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Wiggins takes place among greatest
Bradley Wiggins secured his position as an all-time British sporting great as he claimed a record-breaking seventh Olympic medal - clinching gold just 10 days after his historic Tour de France victory.
The cyclist raced to glory in the time-trial around Hampton Court on a day of triumph for Britain when sports fans heard the national anthem played twice.
Hours earlier rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning claimed Team GB's first gold medal of London 2012, making history by becoming the first British women to take the top spot in Olympic rowing.
Wiggins' seventh medal takes him one clear of rower Sir Steve Redgrave, who has six, making him the most decorated British Olympian of all-time.
The 32-year-old - who hugged his wife Cath and two children, Ben and Isabella, as he dismounted - raised his hands in the air acknowledging the cheers of the jubilant crowds when his victory was confirmed.
At the medal ceremony, he briefly conducted the crowd's chants of "Wiggo, Wiggo" and proudly kissed the gold.
His delight at the conclusion of the 44km time-trial was shared by thousands of Union flag-wielding supporters.
He said. "It's really incredible to win an Olympic Gold in your home city.
"When you win in the velodrome there are three or four thousand people cheering. Here, around the streets of London, the noise is just amazing. I don't think anything will top that. It's just been phenomenal."
He added: "There is almost slight melancholy. I realised on the podium that that is it for me. I don't think anything is going to top that. To win the tour and then win Olympic gold in London at 32. I'll look back in 10, 15 years and think that was as good as it got."
But in a show of spirit, he said: "What's the point of seven medals if they're not the right colour? Mainly it's about the four Golds. Now I have to go to Rio and go for five.
"Just to be mentioned in the same breath as Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Chris Hoy is an absolute honour and to be up there with those guys as a British Olympian, it's very special."
Wiggins' success has led to calls for him to be knighted by British cycling chief Dave Brailsford and to one bookmaker paying out early on any bets struck on Wiggins winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
British dominance in cycling was underlined as fellow Briton Chris Froome, second to Wiggins in the Tour, took a bronze.
There was further rowing success as Great Britain won a bronze medal in the men's eight final in a race which saw them heroically challenge favourites Germany.
The medal was a special moment for Greg Searle, 40, who came out of retirement in an attempt to become an Olympic champion for a second time, two decades after winning gold in Barcelona.
Team GB's success continued when Michael Jamieson, 23, claimed a silver in the men's 200m breaststroke final, but he was only beaten by a world record time.
"I'm so delighted," Jamieson said, adding that he was "desperate" to get on the podium to repay those who have supported him.
The Scot's time was the third fastest time in history
The wins puts Team GB 11th in the medal table with nine - two golds, three silvers and four bronze.
The tally means the London 2012 host nation is doing better than it was at the same point in the Beijing Games four years ago.
Over at Eton Dorney, crowds were ecstatic as Glover and Stanning stormed to victory.
After crossing the line they hugged each other and saluted the supporters including Princes William and Harry and the Princess Royal.
Glover, 26, a former PE teacher from Penzance, Cornwall, has been rowing for four years and was paired with Stanning only three years ago.
Stanning, 27, from Lossiemouth, Moray, is a Royal Artillery captain who is likely to be deployed to Afghanistan next year.
Her commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Craig Palmer, said: "Soldiers from 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery were thrilled to watch the race from their bases in Afghanistan, while their friends and families watched it here in the UK.
"I am sure that they have been inspired by her performance and we look forward to welcoming her back to the regiment later this year. I know that she is keen to deploy with her soldiers to Helmand in 2013."
Speaking at the finish line, Glover's mother Rachel said the victory marked a "meteoric, rapid rise" in rowing for her daughter and the whole family was "absolutely delighted".
Glover and Stanning were never threatened as they cruised to the finish line and their place in British and Olympic rowing history.
Immediately after victory, Stanning told the BBC: "I'm absolutely shattered and absolutely ecstatic at the same time.
"I want to collapse but I'm just so overjoyed, I just want to jump around at the same time."
Glover hopes her achievement - particularly in delivering Britain's first female Olympic rowing gold - can be inspirational to others.
She said: "I really hope it has a snowball effect in the coming weeks.
"In the coming days, I hope we have some great results to come from GB Rowing.
"In the wider sense of sport, I worked as a PE teacher and I have seen how inspired young people can be.
"I have an athletics background and when I watched Kelly Holmes win her two medals, that was massively inspiring."