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Team GB's roll of honour

Great Britain's medallists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
19 golds, 13 silvers, 15 bronzes.


Nicole Cooke
Age 25, born Swansea
Cycling, Women's road race

How she did it - Cooke, who finished fifth in 2004, won a thrilling sprint finish after hitting the front with four others in the gruelling 126km race. The 25-year-old was grateful for the pace-making efforts of team-mate Emma Pooley.

What they said - "I came over the line and there was so much... I was just so happy and there were so many emotions coming out all at once. I made so much noise because I guess that's just the person I am."
Nicole Cooke

"It was mature and astute. She's become her own person. Call it a coming of age."
Chris Boardman, 1992 gold medallist and adviser to Team GB

Rebecca Adlington
Age 19, born Mansfield
Swimming, 400m and 800m freestyle

How she did it - Adlington produced an astonishing finish in the 400m freestyle to pip American Katie Hoff by seven 100ths of a second - the length of a fingernail. The teenager then blew away the opposition - shattering the world record in the process - in her favourite event, the 800m, to become Britain's most successful swimmer of the last 100 years.

What they said - "I absolutely can't believe that has happened."
Adlington after winning the 800m

"When we did our Olympic send-off I promised her a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes if she brought back gold, so it looks like I might have to eat my words now. She has raised the profile of Mansfield and as an individual she is remarkable."
Mayor of Mansfield Tony Eggington

Jamie Staff
Track cycling, Men's team sprint

How they did it - Britain's track cycling team began a velodrome gold rush with victory in the first final. GB had lost to France at the last three World Championships but comfortably saw off their rivals by 0.523 seconds.

What they said - "The French have been so dominant. To stick half a second into them, it's amazing."
Jamie Staff

"Our friendship has been so dominant in the last few years. As part of a team, you can't let anyone down."
Chris Hoy

"It was awesome."
Jason Kenny

Pete Reed
Rowing, Men's coxless four

How they did it - Incredibly, injuries to Hodge and James meant Britain's first-choice four had never raced together competitively before they arrived in Beijing. But after dominating their semi-final, they produced a late surge in the final to overtake Australia and keep up Britain's proud tradition in the coxless four.

What they said - "I haven't won any international races before but we knew beforehand we could do it."
Tom James

"[Coach] Jurgen Grobler kept telling us no one could beat us but sometimes it was hard to believe him."
Steve Williams

"We were on the ropes and we put together the best finish we've ever had."
Pete Reed

"I've never been in that pain in my entire life."
Andy Hodge

Bradley Wiggins
Age 28, born Ghent, Belgium
Cycling, Men's individual pursuit

How he did it - 'Wiggo' fully lived up to his status as pre-race favourite. The 28-year-old defending champion produced a peerless ride in the final to thrash New Zealand's Hayden Roulston by three seconds.

What they said - "I had to play it safe, I couldn't play silly beggars and go chasing world records."
Bradley Wiggins

"When he saw that Chris Boardman race [in 1992] he said 'I'm going to win an Olympic gold medal'. And he did. I wish I'd had a bet on him."
Wiggins's mum Linda

Chris Hoy
Age 32, born Edinburgh
Cycling, Men's keirin

How he did it - The 'Real McHoy' collected his second gold of the Games, his raw power in the final lap proving far too much for his rivals. Hoy had only taken up the event in 2007 when the kilometre time-trial - at which he won gold in Athens four years ago - was dropped from the Olympics.

What they said - "After the 'Kilo' was dropped, there were parts of me thinking that it could be the end of my individual career, but to come back to win a different event altogether is just fantastic, it really is."
Chris Hoy

"You are now Scotland's greatest Olympian."
British Olympic Association chairman Sir Craig Reedie to Hoy on the podium

Sarah Ayton
Sailing, Yngling

How they did it - The triumphant 2004 Yngling crew lost Shirley Robertson but Pippa Wilson stepped in and the 'three blondes in a boat' won the final race in atrocious conditions to beat the Dutch by nine points.

What they said - "We know we're the best."
Sarah Ayton

"Our experience was everything, we stayed sure and we got better."
Sarah Webb

"We've been happy to come out here in any conditions and today we proved that."
Pippa Wilson

Mark Hunter
Rowing, Lightweight men's double sculls

How they did it - The hot favourites for gold came into the Olympic regatta unbeaten this season. They held off Greece in the final to win Great Britain's first lightweight rowing gold.

What they said - "I'm in a bit of a daze. National anthem, flag - it's a dream come true."
Mark Hunter

"The last 10 years have come down to six minutes of hell, but it's all worth it."
Zac Purchase

Ben Ainslie
Age 31, born Macclesfield
Sailing, Finn

How he did it - Hot favourite Ainslie made it three gold medals in three Games to become Britain's most successful Olympic sailor. Leading going into the medal race, the 31-year-old only needed to finish six places behind closest rival Zach Railey - but still won the race anyway.

What they said - "To me, that's what sport is about. It's those pressure moments. That's what I love about competing."
Ben Ainslie

"Everyone in sailing knows he's a legend. He's so young still and he has yet to do more. I wouldn't be surprised if he surpassed Sir Steve Redgrave. In my lifetime, he's the most special sailor we've seen."
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson

Rebecca Romero
Age 28, born Carshalton
Cycling, Women's individual pursuit

How she did it - After winning a silver medal in rowing in 2004. she switched to cycling two years ago and claimed gold by beating team-mate Wendy Houvenaghel in the 3,000m.

What they said - "I haven't got the reaction that I'd imagined that I'd have... but it's magical. It's been so hard. I can't explain what I've had to go through. "
Rebecca Romero

"She did say she might like to try something a bit more glamorous, like beach volleyball [in the run-up to London 2012]. But I must stress that was definitely a joke."
Rebecca Romero's mother

Geraint Thomas
Track cycling, Men's team pursuit

How they did it - The favourites even surprised themselves as they clocked the new world record of three minutes, 53.314 seconds as they beat Denmark in the final.

What they said - "We were just rattling around, it was so smooth, it felt easy to be honest. We knew it was fast but 3:53.314 we just can't believe it. That's going to go down in history, that time won't be broken in a long time, we're the best team in the world."
Geraint Thomas

"We've got a young dynamic team and we haven't even started yet."
Britain's cycling coach Dan Hunt

Paul Goodison
Age 30, born Sheffield
Sailing, Men's laser

How he did it - Following his Athens heartbreak in 2004 when he narrowly missed out on bronze, Goodison led going into the medal race and held on to first place by finishing ahead of his nearest rival Sweden's Rasmus Myrgren.

What they said - ""It just feels unbelievable. It's going to take a while to sink in but wow."
Paul Goodison

Christine Ohuruogu
Age 24, born London
Athletics - Women's 400 metres

How she did it - Ohuruogu looked beaten down the final straight but her strength and stamina saw her overhaul her fading rivals in dramatic fashion as she added the Olympic title to her 2007 world crown, having previously been banned for a year for missing three out of competition drug tests.

What they said - "I don't really care what people think or say, they can say what they like. I have come here and got what I wanted and I'm happy."
Christine Ohuruogu

"She's level-headed and surrounded by good people - she will keep her feet on the ground. She has had her trials and tribulations and she knows how to treat it."
Bob Smith, chairman of Newham and Essex Beagles Athletic Club

Chris Hoy
Age 32, born Edinburgh
Cycling, Men's sprint

How he did it - The man the rest of the team hold in awe, Hoy beat team-mate and rising star Jason Kenny to become the first Briton in a 100 years to win three golds at an Olympics. The Scot with tree trunks for thighs just had too much power for Kenny.

What they said - "An inspiration to the British cycling team and an inspiration to British sport in general. Chris Hoy for Superman? Yes!"
Victoria Pendleton

"It's like he has swallowed a motorbike."
Dutch rival Theo Bos

"Chris's performances at the Beijing Olympics were simply outstanding and he deserves every recognition. I can think of no better way of marking his historic success than by naming Scotland's only world-class track cycling facility after him."
Glasgow City council leader Steven Purcell on naming the velodrome for the 2014 Commonwealth Games after Hoy

Victoria Pendleton
Age 27, born Hitchin
Cycling, Women's sprint

How she did it - Now known as Queen Victoria. The pressure was on for her to win gold in the only event she was competing in at the velodrome, but you could not tell. She blitzed her rivals in commanding style to win the gold she craved.

What they said - "I've wanted this so badly. I'd beaten everyone in the field so there was a lot pressure on me to win a medal - I'm 'the golden girl of the track'.
Victoria Pendleton

"I'm paid to win gold medals. Let's win 'em all."
Dave Brailsford, Britain's cycling performance director

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson
Sailing, Star class

How they did it - Percy and "Bart" Simpson trailed Sweden by two points at the start of the double-points medal race and needed to finish ahead of their rivals to snatch the gold. The Brits produced an outstanding display to come home in fifth, five places ahead of the Swedes, in a nail-biting encounter.

What they said - "I felt good this morning. I knew we could do it. I knew we weren't going to bottle it and we didn't. It's been a killer four years and it feels great to put it behind us."
Iain Percy

"I'm shocked and to do this after the week and year we've had is unbelievable. Words can't describe how happy we are. There's never certainty but since last year we focused on nothing else but this week. I made a few little mistakes today but we pulled it back and luckily it came good for us."
Andrew Simpson

Tim Brabants
Age 31, born Chertsey
Canoe flatwater K1 1000m

How he did it - A bronze medallist in 2000, Brabants entered the 2008 Olympics as world and European champion. He got off to the quickest start and always led as he powered his way to victory

What they said - "In the first two strokes there was no doubt I was going to win the race. No-one was going to come past me, I felt fantastic. Four years ago I had unfinished business. I was good four years ago but I wasn't this good."
Tim Brabants

James DeGale
Age 22, born Hammersmith
Boxing middleweight

How he did it - Fighting Cuba's Emilio Correa in the final, DeGale went 6-1 ahead when Correa was penalised two points for biting. The lead was reduced to two in the final tense moments but DeGale hung on.

What they said - " He was tough, horrible and strong throughout the bout. But I'm Olympic champion, it's unbelievable."
James DeGale

"That was painful. I thought the referee had lost the plot, but you have to do what you have to do and James was going to win that whatever way it took. We've delivered for UK Sport, now UK Sport have got to deliver for us."
Team GB coach Terry Edwards


David Florence
Age 26, born Aberdeen
Canoeing, Men's slalom

How he did it - The Scot started the day in fourth place but he put in a perfect run clocking 178.61 seconds to put him ahead of Poland's Krzystof Bieryt and Czech Stanislav Jezek. It was Britain's first silver in Beijing.

What they said - "I am absolutely delighted that I put in a good final run in the pressure of a big final, it is the most exciting time to do it."
David Florence

Emma Pooley
Age 25, born London
Road cycling, Women's time trial

How she did it - The rider, who lives in Switzerland, went out fifth and set a blistering pace, to record a time of 35:16 over the hilly 23.5-km course. She led for much of the race, until Kristin Armstrong of the US posted a late time of 34 minutes 51.72 seconds to win gold.

What they said - "I just concentrated on riding as fast as I could, being absolutely smooth and enjoying myself without anyone to push me off. It helps being positive-nervous, because you've been waiting four years for this."
Emma Pooley

Ross Edgar
Age 25, born Newmarket
Cycling, Men's keirin

How he did it - It was always going to be a scrap for the other medals with Chris Hoy in action, but Edgar put in a fabulous performance after missing out on selection for the sprint line-up. He timed his late burst superbly to beat Japan's Kiyofumi Nagai on the line.

What they said - "The team sprint was hard to watch, the guys put in a phenomenal ride. It was a shame I couldn't be part of team but I'm delighted today, I can't put it into words."
Ross Edgar

"It's fantastic for him. He's such a high-calibre rider, so for him to pick up a silver in this, not being a member of our team sprint, it's a sign of the times of how strong this Great Britain team is."
Chris Hoy

Katherine Grainger
Rowing, Women's quadruple sculls

How they did it - They were bidding for GB's first women's rowing gold, and despite a phenomenal effort at the end, it wasn't enough to see off the Chinese. It was an agonising third successive silver for Grainger.

What they said - "I believe if we did it again we could do it. I want to go back to the start and try again. We let it slip away at the end. It was 100% from everyone but we didn't quite get it right."
Katherine Grainger

"I'm absolutely gutted for them. They really deserved to win, I'm gutted for all of them."
Former rower Rebecca Romero

Alex Partridge
Rowing, Men's eights

How they did it - Four years after a punctured lung forced him out of the four, Alex Partridge lined up with his team-mates and pushed the Canadians all the way in a stunning race, but just didn't have enough at the end. It was close though.

What they said - "It came down to great force and a gutsy performance. Unfortunately it wasn't quite there to beat them. I'm disappointed."
Alastair Heathcote

Wendy Houvenaghel
Age 33, born Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
Cycling, Women's individual pursuit

How she did it - She was up against team-mate Rebecca Romero, but Houvenaghel barely got a look-in over the 12 laps finishing nearly two seconds behind in a time of three minutes 30 seconds.

What they said - "I gave everything I had to push Rebecca all the way. I have done that, and I am very proud. To be standing on the podium at the Olympics is a great achievement."
Wendy Houvenaghel

Joe Glanfield and Nick Rogers
Sailing, Men's 470 class

How they did it - It was a poor start for the British duo, but they hit back with a fantastic effort to finish the final race in third place, enough to take second overall behind Australia.

What they said - "That was the most intense race I've done for so long. We came through and I'm really pleased"
Nick Rogers

Jason Kenny
Age 20, born Bolton
Cycling, Men's sprint

How he did it - It was a tall order going up against fellow Brit Chris Hoy but the 20-year-old still managed to push the Scot all the way - only losing the opening race by half a wheel's length. Hoy cruised the second race, but Kenny's time will come.

What they said - "You turn up at the Olympics and finish second and you think - you know, I'm really very good!"
Jason Kenny

"Kenny has come through the ranks and he is the man who will win at London 2012. Beating him was really tough - it was probably the hardest race of my life."
Chris Hoy

Germaine Mason
Age 25, born Kingston, Jamaica
Athletics, Men's high jump

How he did it - The 25-year-old shocked everybody with a phenomenal showing. He initially failed his first attempt at 2.29m, before moving on to clear 2.34m. He even edged out defending champion Stefan Holm and finished behind Russian Andrey Silnov for a glorious silver.

What they said - "I'm happy I came here and delivered silver for Great Britain. I've been working for this for four years of my life and it feels like heaven."
Germaine Mason

Keri-Anne Payne
Age 20, born Johannesburg, South Africa
Swimming, Women's 10km marathon

How she did it - Payne and team-mate Cassie Patten swam superbly, but the British pair were undone after a battling late charge from Russian Larisa Ilchenko in the final 100m. Payne matched Ilchenko stroke for stroke but was narrowly edged out.

What they said - "We didn't talk at all out there, we're best friends, we train together and we just kind of knew when to kick at the right time."
Kerri-Anne Payne on her GB team-mate

David Davies
Age 23, born Barry, Wales
Swimming, Men's 10km marathon

How he did it - Davies led for most of the race, making a decisive move with about 800m to go but then drifting offline in the final stages. He was pipped to gold by Dutchman Maarten van der Weijden, who finished just 1.5 seconds ahead of Davies.

What he said - "It's going to take a while for it to sink in but it's a proud moment for me. I gave it everything, that was what I wanted to do, and I have something to show for it."
David Davies

Phillips Idowu
Age 29, born London
Athletics, triple jump

How he did it - The dyed redhead was favourite to win the title and it seemed his jump of 17.62m would be enough for gold, but along came world champion Nelson Evora, whose leap of 17.67m left the London leaper with silver.

What they said - "I would have liked to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games as defending Olympic champion, and I can't believe I'm standing here disappointed with silver, but I am."
Phillips Idowu

Heather Fell
Age 25, born Plymouth
Modern pentathlon

How she did it - A decent shoot, followed by a strong performance in the fencing and a season's best in the 200m swim put Fell in second place - a solid show jumping followed and although she made up 10 seconds on winner Lena Schoneborn on the final 3,000m, gold was just beyond her.

What they said - "I had some luck - you have to for five events to go so well. The crowd helped so much and it has been a great day. For two Brits to finish in the top seven (Katy Livingston) in our first Olympics shows how strong we are."
Heather Fell


Joanne Jackson
Age 21, born Northallerton
Swimming, Womens' 400m freestyle

How she did it - Jackson was up against the mighty Brit Becky Adlington and American Katie Hoff. The 21-year-old didn't disappoint and after turning fourth at the halfway point, she had the strength to put in a late surge to edge out France's Coralie Balmy.

What they said - "I didn't really know what to expect because it was a hard swim to get into the final, and to win a medal at the Olympics is overwhelming - I'm just so pleased."
Joanne Jackson

Tina Cook
Age 37, born Rustington
Equestrian, Women's individual eventing

How she did it - When lying in joint sixth heading into the final show-jumping stage on Miners Frolic, Cook put in a clear round which saw her briefly occupy top spot. It was an anxious wait watching six riders follow her around the jumps, but four of them dislodged fences which elevated her to third.

What they said - "I can't speak. It is unbelievable, like a dream come true."
Tina Cook

William Fox-Pitt
Equestrian, Team eventing

How they did it - The British team began the final day 11.70 points behind top-placed Australia, but struggled to push for the top medals, despite a fine effort and clear round from Tina Cook.

What they said - "I'm so excited. The way he has jumped feels great. The horse is really young and I'm really pleased with him as he has never seen anything like this before."
Tina Cook on her 10-year-old mount Miners Frolic

Elise Laverick and Anna Bebington


Rowing, Women's double sculls

How they did it - It was a second successive bronze for Laverick in the double sculls, after her efforts in Athens four years ago. But it was still a great achievement with Laverick fighting back to fitness after being the victim of a hit-and-run' accident in 2005. They were edged out of the top two spots by the New Zealand and German boats.

What they said - "We left it with too much to do but - in Anna's first final - we were nearly there. I said I was going to stop after this but now who knows?"
Elise Laverick

Matthew Wells and Stephen Rowbotham
Rowing, Men's double sculls

How they did it - It was a fabulous effort from the British pair who just missed out on silver by 0.05 seconds. They had been firing in second place behind Australia's David Crawshay and Scott Brennan but were passed by Estonia in the last few metres.

What they said - "It was very disappointing not to get the gold, extremely disappointing not to get the silver but you never pass up an Olympic medal. I'm just delighted."
Stephen Rowbotham
"In that last couple of strokes I thought we had it but I'm really pleased to have come away with something."
Matthew Wells

Chris Newton
Age 34, born Middlesbrough
Cycling, Men's points race

How he did it - It was always going to be tough facing the Sydney 2000 champion and Athens 2004 silver medallist Joan Llanares, but there was a chance for silver as Newton battled German Roger Kluge with nine laps left and one sprint. Newton faded with the finish in sight to end on 56 points.

What they said - "It was hard out there. I was very calm before the race. I didn't think I was ready for it, but as soon as I pulled on a skinsuit something kicked in."
Chris Newton

Steven Burke
Age 25, born Burnley
Cycling, Men's individual pursuit

How he did it - Team-mate Bradley Wiggins may have grabbed all the headlines, but Burke surpassed all expectations after beating Alexei Markov with a fantastic display in the velodrome. Not a bad effort for a man who had focused on the team pursuit, and was only drafted into the British team for the individual event just 24 hours before the start of qualifying.

What they said - "I never though this would happen. 2012 was the goal and it came a few years early."
Steven Burke

Louis Smith
Age 19, born Peterborough
Gymnastics, Men's pommel horse

How he did it - With the Chinese crowd ringing in his ears, Smith was in silver position after a tremendous performance. China's Qin Xiao won gold with 15.875, but it was Croatia's Filip Ude who just edged out the Brit on the tiebreaker, as he had fewer deductions on count-back for artistic merit.

What they said - "I was emotional, scared and nervous. It was absolutely unbelievable. I hope this medal is a stepping stone for British gymnastics. I hope it will inspire youngsters to come into our sport."
Louis Smith

Cassie Patten
Age 21, born Plymouth
Swimming, Women's 10km marathon

How she did it - It was one almighty battle for Patten and team-mate Keri-Anne Payne as they struggled to contend with the efforts of Larisa Ilchenko. The Russian sat on the feet of the leading Brits but then made a late surge before edging past in the final few metres.

What they said - "Every part of your body is hurting. Your stomach is the size of a pea, because all the blood rushes to your arms, your body is saying stop but your head is saying come on keep going."
Cassie Patten

Bryony Shaw
Age 25, born Wandsworth, London
Sailing, Women's RS:X

How she did it - It was an emotional day for the Londoner who began the medal race in third place with 41 points. Chinese sailor Yin Jian, who took gold, and Italy's Alessandra Sensini proved too strong for the Brit but it was still a fine achievement for Shaw who was making her Olympic debut.

What they said - "I'm so happy. It was such a hard race and a hard week," said Shaw, whose display gave Britain their first-ever medal in the women's windsurfing event."
Bryony Shaw

Tasha Danvers
Age 30, London
Athletics, Women's 400m hurdles

How she did it - After injury and a number of illnesses, it's been a topsy-turvy season for Danvers. But the selectors will be pleased after the Commonwealth silver medallist has done nothing but amazing things since arriving in Beijing - cruising through the qualifiers and storming to a stunning bronze clocking a PB of 53.84s behind Jamaica's Melaine Walker and American Sheena Johnson.

What they said - "Oh my goodness, I'm just pleased beyond measure. I'm so thrilled. It's been probably the worst - and now the best - year of my whole life."
Tasha Danvers

Tony Jeffries
Age 23, Sunderland
Boxing, Light heavyweight (75-81kg)

How he did it - Following a bye in the first round, Jeffries made the last eight after coming through a messy encounter with Colombia's Eleider Alvarez on a count back. He then dispatched Hungary's Imre Szello 10-2 to reach the semi-final where he was outclassed by Ireland's Kenny Egan.

What they said - "Before I came here I would have been happy to get a medal but now I feel absolutely gutted. I felt brilliant in the warm-up but on the day he boxed brilliantly. I don't think I boxed that badly but he upped his game. Kenny was the better fighter on the night and he beat me fair and square."
Tony Jeffries

David Price
Age 25, Liverpool
Boxing, Super heavyweight (91kg+)

How he did it - Price stopped the favourite for the gold, Russia's Islam Timurziev, in the second round of his opening contest. He was beating Jaroslav Jaksto 3-1 in their quarter-final before the Lithuanian was forced to retire in the second round. But Italy's Roberto Cammarelle was too powerful in the semi-final and stopped Price in round two.

What they said - "I feel like all the good work I've put in here has just gone down the pan. He caught me cold in the first round and he surprised me. The best man won on the night. No-one can take my medal away from me and it's been a fantastic journey up until today. I'll sit down and have a think about what to do next. I might return in 2012 - but it might be in synchronised swimming after that."
David Price

Tim Brabants
Age 31, born Chertsey
Canoe flatwater K1 500m

How he did it - In a dogfight over the last 20m, with Australia's Ken Wallace just came through to take gold, Canada's reigning world champion Adam van Koeverden held on for silver in a photo finish with Brabants, who became Great Britain's fourth multi-medallist of the Games.

What they said - "I came out to these Olympics with the hope of getting two medals - one of them gold - and that is what I have done. It has been fantastic. I feel very lucky to be here."
Tim Brabants

Sarah Stevenson
Age 25, born Doncaster
Taekwondo +67kg

How she did it - Stevenson had lost her quarter-final to China's Chen Zhong, but a successful appeal against a controversial judging decision gave her a second chance. After a semi-final defeat to Mexico's Maria del Rosario Espinoza she regained her composure to beat Noha Abd Rabo 5-1 for the bronze.

What they said - "I didn't come for bronze but I'm really happy. Physically, I was more ready than I have ever been, but mentally I was tired. It has been good and the ups and downs are something to remember."
Sarah Stevenson


55 - 1908, London
14 - 1900, Paris
14 - 1920, Antwerp
11 - 2000, Sydney
10 - 1912, Stockholm

At-a-glance medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 China 51 21 28 100
2 USA 36 38 36 110
3 Russia 23 21 28 72
4 Great Britain 19 13 15 47
5 Germany 16 10 15 41
6 Australia 14 15 17 46
7 South Korea 13 10 8 31
8 Japan 9 6 10 25
9 Italy 8 10 10 28
10 France 7 16 17 40

see also
Where Britain's medals will be won
23 Aug 08 |  Olympics

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