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 6 Results

London 2012, Day 6:

Kay-ak Kingdom,

Britannia rule the waves!

Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott win gold

Paddle power in doubles Canoe Slalom flung Great Britain into first place to gain a gold medal in the C2 kayaking collision. Baillie and Stott took the honours whilst seeing off strong competition from… Great Britain! Britain won both gold and silver in the event with David Florence and Essex native Richard Hounslow take second. Slovakian twins Pavol and Peter Hochschorner received bronze.

Team GB have started their ascension to medal ownership, with a gold in the shooting events. Twenty five year old Peter Wilson shot 188 marks earning the golden medal. Swede Hakan Dahlby was overjoyed with silver at 186 points, Russia and Kuwait participated in pistols at not so near dawn, in a shoot off to claim the bronze bonanza, both tied at 185. The youthful Brit, with pin point accuracy, was greeted by his father afterwards in a mass celebration of passion.

Judo witnessed Gemma Gibbons successfully fell competition from France, by an Ippon manoeuvre in a respected outing by both in the 78kg weighting. Gibbons advanced to the next stage, unsuccessful to Kayla Harrison of Team USA, who hadn’t received medal honours for Judo for some time until today. Both overcame strong personal obstacles to lift gold and Gibbons with silver in a tremendous tussle at London’s Excel centre.

Gemma said the supportive crowd “were phenominal” and the event allowed her to “excced own expectation” while devoting the win to her mother as inspiration. Raising awareness for the sport and twelve years in the waiting proved a mother’s pride as well as the nation’s. Boyfriend Euan Burton, who sailed out yesterday congratulated Gemma, as did all of Great Britian.

Gemma’s silver

Altering the landscape, Gibbons is definitely proof how a real young female can shape as role models for sporting events, while motivating others in the process.

Kayla crunched Gold

4 man rowing followed from yesterday’s eventful successes, in the lightweight vessel, carrying South Africa to a gold medal in a valiant sweep of the sculls.

GB ended in second adding another silver to the proud nation in an exhaustive yet thrilling portrayal of passion. Denmark held bronze as the third team to cross the line.

Boxing

Anthony Ogogo sparred with Ukraine’s number 1 Ievgen Khytrov, in the 75kg tournament at round sixteen to advance onwards.

Get on your bikes and ride!

It was all off to the Velodrome for some hypnotic swirlism on bicycles. Shaky starts began for Team GB’s Men’s sprint as one sadly stumbled to begin with, though British heart.

The relay team of Hinde, Kenny and Hoy handled the v-dome with precise speed swishing round to earn gold once more in a mass rise for Team GB’s golden pot. Great Britain own fifth place in the medals rankings currently.

Cycle supremo Sir Chris Hoy levels Sir Steve Redgrave in medal standings at six a piece, one behind Bradley Wiggins seventh earned yesterday.

It was, however terrible news for the females. Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish were disqualified from competition early on as problems with cross overs arose. Pendleton explained that sometimes sport can serve too “eager” at the home crowds, and not necessarily either’s fault generally. Pendleton will have individual races upcoming at London, though Varnish will have to wait till Rio in Brazil to contest.

The female Chinese team were dismayed at the final gridlock, riding to second, sparking fury as a mistake caused relegation, where Germany topped the podium with gold. South Africa took bronze. One of the Chinese team were rightly upset, however eventually took some time to re-compose her will. Complaints as to why China received medal honours but Team GB were relegated from competition were slightly confusing yet clarified briefly. View as a roughly a round robin tournament style. They lost their round of two countries battling, therefore were relegated, which meant they lost to the opposing team. In knockout stages, that means GB would not advance. China were in a position of deciding first and second. Hopefully this clarifies further.

GB’s dish of the day Mark Caven(dish) joined the Olympic announce team, where presenter Jake Humphrey earned the quote of the day, – “Super slow speed” in reference to slowing down the replay. Can anyone ever attain slow speed? Is speed not fast, as well as super? Only a thought.

Our Cav!

You spin me right round…

Stickler for rules, if you break them, whether misfortunate or not, you must abide by them. That is what makes us human, and also owners of a proud and British heart. You fall off your bike, you get back on, (proverbially.) Such is the heart of Great Britain. It was unfortunate.

Unfortunate events late last night saw an unfortunate member of the public killed by a shuttle bus carrying international journalists, as the games would not have wanted this to be as widespread as possible. Every journalist should strive to deliver the vehicle of news, just a shame he had to die to deliver it. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Daniel Harris, 28, who had received blame for not wearing a helmet.

It is easy to blame the deceased, they cannot answer. In order for a fair press, addressing issues causing it should be discussed not the individual’s unfortunate mishap. The bus driver also comes into question. So much for the G4S security measures.

Campaigning for safer bikers on streets, wear ya helmets!

The upsetting death has initiated a helmet wearing debate, which cyclist winner Bradley Wiggins urged fellow bike riders to put on a helmet for extra protection. The media misinterpreted Wiggins as asking for the helmet to become law. Wiggins is asking to raise awareness of safety.

David Cameron, who also joined royals Wills, Kate and Harry at the velodrome later on called it a “difficult situation.”

It was a good larff, wasn’t it?

London Mayor Boris Johnson, speaking with a helmet on, promoting London’s ‘Oyster’ card service, said “evidence is mixed” before cheerfully dismissing himself and riding off.

(Unofficial) Sir Boris of Johnson

Have you ever seen the roads in central London. As a pedestrian I have almost been knocked over by cyclists through no fault of my own, and some even jump red lights. (We may debate this after the Olympic’s fully.)

Dipping elsewhere…

Soni’s Swan Song

200m Women’s Breaststroke finals commenced, seeing Team USA’s Rebecca Soni enter first setting a new world record at 2.19.59 in an impressive defence of her own title. Satomi Suzuki of Japan and Iuliia Efimova of Russia secure second and third places. Not Soni’s last by a long shot.

200m Men’s Backstroke gave mass upset to Ryan Lochte as favourite, where Tyler Clary of America overtook in an un-intimidated run down the pool to lift himself a gold medal knocking off one notable competitor. Shockwaves continued as Ryosuke Irie swept past to claim the silver medal, leaving Lochte at third with Bronze. Clary also set an Olympic record in the process, at 1.53.41. We had a feeling of Clary in our mind, as we pick one non-mainstream name whilst watching, and saw something in Clary. Great job.

Almost made goggles of the day…

BBC presenter Clare Balding said it was “not about where you finish, it’s about time that you set” Thank you CB 🙂 The goggle bear was also there with Mark Foster and aussie fave Ian Thorpe, until Thorpie tried to knock him into the water! Tut Tut! 🙂

Goggled lion!

Women’s backstroke began with semi-finals as Elizabeth Beisel and Missy Franklin duked it out in the heats both for Team USA with Beisel tipping the time at 2.06.18 to Franklin’s 2.06.84.  Both proceed to the finals. Franklin’s pink goggles pleased us. It’s the goggles, trust me…

Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe came back from hardship of knee injury and pneumonia in March and May this year to prove a strong Olympian contender in her comeback.

Men’s 50m Freestyle Semis were also underway. Cullen Jones was a pick that sure enough drove home a 21.54 race, while Fratus of Brazil won the second heat.

Markus Deibler was next in line for the 200m Individual medley, as Chad Le Clos relinquished his place to concentrate on another race. Nothing wrong with realising what’s more important/where strengths lie further in.

Cool necklace, got anymore?

James Goddard qualified yesterday among keystone Michael Phelps and stalwart Lochte. Lochte proved a gentile sportsman after paragon Phelps made monumental history at the games, with a triple crown of his own, claiming his twentieth golden medal following from Athens, Beijing and now in London. Rigorous training paid off once more, at the most crucial point for the now new G20! He even had President Barack Obama (allegedly) on hold in a telephone call for congratulations. Epic feat. They had the green boots on…

Hey Michael, Barack here…

Phelps is most certainly the golden goggle guru.

The Golden Goggles!

He clocked 1.54.27. Lochte took silver as Hungary’s Cesh held Bronze.

Just as Team GB dominated the games earlier, Phelps plucked a turkey!

Women’s 100m freestyle saw Great Dane Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands rip through the water to wrest gold from competitors at 53.00 exactly, forcing a new Olympic record in the process.

Ranomi gold

Aliaksandra Herasimenia (Belarus) and Yi Tang (China) took silver and bronze, respectively. Brit Fran Halsall fought well with high calibre’s of competition in a sturdy effort, finishing 6th.

Men’s 100m butterfly Semi-finals saw Chad Le Clos devote his time to the event, entering a 51.42 just above Tyler McGill at 51.61. Milorad Cavic had 51.66 in third returning from a back injury for Serbia. Michael Phelps set his at 50.86.

Concerts took place down Hyde Park and the like afterwards, where most residents were unaware of, once more not attending, which features the popular singer Alexandra Burke.

London 2012, Day 5

London 2012, Day 5:

Driving for success

The day began early on with a raucous display of British history where Heather Stanning and Helen Glover became the first gold medallists for Great Britian and the first females in the Rowing Pair’s category.

The country was elated for both girls bringing back the proverbial bacon to Team GB.

We wouldn’t be outdone yet, where the Men’s 8 boats saw Britain lose gold and silver swiftly, to Germany and Canada who both claimed gold and silver, leaving Britain with a still respectable bronze medal.

Germany Celebrate win, later one went into the water.

Off to the Hampton’s. Hampton Court Palace saw the Men’s individual time trial Cycling events fly around the sites of Britain, with tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins zoom around the course bagging  the gold medal rocking his golden sideburns.

‘Sir’ Bradley Wiggins commeth, perhaps? Wiggo is now Britain’s “most decorated British Olympian” the BBC coverage expressed. Can’t you say something else? It’s already been said.

Wiggo proved exceptional for Britain as its top ranking medallist, holding 7, toppling Sir Steve Redgrave, on 6, and fellow cycler Sir Chris Hoy. Wiggins hold 4 gold medals.

Chris Froome also bagged the bronze medal in the same race for Team GB. Germany rode in second in a competent effort.

More water babies came forth, proving intense competition.

Chad Le Clos qualified in the second semi of the 200m Individual Medley with Hungary’s Laszto Cesh with 1.56.74. He filled in eighth place to qualify, causing slight speculation. Remember, you don’t have to win, just qualify. Perhaps he’s keeping his poker face close to hand.

James Goddard (GB) also joined the race coming in third in the first semi, behind powermongers Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. Lochte’s green sneakers are his lucky charms. Also gotta love the fashion sense. Lochte added colour to the challenge, with a 1.56.13 to Phelps 1.57.49 causing more ripples to their friendly rivalry.

Olympic Record was set once more by Team USA in a remarkable 4 x 200m Freestyle relay for the Women. Italy gave a funky swivel wave in a fun filled challenge. Allison Schmitt brought it home as last in pool ‘runner’ in a romper stomper at 7.42.92. She even sparkled with her earrings on once again, way to go. Australia and France entered silver and bronze standings.

200m Breaststroke Final claimed Team GB another medal, this time in silver as Michael Jamieson entered a 2.07.43 swim in a proud moment after Daniel Gyurta charged home with 2.07.28 giving Hungary a gold medal. Tateishi of Japan entered third.

He Gyurta Gold!

Randmi Kromowidjojo set an Olympic record in the Women’s 100m freestyle semi’s.

Backstroke semi’s began, where BBC commentators mentioned Goggles. Hmm, have they been reading up here? We don’t mind Clare Balding and Foster’s having a mascot with glaring goggles. BBC could get me in if they wanted. 🙂 One loves the smell of Chlorine.

Lochte maintained first place, also the previous record holder in this event, set in 2008,  as Tyler Clary also qualified for Team USA.

What Goggles do you wear Mr.Lochte? Readers wish to know.

200m Women’s butterfly saw Liu Yang Jaio of China claim the gold and an Olympic Record at 2.04.06 at the tender age of 20. Belamonte- Garcia of Spain took silver while Hoshi of Japan claimed third.

Men’s 100m saw goggle guru James Magnussen of Australia narrowly miss out on first place by a touch of the pool. Nathan Adrian of Team USA clocked 47.52. Magus clocked 47.53. Canada came in third.

Is still our Google Guru

Taking nothing away from Adrian, who proved a player and charismatic young force in the race put his rivals on notice. Magnussen also entered an enthusiastic swim.

Gymnastics

Back to the single men’s Gym events, where many young diehards attempted to taste success. Ukraine’s Mykola Kuksenkov gave some clean and valuable flip double twists, whilst John Orozco of America sailed out early on as contender due to a stumble.

Team mate Danell Leyva put on an excellent display alongside both Japanese gymnasts.

Twinkle toes!

Great Britain’s own Kristian Thomas and Daniel Purvis held credible outings at the games, where Thomas, as previously stated from his performances on Day 2 in the team event, was the standout force. On pommel horse, Thomas’ double swivel criss cross and Gymnastic floor mat work was exceptional. It was highly clear that Thomas was marked down in the competition, making a farce of the judging committee, which games officials may wish to look into.

Perhaps their feeling that Thomas is too muscular for the event, which prefers slimmer toned atypical framed ‘models’ which should be no excuse.

It is not bias. I would mention it for anyone from any country. Look at the crowds, we cheer for every nation for sporting greatness, as done with dignity, respect and honour of the games.

Marcel Nguyen, of Germany entered graceful and delightful springs in the gymnastic arena and shocked everyone to enter second in a fluid victory.

Third fell to Danell Leyva for Team USA, while first was claimed by Kohei Uchimura for Japan, claiming excellent 15’s across the board.

Thomas entered in seventh place, which really should have been higher for his exceptional work on all apparatus involved.

Thomas, had a slight fall on the vault, yet gained a HIGHER score for falling than his other work which had no falls, was fluid work and held professional poise. How is that valid in marking process?

Further controversy filled the day.

Badminton revealed China and Korea being disqualified after abusing the game. Women’s doubles saw both teams serve the shuttlecock into the net in a clearly weak display of game fixing esq qualities. Both teams attempted to throw the game because they would go on to play easier/different opponents in future stages of the competition.

South Korea against Indonesia saw similar, though both only served four runs each before failing the points. Both these teams already qualified, so losing would gain them a better drawing in opponents so they wouldn’t play one another again.

Referee gets involved

Lord Seb Coe called the scenes he witnessed live from the arena as “depressing” and “unacceptable.”

The shame of Badminton, some asked what they had technically done wrong, as there are no concrete rules in place to stop this play occurring. The rules are flawed.

Britain’s 2012 games continued to be defined by empty seats once again. Organisers stated this would not be a problem.

Here is the solution –

The “accredited” seats, given to sponsors, media and the like, who aren’t there, should be given to others.

Previously we suggested on Day 1 Results that organisers should give the space for media and allsorts to young aspiring journalists, photographers and digital media people, including bloggers, as well as this writer.

With a government completely out of touch with the country, should help support its country in order to gain experience, (seeing as those experienced aren’t appearing) to drive forward professionalism, and increase social mobility.

Getting a skilled profession with no experience is not available. If you apply you have “no experience,” therefore no one is inclined, nor has the enthusiasm to look for work, while others are just unable to gain employment after the games end. Giving this opportunity adds experience and gets them off of benefits. Not giving this keeps them on benefits. There are no apprenticeships or internships out there. Bloggers don’t earn money. Photographers and writers barely scrape through or have to only add it to a ‘portfolio.’

Teachers, students and army troops were said to be comprising the seats. On Day 5 Mayor Boris Johnson touted college/school kids with free tickets. The handful of kids sat at the games. A minor ten or so doesn’t fill an empty stadium.

The government think that the young kids are ways forward. While there is nothing wrong with them getting the chance to see the games, after they do so they will not be fully inspired to do something, and go back to school/college to learn and aren’t making the country economically move forward.

The late twenties and early thirties are the one’s government need to secure and mould back into society and the economical structure by giving them helpful experience and re-motivating their passion. With a government telling us that this age group are the ones that have 50-60 extra working years in them, surely the answer is to provide for the young professionals of tomorrow, today?

They will continually be on the dole forever because there are no options available to them. It is that simple.

The governments stubborn approach as to who “should get them” and refusing people because they offer an outspoken stance to help the country is a backward transgression that demoralises the UK overall with no faith in the politicians running our country. That’s how they feel.

London has taken a massive hit since the games. Like a “ghost town” London 2012 was supposed to increase spending, though many feel the overpriced tickets, dining at McDonalds nearby and being on a tight budget or benefits cannot allow them to support their purse expenditure.

London in 2012

The media space is not covered by media promised to be there. Add in bloggers, writers, photographers and others to lead the charge. I’m also available, and ready to write. (I can be contacted on Twitter.)

Digital media is the media that is taking over. It’s time to recognise and move with the times. Do you really think newspapers are going to exist in fifty years’ time?

Help your country and they will provide for you, therefore re-building social mobility and economical stature. Don’t delay, start today!