READ about this and find out other top sport stories are making the headalines in today’s UK national newspapers - Saturday, August 4, 2012.
THE TIMES: Jessica Ennis will carry the hopes of a nation with her as she attempts to clinch Great Britain’s first athletics gold medal of the London 2012 Games tonight. Also: There was a time yesterday afternoon, with the run-rate funereal, the over-rate slower and even the Western Terrace - after some fruity scenes on the first day - becalmed, that you had to remind yourself you were watching the best two Test teams in the world.
DAILY MIRROR: It started with a roar from the crowd which took her breath away. Then Jessica Ennis made the watching world gasp. Also: Only one Queen Vic was the toast of London’s East End last night - and she wasn’t in Albert Square. Also: New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told Luis Suarez to rise above fan abuse and leave his anger behind.
DAILY MAIL: Victoria Pendleton was crowned queen of the track at the Velodrome last night - winning the first-ever women’s keirin by 0.024 seconds. Also: Jessica Ennis began her quest for Olympic gold yesterday on a tidal wave of love. Also: Brendan Rodgers has urged Luis Suarez to leave the past behind and channel his energies into helping revive Liverpool’s fortunes.
THE SUN: Victoria Pendleton powered to cycling gold and roared: Now these Olympics belong to Team GB girls! Also: Becky Adlington hinted she may quit swimming after 15-year-old American Katie Ledecky wrecked her London 2012 dreams. Also: Brendan Rodgers wants Luis Suarez to use his Olympic misery to bring Anfield a golden glow.
DAILY EXPRESS: Great Britain is basking in Olympic glory and yesterday toasted three more gold-medals on a fantastic Friday. Also: Jessica Ennis is on the verge of being crowned Olympic champion. She saved her best for these tremendous home Games and leads a heptathlon she has dominated by 184pts. Also: Andy Murray guaranteed Great Britain another medal by beating Novak Djokovic - and then described the feeling as better than reaching the Wimbledon final
DAILY STAR: Queen Victoria Pendleton reigned supreme on the track - and then said: I can’t wait to retire! Also: Heartbroken Becky Adlington’s dreams of sporting immortality were crushed by the new kid on the swimming block.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Victoria Pendleton redeemed her Olympic campaign in magnificent style at the Velodrome, devastating the field in the keirin to win her second gold medal and join a select band of female British Olympians. Also: Rebecca Adlington admitted last night that everything “caught up with me” as she pointed both to the pressure and weight of national expectation in explaining her defeat in the Olympic 800 metres freestyle final.
THE GUARDIAN: Jessica Ennis blew away a stadium packed to the rafters with 80,000 spectators as the nation’s favourite athlete got her heptathlon gold medal campaign off to a scintillating start. Also: The greatest Olympian in the history of the modern Games, Michael Phelps, last night swam his last ever individual race and won 17th gold medal and his 21st overall, claiming victory in the 100m butterfly at the Aquatics centre.
THE INDEPENDENT: British track queen Victoria Pendleton put all the pain of her relegation from Thursday’s women’s team sprint behind her yesterday - as well as what she called a disastrous 2011 - with a blisteringly faultless ride to victory in the keirin here last night. Also: A flying start and a flying finish. Jessica Ennis opened day one of the Olympic heptathlon with the bang of a stunning British record in the 100m hurdles, 12.54sec. She concluded it with the bang of a lifetime best in the 200m, 22.83sec.