Trott revels in double success
Great Britain's Laura Trott could barely comprehend how everything came right for her as she claimed her second gold medal of London 2012.
The 20-year-old followed up team pursuit glory by snatching the Olympic omnium title with a stunning ride in the final leg of the six-discipline event, the 500 metres time trial.
Trott had led overnight after the first three disciplines at the Olympic Park's Velodrome but trailed American Sarah Hammer by two points heading into the time trial.
Under the points-scoring system, Trott had to finish three places ahead of Hammer to win the competition outright.
She won it in a time of 35.110 seconds while Hammer could only manage fourth in the event in 35.900 and had to settle for silver.
Trott, of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, said: "I cannot believe this is happening to me.
"I was losing my head a little bit between the events because they weren't going the way I wanted them to.
"I was a bit nervous going into the last 500 metres. I'm never normally that nervous because I am good at it.
"I can make up some room but I didn't want to be that far behind - Sarah Hammer is the strongest rider out there.
"Not many people can put three points into Sarah Hammer. It was just about hanging on, focusing and that power - totally on the limit. I am so happy."
Team GB are enjoying a sensational home Games, having now won a post-War record number of gold medals, and Trott felt the raucous, partisan crowd brought the best out of her.
She said: "It is crazy, they definitely helped me. My legs were killing me. It feels like the roof is getting lifted off.
"The crowd was chanting my name and I thought, 'I am not going to let them down.'
"It is a nice feeling. It drives you home, it really does. I cannot even describe it."
Trott joins a select band of British female athletes to have won two gold medals at one Olympics, including Rebecca Adlington and Dame Kelly Holmes.
"I don't think people talk about me in the same sense as them," she said. "I just can't believe it."
Trott has been a revelation since breaking through at elite level having also accumulated three world titles.
She has now firmly established herself as the team's new female star with Victoria Pendleton now retiring.
Pendleton was unable to add one final gold to her medal tally on the last day of competition at the velodrome as she was beaten into silver in the sprint.
Nevertheless, Pendleton has still enjoyed a fine career and did claim one gold in London in the keirin.
Trott said: "She's not happy but she is my idol. On and off the bike she is just a great athlete.
"She's been such an inspiration all through when I was a junior. I just wanted to be like her.
"She's an amazing person and can be really happy with what she has achieved. She's Olympic champion in the keirin.
"You couldn't ask for a better role model."
Trott appears to have a glorious future ahead of her, admitting her success has come much sooner than she expected.
She said: "I never thought I would make it to 2012, even my dad said 2016 and I thought, 'That is so far away.'
"I think I have got a bit more in me to be honest. I won't be retiring just yet.
"As long as I keep winning, keep doing what I am doing, I don't see why I can't win more in the future."