Take nothing away from the men – Sir Chris Hoy, Mo Farah and co have been outstanding gold medal winners for Team GB. But a consistent talking point throughout London 2012 has been the superhuman efforts of the British women.

After failing to get anyone on top of the podium on Wednesday, day 13 was another record breaker for Team GB on another amazing day of glory for the girls.

First came Charlotte Dujardin in the individual dressage, the first female rider to win two Olympic Gold medals for Team GB , with Laura Bechtolsheimer claiming Bronze.

When Nicola Adams became the first women’s boxing champion in Olympic history, beating long-time rival Ren Cancan of China,  it was a unique milestone – and how richly deserved it was for the extremely talented fighter from Leeds.

When 19-year-old Jade Jones overcame two-time world champion Yuzhuo Houin from China 6-4 in the taekwondo to claim Team GB’s 25th Gold medal of the Games it crowned another red-letter day for Team GB.
Jones summed up her determination to triumph when she said: “Before I came out I thought ‘I’m not letting her beat me here in front of the home crowd.’

BY JOHN GUBBA

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