifth gold, but this was a magnificent team performance from the pursuit quartet as they defended Team GB’s crown in this event, beating their own world record in the process. And they had to, as Australia gave them a superb race, going out hard and still leading with four laps to go. Having done the hard yards, Wiggins peeled off and left Steven Burke, Ed Clancy and Owain Doull to power to the line as the Aussie challenge crumbled.
2.29am: But for America’s Katie Ledecky, arguably the most dominant female swimmer the Olympics have witnessed, Jazz Carlin would be our next Rebecca Adlington, with two gold medals from a single Games. As it is, Carlin has two superb silver medals, this one in 800 metres freestyle. This has been a superb week in the pool for Carlin and Team GB.