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Last Updated: 02/08/12 10:42pm
Ecstasy for GB men
Sir Chris Hoy claimed his fifth Olympic gold as Great Britain's men's team sprint squad stormed to victory.
The trio of Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny set a new world record in qualifying on an afternoon of high drama at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.
Hoy celebrated his record achievement, shedding tears of well-earnt joy as they stepped onto the podium for the anthem.
The cycling legend said: "It is quite overwhelming.
"We knew it was possible, this hasn't come out of the blue. We knew that if we put together our best possible race on the day that it was possible but it's easier said than done.
"We had the full support of the team behind us and we nailed it."
The Brits, who had previously set the world record in winning April's Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, went 0.796 seconds faster on the opening day of action on the track, clocking three minutes 52.499 seconds.
It was the perfect tonic for the home crowd after Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish were relegated from the team sprint final for a takeover infringement.
There was excitement flooding through the Lee Valley white water course on Thursday as team GB claimed a gold AND silver in the two-man canoe slalom.
After a dramatic final, Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie took the title in a time of 106.41 seconds, followed by Richard Hounslow and David Florence who registered a time of 106.77 seconds to claim silver.
There were jubilant scenes as the home crowd roared twice as loud when it became clear that two medals had been secured.
The result meant despair for three-time Olympic champions, twin brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner of Slovakia, who ended up with the bronze medal.
A shooting star
It was a surprise 25-year-old farmer's son from Dorset that claimed Britain's fourth gold medal of London 2012 - shooter Peter Wilson claimed the men's double trap, after leading from start to finish at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
Wilson, the world record holder and world number two in the event, was three points ahead going into Thursday afternoon's final following three qualifying rounds in the morning.
In true British style he didn't do things easily - he missed five shots in a tense final shoot-out, including a double as he closed in on gold.
Yet he stuck with it when the tension mounted and with the full support of the home crowd, he was spurred on to claim the coveted gold.
A fitting tribute
In one of the most thrilling performances of the Games so far, Briton Gemma Gibbons won the silver medal in the under-78kg category in judo after a gripping showdown at ExCeL.
Kayla Harrison won the first ever Olympic gold medal in judo for the United States as she claimed the women's title.
Yet it was Gibbons' display of skill, technique and determination which shone through, with the home crowd behind her all the way.
A touching moment came as she won her quarter-final, mouthing "I love you mum," as she looked skywards through the tears; the 25-year-old's mother, Jeanette, who introduced her to the sport when she was six-years-old, sadly died in 2004 from leukaemia, but has continued to serve as an inspiration to the London-born athlete.
It was a night when the USA proved their status as the best swimmers in the world, taking over in the London Aquatics Centre.
Among the highlights was the contest between Michael Phelps and the man after his crown, Ryan Lochte, in an epic 200m individual medley final.
Phelps held on to clinch his 16th Olympic gold, stretching his overall record- breaking medal haul to an astonishing 20!
It was not only Phelps who dazzled in the water; the US also struck gold with Rebecca Soni in the 200 metre breaststroke final and Tyler Clary in the 200 metre backstroke.
And with more medals still up for grabs in the pool, don't think they're done just yet!