"It's hard to frown out there," she said.
In one of the day's few down notes, three-time hammer world champion Ivan Tsikhan of Belarus was kicked out of the Olympics because a retest of a sample he gave at the 2004 Olympics came back positive. He won the silver medal that year.
The morning also featured preliminary heats in the women's 100 meters, with the Jamaican sprinters — Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart — still waiting for Friday night's session.
Meanwhile, American Sanya Richards-Ross qualified in the 400 in 51.78 seconds, practically walking the last 20 meters in a downpour. Often a headliner at meets where she runs, Richards-Ross knew she got second billing this morning.
"You saw Jessica Ennis in the 100. Everybody in the back was kind of buzzing. There's going to be some phenomenal performances here," Richards-Ross said.
Though it's not unheard of for a big crowd to show for a morning session — such as when one of China's most famous athletes, hurdler Liu Xiang, was supposed to run in prelims at the Beijing Games — more often than not, these are sparsely attended, somewhat sleepy affairs, primarily because mornings almost always mean preliminaries. The big events, as well as the medals, are reserved for the evenings.
There was nothing sleepy about this morning, however, and even the head of track's governing body took notice.
"I do not remember the last time this happened, and it shows the great affection Britain has for our sport," IAAF President Lamine Diack said.
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