Birmingham has struck gold in the RHS Britain in Bloom awards.
Floral finery, including Olympic-themed wicker athletes, caught the eye of judges who awarded it the top medal in the best large city category.
City council park staff Lee Southall and Stuart Unwin created the athletes in tribute to the Jamaica and USA teams which trained in the city ahead of the Olympic Games.
The Usain Bolt figure, in his iconic pose – although in reverse – stands outside the Council House in Victoria Square.
Other figures include sprinters in Old Square and in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral, a blade runner at Snow Hill, a weightlifter at Colmore Square, a fencer at the Mailbox and a gymnast in Victoria Square.
Lee Southall and Stuart Unwin created the athletes in tribute to the Jamaica and USA teams training in the city for the London 2012 games.
Fellow parks worker Darren Share said: “Every year we do a floral trail in the city centre, and this year with the Olympics we wanted to do something a bit different.
“We wanted to celebrate the games and the fact that Birmingham hosted the American and Jamaican teams.”
Royal Horticultural Society Judge Rae Beckwith said: “Birmingham can be proud of its committed politicians, staff team and community.
“As a city you have adopted a prescription that, in these challenging times for local authorities, bucks all trends and indicates how high standard services can be maintained against all odds and expectations.
“Congratulations on maintaining and improving your horticultural standards, your environmental quality and your community development, where you are creating an excellent framework for participation and involvement. These initiatives can only further enhance Birmingham.
“And, of course, the use of willow and links with the presence of the Jamaican and US Olympic teams was a bolt of brilliance.”
There was more good news for Birmingham, as Kings Heath picked up a silver gilt award for ‘urban community’ thanks to the floral displays and town centre facelift carried out over the last 12 months.
More than 1,200 communities, from big cities to country villages, had entered this year’s competition.
The awards ceremony, presented by The One Show host Matt Baker, took place at St Peter Port on the Channel Island of Guernsey.