David Cameron has hailed Team GB's record Olympic medal haul, saying it has delivered a "golden summer" for the whole country.
"This has really turned into a golden summer for Team GB and for the whole of the UK," the Prime Minister told reporters in Downing Street.
"Our athletes, both individually and as a team, can be incredibly proud of what they have achieved.
"The whole country can be very proud of putting on such and incredible set of Games and such a great show for the whole world."
The Prime Minister said his personal highlight had been watching British athletes win three gold medals on Saturday night in the Olympic Stadium, saying it was "a moment I am never going to forget".
"That is going to leave people with some very, very happy memories of things they have seen and done together," he said.
"We have shown the world the best face of Britain."
Mr Cameron paid tribute to former prime minister Sir John Major for setting up the national lottery, which had been a key source of funding for British sport.
He said: "The lottery has been a great boost to British sport and we must make sure that it on and is the case for the future."