Britain was left buzzing on Wednesday after storming up the medal table to 11th with two golds, one silver and two bronzes.

The nation had started to get a bit jittery about the lack of gold medals, but it needn’t have.

The day got off to a brilliant start at Eton Dorney with Heather Stanning and Helen Glover zooming to a gold medal in the women’s pairs.

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Hull of an achievement: It's elation for Stanning and Glover

They finished by a clear length, crossing the line after 2000m of flat-out rowing with a time of 7:27.13.

Remarkably, Glover only picked up the sport four years ago when she was spotted through the Sporting Giants programme.

The Minerva Bath RC member said after the race: "If you work hard and try your best absolutely anything is possible."

Next it was the men's eight and Constantine Louloudis, Alex Partridge, James Foad, Tom Ransley, Ric Egington, Mo Sbihi, Greg Searle, Matt Langridge and cox Phelan Hill put in a seriously gutsy performance, winning bronze behind Canada and winners Germany.

The successes in the rowing made headlines across TV news programmes and internet newspapers, but attention soon turned in the afternoon to the men’s cycling time trial at Hampton Court, where Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome carried the expectation of a nation.

And they didn’t disappoint.

Chris Froome came second in the Tour de France with Wiggins winning the prestigious race.

And it was almost another British one-two.

Wiggins, still clearly in the same sort of form that won him the Tour, blasted through the course, clocked a time of 50:39 – and found himself on the highest point of the podium shortly afterwards.

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Making Britain proud: Wiggins is the king of the time trial

It was a sensational performance. And Chris Froome also did exceptionally well.

He came in third with 51:47, not an awful long way behind world champion Tony Martin from Germany, who earned silver with a time of 51:21.

Wiggins’ gold makes him officially the most successful British Olympian with seven medals - four gold, one silver and two bronze - beating Sir Steve Redgrave’s six.

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Wiggins and Froome show off their medals to the world's media

After the race, watched by a crowd of around 300,000 people, Wiggins said: “Vodka and tonic, I'll have a few of them tonight.”

Praise for Wiggins poured in afterwards with former England player and BBC sports presenter Gary Lineker describing him as “an absolute hero” on Twitter and Boris Johnson tweeting “what a day!”

In the evening it was the turn of the swimmers to vie for glory and again, they did the nation proud, with Glasgow’s Michael Jamieson breaking the British record in the 200m breaststroke final with a time of 2:08.20 to claim a very well-earned silver medal.

It took a world record from Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta to deny him the top gong.

Andrew Willis, meanwhile, finished in eight place.

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Michael Jamieson (left) wins silver alongside team mate Andrew Willis (right)

Speaking afterwards, Jamieson said: "What an amazing night.

"The crowd was absolutely unbelievable, I can only thank everyone again for all their support.

"It's been a pretty special week, I've done everything I wanted to."

Speaking of being the fourth medal winner of the day, Jamieson added: "It's been a good day for Team GB all round, and my team- mate Andrew has had another fantastic swim again tonight.

"It all bodes well for the future."

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  • Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins kisses his medal after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace, London. (Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.)

  • (L-R) Silver medallist Tony Martin of Germany, gold medallist Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and bronze medallist Christopher Froome of Great Britain celebrate during the victory ceremony after the Men's Individual Time Trial Road Cycling on day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain celebrate during the victory ceremony after the Men's Individual Time Trial Road Cycling on day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

  • Silver medallist Tony Martin (L) of Germany and gold medallist Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain celebrate during the victory ceremony after the Men's Individual Time Trial Road Cycling on day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

  • Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins (centre) poses with his gold medal after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial, with second placed Germany's Tony Martin and third placed Great Britain's Chris Froome (right) on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace, London. (Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.)

  • Britain's Bradley Wiggins celebrates after winning the gold medal at the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games men's individual time trial road cycling event in London on August 1, 2012. (Photo credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins sits on the throne as he celebrates winning the Men's Individual Time Trial on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace, London. (Photo credit: PA)

  • Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain celebrates during the victory ceremony after the Men's Individual Time Trial Road Cycling on day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins celebrates with his wife Cath after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace, London. Picture date: Wednesday August 1, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Cycling Road Women. (Photo credit: John Giles/PA Wire.)

  • Gold medalists Paul Manning, Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain celebrate after the Men's Team Pursuit Finals at the Laoshan Velodrome on Day 10 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 18, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

  • Gold medalists Paul Manning, Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain compete in the Men's Team Pursuit Finals at the Laoshan Velodrome on Day 10 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 18, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

  • Gold medalist Bradley Wiggins (L) and bronze medalist Steven Burke of Great Britain pose with their medals after finishing the Men's Individual Pursuit Finals at the Laoshan Velodrome on Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Track cyclist Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain holds his gold medal on the podium of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's individual pursuit final at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing on August 16, 2008. (Photo credit: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Track cyclist Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain poses after receiving the gold medal won in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's individual pursuit final at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing on August 16, 2008. (Photo credit: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • British Rob Hayles (R) and Bradley Wiggins celebrate their bronze medal at the awards ceremony of the men's madison final in the Olympic Velodrome at the Olympic Games in Athens, 25 August 2004. Australian Graeme Brown and Stuart O'Grady won the gold ahead of Swiss Franco Marvulli and Bruno Risi. (Photo credit: DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • (L-R) Bradley Wiggins, Steve Cummings, Paul Manning and Chris Newton of team Great Britain celebrate after receiving their silver medals in the men's track cycling team pursuit final against Australia on August 23, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Velodrome within the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece. (Photo credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain bites the gold medal he received in the men's track cycling individual pursuit event on August 21, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Velodrome within the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece. (Photo credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

  • (L-R) Brad McGee of Australia, silver medal, Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain, gold medal, and Sergi Escobar of Spain, bronze medal, stand on the podium with their medals after competing in the men's track cycling individual pursuit event on August 21, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Velodrome within the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece. (Photo credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

  • Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain displays the gold medal he received in the men's track cycling individual pursuit event on August 21, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Velodrome within the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece. (Photo credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

  • Briton Bradley Wiggins celebrates after winning the ogld medal at the end of the men's individual pursuit finals at the Athens velodrome during the cycling track competition at the 2004 Olympic Games, 21 August 2004. (Photo credit: MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Briton Bradley Wiggins bites his gold medal on the podium at the end of the men's individual pursuit finals at the Athens velodrome during the cycling track competition at the 2004 Olympic Games, 21 August 2004. (Photo credit: DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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