Olympics Super Saturday will take some beating
Within a minute of Mo Farah becoming Olympic champion last night, I had already run out of superlatives to sum up what a special day it had been. Dubbed “Super Saturday”, it proved to be that and so much more.
The eyes of the nation were strained very much on athletics duo Jessica Ennis and Farah. For many, the only uncertainty was just how much their margin of victory would be. Only a select few can say they have been faced with such expectation – the hopes of a watching stadium and nation beyond pinned exclusively on their shoulders.
But they delivered, and they were not alone in doing so. Greg Rutherford struck gold in the long jump to make it an athletics hat trick last night, while over at Eton Dorney, two gold medals were added.
In the velodrome, the women’s team pursuit trio – including Cheam’s very own Joanna Rowsell – did what was expected of them as well. They eased their way to top spot and in doing so, smashed the world record twice in a single day. That statistic is impressive all by itself. It needs no further zest. However, it is also worth pointing out this was the sixth time they had broken the world record in their last six races. Truly staggering.
Yesterday was the greatest day for Team GB so far. The matter is not up for debate – it is a fact. Being present in both the velodrome and the Olympic Stadium to witness history being made was a privilege and a joy.
When the Games began, I was blown away by the atmosphere in some of the venues. The Copper Box particularly impressed me given the general lack of awareness of handball in the country. The crowd in the velodrome were special yesterday. I can honestly say I have never known an atmosphere like it. But the Olympic Stadium last night will take some beating.
At the top of this piece, I said I had exasperated my vocabulary for describing what I saw. But for what I heard and felt when Ennis, Rutherford and Farah were confirmed as Olympic champions, there truly are no words.
Quite how you follow up a day like yesterday is anyone’s guess. But for me, while we should always strive to be successful, we should not be looking to better that day. If it happens, great. We will once again celebrate in true British style. But for sporting spectacle and achievement, yesterday will always be a moment that can raise a smile.