London 2012 began its handover of the closing ceremony with a jam packed concert flowing from decades to showcase Great Britain’s best in the musical spectrum.
London 2012 began its handover of the closing ceremony with a jam packed concert flowing from decades to showcase Great Britain’s best in the musical spectrum.
Jacob Stephen Varner victoriously vanquished competition on the last day of the Olympics undoing Ukraine’s Valerii Andriitsev 3-0 to win the freestyle 96kg. George Gogshelidze of Gerogia shared bronze with Azerbaijan’s Khetag Gazyumov.
Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu maintained Japan’s honour with wrestling to win the 66kg freestyle frucous besting India’s notorious opponent Sushil Kumar Sushil Kumar. Kumar was the one to beat. Livan Lopez Azcuy acquired the bronze medal, sharing with Akzhurek Tanatarov.
Mountain Bike Men’s cross country
Czech Republic passed the check point with Jaroslav Kulhavy at 1.29.07 to motion through to gold medal achievement. Nino Schurter brought silver home to Switzerland one second out as third was Italian Marco Aurelio Fontana in at 1.29.32 for bronze.
Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda raced through to steadily secured gold, leaving opposition in Abel Kirui pass 26 seconds later to gain the silver for Kenya. Fellow countryman Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich of Kenya took the bronze.
Croatia blitzed Italy 8-6 in the water to gain gold at the games, leaving the Italians to shimmy swimmy to seal silver. Serbia netted the bronze after a close contest from Montenegro at 12-11 to maintain third place Poseidon, oops, possession. Early favourites Hungary entered fifth.
Anthony Joshua defeated Italian Roberto Cammarelle after both accumulating 18 points each. Joshua won the gold for Great Britain in the Super Heavyweight +91kg weighting.
Egor Mekhontcev also won his Light Heavywight 81kg challenge over Kazikhtsani Adilbek Niyazymbetov after both also drew on 15 points.
Brit boxer Freddie Evans lost to Serik Sapiyev 17-9 in favour of the Kazakhstani winning the 69kg Welterweight 69kg final. Evans smashed to silver instead in another proud a victory for Team GB.
Vasyl Lomachenko won the 60kg lightweight final for Ukraine over Japanese Soonchul Han 19-9.
Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba clobbered Tugstsogt Nyambayar 17-14 to grab the gold in the Flyweight 52kg grouping.
Gold was snapped by the French team in a frivolous encounter on tenderhooks as France won 22-21 over Sweden, taking sweet silver. Croatia defeated Hungary 33-26 in another thrilling encounter for the sport.
Russia silenced Brazil 3-2 to lift the gold as Italy toppled Bulgaria 3-1.
Laura Asadauskaite lavished in gold for Lithuania winning the Women’s version. Samantha Murray comfortably secured silver for Britain on its final Olympic day while Yane Marques won bronze for Brazil.
The United States naturally hula hoopla-d 107 points to run a gold ring around them for first medal place. They defeated Spain who took silver instead on 100 points. Russia gained bronze with 81-77 over Argentina.
Even the Guv’nor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined London Mayor Boris Johnson to watch the games.
Russia’s rhythm continued on to gain gold pushing Belarus into second. Italy won in third for bronze.
Day 16 ended the London 2012 games. We shall have the closing ceremony on here tomorrow for you, but until then, catch up on any missed days, and if you enjoyed our humble abode, stay with us for more contrasting and debatable issues in the future.
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Thank You for all looking in and hopefully you enjoyed London 2012 for the heart and crowd appreciation, as well as the athletes themselves in what was a truly remarkable pool of talent and sporting prowess.
Diving, 10m Platform
It was encouraging to see FINA take our concerns seriously, as markings seemed to change credibly, however the question would be how long would it be maintained for?
Round 1 of the dives were very accurate, as Riley McCormack of Canada launched the proceedings, with a 3.0 difficulty earning a valid 8.5 score. Cuban Jose Antonio Guerra also gained an 8.5 score with the same difficulty, which was slightly worse when legs entered the water swivelled to the left.
The majority of the dives were consistent, though when Tom Daley dived for Team GB, cameras in the audience were flashed by anticipating fans which caused a distraction. The flash photography, which is banned when performers are diving caused Tom and the coach to ask for a re-dive. The official rightfully agreed, and an announcement to the audience was conducted.
Is nothing sacred? You are there in the aquatic center witnessing the action live, be grateful to have that, there is no need to take pictures as well as the disgracious abundance to break rules costing all the competition for any competitor. Should throw them out next time.
Daley, David Boudia and Martin Wolfram ended the round highly, with the Chinese competitors, Lin Yue and Qiu Bo.
Round two had competent dives until the last three diver’s caused a mix. David Boudia earned 9.0 which should have had 9.5 as an excellent dive came through, with a minimal glitch not enough to be a 10. Lin Yue earned 9.5 which was at least a 9.0 with curving’s towards fall in, creating bubbles underneath, and Qiu Bo’s legs were way off into the water entry with them arched over, and gained a 9.0 which should have seen 8.5 minimal.
Oleksandr Bondar fell back onto his ankles in round three rolling back onto the water with his feet on entry and scored two 7.5’s and an 8.0 which should have been 7.0 – 7.5.
Sascha Klein was unfortunate with some flapjack, saucepan arched legs at a 3.5 difficulty earning 6 and 6.5’s in a trying attempt.
Victor Minibaev was way too out and diagonally extended when flying down to the water which was marked at a disbelievable 9.0 which was a roughly 8.0 score.
Tom Daley performed a tougher difficulty at 3.5 than Minibaev at 3.3 with a slight arch, which should have had 9.5 instead of 8.5 and two 9.0’s.
Boudia dived to 9.0’s in a near perfect splash, which should have been 9.5.
Lin Yue entered diagonally to gain 8.5 as Bo had flung his legs and had awkward backward entry as well as his head too close to the board which usually results in a penalty which the judges “missed.” Clearly we can say they missed it in the spur of the moment as an excuse, though was clear violation that they saw it and chose not to reprimand. Disgraceful. Bo scored two 9.5’s and one 9.0.
Round four Nicholas McCrory scored an 8.0 which should have been roughly 7.5 after a mass sviwel bend entry.
Daley had a very good dive into the water scoring two 9’s and one 8.5 which should have seen 9.5’s.
Lin Yue had a disastrous drop which was rightfully marked at 6.0’s and 6.5. Qiu Bo entered the water with a coathanger legged mess which scored 9.0 and two 8.5’s which should have amounted to 8.0’s.
Round five had a great dive from Mexican Ivan Garcia Navarro earning 9.0’s, though Bondar paused in the air and hyper extended his legs, pushing his knees out before plunging into the water, scoring a rightful 5.0 and two 6.0’s, however Cuban Jose had his knees out, as dropped into the water trying to push them then hurled back on his flipped feet, similar to Olek’s mistake, though scored two 8.5’s and an 8.0.
Minibaev then had awkward bend drops with a swivel back an froth reminiscent of a seesaw scored 8.5’s instead of 8.0s.
Wolfram tore his shoulder on the last dive prior, but wilfully continued on to make his country proud.
Lin Yue faltered slightly with legs off in rotation and a bad entry. He scored 8.5’s across the board, which was 8.0’s at best.
World champion Qiu Bo had a seemingly good dive until before water entry in the dive into position, slightly bent out. 8.5’s were given, which was 8.0 – 8.5 worthy for his blunder.
After the rankings Daley was first with 466.20 to Boudia and Bo’s tied score of 466.05 only a margin separating them as the top three.
The final dive loomed. Bondar gained 6.0’s in a seemingly pity marking which was worthy of 5-5.5’s. Legs were mid-air crossover calamities embodied by the splash dive. ‘Baev scored 8.5 which was 8.0 ideally.
Despair came for Martin Wolfram as he ripped his shoulder in the round prior and continued on to dive in honour for Germany, however painfully irritated the predicament, off in rotations, which probably should have seen him withdraw from the contest, despite not wishing to, as he was too far behind to contend. He attempted a 3.7 difficulty scoring 8 and two 8.5’s for his efforts.
Daley followed with a faultless, perfect dive, with slight bend, to earn two 9’s and a 9.5 which was worthy of all 9.5’s in blatant marking down.
David Boudia followed with an almost perfect dive though a tad off with leg entry, earning 9.5’s which were really 9.0’s at best.
Qiu Bo was over in mid-air and missed fluidity on a 3.6 difficulty, scoring 9.0’s to bump his place to second, after losing to Boudia.
Tom Daley won the bronze medal in a joyous celebration, being thrown into the pool by his team and coaches. Boudia was thrilled as Bo was dismayed.
The event began marking fairly competently, but then instantly reverted after the next few rounds to old habits. Whether “in awe” of Bo’s previous talents, which would constitute as bias, or whether it was some shady politics going on behind the scenes, or just stubborn attitudes of the ‘panel’ or who they believe should win a medal is unfathomable. They should all be struck off, and replaced if FINA are to hold any scope with its reputation, as this has been highly detrimental to the profession and the Olympic sport.
Even defending champ Matthew Mitchum of Australia was eliminated, even though he had better dives than some who did qualify. He was later seen in the crowd in joyous fashion, with a smiley face drawn onto his chest with cheeky tongue pointed out. 😛
One devisery we can take from this is that something untoward is in the water at a cataclysmic standing, where officials need to harpoon the harboured hypocrisy because it is running their integrity and becoming highly debatable in potentially biased parameters that must be recognised and removed. It damages, nations, professionalism and the will of the sport, never mind the Olympics. It applies to anyone and not because it is country based, as before, we re-iterate, if sport is to be fair and contrasting then foul play potentially seen must be investigated and mentioned. If you were on the over side, would you be so quiet?
Gold and silver can be debated by Daley and Boudia. We have previously stated that Boudia yesterday was one to ascend. It is in this writer’s credible thought process that Daley should have gained gold and Boudia silver, slightly but Daley’s last dive proved higher ranking than Boudia’s and in a level of competition, there has to be a mentioned contrast. Again both could be debated back and forth, but clear these two were the top two, and China’s Bo should have held bronze, yet gained silver. While almost every writer will take a defiance based on nationality, there is none here with myself. In order to have a free press and a fair, genuine and defined sporting outlook with morals and sporting achievement, these are valid claims to make. We have no bias when we write, check our previous results, where we have tirelessly put many nations forward credibly, based on their achievement alone in the games. Most press outlets, if not all have had bias towards concentrating on their nations and ignoring others from smaller sports or unknown/politically unmentionable countries. We have done none of this. Nevertheless, we do not wish to detract from Boudia’s victory as was thoroughly deserved with some expert dives on the day. Congrats on a great competition to the end!
Make Mo-ne a double!
Mo Farah became the seventh man to sensationally win the 5,000m and the 10,000m at the same Olympic’s gaining the victory for Great Britain in an tense and terrific track trot, crossing the finishing line at 13:41.66. Dejen Gebremeskel (Ethiopia) and Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Kenya) took silver and bronze.
Men’s 4x 100m Relay
The four man relay runners were unleashed from their starting blocks where Jamaica and the United States (Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey) had a chase on their hands, though Jamaica (Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan ‘The Beast’ Blake) strode home with the baton in Usain Bolt’s firm hands to charge home another victorious gold. Former athlete Michael Johnson felt it may have been a mistake to put Bailey in lane three, as needing to gain an upper advantageous lead before Bolt was launched to stand a chance of winning. We would agree. Jamaica entered a new world record at 36.84 as United States raced a 37.04. Trinidad and Tobago came third with 38.12.
Women’s 4x 100m Relay
The result was slightly reversed for the females as Team USA strode home to a 3.16.87 time above Russia by four seconds to win the gold. Bronze went to Jamaica’s ladies in a close battle for second at 3.20.23 to 3.20.95.
Keshorn Walcott launched the farthest distance of 84.58 to fling home a gold medal for Trinidad and Tobago, while silver was claimed by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Pyatnytsya at a score of 84.51. 84.12 spiked a bronze for Antti Ruuskanen for Finland.
Women’s High Jump
Anna Chicherova earned 2.05 and a gold for Russia to scale past Brigetta Barrett on 2.03 who couldn’t surmount her rival. Russia also rallied a bronze with Svetlana Shkolina on 2.03 also.
Mariya Savinova clocked 1.56.19 to race Russia to another gold leaving South African rival Caster Semenya in second for silver on 1.57.23. Ekaterina Poyistogova came in thirty seconds later to add another bronze to Russia’s victory pot.
Luke Campbell, 24, won the 56kg Bantam weight division to snatch the gold medal, leaving Ireland’s John Joe Nevin to commiserate with silver.
Men’s Heavyweight, 91kg
Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk pummeled Clemente Russo of Italy to plough through to gold success. Usyk celebrated with some funky dance moves.
Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan shared bronze with Bulgarian Tervel Pulev.
Light Flyweight 49kg
Shiming Zou won gold for China after Thailand’s Kaeo Pongprayoon was thought to have won the medal. Zou took gold for China as officlas made the call, putting silver around Kaeo. Paddy Barnes of Ireland and David Ayrapetyan tied for bronze.
Men’s Light Welterweight
Denis Berinchyk (Ukraine) settled for silver as Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo of Cuba won gold 22-15 on points.
Men’s Middleweight 75kg
Japan’s Ryota Murata beat Esquiva Florentino Falcao 14-13 on points to prise gold from the Brazilian. Florentino downed Anthony Ogogo one day earlier, forcing him to collect bronze for Great Britain.
Mexico won the Men’s Football gold against Brazil 2-1.
Russia’s Evgeniya Kaneava retained the Rhythmic Gymnastics with a 116.900 mark to earn gold over challengers Belarus.
Women’s Mountain Bike cycling witnessed France stride home to gold as silver went to Germany. United States wheeled in at third for bronze.
Men’s Kayak Single 200m
Ed McKeever received the golden paddle to win gold. Silver medallist was Saul Craviotto Rivero of Spain as Canada jetted to third for bronze with Mark de Jonge.
The single Canoe 200m race saw Yuri Cheban win gold at 42.291, as Japan entered third while silver went to Lithuania.
Double Kayak, 200m
Russia stormed to first with Alexander Dyachenko and Yury Postrigay to defeat Belarus’s Vadzim Makhneu and Raman Piatrushenka who inched passed Great Britain towards the end after Team GB held second for the vast majority. Jon Schofield and Liam Heath picked up bronze.
Men’s Hockey saw Great Britain lose to Australia 3-1 bowing out of the challenge to win bronze, which Australia secured.
Men’s 50km Race Walk
Sergey Kirdyapkin set an Olympic record at 3.35.59 to set Russia into further sturdy grounf with gold. Jared Tallent came up second to gain Australia silver. Bronze went to China’s Tianfeng Si.
Women’s 20km Race Walk
Russian fever taking over had another double whammy of wins as Elena Lashmanova took gold at 1.25.02 as countryman Olga Kaniskina had a time of 1.25.09. Shenjie Qieyang had 1.25.16 to take bronze for China.
Men’s Modern Pentathlon
The Czech Republic bested China to win gold, over the London 2012 course, including horse riding, fencing, pistol targeting and racing to a finish. Hungary followed in third to get the bronze.
Brazil bashed United States 3-1 with the ball battalion to gain gold. Japan jumbled over Korea totaing ownership of a bronze medal.
US dropped France for gold as Australia hooped past Russia for bronze.
It wasn’t plain Women’s Sailing for Australia in the Elliot class as one man went overboard, allowing Spain to swiftly pass to claim the gold medal.
Artur Taymazov won the 120kg freestyle grapple over David Modzmanashvili of Georgia to earn gold for Uzbekistan. Bilyal Makhov of Russia and Komei Ghasemi of Iran both won bronze.
Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan felled Besik Kudukhov to silence Russia 3-0.
Carlo Molfetta won Italy their gold in the +80 standings as Milica Mandic won the +67 Women’s gold for Serbia.
The thunderous missile that is Usain Bolt jetted down the 200m strip on the Athletics track to grab the gold at 19.32, maintaining his defending record and now double gold champ , days earlier retaining the 100m also.
Jamaica’s jovial expedites with extreme celerity followed through in second and third as Yohan Blake swiftly clocked 19.44, as Warren Weir charged a time of 19.84.
Natasha Adams became the first female in Olympic Boxing to earn the gold medal, for Great Britain, no less, in a hard slog of hardcore bashing.
The beaming young beaut, in the 51kg roundup, was unaware of her points during the bouts and remained focused stating she took “nothing for granted” while choosing to stick “to tactics.” Hard hitting Adams allowed her fists to do the talking; voicing her passion, where gold was her honourable prestige. She named her inspirations as Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammed Ali. She defeated Ren Cancun of China.
Comedy gold with Dara O’Brien, who was in the crowd on live commentary with a female anchor, as Ireland’s Katie Taylor defeated Russian Sofia Ochigava, 10-8, to lift gold in the lightweight division.
Jade Jones continued the success for Team GB, advancing to the finals of the Taekwondo -57kg events. Battling Hou Yuzhou of China, the Welshwoman suffered a brief ankle pain due to the attacker’s numerous lowblows, where Yuzhou gained an orange and two red strikes to her name. “Team GB” echoed from the crowd in support of underdog Jade, leading 2-0 by the second round. Yuzhou soon had a shin-anegans of her own when she suffered a brief and less painful attack than her opponent, where she had her trainer spray the leg and massage her to stall for time to strategise. Jones simply got up and on with it when she fell earlier, despite the pain with brave integrity.
Shortly on China accumulated two red strikes in the next round. She lost a point by referee as GB went 4-0.
Jones gained a red at 4-1 then a quick 5-1 in rapid succession. China staged a comeback charging to knock down in the third round, with high kicks earning an orange strike and score at 6-2 to GB. Swiftly becoming 6-3 with 10 seconds left, two red marks were added to China as Jones held on at 6-4 to win Olympic gold in a tense and inspirational victory.
Frenchwoman Marlene Harbois and Tapei’s Tsenhi Chong both duelled to bronze, congratulating their peers and Jones in a well-respected portrayal of the sport and dignity.
Servet Tazegul challenged Iran’s Mohammad Bagheri Motamed in a competent clash which saw the Turkish Tazegul instantly launch on offence. As round one ended both were 1 a piece.
Round 2 began where the score changed rapidly ending the round at 3-5 in Turkey’s favour.
The final round saw Iran catch to 4-5 as Turkey distanced a 6 point lead almost instantly afterward. At the closing 5 seconds, Motamed attempted a roundhouse kick in a trying effort at 5-6 until the battle ended with Turkey winning the gold medal.
Iran then had the sheer gall to discredit the match and its integrity by attempting a challenge after the ending to mar the process, which was clearly a non-sensical decision as Turkey clearly won. Iran’s coach instantly jumped up on the final second, seeking a headshot claim, which was neutered. Turkey won gold in a respectable effort, as the opposition’s coach ruined the process with an embarrassing call. There is such a thing as bowing out gracefully with your integrity intact. The challenge was unnecessary.
Terrence Jennings and for Team USA and Rhullah Nikpah of Afghanistan shared the same podium side by side to collect bronze in a successful sporting challenge.
Martin Stamper had a close chance, but fell short of the final three.
10km Open Water
The two hour, 10,000 distance swim saw tremendous tenacity with intense endurance take place at the serpentine venue.
Drinks for the part time mermaids were available at checkpoints, dangled over rods, indicated by flags for the participants, classed by many as “mayhem.”
Hungary’s Eva Risztov won the gruelling swim, Haley Anderson for Team USA came in second for silver as Italy ended in third with Martina Grimaldi.
Christian Taylor, 22, won the event with a 17.81 score to fellow American Will Claye who took 17.62 in a close call as Taylor held the gold over his silver counterpart. Bronze went to Fabrizio Donato of Italy on a score of 17.48.
Ashton’s often set high bars for themselves and have integrity, wit and poise in doing so. So with another ‘Dean’ on ‘Ashton’ Eaton proved to hold all of the above and a little something extra. That hidden nugget he shan’t reveal so easily. Being one to look over your shoulder, Eaton stalled all competition to win the Decathlon for Team USA with 151 points then racing the 15.00m at 33.59 seconds to secure the gold medal. Overall score accumulated was an impressive 8,869. Agility, depth, charisma and dedication to succeed make Eaton the all round greatest athlete for our generation. There is always one hidden talent in every field of their profession. Can you spot any others, currently?
Trey Hardee held silver on a final 8,671 total while Cuban Leonel Suarez tallied a 8,523 score for bronze.
Germany topped the Beach Volleyball to gain gold in a deserved effort of play. They downed Brazil 2-1. Latvia took the bronze medal.
Wrestling, Women’s Freestyle
Natalia Vorobieva pinned down Bulgarian student Stanka Zlateva Hristova, 21, to earn bragging rights to gold for Russia in the 72kg freestyle weighting.
Maida Unda of Spain and Guzel Manyurova of Kazakhstan shared bronze.
Olga Butkevych, Britain’s ONLY entry in wrestling, without any male’s neither, suffered defeat from Lissette Alexandra Antes Castillo.
After her six minute loss she said –
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” in a a tearful response.
“It’s my big competition, once every four years. I’ve been competing every year for the past four years.
‘But this year, the big year, I lost. I didn’t feel pressure from the crowd, but was proud to be there for them.
“There were so many people here to support me and I’m proud but sorry.”
Questions raised on her citizenship to Great Britain, gained in May after arriving four years prior from original native country Ukraine has been hounded by the xenophobic Daily Mail newspaper.
The issue of citizenship was not the issue, but lack of Olympic wrestling hopefuls, where funding given in the form of 1.4 m pounds, producing at least three athletes was not delivered. Only certain people understand wrestling and the xenophobic, backward response from Britain is discouraging. Hire someone who can scout, train and know their ‘stuff’ This writer has a niche in wrestling, when your not too stubborn to realise it an provide for the country. There are many ways forward. Meetings are available on how to push this forward. Do get in touch, I am on Twitter, as you may already know. Cheers.
Canoe / Kayak Sprints
Hungary hammered home the 4 man Kayak, riding a successful 1.30.827 across the waves of Eton Dorney. Germany came in second to Belarus at third for medal celebrations.
Men’s Kayak 4 1000m netted,, Australia to success over Hungary and Czech Republic with 2.55.085 to raise gold.
Single Women’s Kayak saw Hungary take gold once more with Danuta Kozak at 1.51.456. Ukrainian Inna Osypenko-Radomska took silver as South African Bridgitte Hartley closely tailed her for bronze.
Women’s Double Kayak had Tina Dietze and Franziska Weber enter a speedy performance for Germany, earning gold. Natasa Douchev-Janics and Katalin Kovacs did Hungary proud once more with silver as Poland rode to bronze, with Beata Mikolajczyk and Karoline Naja.
Men’s Double Kayak continued success for Germany as Kurt Kuschela and Peter Kretschmer took a 3.33.804 time to swish a gold medal. Belarus entered silver while Aliaksandr Bahdanovich and brother Andrei as Russia rode to third with Ilya Pervukhin and Alexey Korovashkov.
Equestrian, Individual Dressage
Charlotte Dujardin won gold for Team GB in a dancing horses display with a more patriotic setlist, as bronze medal victor, Laura Bechtolsheimer opted for a more Lion King-esq choice. Adeline Cornelissen jived to silver.
Barbora Spotakova launched the Javelin a mammoth 69.55 to take the gold home to Czech Republic. Christine Obergfoll fell short on 65.16 as fellow countryman Linda Stahl spearheaded a bronze medal to Germany, also at 64.91.
David Lekuta Rushida put in an expert performance in the 800m setting a new World record at 1.40.91 for Kenya. Botswana crossed the line in second with 1.41.73 as bronze went to Timothy Kitum joining Kenya in further celebrations for medal acquisition.
Germany beat Australia in the semis to travel on to finals.
Netherlands took on Great Britain in terrible scenes for the game, where formation was a factor and defence was poor. The Goalkeeper continually attempted to attack for the ball. The job of keeper is to ‘keep’ the ball out of the goal by defending it, not chasing for it. You need to stand and attempt to block. The goalie made numerous attempts to tackle for the ball in unfocused attempts as pot luck. The Danes dashed around and dropped numerous balls in the net as a result, thrashing opposition 9-2, as Team GB ended with a corner shot and excellent goal to retaliate, but too late towards the end whistle. Britain still have the opportunity to play for the bronze medal. They didn’t let the country down, per say, though their formation was all over the place, despite their efforts.
Team USA won the waterpolo beating Spain 8-5. Hungary lost to Australia for the bronze medal rankings.
Brazil defeated China 2-1 in the bronze event, coming third in the competition. Team USA guaranteed silver and gold, but who would take them was questionable.
Rookies V Pro’s both USA teams made the finals where Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh Jennings defeated the rookies Jennifer Kessy and April Ross 2-0 in a tantalising final to end the pro’s Olympic outings as they chose to bow out gracefully on Olympic success, thrilled to have brought Beach Volleyball into the mainstream.
Gloria Estefan could not make it to the event, but was there in spirit where her rhythm got everyone once again into an outstanding atmosphere of unity of all nations and country worldwide on London’s own stomping ground. Sadly, there was no one to do the traditional Brit dance of ‘The Conga.’
Some famous faces took their seats, as the lighting at 9pm looked spectacular once more. Tip for all of London – look to this in how to make evening London ever more spectacular with any event, sport of not.
Cycling equals Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, both double gold medalists, chose to reveal their stance to the nation, sharing a tender moment of a kiss whilst watching the event.
Team GB’s Women lost out to Argentina in the Women’s Hockey at the battle to advance to silver in a game that has put hockey back in contention for the Olympic games overall, and GB have done a sterling job with both sexes to keep the standard, no matter how disheartened the team may be.
Great Britain battle for bronze place against New Zealand as Netherlands Argentina go on to play the finals for silver and gold.
Quarter finals for the guys went on where Brazil bested Argentina 3-0 as USA lost out to Italy also at 3-0.
Allyson Felix (US) charged through the race to claim gold with a time of 21.88, toppling Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with 22.09 forcing her to second place in a tight challenge. Bronze went to Carmelita Jeter with 22.14 for Team USA. Veronica Campbell-Brown was runner up in fourth as role reversal from Athens saw the former champ and then runner up Felix switch over in a turn of events for 2012.
Aries Merritt won the gold in the 110m Hurdles for Team USA.
Hitomi Obara lifted the gold for Japan after silencing Mariya Stadnyk of Azerbaijan in a heartfelt win in the 48kg Women’s Wrestling Freestyle final.
Coach John Fox gives some last minute tips for the pectorial plungers in the men’s quarterfinal water polo match against Serbia. Serbia won 11-8.
500m Women’s Canoe Sprint saw Hungary lift the gold in the single kayak clobbering.
China dropped Korea to claim the golden balls in Table Tennis taking gold.
BMX bikes were unleashed to the dirt track today where Caroline Buchanan and Raymon van der Biezen won seedings for Australia’s Women and Netherlands Men, respectively.
Men’s -58kg gold went to Joel Gonzalez Bonilla of Spain over Korea’s Daehoon Lee.
Women’s -49kg went to China’s Jingyu Wu, taking gold.
Australia swayed to success capturing the gold in the 49er class down at Weymouth. Neighbours New Zealand swished silver away from Denmark, who fell to third owning a bronze for their efforts.
Equestrian , Individual Jump Off
Ireland jumped for joy with a jovial Cian O’Connor taking bronze for the nation. Netherlands who took silver by Gerco Schroder on 364, narrowly missed out behind Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, who rode to gold on a score of 371.
Robert Harting yesterday hurled the Discus to fling gold around his neck for Germany. We had meant to mention this yesterday, however internet connection wont thwart us overall.
Harting had to collect his medal today.
We would also like to say thank you to the Guardian online newspaper for their “as it happened” results, former by us in design and borderline plagiariser, even with a minimal sublime mention too…
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Team GB won gold in the dressage with three man team, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin as Germany fell short with silver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The British Equestrian team jumped for gold in the four man event since 1952. Sixty years in the waiting, Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles galloped to gold.
The quartet defeated Netherlands to earn Team GB’s seventeenth gold medal.
Kirani James won the 400m final at 43.94 earning Grenada an accomplished gold medal.
Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus won the shotput with gold at a distance of 21.36. Valerie Adams of New Zealand and Evgeniia Kolodko of Russian came second and third.
America’s Jennifer Suhr topped the pole vault with gold at a score of 4.75. Yarisley Silva (Cuba) aptly claimed silver as bronze was collected by Elena Isinbaeva of Russia.
Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic stormed to first in the 400m lifting the gold medal in an emotional race since Athens, where he won eight years ago. The 34 year old world champ speed up a 47.63 time, to steady first place.
Also in the track events, one yob, Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, from South Millford, near Leeds hurled a bottle onto the track just behind racers ready to begin take off for the 100m final on Sunday. These are the people who get seats in the stadium, as opposed to those who contribute to society, yet aren’t able to gain availability. He was promptly dealt with and removed.
Jason Kenny rode home with gold once more after winning the Men’s spirint in the final, surpassing Frenchman Gregory Bauge. Australian Shane Perkins entered third fro bronze.
The Men’s rings saw Arthur Nabarrette Zanetti net a second gold for Brazil with a score of 15.900 as China fell in second with Yibing Chen on 15.800 to earn silver. Matteo Morandi took bronze for Italy.
Hakseon Yang won gold for Korea in the Vault, as Kristian Thomas was seemingly marked much lower down once again after two days ago, which should have been higher. Today Thomas entered 8th in the contest, scoring 15.533. Someone needs to investigate the panel. It is clear Thomas is being overlooked because he is muscly and deemed by ignorant judges as too big for the preferred size in the corrupt minds.
Regardless, and not to take away from others, Denis Ablyazin of Russia held silver as bronze went to Igor Radivilov of Ukraine.
Aliya Mustafina for Russia took the uneven bars for the women to earn a gold medal. Team GB’s Elizabeth Tweddle held a competent third for bronze. China’s Kexin He took silver in a close call at 15.933 to Tweddle’s 15.916 scores.
Hungary have been on a mammoth session, where they dropped America in the event to continue their dominance as front runners.
Mijain Lopez Nunez of Cuba in the 120kg weighting, suplexed Egyptian Abdelrahman Eltrabily to retain his coveted title, adding a gold medal to boot. He downed Heiki Nabi forced to collect silver in a culmative collision. Swede Johan Magnus Euren maintained third for bronze.
Alan Khugaev brought a breath-taking 84kg gold medal back to Russia in an excellent display against Karam Mohammed, who sought a challenge just for the sake of it after losing the points cleanly to Russia. Khugaev had proved impressive for his stature in all rounds leading to the final, with a dominant presence in his attack, when needed.
Vladimer Gegeshidze from Georgia took the bronze. In earlier rounds the Georgian was extremely frustrated after a point awarded to him was revoked by 2-1 from judges after the point seemed valid to the Georgian. However distressing scenes in temper came when Vlad went on the rampage in the Excel centre smashing walls and barriers when trying to exit the wrong way and met with security guards. It was not dignified to the sport, despite losing the round on a technicality that seemingly was his, nethertheless. Not everyone in Wrestling is like this.
Aliyev Hasan came third in the semis for Azerbaijan, as second went to Revaz Lashkhi of Georgia. Iran’s Omid Haji Noroozi bagged gold in another pleasant display.
Zaur Kuramagomedov also put a strong effort in earlier stages for the events.