Mo Farah became the first Briton to win Olympic 10,000m gold with a tremendous victory in the Olympic Stadium.
The 29-year-old won in a time of 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds.
Farah's triumph ended a run of four successive Ethiopian wins and stopped Kenenisa Bekele from winning a third consecutive title.
Mike McLeod was the last Briton to win a 10,000m medal with silver in 1984.
The gold is Farah's first Olympic medal in his second Games - four years ago in Beijing, he failed to qualify for the 5,000m final.
In the intervening years he has shown his pedigree over the long-distance races on the track, winning the 10,000m and 5,000m double at the 2010 European Championship.
He then went on to become world 5,000m world champion in Daegu last year and finished second in the 10,000m.