Boris Johnson: Team GB's Olympic success shows 'there's no limit to what we can achieve'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Fraserburgh Harbour, Aberdeenshire, as he journeys to the Moray Offshore Windfarm East during his visit to Scotland. Picture date: Thursday August 5, 2021.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Fraserburgh Harbour, Aberdeenshire, as he journeys to the Moray Offshore Windfarm East during his visit to Scotland. Picture date: Thursday August 5, 2021.

The prime minister praised Team GB's efforts, with their Tokyo medal tally matching London 2012 and falling two shy of Britain's record haul in Rio 2016

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Team GB's heroic Olympians have shown "there is no limit to what we can achieve", Boris Johnson has said.

The 65-medal haul from Tokyo matched the number earned at the home Olympics in London 2012 and falls just two shy of the record set in Rio 2016.

The prime minister said Britain's competitors had been roared on by fans in homes, pubs and offices, displaying “grace in victory and amazing courage in defeat”.

He said: “These past two weeks, Team GB have shown us the very best of this country – demonstrating our sportsmanship, hard work and determination.

“From record-breaking performances in the pool to gravity-defying runs in skateboarding and BMX, this team has shown extraordinary depth and breadth of talent.

“I want to thank each and every one of our Olympians and all those behind the scenes whose hours of coaching and training have been instrumental to our success.

“This team has shown that even in the most difficult circumstances, sport brings people together and changes lives. You have shown grace in victory and amazing courage in defeat.

“And whilst you may not have heard the roar of the crowd in Tokyo, every one of you has given us a reason to cheer back home ­- in living rooms, pubs, parks and offices across the land.

Great Britain's Jason Kenny celebrates with the gold medal in the Men's Keirin Finals to become the first Team GB athlete to win seven Olympic Gold Medals.
Great Britain's Jason Kenny celebrates with the gold medal in the Men's Keirin Finals to become the first Team GB athlete to win seven Olympic Gold Medals.

“Above all, you have again revealed the central truth about this country: that when we put our minds to it, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

“Thank you Team GB. We are so, so proud of you. Now bring on Paris!”

Mr Johnson also praised the two champions on the final day – cyclist Jason Kenny became “the greatest British Olympian ever” with gold in the keirin while Lauren Price’s middleweight victory capped a “brilliant Games for British boxing”.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer offered his congratulations to “Welsh wonder” Price as the Great Britain boxing team “enjoys its most successful Olympics for over 100 years”.

Sir Keir also hailed the “phenomenal” ride by Kenny in the keirin.

“Jason has thrilled us through four Olympics winning more medals and golds than any other British athlete in history. Simply superb,” he said.