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.
Jacob Stephen Varner victoriously vanquished competition on the last day of the Olympics undoing Ukraine’s Valerii Andriitsev 3-0 to win the freestyle 96kg. George Gogshelidze of Gerogia shared bronze with Azerbaijan’s Khetag Gazyumov.
Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu maintained Japan’s honour with wrestling to win the 66kg freestyle frucous besting India’s notorious opponent Sushil Kumar Sushil Kumar. Kumar was the one to beat. Livan Lopez Azcuy acquired the bronze medal, sharing with Akzhurek Tanatarov.
Mountain Bike Men’s cross country
Czech Republic passed the check point with Jaroslav Kulhavy at 1.29.07 to motion through to gold medal achievement. Nino Schurter brought silver home to Switzerland one second out as third was Italian Marco Aurelio Fontana in at 1.29.32 for bronze.
Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda raced through to steadily secured gold, leaving opposition in Abel Kirui pass 26 seconds later to gain the silver for Kenya. Fellow countryman Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich of Kenya took the bronze.
Croatia blitzed Italy 8-6 in the water to gain gold at the games, leaving the Italians to shimmy swimmy to seal silver. Serbia netted the bronze after a close contest from Montenegro at 12-11 to maintain third place Poseidon, oops, possession. Early favourites Hungary entered fifth.
Anthony Joshua defeated Italian Roberto Cammarelle after both accumulating 18 points each. Joshua won the gold for Great Britain in the Super Heavyweight +91kg weighting.
Egor Mekhontcev also won his Light Heavywight 81kg challenge over Kazikhtsani Adilbek Niyazymbetov after both also drew on 15 points.
Brit boxer Freddie Evans lost to Serik Sapiyev 17-9 in favour of the Kazakhstani winning the 69kg Welterweight 69kg final. Evans smashed to silver instead in another proud a victory for Team GB.
Vasyl Lomachenko won the 60kg lightweight final for Ukraine over Japanese Soonchul Han 19-9.
Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba clobbered Tugstsogt Nyambayar 17-14 to grab the gold in the Flyweight 52kg grouping.
Gold was snapped by the French team in a frivolous encounter on tenderhooks as France won 22-21 over Sweden, taking sweet silver. Croatia defeated Hungary 33-26 in another thrilling encounter for the sport.
Russia silenced Brazil 3-2 to lift the gold as Italy toppled Bulgaria 3-1.
Laura Asadauskaite lavished in gold for Lithuania winning the Women’s version. Samantha Murray comfortably secured silver for Britain on its final Olympic day while Yane Marques won bronze for Brazil.
The United States naturally hula hoopla-d 107 points to run a gold ring around them for first medal place. They defeated Spain who took silver instead on 100 points. Russia gained bronze with 81-77 over Argentina.
Even the Guv’nor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined London Mayor Boris Johnson to watch the games.
Russia’s rhythm continued on to gain gold pushing Belarus into second. Italy won in third for bronze.
Day 16 ended the London 2012 games. We shall have the closing ceremony on here tomorrow for you, but until then, catch up on any missed days, and if you enjoyed our humble abode, stay with us for more contrasting and debatable issues in the future.
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Thank You for all looking in and hopefully you enjoyed London 2012 for the heart and crowd appreciation, as well as the athletes themselves in what was a truly remarkable pool of talent and sporting prowess.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.)
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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…
Phelps is most certainly the golden goggle guru.
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.
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.
With less than two weeks till the games begin, London and the whole of the country have been rocked with scandal surrounding the scene.
So much has occurred, so we shall keep it short.
The biggest news to rock the event is the G4S security company employed to deliver a multi pound pay off for secure games over the period at East London in the summer.
G4S, the security company hired, according to their site, claims a £284m contract with the UK government, providing 13,700 security guards.
Earlier last week, in mounting pressures to decrease the intense jobseeking claimants on benefits, those willing to have a job with G4S were given inaccurate details to apply for positions, making it impossible to gain employment.
Nick Buckles, chief executive of the firm was summoned before politicians on Tuesday (17th July) to explain the mismanagement.
Asked if it had brought mass shame on the country, Buckles responded “I couldn’t disagree with you.”
Contract Manager Ian Horseman-Sewell was also called into question at the same time with Buckles.
G4S are expected to pay a fine for not delivering the requirements hired for but will seek the £57 million pay off.
Army troops have been parachuted in at the eleventh hour to comprise the security, which sees choppers in back gardens of people’s homes and flats, police force men aimlessly wandering around locations that may suit measures to reside in, and troops hiding in national parks.
In my area, close to the ones with choppers in gardens, on Sunday, one SOIT worker walked up and down streets, walking onto other residents property while on a phone, possibly scouting areas to hide in.
Since the Jubilee, we have had the military ‘special’ planes fly over stating to “commemorate the games” in a form of celebration. Nothing to do with checking out the areas to patrol, then?
Ironically, on the same day Buckles was before parliament, a G4S van drove down our road. That’s one extra for us, then.
Home secretary Teresa May faced scrutiny last week when revealed the G4S bungle happened, questioned her integrity of unknowing of the situation until two weeks before the ceremony begins.
How could she know nothing about the security measures. If she didn’t, then surely that comprimises her position either way, because as HS it is her job to protect all measures. Why wasn’t she dealing with it instead of letting it all go by without any intervention or checking in, thereof?
The government have made mass failings to allow G4S to mess up the security, though it does not excuse them. For involvement in making the games a success, high on the Conservative party’s agenda for years since gaining the bid, the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt (still in post) who was recently involved with the Murdoch’s and phone hacking scandals, Teresa May, as above, Mayor Boris Johnson, George Osbourne, chancellor, and the Prime Minister himself, David Cameron need to shoulder some accountability.
Though G4S still wish to claim their million pound payment.
The solution is clear, the government must accept responsibility and even potentially fined, which will go into the Olympic pot or army wages for the troops involved, perhaps?
As for G4S, it has failed to meet its multi numbered contract of security measures. G4S have no right to claim their millions of the job, as government should fast track it to the courts and abolish the pay or give them £10,000 and that is it.
They have no right to claim money on a job contract that they did not fulfil. That is clear enough.
No Brit has true faith in London delivering the games, because once we get something “they cannot run it right” according to the majority of the country’s residents.
The opening ceremony will be cut to 30 minutes due to security issues above. G4S still want ‘their’ money.
Many adverts have had tourists in them, highlighting the initiative intended for the hubbabaloo of it all. London’s travel has been highly affected with Taxi Cab drivers and bus and tube services stalled, delayed and cut off. More on this in a later Part.
On Wednesday 27th June, re-elected London Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled the five Olympic rings over the side of London Bridge, with Olympics organiser Lord (Sebastian) Coe.
Lord Coe, fresh off the Olympic torch relay run, fast-tracked into London to commemorate the event with the Mayor.
“Look at those five rings. Baron Pierre de Coubertin said that they symbolised the five great Olympic virtues of athleticism, sportsmanship, exertion, poverty, chastity…or whatever. Well, roughly those ones.”
The chastity claim was the killer line that made all burst out with a right ‘ol chuckle. Thank you Mr.Mayor.
So, Great Britain, what do the five rings stand for? Leave us a comment explaining their meaning. Perhaps you could become the Lord of the Rings.
Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, quietly unmentioned on the sidelines, took a photo on his mobile phone, who has not been reprimanded for his grave misdemeanours surrounding the Leveson inquiry, phone hacking, and the Murdoch empire’s takeover bid of Media outlet BskyB.
London Mayor 2012: Who to vote for?
An early lead last week showed Labour candidate Ken Livingstone only behind by a minut number.
So it seems the country/London are choosing Ken? Why would you vote for Ken? Boris Johnson for the Conservative party, also standing to retain his crown believes his main opposition to be a liar, having constant rows with him and dropping the fabled F bomb in a confrontation in a lift after a radio show near two weeks ago.
Supporter of the labour party Lord Sugar even stated in The Sun newspaper last week that Ken was “egotistical” and felt to be a bad fit for the party as its main candidate.
The reason Ken was chosen was because he was the only name who could possibly match Boris in terms of a political spectrum that is in an entertainment-esq field in terms of personality.
I have a vote. I shall be voting. Who for?
My original choice of Liberal Democrats Brian Paddick has waivered. As a student in his first year at a London University, coming from a poor background which Conservative’s would say is middle class to avoid helping my situation and unable to fund most things in my life. Whilst being skilled, yet unemployed, I have not cast him into the ‘Nick Clegg’ camp, which saw a backtrack on manifesto ethics on student fees.
Asking Mr.Paddick on social networking site, Facebook for an interview some months ago, to drum up journalistic support for Bri wasn’t answered. His profile picture changed a day after.
What it did signal to me was one thing. Not that I didn’t get an interview, but for the fact that it proved he wasn’t serious about his career as Mayor.
I live in a poor household that is not my own, though our area is a Conservative led one, in North East London/Essex, just outside of London. Crime has started to increase, with next door neighbour burglaries and a string down our road. My father’s range rover was stolen at 4am in the night and possibly melted down for scrap. It was outside our front door. The police gave us some forms. Since, the police have not bothered to investigate and dropped the case in a disgrace of ‘support’.
Boris claims he will change policing for the better. We never had much trouble at all in our area, though it seems the figures are slipping all over.
My family are going to vote for Boris. Am I?
Boris’ 9 point plan mentions nothing about fares and funding for students, let alone mature ones.
Everyone loves Boris. I do too. He’s a real person, down with it and a right ol’ laugh. I love how he sticks it to everyone in his meetings at town hall. This is not a ‘vote for your mate down the pub’ moment though, is it?
My choice is down to – Travel (Underground to London), Income/Job options. I am in the lines of media and Journalism, though most are not open for any ‘feet in the door’ so what are your options for me, other than to sit and fester into a pool of nothingness?
I can contribute to London’s economy, create a new lease of life in Journalism and print media and many more, but I currently am further away from these options due to the government and the mayor of London.
I cannot live near my Uni because they do not offer housing, which is shambolic. I can’t barely live outside of my parent’s house, let alone get a flat, nor even move to London closer to campus.
These are fundamental issues that need addressing and given opportunity to help make tomorrow’s professional’s today.
Ken Livingstone is a shrewd, cunning and dirty politician. He will do anything to win. He will cling onto any form of power at the last attempt. He is drab, monotone and annoying. He looks like he can’t be arsed.
However, we do not need to like Ken. The job of mayor is to do the job and give the member of London and around/visiting the most cultural capital in all of the world the chance to live their life with chances to breakout of hardship and have help that supports people in London and allowing them to be re-humanised into living life and achieving goals, or even able to buy the weekly shopping at an affordable rate.
I think, on Thursday 3rd May, I shall be voting for Ken! Ugh! Never thought I’d say it. Though Ken has shown to me he is more capable to do the job that I need to benefit me. Sure, he will probably put the fees he is decreasing by 5% up the next year, which you shouldn’t. Though I need to get to London and sort my life out! I am broke and have no career. I am studying part time and full of stress and hardship. Do I really need ever more problems? No.
It will always come down to when you’re at the polling booth. I may change my vote, but currently I am at an 85 – 90 % red favoured vote. In the last election I voted yellow.
If Boris can pledge to decrease fares in the next day then I will be able to change vote. Though I do not have that guarantee, do I?
Brian is going for the old dear’s, Ken is going for the multicultural student, and Boris is after the suburban middle class. I don’t fit into any category. Though this is Ken’s chance to deliver for me. If you don’t, well…
Whatever everyone votes for, make sure you vote! Women were not allowed, many died for it, and others who don’t vote allow your vote to automatically go to the party in power. I encourage everyone to vote in future elections against the big two parties fighting one another, though in this case, only those two have put manifesto’s forward that are in tune with Londoner’s needs and not what is best for London for people in Europe looking with neglect.
7 candidates are standing. 1 disgraceful party (BNP), a bigoted one (UKIP), some random lady (that’s how the public view it, not me), Jenny Jones for the Green’s (No-chance) and the main three.
We would welcome any candidate willing to be interviewed here on the site, should you want to.
Thank You, and happy voting!