There was double success in BMX in the early hours of Friday morning when Bethany Shriever won gold moments after Kye Whyte’s silver medal.
The Londoner was so overjoyed with her gold medal – Britain’s first in BMX – that she momentarily forgot she was live on television and swore.
She also couldn’t walk after edging out defending champion Mariana Pajon but Whyte was there to catch her.
“Honestly I’m in shock. Oh my god.
“To be here is an achievement in itself. To make a final is an achievement in itself.
“To come away with a medal, let alone a gold, is crazy.
“I owe a lot to everyone. This means so much. I am so grateful for the support of people waking up. I am overwhelmed.
“Gold wasn’t my goal. Results are out of our control. I wanted to keep to my routine and keep my cool round the track. I managed to hold on and take the win.
“I was almost crying after Kye’s silver. I watched it before going up. I had to keep my cool and reset. And just f***ing…sorry, sorry.
“I had to dig in. I had no legs left. I gave it everything I had. I had nothing left.
“The lactic acid was crazy. I gave it absolutely everything I had. I was rewarded, it is amazing.
“I cannot put this into words. This is every athlete’s dream and I have done it.”
Duncan Scott continued to enjoy success in the pool and claimed his third medal in Tokyo with silver in the men’s 200m individual medley, while Luke Greenbank took 200m backstroke bronze.
Bryony Page, a silver medallist at Rio 2016, won bronze in the women’s trampolining.
It hasn’t been good for the rowers, though. The men’s eight took bronze as GB finished the Games with two medals in the sport.
It is their lowest rowing medal tally at an Olympics since they won two at Atlanta 1996, and the first time they have not won at least one gold since 1980.
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