Best of the Day

We saw a couple of Olympic greats on the track, while Great Britain got back on track in the medal hunt by adding more golds to the tally, we pick out the best of the day's Olympic action.

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 09/08/12 11:44pm

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The double double

Usain Bolt confirmed, as if there was any doubt, that he is a true Olympic legend as he became the first person to retain the 100m and 200m titles after storming away to his second gold of London 2012 in what was a Jamaican clean sweep of the half-lap event.

Bolt made a blistering start, perhaps helped by running in lane seven, but he was constantly looking up and glancing around in the early stages to locate training partner and nearest rival Yohan Blake.

Even 'The Beast' could not find a way to get near the long-striding Bolt though, who even eased down towards the line when he realised a world record was just out of reach - the only minor fly in the ointment of another magical night in the world of the Jamaican superstar.

Blake and Warren Weir made up a Jamaican clean sweep as they continued to show their power and strength in depth in the sprinting ranks.

But it is Bolt who is the star, words are becoming not enough to describe his achievements, and after completing his 'double double' he has now surely carved his name into Olympic history.

Jade Jones

The 19-year-old from North Wales looks like any normal teenager, but once she steps out into the taekwondo arena she becomes a true fighter - as she showed as she battled her way to Olympic gold.

Jones became Great Britain's first ever Olympic taekwondo champion as she defeated China's Yuzhuo Hou 6-4 in the women's 57kg final in a late night contest at the ExCel Centre.

After she pulled off a shock victory over the world number one Tseng Li-Cheng of Chinese Taipei to earn a place in the final, Jones made no mistake and stayed remarkably cool given the atmosphere and the gravity of the situation.

Roared on by the passionate crowd, Jones showed grit, determination and most of all her famed ruthless streak to add to GB's gold medal tally on a special history-making day for the host nation's female athletes.

World record

Usain Bolt rightly grabbed all the headlines, but Kenya's dominant 800m runner David Rudisha is also without doubt one of the best athletes around - as he showed by powering away to the title and setting a new world record of 1:40.91.

Rudisha came almost sprinting off the line and the rest of the field was also littered with personal bests and national records as the African dragged them along behind him, but no-one was ever going to get near him.

His flawless display of middle distance running was sublime as he sliced a tenth off his own previous world record, and such was the speed of the race even Britain's Andrew Osagie, who finished in eighth, clocked a time fast enough to win the last the Olympic finals.

Coe's world record of 1:41.73 - the exact time run by 18-year-old silver medallist Amos tonight - stood for 16 years before it was first equalled and then broken by Denmark's Wilson Kipketer, while Rudisha then broke it twice in seven days in 2010.

History Makers

Great Britain's Nicola Adams grabbed an historic gold medal as she became the first ever female Olympic boxing champion with a superb performance against Chinese star Ren Cancan at a boisterous ExCel Arena.

The Leeds fighter had been beaten by the Chinese in the last two World Championship finals, but this time it was different as she flew out of the corner at the start of their flyweight final.

Adams then decked Ren in the second round on her way to a stunningly comprehensive 16-7 victory which turned out to be a one-sided contest as Ren just could not handle the pace and persistence of the British hope.

The atmosphere inside the ExCel was electric, but in truth the vast majority of fans had crammed inside just to see Irish star Katie Taylor try and win their country's first gold of the Games in the second women's final of the day.

Taylor was actually behind after two rounds, but the four-time World Championship winner kept calm and kept battling against the awkward Russian Sofya Ochigava, and eventually emerged with a 10-8 victory that sent her fans wild.

Crazy Horses!

It's not everyone's cup of tea, but for Great Britain the equestrian programme has been a great success and a fine source of medals at London 2012, and again Greenwich Park came alive as Britain scooped gold and bronze in the individual dressage competition.

Charlotte Dujardin won the title, to add to her team gold and with that the 27-year-old became just the fourth female Briton to win double gold at one Games after Dame Kelly Holmes, Rebecca Adlington and Laura Trott.

Laura Bechtolsheimer won bronze and that ensured that Britain won five medals in total - dressage team and individual gold, dressage individual bronze, showjumping gold and eventing silver.

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