Posted by: crustynomad | August 13, 2008

Olympics – day 4

This report on day four of the Olympics is actually being prepared after day five has finished. I was going to post last night but suffice to say that time got the better of me.

The Equestrian team event came to a close in the evening with the show jumping. Team GB – Tina Cook, Daisy Dick, William Fox-Pitt, Mary King – managed to retain their grip on third place to secure the Bronze while the individual Bronze went to Olympic debutant, Tina Cook. This was quite remarkable as just six weeks ago she didn’t even know she was going and was only selected because Zara Phillips had to withdraw.

On a separate note, my brother’s family were in the crowd waving the Union Jack during the medal presentation. It’s not my favourite sport but I would’ve loved to have been there.

The other medal of the day came from David Florence who secured Britain’s first silver medal in the Olympic men’s slalom canoe. He began the day in fourth but managed to fight his way to top spot during the morning. Unfortunately, last-man-down Michal Martikan of Slovakia managed to clinch Gold with a perfect final run.

It had been another late nighter viewing wise as I tuned in to the women’s Hockey tournament. GB were up against Argentinians which was a must win game after their 5-1 mauling by Germany in their opening pool game. It wasn’t going to well in this one as they were soon went 2 goals down and looked really out of sorts. Fortunately things improved in the second half with goals from Thomas and Clewlow to force a 2-2 draw. The real heroine though was Beth Storry who was brilliant in Britain’s goal. Not a great result but keeps them in the hunt.

Finally, we cannot not comment on Michael Phelps who again achieved a world record to claim a record equalling ninth Olympic Gold in the Men’s 200m freestyle. This man is just unbelievable. His time of 1:42:96 was nearly two seconds faster than that of his nearest rival, Park of South Korea.

No Medal table for today as I forgot to get a copy before it was updated. Doh!

To read my other daily reports. please go to my Olympic index page.

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