London 2012

The Greatest Day

Paul Higham reflects on the greatest day in British sporting history

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 05/08/12 1:39pm

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Super Saturday turned out to be exactly that, a wondrous day of Olympic medal gathering by the home team capped off with a spell-binding hat-trick of gold medal performances inside a jumping Olympic Stadium.

80,000 roared Jess Ennis to heptathlon victory as she clinched the title with a superb 800m performance - delivering on the promises of gold that the entire country had seemed to have made on her behalf.

Nobody had more pressure to deal with in the build-up to these Olympics but it seemed nobody was as calm as the Sheffield superstar as she destroyed the top-class field to bring home gold.

Greg Rutherford claimed a surprise long jump gold and Mo Farah an emotional 10,000m crown, and that was just the icing on the cake of a six-gold haul from GB that lifted the entire nation along on a crest of a wave of unusual sporting success.

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Eton Dorney has been a stronghold for the Brits and two more gold medals, from men's coxless four of Andrew Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed, Tom James and Alex Gregory and women's sculls duo of Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking got the day off to a fantastic start.

Dominance

At the velodrome Britain's dominance also continued with the team of Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell taking gold and a sixth world record in their last six races.

It all added up to a day of sporting achievement never before seen in British history, with the momentum building and the euphoria spreading, this was a day that eclipsed all others before it - and it will take some beating in the future.

There's still plenty of London 2012 left to run, but we can already call it an overwhelming success, both on and off the field of play.

Crowds have flocked to all the events and have provided an inspiring atmosphere, and the athletes have responded in kind by producing some memorable results already, most notably at Eton Dorney, the velodrome and on Saturday night inside the Olympic Stadium.

Nobody will ever forget the sight of a teary Ennis on the top step of the podium, a euphoric Farah family hugging on the track, or a bemused Copeland and Hosking on the rowing lake when the realisation hit them that they had just become Olympic champions - and would be on their own commemorative stamp!

Shootout

Not even the compulsory penalty shoot-out defeat for our footballers could sour the taste of glory that Super Saturday has left behind - and hopefully there are plenty of lifelong memories to be made in the remainder of what truly has been the greatest show on Earth.

All the furore about costs, tickets and security have now strangely vanished into the distance - that's what sport can do, and that's just what it has done in East London, and no other event can raise a nation quite like a home Olympic Games.

Super Saturday was just that - a super day and the best ever seen in British sport.

What were your thoughts on Saturday at the Olympics? Was it the best day ever in British sport, what would you pick out as your favourite highlights?

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