London: Great Britain’s leading newspapers were caught in a ‘photo-finish’ on Sunday night!
On a day when Andy Murray avenged his Wimbledon loss against Swiss legend Roger Federer with a straight sets win at Wimbledon for the London Olympics gold medal, Usain Bolt ran a barn-storming record-breaking sprint, clocking 9.63 seconds at the Olympic Park forcing editors to do a fine balancing act.
Britain’s tabloids and broadsheets chose different routes. While The Guardian chose Bolt on its front page over Murray, the top-selling The Sun, highlighted Murray, with the heading: “Game, Set and Match.”
The Guardian has done a round-up of how the national papers treated the two events. Here’s a quick look:
The Bolters: The Independent (Bolt blows away the competition), The Times (Still the fastest man alive), The Guardian (9.63 breathtaking seconds), Daily Mail (Unstoppable!),Daily Mirror (Wonder Bolt!), Daily Star (Usain goes like a train).
Murray mania: Daily Telegraph (Land of hope and glory, over a picture of a leaping Murray), The Sun (Games, set and match), Metro (Andy's gold and silver service) and the Daily Express (Sealed with a kiss... why Murray was in a hurry to get gold).
The fence-sitter: the Indy's sister, i, hedged its bets with a front that gave about equal weight to Bolt, Murray, sailing gold-winner Ben Ainslie and 400m metres silver medallist Christine Ohuruogo.
The champion and the apprentice:
Yohan Blake is the quintessential apprentice. Bolt’s training partner, who defeated the Jamaican star ahead of the London Games, was truly happy after finishing second in the 100m sprint on Sunday night. Blake clocked a personal best of 9.75.
Blake joined Bolt during the celebrations and both did a lap of honour with the Jamaican flag. Bolt ran his fingers on Blake’s curls and treated him like a bosom pal. Blake returned the gesture saying: "He is the fastest man in the world and I've got a silver medal. What more can I ask for? To be the second-fastest man in the world behind Bolt is an honour."