Golden moments of London 2012

  • By: Paul Higham
  • Last Updated: August 12 2012, 22:10 BST

The London 2012 Olympics have been an unqualified success, with heroes made and legends confirmed by so many great performances, from Team GB and other big-name stars from the around the globe.

  • Jess Ennis: Golden girl set up Super Saturday
  • Kath Grainger finally gets that gold with Anna Watkins 
  • Magic Mo Farah claims Olympic double 
  • Usain Bolt proves the doubters wrong 
  • Michael Phelps enjoyed a winning send-off 
  • Ben Ainslie got angry for gold 
  • Sir Chris Hoy is GB's best ever 

Here we look at some of the magical moments that have thrilled the world over the last couple of weeks - not all of them can make the list so make sure you let us know your own choices using the feedback form below.

Super Saturday!

Only one place to start and that's with a day that will go down in history as the greatest day of British sport ever, with six gold medals and an unprecedented three track and field titles in the one session! Firstly Team GB got on the board with two of their super powers continuing their success in the velodrome and rowing lake.

The men's four came up trumps and double sculls pair of Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking also managed to pick up gold - before Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell smashed their own team pursuit record for a sixth time whilst powering away to glory.

Glory in those venues may have been expected, but such success is never guaranteed inside the Olympic Stadium. Jess Ennis had responded to the huge crowds by putting herself in pole position for heptathlon gold, and the evening session saw her gallop around the final 800m event being roared on all the way.

Greg Rutherford won GB's first long jump gold since 1964 as Ennis celebrated, and with the crowd wound up into a frenzy they cheered every one of Mo Farah's 25 laps in the 10,000m, none more so than a pulsating final 400m as he went for glory.

A frenzied crowd roared him on all the way in an atmosphere athletics will rarely see again - one of those moments every sports fan will always remember for the rest of their lives, a moment only the Olympics can provide and one which left us all gasping for breath.

  • Helen Glover and Heather Stanning got the gold rush under way in the women's pair
  • Bradley Wiggins: King of the time trial
  • Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie: Memorable gold in the canoe slalom
  • Moments later Peter Wilson picked up a shooting gold at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
  • Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won the team sprint in the velodrome
  • Katherine Grainger's wait for Olympic gold ended with Anna Watkins
  • There was team pursuit glory for Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh
  • Victoria Pendleton delighted the velodrome crowd with victory in the keirin
  • Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge triumphed in the men's four
  • Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking 'won the Olympics'
  • A stunning gold for Joanna Rowsell Laura Trott and Dani King in the team pursuit
  • Jessica Ennis lit up the Olympic Stadium with heptathlon gold
  • Moments later Greg Rutherford claimed long jump glory
  • And Mo Farah capped off the first of two 'Super Saturday's' with victory in the 10000m
  • Ben Ainslie won a fourth straight sailing gold medal
  • Andy Murray got his revenge on Roger Federer to claim tennis glory
  • Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles won gold in the showjumping
  • Jason Kenny picked up his second gold of the Games in the sprint
  • Alistair Brownlee was an impressive winner of the triathlon
  • Carl Hester Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin teamed up for victory in the dressage
  • Laura Trott emerged as a cycling star as she won the omnium for her second London 2012 gold
  • Chris Hoy couldn't hold back the tears as he became Britain's most successful Olympian of all time with his sixth career gold - this one in the keirin
  • Charlotte Dujardin stole the dressage show to clinch individual gold
  • Nicola Adams won the hearts of a nation with her big smile and by winning the first women's boxing gold
  • Late on day 13, Jade Jones delighted the crowd with her taekwondo triumph
  • The Usain Bolt of the canoe world - Ed McKeever - stormed to glory in the K1 200m sprint.
  • Mo Farah etched his name into Olympic history by joining the elite group of men to complete the long distance double
  • Luke Campbell gave the men's boxers their first gold of the Games
  • Anthony Joshua won Britain's 29th and final gold of an incredible Olympics with victory in the super-heavyweight final.
All the best pictures of the athletes who won Great Britain's 29 medals at this summer's Olympic Games.

The Hoy done good

Sir Chris Hoy bagged two more gold medals to eclipse even the great Sir Steve Redgrave as Britain's most successful Olympian of all time with his fifth and sixth titles inside the velodrome he has dominated.

The powerful Scot had been overlooked in favour of Jason Kenny for the individual sprint, but he showed those muscular legs are still as strong as ever as he anchored the sprint team to success early on, before taking to the entertaining Keirin event.

Having looked superb all the way through, in the final Hoy looked like he might have gone to soon as giant German Max Levy surged ahead of him on the outside, but we should know better by now and Hoy produced a dramatic late burst to carve his name in history.

I am Legend

Could Usain Bolt retain all of his three Olympic titles? It didn't look so as he lost both Jamaican trial races and looked to have injury worries, but write him off at your peril - and he proved once and for all that he is an Olympic legend.

Despite the emergence of Yohan Blake, Bolt, well, bolted away with the 100m, yet still doubts lingered about whether he could repeat that feat in the 200m. Again those doubters were left with egg on their faces.

Bolt only just missed out on his own 200m record, but made it the perfect treble as he anchored the 4x100m team to a world record to become the only man ever to retain the three sprint titles in successive Olympics.

Mo-ment of history

Mo Farah has entertained the country more on two Saturday nights than Ant and Dec have done in the last ten years, and he provided more drama as he returned to the track just seven days after that terrific 10,000m display to try and double up in the 5,000m.

Tiredness had looked an issue in his qualification run, and at the start of the race Mo had the nerves jangling as he sat at the back of the field and some way off the pace, but he was to prove he had it all under control.

He assumed control of the pack a couple of laps out, and at the bell the challengers lined up on his shoulder to seemingly swallow him up - but not this Mo Farah, he has something special. Driven on by the huge crowd noise he gritted his teeth, kept those legs pumping and crossed the line into British sporting history.

  • A spectacular Opening Ceremony came to a fitting end, as seven young athletes were handed the responsibility of lighting the Olympic Cauldron
  • Archer Im Dong Hyeun of South Korea broke a World Record before the Olympic ceremony had even begun. He is legally blind in one eye
  • Michael Phelps did not quite match his haul in 2008, but the American won his 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Gold Medals to become the greatest Olympian ever
  • Chinese prodigy Ye Shiwen blew away the competition in the pool, overcoming false accusations of foul play to smash the 400m Medley World Record
  • Tour de France hero Bradley Wiggins became the most decorated British Olympian of all time as he cruised to Gold in the Time Trial
  • After so many near misses veteran rower Katherine Grainger finally won her first Olympic Gold alongside partner Anna Watkins
  • Zhou Lulu of China shattered the Women's weightlifting World Record by lifting 333kg, more than four times her own bodyweight
  • Cycling great Chris Hoy took up the mantle of Britain's greatest ever Olympian, as he secured his sixth gold medal in the Keirin
  • Victoria Pendleton's loss to Australian rival Anna Mears in the Sprint final proved a poignant moment, as the great cyclist took her final bow
  • Laura Trott however proved that women's cycling in Britain is by no means on the decline, as the 20 year old took double gold in the Velodrome
  • Britain's men's gymnastics team made history, as they became the first Brits for 100 years to win a team gymnastics medal
  • The American Women's team blew away the field in the women's event, with McKayla Maroney and Gabrielle Douglas leading the way
  • Golden Girl Jessica Ennis' Heptathlon win was celebrated the nation over, as she set World Records and Personal Bests on her way to Gold
  • Mo Farah sent the crowd in the Olympic Stadium wild, as his Gold in an enthralling 10k Final capped the most successful day in British Olympic history
  • Usain Bolt silenced any doubters, proving he is the fsastest man ever with convincing wins in the 100 and 200 metres
  • Double amputee Oscar Pistorious of South Africa makes history as he competes in the 400m heats
  • The USA's women's 4x100m team broke one of the longest standing world records, as their time of 40.82 seconds shattered the 1980 record set by East Germany
  • One gold was not enough for Mo, as he became the first Brit to win both the 5000 and 10,000 metres; becoming a national hero
  • Bolt and Blake were on hand to guide the Jamaican men's 4x100m team to another Gold Medal and a World Record time
  • British Super Heavyweight Anthony Joshua announced himself as the new star of World Boxing with a Gold Medal winning performance
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Gold at last!

A lesson in perseverance, for never giving up, came encapsulated in rower Katharine Grainger, the 36-year-old who had been edged out into silver in the last three Olympics, but gave it one more shot in London 2012.

Partnering Anna Watkins they had become unbeatable, so this time around she was expected to walk away with a gold, meaning the pressure was piled on her shoulders, not that you'd have known it judging by the way the two flew out of the traps.

Nobody was going to deny Grainger that gold, you could see it written all over her face, and that's how it proved as the duo breezed over the line and an emotional Grainger finally got her hands on that fully deserved gold medal.

Farewell Phelps

Michael Phelps may have not had the most productive Olympics of his career - but how could anyone follow those eight gold medals in Beijing!? He also may not have been at his best, but by anyone's standards he still had a stellar time at London 2012, as he moved his tremendous tally to 22 medals - 18 of them gold.

The Baltimore Bullet finished fourth to some surprise, but his mood lifted as he claimed a silver and then a first gold of the Games to become the most successful Olympian of all time - and all of a sudden you could see the smile emerge on his face.

Three more golds followed and one silver just for good measure - and he finished his career just how he deserved to - with his 18th and last Olympic gold medal.

Don't get me angry!

Ben Ainslie became the greatest Olympic sailor in history as he won a fourth consecutive gold medal with victory in the Finn class, but it long looked like he was out of luck as he continually finished behind Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen.

The Dane and Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma made a fatal mistake in teaming up against Ainslie though, which just made the Brit angry: "That's a mistake, they don't want to make me angry." Warned Ainslie, and how right he was.

The 35-year-old came out like a man possessed and true to his word he cut down the Dane in his tracks and emerged with a fourth gold medal.