Andy Murray beat Roger Federer to win the Olympic gold medal in the men's singles final at Wimbledon.

The 25-year-old became the first Briton to triumph in the Olympic men's singles competition since 1908 with victory in straight sets on Centre Court.

Andy Murray
Murray is the first Briton to triumph in the men’s singles competition at the Games since 1908

The British number one defeated top seed Federer 6-2 6-1 6-4 on the Swiss' favourite surface to clinch the gold. Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro won bronze by beating world number two Novak Djokovic of Serbia 7-5 6-4 on Court 1.

Murray had previously contested four major finals - losing to Federer at the 2008 US Open, 2010 Australian Open and Wimbledon this year and Novak Djokovic at the 2011 Australian Open.

"I have lost some tough matches. I've had a lot of questions asked about me many times. I'm just glad I managed to put on a performance I've been waiting for. It was a huge match for me. It was a big match for Roger as well. I'm sure he would have wanted to win the gold - it's one of the few things he hasn't done in his singles career," the BBC quoted Murray as saying.

Andy Murray
Murray said the win will make him a better player

"To win today, in the way I did, makes those losses a little bit easier to take. It will help with the way I go into the [Grand Slam] matches and I hope it will make me a better player," he added.

The Scot missed out on the opportunity to win the double gold, after losing the mixed doubles final by the narrowest of margins to Belarus. The Scot and partner Laura Robson had to settle for silver after top seeds Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka beat them 2-6 6-3 10-8.

Andy Murray
Murray and Laura Robson won the mixed doubles silver

Murray's singles win was Great Britain's 16th gold medal and he and Robson also helped to take the nation's overall tally to 37 in what is becoming a hugely successful Games for the hosts.