The heptathlete withdrew from the Games after a painful injury returned during a 200m sprint.
"The low moments have helped me come back and look at myself. This has been my dream."
I'd argue that Ennis' gold was the biggest of the games. The most emotional, though Mo Farah's double was a close second. However Ennis was first. Her gold seemed to be the one which took hold of the nation and lifted it to new heights.
Something strange is happening in the world of sport. The all consuming monoculture of football appears to be losing it tyranical hold over the backpages