Great Britain named best Olympic team after Rio 2016

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More than nine million people watched the GB women's hockey team clinch gold - forcing the BBC to delay the News at Ten

Great Britain have been named the world's best Olympic team following their record-breaking performance at Rio 2016.

Team GB's women's hockey team have also been named best female team at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) awards in Doha.

Britain finished second in the medal table, ahead of China for the first time, winning 27 golds, 23 silvers and 17 bronzes - and became the first team to win more medals after hosting the Games.

"That feat created history as we became the first nation ever to win more medals at a Games immediately after hosting, surpassing our achievement of 65 medals at London 2012," said British Olympic Association (BOA) chairman Lord Coe, who collected the award.

BOA chief executive Bill Sweeney said: "It's a fantastic achievement for both the women's hockey team and the whole of the British Olympic Association. We've had an incredible year."

There were also awards for some of those behind some of the most memorable and inspirational moments at the Rio Games:

Best female athlete of Rio 2016

Monica Puig - women's singles tennis

Monica Puig

Unseeded Puig had to beat top players such as Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova before defeating world number two Angelique Kerber to win Puerto Rico's first Olympic gold medal - and the country's only female medallist ever.

The 23-year-old also became Latin America's first champion of the women's singles tournament.

Best male athlete of Rio 2016

Wayde van Niekerk - 400m gold

Wayde van Niekerk

The South African broke Michael Johnson's 400m world record, which had stood for 17 years, in a time of 43.03 seconds and is the only man ever to have won from the outside lane eight.

"Usain Bolt will be retiring soon, this could be the next star," American Johnson told BBC Sport after seeing his record smashed by the 24-year-old.

Best female team of Rio 2016

Great Britain women's hockey

Team GB Hockey

Team GB won a first Olympic hockey gold medal by beating defending champions the Netherlands in a dramatic penalty shootout.

Goalkeeper Maddie Hinch - who saved all four penalties - was trending on Twitter and the match was watched by nine million people on BBC One.

Best male team of Rio 2016

Fiji rugby sevens team

Fiji Rugby sevens team

English coach Ben Ryan led Fiji's rugby sevens side to gold with a 43-7 win over Great Britain in the final - the country's first Olympic medal.

Extraordinary scenes of celebration erupted in Fiji after the final whistle - banks closed, shops shut and revellers took over the streets of Suva dancing, singing and cheering. Ryan was gifted land and a "chiefly name".

ANOC award for most inspirational performance

Rafaela Silva - women's -57kg judo

Rafaela Silva

Growing up in the infamous "City of God" in Rio, Silva took up judo at the age of seven as her parents were concerned about violence within the favela.

She became the first Brazilian judoka to become world and Olympic champion.

ANOC award for inspiring hope through sport

Refugee Olympic team

Refugee Olympic Team

A team of 10 refugee athletes competed under the Olympic flag in Rio. They were selected on sporting ability - but also on personal circumstances and United Nations-verified refugee status.

The 10 competed across three sports: swimming, athletics and judo, in which Popole Misenga was the most successful team member, advancing to the round of 16 in the men's -90kg division.

They "sent a message of hope" to other displaced people across the world, according to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

ANOC award for the success of Rio 2016

Carlos Arthur Nuzman

Carlos Arthur Nuzman

As the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and head of the Rio Olympic Organising Committee, Nuzman was largely responsible for putting on the Games.

He was part of Brazil's first male volleyball team at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

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