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Jessica Ennis 2012 Olympics

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Published on Aug 5, 2012

Jessica Ennis the poster girl of the Olympics, last night led Britain's athletes on their most glorious day of the Games yet.

In the performance of her career, the 26-year-old from Sheffield delivered gold for a joyous nation in the heptathlon.

Earlier, there were two more rowing golds and another cycling victory. The capacity crowd in the Olympic Stadium exploded with delight as Ennis stormed over the line in her final event, the 800m. It was watched by a TV audience of more than 12 million people in Britain.


The gold medal rush matched Team GB's haul on 'Super Saturday' in Beijing four years ago, our best result for 100 years.

The first two victories yesterday came at Eton Dorney. In the men's coxless four, Andy Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed, Alex Gregory and Tom James powered home after leading from the start.

Twenty minutes later, the women's lightweight double sculls team of Sophie Hosking and Kat Copeland did the same.

Later at the Velodrome, Britain's women's team pursuit cyclists Laura Trott, Dani King and Jo Rowsell beat the United States to clinch gold and break their own world record. Among the cheering crowd at the Velodrome was Sir Paul McCartney, his wife Nancy and daughter Stella, who designed Great Britain's team kit.

Sir Paul said: 'The Olympics have been fantastic for Britain and there has never been a time like it. Britain is doing great. It's all fantastic ... we all love the Olympics.'

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