Jessica Ennis-Hill could barely put into words her delight after winning heptathlon gold at the World Championships in Beijing - but did admit she'd have settled for a bronze.
This was the 29 year old's first major championships success since winning glorious gold at the 2012 Olympics in London and comes just 13 months after giving birth to her first son, Reggie.
Ennis-Hill had put herself in the perfect position overnight with solid displays in the long jump and javelin and then kept her nerve to win her 800 metres heat in 2 minutes 10.13 seconds and claim gold at the Bird's Nest.
She said: "I can't believe I'm here in the Birds Nest. This time last year I'd just had my son and it's an incredible feeling.
"It was just a massive surprise to even be here to be honest. Doing the Anniversary Games (a month ago) and deciding whether I could come here and be competitive and now to be here and to have finished on top, I'm at a loss for words
"Coming here, if I'd come away with a bronze medal I'd have been happy. To get the gold is even better.
"This has definitely been the hardest year ever.
"Going to London was incredibly hard and there were different pressures and challenges. But this year juggling all my mummy duties and training has just been so hard.
"But it's been the most amazing year because I've got my son and I'm back here on a global stage with a global medal."
Ennis-Hill also had words of consolation for Katarina Johnson-Thompson who had suffered a nightmare event in Beijing.
"When she did that foul, my heart just went out to her," she said.
"She's got time on her hands. She'll come back in the long jump here and I hope she gets a medal."