Already the haul of medals was impressive but the British team took that up a level to bring the curtain down in Brazil, the tandem in particular yielding plenty of success
That included another gold and world record for Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott, while Neil Fuchie picked up yet another rainbow jersey alongside Matthew Rotherham.
But that wasn’t all as Jody Cundy, Louis Rolfe and Jon-Allan Butterworth sprinted their way to the top of the podium as the team finished top of the medal table with 11 golds, part of a total tally of 18 in Brazil.
Thornhill and Scott show their class in Brazil
A world record, rainbow jersey and gold medal – while Saturday was good Thornhill and Scott, Sunday showed they could match and improve even on themeselves.
Their day could hardly have started any better, not only qualifying with the fastest time but stopping the clock in a world record run of 10.891s in the women’s sprint.
Expectation was therefore on their shoulders heading into the last race of their weekend but the pair, class acts on many an occasion, showed they could more than handle the task.
After winning the first race of the final against Jessica Gallagher and Madison Jenssen, Thornhill and Scott ensured there was no need for a decider – arms aloft even before crossing the finish line to show the dominance that was a wonderful week.
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