Nil Points? The Eurovision Song Contest 2014

It’s May and the up and coming extravaganza that is the Eurovision song contest is fastly approaching. Previous years have seen the United Kingdom suffer at the hands of a controlling Europe in the very contest. A Europe that has neglected one of the big 5 and a heavy country who supports the European spectrum fruitfully when in need. Often treated badly and used as a measure of discontent through the political field of the song contest itself, are Europe actually casting away one of its biggest achievements and success stories to the strength of the contest?

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We are all fully aware the contest is anything but based on musical talent. The UK does vote on its song entries alone. The national parade to protect neighbouring borders is actually damaging trade, economic or stable relations with other countries.

In the case of the United Kingdom, many countries have often politically tried to damage the UK reputation through Eurovision. The now laughable contest is something that has lost all respect by everyone in it and has no actual basis for developing healthy relations to other countries as intended. The UK are often on Nil Points or barely make it past 100 points to double figures. This political statement that Europe never tire of, is actually becoming quite tedious and predictable now. At least you could do it in a more cleverly planned construction to seem less rigged.

2013 winner for Denmark, Emillie de Forest.

2013 winner for Denmark, Emmelie de Forest.

Regardless of this, Europe have often forgotten that it is the UK who have helped support nations in need. Greece, Ireland and others have needed financial support at the highest of level to which the UK has been one of the strongest donators. With the two latter, the UK has given huge bailouts in the banking crisis of the EU monetary fund. Yet, there have never been any, let alone 8, 10 or 12 points returned. If Europe continues to forget this, it should remember, any of their countries can crash at any time. The UK will always be one of the first to help bail you out. Don’t forget or take this for granted, because this is one of many reasons forcing the UK to begin politically abandoning the EU.

With an EU referendum approaching the UK and a chance to leave Europe looking debatably positive in certain areas, Europe could lose one of its biggest contributors. Losing the UK’s financial backing despite upset towards the nation would not be healthy.

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We also donate tons of international aid, food, and support to ‘developing countries’ to tide them over. It is about time to forget neglecting your sources of income, support and propped up stability or else you will soon wallow in your debts. This isn’t being nasty, let us clarify. This is common sense and you have to work with wealthy nations to support you even if you dislike them. The job of a politician is to diplomatically interact with other nations and show signs of grace, good nature or gratitude to keep two disagreeing areas of the world in tact. No. We do not endorse the UK Conservatives often classed as the “Nasty Party” for further clarification. Though the contest is political in voting, we are not their political support system.

Let us not forget the UK has won the contest a number of times. With five wins, just like Sweden, in different decades, it would be a very supportive sign of gratitude to re-establish voting communications. You cannot simply erase history of the contest even if you desire it so. The UK is also one of the big 4 now 5 as high contributors to the EBU with France, Germany, Spain and the 2011 return of Italy.

Yes, the UK have, on occasion put in a couple of horrible entries and deserved low points. We accept that. But doing so constantly is not beneficial. Plus most of the countries that have won were just as bad sometimes, along with high scorers that could not be understood through shrieking and the like.

1997 UK winners, Katrina and the Waves.

1997 UK winners, Katrina and the Waves.

Don’t judge us on David Cameron and his nasty values. The UK itself is a supportive nation with aid, finance, donations and with asylum and immigration.

This year needs to show a turn around in the way Europe ‘play’s ball’ with its processes.

The UK has been deserving enough of a win, possibly even two. Maybe Europe can show their charismatic and caring nature for the ‘love of Eurovision’ ideology and gracefully reward so. With strong enough entries to gain a conceivable win, Europe can follow suit and look less abusive.

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Maybe a 2016 or 2017 win would be a measure to stop the ill feeling and bring nations further together. Or 2018 if we, hopefully, and I believe most likely, to remain in the EU. Signs of good faith can only help support this and in the run up to the show voting, the numbers and significance should increase to show positive change.

Over the years, the UK has helped support many in a number of ways. France, Germany, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Ukraine, Hungary, Malta, Turkey, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Bosnia, Macedonia, Ireland, San Marino, Greece, Switzerland, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria and even Russia. That’s a big bag of votes already. And don’t be giving us the pathetic and measly 1, 2 or 3 votes, either. We’re talking in the 4s up to 7s at least.

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The most points the UK has given as its top 5 is to Ireland with a record 240. Second is Sweden, third Germany, fourth Switzerland and fifth Denmark. So a contribution returned over consistent years from all is also welcomed.

Cyprus, Poland, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Monaco and Portugal have also benefited from points or tourist support. We have been strong supporters of a lot of countries on paper, so the votes reflecting good communications would re-establish that faith. We would appreciate such kind gestures.

Austria, Belgium and France have given the most as have Ireland and Switzerland, but lately those numbers have decreased in value so please re-distribute higher up the scale, if you don’t mind.

Lithuania’s Donny Montell was also another favourite we liked highly.

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Turkey was one of the countries who left due reasons which included the big four/five. It is upsetting that this happened, as we in Britain have strong connections with Turkey, residents, tourism in both countries and always give high points to them. If they do return it would be a good way to re-establish communication. As for the big five, they have earned their place regardless of the voting and we cannot be upset with them for this. This also stabilises connections with all of Europe, even those not involved in the five.

Despite the conflict from Russia and Ukraine, points from both would be respected. From Russia’s perspective, we have praised Putin and the Federation quite some time ago over its handling of World Affairs including Edward Snowden with a positive and honest stance of reporting. We would welcome your support at Eurovision. Thank You.

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Borgen star, Nikolaj Koppel (centre) will help the hosting festivities in Copenhagen. A good choice.

Let’s not allow political interference to completely mar the show or the contest. Let’s remember to try and have fun for everyone, as much as possible and recognise the connection it brings for Europe as first established upon its beginning. We don’t have to fully like every countries policies or ways of living, but at least we can show a bond of unity at the contest and gracefully smile and nod and accept everyone for their participation in a charismatic way. If this fails, then no-one will ever get ‘their way’ at Eurovision, which is also not what the contest was about. It is impossible to win numerous times with a level of countries involved being so immense. Only one can win.

We cannot fully change the political involvement of voting, but we can put aside ideals and contain communications on a stable level which is what the Eurovision Contest has become in the understanding of other countries. Keeping relations smooth, there is high chance it will turn around a country or countries opinion on a world wide level as well. That can only ever be a good win to take away from Eurovision itself.

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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.

London 2012, Day 8 Results

London 2012, Day 8:

Super Saturday: Six gold beacons

of Great British light

This is Ennis: 2012

The nations sweetheart Jessica Ennis took the day by storm, in the Athletics events to power through, leading the table and reaching out for an Olympic gold medal for Team GB. Evangelic Ennis yesterday added over 4000 points to start strong in Shotput, 200m sprint, women’s bar and hurdles events, with javelin, long jump and 800m to come today. Expectation was piled onto Ennis for the last three years with huge expectations. While she powered through with her determination to win, the media continue to hype individuals in the wrong way, where it needs to re-consider the effect longstanding. Rebecca Adlington had immense pressure onto her, as had Tom Daley to a degree.

Ennis stamped her mark on the games

Next to the girl next door, was Greg Rutherford, who launched into first for the long jump flying into first, with an 8.31m to return gold to Team GB once more for the guys.

Go Far-tha-r!

Mo Farah relayed the gold back to Team GB after a bout of stamina secured his 10,000m victory run to first place, bringing back the sixth in a day now hailed as “Super Saturday” for Great Britain from our Heptathlon heroes.

King, Trott and Roswell

The Women’s team (Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell) over in the velodrome for more Team Pursuit who drove further success home, shattering Team USA in the finals with extraordinary speed. They almost lapped them on the other side in a glorious cycle.

Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland began the day’s first victory in the lightweight double sculls at Eton Dorney for the Rowing events. The men continued tradition in the 4 man coxless four vessel where Andrew Triggs Hodge, Tom James, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory rode home with gold also.

Dramatic despair came by INCHES in the lightweight sculls where Brit’s Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter were pipped by Denmark ‘s pair Rasmus Quist (aptly named) and Mads Rasmussen. The Brit pair had to restart after a faulty seat initially. “We gave everything. We tried everything. We wanted to win so badly. Sorry to everybody we’ve let down”, Mark Hunter said. None of the country felt let down by the pair in a tense ride. Fountains of support flooded Twitter and all outlets for them.

The Danish ‘devils’ gave Britain a past-ing…

Mark and Zac for Team GB

The Brits washed away Waterpolo hopes to Hungary, who dominated the event, where our boys in Brit blue put in a good effort since participation centuries ago.

Team GB in 2012

Tennis 

Serena Williams fought Maria Sharapova for the hopes of a gold medal at Wimbledon. Williams won.

Andy Murray and Laura Robson wrote their names in the diary for mixed doubles for Tennis action, as Murray plays R-Fed on Day 9 for the gold.

Women’s Triathlon

Swiss Nicola Spirig took gold foiling Sweden’s Lisa Norden in a gripping end. Erin Densham claimed the bronze for Australia after falling out of contention previously in line for potential gold until the final 200 metres.

Helen Jenkins attempted to win in the event, though was unable to stronger competition on the day. “I gave everything, I’m sorry it wasn’t a medal,” Jenkins added, after a fair effort in the gruelling ground gallop of London’s streets.

Weightlifting

Men’s 94kg saw Moldovian Anatoli Ciricu gain the bronze at the Excel centre. Alexandr Ivanov for Russia clinched silver as Ilya Ilyin gave Kazakhstan the gold medal. Kazakhstan also lifted a world record of 233kg clean and jerk.

Swimming

Women’s 50m Freestyle flung into action as Netherlands own power force Ranomi Kromowidjojo proved the one to beat once more, gaining another glorious gold in the pool with an Olympic record to boot at 24.05.

Today’s Goggle Guru

Aliaksandra Herasimenia finished with 24.28 to earn Belarus a silver. Both poked tongues at one another in alight hearted moment on the podium, keeping competition healthy and fun, as third came another Dane, Marleen Veldhuis for bronze also.

Britta Steffen and Francesca Halsall ended fourth and fifth in a tight battle where Brit Halsall almost beat Germany’s Britta. Only one second separated them at 24.46 and 24.47. Steffen still owns the world record in the race at 23.73 from 2009.

Men’s 1500m freestyle started awry as Yang Sun launched into the water as a crowd member became over excited. Unfortunate for the sportsman, however was highly ungentlemanly in attitude afterwards. Restarting the race, Sun kept his lead in the race, eventually widening the gap to swim home with 14.31.02 to claim the gold on offer.

Sunny Horizons

The next available medal was seemingly Ryan Cochrane’s by a landslide, until Tunisian Oussama Mellouli caught the Canadian for an intense silver battle. Cochrane managed to thrust through and claim silver by a fraction, leaving his rival to take bronze. Cochrane raced a 14.39.63 to Mellouli’s 14.40.31.

Daniel Fogg attempted a race for Team GB, though swept away by tough competition in a trying effort.

Girls jetstream to gold

The 4 x 100m medley relay’s for the females saw Team USA rip through the water with a powerful team of gold medallists each from earlier in game events. Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allision Schmitt tunnel through to top the gold on the podium with a 3.52.05 setting another new world record in the process. Australia entered second and Japan in third.

Team USA swim to gold

The men took to the same event, where the top three remained, though switched places, as Team USA’s held 3.29.35 in Michael Phelps’ last swim at the Olympic’s earning his 22nd medal, 18 gold overall. His team mates Matthew Greavers, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian also held their own in a strong team unison.

Christian Sprenger, James Magnussen, Matt Targett, Hayden Stoeckel gain bronze for Australia.

Japan fought a tough battle with Australia, who came second and third, respectively. Our one to watch, Aussie James Magnussen, the original goggle guru did not disappoint, as restored Australia to third place among tough competing in the water as the last man in the relay keeping level with  Japan for the remainder, in a tight result for victory.

Kiss the gold

Michael Phelps has ended his games at 22 medals and is now the fuly fledged greatest Olympian and dominant swimmer since 12 years ago. Outstanding achievement no one can remove. Congrats!

The Ultimate Olympian of our time

Congratulations to Michael Phelps!

Phelps was presented with a special trophy ceremony at London 2012 to commemorate his immense career. Michael Phelps – “I finished my career how I wanted to.”

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.