Head coach Tony Hand adamant Britain will learn from Kazakhstan defeat | Team GB.  Hand’s troops were bidding to reach the Winter Games for the first time since St Moritz 1948 in Riga after winning the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament in Japan back in November.  However, as the lowest ranked side in a four-team group with hosts Latvia, France and Kazakhstan and only the winner reaching Sochi 2014, Hand knew the size of the task he asked the team to do.

Head coach Tony Hand adamant Britain will learn from Kazakhstan defeat | Team GB. Hand’s troops were bidding to reach the Winter Games for the first time since St Moritz 1948 in Riga after winning the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament in Japan back in November. However, as the lowest ranked side in a four-team group with hosts Latvia, France and Kazakhstan and only the winner reaching Sochi 2014, Hand knew the size of the task he asked the team to do.

#RIO2016 Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men's 200m Breaststroke Final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the...

#RIO2016 Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men's 200m Breaststroke Final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the...

#RIO2016 Gold medalist Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Men's 200m Breaststroke Final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016...

#RIO2016 Gold medalist Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Men's 200m Breaststroke Final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016...

Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan celebrates with his gold medal during the Victory Ceremony after setting a new world record in the men's 94kg Weightlifting final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL.

Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan celebrates with his gold medal during the Victory Ceremony after setting a new world record in the men's 94kg Weightlifting final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL.

Kazakhstan - 2016 Rio Olympic Games M/S (MNH)

Kazakhstan - 2016 Rio Olympic Games M/S (MNH)

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OLYMPICS-RIO-SWIMMING-M-200MBREAST 2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Victory Ceremony - Men's 200m Breaststroke Victory Ceremony - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Dmitriy Balandin (KAZ) of Kazakhstan poses with his gold medal.

OLYMPICS-RIO-SWIMMING-M-200MBREAST 2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Victory Ceremony - Men's 200m Breaststroke Victory Ceremony - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Dmitriy Balandin (KAZ) of Kazakhstan poses with his gold medal.

В России Беслан Мудранов колеса в Триумф после победы над Елдос Сметов Казахстана по дзюдо мужчины 60 кг финал, первая медаль зарабатывать в России игр.

Rio Olympics 2016: day one – in pictures

В России Беслан Мудранов колеса в Триумф после победы над Елдос Сметов Казахстана по дзюдо мужчины 60 кг финал, первая медаль зарабатывать в России игр.

Silver medalist Josh Prenot of the United States, gold medalist Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan and bronze medalist Anton Chupkov of Russia pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 200m Breaststroke Final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Silver medalist Josh Prenot of the United States, gold medalist Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan and bronze medalist Anton Chupkov of Russia pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 200m Breaststroke Final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Doszhan Kartikov of Kazakhstan is shown an Olympic mascot doll by a coach during competition against Elvin Mursaliyev of Azerbaijan during the Men's 59 kg Greco-Roman Wrestling 1/8 Final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio Olympics mascots for the 2016 Summer Games

Doszhan Kartikov of Kazakhstan is shown an Olympic mascot doll by a coach during competition against Elvin Mursaliyev of Azerbaijan during the Men's 59 kg Greco-Roman Wrestling 1/8 Final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Julio Cesar La Cruz (R) of Cuba fights against Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan during the Men's Light Heavy (81kg) Gold Medal bout on Day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Julio Cesar La Cruz (R) of Cuba fights against Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan during the Men's Light Heavy (81kg) Gold Medal bout on Day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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