Laura Kenny carries flag for Staff GB at Olympics closing ceremony as Tokyo says goodbye with spectacular mild present
LAURA KENNY carried Staff GB’s Union flag on the Olympics closing ceremony.
Kenny received her fifth Olympic title on Friday within the ladies’s madison alongside Katie Archibald, turning into the primary British lady to win gold at three successive Video games.
Laura Kenny was Staff GB’s flagbearer for the closing ceremonyCredit: AFP
Kenny is Staff GB’s most profitable feminine OlympianCredit: MARTIN RICKETT/PA WIRE
Kenny has 5 Olympic titlesCredit: GETTY IMAGES
Tokyo handled viewers to an exquisite mild displayCredit: GETTY IMAGES
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On being chosen to be Staff GB’s flagbearer, Kenny mentioned: “An absolute honour to be chosen because the Staff GB flagbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Closing Ceremony, and it rounds off my Video games expertise.
“The previous 18 months have been powerful for everybody, and I actually hope me and my Staff GB teammates have given the nation one thing to rejoice.
“It hasn’t fairly sunk in that I’m now Britain’s most profitable feminine athlete, all I do know is that I’ve labored so onerous to be right here and I couldn’t have carried out it with out the help of my household, mates and everybody at British Biking.”
Husband Jason can be probably the most profitable British Olympian after claiming his seventh Olympic title, comfortably win the boys’s keirin race on the ultimate day of the video games.
Jason has now surpassed former bicycle owner Sir Chris Hoy, who has six golds to his title.
Staff GB completed with 22 gold medals and 65 general for the Tokyo Olympic Video games, two shy of their 2016 Rio complete of 67.
Staff GB had been very profitable in disciplines involving bikes, and Tom Pidcock picked up Britain’s first gold within the males’s mountain bike cross nation on July 26.
Legendary swimmer Adam Peaty adopted in Pidcock’s footsteps the identical day and received Staff GB’s first swimming gold medal on within the 100m breaststroke.
Staff GB thrived in disciplines involving bikesCredit: GETTY IMAGES
The skies above the Tokyo Olympic Stadium had been lit up with fireworksCredit: GETTY IMAGES
The torch went out to suggest the top of the Tokyo GamesCredit: GETTY IMAGES
And Tom Daley lastly obtained his arms on Olympic gold the identical day as Pidcock and Peaty, successful males’s synchronized 10m platform diving alongside Matt Lee.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to Instagram to congratulate Staff GB for his or her implausible medal haul.
He mentioned: “These previous two weeks, Staff GB have proven us the perfect of this nation – demonstrating our sportsmanship, onerous work and willpower.
“From record-breaking performances within the pool to gravity-defying runs in skateboarding and BMX, this crew has proven extraordinary depth and breadth of expertise.
“I wish to thank each one in all our Olympians and all these behind the scenes whose hours of teaching and coaching have been instrumental to our success.
“This crew has proven that even in probably the most troublesome circumstances, sport brings folks collectively and modifications lives.
“You’ve gotten proven grace in victory and wonderful braveness in defeat. And while you could not have heard the roar of the gang in Tokyo, each one in all you has given us a motive to cheer again residence – in dwelling rooms, pubs, parks and workplaces throughout the land.
“Above all, you will have once more revealed the central fact about this nation: that after we put our minds to it, there isn’t a restrict to what we will obtain.
The flags of Japan, Greece and France flying highCredit: GETTY IMAGES
Japan hosted the Video games, Greece is the place it originated, and Paris is the subsequent destinationCredit: GETTY IMAGES
“Thanks Staff GB. We’re so, so pleased with you. Now carry on Paris!”
The 2024 Paris Olympic Video games are simply three years away as an alternative of 4, as a result of Tokyo Video games’ one-year delay.
And Parisians have gathered close to to the Eiffel Tower with Paris Olympics chief organiser Tony Estanguet – triple Olympic gold medalist in canoeing – main the celebrations.
Estanguet has promised that the 2024 Paris Video games might be “spectacular”.
Chatting with AFP, he mentioned: “How thrilling to lastly have the ability to formally take over the standing of the longer term organisers.
“100 years after the final Olympics in Paris, we’re taking the Video games residence with us.
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Paris celebrating the countdown to the 2024 OlympicsCredit: GETTY IMAGES
Heavyweight bronze medallist and combined crew gold medallist, Teddy Riner wrapped in a French flag
“We’re in fine condition, we’re able to run this marathon on the pace of the 100 metres and we’ll need to speed up.
“Our sturdy level is our capability to supply a brand new mannequin for an Olympic Video games, extra spectacular Video games… with an actual emphasis on the monetary half, the environmental half and on our need to throw open our doorways so folks can actually expertise the journey.
“France has all the pieces to make the world marvel at it, and we’re going to be watched by 4 billion folks!”
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Olympics closing ceremony waves goodbye to an exhilarating video games in Tokyo