Tom Pidcock was unable to contain his excitement after winning Team GB's third gold of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the mountain biking event.
The 21-year-old looked understandably awed on the podium as he collected his medal, and was brimming with energy as he spoke after his momentous victory:
"It's nothing like any other race. The Olympics just transcends any sport. You compete and represent your country and everyone in your country is behind you, no matter in what sports they like. It's just national pride, it's unbelievable."
Asked why he had attacked early, he added: "I'm always better when I take control myself. I take my own lines, my own speed. Once we started I was fine, all the nerves kind of went and I concentrated on the race.
"I'm happy this s***'s (the Olympic Games) only every four years because it's f****** stressful."
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Pidcock continued: "I know that my mum and girlfriend are crying at home. It's sad that they can't be here but I see them when I get home."
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."
The Leeds born cyclist took the lead midway through the race after Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel had crashed out dramatically, and never let anyone get too close.
Pidcock eventually won by a full 20 seconds, allowing him to unfurl a union jack flag as he tearfully crossed the finishing line.
He broke his collarbone in training just two months ago in training but resumed work on the bike just six days later, and trained in heated tents in order to prepare for the debilitating heat in Japan.
Pidcock becomes the youngest ever winner of the Olympic mountain biking as well as the first British athlete to medal in the sport, surpassing the fifth place earned by Liam Killen at Athens 2004.
The Olympic title adds to Pidcock's already impressive haul of under-23 world titles in cyclo-cross, mountain biking and road events.
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