London 2012 Olympic Games Diary: 11 August

Last Saturday was known as Super Saturday for Team GB but today was pretty special too. For early risers there was gold on the water and then, at a much more civilised hour, there were further golds in boxing and athletics. Tom Daley also continued his development, gaining a bronze in the diving, and will be hoping to go a couple of places better in Rio in four years time.

Well, I was caught out this morning. On the penultimate day. Up until then I had managed to catch every single Team GB gold medal. But you have to get up early to catch Ed McKeever. Literally and metaphorically. They put the 200m K1 kayak final on before 10am as I lay slumbering. Still, I was able to watch later and it was great seeing the fastest man on the water powering his way to victory.

In the evening the country erupted as Mo Farah completed the long distance track double. He’d already won the 10000m. Here he won the 5000m after stepping things up beautifully following a rather cagey, slow paced, early section of the race. Right-wing critics should look at the ecstatic reaction of the crowds tonight and remember that it’s the British people who get to decide what British means and they’ve decided that Mo Farah is British.

Over at the boxing arena it was the turn of bantamweight, Luke Campbell, to go for gold in his final against John Joe Nevin of Team Ireland. Campbell fought with good straight shots, highly visible to the judges, and was a worthy winner against a feisty opponent. After gold for Nicola Adams, and now Campbell, hopefully Team GB’s remaining two finalists, Fred Evans and Anthony Joshua, can finish things off in style.


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