It was the most explosive 10 minutes in the Olympic Stadium, probably of the entire summer. At 9.20pm, Great Britain's David Weir, two golds already in the bag, rounded the final bend of the 800m, stealing the lead in an unbelievably close race, crossing the line in first.
The crowd went wild, somewhere amid the bedlam, Britain's Dan Greaves produced a huge throw to storm into the lead in the F44 discus final. No one had even really noticed Jonnie Peacock emerge on to the track, with Pistorius, Oliveira and the others. But they noticed 10.9 seconds later, when he stormed down the track to win a historic gold in the most eagerly anticipated race of the entire Paralympics.
One man had cemented yet further his place as one of Great Britain's greatest-ever Paralympians and another had confirmed his place as a superstar in the making. The crowd chanted "Peacock! Peacock!" – the first time all summer an audible name has emerged from the roaring madness – in an atmosphere as charged as anything conjured up by Mo Farah or Jessica Ennis.
Peacock, just 19, has taken a second off his time in the past 12 months, breaking Oscar Pistorius's world record earlier this year, running 10.85 seconds. The record didn't quite go last night. The South African could only manage fourth.
"It's absolutely surreal," Peacock said afterwards. "This Games is definitely a legacy and to be a part of that is amazing."
"That was hard work, I had to dig deep, this one's for my kids tonight," David Weir said later. He will race in the marathon on Sunday, aiming for a fourth gold, but admitted he is "feeling tired". He has had an unbelievably gruelling schedule.
Hannah Cockroft, 20, won her second gold medal, this time in the T34 200m wheelchair racing category. She had gone more than a second faster than everyone else in qualifying and it showed as she crossed the line three or four metres clear of the rest. "Four years of training, constant dieting, eating well, good sleeping habits, and no partying. That's all going to change tonight," she said.
Local boy Ola Abidogun took advantage of the misfortune of Brazil's hot favourite Yohansson Nascimento in the T46 100m, who pulled up with an injured hamstring, to claim an unlikely bronze. Had he run as fast in the race as he did on an electrifying lap of honour, triggered by his name appearing in the third spot on the scoreboard, he may have fared even better.
Earlier, the golden girl of British Paralympic cycling stormed into the record books with a breathtaking performance in the road race at Brands Hatch. Sarah Storey, the Manchester cyclist who narrowly missed out on making Britain's Olympic team, wanted to make a bold statement on her last race and she did exactly that as soon as she left the start line.
In a piece of pure bravado she broke away immediately from the pack in the C4-5 time trial and finished a remarkable seven minutes ahead in a race that decimated her opponents and earned her the 11th gold of a remarkable career. Her tally cements her reputation as one of Britain's best Paralympians and means that she has now equalled the careers of wheelchair sprinter Tani Grey-Thompson and swimmer Dave Roberts. Only Mike Kenny, the Paralympic swimmer from the 1970s and 1980s, has more won sporting bling with 16 golds to his name.
"I just can't believe I pulled it off today," the beaming 34-year-old, who was born without a functioning left arm, told reporters. "The crowds around the course, and coming into the finish straight every single lap I wanted to be able to say thank you but obviously I had to keep my head down, make sure I made no mistakes."
What makes Storey so impressive is the variety of events that her gold medals come from. She began her career as a swimmer taking five golds, eight silvers and three bronzes between Atlanta and Athens. After 2004 she switched to cycling, winning two golds in Beijing and four in London.
Josef Craig, a 15-year-old budding swimming prodigy from South Shields, was left dumbfounded when he won his S7 400m freestyle heat and discovered he had smashed the world record. "I didn't even know what I'd done till it said world record," he said.
Britain's Beverly Jones also won bronze in the F37 discus.Reuse content