LONDON 2012 chairman Lord Coe believes Saturday night’s prolific British medal haul constitutes the greatest day of sport he has ever witnessed.
Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah respectively secured heptathon, long jump and 10,000m golds after a morning in which two golds and a silver within rowing were supplemented by a further cycling gold.
“There was a narrative of infectious success,” said Coe, who before Saturday hailed Australian Cathy Freeman’s 400m win at Sydney 2000 as the zenith of sports entertainment. “It probably was, for me, the greatest day of sport I’ve ever witnessed.
“It was a bit like glugging your way through a quart of cream; it just got better and better as the evening went on. From a personal perspective, Jessica Ennis’s brilliant heptathlon title [was the highlight]. She’s from a club I was a member of, from a city I know well and I think she’s just an extraordinary person.
“This did edge it, particularly if you put it into the context of what else was going on in the day, from the earliest moment with rowing.”
Completing their most successful day at an Olympics in 104 years, Team GB also took silver in the men’s lightweight double sculls, gold in the women’s equivalent, gold in the men’s rowing four and gold in the women’s team pursuit.