The Olympic stadium in London was packed, the excitement was palpable and the anticipation of what was to come was reaching sky-high levels for the partisan crowd of 80,000.
The action that ensued blew that all away.
In a stunning succession of events, the British track and field team took home three gold medals in front of an unbelieving crowd.
The roars came early, as expected, with British Heptathlete Jessica Ennis fulfilling her role as the golden girl of the Olympics.
The jubilation turned to madness when long jumper Greg Rutherford nailed two big jumps to separate himself from the field and give the fans a surprise second gold.
Finally, the stage was set for Mo Farah, himself maybe the most visible British track runner on the planet. Facing a "gold medal or bust" proposition, Farah kicked brilliantly to a rousing and emotional win in the 10,000-meter run.
The moments were made even more special by the stories behind these three athletes and the nature of their performances. With that in mind, let us take a closer look at each of Great Britain's golds that formed the greatest night in British athletics history.