London 2012’s ‘Super Saturday’ has been named the Greatest Sporting Moment of all time, in a new poll.
The heart-stopping August night in the Olympic stadium saw heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, long jumper Greg Rutherford and distance runner Mo Farah all strike gold within just 44 minutes of each other.
It came after Great Britain had already scooped three golds earlier that day in the men’s rowing, women’s double sculls and women’s cycling team pursuit.
Second place went to England’s 1966 football World Cup victory followed by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s gold at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in 1984 with Bolero.
Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory in 2013, the first British men’s singles winner since 1936, and Jonny Wilkinson’s last minute drop kick to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup final completed the top five.
A spokesman for Simon Jersey, official supplier to Team GB, which commissioned the research, said: “2012 was a great year for sports in several areas, but the London Olympics really were amazing.
“Not only were they hosted by Great Britain, allowing the whole country to really get behind them, but the athletes had one of their most successful games ever.
“Super Saturday really was something else though. We had already seen three golds earlier that day, but the highlight was the moment in the Olympic stadium where the gold medals came in thick and fast.
“For anyone in the stadium, or even simply watching it on TV, it was an unforgettable moment.”
Sixth place, in the poll of 2,000 Brits, went to the moment Roger Bannister ran a mile in less than four minutes for the first time in 1954, followed by Mo Farah’s second Olympic gold at London 2012 in the 5,000 metres - just a week after winning the 10,000 metre race on ‘Super Saturday’.
Rower Steve Redgrave’s fifth consecutive Olympic gold came eighth, while Usain Bolt becoming the first man to hold both the 100m and 200m World records is at nine.
Bradley Wiggins Tour De France victory in 2012 completed the top ten.
The Olympics features heavily in the top 50 with summer and winter Olympics, as well as Paralympic moments accounting for almost 20 of the spots.
These include track cyclist Chris Hoy’s three medals at the 1998 Beijing games (16), Daley Thompson’s Decathlon win in the 1984 Olympics (19), and swimmer Michael Phelps’ eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. (21)
Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds’ two gold medals, at the age of 13, in Beijing 2008 (25), Kelly Holmes winning gold in 800m and 1500m at Athens Olympics in 2004 (26) and Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards competing in the 1988 Winter Olympics ski jump also feature.
The story of Eddie the Eagle has even been turned into a feature film starring, Hugh Jackman.
Other sporting moments among the top 50 include Manchester United’s last minute win against Bayern Munich to win the treble in 1999 (14), Great Britain’s Davis cup win in 2015 (20) and Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe’s 1980 Wimbledon final. (27)
A spokesman for Simon Jersey added: “Amazing sporting moments really have the power to lift the spirits of the whole nation and stay in our memories for decades. We’re hoping that Team GB will go on to create some similar moments to remember this summer in Rio.”