Hosting the Olympic Games seems to have magic attached to it because recent history has proved that each host country's athletes, like China in 2008, seem to outperform themselves, and Britain is no exception. We are riding on a crest of positivity and enjoyment at the moment, despite our recession, that is simply unbelievable. Everyone wants a little bit of the action and are hunting for event tickets. The bubble might burst after the Olympics, but right now we seem determined to savour every ounce of it while it lasts, and are busily making our athletes into super heroes who can't seem to do anything wrong and the medals just keep on coming.
Today saw the emphasis on British legend, Chris Hoy, in the Velodrome. The 36-year-old from Edinburg, Scotland, won the Keirin gold as Great Britain finished the cycling with seven Gold medals from 10 events. He had made his name winning five Gold medals so far in his career, equalling oarsman Sir Steve Redgrave's haul. Today he went one better and made his total six, and the excitement of the moment was unbearable especially as another cyclist, Laura Trott, who is only 20 years old, surpassed herself to grab her second Gold medal in the women's Omnium. She certainly has an amazing future ahead of her.
There was further success for the host nation in the men's Triathlon, when Alistair Brownlee won Gold and his brother Jonny Brownlee the Bronze. Spain's Javier Gomez finished second for silver. Their mother, a staunch supporter of their exploits and competitiveness, would have been very proud! In the Equestrian event, Great Britain's Dressage riders also joined the Gold rush when they landed their first title in Olympic Games history. Barely 24 hours after the British Jumping team clinched a first gold medal for 60 years, the Dressage trio of Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin also triumphed at Greenwich Park.
Altogether Britain added another 6 medals to its tally, four Golds, a Silver and a Bronze.
Today's Other Highlights
In the morning, Jamaican superstar, Usain Bolt, began his bid to add a second Olympic Games 200m Gold to his other titles with a comfortable heat victory. He cruised to victory in 20.39. Bolt feels he needs to win 200m Gold again before he achieves his aim of becoming a 'legend'. 'It was an easy run", he said. "I'm enjoying it. I'ts my favourite event'. His training partner, Yohan Blake, also breezed through at a slightly faster rate.
Other excitement came in the women's 110 metres hurdles when the hot favourite, Sally Pearson of Australia, pushed USA defending champion Dawn Harper into silver by just 0.02 seconds. Her delight knew no bounds when she realised she had not only won, being a very close finish, but had broken the Olympic record too. She just kept screaming loudly with disbelief and rolling over on the ground.
Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi claimed men's 1500m Gold in convincing fashion beating American Leonel Manzano into Silver place while Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider the bronze.
Quietly confident Kimberly Rhode also notched up her second Gold medal of the Games in the Shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks. The 33-year-old became the first USA athlete to win individual medals at five different Olympic Games when she triumphed in the Skeet. She was one of three USA gold medallists, as Vincent Hancock made it a Skeet clean sweep with victory in the men's event, while Jamie Lynn Gray won the 50m Rifle 3 Positions.
Finally, in football, Brazil made short work of South Korea to secure their place in the Olympic final while Mexico dispatched Japan, who had seemed pretty strong in their other matches. Brazil and Mexico will now compete for the Gold. Both teams beat the losers by three goals. Finally, Russia's Ilya Zakharov ended China's Diving dominance as he claimed gold in the men's 3m Springboard.
DAY 11 PERFORMANCES
21 Gold medals were awarded in the following 11 sports:
*Athletics(4) (Ivan Ukhov, Russian federation; Sally Pearson, Australia; Taoufik Makhloufi, Algeria; Robert Harting, Germany)
*Cycling(3) (Chris Hoy, Great Britain; Laura trott, Great Britain; Anna Meares, Australia)
*Diving (Illya Zakharov, Russian Federation)
*Equestrian (Team GB)
*Gymnastics(4) (Feng Zhe, China; Linlin Deng, China; Epke Zonderland, Netherlands; Alexandra Reisman, USA)
*Sailing(2) (Dorian Van Rijsselberge, Netherlands; Marina Alabau Neira, Spain)
*Shooting (Kimberly Rhode, USA)
*Synch. Swimming (Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina, Russian Federation)
*Table Tennis (Team China)
*Weightlifting (Behdad Salimikordasiabi, Iran)
*Wrestling(2) (Kim Hyeonwoo, South Korea; Gholamreza Ghasem Rezaei, Iran)
DAY 11 MEDAL LEADERS
2. China 73 (30Gold, 17Silver 14Bronze)
1. United States 70 Total (28Gold, 14Silver,18Bronze)
3. Great Britain 48 (16 Gold, 11Silver, 10Bronze)
4. South Korea 23 (10Gold, 4Silver 6Bronze)
5. Russian Federation 48 (8Gold, 8Silver, 9Bronze)
(74 countries have won medals. 163 Gold medals of 302 available have now been decided.)
*Grenada and Guatemala have won their very first Gold and Silver medals, respectively.
For detailed results and LIVE viewings
BBC Sport (videos might not be accessible)
London2012.com (Great pictures)
Highlights of Day 12 Games
There are 16 gold medals up for grabs in all and most of the attention will be on Jamaican sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is looking to follow up her recent 100m success with another victory in the women's 200m. But it won't be easy sailing. She is likely to face stiff competition from USA's Carmelita Jeter and 400m gold medallist Sanya Richards-Ross, along with defending champion, Veronica Campbell-Brown. However, Allyson Felix, is the favourite to finally win gold after securing silver in the last two Olympic Games.
The finals of the women’s 400m Hurdles and the women’s Long Jump also feature in another spectacular evening of competition at the Olympic Stadium, while at Horse Guards Parade, the Beach Volleyball final (a competition that has been raising pulses in more ways than won!) should be very exciting.