After Super Saturday at London 2012, there was Magic Monday in Tokyo as British athletes won three gold medals in the space of a few hours.
Adam Peaty was Britain’s banker and did not disappoint, storming to victory in the 100 metres breaststroke to become the first British swimmer to retain an Olympic title.
The 26-year-old is unbeaten in seven years and now owns the 17 fastest times in history. He was as close to a sure thing as it is possible to get.
Peaty said: “It just means the world to me. I thought I had the best preparation but morning finals changed everything and threw that out of window.”
“I felt the pressure but I needed to put myself on edge. You can do whatever you want in your own pool but when it comes to being out here it’s not about a time.
“I was racing myself. It wasn’t about the time but the race.
“Thanks to the nation for being behind me for five years and my family and my beautiful boy.”
Peaty’s success turned into a gold rush in the afternoon in the Japan when divers Tom Daley and Matty Lee claimed a stunning victory in the 10-metre synchronised platform event, before 21-year-old Tom Pidcock dominated the men’s mountain bike race.
Daley made his Olympic debut back in 2008 aged only 14 and has been in the spotlight ever since, enduring the death of his father and biggest supporter Rob when still a teenager and then coming out in 2013.
He had two bronze medals to his name from London and Rio but, at the age of 27, has finally won the gold he coveted alongside debutant Lee, with the pair producing a stunning final dive to defeat the Chinese favourites.
“It’s kind of unbelievable. I’ve dreamt, as has Matty, since I started diving 20 years ago for this moment of becoming an Olympic champion,” said Daley.
“To take it to my fourth Olympic Games when I think a lot of people would have not considered it to be my peak Olympic Games, I thought I was going to win an Olympic gold medal in Rio and that turned out the complete opposite by a long shot.
“It was my husband [Dustin Lance Black] who said to me my story wasn’t finished and that my son or child, we didn’t know at the time, needed to be there to watch me win an Olympic gold medal.”
Lee said: “In 2018 I moved my whole life to London from Leeds, I had nothing really in London.
“Our aim was to get an Olympic medal and for it to go the way we wanted it to is awesome.
“I owe a lot to Tom because he has taught me a lot.”
Lee’s parents, Helen and Tim Lee, who could not travel to Tokyo due to COVID restrictions, invited friends and family over to watch him clinch gold with Daley.
They told Sky News that they had spoken to their son and that “he seemed like his normal self” and showed off his medal.
Pidcock is also an Olympic champion at the age of just 21 after a fearless display in Izu.
He started on the fourth row of the race but quickly got himself into the leading group and powered his way past the Swiss pair of Mathias Flueckiger and Nino Schurter to take control on the fourth of seven laps.
Flueckiger was the only man who could even remotely keep up, as Pidcock won by 20 seconds, even having time to snatch a Union Flag and hold it aloft as he crossed the line.
When asked how it felt to win gold, Pidcock told Eurosport: “Not real really. It’s pretty crazy that I became an Olympian and I was trying to tell myself at the start of the race it’s special just to be here.”
His victory comes less than two months after he suffered a broken collarbone in a training crash on the road.
Meanwhile, Alex Yee also earned a silver medal in the triathlon.
The 22-year-old from Lewisham, south London, moved into the lead during the run but could not prevent Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt from taking gold.
And there was heartbreak for Lauren Williams who narrowly missed out on gold in the 67kg taekwondo final.
Williams led by three points with 10 seconds to go but a late rally from Croatia’s Matea Jelic forced the Briton to settle for silver.
Disappointed, she said: “It’s not enough. I came here for a gold medal. I went out there to win and I tried my best. I’m very happy with how I performed and it’s just a shame about the end. I suppose an Olympic silver medal is not bad, is it?
“I want to say a massive thank you to the National Lottery for getting me out here and everyone at home.”
Prince William calls for improved online safety after coroner’s ruling in Molly Russell death
Prince William has called for improved online safety for children after a coroner ruled social media contributed to the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell.
The Prince of Wales said: “No parent should ever have to endure what Ian Russell and his family have been through. They have been so incredibly brave. Online safety for our children and young people needs to be a prerequisite, not an afterthought.”
The schoolgirl from Harrow, northwest London, was found dead in her bedroom after viewing content related to suicide, depression and anxiety online.
Andrew Walker, the coroner, said he did not “think it would be safe” to give suicide as her cause of death, instead opting for self-harm.
Giving his findings on Friday, he said: “Molly was at a transition period in her young life which made certain elements of communication difficult.”
She was “exposed to material that may have influenced her in a negative way and, in addition, what had started as a depression had become a more serious depressive illness”, he told North London Coroners Court.
Man, 40, arrested in connection with murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel
Detectives have made another arrest in connection with the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool.
The 40-year-old man from Dovecot was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender on Friday.
It comes a day after a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of her murder.
The arrest of the 40-year-old is the eleventh arrest in the investigation so far. He remains in custody at a police station for questioning.
The nine other people arrested during the investigation have all been released on bail and no one has been charged.
Olivia was shot dead in Dovecot on 22 August after a gunman entered her home at around 10pm while chasing his intended target.
The girl was struck in the chest after the gunman opened fire, while her mother was injured after being hit in the wrist by the same bullet.
Suspected remains linked to Moors murders being investigated by police
Suspected human remains have been found in the search for the final victim of the Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.
The remains were found by an author who had been researching the murder of Keith Bennett, a 12-year-old boy who went missing in 1964 and whose body has never been found.
His findings were reported to Greater Manchester Police (GMP), which confirmed it was investigating.
Martin Bottomley, its review officer, said the author had “discovered what he believes are potential human remains in a remote location on the Moors”.
He met with officers on Thursday afternoon to take them to the site of interest, which was assessed that night.
“This morning, specialist officers have begun initial exploration activity,” Mr Bottomley said.
“It is far too early to be certain whether human remains have been discovered and this is expected to take some time.”
Keith’s surviving brother has been told about the investigation, the force said.
It could be a major breakthrough in a case that has been open since the early 1960s.
The final, undiscovered, victim
Brady and his accomplice Hindley sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered five children over two years in the 1960s.
She died in prison in 2002 and he in 2017.
The bodies of four of their victims were found buried on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines, but Keith’s remains have never been found.
He was taken on 16 June 1964 after going to visit his grandmother.
Brady and Hindley’s other victims were Pauline Reade, 16, who disappeared on her way to a disco on 12 July 1963; John Kilbride, 12, who was snatched in November the same year; Lesley Ann Downey, 10, who was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964; and Edward Evans, 17, who was axed to death in October 1965.
Brady confessed to Keith’s murder, but claimed he could not remember where he was buried.
He died at Ashworth High-Security Hospital in Merseyside, where he had been imprisoned since 1985.
48 years fighting for justice
Keith’s mother, Winnie Johnson, spent her life tirelessly fighting for justice and the right to give her son a Christian burial.
The former hospital worker and mother of nine died of bowel cancer in 2012 without knowing what had happened to him.
Mrs Johnson, who was a single mother, made a final plea to Brady in the weeks before her death to tell her where her son’s body was.
Speaking after her death, her friend Pam Ayres said: “She never gave up, I expect to her dying breath she wouldn’t have given up. Certainly, with every bit of her spirit and her will, she wouldn’t rescind that power to those people who took him.”
John Ainley, the lawyer for Keith’s brother, Alan, said he had spoken to him about the development.
“My client is keeping an open mind on the latest report having regard to earlier such reports that have raised expectations but not resulted in finding Keith’s body.
“Naturally, the family are hoping that Keith has been found after all these years and their tireless efforts to find closure.
“I understand Greater Manchester Police are investigating a site of interest but that it will take some weeks to establish whether there is a connection with Keith.”
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