Christine Ohuruogu: Great Britain have struck fear into Olympic rivals


Great Britain have surpassed their London 2012 medal haul after a fine Rio Olympics that Christine Ohuruogu believes has struck fear into other countries.

With 29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze and 65 medals in all, London 2012 was Britain's most successful Games since 1908, when it also took place in the capital.

Britain now have 66 medals in Rio, 27 of them gold, after Mo Farah retained the 5,000 metres crown and the women's 4x400m relay squad of Eilidh Doyle, Anyika Onuora, Emily Diamond and Ohuruogu claimed bronze.

"I've not really thought about but I think it's great that as a nation we're a force to be reckoned with when we step out at these Games," Ohuruogu said after winning a medal at a third straight Olympics.

Eilidh Doyle, Anyika Onuora, Emily Diamond and Christine Ohuruogu with their bronze (Jae C Hong/AP)

"Across all the sports, people are looking at us and knowing that they have to up their game if they're going to beat us.

"It's a great position to be in. It's great going into the next Olympic cycle, it's great for the guys back at home that didn't make the team. They have to up their standards to make whatever sport they're working towards.

"It's a great position to be in. It's great to be such a dominant team. It's great to know that people see us and they fear us, rather than say: 'They are just taking part because they have to send a team'.

"It's great to be a force to be reckoned with once again.

"Every sport, other athletes from other countries will look at us and think: 'we've got to work really, really hard because these guys are not here to mess around, they're not here for the free McDonalds and free drinks - they are here to take home medals'.

"It's a great era. It's a great last four years to be in sport and long may it continue."