‘They have shown the very best of this country’ – Boris Johnson praises Team GB as Tokyo 2020 Olympics ends

Team GB’s successful Olympians have demonstrated “there is no limit to what we can achieve”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

Sunday, 8th August 2021, 1:48 pm

The 65-medal haul from the Tokyo games matched the number earned at Team GB’s home Olympics in London in 2012 and is only two short of the record Rio total in 2016.

The Prime Minister said the competitors had been roared on by fans in homes, pubs and offices, displaying “grace in victory and amazing courage in defeat”.

He said: “These past two weeks, Team GB have shown us the very best of this country – demonstrating our sportsmanship, hard work and determination.

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Great Britain's Jason Kenny celebrates with the gold medal in the Men's Keirin Finals to become the first Team GB athlete to win seven Olympic Gold Medals. Picture: PA.

“From record-breaking performances in the pool to gravity-defying runs in skateboarding and BMX, this team has shown extraordinary depth and breadth of talent.

“I want to thank each and every one of our Olympians and all those behind the scenes whose hours of coaching and training have been instrumental to our success.

“This team has shown that even in the most difficult circumstances, sport brings people together and changes lives. You have shown grace in victory and amazing courage in defeat.

“And whilst you may not have heard the roar of the crowd in Tokyo, every one of you has given us a reason to cheer back home ­- in living rooms, pubs, parks and offices across the land.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has praised Team GB as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics comes to a close. Picture: Justin Tallis/Getty Images.

“Above all, you have again revealed the central truth about this country: that when we put our minds to it, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

“Thank you Team GB. We are so, so proud of you. Now bring on Paris!”

Mr Johnson also praised two championson the final day ascyclist Jason Kenny became “the greatest British Olympian ever” taking gold in the keirin.

Meanwhile, Lauren Price’s middleweight victory capped a “brilliant Games for British boxing”.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also offered his congratulations to “Welsh wonder” Price as the Great Britain boxing team “enjoys its most successful Olympics for over 100 years”.

Sir Keir also hailed the “phenomenal” ride by Kenny in the keirin, and added: “Jason has thrilled us through four Olympics winning more medals and golds than any other British athlete in history. Simply superb.”

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