Pedal superpower! Team GB first nation in history to claim gold in every cycling discipline

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From being seen as a minority sport to multiple world and Olympic titles, Great Britain has cemented itself as a world superpower in cycling following more title success in Tokyo.

Team GB created a bespoke record at the Tokyo Games on Sunday by becoming the first country to win golds in all five Olympic cycling disciplines.

Following Charlotte Worthington's brilliant gold in the women's BMX freestyle, Great Britain have now won Olympic titles in road, track, mountain bike, BMX racing and freestyle.

Worthington's thrilling gold was Great Britain's 35th in a cycling discipline at the Summer Olympics and moved Team GB behind France (41) for most cycling golds.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in final of the men's Keirin during Day 11 of the London 2012 London Olympics at the Veledrome on August 07, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
From the track success of Sir Chris Hoy to BMX discipline, Team GB has created a unique record. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

On the track, with six golds and one silver medal, Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny are the joint-most successful Team GB Olympic medallists of all time.

At London 2012, Bradley Wiggins won the men's road race time trial. In accruing a seventh Olympic medal, he made history by becoming the first rider to win the Tour de France and Olympic gold in the same season.

Last week, Tom Pidcock, the 21-year-old from Leeds, won men's mountain bike gold for Team GB with a masterful breakaway performance.

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 01: Gold Medalist Charlotte Worthington of Team Great Britain poses for a photo with her gold medal after the Women's Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Gold medalist Charlotte Worthington poses with her gold medal after the Women's Park Final of the BMX Freestyle. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It paved the way for Team GB riders to make their mark in BMX - and in some style.

Sublime tricks were the order of the day in Tokyo as Worthington's gold-winning performance saw her land the first 360 backflip to be performed in women's competition.

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The pressure was on for Worthington during a mesmeric second run, having crashed attempting the move in her first.

Her success was even more satisfactory after UK Sport initially withdrew funding for women's BMX before being resinstated during the Tokyo cycle.

Moreover, Worthington worked 40 hours a week as a chef in a Mexican restaurant as she grafted her way towards this year's Olympics.

She beat America's three-time world champion Hannah Roberts, who had no answer to the Briton's brilliant moves.

The Briton said: "I've not been doing that trick for so long but we've been trying to find that big banger trick and when we did we thought, 'this is the one'. If it wasn't for Hannah Roberts, we wouldn't be doing these tricks or be this far."

Declan Brooks then took bronze in the men's event, meaning that Team GB have now finished on the podium in all four BMX competitions in Tokyo.

The latest medals in Tokyo follow Bethany Shriever, who won gold in women's BMX racing, and Kye Whyte, the 'Prince of Peckham', who produced a silver-winning run in the men's BMX racing.

Husband and wife duo Laura and Jason Kenny are aiming to make history by becoming the most successful female and male track cyclists ever at Tokyo 2020 when the event begins on Monday.

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