Team GB’s quartet of Asha Philip, 25, Desirèe Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita, all 20, stormed to an Olympic bronze medal with a superb performance in the women’s 4x100m relay final.
In perfect conditions at the Estádio Olímpico, Team GB’s sprinters got off to a fast start and displayed slick baton changes throughout.
It was left to Daryll on the final leg to power the team across the line in a British record of 41.77 seconds to secure Team GB a podium spot alongside gold medallists USA, who ran 41.01 for the second quickest time ever, and silver medallists Jamaica.
The third place finish gave Team GB their first medal in the event since the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.
“This means an awful lot because not only have we worked hard to get faster as individuals, we have bonded and worked hard as a team,” said Dina.
“To be able to come out here when the pressure is on and it really matters and to deliver the goods is absolutely incredible so I am so proud of these girls.”
Desirèe was equally delighted.
“We have trust and faith in each other and we are so close,” she said.
“We get on so well and I am so happy for all these girls. “After lighting the flame at London 2012, Rio was the target for me and this is the fairy-tale ending.”