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Olympics: Murray Beats Federer To Gold Glory
Andy Murray has claimed tennis glory at last, beating arch-rival Roger Federer in straight sets to win Olympic gold.
The resounding 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory was sweet revenge for Murray's heartbreaking loss to the Swiss in the Wimbledon final exactly one month ago.
Murray returned to court shortly after his gold medal match to claim silver in the mixed doubles alongside teammate Laura Robson.
The Team GB duo lost to gold medal winners Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi from Belarus 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Meanwhile, on the track, Christine Ohuruogu won silver in the women's 400-metres behind gold medal winner Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States.
And at the cycling, Great Britain's Ed Clancy has won a bronze medal in the men's omnium, with Denmark's Lasse Hansen taking gold.
The fresh results came after Ben Ainslie clinched his fourth straight gold and fifth Games medal overall, making him the most successful sailor in Olympic history.
Moments before Murray's win, gymnasts Louis Smith and Matt Whitlock also took silver and bronze in the men's pommel horse.
Murray climbed into the players' box to embrace his family and girlfriend Kim Sears as he became the first Briton to win a men's singles gold medal since 1908.
"It's number one for me," the 25-year-old told the BBC. "The biggest win of my life. This week's been incredible so far.
"I've had a lot of fun, the support's been amazing. One more match to go, but it's been unbelievable."
Murray said he was inspired both by the performances of his Great Britain team-mates and the crowd, who were unusually boisterous for SW19.
"They're unbelievable," he said. "It's not just here but all of the events I've watched. I watched the athletics last night it was amazing."
Murray had little time to celebrate, however, as he was due back on court for the final of the mixed doubles with Laura Robson.
Ainslie, 35, earned his historic gold by coming ninth in the Finn class medals race in front of thousands of supporters at Weymouth, many of them waving Union Jacks.
All he had to do was finish ahead of Denmark's Jonas Hoegh-Christensen, who led the regatta from Race 1. The Dane finished 10th and took the silver.
As he crossed the finish line, Ainslie pumped both fists, then stood up and pumped them again.
"I am pretty speechless," he said. "It has been a tough week. There was amazing competition, especially from Jonas Hogh-Christensen from Denmark, but this was the time to do it in front of a home crowd.
"I am just so glad for all the people that supported me over the years, all the people that came here to wave me on and all the people that have written in and supported us across the country."
Ainslie replaced Denmark's Paul Elvstrom as the most successful Olympian sailor ever. Elvstrom won four straight golds from 1948-60, including three in the Finn class.
Shortly before Ainslie's triumph Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson won silver in the Star class.
The pair, who were defending the title they won at Beijing, were beaten by Sweden's Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen.
Percy and Simpson needed to finish sixth or better to make it two golds in a row but could only manage eighth.
There were joyful scenes at the North Greenwich Arena after Smith and Whitlock's success in the pommel horse, watched by the Duchess of Cambridge.
Smith, who had been one of the favourites to win gold, was narrowly beaten by arch-rival Krisztian Berki from Hungary.
The pair had the same number of points - 16.066 - but Berki's routine was deemed by the judges to be more difficult.
It was the second medal of the Games for both Smith, 23, and Whitlock, 19, after they won bronze in the all around team competition on Tuesday.
Smith, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, also won a bronze on the pommel in Beijing four years ago.
London 2012 boss Lord Coe said Saturday was the "the greatest night of British athletics" ever as Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford claimed three gold medals within 45 minutes of one another.
It followed the three golds and silver captured earlier by GB's rowers and track cyclists, making it the country's best day for gold medals in over 100 years.
The BBC has revealed that 17.1m viewers in the UK watched Farah win the 10,000 metres, while 16.3m saw Ennis's triumph in the hepatahlon.
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what do you think?
Its nots englands olympiccs but great britain olympics
Is Scotland taking part in the Olympics; no ! in that case, he should not have entered the competition
This is the Olympic games not the commonwealth games! He's representing the United kingdom of Great Britain and northern Ireland or just Great Britain/Team GB. Of which Scotland is a member country. If this was the commonwealth games he would play tennis for Scotland. sir Chris hoy would also represent Scotland in the cycling. The men's team pursuit would be broken up because Geraint Thomas is welsh.
fair enough , but correct me if im wrong there isnt a scots team in , and scotland is , for the moment anyway , still part of the UK
Are you a fool?Do you come from Great Britain? Just because he is scots does not stop him from representing GB as us scots are part of it. I am proud to be a Scot but equally proud of being part of the union or are you a racist bigot?
Edgar, are you thick. There are only British, there are no scots, english or welsh represented, ,in the games, as we are all British.
even if you dont put NI in GB we have still had the luck of the Irish ha ha
Always look on the bright side of life
He's British wether you like it or not
I think it is a case of wether " he " likes it or not.
Edgar, it's not a case of "who likes", it's a case of "he is British, and he can't change the fact".
lets hope our athletes can carry on from yesterdays fantastic achievments. they are all doing a great job. well done to them all. it's a nice change to have the oppurtunity to be a proud brit.
Who cares what he is. He's human. End of.
and he is British Jimmyjedi.... I dont think some people get it, do you? Andy is flying the flag for GB, didnt he do well?
HRSB19, for goodness sake team GB means the four countries of the UK, or did you not study geography at school?
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE TROLL
"United Kingdom" means the *four* countries of the UK. The official title is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". "Great Britain" means England, Scotland and Wales, in whichever order you prefer. The team name *should* be "GB & NI" (which is a bit of a mouthful), or "United Kingdom". I think that maybe HRSB19 *did* do geography at school.
hrsb, is actually correct. Great Britain is England , Scotland, and Wales. So, we should have Team GB and NI,. Then again, if there are no NI athletes taking part, is there any point in a drawn out name.
You're half right, hrsb19. Northern Ireland is not part of Great Britain, but is part of the United Kingdom.
Wow, it could be me, but I think Andy actually....... smiled :O Well done to him, keep 'em coming guys n' gals :-)
lol either that or he was breaking wind! :) Well done Andy.
I thought this was a GB team effort ?, he played terrific, well done andy
Robin Van Der Spiegel
Grow up hsbc or whatever you're called. I assume you're on the wind up so go and play somewhere else. Fantastic performance by Murray, well deserved.
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Well done murray, you made Great Britain proud!!!!
Well done Andy, super win, pity the english football team played the way they did, but this is how they always play, pure c888p
I know he is and so am I hrsb19, but I still wish team GB best wishes
well hrsb19, as everyone is so ashamed of the performance of the football team,, they must be because I see noblogs about it, or is orange being selective again a phrase I use with care?,
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Guys, this boy is on a wind-up - don't rise to it!
Murray is a Scotts man but he is representing GREAT BRITAIN just like sir Chris hoy who also happens to be Scottish No one moaned when he, Jason Kenny, and Philip Hines won the team Sprint gold in the velodrome the other night! By the way Hines is German but he, just like hoy and Murray are flying the union jack.
yes but you Jocks never support England do you even when playing the towel pinching Germans
I'm not Scottish I'm English
HRSB19, ARE YOU A MUSLIM?????
No! He is a forum troll. Please do not feed him.
Congratulatiuons to Andy Murray and how I agree with my friend James below. Perhaps all the money and sponsorship that has been invested into football, should now be transferred to athletics and tennis etc. How I have enjoyed watching these performers who have clearly trained so hard and have been very deserving of their medals. I have not seen or heard one spoilt prima donna amongst them. Unlike our footballers, they have demonstrated true sportsmanship. Well done to them all.
It puts them to shame when you see the likes of hunter and purchase being helped to walk after rowing 2000mts milking every ounce of strength to keep the danish at bay. Where as a footballer takes a little knock and they roll around on the floor like they've been shot. They wanted to inspire a generation with these games. the way some of our competitors have been they'll inspire the generation after as well
Footballers are the most overpaid ignorant beings to be on this planet. Thick, money grabbing, egotistical players who do nothing for this countr and cant strting two words together. Still one day Pearce wiill get the England job for those stupid comments that the Team GB Football team will be stronger for losing what a load of rubbish Pearce you never had that mentatility when you played but come to think about it you had a bloody manager in Cloughie.
Brian, just to quote you : "do nothing for this countr, and can't strting two words together " Listen who's talking. Can't string two words together, you mean. Priceless....
We will adopt Andy Murray as English,must be the only good thing to come out of Scotland, ha ha look at Rangers FC
Didn't he do well.