Jessica Ennis. No, we couldn't stop crying either!
By Sky Sports News Journalists Orla Chennaoui and Lia Hervey
The best weekend for British sport that has ever been. After a summer of rain this is what we’ve been waiting for.
Saturday night was a surreal experience as we waited for the Games poster girl Jessica Ennis to run her final event 800m. The roar in the stadium was almost magical as everyone willed the Yorkshire girl on.
From our vantage point at the finish line, we saw her face as the years of pressure and hard work melted away in tears. Jess popped by with her medal on Sunday morning – she was still beaming. She admitted she’d had to rely on her fiancé to get her through the hardest times when the weight of expectation had got too much and was so relieved to have done it. She didn’t even mind having her photo take. “I’ll never get bored of this”, she told us and she swung her medal around.
Jessica Ennis with Lia Hervey
As if Jess’s win wasn’t enough to get Britain going, Greg Rutherford looked around the stadium, felt the mood and decided to long jump his way into the history books by scoring another gold for Team GB. And then as we were all screaming, Mo Farah started in the 10,000m.
His heavily pregnant wife Tanya and their daughter Rhianna were sat right in front of us. “I can’t watch this,” screamed the youngster. “You have to, don’t miss this. This is your dad’s moment, you have to watch it”, we shouted back at her. She looked up just as her dad ran across the line. History – three gold medals in less than hour.
Mo Farah celebrates with his heavily pregnant wife Tanya
The swimming ended and despite securing fewer medals than they’d hoped for, the British team took to the town and left the purist living behind them. One certain famous swimmer was seen to be a little worse for wear at Stratford station at 4am on Sunday morning. Ouch.
We were invited to a party at Chinawhite last night where the Australian and American teams were gathering. It was a mass of muscle on the dancefloor, with the swimmers rocking the swagger and loving the female attention. They didn’t even notice the GB cyclists in their midst who had three Olympic golds from these Games, and as many world records between them. Not for them the ‘too cool for school’ approach. Which actually made them the coolest of them all.