Laura Trott and Jason Kenny have been successful this summer.

Great Britain sit top of Rio Olympics medal table for sitting sports

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It's been a very successful Rio Olympics for Team Great Britain, but they are seemingly excelling in one type of sport more so than the rest.

Team GB have won 54 medals at the time of writing this article so far this summer in Rio, and 22 of those have come from sitting events.

So if you didn't know already, it seems that Great Britain are very good at sitting down, and are experts at sitting down sports.


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After day 10, Great Britain had won 17 medals in sitting down sports, whilst second in the table, Germany, had won a mere nine, but that tally has since climbed up to 22.

Canoeing, cycling, equestrian, and rowing are the four sports that are classed as a sitting sport, and GB owe a lot of their success to the likes of Jason Kenny, Laura Trott, Sir Bradley Wiggins, and Mark Cavendish, all whom won medals in the velodrome out in Rio.

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Team GB have won 11 medals in the indoor cycling, five medals in the rowing, two in the equestrian, two in the canoe slalom, one in the canoe sprint, and one in the cycling road.

So people may mock Great Britain and their Olympians for being good at sitting down and remaining on their backsides, but when it can provide you with 22 medals, why wouldn't you do it?

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Also, you only have to look a few years back and you will see further success in sitting down sports.

The likes of Sir Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, Zara Phillips (now Tindall), and Sir Chris Hoy all obtained medals in the past.

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