EUROPE: Britain Leaves Rio With Seven Fourth Place Finishes

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

 

EUROPEAN SWIMMING MEDAL TABLE AS OF RIO DAY 8:

COUNTRY GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
Hungary 3 2 2 7
Great Britain 1 5 0 6
Sweden 1 1 1 3
Spain 1 0 1 2
Italy 1 0 1 2
Denmark 1 0 1 2
Russia 0 2 2 4
France 0 2 0 2
Belgium 0 1 0 1
Belarus 0 0 1 1
Total 8 12 10 30

EUROPEAN SWIMMING RECORDS BROKEN ON RIO DAY 8:

Swimmer Event Time Record
Pernille Blume W 50 Free 24.07 Danish record
Aliaksandria Herasimenia W 50 Free 24.11 Belarusian Record
DEN W 4×100 Medley 3:55.01 Danish Record
GBR M 4×100 Medley 3:29.24 British Record

 

In London Great Britain had a disastrous Olympic Games winning only one silver and two bronze in the pool. Since that point British Swimming has done an overhaul of their structure and their approach, which paid great dividends in Rio.

In the pool the British team won one gold and five silver medals at the 2016 Games. British swimmers also set one world record and seven new national marks, which is a pretty good improvement over a four-year period.

Although the team will walk away from Rio with their heads held high after achieving what they did there will still be some broken hearts because of the team’s near misses. There were seven British swimmers who finished in fourth in their respective events.

They included:

  • Ben Proud – men’s 50 freestyle – 0.19 from the bronze
  • James Guy – men’s 200 freestyle – 0.26 from the bronze
  • Andrew Willis – men’s 200 breaststroke – 0.08 from the bronze
  • Max Litchfield – men’s 400 IM – 1.91 from the bronze
  • Fran Halsall – women’s 50 freestyle – 0.02 from the bronze
  • Chloe Tutton – women’s 200 breaststroke – 0.06 from the bronze
  • Hannah Miley – women’s 400 IM – 0.15 from the bronze

This could be seen as a positive or a negative, but it doesn’t which viewpoint you have the fact remains the Brits are headed in the right direction.

 

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Uberfan

In the Olympics 2nd isn’t losing neither is 3rd. Britain got last 7 times and was edged out several times by USA Murica yeehaw

Dory

Unless I’m mistaken there are EIGHT competitors in an Olympic final, therefore how is 4th place last….?

Uberfan

If you ain’t first you’re last- Ricky Bobby

Steve Nolan

These are perfect comments.

Greg

Error: Hungary has 3 golds, 2 silvers, and 2 bronze.

Thanks Greg, have corrected above.

Apple

If only they gave out the fourth place pewter medal at the Olympics…

Steve Nolan

They just get a real life *poop emoji*

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