It says something when a 6-gold, 11-total medal haul represents the weakest performance in the velodrome since 2004. Make no mistake, this was one of GB’s most impressive showings, winning a medal in every event we were entered.
Every member of the team who rode (thoughts to Ciarra Horne and Ryan Owens) won a medal and Calumm Skinner in the kierin was the only time a Brit entered a race and didn’t stand on the podium.
With less time trial based events on the schedule that in previous games, results were less controllable and yet Team GB controlled them nonetheless.
Once the men’s Team Sprint sped around in the qualifying round the writing was on the wall for the rest of the world. If one member of the team is on fire, so will the rest is the lesson we’ve learnt over and over.
Jason Kenny and Laura Trott were the two biggest stars taking their individual golden totals to six and four respectively. The most pleasing results were surely those of Becky James who came back from injury and the cancer scare to win to silvers. Given the form she was in it was almost surprising she didn’t take gold.
In a couple of years when GB is struggling to medal at World Champs, we need to remember that the fabled “GB Olympic boost” is very real, and there’s no reason to think it won’t magically reappear in Tokyo.