As the world starts scratching around for things to do now that the Olympic Games is over, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my personal favourite running moments from London 2012. Here goes (in no particular order, although the first one is pretty special) …
Rudisha WR: Simply the most beautiful single piece of running I have ever seen live. To break a world record in an Olympic middle distance event is one thing, but to do it by front running, that is simply unheard of! If you haven’t seen it, watch this and admire the guy’s guts, determination, perfect style, incredible humility and absolute adulation when he wins.
Unknown Ugandan Wins: Okay, so he wasn’t totally unknown, but Stephen Kiprotich wasn’t exactly one of the favourites for the win. Coming into Sunday’s marathon, the traditional final event of the Games, he had a 2:07:20 to his name and a ninth place finish at last year’s World Champs in Daegu. Up against a host of Kenyans and bunch of fast Ethiopians (all of whom DNF’d by the way) he surged to the lead late in the race, crossed the line in first place and kick started a massive party back in Uganda. After the race he said, “Now, I am known, and I am happy that I am known.”
Mo Double: Watching the BBC coverage of this made Mo Farah’s double gold extra special. Hearing a guy like Steve Cram say it was the biggest single moment in UK running history was amazing. For now anyway, Mo Farah (and alongside side him, Jess Ennis), are the biggest things in sport in the UK. Which is saying a lot when you consider the football season kicked off at the weekend.
Jess Ennis: She could have just jogged the final event of the heptathlon, the 800m, to claim the gold But instead she goes out really hard, fades in the middle, and, just when you think she’s over cooked herself, she surges back to the front to not only win the 800 but to absolutely dominate the heptathlon. Go Team GB!
Bolt Triple: All speculations about injuries and lack of form were put to rest as Bolt won three gold medals, broke the 4x100m world record (with some help from his team mates), and took his entertainment factor to another level – push ups after the win!?
Brownlee: With a flat bike course there was really only going to be one winner. Coming into T2 in a large pack it was incredible to see Alistair Brownlee lay it down right from the start of the run. His brother and Javier Gomez were the best of the chasers, but 29-low for a 10k run at the end of a triathlon? That is ridiculous!