London 2012: Day 2- Females prove a triumphant Olympic force
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!