WHEN Olympic cyclists Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy struck gold in the team pursuit this week it sent Newton-le-Willows ahead of 2016 Games holders Brazil in the medal table!
Amazingly, it also saw the township – which both Thomas and Clancy call home – edged alongside sports-mad Australia in the gold medal haul.
With a population of just 22,000, Newton is punching well above its weight too – with Clancy also claiming bronze in the multi-discipline Omnium event.
After all, Australia boasts a population of more than 22m people and Brazil a staggering 192m!
The Oscar-winning 1981 Olympic movie Chariots of Fire was famously also written by a son of Newton-le-Willows, Colin Welland.