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Team GB's Super Saturday at London 2012 Olympics

This post is part of our special coverage London 2012 Olympics.

After a slow start at the Olympic Games in London, on Saturday 4 August, 2012, the host nation's team (popularly known as #TeamGB) achieved some of its greatest victories in a single day.

Winning six gold medals, three of those in the track and field events, it could not have been better for the capacity home crowd of 80,000 in the Olympic Stadium.

A young Team GB fan shows his support. Image by David Mbiyu, copyright Demotix (31/07/2012).

A young Team GB fan shows his support. Image by David Mbiyu, copyright Demotix (31/07/2012).

School to Scalpel blog had this to say about Team GB’s Games so far:

So the Olympics are going well, aren't they! Yesterday [Saturday] was amazing. I finally tuned in to the Olympics in time to see Greg Rutherford jump his gold-winning 8.31m and to see Jessica Ennis finish first in her 800m heat (and by quite a distance) to win the gold in the Heptathlon (also by a large distance!). I also saw the wonderful moment Mo Farah made his big push and won the 10,000m race. It was a great day for team GB indeed.

I think it's fantastic how the Olympics boost everyone's sense of patriotism and bring people together. It also really makes me want to do more sport. I'm not fooling myself – I know I'll never be an Olympian, nor will I ever win any sporting competitions but I do love taking part in sports. I'm one of those weird people who can't watch any sporting event without wanting to the sport themselves [sic].

Katie Talks blog also looked at Team GB's first week of Olympic action:

So we are just over a week into the proceedings of the London Olympics and what a fantastic week it has been. The athletes from Team GB have got us up to an amazing third place on the medals table… My favourite moment of the games so far was definitely Saturday night at the athletics. The night ended on a brilliant high with Mo Farah winning the Men's 10,000m, it was lovely to see his wife and daughter going to meet him on the track, didn't his wife look fantastic, so heavily pregnant but relaxed, calm and absolutely glowing. The best performance for me was from Jessica Ennis, what an athlete she is. I think it's great that she appreciates the crowds too, some athletes look very serious and aren't bothered what’s going on around them but she always seems to be smiling and encouraging the crowds to cheer her on.

The Musings of an Aspiring Journalist had a post aptly titled ‘Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold’:

Is it just me that has Spandau Ballet ringing through my head? What a night it has been for British athletics and what a day it has been for British sport. Two gold on the track, one in the field and three earlier in the day shared between the river at Eton and the Velodrome at the Olympic Park. Has British sport ever seen anything like it? Well, I certainly can’t remember a night like it and I’m pretty sure that I will never see a more superior day of British sporting excellence for the rest of my existence, nor would I really hope to as I don’t think I could bear it!

MyFashionConnect blog reported that the Royal Mail postal service is preparing special stamps to commemorate the British gold medal winners:

It is the glorious morning after a thrilling night before. As promised, the Royal Mail is printing the new stamps this Sunday morning to add the latest Olympic Games winners to the new range of stamps to commemorate all British Gold Medalists. The new additions this morning [Sunday] are of course those of Jessica Ennis – Women’s Heptathlon, Greg Rutherford – Men’s Long Jump and Mo Farah – Men’s 10,000m. These add to the whole list of Gold won by Team GB so far, bringing the total to an incredible 14 to date.

Royal Mail Olympics stamps.

Royal Mail Olympics stamps.

This post is part of our special coverage London 2012 Olympics.

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