Not since 1908 (the first time London hosted the Olympics) has Great Britain performed as well as it did in the 2012 Summer Games. Back in 1908, the Brits won 146 medals (56 gold) in a diluted field compared to current times.
Now fully entrenched in the modern era, and with much more competition from the likes of the United States, China and Russia, Great Britain managed to increase its performance from Beijing by 18. In 2008, “Team GB” collected 47 total medals (19 gold) and finished fourth overall in the medal count. In 2012, an inspired British contingency moved up to third overall with 65 total medals (29 gold).
Some of the lasting images from Great Britain’s efforts included Jessica Ennis’ gold medal performance in the heptathlon, Mo Farah’s emotional victory in the 10,000-meter run (paired with a historic win in the 5,000-meter run), Andy Murray’s dominant three-set gold medal victory against Roger Federer and Greg Rutherford’s surprising Olympic championship in the long jump.
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