London 2012, Day 14 Results

London 2012, Day 14:

Ascending the astute summit

Frenchmen Renaud Lavillenie overcame the odds in the Pole Vault finals to launch himself to gold, also earning a Olympic record, surpassing Bjorn Otto and Raphel Holzdeppe. Both German’s tied on 5.91 however Bjorn won the silver as Raphael acquired bronze.

Hockey

Women’s Hockey took to the final stages for the medals where Great Britain played against New Zealand for the opportunity to snare bronze.  Team GB won 3-1 to secure that right. Argentina took silver in the final losing to the Netherlands 3-0, who swayed their sticks to gold.

BMX

Men’s Final saw Maris Strombergs charge around the dirt dunes to record a 37.576 time earning Latvia a gold medal for his efforts. Carlos Mario Oquendo Zabala held bronze as Australian world champ Sam Willoughby maintained silver. David and Victoria showed their support on the day, no not posh spice, David Beckham and Victoria Pendleton. Vickie Beckham is rehearsing for the closing ceremony with the Spice Girls.

Im-Beck-able

Colombian Mariana Pajon rode a 37.706 in the Women’s Final to capture gold. Sarah Walker (New Zealand) cycled to silver as Laura Smullders of Netherlands earned bronze.

Shanaze Reade for Team GB crossed the line in sixth after distress for starting too slowly.  The BMX corners also proved catastrophic, with numerous pile ups crushing all competition in various races at one time or another, with disastrous consequences from the unforgiving course.

For anyone inspired to get into these sports, know what you’re getting into before doing so. Sportsmen are great at what they do, but do so with consequences as a result. Being prepared in all aspects before beginning is valid to take note of.

After numerous successes, Britannia failed to ride the tide in the Women’s 470 Sailing events as Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark glided to silver in a trying effort. Gold was gained by the New Ziwi’s as Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie won. Lobke Berkhout and Lisa Westerhof took the bronze for Netherlands.

The Men’s 470 fared well for Aussie’s Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher, leaving risky wave racers Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell for Britain as the silver surfers.  Argentina anchored to bronze with Juan de la Fuente and Lucas Calabrese.

Silver Surfers for Team GB

Taekwondo

Men’s -80kg saw Nicolas Garcia Hemme fall to Sebastian Eduardo Crismanich of Argentina in the gold medal match. Spaniard Hemme won silver as a result. Mauro Sarmiento won Italy the bronze medal.

Women’s -67kg

Kyung Seon Hwang (Korea) tanked past Nur Tatar to win gold forcing Turkey’s Tatr to accept silver. Helena Fromm of Germany, and Paige Mcpherson of the United States shared bronze.

Wrestling Freestyle

The 74kg gold medal went to Jordan Ernest Burroughs, as we expected in a well deserved battle, winning 3-0 over Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran. Russia’s Denis Tsargush tied with Uzbekistan’s Soslan Tigiev to wrangled a bronze.

Dzhamal Otarsultanov owned the 55kg classification, confirming gold as his reward for Russia toppling Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia. Shinichi Yumoto grabbed bronze for Japan.

Synchronised Swimming’s free routine final saw GB in 6th, as Russia topped the gold with China trailing in second for silver. Spain styled their way to bronze. It’s a shame this sport had little coverage involved for the technical symmetry displayed, where people also are keen to witness creative designs.

Russia’s winning routine

Creative and spooky :O

Men’s 10km Marathon

Can you find your drink?

Fresh from last week’s pool events, Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia) entered a strong swim to come first in the two hour extravaganza earning gold for his fluid endurance. Thomas Lurz earned Germany a silver just seconds behind at 1.49.58.5 to Mellouli’s 1.49.55.1. Canada’s Richard Weinberger took the bronze in a tight knit race where the rippled Daniel Fogg of Great Britain flapped into fifth at 1.50.37.3 missing by a margin to rank the top three.

Today’s Goggle guru, the FoggGogg!

Fogg put on an expert showing today for Britain’s swimming hopefuls however couldn’t fight the tough competition on offer today in the waves, though held his own proudly.

Athletics

Women’s 5000m

Ethiopia romped home with another benchmark in the sprint as Meseret Defar claimed gold while Tirunesh Dibaba also gained bronze for the nation in a sterling effort. Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot ran Kenya to a silver medal.

Women’s Hammer was flung far to 78.18 by Russian Tatyana Lysenko, setting a new Olympic Record, to earn gold as Anita Wlodarczyk took silver for Poland. German Betty Heidler hurled a bronze.

Men’s 4x 400m Relay

Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu, Ramon Miller

The Bahamas hurtled round the Olympic stadium at 2.56.72, passing their batons to pass all competition to claim gold. Team USA ended with 2.57.05 to pass through to silver as Trinidad and Tobago clocked a close 2.59.40 for bronze just in front of Team GB on 2.59.53 in a tense tryst for track supremacy.

Women’s 4x 100m Relay saw the United States destroy the competition with a world record of 40.82 to jet towards gold success. Jamaica sailed into second on 41.41 for silver as bronze was passed to Ukraine on 42.04.

Jeter-ing home

Women’s 1500m Final

Turkey topped the board twice with silver and gold in a double whammy as Asli Cakir Alptekin won gold (4.10.23) while Gamze Bulut (4.10.40) raced to silver. Maryam Yusuf Jamal speed to a 4.10.74 time to pick up bronze in a very tight tussle.

You may have noticed the BBC broadcasting channel check, loot and pinch parts of this round up, where they claim they are running out of expressions and clichés to use for the Olympic events. Why they feel they need to compete and believe they are better than this writer then take from him as they may be running on empty is rather humorous. Do you really want to wake the beast? We stated from the beginning these would be result forms only initially, plus we understand our readership and attune to a varied set of styles from different types of contrasting media. Most can’t present/write in one sole form let alone numerous.

p.s. We are not running out of superlatives, and have numerous still left. If you run out then perhaps the media have mis-underestimated the overindulgence with Olympic fever putting all eggs in one basket. It isn’t difficult for this writer to come up with angles every time with different levels of scope involved.

If anyone needs to take from someone else, then it proves how lowly and how weak one truly may be. Surely you should hire those who have it, rather than stubborn competitiveness of egotistical thought process hiding behind a feeling supreme due to security in funding.

Diving, Men’s 10m Platform

Charismatic Klein deserved his place, though top 6 rankings are iffy

Only the top 16 of 32 would make it through. Tom Daley scraped through in 15th after some shaky starts but made up some near perfect dives, since still marked down from his first few performances in mind. Bo Qiu and Yue Lin made first and second, as Mexico entered 5th and 6th as both German’s made 3rd and 4th casting shady eyes over the judging panel, which needs to be investigated thoroughly by the Olympic committee. Australian James Connor, Peter Waterfield, and David Boudia gained higher dives than Jose Guerrera who continually messed up as did Bryan Lomas and Vadim Kaptur.

Do understand this is nothing to do with the competitors themselves, but when in a competition, it has to have some level of separation, however it seems highly divided on bias and not professionalism disgracing the sport and the Olympic committee’s involved. It needs investigating. The Springboard 3m was also an eye opener as well.

Waterfield bows out

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London 2012, Day 8 Results

London 2012, Day 8:

Super Saturday: Six gold beacons

of Great British light

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.

Ennis stamped her mark on the games

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.

Go Far-tha-r!

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.

King, Trott and Roswell

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 Danish ‘devils’ gave Britain a past-ing…

Mark and Zac for Team GB

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.

Team GB in 2012

Tennis 

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.

Women’s Triathlon

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.

Weightlifting

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.

Swimming

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.

Today’s Goggle Guru

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.

Sunny Horizons

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.

Girls jetstream to gold

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.

Team USA swim to gold

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.

Christian Sprenger, James Magnussen, Matt Targett, Hayden Stoeckel gain bronze for Australia.

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.

Kiss the gold

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!

The Ultimate Olympian of our time

Congratulations to Michael Phelps!

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.”