Ennis takes gold in heptathlon
Jessica Ennis has lived up to her billing as Britain's golden girl with a commanding victory in the Olympic heptathlon at London 2012.
Four years after reluctantly watching the Beijing Games on TV following a career-threatening foot injury, Ennis made light of the weight of expectation on her shoulders to leave her rivals battling for silver and bronze.
Three personal bests in the previous six events meant Ennis went into the final discipline, the 800m, with a commanding 188-point lead that equated to a 13-second advantage over Lithuania's Austra Skujyte.
A run of two minutes 5.69 seconds would have seen her become only the fourth woman in history to score 7,000 points, and even though there was no need for such heroics, the 26-year-old from Sheffield blasted through the opening lap on her way to victory in 2:08.65.
Ennis's gold medal glory was described as "the moment of the Games" by her fellow athletes and gained praise from the Prime Minister. David Cameron tweeted: "Awe inspiring win for Jessica Ennis. Proud to be cheering her on with the home crowd. Atmosphere electric on #SuperSaturday".
Ennis spoke of the pressure she had felt as the poster girl of the Olympics.
She told BBC Breakfast: "It has been hard, I am not going to lie, it has been a lot of pressure and there were times through those two days I was worried something would go wrong, if it was three no-jumps or three no-throws, and I would have been devastated. It's a massive relief to have actually done it.
"I have always said that I felt lucky coming into a home Games in such a great position and hopefully being a big part of the Games," the Olympic champion added.
"Obviously having missed the last Olympics in Beijing, I was just trying to make the most of it and enjoy it. But yeah, it was so much pressure, everybody expected me to win and I just knew how hard it was going to be, so I'm just so relieved that I've got the medal now."
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called for Ennis to be given the freedom of her home city of Sheffield. Mr Clegg, who is MP for Sheffield Hallam, said: "As a Sheffield MP, seeing local girl Jess win gold has been the highlight of the Olympics so far. Her truly inspirational victory has done our country and Sheffield proud."