Saturday, August 04, 2012

Andy Murray Faces Federer For Olympic Gold

The Scottish tennis star must beat the world number one to win gold, just weeks after losing to him in the Wimbledon final.
Team GB will bid for further gold glory on the back of the country's most successful day in modern Olympics history.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray has made it to both the singles and doubles tennis finals
Saturday night saw a golden hat-trick for Britain in the Olympic Stadium when Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford each won their events within 45 minutes of one another.

Earlier, three other gold medals had been awarded to Team GB athletes, marking the best day for gold medals since 1908.

Andy Murray is certain to win silver or gold when he takes part in two tennis finals - one against old rival Roger Federer in the singles, and then with Laura Robson in the mixed doubles.
Kate and William cheer on Olympic athletes
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cheered on Team GB on 'Super Saturday'

All eyes will be on Louis Smith as he looks to win Great Britain's first ever gymnastics Olympic gold when he competes in the pommel horse final, while back in the Velodrome Ed Clancy will battle it out in the men's omnium.

In sailing Ben Ainslie will become the greatest Olympic sailor of all time if he manages to topple Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen in his final race at Weymouth, while Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are guaranteed at least bronze in the Star class.

Spectators at the Olympic Stadium will also get the chance to see Jamaica's Usain Bolt attempt to defend his 100m title.

London Games chairman Lord Coe said Saturday was the "the greatest night of British athletics", as athletes claimed three gold medals in less than an hour.
Louis Smith
Louis Smith could claim Britain's first ever gymnastics Olympic gold

In front of spectators including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Ennis wept as she stood on the podium to receive her gold medal.

She said: "I can't believe I've had the opportunity to come to my first Games in London and won an Olympic Gold medal. It's unbelievable."

She later thanked her 476,000 Twitter followers, adding: "I'm blown away! Can't believe I'm Olympic Champion!"

Rutherford was the next athlete to claim victory for Team GB during the 45-minute gold rush, with a surprise win in the long jump. He described his victory as the "most amazing feeling in the world".

He was followed by Farah who danced for joy around the track after winning the 10,000m, hailing it as "the best moment of my life".


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