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Region's Olympic athletes help make British sporting history

Athletes from across the Calendar region have helped Team GB make sporting history at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Olympic sporting heroes Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Out of the 67 medals won in total athletes from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire were responsible for 15 - making it a record year for British sport.

Britain finished second in the medal table in Rio overall, beating China, and became the first host nation ever to improve on their home games medal tally at the next competition.

Here is what the region's sportsmen and women won:

  • Nicola Adams from Leeds boxing
  • Ed Clancy - Huddersfield (cycling - team pursuit)
  • Jack Laugher - Ripon & Chris Mears - Leeds (diving - synchro 3m springboard)
  • Crista Cullen - Boston, Hannah Macleod - Boston, Shona McCallin - Grantham, Georgie Twigg - Lincoln (hockey)
  • Andy Triggs-Hodge - Hebden, North Yorks, Tom Ransley - York, Paul Bennett - Leeds (rowing - men's 8)
  • Alistair Brownlee - Leeds (triathlon)
Leeds' Nicola Adams with her gold medal following victory over France's Sarah Ourahmoune in the women's flyweight final. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The win made Nicola a double Olympic boxing champion, and the first female British athlete to successfully defend the boxing title.

  • Jessica Ennis-Hill - Sheffield (heptathlon)
  • Jack Laugher - Ripon (diving - 3m springboard)
  • Zoe Lee - Richmond (rowing - women's 8)
  • Bryony Page - Sheffield (gymnastics - trampoline)
  • Jonathan Brownlee - Leeds (triathlon)
Richmond's Zoe Lee Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It was a double celebration for Zoe Lee from Richmond who found out whilst in Rio that she had passed her PHD.

  • Marcus Ellis - Huddersfield (badminton - doubles)
  • Katy Marchant - Leeds (cycling - sprint)
  • Nile Wilson - Pudsey (gymnastics - high bar)
  • Vicky Holland - Leeds (triathlon)
Nile Wilson from Pudsey with his bronze medal won in the men's horizontal bar. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

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