London 2012: 'A gold rush for eternity' – how the world saw Super Saturday

The international press has hailed Great Britain's gold medallists, and in particular Mo Farah, who 'pushed a lifetime's worth of chips into the middle of the table' during his last lap

The British papers and websites naturally led the way in celebrating Team GB's haul of six gold medals on Super Saturday but the international press, too, praised Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford and co.

In Spain, El Mundo ran a piece with the headline: "How Mo Farah changed history", saying: "For Mo Farah, the new king of long-distance running, it was difficult to recognise his daughter Rihanna, who was looking for him, wrapped in the Union Jack and somewhat lost amid the roar that shook the Olympic Stadium after the outcome of the 10,000 meters race and which completed a perfect day for British athletics. The triumphs of Jessica Ennis in the heptathlon, and Greg Rutherford in the long jump were followed by the coronation of the Somalia-born athlete, which brought to an end not only the Ethiopian era, which begun in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and ended with the fall of Kenenisa Bekele, the last emperor."

Over in the United States, Tim Layden, of Sports Illustrated, wrote about how Farah "pushed a lifetime's worth of chips into the middle of the table" on the last lap of his triumphant 10,000 metre-run. "The noise could grow no more, yet somehow it did, rolling down in a desperate wave from the highest seats in London's Olympic Stadium and crashing across the pebbled orange track on the floor," he said.

"There were 450 meters to run in the final of Saturday night's Olympic 10,000 meters and Mo Farah, 29, had surged to the lead, pushing a lifetime's worth of chips into the middle of the table and sprinting though the night air with nothing but a dream in front of him to justify the pain, the miles and the loneliness behind. One of the greatest distance runners in history gave chase and so, too, did a tall, blonde American runner who has shared Farah's work for the last 18 months.

Le Monde, in France, wrote about a "magical Saturday" for Britain. "Britain experienced a magical Saturday athletics by winning three gold medals by Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and, unexpectedly, Greg Rutherford. Farah won the 10,000m after a frenzied sprint, beating the American Galen Rupp and the Ethiopian Tariku Bekele. World Champion of 5000m, Farah, of Somali origin, brought a third title in athletics in Britain, after the success of a few tens of minutes before the heptathlete Jessica Ennis and long jumper Greg Rutherford.

In La Gazzetta dello Sport, in Italy, Valerio Piccioni wrote: "Mohamed "Mo" Farah was born in Mogadishu, grew up in Djibouti and, when he was eight, moved here to the Queen's house, so to speak. And now he dominates them all:, with the Eritreans, Ethiopians and Kenyans feel ing it the most. Kenenisa Bekele abdicated after having driven the pace in an attempt to silence the hosts.

"But Mo had too much left in his tank. The American Galen Rupp was the last one to give up, finishing second. Final inglesissimo with the music of the Beatles. People did not want to leave the stadium. "All you need is love" and there was Paul McCartney's daughter and the flag. Jessica Ennis on the podium, showing her medal. Then the anthem, pride and a night during which it would have been difficult get to any sleep."

Over in South America, Brazil's Veja magazine ran a headline saying: "In the cauldron of Stratford, the British have a historic night" with the subhead: "Praised by the IOC, the public fill the Olympic Stadium with noise and help the home team to win three golds and crown a new queen, Jessica Ennis".

In Germany, Eurosport wrote: "This was a gold rush for eternity. At 9.48pm it was all clear – the biggest night of the Games. Mo Farah had just arrived as the first 10,000-meter runner over the finish line, watched by Greg Rutherford, the new Olympic champion in the long jump, and the heptathlete Jessica Ennis, who started the golden gala.

"When the anthem was played, the tears came for Ennis. She had reached her target, she had completed her predestined role as queen of the athletics and the face of the Games. Wherever she appeared, she unleashed a hurricane. After the grand finale, the 26-year-old sat with a gold in her hands and the heptathlon crown."

In Britain, the Olympic athletes dominated the front and the back pages. "Jess Ennis was crowned the greatest female athlete on the planet last night," wrote the Sunday Mirror while the Sunday Telegraph added: Britain won six gold medals in sensational style yesterday – three in the space of an hour with victory following victory in the heptathlon, the long jump and the 10,000 metres."

The Observer wrote: "The 40ft banner draped across the front of John Lewis in her home city of Sheffield is the local confirmation of Jessica Ennis's national and international status – a status cemented last week when she appeared, eyes fixed on the camera and in mid-javelin throw, on the cover of Time magazine's Olympics special."


Marcus Christenson

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