Jade Jones winning Olympic gold in the Taekwondo and then throwing her headguard in the air has been voted the most memorable moment of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in a poll carried out by BT, the official communications services partner of the Games.
Jones’ victory narrowly edged out Mo Farah’s second gold in the 5,000 metres in the Olympic Stadium and Super Saturday – when Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah all won gold – to take top spot.
People voted on Twitter and through the BT website in the national BT Moments poll.
The campaign was launched by Paralympic champion and BT ambassador Oscar Pistorius in front of guests at the BT British Olympic Ball, including Olympians, Paralympians, London 2012 stakeholders and media. Pistorius’ victory in the T44 400 metres in the Paralympic Games featured in the top 10.
During the voting process, the BT Moments campaign received support from top Olympians and sporting superstars, including footballer Fabrice Muamba, Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley and Olympic legends Sir Steve Redgrave and Denise Lewis.
The ultimate top 10 moments, as voted for by the British public, are:
- Jade Jones winning gold in taekwondo and throwing her head guard in the air. The 19-year-old was the first-ever British taekwondo athlete to win Olympic gold.
- Mo Farah winning his second gold in the 5,000m in the Olympic Stadium.
- Super Saturday – Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all winning gold in the space of 40 minutes on Saturday 4th August.
- GB women’s football team beating tournament favourites Brazil 1-0 in front of 70,000 people at Wembley, the biggest ever crowd for a women’s game in Britain.
- GB women’s hockey team winning bronze at the Riverbank Arena, the first GB medal in women’s hockey at the Olympics for 20 years.
- Beth Tweddle winning bronze in the uneven bars.
- Anthony Ogogo winning bronze in the middleweight boxing.
- The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
- Gemma Gibbons mouthing “I love you, mum” after winning her judo semi-final bout.
- Oscar Pistorius taking gold in the T44 400 metres and Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins winning Olympic gold in the double sculls.