London 2012: Day 11 Results

London 2012, Day 11:

Brit bookend’s sandwich Spain

The Brit Bros Alistair, and Jonathan Brownlee bolstered for gold and bronze on London’s streets, competing against one another, side by side.

Spain’s Javier Gomez sandwich himself in between both brothers to earn silver as Alistair, 24, took 1.46.25 to gain gold. Gomez had 1.46.36 as Jonny had twenty seconds behind on 1.46.56 in an impressive close knit ending. At one point Jonathan had to take a fifteen second time penalty in the sin bin, before eagerly aiming to resurrect his chances of a medal.

Brit bookend’s sandwich Spain

The 22 year old proved a testament at his placing as a result. He said: “Being on the podium was fantastic and thrilling. I wasn’t sure what to do. Should I smile? Should I sing? I was trying to absorb everything — the crowds, the anthem, two British flags rising into the sky.”

Running London lucratively

Laura Trott ,20, peddled to the medal for gold in the velodrome at the Omnium cycling event defeating Sarah Hammer of the US and Australia’s Annette Edmonson, 20.

The press have now all launched onto Laura, as the new poster girl of the cycling media. Congrats to her for success but media need to allow her distance instead of piling pressure onto her as the next cover star just to sell a few papers. Many young inspiring athletes have buckled under the pressure they did not ask for at such high volume.

Chris Hoy, 36, continued that tradition in the Men’s Kirin race as he stormed home to cross the finish line for gold instead of Maximilian Levy in a close call, taking silver. Hoy hails as Britain’s most successful Olympian.

Bronze seemingly went to New Zealand (Simon Van Velthoven) until a challenge from the Netherlands rider (Teun Mulder), where cameras could not see as blocked by being behind the second rider, discrediting the officials and camera angles in place. None were on the other side in a pitiful decision. As one contested the scores, officials played safe and gave both a medal to avoid national outrage. Obviously, medals can’t be won by debating alone, surely? Can I have one?

Victoria Pendleton’s last race ended in controversy also. Seemingly first and crossing the line in first place, closely chased by rival Anna Meares of Australia, Pendleton became disqualified in the female Omni race as she came slightly out of her red and black inline markings on the course.

Anna Meares on the chase, choose to ride extremely close to Pendleton which dug her elbows into Victoria forcing her off balance to move out slightly in some dirty play by Meares, which gained her the gold medal by DQ. Meares lost her credibility as a performer for such unnecessary need to win dirty. many still call for the DQ on Meares from Cycling officials, which highly embarrasses the sport by allowing the decision to stand rather than revoke foul play for honourability.

Pendleton was remarkable graceful and bowed out with an honourable silver. Guo Shuang claimed bronze.

Silver Siren Vickie Pendleton waves a British flag in appreciation

The decision is clear, officials are too easy and scared of debating controversy that the reward contested decisions to anyone. If a rival elbows you in the race that is means of disqualification as well as riding too close to cause injury. The rules are flawed and need to be re-written securely instead of changed every year when some hack has a brainwave of “We should do this…”

At the Men’s Beach Volleyball Brazil V Latvia was underway, where more empty seats were shining out from the crowd, despite Seb Coe (who was seated in the velodrome) and officials claimed tickets were being re-sold and available, then sold out, while no uploads on the website occurred, until announced yesterday it will be at 7pm in another bundle of mismanagement in catastrophic volumes of disgruntled people aiming to acquire tickets, still at a highly ‘affordable’ price tag for a country with millions on benefits.

Brazil won 2-0 and advance to finals with Germany who beat their opponents Netherlands, also at 2-0.

Wrestling

Ghasem Gholamreza Rezai of Iran grappled for gold, defeating Russian Rustam Totrov for the 96kg Greco –Roman honour of gold. Swede Jimmy Alexander Ridberg earned bronze in an emotional play.

Podium medalists

Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia delivered a near perfect bout with Turkey’s Lidem where he tired him out with a german suplex variation to earn a second point, tipping the scales to win the challenge and advance to the Bronze medal standings, he shared with Sweden, as above.

Iran’s coach suplexed the winner in celebration

Equestrian, Dressage

Team GB won gold in the dressage with three man team, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin as Germany fell short with silver.

Windsurfing

Nick Dempsey surfed to silver for Britain over in Weymouth. Przemyslaw Miarczynski of Poland swayed to bronze. Dorian van Rijsselberge of Netherlands took the gold for a clean sweep.

Silver surfer on his throne

The Men’s 3m Springboard provided interest, despair and dodgy markings.

Ilya Zakharov of Russia won gold in an unpredictal and deserved effort. Qin Kai took silver for China as He Chong, highly unappreciative, claimed bronze.

Troy Dumais and Ethan Warren for USA and Australia proved strong competition, though received lower scores down the table when debatefully should have been higher. Some dives performed almost apparent and similar to Qin Kai were marked lower, yet when Kai did one or two dives similar or a fraction of worse in plunging the water, gained higher than them in marking, sparking mass debate on the bias potentially involved.

Pufferfish didn’t flounder

Patrick Hausdnig came out of nowhere in the final stages to rise to fourth, pushing Dumais, 32, to fifth. Age may also have proved a factor in bigotry.

Javier Iilana Garcia started well until a string of awkward dives in desperation to reform stride fell short.

Mexico had a similar issue with Yahel Castillo Huerta, who gave excellent dives early on and remained a contender until the ending rounds falling to sixth overall, with Warren at seventh.

Chris Mears of Great Britain had some awkward attempts, however held his own and performed a near perfect dive towards the end earning 8.5 and 9.0’s which deserved at least 9’s or 9.5’s as did He Chong on his final perfect dive. Mears finished in ninth.

Kai’s final dive was awakward on entry and received high 9’s across the board.

Dumais and Warren held valid levels of ripened maturity which should have been higher marked and in the top 3-4 for Dumais and 5-6 for Warren, clouding the judgement on the Olympic panel and the backstage politics involved.

Warren held some impressive dives despite only 20 years old.

The last thing needed is a “Eurovision Song Contest” in the Olympics.

Women’s Gymnastics saw the floor exercise finals spring Alexandra Raisman to a score of 15.600 earning gold in the process. Catalina Ponor and Aliya Mustafina of Romania and Russia respectively, earned silver and bronze.

Raisman also picked up a bronze in the Women’s Beam earning a double whammy of medals, as Lu Sui took Silver and Linlin Deng were separated by one hundred points as Deng took gold for China at a score of 15.600 where Sui held silver.

Stamped her mark on the beam for 2012

Zhe Feng continued China’s success in the Men’s Parallel Bars in first for gold at 15.966. Marcel Nguyen narrowly missed out in a tight score of 15.800 to earn silver, while Hamilton Sabot proved a stronghold at 15.566 to wrest a bronze victory in a competent effort.

Up-side down…

Boy you turn me…

Epke Zonderland (Netherlands) held a 16.533 launching himself into his own wonder world with a gold medal for his efforts in the Men’s Horizontal Bar. Fabian Hambuchen took silver for Germany and Kai Zou picked up bronze for China. Danell Leyva (US) entered fifth in a notable performance, as the Gymnastic events finally ended for 2012 Olympia.

London 2012, Day 9 Results

London 2012, Day 9:

Ailing to ascension

Ben Ainslie silenced his previous opponents from Denmark and Netherlands swishing past to first capturing the gold medal on offer, in the Sailing Finn event. Jonas Hogh-Christensen bagged silver for Denmark as Jonathan Lobert C’est finn-y(ed) for France earning bronze.

Tennis

Andy Murray managed to knock off Roger Federer at the Wimbledon grounds today in the finals to raise the gold medal in tennis for Team GB. Federer took silver.

Someone came third, but no one seemed to care, media wise. Argentina won, in case you were wondering.

Murray had roughly thirty mins or more to rest before double duty, in the mixed doubles with Robson against Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus. Murray and Robson lost and took silver, as their opponents held gold.

Serena and Venus reunited to win gold and dominate the Olympics once more.

Gymnastics

Woh! Long legs!

Back at the Gym events the Pommel Horse finals were scheduled, seeing Louis Smith tie in first place with 16.066. Smith was denied gold but claimed silver instead due to execution scores being slightly lower than rival Krizstian Berki. Max Whitlock, 19, also took bronze for Britian in another sterling display on the apparatus.

Duchess of Cambridge was in attendance to support one and all

Gym floor Men’s gym floor exercise

Zou Kai flew to first for China in the ground work, as Kochei Uchimura romped home with another medal, this time with silver for Japan. Denis Ablyazin of Russia proved a force once again, claiming the bronze.

Women’s Boxing Natasha Jonas, 28, defeated prominent ‘Queen’ Underwood of Team USA to pass quarter final stages, after Women’s Boxing was non-existent until now for Britain, adding a touch of equality already causing healthy debate.

My niche field of sports journalism, one not many can cover at all, Wrestling (see below for event details) began today. Looking for tickets well before and leading up to the games were over expensive at near £300 for a “rubbish seat” two days ago, the 48 hour scheme in place, offered no tickets and yet, on the day, numerous seats were empty. Even the media space was highly abandoned, with minimal international reporters. I pray for the rest of the week being a dismal turnout of despair, as it will be.

Awash with more empty seats, yet website continues to say sold out time again

The majority of the crowd, who gained discounted tickets at the last minute, weren’t even interested nor care for the sport. The process is flawed, and a mass disgrace to the sport and the officials in charge. Surely it makes credible sense to enforce not only a Brit, but someone with that eye to be there to report or experience to encourage others who have no knowledge of the sport.

Great Britain have shambolically entered ONE wrestler, and a female only. Need I say any more?

It is also interesting to see the BBC and The Sun tabloid newspaper loot numerous sayings or wording from the writer, whilst being unable to offer an opportunity, nor exposure from this worldwide outreach to promote the games on this platform. I’m still available for hire. Is it that difficult for the BBC, when they constantly feed my script to their presenters? Hmmm.

If a journalist needs to loot from someone else for free, then the journalism is proof alone that they have no integrity to reporting nor dignity.

Athletics

U(in)sain Bolt blitzes own record once more, Keep Up!

Usain Bolt blitzed his own record in the 100m. The Jamaican sprinter added 9.63 to his repertoire as the newest record break his own previously held as Yohan Blake from Jamaica also joined his at 9.75 to earn silver in a comfortable second.

Bolt even won a gold mascot trophy too!

Oscar Pistorius’s took to the stadium despite his amputeed setback. Not wishing to be classed as an exception, Oscar strode out in his carbon fibre in a hearty effort, respected by all.

Marathon

Tipping the velvet

Tiki Gelana, 24, of Ethiopia won gold at the marathon, whilst breaking a world record in addition. She crossed the line down London’s Pall Mall strip in 2(hours).23.07 followed by Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo and Russian Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova to all earn the three top medals in play. Brit Paula Radcliffe abdicated her position days beforehand due to unfortunate injury.

Omnislash

Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark rode to gold with 27 points in the velodrome above Bryan Coquard on 29 and Edward Clancy at 30 points. Clancy of GB brought back a bronze as France claimed silver in a sturdy attempt at the Omnium cycle.

Women’s Handball

France, Spain Brazil, Korea and Croatia kept their eyes on the ball advancing forward in the games. Montenegro and Russia drew their match and therefore both advance. Croatia crushed GB.

Volleyball

Brazil, US, China, Russia, Dominican Republic and Japan (who dropped Great Britian) have headed on to the next day of competition.

Beach Volleyball

Brazil, the US (with two sets of teams) and China advance to the next event after quarterfinals.

Women’s waterpolo finished its quarterfinals as Spain defeated GB as they join the United States, Australia and Hungary further on in the completion.

Men’s Hockey proves ever fruitful as GB have impressed beyond initial doubts as strong opponents where Spain, Netherlands, Korea, Pakistan and Australia, who Great Britain drew with all ascend.

Wrestling, Greco-Roman

Roman Vlasov defeated Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia to earn Russia the gold in the Men’s 74kg Greco-Roman bout, after tension from Christophe Guenot, whom almost secluded him in the final seconds of the match up, which Vlasov evaded swiftly to secure the next round. The 21 year old sprang across with a flexible somersault, saluting the raucous crowd atop his trainer’s shoulders. Speaking of his outing in London he stated – “I still can’t quite believe it, “It’s just wonderful.”

Five time world champion, Hamid Soryan Reihanpour hailing from Iran stormed to the 55kg with a victory over Rovshan Bayramov, who seemed impressive in early stages for Azerbaijan to lift the gold.

Greco-Roman consists of competitors using only their upper body and arms in order to gain victory over their adversary.