Medals galore for Edinburgh athletes at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Victoria Thornley of Great Britain and Katherine Grainger of Great Britain celebrate with their silver medals after finishing second in the Women's Double Sculls Final A on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Lagoa Stadium. Picture Getty Images

Victoria Thornley of Great Britain and Katherine Grainger of Great Britain celebrate with their silver medals after finishing second in the Women's Double Sculls Final A on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Lagoa Stadium. Picture Getty Images

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Rower Katherine Grainger became Britain’s most successful female Olympian in a night which saw three athletes who honed their skills in Edinburgh pocket medals.

Grainger, who was a member of Edinburgh University’s boat club, claimed silver in the women’s 2000m double sculls in Rio alongside her partner Victoria Thornley.

David Florence and Richard Hounslow with their silver medals for the Canoe Slalom C2 Men's Double at the Whitewater Stadium. Picture; Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

David Florence and Richard Hounslow with their silver medals for the Canoe Slalom C2 Men's Double at the Whitewater Stadium. Picture; Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

David Florence, who began canoeing on the Water of Leith, then clinched his third Olympic silver medal alongside Richard Hounslow in the C2 event.

And the night was topped off in supreme style by City of Edinburgh Racing Club cyclist Callum Skinner, who was part of the gold-medal winning GB team sprint side on the track.

Grainger, 40, now has one gold and four silver medals from her five Olympic Games – taking the title of most decorated female British Olympian from swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

The athlete and her 28-year-old rowing partner were tipped for glory and led the race at Rio almost all the way through, but the Polish crew edged ahead at the end.

Sally Conway complete with 'Believe' tattoo. Picture: Elsa/Getty Images)

Sally Conway complete with 'Believe' tattoo. Picture: Elsa/Getty Images)

Their journey to Brazil has been beset with problems. They abandoned their double scull project midway through the season but reformed after failing to qualify for seats in the eight.

Grainger, an Edinburgh University graduate, returned to the sport less than two years ago having completed a PhD in the sentencing of homicide at King’s College London.

Speaking from her home in the Capital, Grainger’s mother Liz said: “We’re thrilled to get a silver medal. Four silvers and a gold so no-one can complain about that. She was interviewed after the race and she said a few months ago she would’ve just died at the thought of getting any medals, so to get a silver and so close to gold is pretty exceptional.

“They did ask about Tokyo in four years’ time and I’m delighted to say she looked at the camera and said ‘I promise you mum and I will not put you through that’. So that’s a relief.”

Florence, 34, has now won three Olympic silver medals.

Skinner, 23, has previously told how he was inspired to take to the track by Edinburgh-born Sir Chris Hoy’s exploits.

He collected gold alongside Phil Hindes and Jason Kenny after beating New Zealand.

Meanwhile, tennis star Andy Murray reached the quarter-finals after beating Italy’s Fabio Fognini in three sets.