London 2012, Day 10 Results

London 2012, Day 10:

Galloping for Gold!

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.

Athletics

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.

Cycling

In hot pursuit

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.

Gymnastics

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.

Kristian Thomas possibly disregarded due to size in the event

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.

Men’s Waterpolo

Hungary have been on a mammoth session, where they dropped America in the event to continue their dominance as front runners.

Denes and Daniel Varga of Hungary charge for the ball against Team USA

Wrestling

Alan excels in headband glory

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.

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!

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