99.99% of this blog is about movies but once in a while I am compelled to write about something else. This time because there aren’t any movies coming out, they have all been scared of by Christopher Nolan and a little sporting event happening in London.
We British often revel in our sporting failure as plucky losers, but once in a while we have something to shout about. After just a week, it has already been a successful London Olympic games, both as a spectacle and for the home team, but tonight things got just a little special.
At 5’5” Jessica Ennis is by no means small, but in the company of other athletes in her chosen event, the heptathlon she looks tiny. And yet she is amongst the best in the world. She has become the “poster girl” for London 2012 and Team GB despite never competing in an Olympic games before (she was forced to drop out of the Beijing Olympics with three stress fractures in her right foot).
Going into the 800 metres, the last event of the heptathlon Ennis was 258 points ahead of her nearest competitor having set three personal bests in the first six events. As the race started Ennis took the front from the start and crossed the line at the end of the first lap in first place but soon dropped back to fourth place. As they came round the final bend she found herself boxed in but found her way through to the front for a final sprint to the line. She crossed the line with her hands in the air knowing she had won the Olympic gold medal beating her own British record. Before the medal ceremony she did a lap of honour draped in a union flag to the soundtrack of David Bowie’s Heroes. If it were a movie we would all dismiss it as sentimental and clichéd. But it isn’t a movie, it is true and it has just happened at London 2012!
But is doesn’t end there, as I type this Team GB have won two more gold medals: Greg Rutherford wins the long jump, the first British winner in this event for 48 years: Mo Farah is the first ever Briton to win Olympic 10,000m. To put this in prospective we only won four athletics medals in Beijing (1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze).