GB surpass Beijing medal haul
Another golden day for hosts Great Britain ensured they will hand over the Olympic flag to Rio de Janeiro in fine shape.
The last time Britain performed so well at the Games was when London first staged the games and when the sun never set on the British Empire.
The world has changed beyond recognition since 1908 but seven days of gold medals, there were four on Tuesday, have lifted them to 22, consolidating their grip on third place in the medal table.
China and the United States continue to duel for top spot with the Asians having the edge while it was a good day for Russia and Australia who restored some morale after hitherto disappointing campaigns.
Britain matched their Beijing gold haul when Alistair Brownlee won the triathlon title but it was the dressage team who surpassed that mark, the top hats in Greenwich Park and the Old Royal Naval College as a backdrop perhaps a throwback to the days of British ascendancy in 1908.
But it was the velodrome that really raised the roof with Laura Trott and Sir Chris Hoy winning their second golds of London 2012 although Australia's Anna Meares ensured a rare success on UK soil for the underperforming outfit from Down Under.
That set up more success for the Antipodeans with Sally Pearson taking gold in the 100m hurdles on the track
Sailor Nick Dempsey could not quite follow Brownlee's success, having to settle for silver in the men's RS:X class. Holland's Dorian van Rijsselberge took the gold on what proved to be a good day for Oranje fans who also witnessed gymnast Epke Zonderland in wonderland after victory in the men's horizontal bar final.
Sailor Marina Alabau boosted Spain's medal haul when she won the RS:X class for women while Russia showed signs of their traditional strong finish to an Olympic Games.
The country's low medal haul means they will almost certainly miss out on a top three finish for the first time since the war but there were two golds in the Aquatics Centre for the country that will stage the Winter Olympics in 2014 and one in track and field.
Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina got the ball rolling in the synchronised swimming duet category before three-metre springboard diver Ilya Zakharov followed suit.
The best was yet to come at the Olympic Stadium where Ivan Ukhov won the high jump.
China are leading the United States in the race for top spot. Its gymnasts led the charge with Feng Zhe claiming the title in the men's parallel bars before Deng Linlin prevailed on the women's beam.
Ding Ning, Li Xiaoxia and Guo Yue of China won the gold medal in the table tennis women's team event by beating Japan 3-0.
On a relatively quiet day for Team USA, Alexandra Raisman secured gold in the women's floor event. Their tally of 30 golds leaves them four behind the Chinese.
South Korea's Kim Hyeon-Woo has won gold in the -66kg Greco-Roman wrestling but their challenge for third place in the medals table is faltering. They stay fourth but trail Team GB by 10 golds.
Iran is having a good Olympics with golds from weightlifter Behdad Salimi (+105kg) and wrestler Ghasem Rezaei (-96kg) doubling their tally to four.
There was also gold for German discus thrower Robert Harting, while Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi triumphed in the 1500m after being reinstated following a disqualification for a lacklustre effort in the 800m heats.
It was the first medal of London 2012 for the north African country.