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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Team GB galloped home with a Silver medal in Equestrianism with the team of Mary King, William Fox-Pitt, Royal Zara Phillips, Nicola Wilson and Tina Cook. Proving age was no difficulty, Team GB triumphed to second behind Germany who took gold at the games.
Princess Anne presented the medals, one to her daughter, Zara in a touching moment of pride for the country and themselves.
Rowing saw the 4 man heats end with Great Britain in first while Switzerland and Netherlands came second and third, to qualify for finals.
Aquatics continued where history was made. Michael Phelps put on excellent play today, however shock saw him claim a silver medal in the Men’s 200m butterfly as Chad Le Clos of South Africa snared Gold by a whisker at 1.52.96, to Phelps’ 1.53.01. Japan entered a strong performance in third with Takeshi Matsuda in an honourable race.
An impressive race by both, taken by an emotional and well deserved Le Clos.
Phelps become the “most decorated Olympian” in history, after racing to gold in the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay for Team USA, after Ryan Lochte, who went on first, bridged the gap, giving them a lead of at least one person spacing, setting the standard. Yannick Agnel, of Team France, however, was highly impressive in the chase and caught up fast against Phelps, though was still slightly out from Team USA’s impressive race from all four men. Phelps and Agnel convalesced in the pool upon hearing the results.
Phelps is just short of 20 medals, at 19, with 15 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze, proving the standout Olympian of all our time.
Smiley beefcake, Australian James Magnussen qualified in the Men’s 100m Freestyle with a speedy 47.63 time, who swished his “sexy locks” as BBC commentators put it.
Women’s 200m Freestyle saw Allison Schmitt for America, set an Olympic record at 1.53.61 aswell as claiming gold. She even did it with her earrings on! Camille Muffat took silver while bronze went to Bronte Barratt.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke Semi’s saw Michael Jaimieson of the UK cross the line in first place with Clark Burckle in second to qualify. Team GB Andrew Willis took part in the second semi with a time of 2.08.47 behind Daniel Gyurta at 2.08.32.
Female Beach Volleyball
Italy defeated Great Britain 2 straight sets to nil, where GB put up a strong and competent effort. The atmosphere was electric and communal with all joining together.
Team GB qualified over Brazil 1-0 along with Team’s USA, New Zealand, France and Japan to the Semi Finals.
David Florence narrowly missed out in the C1 Canoe Slalom final finishing 10th failing to qualify after hitting a fence towards the end. Tony Estanguet, gold medallist for France from four years ago faced similar mishaps years ago, proving the unpredictability of the event.
On Tuesday Estanguet claimed his third gold Olympic medal with 97.06 seconds.
23 gates and two drops comprise the 300 metre course.
Ye Shiwen sent shockwaves on the day. Breaking her own world record in the 400m Women’s freestyle, one Team USA coach said it seemed “disturbing” and sparked a doping sensation debate, which most have dismissed as jealously. When we cannot fully comprehend a feat, it is human nature to dissect it apart to try and fathom a plausible explanation.
China are said to be outraged. A note to China – you know she didn’t dope, so why worry about someone else’s claims that it seems impossible? You know where you stand so forget the words and move forward with a proud nation and dust it off, rather than harbour someone else’s comments. Too much hardship is unnecessary to devote time to. Forget the words and you’ll be fine, these comments will always happen in sport at some point in a rare occurrence.
Shiwen put in an impressive swim at the remarkable age of only fifteen.
The games officials defended Shiwen’s stance. Doping seems to be thrown out of the, ahem, water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 2 saw swimmers plunge forth once more at the aquatic centre in East London, where numerous races went forward.
Dana Vollmer snared gold for the US in the Women’s 100m butterfly, with China and Australia picking up Silver and Bronze, respectively. Vollmer didn’t just win gold, setting a new Olympic record in a double whammy cutting off .08 from the previsous record set in 2009 by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom as well as 0.63 from the 2000 games at Sydney held from Netherlands’ Inge de Bruijn.
The Men’s 200m freestyle Semi-finals saw Ryan Lochte, winner yesterday; enter at fifth behind Yang Sun for China.
Once winning the top race, Lochte is now under pressure from onlookers where most noted he clocked lower times than previously and in the Relay Finals for the Men’s 100m freestyle 4 man teams, Phelps managed to re-prove himself with the fastest time of 47.15.
The US team came in at second, pipped by unsuspecting France who claimed the gold. Russia took the bronze medal.
Women’s 400m freestyle saw Brit hopeful Rebecca Adlington come in third who weighed up a positive response, adding she claimed a medal despite not being gold and was pleased with that in a show of humble sportsmanship and respect for the games themselves. American Allison Schmitt claimed silver, with Camille Muffat taking gold for France.
Team GB flew out of the competition after falling to Germany in mixed doubles.
Women’s road racing saw Elizabeth Armitstead fail to lift Gold but grabbed silver instead. She lost out to Marianne Vos of France. Olga Zabelinskaya took the third place medal.
Ally Raisman of the US scored 15.325 on the Gymnastic floor adding to a grand total of 60.391 to win the Gymnastics’.
Men’s Waterpolo saw Britain enter the pool once more since an absence dating back to 1956. All team members were back in Team GB speedos, which was an encouraging site. Bodies of the water events claimed by January 2012 the wetsuit thingy-majig would be outlawed, which now almost every swimmer has taken to wearing, abandoning the speedo itself. Romania beat Great Britain 13-6. Croatia, Spain, Italy, US and Serbia also made it through the preliminary stages.
Men’s weightlifting saw Korea win gold after China stumbled at the last push of a lift, unfortunately dropping the bar in a hearty effort, to hold silver. Azerbaijan took Bronze in the 56kg.
Kazakhstan’s 19 year old Zulfiya Chinshanlo made an impressive entry, coming first to lift gold in the 53kg for the females.
Race 2 of Sailing went on, with Dane Jonas Hogh-Christensen best Ben Ainslie (GB), coming in second.
Kim Rhode made an Olympic record with gold for Team USA in the shooting challenge, missing only one bird out of 100 available. There’s always room for improvement. Hard to best that score for any future rival.
Royalty had a go in the Dressage Equestrian events, with Zara Phillips, coming joint 24th with Christopher Burton of Australia, while the Team Dressage events saw GB in third as Australia claimed second. Germany sit atop the board so far.
Mary King (GB) came in 14th on her Imperial Cavalier despite participating in torrential rain. The show must go on. She gained at least 71% in a hard slog trot along, with an iron will to succeed neglecting the weather.
Sabre’s at the ready for Hungary, where Aron Szilagyi swashbuckled to first place medal takage. Italy and Russia took second and third for medals too.
James Honeybone for Team GB put a hearty comeback in after his opponent needed two points to victory. Honeybone took a tantalising run of points in catch up, until Belarusian Valery Pryiemka eventually thwarted his attempts.
Kayak’s were launched in the Canoe Slalom, where Hannes Aigner breezed into first place for Germany, whilst Spain’s Samuel Hernanz took second. Russian Vavrinec Hradilek sits in third. Semifinals will continue shortly.
The Women’s 52 kg event saw four medal winners, with gold going to Ae Kum An of Korea while Cuban Yanet Bermoy Acosta held silver. Both Rosalba Forciniti (Italy) and Priscilla Gneto (France) both secured bronze.
Georgian Shavdatuashvili bested Colin Oates (GB) in a tense tussle earlier, going forward to win the event with gold. Hungarian Miklos Ungvari settled with silver, in the Men’s 66kg category. Masashi Ebinuma (Japan) and Jun-Ho Cho of Korea, both took bronze.
The empty seats debacle at the Judo was overcome with seemingly all seats (on camera view) filled to the maximum. Some behind the camera were short but mostly filled in the Excel Center. Equestrian, Canoeing and other events had notable emptiness, however, after organisers claimed the seats would be filled. Read Day 1 results on how to solve this –https://falsefabs.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/london-2012-day-1-results/
Team GB’s girls Adlington and Armitstead earned Britain its first two medals of the games, putting 12th on the leader board. (see below) More are expected to come as event’s continue. One instance from day 2 is certain, it belonged to the females worldwide. An encouraging day for sport and females indeed. Congrats!