London 2012: Day 4 Results:
Riding the Silver waves
Team GB galloped home with a Silver medal in Equestrianism with the team of Mary King, William Fox-Pitt, Royal Zara Phillips, Nicola Wilson and Tina Cook. Proving age was no difficulty, Team GB triumphed to second behind Germany who took gold at the games.
Princess Anne presented the medals, one to her daughter, Zara in a touching moment of pride for the country and themselves.
Rowing saw the 4 man heats end with Great Britain in first while Switzerland and Netherlands came second and third, to qualify for finals.
Aquatics continued where history was made. Michael Phelps put on excellent play today, however shock saw him claim a silver medal in the Men’s 200m butterfly as Chad Le Clos of South Africa snared Gold by a whisker at 1.52.96, to Phelps’ 1.53.01. Japan entered a strong performance in third with Takeshi Matsuda in an honourable race.
An impressive race by both, taken by an emotional and well deserved Le Clos.
Phelps become the “most decorated Olympian” in history, after racing to gold in the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay for Team USA, after Ryan Lochte, who went on first, bridged the gap, giving them a lead of at least one person spacing, setting the standard. Yannick Agnel, of Team France, however, was highly impressive in the chase and caught up fast against Phelps, though was still slightly out from Team USA’s impressive race from all four men. Phelps and Agnel convalesced in the pool upon hearing the results.
Phelps is just short of 20 medals, at 19, with 15 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze, proving the standout Olympian of all our time.
Smiley beefcake, Australian James Magnussen qualified in the Men’s 100m Freestyle with a speedy 47.63 time, who swished his “sexy locks” as BBC commentators put it.
Women’s 200m Freestyle saw Allison Schmitt for America, set an Olympic record at 1.53.61 aswell as claiming gold. She even did it with her earrings on! Camille Muffat took silver while bronze went to Bronte Barratt.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke Semi’s saw Michael Jaimieson of the UK cross the line in first place with Clark Burckle in second to qualify. Team GB Andrew Willis took part in the second semi with a time of 2.08.47 behind Daniel Gyurta at 2.08.32.
Female Beach Volleyball
Italy defeated Great Britain 2 straight sets to nil, where GB put up a strong and competent effort. The atmosphere was electric and communal with all joining together.
Team GB qualified over Brazil 1-0 along with Team’s USA, New Zealand, France and Japan to the Semi Finals.
David Florence narrowly missed out in the C1 Canoe Slalom final finishing 10th failing to qualify after hitting a fence towards the end. Tony Estanguet, gold medallist for France from four years ago faced similar mishaps years ago, proving the unpredictability of the event.
On Tuesday Estanguet claimed his third gold Olympic medal with 97.06 seconds.
23 gates and two drops comprise the 300 metre course.
Ye Shiwen sent shockwaves on the day. Breaking her own world record in the 400m Women’s freestyle, one Team USA coach said it seemed “disturbing” and sparked a doping sensation debate, which most have dismissed as jealously. When we cannot fully comprehend a feat, it is human nature to dissect it apart to try and fathom a plausible explanation.
China are said to be outraged. A note to China – you know she didn’t dope, so why worry about someone else’s claims that it seems impossible? You know where you stand so forget the words and move forward with a proud nation and dust it off, rather than harbour someone else’s comments. Too much hardship is unnecessary to devote time to. Forget the words and you’ll be fine, these comments will always happen in sport at some point in a rare occurrence.
Shiwen put in an impressive swim at the remarkable age of only fifteen.
The games officials defended Shiwen’s stance. Doping seems to be thrown out of the, ahem, water.