In praise of the gold medal winners from Team GB
A is for Ainslie, who sailed to gold in the Finn.
For the greatest of sailors, this was a fifth medal win.
B is for Burke, Clancy, Thomas and Kennaugh;
Won the men’s team pursuit with a world record score.
C is for Copeland and Hosking, the scullers.
In the women’s lightweight double, they beat all the others.
D is for Dani King, Jo Roswell and Laura Trott.
In women’s team pursuit, they were best of the lot.
E is for Ennis, who won the hepthahlon.
Across the seven events, she was number one.
F is for Farah, who won the 5k and 10k.
When it came to fast finishes, Mo led the way.
G is for Grainger and Watkins, both scullers too.
They proved themselves best heavyweight women’s crew.
H is for Hindes, for Hoy and for Kenny.
Their team sprint was the best, ahead of so many.
I is for the individual dressage,
Where Charlotte Dujardin proved that she was well in charge.
J is for Jade Jones, who put on a show,
Kicking her way to victory in the taekwondo.
K is for Kenny, who also cycled alone,
So was best sprinter in a team, and on his own.
L is for Lake Dorney, the boating race track,
Where Ed McKeever was the fastest, in his kayak.
M is for Murray, the tennis singles champion.
At last our Andy has won at Wimbledon.
N is for Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Pete Charles and Scott Brash.
They showed how to jump horses with a touch of panache.
O is for omnium, the cycling compendium,
In which Laura Trott prevailed as the champion.
P is for Peter Wilson, the master of shotguns.
He won the men’s double trap, by shooting many clay pigeons.
Q is for quadruple, and boats with four men on the go.
Reed, James, Triggs-Hodge and Gregory made it four British wins in a row!
R is for Rutherford, who deserved the crowd’s cheers;
The first Brit to win long jump in nearly fifty years.
S is for Stanning and Glover, who rowed perfectly.
They took the first 2012 gold for Team GB.
T is for Tom Bailie, and Etienne Stott.
In the canoe slalom, they showed what they’ve got.
U is for Uthopia, Valegro and Alf, three horses that win,
When ridden in dressage by Bechtolsheimer, Hester and Dujardin.
V is for great cyclist Victoria Pendleton,
Who these games prevailed in the women’s keirin.
W is for Wiggins, who won the road time trial,
After conquering France, and with quite some style.
X is for ExCel, which saw all the blows in the boxing,
Where Campbell, Adam and Joshua crossed all opposition.
Y is for Yorkshire, the white rose county,
Home of many a medallist, like the triathletes Brownlee.
Z is for zero, because none could get past him,
Chris Hoy made it six golds, when he won in the keirin.
All Britain’s Olympians made the country so proud,
They deserved the cheers of their home crowd.
Let them bask in the glory, and take all the plaudits.
They did so well, but all Brits feel rewarded.