MH17 destroyed. What are the details?

Malaysian aircraft destroyed killing hundreds of innocent victims over Ukraine airspace.

Are Russia to blame?

Ukraine Plane

By now the world has all heard of the shocking events that took place on Thursday involving airline flight MH17. The airliner, which was shot out of the sky, crashed and killed all 298 people on board. The crash site landed over Eastern Ukraine, in the midst of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Many forces believe that pro-Russian separatists were to blame for the downing of the aircraft, murdering its crew. The flight was on course from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The majority of citizens on board were Dutch. One was dual American. The others include 43 Malaysians (including 15 crew), 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians and 10 Britons (including one with dual South African nationality), four Germans, four Belgians, three from the Philippines, and one each from Canada and New Zealand.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied being at fault nor any involvement with Russia and added Ukraine “bears responsibility” for the crash. The Ukrainian government claim the pro-Russian rebels removed 38 bodies from the crash site leading to calls of cover ups.

The separatists were also accused of stealing luggage from the deceased crash victims. They also took the black box recorder and said it was “on its way to Moscow.” Why Moscow are receiving the box as well as amid fears of evidence tampering casts a dangerous light on Russia and its interactions with the world in these conflicting times.

putin meeting

The plane had also been carrying a UN worker and officials specialising in the AIDS health problem which casts another shadow over Russia with their recent abuses to gay citizens and assumption all gay men carry the predicament.

Ukrainian officials called it “an act of terrorism” and calls for Europe to renew its position with Russia has been mentioned.

It is believed the separatists had significant technology to shoot down the plane traced back to exclusive Russian military systems.

President Obama instantly called President Putin to discuss the situation briefly.

Whilst Putin may choose to deny the issues at hand, and in the case with the benefit of the doubt, if Russia is at fault, it needs to take responsibility rather than deny everything said towards the nation as a general routine.

Putin has had months of time to de-escalate the Ukrainian crisis and why this still continues is amazing to all among the world. Putin can call off the rebels at any time and should do so.

If this is a ‘Cold War resurgence’ of recapturing all the previous countries that sought independence from Russia should be left alone and respected. Building relationships with them as communicate countries is what is needed, not to use methods of fear to scare the world or neighbouring countries. This will only ever make Russia and Putin look weak, something they think responsibility would do instead.

What President Putin fails to understand is that any actions from pro-Russian separatists directly affect Russia and its influence on them. Reports claim the separatists were trained by Russian troops and are being used to conduct the fighting in Ukraine to directly shift full Russian blame.

The evening following the crash, on Friday, totalitarian dictator David Cameron was enjoying himself in London’s glitzy West End at the theatre watching the play Warhorse. He was said to have been informed of the on-going details.

Amid such world crisis Cameron watches theatre plays instead on night out.

Amid such world crisis David Cameron watches theatre plays instead on night out.

Russia had also been accused of using propagandist methods on its television news station Russia Today, which used to be independent, now said to be influenced by the Kremlin instead. One journalist quit the station over its treatment of the news story.

Pro-Russian separatists claim the Ukrainian forces took down the aircraft.

Inspectors are at the crash site whilst over help to give the deceased as dignified a death as possible are helping retrieve the bodies.

In recent months Malaysia and its airlines have been dogged with trauma after previous flight MH370 crashed off the coast of Australia. The flight remains an unsolved mystery. Its black box flight recorder has not been located and is feared to have lost all its data.

Vladimir Putin’s real life game of Risk is a major one indeed. Putin needs to understand that he does not have to accept the world’s decisions on everything, however the communist state must be able to communicate with the rest of the world despite certain country principals involving democracy and such others. If Putin can show he is a world leader that can effectively stand tall with other nations than impose on them, then he will be respected and considered when making suggestive influence on decisions of the world. Currently, Putin has no trust, respect and effectively with the world, which it spent over forty plus and even centuries to rebuild a communicative platform. Whatever the case, Putin needs to think and act accordingly that will change course in a fair and concise manner that allows everyone to live their lives their way, including Russians. Running around with weaponry only makes a country look weaker by the day, especially if it can stop the fighting at the click of its fingers.

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The Crimean Crisis

After yesterday’s shocking events in the Crimean crisis in which a Ukrainian soldier was killed and another fatally injured by Russian protesters the situation is developing at a rapidly catastrophic rate.

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Hours after signing a treaty to annex Crimea into Russian borders based on reports of 60% of Russian citizens populating the country, and after Sunday’s referendum, the gunfire occurred on Tuesday.

Though Russian President Vladimir Putin will not simply hand Crimea back, he should smooth over relations and ease tensions with Ukrainian’s and Russian protesters. After many see this as an act of Putin rallying Russians to do the work for him, Russia and all its resources are isolating itself from the rest of the world.

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With condemnation from the United States, Great Britain and Europe with the EU officials also Putin must be prepared to accept reprimands. In order to avoid this Putin could make ‘good gestures’ though handing back Crimea is unlikely. For Putin, many say he is worried about his look to people as a strong leader. For Putin isolation from the rest of the world since building communication with the west and Europe strongly over years past, is something unwelcomed by all. Everyone wants to have strong and fair dialogue with Russia but such actions are going to cause separation. No one wants a war of any kind, including Russia. After building strong communications with all, Russia must repair this bond and again, accept sanctions of some kind.

If Russia can offer an alternative, this could ease a few tensions, even if the upset is too deeply broken. If Russia plans on ‘turning off its taps’ to Europe with gas supplies, this would also be another huge mistake. Europe are a collective whole. They are as one. In times of strife if the gas is cut off, they will be forced to band together to find a new supply. This means Russia will become obsolete in terms of energy provider over time. Europe will find a new source of productivity leaving Russia alone once more.

A police officer and pro-Russian demonstrators tussle with a topless Femen activist outside the Crim

Russia have since shown no real interest to remain a part of the G8 after discussion of possible removal from the group. Unfortunately for Russia, this is one action that looks likely. Maybe this will give them a chance to reflect upon after the tensions pass on its position with the rest of the world.

We have always been supportive of Russia over handling of the Edward Snowden situation and Syrian conflict intervention. This is a very different matter however. Russia, nor any country, can act this way and expect free reign.

It is key to have Russia’s involvement in world affair’s but the mild ‘invasion’ of troops in Crimea to begin with to put pressure on nervousness in the region was not acceptable under international law, which has been broken.

Despite the signed treaty declaring Crimea to Russia, the region still belongs to the Ukraine. Should Ukraine fall into turmoil with no acting official then it falls to the hands of the United Nations/NATO to decide. The treaty is no Magna Carta. It is not worth the paper it is printed on. If Russia want to rejoin Crimea to the Russian regions it should talk and discuss political issues with its ‘owners’ Ukraine. It has to be done legally and not with short options on the ballot paper.

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The initial reports have also been stated that Catherine the Great declared should Crimea retain Independence once more, the country returns to the province of Turkey. This was stated under the Ottoman law by the Russian Queen Catherine II herself.

As reiterated, Russia need to be a part of world affairs and discussions, but cannot create these actions of tension and expect no repercussions. If an area/country wants St. Petersberg or Moscow one day when they wake up, can they have it because they want it?  For now, at this very moment, Russia’s priority is to ease the tension with gunfire with sincerity for recent actions in diplomatic terms.

 

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London 2012, Day 16 Results

London 2012, Day 16:

Varner Vanquishes foes for gold

Wrestling, Freestyle

Varner grappling opposition

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.

66kg Freestyle

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.

Men’s Marathon

Velvet Validation

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.

Men’s Waterpolo

Valentino Gallo of Italy hurls the drenched ball

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.

Croatia grab their coach…

…to celebrate in the pool.

Boxing

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.

Team GB end on last 29th record gold medal

Egor Mekhontcev also won his Light Heavywight 81kg challenge over Kazikhtsani Adilbek Niyazymbetov after both also drew on 15 points.

Freddie’s fast fists slugged a silver!

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.

Handball

Jonas Larholm goes for goal

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.

Volleyball

todor skrimov gets up high for the ball

Russia silenced Brazil 3-2 to lift the gold as Italy toppled Bulgaria 3-1.

Unleash the dragan

Modern Pentathlon

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.

Basketball

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.

Hiiiiiiii!!!

There we are, and some empty seats once more…

Even the Guv’nor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined London Mayor Boris Johnson to watch the games.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Russia’s rhythm continued on to gain gold pushing Belarus into second. Italy won in third for bronze.

The end?

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.

There will be at least one debate every week on a topic in the media, though if you wish for us to respond to a request, please melt us know and we may consider doing so.

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.

London 2012, Day 15 Results

London 2012, Day 15 Results:

Plymouth plunderer plucks proud Bronze

Diving, 10m Platform

It was encouraging to see FINA take our concerns seriously, as markings seemed to change credibly, however the question would be how long would it be maintained for?

Round 1 of the dives were very accurate, as Riley McCormack of Canada launched the proceedings, with a 3.0 difficulty earning a valid 8.5 score. Cuban Jose Antonio Guerra also gained an 8.5 score with the same difficulty, which was slightly worse when legs entered the water swivelled to the left.

The majority of the dives were consistent, though when Tom Daley dived for Team GB, cameras in the audience were flashed by anticipating fans which caused a distraction. The flash photography, which is banned when performers are diving caused Tom and the coach to ask for a re-dive. The official rightfully agreed, and an announcement to the audience was conducted.

Is nothing sacred? You are there in the aquatic center witnessing the action live, be grateful to have that, there is no need to take pictures as well as the disgracious abundance to break rules costing all the competition for any competitor. Should throw them out next time.

Daley, David Boudia and Martin Wolfram ended the round highly, with the Chinese competitors, Lin Yue and Qiu Bo.

Round two had competent dives until the last three diver’s caused a mix. David Boudia earned 9.0 which should have had 9.5 as an excellent dive came through, with a minimal glitch not enough to be a 10. Lin Yue earned 9.5 which was at least a 9.0 with curving’s towards fall in, creating bubbles underneath, and Qiu Bo’s legs were way off into the water entry with them arched over, and gained a 9.0 which should have seen 8.5 minimal.

Lin Yue had some good dives when it counted

Oleksandr Bondar fell back onto his ankles in round three rolling back onto the water with his feet on entry and scored two 7.5’s and an 8.0 which should have been 7.0 – 7.5.

Sascha Klein was unfortunate with some flapjack, saucepan arched legs at a 3.5 difficulty earning 6 and 6.5’s in a trying attempt.

Victor Minibaev was way too out and diagonally extended when flying down to the water which was marked at a disbelievable 9.0 which was a roughly 8.0 score.

Tom Daley performed a tougher difficulty at 3.5 than Minibaev at 3.3 with a slight arch, which should have had 9.5 instead of 8.5 and two 9.0’s.

Boudia dived to 9.0’s in a near perfect splash, which should have been 9.5.

Bou-di-se-a!

Lin Yue entered diagonally to gain 8.5 as Bo had flung his legs and had awkward backward entry as well as his head too close to the board which usually results in a penalty which the judges “missed.” Clearly we can say they missed it in the spur of the moment as an excuse, though was clear violation that they saw it and chose not to reprimand. Disgraceful. Bo scored two 9.5’s and one 9.0.

Round four Nicholas McCrory scored an 8.0 which should have been roughly 7.5 after a mass sviwel bend entry.

Daley had a very good dive into the water scoring two 9’s and one 8.5 which should have seen 9.5’s.

Lin Yue had a disastrous drop which was rightfully marked at 6.0’s and 6.5. Qiu Bo entered the water with a coathanger legged mess which scored 9.0 and two 8.5’s which should have amounted to 8.0’s.

Round five had a great dive from Mexican Ivan Garcia Navarro earning 9.0’s, though Bondar paused in the air and hyper extended his legs, pushing his knees out before plunging into the water, scoring a rightful 5.0 and two 6.0’s, however Cuban Jose had his knees out, as dropped into the water trying to push them then hurled back on his flipped feet, similar to Olek’s mistake, though scored two 8.5’s and an 8.0.

Hmmm…

Minibaev then had awkward bend drops with a swivel back an froth reminiscent of a seesaw scored 8.5’s instead of 8.0s.

Wolfram tore his shoulder on the last dive prior, but wilfully continued on to make his country proud.

Lin Yue faltered slightly with legs off in rotation and a bad entry. He scored 8.5’s across the board, which was 8.0’s at best.

World champion Qiu Bo had a seemingly good dive until before water entry in the dive into position, slightly bent out. 8.5’s were given, which was 8.0 – 8.5 worthy for his blunder.

After the rankings Daley was first with 466.20 to Boudia and Bo’s tied score of 466.05 only a margin separating them as the top three.

The final dive loomed. Bondar gained 6.0’s in a seemingly pity marking which was worthy of 5-5.5’s. Legs were mid-air crossover calamities embodied by the splash dive. ‘Baev scored 8.5 which was 8.0 ideally.

Despair came for Martin Wolfram as he ripped his shoulder in the round prior and continued on to dive in honour for Germany, however painfully irritated the predicament, off in rotations, which probably should have seen him withdraw from the contest, despite not wishing to, as he was too far behind to contend. He attempted a 3.7 difficulty scoring 8 and two 8.5’s for his efforts.

Daley followed with a faultless, perfect dive, with slight bend, to earn two 9’s and a 9.5 which was worthy of all 9.5’s in blatant marking down.

David Boudia followed with an almost perfect dive though a tad off with leg entry, earning 9.5’s which were really 9.0’s at best.

Qiu Bo was over in mid-air and missed fluidity on a 3.6 difficulty, scoring 9.0’s to bump his place to second, after losing to Boudia.

Tom Daley won the bronze medal in a joyous celebration, being thrown into the pool by his team and coaches. Boudia was thrilled as Bo was dismayed.

The event began marking fairly competently, but then instantly reverted after the next few rounds to old habits. Whether “in awe” of Bo’s previous talents, which would constitute as bias, or whether it was some shady politics going on behind the scenes, or just stubborn attitudes of the ‘panel’ or who they believe should win a medal is unfathomable. They should all be struck off, and replaced if FINA are to hold any scope with its reputation, as this has been highly detrimental to the profession and the Olympic sport.

Even defending champ Matthew Mitchum of Australia was eliminated, even though he had better dives than some who did qualify. He was later seen in the crowd in joyous fashion, with a smiley face drawn onto his chest with cheeky tongue pointed out. 😛

One devisery we can take from this is that something untoward is in the water at a cataclysmic standing, where officials need to harpoon the harboured hypocrisy because it is running their integrity and becoming highly debatable in potentially biased parameters that must be recognised and removed. It damages, nations, professionalism and the will of the sport, never mind the Olympics. It applies to anyone and not because it is country based, as before, we re-iterate, if sport is to be fair and contrasting then foul play potentially seen must be investigated and mentioned. If you were on the over side, would you be so quiet?

Gold and silver can be debated by Daley and Boudia. We have previously stated that Boudia yesterday was one to ascend. It is in this writer’s credible thought process that Daley should have gained gold and Boudia silver, slightly but Daley’s last dive proved higher ranking than Boudia’s and in a level of competition, there has to be a mentioned contrast. Again both could be debated back and forth, but clear these two were the top two, and China’s Bo should have held bronze, yet gained silver. While almost every writer will take a defiance based on nationality, there is none here with myself. In order to have a free press and a fair, genuine and defined sporting outlook with morals and sporting achievement, these are valid claims to make. We have no bias when we write, check our previous results, where we have tirelessly put many nations forward credibly, based on their achievement alone in the games. Most press outlets, if not all have had bias towards concentrating on their nations and ignoring others from smaller sports or unknown/politically unmentionable countries. We have done none of this. Nevertheless, we do not wish to detract from Boudia’s victory as was thoroughly deserved with some expert dives on the day. Congrats on a great competition to the end!

Moving on…

Athletics

Make Mo-ne a double!

Mo Farah became the seventh man to sensationally win the 5,000m and the 10,000m at the same Olympic’s gaining the victory for Great Britain in an tense and terrific track trot, crossing the finishing line at 13:41.66. Dejen Gebremeskel (Ethiopia) and Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Kenya) took silver and bronze.

Y-Mo-C-A

Men’s 4x 100m Relay

The four man relay runners were unleashed from their starting blocks where Jamaica and the United States (Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey) had a chase on their hands, though Jamaica (Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan ‘The Beast’ Blake) strode home with the baton in Usain Bolt’s firm hands to charge home another victorious gold. Former athlete Michael Johnson felt it may have been a mistake to put Bailey in lane three, as needing to gain an upper advantageous lead before Bolt was launched to stand a chance of winning. We would agree. Jamaica entered a new world record at 36.84 as United States raced a 37.04. Trinidad and Tobago came third with 38.12.

Bolt payed ‘omage to the “Mo-Bot” from Mo Farah

Mo keeping up with the Bolt-bot

Women’s 4x 100m Relay

The result was slightly reversed for the females as Team USA strode home to a 3.16.87 time above Russia by four seconds to win the gold. Bronze went to Jamaica’s ladies in a close battle for second at 3.20.23 to 3.20.95.

Men’s Javelin

Keshorn Walcott launched the farthest distance of 84.58 to fling home a gold medal for Trinidad and Tobago, while silver was claimed by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Pyatnytsya at a score of 84.51. 84.12 spiked a bronze for Antti Ruuskanen for Finland.

Women’s High Jump

Anna Chicherova earned 2.05 and a gold for Russia to scale past Brigetta Barrett on 2.03 who couldn’t surmount her rival. Russia also rallied a bronze with Svetlana Shkolina on 2.03 also.

Women’s 800m

Mariya Savinova clocked 1.56.19 to race Russia to another gold leaving South African rival Caster Semenya in second for silver on 1.57.23. Ekaterina Poyistogova came in thirty seconds later to add another bronze to Russia’s victory pot.

Boxing

Luke Campbell, 24, won the 56kg Bantam weight division to snatch the gold medal, leaving Ireland’s John Joe Nevin to commiserate with silver.

Men’s Heavyweight, 91kg

Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk pummeled Clemente Russo of Italy to plough through to gold success. Usyk celebrated with some funky dance moves.

Time to invite Dhalsim of Street Fighter for a dance!

Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan shared bronze with Bulgarian Tervel Pulev.

Light Flyweight 49kg

Shiming Zou won gold for China after Thailand’s Kaeo Pongprayoon was thought to have won the medal. Zou took gold for China as officlas made the call, putting silver around Kaeo. Paddy Barnes of Ireland and David Ayrapetyan tied for bronze.

Men’s Light Welterweight

Denis Berinchyk (Ukraine) settled for silver as Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo of Cuba won gold 22-15 on points.

Men’s Middleweight 75kg

Japan’s Ryota Murata beat Esquiva Florentino Falcao 14-13 on points to prise gold from the Brazilian. Florentino downed Anthony Ogogo one day earlier, forcing him to collect bronze for Great Britain.

Mexico won the Men’s Football gold against Brazil 2-1.

Russia’s Evgeniya Kaneava retained the Rhythmic Gymnastics with a 116.900 mark to earn gold over challengers  Belarus.

Women’s Mountain Bike cycling witnessed France stride home to gold as silver went to Germany. United States wheeled in at third for bronze.

Germany’s Sabine Spitz

Men’s Kayak Single 200m

Ed McKeever received the golden paddle to win gold. Silver medallist was Saul Craviotto Rivero of Spain as Canada jetted to third for bronze with Mark de Jonge.

The single Canoe 200m race saw Yuri Cheban win gold at 42.291, as Japan entered third while silver went to Lithuania.

Double Kayak, 200m

Russia stormed to first with Alexander Dyachenko and Yury Postrigay to defeat Belarus’s Vadzim Makhneu and Raman Piatrushenka who inched passed Great Britain towards the end after Team GB held second for the vast majority. Jon Schofield and Liam Heath picked up bronze.

Men’s Hockey saw Great Britain lose to Australia 3-1 bowing out of the challenge to win bronze, which Australia secured.

Men’s 50km Race Walk

Sergey Kirdyapkin set an Olympic record at 3.35.59 to set Russia into further sturdy grounf with gold. Jared Tallent came up second to gain Australia silver. Bronze went to China’s Tianfeng Si.

Women’s 20km Race Walk

Russian fever taking over had another double whammy of wins as Elena Lashmanova took gold at 1.25.02 as countryman Olga Kaniskina had a time of 1.25.09. Shenjie Qieyang had 1.25.16 to take bronze for China.

Men’s Modern Pentathlon

The Czech Republic bested China to win gold, over the London 2012 course, including horse riding, fencing, pistol targeting and racing to a finish. Hungary followed in third to get the bronze.

Women’s Volleyball

Brazil bashed United States 3-1 with the ball battalion to gain gold. Japan jumbled over Korea totaing ownership of a bronze medal.

Women’s Basketball

US dropped France for gold as Australia hooped past Russia for bronze.

It wasn’t plain Women’s Sailing for Australia in the Elliot class as one man went overboard, allowing Spain to swiftly pass to claim the gold medal.

Wrestling

Artur Taymazov won the 120kg freestyle grapple over David Modzmanashvili of Georgia to earn gold for Uzbekistan. Bilyal Makhov of Russia and Komei Ghasemi of Iran both won bronze.

Bilyal Makhov of Russia competes against Jamaladdin Magomedov of Azerbaijan

84kg Sharif Sharifov Bilyal Makhov overcame opposition to win gold against Puerto Rican Jami Yusept Espinal 3-1.

Perfect pinfall attempted in London’s Excel Arena

60kg

Working the ankle wasn’t enough for Japan’s trying efforts against Toghrul

Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan felled Besik Kudukhov to silence Russia 3-0.

Taekwondo

Carlo Molfetta won Italy their gold in the +80 standings as Milica Mandic won the +67 Women’s gold for Serbia.

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

London 2012: Day 13 Results

London 2012: Day 13,

Jamaica’s Thunderous Triple Threat

The thunderous missile that is Usain Bolt jetted down the 200m strip on the Athletics track to grab the gold at 19.32, maintaining his defending record and now double gold champ , days earlier retaining the 100m also.

Jamaica’s jovial expedites with extreme celerity followed through in second and third as Yohan Blake swiftly clocked 19.44, as Warren Weir charged a time of 19.84.

First female Boxing babe crowned

Natasha Adams became the first female in Olympic Boxing to earn the gold medal, for Great Britain, no less, in a hard slog of hardcore bashing.

The beaming young beaut, in the 51kg roundup, was unaware of her points during the bouts and remained focused stating she took “nothing for granted” while choosing to stick “to tactics.” Hard hitting Adams allowed her fists to do the talking; voicing her passion, where gold was her honourable prestige. She named her inspirations as Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammed Ali. She defeated Ren Cancun of China.

Comedy gold with Dara O’Brien, who was in the crowd on live commentary with a female anchor, as Ireland’s Katie Taylor defeated Russian Sofia Ochigava, 10-8, to lift gold in the lightweight division.

Jade Jones continued the success for Team GB, advancing to the finals of the Taekwondo -57kg events. Battling Hou Yuzhou of China, the Welshwoman suffered a brief ankle pain due to the attacker’s numerous lowblows, where Yuzhou gained an orange and two red strikes to her name. “Team GB” echoed from the crowd in support of underdog Jade, leading 2-0 by the second round. Yuzhou soon had a shin-anegans of her own when she suffered a brief and less painful attack than her opponent, where she had her trainer spray the leg and massage her to stall for time to strategise. Jones simply got up and on with it when she fell earlier, despite the pain with brave integrity.

Shortly on China accumulated two red strikes in the next round. She lost a point by referee as GB went 4-0.

Jones gained a red at 4-1 then a quick 5-1 in rapid succession. China staged a comeback charging to knock down in the third round, with high kicks earning an orange strike and score at 6-2 to GB. Swiftly becoming 6-3 with 10 seconds left, two red marks were added to China as Jones held on at 6-4 to win Olympic gold in a tense and inspirational victory.

Frenchwoman Marlene Harbois and Tapei’s Tsenhi Chong both duelled to bronze, congratulating their peers and Jones in a well-respected portrayal of the sport and dignity.

Gracious Warriors

Men’s -68kg

Servet Tazegul challenged Iran’s Mohammad Bagheri Motamed in a competent clash which saw the Turkish Tazegul instantly launch on offence. As round one ended both were 1 a piece.

Round 2 began where the score changed rapidly ending the round at 3-5 in Turkey’s favour.

The final round saw Iran catch to 4-5 as Turkey distanced a 6 point lead almost instantly afterward. At the closing 5 seconds, Motamed attempted a roundhouse kick in a trying effort at 5-6 until the battle ended with Turkey winning the gold medal.

Iran then had the sheer gall to discredit the match and its integrity by attempting a challenge after the ending to mar the process, which was clearly a non-sensical decision as Turkey clearly won. Iran’s coach instantly jumped up on the final second, seeking a headshot claim, which was neutered. Turkey won gold in a respectable effort, as the opposition’s coach ruined the process with an embarrassing call. There is such a thing as bowing out gracefully with your integrity intact. The challenge was unnecessary.

Terrence Jennings and for Team USA and Rhullah Nikpah of Afghanistan shared the same podium side by side to collect bronze in a successful sporting challenge.

Martin Stamper had a close chance, but fell short of the final three.

10km Open Water

The two hour, 10,000 distance swim saw tremendous tenacity with intense endurance take place at the serpentine venue.

Drinks for the part time mermaids were available at checkpoints, dangled over rods, indicated by flags for the participants, classed by many as “mayhem.”

Hungary’s Eva Risztov won the gruelling swim, Haley Anderson for Team USA came in second for silver as Italy ended in third with Martina Grimaldi.

She’s Hung-ary … 😦

 Triple Jump

Christian Taylor, 22, won the event with a 17.81 score to fellow American Will Claye who took 17.62 in a close call as Taylor held the gold over his silver counterpart. Bronze went to Fabrizio Donato of Italy on a score of 17.48.

Decathlon

Ashton’s often set high bars for themselves and have integrity, wit and poise in doing so. So with another ‘Dean’ on ‘Ashton’ Eaton proved to hold all of the above and a little something extra. That hidden nugget he shan’t reveal so easily. Being one to look over your shoulder, Eaton stalled all competition to win the Decathlon for Team USA with 151 points then racing the 15.00m at 33.59 seconds to secure the gold medal. Overall score accumulated was an impressive 8,869. Agility, depth, charisma and dedication to succeed make Eaton the all round greatest athlete for our generation. There is always one hidden talent in every field of their profession. Can you spot any others, currently?

#RiseAbove

Trey Hardee held silver on a final 8,671 total while Cuban Leonel Suarez tallied a 8,523 score for bronze.

Eaton celebrating with all athletes in a great display for Athletics

Germany topped the Beach Volleyball to gain gold in a deserved effort of play. They downed Brazil 2-1. Latvia took the bronze medal.

Wrestling, Women’s Freestyle

Natalia Vorobieva pinned down Bulgarian student Stanka Zlateva Hristova, 21, to earn bragging rights to gold for Russia in the  72kg freestyle weighting.

Locking up

Maida Unda of Spain and Guzel Manyurova of Kazakhstan shared bronze.

Olga Butkevych, Britain’s ONLY entry in wrestling, without any male’s neither, suffered defeat from Lissette Alexandra Antes Castillo.

After her six minute loss she said –

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” in a a tearful response.

“It’s my big competition, once every four years. I’ve been competing every year for the past four years.

‘But this year, the big year, I lost. I didn’t feel pressure from the crowd, but was proud to be there for them.

“There were so many people here to support me and I’m proud but sorry.”

Questions raised on her citizenship to Great Britain, gained in May after arriving four years prior from original native country Ukraine has been hounded by the xenophobic Daily Mail newspaper.

The issue of citizenship was not the issue, but lack of Olympic wrestling hopefuls, where funding given in the form of 1.4 m pounds, producing at least three athletes was not delivered. Only certain people understand wrestling and the xenophobic, backward response from Britain is discouraging. Hire someone who can scout, train and know their ‘stuff’ This writer has a niche in wrestling, when your not too stubborn to realise it an provide for the country. There are many ways forward. Meetings are available on how to push this forward. Do get in touch, I am on Twitter, as you may already know. Cheers.

Canoe / Kayak Sprints

Hungary hammered home the 4 man Kayak, riding a successful 1.30.827 across the waves of Eton Dorney. Germany came in second to Belarus at third for medal celebrations.

R-oar-ing to the finish line for gold

Men’s Kayak 4 1000m netted,, Australia to success over Hungary and Czech Republic with 2.55.085 to raise gold.

Single Women’s Kayak saw Hungary take gold once more with Danuta Kozak at 1.51.456. Ukrainian Inna Osypenko-Radomska took silver as South African Bridgitte Hartley closely tailed her for bronze.

Women’s Double Kayak had Tina Dietze and Franziska Weber enter a speedy performance for Germany, earning gold. Natasa Douchev-Janics and Katalin Kovacs did Hungary proud once more with silver as Poland rode to bronze, with Beata Mikolajczyk and Karoline Naja.

Men’s Double Kayak continued success for Germany as Kurt Kuschela and Peter Kretschmer took a 3.33.804 time to swish a gold medal. Belarus entered silver while Aliaksandr Bahdanovich and brother Andrei as Russia rode to third with Ilya Pervukhin and Alexey Korovashkov.

Equestrian, Individual Dressage

Charlotte Dujardin won gold for Team GB in a dancing horses display with a more patriotic setlist, as bronze medal victor, Laura Bechtolsheimer opted for a more Lion King-esq choice. Adeline Cornelissen jived to silver. 

Javelin

Barbora Spotakova launched the Javelin a mammoth 69.55 to take the gold home to Czech Republic. Christine Obergfoll fell short on 65.16 as fellow countryman Linda Stahl spearheaded a bronze medal to Germany, also at 64.91.

Men’s 800m

David Lekuta Rushida put in an expert performance in the 800m setting a new World record at 1.40.91 for Kenya. Botswana crossed the line in second with 1.41.73 as bronze went to Timothy Kitum joining Kenya in further celebrations for medal acquisition.

Men’s Hockey

Germany beat Australia in the semis to travel on to finals.

Netherlands took on Great Britain in terrible scenes for the game, where formation was a factor and defence was poor. The Goalkeeper continually attempted to attack for the ball. The job of keeper is to ‘keep’ the ball out of the goal by defending it, not chasing for it. You need to stand and attempt to block. The goalie made numerous attempts to tackle for the ball in unfocused attempts as pot luck. The Danes dashed around and dropped numerous balls in the net as a result, thrashing opposition 9-2, as Team GB ended with a corner shot and excellent goal to retaliate, but too late towards the end whistle. Britain still have the opportunity to play for the bronze medal. They didn’t let the country down, per say, though their formation was all over the place, despite their efforts.

Women’s Waterpolo

Team USA won the waterpolo beating Spain 8-5. Hungary lost to Australia for the bronze medal rankings.

London 2012, Day 10 Results

London 2012, Day 10:

Galloping for Gold!

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.

Athletics

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.

Cycling

In hot pursuit

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.

Gymnastics

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.

Kristian Thomas possibly disregarded due to size in the event

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.

Men’s Waterpolo

Hungary have been on a mammoth session, where they dropped America in the event to continue their dominance as front runners.

Denes and Daniel Varga of Hungary charge for the ball against Team USA

Wrestling

Alan excels in headband glory

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.