How many medals did Team GB win at Rio 2016 Olympic Games? Great Britain medal expectations for Tokyo 2020

How many medals did Team GB win during what proved to be a spectacular summer in the Rio 2016 Olympics? And was expected of Great Britain in Tokyo?

Team GB have enjoyed a thrilling start to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a week after the opening ceremony.

Supporters at home have enjoyed Tom Daley finally claiming a long-awaited gold medal alongside Matty Lee in the Men’s synchronised 10m platform, while Adam Peaty (100m breaststroke), Tom Dean (200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay), Beth Shriever (BMX racing) and Tom Pidcock (cross-country mountain biking) will also be returning home with gold medals.

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Team GB have just over a week before the Tokyo Olympics come to an end and there is no doubt they will continue to do Great Britain proud and bring plenty more medals home with them.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Great Britain celebrate after winning the Gold medal match on penalties against the Netherlands during the Women's hockey Gold medal match. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Team GB continue to impress at the Olympics, following a superb summer in Rio 2016 as they defied expectations and delivered Great Britain’s best performance at an Olympic Games, finishing second in the medal table.

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How many medals did Team GB win in 2016?

In the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Team GB shocked the nation with an amazing 67 medals, which catapulted them into second place in the medal table behind the United States.

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 30: (L-R) Silver medalist Kye Whyte and gold medalist Bethany Shriever of Team Great Britain pose for a photograph while holding the flag of they country after the BMX final on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Team GB finished the tournament with 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze medals.

Adam Peaty kicked off their haul, claiming gold to become the first British man since Adrian Moorhouse in 1988 to win an Olympic swimming gold.

The British victories came in thick and fast after that, with GB achieving their target of 48 medals with five days of the competition remaining. That total was achieved by cyclist Jason Kenny, who claimed his sixth Olympic gold medal to join Sir Chris Hoy as Britain's greatest ever Olympian.

The likes of Jack Laugher (Diving – mens synchronised 3m springboard), Max Whitlock (Gymnastics – mens floor and mens pommel horse), Andy Murray (Tennis – men’s singles) and Jade Jones (Taekwondo) are just a few gold medallists that enjoyed a successful tournament in Brazil five years ago.

What were Team GB's expectations for Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

According to entertainment data and technology company Gracenote, Great Britain aren't expected to quite reach the heights of Rio 2016.

Prior to the start of this year's competition, the likes of Adam Peaty, Jade Jones and Max Whitlock were expected to retain their gold medals. Peaty became the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title with his dominant victory in the 100m breaststroke on day three, while Jade Jones unfortunately failed to progress past the first round after losing out to Refugee Team athlete Kimia Alizadeh. Meanwhile Max Whitlock is set to take part in the final of the men's pommel horse on Sunday 1 August.

In rowing the GB men’s coxless four finished fourth on Wednesday – failing to win gold for the first time since 1996.

We have enjoyed an extremely exciting Olympic Games so far, with some surprising successes including gold and silver medals for Tom Dean and Duncan Scott respectively in 200m freestyle; as well as Team GB's women’s gymnastics team taking bronze to claim their first medal in the team event in 93 years. Meanwhile Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte made history with Team GB’s first ever medals in BMX racing, winning gold and silver respectively.

WIth plenty more to to expect from Team GB in Tokyo, this is likely to be a summer to remember.