"Britain awoke, afraid it might all have been a dream. It wasn't."
Six gold medals, including three in track and field within the space of an hour, had given the country its best day at an Olympic Games since 1908. A country accustomed to sporting disappointment could scarcely contain its disbelief.
"Don't choke on your cornflakes," said a BBC morning TV presenter, before telling viewers that Britain, population 63 million, lay third in the medal table, behind the United States (population 310 million) and China (population 1.3 billion).
Sunday's newspaper front pages tried to outdo one another in superlatives.
The Observer declared it "Britain's greatest day," and the Sunday Times — reaching for wartime resonances — said it was "Our finest Olympic hour."
"The six pack," said The Sun — referring, in true tabloid style, both to the gold medallists and to the washboard abs of heptathlon champ Jessica Ennis.
— Jill Lawless — Twitter http://twitter.com/JillLawless
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