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Golden girl looking to spur on youngsters

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Jessica Ennis with her prized possession

NEW OLYMPIC chaampion Jessica Ennis is hoping to inspire a generation after her incredible performance in the heptathlon.

Team GB’s golden girl lived up to her billing as she kick-started an amazing hour for British athletics which saw the nation claim three gold medals. Ennis’ dominance in the heptathlon was followed by gold in the long jump by Greg Rutherford and then Mo Farah’s 10,000m triumph.

Afterwards, the 26-year-old was full of praise for the 80,000 strong crowd which had inspired her through each of her seven events and the Sheffield star added that she hoped her success would inspire youngsters for years to come: “Three golds is unbelievable," said Ennis.

"Hopefully we are inspiring a new generation and it'll have a knock-on effect for the next few years. I have achieved my goal.”

She added: "You never think you are really going to get there. Then you do and it's just amazing. There has been so much pressure on me, but I have had so much support."

Mo Farah also paid tribute to the crowd at the Olympic Stadium and revealed that if it hadn’t been for their support, he may not have finished on top: “The atmosphere when you walk into that stadium, it's like someone gave you 10 cups of coffee. I was pumped up so much. If it wasn't for the crowd, I don't think I would have won that race. It was very close."

The six golds and one silver achieved by Team GB yesterday was their most successful day at an Olympics in 104 years.

Today (August 5) yymnastics captain Louis Smith and 400m reigning champion Christine Ohuruogu are among the athletes looking to cap an unforgettable weekend and add to the nation’s 14 gold medals.

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