Usain Bolt cemented his place as the greatest sprinter of all time as he successfully defended his 100m title. Bolt posted an Olympic record time of 9.63 to beat countryman Yohan Blake and American Justin Gatlin into second and third respectively.
British athletes enjoyed their share of the glory in the Olympic Stadium on Saturday as part Team GB’s most successful day in Olympic history on Saturday. Team GB added six gold medals to their tally on Saturday, three of those coming within a glorious 45-minute period in the Olympic Stadium.
First Jessica Ennis won gold in the heptathlon, storming to victory in her 800m heat, while Greg Rutherford took first place in the men’s long jump. Mo Farah completed the hat-trick with victory in the men’s 10,000m final.
Earlier, Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking had started off Britain’s gold rush, winning in the lightweight women’s double sculls and the British team led from the front to win in the men’s coxless fours final.
On Sunday, Ben Ainslie made history by winning his fourth consecutive gold medal. He had trailed Denmark’s Jonas Hogh-Christensen for much of the week’s competition but finished ahead of the Dane in the medal race to win the Finn class and become the most-decorated sailor in Olympic history.
Andy Murray went some way to making amends for defeat in the Wimbledon final four weeks ago by winning gold in the Olympic competition. He beat the man who defeated him, Roger Federer, at the scene of that defeat, winning in straight sets 6-2 6-1 6-4.
Murray returned to the court to contest the mixed doubles final with partner Laura Robson and despite dominating the first set, the British pair lost out on a champions’ tie-break 2-6 6-3 10-8 to Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Christine Ohuruogou mounted a late charge in the women’s 400m final, coming close to repeating the upset she staged in Beijing but had to settle for silver behind Sanya Richards-Ross of the USA.
Rain disrupted day four of the second test between England and South Africa, making a draw the most likely result going into the final day. England finished on 425 all out after Matt Prior’s 68 built on Kevin Pietersen’s score of 149 after South African-born batsman lost his wicket to Morne Morkel on the second ball of the day.
South Africa had notched up a first-innings score of 419 and they lead by 33 runs after scoring 33 for no wicket before the rain brought play to a close.
In the Super League, Bradford beat Widnes 38-26 to keep their playoff hopes alive despite their six-point deduction. Hull KR just lost out to Leeds 24-25 to leave the door open for Bradford. Wigan maintained their excellent form, notching up at least 40 points for the fourth consecutive match as they beat Hull 48-10.
London Broncos came back from 21-0 down to record only their fourth win of the season. The league’s basement side ran in seven second-half tries to beat Salford 40-28.