Team GB - Greatest Ever Olympic Performance

Aug. 22, 2016

Congratulations to Team GB and Japan from the BCCJ!

Breaking records

Britain will leave the Rio Olympics with 67 medals, and will feature in the top two most successful nations for the first time in more than 100 years.

“We’re making sporting history - 67 medals, nearly 130 medallists, across 19 sports,” said Liz Nichol, Uk Sport chief executive. Of those, 27 are gold across 15 sports.

In winning 67 medals, Team GB has won more podium places than ever before at a Games on foreign soil and becomes the first nation to win more medals in the Games immediately after hosting, with 65 won four years ago at London 2012. 

By finishing second on the medal table with 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze, Team GB has recorded its best finish in 108 years after topping the list at London 1908.

Of the 23 sports entered, the team won medals in 18 of those with 14 producing golds – an increase from London 2012 which saw 16 sports win medals and 11 of those with gold.

At Rio 2016, Team GB enjoyed its most successful ever Games in aquatics, gymnastics, taekwondo and triathlon while topping the medal table outright in cycling rowing, triathlon and sailing.

As part of those 27 golds, 17 were retained from London 2012 with 14 won by athletes who initially took the titles four years ago.

Reasons for success

BOA chairman Bill Sweeney put the success down to “20 years of investment” to culminate in “this outstanding performance” in Brazil, adding: “Since National Lottery funding started in 1997, we have had five consecutive [summer] Olympic Games of medal growth - no other country has come close to that.” National Lottery funding amounted to £355million for Team GB.


Japan also has much to celebrate after reaching double-figure gold medals (12) for the first time since the Athens Games. The country also won eight silver and 21 bronze.

2016 Paralympics

The Rio Paralympics will take place from 7 - 18 September 2016. Around 4,350 athletes from more than 176 countries will compete in 528 medal events in 23 different sports.

Of the total number of athletes set to take part, approximately 1,650 will be women - a 9.9 per cent increase on London 2012 and more than double the 790 who took part in the Atlanta 1996 Games. They will compete in 224 medal events, equating to 43 per cent of all medal events and a 12 per cent increase on London, with athletics, cycling and swimming providing additional events for women.

The BBCJ wishes all athletes at the Paralympics the best of luck!


Official Paralympics website HERE

Team GB website HERE

Sources: BBC, The Independent, Team GB



Positioned at the heart of sport, business, government and community, the BCCJ's Global Sporting Events programme, supported by the British Embassy Tokyo, will continue to deliver:

• A platform to “make Japan the winner”
• Valuable lessons learned from London 2012 & RWC 2015
• Access to UK business, management, event experience
• Regular events, briefings, webinars, reports
• Community, volunteer, CSR initiatives
• Insights into utilising sport as a catalyst for social change in Japan
• A programme for organisers, communities, businesses from the UK & Japan to “win together”.

The BCCJ urges more Japanese and British companies to get involved in the GSE Champions network, and to utilize the exclusive networking opportunities created by the BCCJ events platform. 

For more information: 
Read more about the highlights and opportunities surrounding Olympics and Paralympics related business opportunities here:

Global Sporting Events: Stadia & Arena HERE

Rugby World Cup - Breaking New Boundaries HERE

The Paralympics in Japan: An Agent of Change HERE

BCCJ Launches Global Sporting Events Champions Network HERE

Global Sporting Events in Japan: Highlights and Opportunities (March 2016, report) HERE

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will launch a portal in April 2016 to support small firms to acquire Olympics related business opportunities HERE (Japanese only)

BCCJ Global Sporting Events page HERE