London 2012: Day 1 Results

Day 1 of London 2012 Olympics Round Up: Aquatics, Cycling, Judo and Gymnastics.

With so many results and too much to mention for people to read, most will be summaries or results for those hoping to know, without seeing a screen.

After the Opening Ceremony, the Olympics officially began on Saturday 28th July, with rowing in the early morning seeing Great Britain lead the charge in the females coming first, and the males both in the 2 men boats, with Helen Glover and Heather Stanning also setting a new Olympic record. Britain’s beautiful boys Will Satch and George Nash, both twenty two years of age, rowed to victory in the double sculls vessel.

The biggest news came in Cycling and Swimming, where Team GB, including Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins and home favourite Mark Cavendish unable to win the Cycling challenge around London, was won by Kazakhstan’s Alexandre Vinokourov. Cavendish crossed the line at 29th place. Cavendish also told a reporter to “stop asking stupid questions” once asked a daft one of whether the Tour De France had tired the athlete out.

Bradley Wiggins didn’t wear a repugnant “Sky” branding ruining the event with advertising at London 2012, thankfully.

The BBC also took a hit, having to apologise for the poor coverage of the race, with presenter Jake Humprey apologising for poor audio and Gary Lineker tweeting on the camerawork – “This is the Olympics. The coverage is from a pool of broadcasters from across the world. I’m afraid that’s how it is regardless of who hosts.” The BBC launched twenty four television channels for the two week spectacular as the main host of the TV games.

Michael Phelps unfortunately failed to win his swimming contest, losing out to fellow American competitor, Ryan Lochte after dominating the Olympics for years, with a record sixteen medals, 14 gold, in the Men’s 400 metres individual medley. Defending champ Phelps clocked a slower time than usual to qualify for the final, ending finals in fourth place. Lochte, claimed it was “my time” and “enjoyed it a lot.”

Disheartening for Phelps, though let’s not take away from Lochte, who became an impressive turning point in the event, adding valuable competition.

Women’s Beach Volleyball also took place, outside in London, filled with sand, on a sectioned off space, rather than a beach, while China claimed the first medal of the games in the shooting event.

Qualifying for Men’s Gymnastics took place with Louis Smith proceeding. Japan and China are tipped as rivals to defeat. China also won the gold for female Weightlifting.

Yi Siling took the first Gold medal at the games.

Boxing saw Anthony Ogogo defeat Dominican Republic’s Junior Castillo by 13 – 6 on points going through to Thursday’s next round in the top sixteen.

He’s got a sensitive mouth, alright?

Tennis began at the Wimbledon grounds, where both Murray brothers Andy and Craig lost out to Austrian’s Melzer and Peyer.

Both Murray’s got their Team GB sweats on.

Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium bore host to the female football teams of Cameroon V Great Britain, which actually started on Wednesday to begin the Olympics, despite the Opening Ceremony beginning two days LATER on Friday 26th. Brazil and Great Britain proceed over New Zealand and Cameroon.

Judo saw Londoner, Ashley McKenzie, lose out to Japan’s esteemed Hiroaki Hiraoka in the 60kg category.

Sarah Menezes overcame struggle to become an inspiration, lifting victory in the finals as Olympic Gold champion for Brazil, which can only add to the pride of the 2016 Olympic holders fruitfully.

One instance was noted from the day’s events in the Excel centre – empty seats.

Tickets were given to sponsors who chose not to turn up/participate nor send representatives. Perhaps they should rectify this by placing aspiring journalists/reporters (hint hint) or individuals to represent their companies to claim those seats.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was said to be investigating the mass hubbabaloo.

Why so many seats?

The answer is clear, seats are continually empty over the course of 2012 and will remain so because, tickets are ridiculously overpriced. It can cost you near £200 to get a third level seat in most events, classed as the worst seating in the three tier placings. Football, which received the biggest dip in sales from beginning on Wednesday, start at roughly £88. It is not a viable price considering the economic climate, and GB wonder why the British public, and outsiders, have no faith in the Games forward planning. Stuart Pearce, coach for Team GB’s Male squad again faced scrutiny for failing to select, nor have David Beckham as a player (nor as Captain), as a big reason, gone unreported by the media.

Female role model and First Lady, Michelle Obama returned to the UK to cheer on the USA AND the UK with the games in a celebration of Olympic culture, and also joined David Beckham a day earlier. These two role models added high prestige to moral standing in country values, worldwide.

Not afraid to get stuck in

Perfect couple of prestige and value

Many Brits want to be involved, however, everyone involved with the Olympics are keeping the public further away from the events. There are no incentives to join, and the games, supposedly meant to encourage youth, old and middle aged citizens to join in unison and come together instead of being diversely separated in society, which is already highly defragmented.

Government wish to bring the country together with the games, yet fail to understand they need to encourage the country to pay. They will not pay £80 for a seat, because they simply don’t have that amount of money, therefore causing a backlash in faith and fairness.

One of the event organisers, Lord Seb Coe.

It never looks good with empty seats. At least fill them with professionals or Journo’s or even those who have interest and trying to make a career, embodied with the struggle of working and education fees rising with no experience or a break in the market.

Offer tickets to bloggers to blog the Olympics. Of course, seeing as I mentioned this, if implemented – tickets please! 🙂 Contact on Twitter for email can be gained – @Dean_Tonberry.

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However, it makes common sense, brings people together and spreads a positive environment to join the country closer together, than pushing it further apart.

It also inspires those doing work to be further influenced to gain employment and get the country and its economy moving once more.

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Beckham shunted from Team GB squad

David Beckham was sensationally shunted out of a place on the Olympic football team, decided by Team GB boss, and manager of Manchester City, Stuart, now dubbed “Stu-pid” Pearce.

Pearce was able to select three “over-age” players, consisting of Craig Bellamy, Micah Richards and media stud Ryan Giggs over the 37 year old Beckham, who also became an ambassador for the Olympic Bid (in 2005) with some of Britain’s sporting heroes including Athletics runner, Dame Kelly Holmes, and Politician Tony Blair, to name a few.

The patron, who made it clear he would love to represent the country, once again, was left in seclusion by the decision.

Many once again question the validity of the Olympic Games, its organisers and Pearce.

In 1994, Pearce verbally cast a racial slur at player Paul Ince, calling him a black c**t. Pearce later admitted this, and claimed it “was not appropriate at the time.” Pearce has also been a raging alcoholic in the past.

Former England defender Danny Mills claimed “Stuart Pearce doesn’t always like confrontation and he’s struggled with big players in the past. Maybe he’s thinking that what Beckham brings with him is too much to handle.” Pearce instead felt Ryan Giggs, fresh off his own public misdemeanours, would bypass this problem.

Beckham has an astonishing 109 caps, surpassing the late Bobby Moore’s record in the sport.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp stated that “Stuart can kiss goodbye to a knighthood but credit him for being brave. He’s the manager and should pick who he wants.”

Even Newcastle native Alan Shearer chipped in. “I’m amazed as I thought he was going to be part of it after all he’s done getting the Olympics to London. “If Stuart Pearce had no intention of playing him, the very least he could have done was tell him so earlier.”

Chairman of the Olympic committee Lord Coe is expected to give Beckham a role for the event somewhere, for his sterling work in putting a stamp on the occasion.

Spurs midfielder Harry Kane also believed Beckham would have encouraged more dignified youth in football, as well sport overall – “David Beckham was down here at Spurs when he was getting fit, and it was amazing to see him in the dressing room, to talk to him because he has been through it all and is one of the greatest role models ever,” when Becks participated in a few training sessions at the hotspot down in Chigwell, Essex.

Becks also had two sites, one in L.A and the other in London comprising the David Beckham Academy, set up in 2005, encouraging others to train in football, which was forced to close in 2009.

Some people come to see Beckham for his talent; others come to see his raw hotness. Either way, with David out of the squad, most ticket sales look gloomier than usual. Many would have paid to see Beckham, without a shadow of a doubt.

If there’s one man in football, who strikes a chord with everyone, in a positive light, its David Beckham.