The medals came late in the day but Team GB ensured day four of the Rio Olympics didn’t end medal less thanks to Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team in the pool.
O’Connor finished just 0.3 seconds behind red-hot favourite and current world champion Katinka Hosszu from Hungary, and in doing so swam a new British record time of 2:06.88 to take home the silver.
She became the first British woman to win an Olympic medal in the 200m freestyle, which becomes even more impressive when you take into consideration the fact that she suffers from a chronic bowl disease called ulcerative colitis.
Team GB’s second medal of the day came thanks to the relay team of Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace and James Guy. Despite being the current world champions, Team GB weren’t expected to challenge the USA team, which turned out to be the case as they won gold and in doing so saw Michael Phelps win his 21st Olympic gold medal.
Out of the running in the early stages of the race, Wallace pulled Team GB back into the reckoning on the penultimate leg as he overhauled the Australian swimmer to get back into the medal positions before James Guy pulled in Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda on the last leg to see the British quartet take silver by just 0.37 seconds.
There was some disappointment elsewhere for Team GB as expected medal contender David Florence could only finish 10th in the canoe slalom whilst the eventing and women’s gymnastics teams as well as the women’s diving duo finished outside of the medal places.
There was better news in both the tennis and men’s rugby sevens events though as Andy Murray and Johanna Konta moved into the quarter finals and Team GB won both of their matches on the first day of the competition.
Murray breezed past Argentina’s Juan Monaco before Konta won a dramatic three-hour match against the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the last 16.
In the men’s rugby sevens competition, Team GB comfortably beat Kenya in their first outing before a narrow victory over Japan, who had earlier in the day shocked favourites New Zealand in their opening match.
Day four eventually turned out to be a successful day for Team GB, so now we all look ahead to the fifth day and the medal prospects that lie ahead!