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Team GB are now an Olympic superpower

Leading figures from sport and politics were among those to pay tribute to Team GB after ending the Games with 27 gold medals in addition to 23 silver and 17 bronze. Britain’s performance in Rio created history as it became the first nation to surpass its medal tally following a home Olympics.

In London four years ago 65 medals were secured, two less than in Brazil.

Officials said the record-breaking summer meant Britain was now a “sporting superpower” as they look to plan for further success in Tokyo in 2020.

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl said: “We're making sporting history - 67 medals, nearly 130 medallists, across 19 sports.

"Even the sporting superpowers haven't done that in the past, but we are one of those now.

“Following these amazing performances it’s back to business for us as we embark on the Tokyo 2020 cycle almost immediately when we return from Rio. 

“The results here show that we have more strength in depth and breadth than ever before, and we will of course continue to invest in medal potential, within the resources available to us, when we announce funding to sports for Tokyo in December.”

Prime Minister Theresa May said a “celebration fit for heroes” would be staged in Manchester in honour of the athletes with further “euphoria” in the pipeline ahead of the Paralympic Games.

Mrs May reserved special praise for GB stars Laura Trott, Mo Farah, Max Whitlock, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee and teenage gymnast Amy Tinkler as the Olympics drew to a close.

She said: “For the past fortnight, the people of the United Kingdom have been filled with pride as we’ve watched our Olympians take victory in so many sports with power, grace and control. 

“In every discipline and at every stage, Team GB have shown the world what we’re made of: determination, dignity and true sportsmanship.

 “I have been taking every opportunity to watch these amazing Olympics, keeping up with the team’s brilliant progress.

“Rio 2016 will be remembered as a history-making Olympics for Britain, one where we took more medals than we have ever done at an overseas Games.”

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