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Ovation for Murray and host of 2012 gold medallists

Andy Murray applauds as he is acknowledged on Centre Court with the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winners.
by Sarah Edworthy
Saturday 29 June 2013

It is a gorgeous and wholly fitting blue-sky day to welcome some of the Team GB heroes to Super Saturday in SW19.

"A great bubble of positivity" is how Andy Murray recalls the Games atmosphere, describing how the camaraderie and the incredible crowd support brought out the best from all the athletes. So it was fun to see Centre Court action begin today with a moving montage of those high emotional moments – and then watch the athletes responsible in person taking their seats in the Royal Box. In case you’d popped to the kitchen to fix a jug of Pimm’s, and missed the moment when Sue Barker introduced the glittering guests in the Royal Box, here is the script (minus, I’m afraid, the musical and video accompaniment):

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Centre Court – and in keeping with tradition on this middle Saturday, the chairman of the All England Club Philip Brook has invited guests from the world of sport to the Royal Box.

The summer of 2012 was one that this country, and this city, will never forget. The Great British public whole-heartedly embraced the Olympics and Paralympics – and our athletes responded in record-breaking fashion, winning 63 gold medals over the course of both Games. And we’re delighted that some of those Olympic and Paralympic champions have joined us here today. 

We start in the ring, where Britain’s three golds made it our best Olympic performance since 1920. Please welcome the super-heavyweight who won Team GB’s final gold medal of the Games…

Anthony Joshua

There was no catching Britain’s cyclists last summer – and we’re honoured to be joined by some of those champions today.

Firstly, some of our Paralympic stars who ensured Great Britain topped the cycling medals table:

A rider who broke the world record on his way to gold in the tandem 1km time trial…

A cyclist who successfully retained his tandem sprint crown…

And a man who won his second Paralympic road race title at the Games…

Neil Fachie, Anthony Kappes and David Stone

Britain’s cyclists won seven of the 10 Olympic golds on offer at the Velodrome – and all seven are represented here on Centre Court…

A rider who helped the men’s team pursuiteers defend their Olympic title in a world-record time…

And the women’s team pursuiters who did the same, with one of them adding gold in the omnium for good measure…

We’re also joined by a rider who wrapped up her golden career in style with the Olympic keirin title…

And the sprinters who took home four golds between them, making one of them Britain’s most decorated Olympian of all-time...

Steven Burke, Dani King, Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton, Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy

Over at Greenwich Park, our equestrian team enjoyed their best-ever Olympics. Joining us today are the dressage stars who swept up both the individual and team golds, and one of our show jumping heroes, who won a nail-biting jump-off to snatch gold….

Laura Bechtolsheimer, Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester – whose birthday it is today – and Peter Charles

And it was another fabulous Games for our Paralympic riders, who won five golds to top the equestrian medals table. Please welcome…

Natasha Baker, Deborah Criddle, Lee Pearson, Sophie Wells, and triple gold medallist Sophie Christiansen

At London 2012, Britannia really did rule the waves. Today we’re delighted to be joined by…

A woman who only four years after taking up the sport was part of the duo that earned Great Britain’s first-ever Olympic female rowing gold…

Two scullers who surprised the world – and apparently even themselves – with success in the women’s lightweight doubles…

A duo who were part of the Paralympic gold-winning mixed coxless four…

A quartet who upheld Britain’s golden tradition in the coxless four…

And two women who had a nation rejoicing as a previously elusive gold went from dream to reality

Helen Glover,  Kat Copeland, Sophie Hosking, David Smith, Lily van den Broecke, Alex Gregory, Tom James, Peter Reed, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger

Now to the Olympic Stadium where Britain’s Paralympic athletes excelled…

In particular, a rugby player turned discus thrower who broke the world record three times on her way to gold…

Josie Pearson

And please welcome some more Paralympic champions…

A teenage swimmer who struck gold in the (S14) women’s 200m freestyle…

A backstroke specialist who set a world record in the (S7) men’s 100m to add Paralympic gold to his world and European titles…

A young man who swam to gold in the (SM8) men’s 200m individual medley… 

A woman who became Britain’s first-ever Paralympic sailing champion…

And an ace archer who hit her golden target of defending her Paralympic title

Jessica-Jane Applegate, Jonathan Fox, Oliver Hynd, Helena Lucas and Danielle Brown  

ARMED SERVICES

Playing a major role in the success of London 2012 were our armed services, many of whom also volunteer in their spare time to act as stewards here at The Championships. Today is Armed Forces Day, so please show your appreciation for all the work they do here and all around the world."  

Cue, standing and prolonged applause

ANDY MURRAY

"Now, have we forgotten anyone…?

How about this man? Twelve months ago there wasn’t a dry eye here on Centre Court as he narrowly missed out on becoming Wimbledon champion – a month later, he was back winning Olympic gold, followed by success at the US Open.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome… Andy Murray"

Enter a smartly suited and booted No.2 seed to take his place in the Royal Box. Cue, tears all round, ecstatic applause and another ovation.

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