Bournemouth EchoMore golds for Great Britain team (From Bournemouth Echo)

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More golds for Great Britain team

Bournemouth Echo: Great Britain's Jason Kenny celebrates winning the Gold Medal after winning the Men's Sprint Final Race 2 Great Britain's Jason Kenny celebrates winning the Gold Medal after winning the Men's Sprint Final Race 2

The Great Britain team has claimed two more gold medals putting it on course to make the London 2012 Games the best for more than a century.

The British showjumping team leapt to a glorious gold in a nail-biting jump-off and there was yet more British success in the velodrome as Jason Kenny stormed to victory in the final of the men's sprint.

The 2008 Beijing Games represented the best Olympic haul for Britain in 100 years when the team won 47 medals, 19 of which were gold. But with nearly a week to go Team GB has already secured 40 medals - 18 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze, leaving it in third place in the medal table behind the powerhouses of China and the US.

The victory for Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles was Britain's first team gold in the event for 60 years.

Veteran rider Skelton said winning the gold in front of a packed crowd in Greenwich was "a dream come true", adding: "It's great for the country and great for our sport."

The win for 24-year-old Kenny, who was selected for the event over Sir Chris Hoy, has now won two golds in the London Games to add to one in Beijing.

It was British cycling's fifth gold from seven medal events in the velodrome, with more success possible on Tuesday's final day of racing when Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott will also ride for glory.

Kenny, from Bolton, said: "It's amazing. I was really pleased I delivered for the team."

Britain's first medal of the day was secured by gymnast Beth Tweddle, who won her first Olympic medal, a bronze in the final of the uneven bars.

Tweddle, who for many years has been an ambassador for British gymnastics, was delighted with her bronze despite not claiming the title. The 27-year-old from Liverpool said: "It means everything. I just wanted to win a medal, it didn't matter what colour. It's the best feeling in the world."

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