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Long-awaited gold might help ignite the fire within Team GB

Breakthrough win for first medal lifts Games’ host country out of its pessimism.

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Most of Team GB’s best events — rowing, sailing, track cycling and boxing, among them — are yet to come or yet to finish, and even the crowds at the Olympic Park seemed energized, much larger and happier than ever.

"The atmosphere has been electric, to be honest about it," said Clare Dyson, a young teacher from London. "Everyone’s talking about it, on Facebook and Twitter. Everyone wants tickets.… I’ve been to three events now, three consecutive days, and I haven’t got anything to complain about. I’ve had a really good time. It’s been great."

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Maybe the surest sign that good times are ahead for the Brits came during Wiggins’ triumphant ride to Hampton Court Palace.

As the reigning Tour de France champion powered his way to victory amid the hordes of cheering fans who lined the road and waved their flags, the sun — long absent — emerged from behind the clouds." .

"It’s a fantastic day," said rower Alan Campbell, himself with an upcoming chance at victory in the singles sculls final. "Hopefully, the start of the gold rush."


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