Today at the games, day thirteen 9th August 2012 with three days to go
My report from the London Olympics through a Brit’s eye from a British point of view
- At the start of the day
- Swimming Marathon
- I take a break and blow me we get a gold
- And does "lightning strike twice" Usain had the answer
- The medals table
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At the start of the day
The first gold of the day goes to Germany's Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela in the canoe double (C2) 1,000m and In one of the first track events of the day, Aries Merritt races home to win the 110m hurdles beating his all-time personal best, with silver going to Richardson also from the USA and Parchment from Jamaica getting the bronze, the reigning champion Dayron Robles pulled up before the 50m mark. Britain made fourth position.
One of the largest of the eight Royal Parks in London is Hyde Park these parks are former royal hunting grounds which are now open to the public and include "Green Park, St. James Park, Hyde park and Kensington Gardens, Regents Park, Greenwich Park Bushy Park and Richmond Park.
Hyde Park was acquired by Henry VIII and finally made open to the public by Charles I in 1637 making it the oldest in London, in the middle of the park is a lake called "the Serpentine” and this is where the women's 10km open water marathon is to take place.
While the swimmers continue in the marathon, in other places the rhythmic gymnastics were doing their thing and on the track more heats are taking place, as I write this the GB man qualify for the 4x400m relay final, meanwhile at Greenwich Park the final of the individual dressage is in progress our hope are on Laura Bechtolsheimer, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin and both the GB contenders Martin Stamper and Jade Jones in the taekwondo go through to the last eight.
Back on the track the three-time world champion Allyson Felix gets the gold with Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in a close silver place, Carmelita Jeter of the United States takes the bronze.
It’s a great day down in Weymouth, the sun is shining but there is no wind, and let’s face it we need wind to go sailing so it’s a delayed start for the sailors, and still the swimmers are fighting it out in the marathon but the end is in sight with about 800m to go Keri-Anne Payne is 10m behind Hungary's Eva Risztov who comes in to take the gold with Martina Grimaldi from Italy who takes the silver and Hayley Anderson of the United States the bronze, Keri-Anne Payne was a disappointing fourth with just a four second gap.
I take a break and blow me we get a gold
Now it’s time for me to take an hour off for the gym, I need to keep in trim for me second knee operation later in the year, but I will be hoping to get back in time for the results from the dressage.
Back again and just in time to watch Nicola Adams fight the world champion for a gold medal, I made that first round to Adams , second round and with a great punch Adams floors the Chinese girl in a knockdown so that second again goes to the British girl, round three and again Adams is like a flying bomb a close round but I make it Adam’s again with 14 points to 5 the fight goes into the fourth and final round and making history, the first gold medal in women’s boxing goes to our girl Nicola Adams
Back in the dressage I see Charlotte Dujardin has won Britain's second dressage gold medal , with Holland the silver and GB gets the bronze, this double brings Britain gold medals up to 24 in the next fight the Irish Republic go with Katie Taylor fighting the Russian Sofya Ochigava I make it level going into the last round, at the end of the round the girls stand each side of the ref as he raises the hand and winner in the red corner Katie Taylor.
And does "lightning strike twice" Usain had the answer
Zooming quickly over to the K2 arena were the semi- finals in the Taekwondo were taking place, I watched Jade Jones from Britain go into the next round to play for either a silver or gold tonight in the final.
In the next belt another Brit Martin Stamper is in the ring up against from Turkey Servet Tazegul this time it’s the Turk the goes for the gold or silver with Stamper hoping to get the bronze.
And now for the evening’s entertainment back at the Olympic park, in the 800m final a new world record from David Rudisha of Kenya our guy Andrew Osagie finishes eighth, next came the 200m final could the bolt be beaten?
And the answer! Is NO, all three winners came from Jamaica with yes you guessed right Bolt in first place, in second and third was Blake and Weir, Usain Bolt becomes the first man to successfully defend both Olympic sprint titles
The medals table
And with now with just three days to go this is how the top twelve in the Olympic medals table looks.
- United States
- Great Britain and N. Ireland
- Russian Fed
- South Korea
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