It might very well end up being one of the defining images of the London Olympics — for British fans, certainly: Jessica Ennis, head tilted back, eyes closed, arms spread open, as she crossed the finish line in the 800 meters, the last event of the heptathlon, which she won for the host country's first 2012 gold medal in track and field.
She then lied on her back, chest heaving, covering her face.
Ennis went over to collect a red-white-and-blue Union Jack flag emblazoned with the prescient wording: "Jessica Ennis. London 2012. Olympic champion."
Ennis carried that flag like a cape for a prolonged victory lap, trailed by the other heptathletes, to a soundtrack of the Beatles' song "Twist and Shout." As she waved to roaring spectators, thousands of them waved right back and shook their own flags. Some took photos, the lights sparkling in the night.
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