65 British Olympic medalists should be honored with gongs, according to the petition.
BRITAIN’S Olympic heroes have been praised for their victories in Tokyo, with calls for all 65 of the country’s medalists to be honored.
The triumph of Covid gloom at the end of a year and a half has boosted national spirits in the last two weeks, with their accomplishments being dubbed “the greatest achievement in British Olympic history.” With astonishing golds for track cyclist Jason Kenny, 33, and boxer Lauren Price, 27, the team equaled its all-conquering London 2012 campaign with a final day of success. Following the cyclist’s keirin gold, Prime Minister Boris Johnson dubbed Kenny, the husband of fellow gold medalist Laura, the “best British Olympian ever.” He is the first British athlete to win seven gold medals at the Olympics.
Lauren, a multi-talented athlete, traded in her football boots for boxing gloves to become only the second female boxer from the United Kingdom to win gold, becoming the middleweight champion.
Team GB finished fourth in the rankings with 22 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and 22 bronze medals, behind the United States, China, and Japan.
In addition, the United Kingdom won medals in 25 sports, more than any other country.
There is a growing demand for gongs to be awarded in the New Year’s Honours.
“Not only has the team achieved history, but it has possibly made history in the most tough and hardest situation that we will encounter certainly in my lifetime,” said Team GB chef de mission Mark England.
“I believe it is the greatest performance in British Olympic history because it was achieved against all odds. It has been Tokyo’s miracle.”
“I am confident that our athletes will be recognized for their achievements,” Tory MP Michael Fabricant said. I’m sure Boris and his colleagues have already considered it.”
“It would also be fitting to recognize those who have helped the athletes be in such a terrific position to deliver,” Conservative MP Craig Tracey said.
The 65 medals are only two short of the Rio 2016 record of 68.
It’s a stunning turnaround for a project that began in 1994 and was funded by the National Lottery.
Two years later, 300 Team GB competitors brought home only 15 medals, the lowest total for the UK since 1952.
Since then, a £43 billion windfall has sponsored over 5,000 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, catapulting Great Britain back into the athletic spotlight. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”