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 3 Results

London 2012: Day 3, How Japan stole

a medal from two countries

Day 3 was sensationally plunged into controversy. The evening’s proceedings of Men’s Artisic Gymnastics began humbly where a fair sporting event was commencing.

Young Ukrainian Oleg proved manly to competition

Japan’s Koji Yamamuro scored 14.033 on the Vault after having a clear mass stumble falling onto his knees and legs after taking to the air, hurting his legs in the process.

It would be this decision that Japan appealed. China clearly sailed into first, though second were Great Britain and third the Ukraine, who came up from below the board.

After ten minutes of deliberating, Japan were granted their appeal and bumped into second place, where GB were pushed to third and bronze slipped from Ukraine’s grasp.

Many believed the decision to grant the appeal unjustified and felt the officials gave it to Japan to avoid any media coverage negatively from Japan. Some Twitter users stated “ At least team GB can accept their medals with honour” “Ukraine being men about it, instead of kicking up a stink and walking away.” One also said “Japan’s victory will always be tainted.”

While it was an easy decision to force GB to third, to protect any negativety from Japan, officals, knowing GB would be graceful and accept it, as Ukraine did also, is no excuse for allowing this to happen and be swept under the carpet. The games have once again been shrouded in controversy. An official of the games needs to step in and revoke the decision asap as this is the right process (and possibly remove the judging panel of the Gymnastics.)

Alas, Britain gained a bronze, for which they were gracious of, which had not seen a medal for the country in a century.

Team GB put on an excellent display with Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis, Sam Oakley and Kristian Thomas.

Louis Smith takes to the horse

Thomas became one of the standout forced instrumental for the team, classed as too big for the rings, had control, performed an excellent hangar legs out hold, with added choreography that seemed well performed, with a near perfect landing.

Max Whitlock, on the pommel horse, also performer well, with a leg wave finish in a perfect poise.

Gael Da Silva and Pierre Yves Beny of France, also had good vaults, though didn’t gain enough overall scores to raise from the lower ranks of the board. Hamilton Sabot of France and at least one member, if not more added to eye candy for all fans watching.

Daniel Keatings for Team GB was respected by the team, thanking him for being reserve.

Royalty also came to view the feat of centuries, with Princes William and Harry in attendance.

Swimming continued on,with shock in the 200m Men’s butterfly. In a tense swim, Phelps, came in third before the last leg of the race where he dominated once more and torpedoed through the stream to finish first. No-one knows how he does it, but an excellent proof of athletism.

Sparring partner Ryan Lochte, however, didn’t make the podium after France’s Yannick Agnel to first place in the 200m freestyle. Agnel previously defeat him one day prior in the 400m freestyle event.

Lochte proved a good sport despite loss

Claiming Gold for Team France

Kate Walsh for Team GB’s Hockey suffered devastating injury, needing emergency surgery. She may return for Thursday.

Paula Radcliffe had to step down from the marathon run for the Olympics due to injury.

Tom Daley and Peter Whitefield put on a strong effort, but landed short of the medals table for Men’s synchronised diving. (See other post for further details.)

Prime Minister David Cameron also watched the event from the crowd.

The empty seats continued to define the games, where some returned spaces went on sale, which most of the country did not know about, therefore missing once more. Other claimed they are still too overpriced to venture out for. Sponsors only gained 8% of tickets, though receive most of the blame for this void in stadium space, mostly at the North Greenwich arena for today’s Gymnastics, and some in the Aquatic center in East London once more. See Day 1 Results on how to solve this issue.

Troops drafted in, still doesn’t add enough