"Awesome crowd," said U.S. long jumper Will Claye, who won bronze. "They were awesome for all of us. Not just the British."
Jonathan Edwards, now a television presenter, was reminded of "Magic Monday" Sydney in 2000, when he won triple-jump gold for Britain, Freeman became the first Aborigine to win an individual Olympic gold medal by capturing the women's 400 meters, and Johnson made Olympic history by becoming the first man to successfully defend a 400-meter title. Gebrselassie also successfully defended his 10,000-meter crown. This all in one night.
"In world terms, maybe that still stands as the greatest night," he said.
But London's "Super Saturday" lived up to its name, too.
"That won't be topped ... You need a new lexicon, actually. You run out of words to describe that," Edwards said.
"The tension never ratcheted down at all." he said. "So, for sustained excitement, I don't know if there's ever been a night like that in track and field history."
Usain Bolt, whose hotly anticipated showdown with Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake follows on Sunday night, might have something to say about that.
But out-shouting and out-shining this night could prove impossible even for him.
John Leicester can be reached at jleicester(at)ap.org or at http://twitter.com/johnleicester
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