Scots tennis ace Andy Murray was crowned king of Wimbledon, claiming two Olympic medals, including a historic gold for his sensational victory over world No 1 Roger Federer.
The 25-year-old was buoyed by armies of supporters who packed into centre court, transforming the normally polite venue into a raucous sea of red, white and blue.
It was more Wembley than Wimbledon as Murray's matches were punctuated by chants, cheers, laughter and roars, while chants of "Andy, Andy, Andy" switched to "Team GB" during his mixed doubles final partnering Laura Robson.
The Scot from Dunblane, Perthshire, cemented his place as No1 in British fans' hearts as he stormed to a straight-sets victory – 6-2 6-1 6-4 – over Federer.
After a short break he landed to a silver medal in the mixed doubles with Robson, losing to Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Murray became the first Briton to win a men's singles gold medal since 1908.
From the moment Murray walked on to centre court, the partisan crowd welcomed him with thunderous applause and deafening cheers.
The celebrations were a far cry from a month ago, when Murray broke down in tears after he failed in his bid to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry.
But the support was no different this time - in fact the affection for Murray that started when he revealed his softer side has only increased.
Shouts and cheers accompanied each point, as well as chants of "Andy Andy Andy" as he battled Federer, and were asked several times to be quiet by the umpire.
After each set, Murray was given a standing ovation from fans.
He was also watched by London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge as well as mum Judy and girlfriend Kim Sears.
After his victory an emotional Murray sank to his knees before running to first embrace Kim, followed by other members of his 'Team Murray'.
More roars greeted the Scot as he returned to centre court for the medal ceremony as their hero draped himself in a Union flag.
Murray mania continued for the mixed doubles.
Fans were overjoyed to have witnessed a historic gold by the British No 1, as well as the hard-fought silver by him and Robson.
Joanne and James White, from Leeds, were in the crowd for both matches.
"What a day," said Mrs White, 29. "We've seen Andy Murray get two medals, and beat Roger Federer too.
"The atmosphere was amazing, absolutely amazing. I'll never forget this."
Loyal fans in Murray's home town had gathered in front of screens to watch him be crowned Olympic champion.
About 60 people in the Dunblane Centre burst into applause and leapt off their seats as Murray hit his winning ace.
Gemma Greer, centre manager, said: "People from the local area who have followed him for years were here today.
"You could have heard a pin drop before that last point, but as soon as he hit it the place erupted and the huge cheer here when he was presented with his gold medal was absolutely brilliant.
"We have always been very proud of him and today he has shown just what he is capable of."
First Minister Alex Salmond joined the messages of congratulations, calling his success an "epic achievement".
Scots Secretary Michael Moore was at Wimbledon to watch Murray win. He said: "It's difficult to think of a better conclusion to an astounding sporting weekend for Team GB."
Tennis coach Julie Gordon, of Glasgow's Western Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, said the Hyndland club had hosted a special Murray party for fans.
She said: "I think he was inspired by being part of a team rather than being alone and having the hopes of a nation placed on his shoulders, as he had at Wimbledon last month.
"This will be the confidence boost he needs to go on and work towards being the world No1."
Murray's achievement will be celebrated with a special stamp which went on sale at Post Offices today.
A traditional red postbox was also painted gold in Murray's honour in Dunblane High Street in his home town.
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