Sebastian Coe hailed the extraordinary events in the Olympics yesterday as the greatest day of sport he has ever witnessed.
The London 2012 chairman said the gold medal feats of British athletes Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford in the Olympic Stadium made last night the defining moment of the Games - and surpassed the 'Cathy Freeman night' of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Coe said: "It was the greatest day of sport I have ever witnessed.
"I dreamt that we would have a night like that but not in my wildest dreams did I think that it would actually unfold in the way that it did.
"Up until last night I would have never have questioned that the greatest night was 'Magic Monday' in Sydney, the Cathy Freeman night.
"That night in Sydney was Haile Gebrselassie going toe to toe with [Paul] Tergat, Michael Johnson, Jonathan Edwards... that was an extraordinary night, and this did edge ahead of it.
"Particularly if you put it into the context of what else was going on in the Games from the earliest moments of rowing right the way through to the velodrome. There was a narrative yesterday of infectious success and it is a day none of us will ever forget."