Without a shadow of doubt the 4th of August 2012 will go down as one of the greatest days in British Sport and my favourite from the Olympic Games 2012. Two successive gold’s won on the waters of Eton Dorney as well as the women’s team pursuit title was impressive enough. These, however, were just the Hors d'oeuvre for the feast of glory delivered in track & field. As the shadows lengthened, the buzz of hope and expectation built around the stadium and amongst British hearts. These expectations were blown away as the poster girl Jessica Ennis’ win was the catalyst for gold in the long jump for Greg Rutherford and then finally, Mo Farah in the 10,000m.
He came, he saw, he conquered. For the second successive Olympics the lightning bolt struck three times. If Beijing had made him the star of athletics, then London cemented him as a legend and one of the greatest ever. Answering questions about his dominance by winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m again at the Olympic Games 2012, he proved why he can call himself the King of Sprinting.
The great Bert le Clos
Most parents are happy for their offspring to revel in the glory when they win Olympic gold; but not Bert le Clos. Interviewed after his son Chad had beaten his hero Michael Phelps in the 200m Fly, Bert’s exuberance response in the delight and pride for his son’s performance went viral and his star became as big as Chad’s. In Bert’s words it was an ‘Unbelievable....unbelievable, unberrrlievable!’ piece of television to enjoy.
The London 2012 Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony for London 2012 held huge significance as it marked the end of seven long years held waiting in anticipation. It was a moment that would define the Games. And boy... did it deliver. Celebrating the best of Britain, Danny Boyle’s dazzling showpiece was an awe-inspiring mix of culture and entertainment that that was the perfect platform for the specialness to develop of the Olympic Games 2012. Involving Her Majesty the Queen, as a Bond girl nonetheless, was the best-kept secret with her ‘parachute’ a genius moment that will live long in the memory.
Michael Phelps Career Finale
Another individual whose performances in London have sealed his sporting immortality as the greatest ever swimmer and a contender for best Olympian of all-time. His achievements in London took his Olympic medal tally to 22, a staggering 18 of those being gold. Having been pressured by his teammate Ryan Lochte, it was a pleasure to see his historic career end on a high as he took home 4 gold’s and 2 silvers at the Olympic Games 2012.