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Andy Murray beats Juan Martin del Potro to secure gold at Rio 2016

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Andy Murray broke down in tears on Sunday night after becoming the first tennis player ever to win two Olympic singles titles.

The 29-year-old, who also won his second Wimbledon title earlier this year, beat Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in a thrilling four-set encounter.

Murray won the first set 7-5 before being pegged back in the second 4-6. However, the Scot won the next two sets (6-2, 7-5) to win another hard-fought gold medal for Great Britain. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).

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There was a lovely moment at the end of the match as Murray and Del Potro embraced at the net.

Murray, following the gruelling encounter, then struggled to hold back the tears as the crowd inside the Olympic Tennis Center rose to their feet to salute the reigning champion.

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Video: The moment Murray won gold

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Murray proud after winning second Olympic gold

"The fact it's not been done before shows it's very hard so I'm proud to have done that," Murray was quoted as saying by BBC Sport after the match.

"Four years is a long time and so many things can change. A lot has changed since 2012, I'm happy here competing for the biggest events.

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"Who knows about Tokyo in four years. At 33, I'm not sure I'll be at the same level."

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GB second in medals table

Following Murray’s triumph, Great Britain now sit second in the Rio 2016 medals table - a remarkable achievement given the size of its population in comparison to third-placed China.

Team GB have now secured 15 gold medals, 16 silver and seven bronze.

United States currently occupy pole position in the medals table with 26 golds, 21 silver and 22 bronze.

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Commonwealth Games
Usain Bolt
Olympics
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