The best day Great Britain has ever had at any Olympics anywhere was at London 2012 yesterday. During just a few hours, Team GB won six gold medals and a silver — a record, and one of the best days ever in British sports.
One of the gold medals was won in the men’s 10,000 meters by Mo Farah, making him Great Britain’s greatest track athlete of all time.
The 29-year-old ran the race comfortably and easily, keeping in the top five or six for most of the race. But, with just two laps to go he was in the top three and, as the bell rang for the final lap, he started his well-known sprint to the finish. Farah ended up with the gold medal for Great Britain, with his training partner, American Galen Rupp, winning the silver.
What made the win even more poignant was, after Mo Farah had kissed the ground, waved to the crowd and posed for photographers draped in the Union Jack, his daughter and wife, who is eight-months-pregnant with twin girls, came onto the track to congratulate him. The photographers, and the crowd, went crazy.
The gold medal win, of course, made the mainly British crowd scream at the top of their lungs too. It was the third British gold medal they’d witnessed in just over an hour after Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon gold and Greg Rutherford the gold for Britain for the long jump.
These three gold medals in the athletics stadium were three of a total of six Team GB won yesterday.
An amazing day for Team GB and, yes, it made me very proud to be British, along with a huge percentage of Great Britain I’d say.