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Sutton-on-Trent residents calls for BBC to replay London's 2012 Summer Olympics

A sports-loving resident is calling on the BBC to replay the 2012 Summer Olympics in a bid to return the feel-good factor to the nation.

More than 200 people have already signed Clare Laxton's petition, which is addressed to the director general of the BBC.

Clare, 36, of Sutton-on-Trent, said she decided to launch the petition after the postponement of the 2020 Olympics, which were due to be held in Tokyo.

Clare Laxton. (32500723)
Clare Laxton. (32500723)

"When that decision was made I had a few chats with my friends about how disappointing it was," said Clare, who is working from home and in need of her sporting fix.

"It was always a great time to sit down and watch non-stop sport for a couple of weeks, and with the football season over as well, it just feels like there is a lack of sport on television.

"The Olympics in 2012 was such a great time for sport and the country as well, so wouldn't it be great if we could relive that again?"

Clare Laxton and her husband at Silverstone. (32500719)
Clare Laxton and her husband at Silverstone. (32500719)

Great Britain finished third in the London games' medal table, winning 65 in total, 29 of which were gold.

The performance from the British athletes exceeded all expectations and the nation enjoyed a sporting boom because of its success.

"Sport is such a great thing to lift the nation's spirits and the Olympics is the pinnacle of that," said Clare.

"This isn't me disagreeing with the decision that was made (to postpone the Olympics) but it means we don't have that thing we can all look forward too."

Clare, a huge Formula One fan, suggested it would also be ideal to see other sporting programmes and events replayed to fill the void, such as Super Saturday ­— Team GB’s best day at the Olympics in 104 years.

The day started with success in the rowing as the men’s four of Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge won gold, before women’s double sculls pair Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking followed suit.

Cyclists Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell then saw off the US in the women’s team pursuit in the Velodrome.

In the Olympic Stadium, Jessica Ennis ­— who became a household name because of her success at the Games ­— then took gold in the heptathlon, Greg Rutherford was crowned long jump champion, and crowd favourite Mo Farah finished the record-breaking day of sport as he claimed gold in the 10,000metres.

You can sign Clare's petition here...

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