An Olympic wonderland

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DAYS don’t come much better than this. Everyday is the best day of your sporting life at the Olympics but Fantastic Friday just blew my mind.

Let’s start with the golden boy Ed Clancy. Another gold medal for the Barnsley lad won in devastating fashion against arch rivals Australia. The velodrome is an intimidating place for non British performers.

The likes of Clancy, Chris Hoy and - illegal changeover aside - Victoria Pendleton revel in it.

They’re modern day gladiators, racing around at crazy speeds to delight watching royalty.

Okay, I mixed a bit of history up there but stick with me because we’re about to witness a new legend being born later today.

Yesterday Jessica Ennis produced her lifetime’s best performance just when it mattered most.

Could she cope with the pressure commentators were asking?

This newspaper had no doubts.

We have been with her every step of her journey and know what she’s made of.

When she left scorch marks on the track during his first event of the day we knew we’d be fine.

True, the high jump and shot put were a bit below average but the 200 metres were to come and all her rivals were the ones not able to cope with the British Games.

Another personal best, another statement made and a night knowing she has the gold medal in the palm of her hand.

It was the third best first day in a heptathlon.

Just three events today stand between Jess and athletic immortality.

Another perfect day awaits.