Wimbledon’s Black Wednesday

Black Wednesday claims seven withdrawals or injuries in one day.

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Marin Cilic, Belgian Steve Darcis vacated the competition after causing shock upset beating hot property Rafael Nadal in the preliminaries two days earlier when the contest began on Monday.

Preliminary shock exit for Rafa Nadal

Victoria Azarenka suffered a drastic tumble in her first round win over Maria Joao Koehler. Azarenka needed treatment on court instantly. She finished the match but couldn’t go further in the competition and withdrew. She pulled out minutes before her second round contest unable to continue. She was in excruciating pain on Monday.

Croatian Cilic, with a knee injury, USA entry John Isner alongside Czech competitor Radek Stephanek all abdicated through injury.

Yaroslava Shvedova and rising challenger Jo-Wilfried-Tsonga, number six seed, retired 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to Ernests Gulbis.

Maria Sharapova is also having trouble on the courts, with her and other players questioning the court’s quality control from the slippery surface of the lawn today.

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Maria Sharapova’s hopes of the Wimbledon crown this year have faded as she lost her match moments ago. Sharapova is still questioning the surface of the court. She fell twice in her game.

UPDATE 8.21 PM

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Roger Federer has sensationally been knocked out of the competition by Serhiy Stakhovsky as Black Wednesday at Wimbledon claims its latest shock elimination.  Federer secured the first round after which Stakhovsky won last three of four sets to catapult his career further with a monumental defeat of sterling competition.

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London 2012, Day 9 Results

London 2012, Day 9:

Ailing to ascension

Ben Ainslie silenced his previous opponents from Denmark and Netherlands swishing past to first capturing the gold medal on offer, in the Sailing Finn event. Jonas Hogh-Christensen bagged silver for Denmark as Jonathan Lobert C’est finn-y(ed) for France earning bronze.

Tennis

Andy Murray managed to knock off Roger Federer at the Wimbledon grounds today in the finals to raise the gold medal in tennis for Team GB. Federer took silver.

Someone came third, but no one seemed to care, media wise. Argentina won, in case you were wondering.

Murray had roughly thirty mins or more to rest before double duty, in the mixed doubles with Robson against Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus. Murray and Robson lost and took silver, as their opponents held gold.

Serena and Venus reunited to win gold and dominate the Olympics once more.

Gymnastics

Woh! Long legs!

Back at the Gym events the Pommel Horse finals were scheduled, seeing Louis Smith tie in first place with 16.066. Smith was denied gold but claimed silver instead due to execution scores being slightly lower than rival Krizstian Berki. Max Whitlock, 19, also took bronze for Britian in another sterling display on the apparatus.

Duchess of Cambridge was in attendance to support one and all

Gym floor Men’s gym floor exercise

Zou Kai flew to first for China in the ground work, as Kochei Uchimura romped home with another medal, this time with silver for Japan. Denis Ablyazin of Russia proved a force once again, claiming the bronze.

Women’s Boxing Natasha Jonas, 28, defeated prominent ‘Queen’ Underwood of Team USA to pass quarter final stages, after Women’s Boxing was non-existent until now for Britain, adding a touch of equality already causing healthy debate.

My niche field of sports journalism, one not many can cover at all, Wrestling (see below for event details) began today. Looking for tickets well before and leading up to the games were over expensive at near £300 for a “rubbish seat” two days ago, the 48 hour scheme in place, offered no tickets and yet, on the day, numerous seats were empty. Even the media space was highly abandoned, with minimal international reporters. I pray for the rest of the week being a dismal turnout of despair, as it will be.

Awash with more empty seats, yet website continues to say sold out time again

The majority of the crowd, who gained discounted tickets at the last minute, weren’t even interested nor care for the sport. The process is flawed, and a mass disgrace to the sport and the officials in charge. Surely it makes credible sense to enforce not only a Brit, but someone with that eye to be there to report or experience to encourage others who have no knowledge of the sport.

Great Britain have shambolically entered ONE wrestler, and a female only. Need I say any more?

It is also interesting to see the BBC and The Sun tabloid newspaper loot numerous sayings or wording from the writer, whilst being unable to offer an opportunity, nor exposure from this worldwide outreach to promote the games on this platform. I’m still available for hire. Is it that difficult for the BBC, when they constantly feed my script to their presenters? Hmmm.

If a journalist needs to loot from someone else for free, then the journalism is proof alone that they have no integrity to reporting nor dignity.

Athletics

U(in)sain Bolt blitzes own record once more, Keep Up!

Usain Bolt blitzed his own record in the 100m. The Jamaican sprinter added 9.63 to his repertoire as the newest record break his own previously held as Yohan Blake from Jamaica also joined his at 9.75 to earn silver in a comfortable second.

Bolt even won a gold mascot trophy too!

Oscar Pistorius’s took to the stadium despite his amputeed setback. Not wishing to be classed as an exception, Oscar strode out in his carbon fibre in a hearty effort, respected by all.

Marathon

Tipping the velvet

Tiki Gelana, 24, of Ethiopia won gold at the marathon, whilst breaking a world record in addition. She crossed the line down London’s Pall Mall strip in 2(hours).23.07 followed by Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo and Russian Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova to all earn the three top medals in play. Brit Paula Radcliffe abdicated her position days beforehand due to unfortunate injury.

Omnislash

Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark rode to gold with 27 points in the velodrome above Bryan Coquard on 29 and Edward Clancy at 30 points. Clancy of GB brought back a bronze as France claimed silver in a sturdy attempt at the Omnium cycle.

Women’s Handball

France, Spain Brazil, Korea and Croatia kept their eyes on the ball advancing forward in the games. Montenegro and Russia drew their match and therefore both advance. Croatia crushed GB.

Volleyball

Brazil, US, China, Russia, Dominican Republic and Japan (who dropped Great Britian) have headed on to the next day of competition.

Beach Volleyball

Brazil, the US (with two sets of teams) and China advance to the next event after quarterfinals.

Women’s waterpolo finished its quarterfinals as Spain defeated GB as they join the United States, Australia and Hungary further on in the completion.

Men’s Hockey proves ever fruitful as GB have impressed beyond initial doubts as strong opponents where Spain, Netherlands, Korea, Pakistan and Australia, who Great Britain drew with all ascend.

Wrestling, Greco-Roman

Roman Vlasov defeated Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia to earn Russia the gold in the Men’s 74kg Greco-Roman bout, after tension from Christophe Guenot, whom almost secluded him in the final seconds of the match up, which Vlasov evaded swiftly to secure the next round. The 21 year old sprang across with a flexible somersault, saluting the raucous crowd atop his trainer’s shoulders. Speaking of his outing in London he stated – “I still can’t quite believe it, “It’s just wonderful.”

Five time world champion, Hamid Soryan Reihanpour hailing from Iran stormed to the 55kg with a victory over Rovshan Bayramov, who seemed impressive in early stages for Azerbaijan to lift the gold.

Greco-Roman consists of competitors using only their upper body and arms in order to gain victory over their adversary.

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.

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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.”