After all that frustration, here, at last, was some release.
Luke Campbell has for at least three years carried the burden of expectation as Great Britain's most likely gold medallist in the boxing at these Olympics.
Bradley Wiggins is unique in British sporting history in that, every time he opens his mouth, you like him more. He is so good at cycling that it wouldn't matter if he didn't want to talk.
The Chinese Olympic badminton doubles champion Yu Yang has announced she is quitting the sport, hours after being disqualified from the Olympics for deliberately throwing a match. Beijing, meanwhile, has ordered its badminton team to apologise for the fiasco.
Great Britain has collected its first gold medal of the London Games after Heather Stanning and Helen Glover won the coxless pairs with a stunning performance that will spark a mass outpouring of celebration and relief across the country.
Where amateur sportsmen do the extraordinary, and the distinctly ordinary.
So the old question when a team win silver – does it represent success or failure? The British team came an honourable second to Germany as the eventing competition drew to a close under dark, oppressive skies at Greenwich, beating New Zealand into third place.
Andy Murray, in excellent touch and mood, is through to the third round, Laura Robson and Heather Watson are out after valiant efforts.
On a sultry night in Brazil the expectant supporters of Team GB finally had every excuse to go nuts.
By early Monday morning it was hard to know which was the more indelible image for the US on a Sunday that had brought so much disappointment in its first 23 hours.
In his first match since quitting the French Open nearly 10 weeks ago, Rafael Nadal showed no signs of discomfort in the torn tendons of his left wrist and was as imperious as ever in dismissing the world No43 Federico Delbonis in the first round of the 2016 Olympics tennis tournament.