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The Empire strikes back!

AWESOME TRIO: (from left) Farah, Ennis and Rutherford

THE MOST stunning hour in the history of British athletics took place on the night of August 4. Within the space of 60 glorious minutes the chapters of track and field were re-written. Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and the invincible Mo Farah.

First up, Sheffield heptathlete Ennis was crowned Olympic champion after completing the two-day competition in a new national record points tally of 6,955.

After winning heat four of the 800m – the final discipline - in a time of 2 minutes, 8.65 seconds, an emotional Ennis collapsed to the ground in tears as she received a rapturous reception from the London crowd.

Over the last two days the 26-year-old achieved personal bests in the 200m, javelin and a national record of 12.54 seconds in the 100m hurdles to deservedly claim the gold.

Ennis is now one of British athletics’ most illustrious competitors of all time having previously won European indoor and outdoor and world indoor and outdoor titles.

The sandwich between Ennis and Farah triumphs was Greg Rutherford who secured Great Britain's 13th gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics by winning the long jump.

Rutherford's fourth-round leap of 8.31m was enough to take victory on a glorious night for Team GB.

The icing on the cake belonged to long distance ace Mo Farah who took 10,000m gold on Super Saturday at the Olympic Stadium.

The Somalia-born Team GB star won with a stunning last lap to kill off the spirit of his rivals. Farah beat American Galen Rupp (silver) and Tariku Bekele (bronze) to the big prize.

Farah, the European title holder at both 10,000m and 5000m, showed tenacity and guts to claim the glory in front of a vociferous home crowd to record a time of 27:30.42.

No one will begrudge the Briton his moment of glory. In early 2011 he announced that he would leave long-time coach Alan Storey and relocate to Oregon in the United States to work with coach Alberto Salazar.

The trio of home wins in front of a partisan 80,000 audience will live long in the memory of those that were present. The triumvirate have all paid homage to the cracking atmosphere generated inside one of the finest sporting arenas in the world.

In years to come the question will be; 'were you there there when Team GB claimed three gold medals inside an hour?'

The Voice of Sport will be able to say 'yes!'

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