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Never give up golds for Katherine Grainger and Victoria Pendleton

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Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins of Great Britain celebrate with their gold medals draped in a Union Jack during the medal ceremony. Image: Daily Record

Yesterday,

The rower Katherine Grainger took gold at the fourth attempt and Victoria Pendleton won cycling’s keirin on another night of passion in the velodrome.

. . .Katherine Grainger christened her prize “the people’s medal” and must have been prominent in David Cameron’s thoughts when he praised “the amount of dedication and team spirit” in the British ranks. These are the stories that keep millions under the Olympic spell: tales of lonely dedication, of fighting off the urge to quit, of catharsis in front of an understanding audience.

These tales turn minor sports into great human dramas, which the British public are devouring and drawing lessons from.

Meanwhile, Jessica Ennis made a wonderful start to her two-day campaign to win the heptathlon. Who wouldn't like a woman who smiles as she leaps over hurdles and breaks a world record?

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