Sonja McLaughlan reports from the Olympic Games
It was one of those moments when you can say, I was there. It was billed as ‘Super Saturday’ but the adjective I would use now is ‘sensational’.
As I stood trackside Team GB had already won 3 gold medals that afternoon (rowing and cycling) but by the time the nights athletics was over that tally had doubled.
In one frenetic, fabulous evening or 44 minutes to be precise Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah each became Olympic Champion, a golden hat-trick that left those watching barely able to believe what they had just seen.
As Mo Farah crossed the line to the adulation of 80,000 people inside the stadium and millions up and down the country, we were witnessing a little slice of history. This was Britain’s single most successful day at an Olympics since 1908 and the track and field team helped round it off in style.
Six gold medals in one day would have seemed unthinkable at the start of the games yet Great Britain sit third in the medal table with 37 in total so far (16 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze) and there’s still six days of competition left!
The climax to this incredible day started at 9.02pm when Jess Ennis took to the line for the final event of the Heptathlon, the 800m. She’d built such a commanding lead over her rivals that she could’ve done cartwheels or moonwalked over the line and still won. I’ve watched sport in some noisy arenas but I’ve never heard such a deafening roar as the one that greeted Ennis as she hit the front and sprinted to the finish line. Here was Britain’s golden girl on the way to fulfilling her destiny and the flash bulbs lit up the night sky like fireworks to salute her.
I admit right now to some totally unprofessional behaviour. As a cub reporter you’re taught to behave impeccably at all times in the press box, but convention went astray on this occasion as my voice was added to the thousands cheering Jess home.
As the face of London 2012 was clinching gold, her team-mate Greg Rutherford had the stadium rocking as he leapt his way into the public consciousness by winning the men’s long jump and that wasn’t the end of it. At 9.46pm, the noise in the stadium reached fever pitch as Mo Farah made his move and kicked for home in the 10,000m. His joyous reaction at crossing the line first, will be forever etched in my memory. His little daughter Rhianna doesn’t do convention either as she shot across the track to give her dad a hug causing mild panic among the security team at the side of the track. It was an instinctive thing to do and I’m sure every last person in the stadium felt like doing the same.
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