Jason Kenny has become the most decorated British Olympian ever – as Boris Johnson hailed Team GB’s athletes for their “sportsmanship, hard work and determination” during the Tokyo Olympics.
As the games came to an end with the closing ceremony, the prime minister congratulated Team GB, whose 65-medal haul matched the number earned at London 2012.
At the end of the ceremony, the Olympic flag was handed over to Paris, where the Games are held in 2024, and the Olympic flames extinguished. Digital signs displayed “Arigato” – “Thank you” in Japanese.
Kenny made history as he won his seventh gold medal with victory in the men’s keirin cycling final on the last day of the games.
Malaysia’s Mohd Azizulhasni Awang and Dutch rider Harrie Lavreysen won bronze and silver respectively.
With Kenny’s victory, and Lauren Price’s boxing gold in the middleweight final, Team GB end the games with 22 gold medals.
Team GB also won 21 silvers and 22 bronzes, making it the second most successful overseas games, behind Rio 2016.
Mr Johnson said the British public were “so, so proud” of Team GB’s athletes for their “sportsmanship, hard work and determination”.
“This team has shown that even in the most difficult circumstances, sport brings people together and changes lives,” the prime minister said of Great Britain’s performance at the games.
“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.
“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.”
Kenny overtakes former cyclist Sir Chris Hoy as the most successful British Olympian, and becomes the first-ever Team GB athlete to win seven Olympic golds.
Sir Chris won six golds, while Bradley Wiggins and Kenny’s wife Laura have won five.
Unfortunately for Laura Kenny, she could not add to her medal haul in the women’s omnium after a mixed day on the track.
But she was selected as Great Britain’s flag bearer for the closing ceremony.
In the first race of the day, Laura Kenny was involved in a nine-cyclist pile-up – but put herself in contention for a medal after winning the tempo race.
But she dropped to ninth place after a poor elimination race and could not climb into the medal positions in the final race, despite collecting 24 points and winning the points race.
She will still be going home with a gold medal after finishing first in the madison earlier in the Games – and a silver medal from the team pursuit.
USA’s Jennifer Valente finished first in the omnium despite crashing in the final race, while Japan’s Yumi Kajihara, who also crashed in the last race, took silver.
Dutch rider Kirsten Wild won bronze in what was the last cycling event of the Games.
Elsewhere in the Izu Velodrome, British rider Jack Carlin finished in eighth position overall in the men’s keirin after just missing out on a place in the final.
And Canada’s Kelsey Mitchell won gold in the women’s sprint race, defeating Ukraine’s Olena Starikova in two sprints.
Hong Kong’s Wai Sze Lee won the bronze medal.
Earlier in the day, British runners appeared in the marathon race but finished well outside the medal places.
Chris Thompson finished in 54th position, but his compatriots Callum Hawkins, who struggled with an ankle injury, and Ben Connor did not finish.
Pre-race favourite Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won gold, with race partners Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands and Belgium’s Bashir Abdi finishing second and third respectively.