London 2012: Day 3, How Japan stole
a medal from two countries
Day 3 was sensationally plunged into controversy. The evening’s proceedings of Men’s Artisic Gymnastics began humbly where a fair sporting event was commencing.
Japan’s Koji Yamamuro scored 14.033 on the Vault after having a clear mass stumble falling onto his knees and legs after taking to the air, hurting his legs in the process.
It would be this decision that Japan appealed. China clearly sailed into first, though second were Great Britain and third the Ukraine, who came up from below the board.
After ten minutes of deliberating, Japan were granted their appeal and bumped into second place, where GB were pushed to third and bronze slipped from Ukraine’s grasp.
Many believed the decision to grant the appeal unjustified and felt the officials gave it to Japan to avoid any media coverage negatively from Japan. Some Twitter users stated “ At least team GB can accept their medals with honour” “Ukraine being men about it, instead of kicking up a stink and walking away.” One also said “Japan’s victory will always be tainted.”
While it was an easy decision to force GB to third, to protect any negativety from Japan, officals, knowing GB would be graceful and accept it, as Ukraine did also, is no excuse for allowing this to happen and be swept under the carpet. The games have once again been shrouded in controversy. An official of the games needs to step in and revoke the decision asap as this is the right process (and possibly remove the judging panel of the Gymnastics.)
Alas, Britain gained a bronze, for which they were gracious of, which had not seen a medal for the country in a century.
Team GB put on an excellent display with Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis, Sam Oakley and Kristian Thomas.
Thomas became one of the standout forced instrumental for the team, classed as too big for the rings, had control, performed an excellent hangar legs out hold, with added choreography that seemed well performed, with a near perfect landing.
Max Whitlock, on the pommel horse, also performer well, with a leg wave finish in a perfect poise.
Gael Da Silva and Pierre Yves Beny of France, also had good vaults, though didn’t gain enough overall scores to raise from the lower ranks of the board. Hamilton Sabot of France and at least one member, if not more added to eye candy for all fans watching.
Daniel Keatings for Team GB was respected by the team, thanking him for being reserve.
Royalty also came to view the feat of centuries, with Princes William and Harry in attendance.
Swimming continued on,with shock in the 200m Men’s butterfly. In a tense swim, Phelps, came in third before the last leg of the race where he dominated once more and torpedoed through the stream to finish first. No-one knows how he does it, but an excellent proof of athletism.
Sparring partner Ryan Lochte, however, didn’t make the podium after France’s Yannick Agnel to first place in the 200m freestyle. Agnel previously defeat him one day prior in the 400m freestyle event.
Kate Walsh for Team GB’s Hockey suffered devastating injury, needing emergency surgery. She may return for Thursday.
Paula Radcliffe had to step down from the marathon run for the Olympics due to injury.
Tom Daley and Peter Whitefield put on a strong effort, but landed short of the medals table for Men’s synchronised diving. (See other post for further details.)
Prime Minister David Cameron also watched the event from the crowd.
The empty seats continued to define the games, where some returned spaces went on sale, which most of the country did not know about, therefore missing once more. Other claimed they are still too overpriced to venture out for. Sponsors only gained 8% of tickets, though receive most of the blame for this void in stadium space, mostly at the North Greenwich arena for today’s Gymnastics, and some in the Aquatic center in East London once more. See Day 1 Results on how to solve this issue.