Posted by: crustynomad | August 14, 2008

Olympics – day 6

There was a lot going on to interest GB supporters on day six but this meant that our position as a second tier sporting nation only leads to frustration as we ended the day without a medal.
Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms were in the badminton mixed doubles quarter-finals but there was no happy ending for the Athen’s Silver medalists. The pair saw their Olympic dream come to an end after losing 21-19 21-12 to Lee Hyojung and Lee Yongdae of South Korea. This was hard to take for the tearful Gail because defeat ultimately meant retirement.
In the Judo, Peter Cousins, was in the hunt for a medal 100kg category but lost out to Georgia’s Levan Zhorzholiani. Meanwhile, Michelle Rogers, competing in the women’s 78kg competition, was eliminated in the first round.

div class=”moz-text-html” lang=”x-western”>I have to mention the Dressage again but only because I can’t understand why it’s still going on. We had two days of the thing and now it’s starting all over again. Why couldn’t the earlier event be the main competition as well? It just seems pointless to stage it twice so maybe someone could explain this to me.

We watched some of the Gymnastics earlier and the children were amazed. China’s Yang Wei won the Gold in the individual event to add to his team medal in the men’s all-around gymnastics. Here’s some the highlights.

Daniel Keatings finished 20th overall but he was second on the Pommel Horse but unfortunately he doesn’t feature in the individual discipline. He’s still relatively young so here’s hoping for 2012.
In the boxing, Light-welterweight Bradley Saunders was defeated 11-7 defeat by Frenchman Alexis Vastine while Welterweight Billy Joe Saunders lost out 13-6 to Cuban Carlos Banteaux Suarez. However, light-heavyweight Tony Jeffries made the quarter-finals after coming through a scrappy contest with Eleider Alvarez on a count back…whatever that is.

Swimmer and GB flag bearer, Mark Foster, possibly had the shortest Olympic experience ever in the pool today. In the 50m freestyle, the watery equivalent of the 100m, he failed to qualify from his heat when finishing Xth in a time of 22.35. For the veteran of five previous games, it was a sad end to an illustrious career which saw him win medals in Commonwealth, European and World Championship level but never at an Olympics.

The good news came when Rebecca Adlington made up for the disappointment of having the chance of relay Gold taken away from her yesterday by setting an Olympic record 8:18:06 seconds in the 800m freestyle heats.

No Michael Phelps Gold today but only as he didn’t have a final to compete in. Some light relief for his fellow competitors I’m sure!

Finally I have to mention the amazing scenes in the 84kg Wrestling when Swede, Ara Abrahamian, refused to accept his Bronze in protest at the judges decision against him in his semi-final against eventual winner, Andrea Minguzzi.

I appreciate the guy was upset and he will have toiled for years to be at his peak at the right time but his reaction is little short of scandalous. His behaviour has spoilt the moment for the winner who won within the rules. Also, Olympic medals are the ultimate in sporting endeavour and to treat them with such disrespect is appalling.

Anyway, with that rant out of the way, here’s the latest medal table:

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 China 22 8 5 35
2 USA 10 9 15 34
3 Germany 7 2 3 12
4 South Korea 6 7 3 16
5 Italy 6 4 3 13
6 Australia 5 4 7 16
7 Japan 5 3 3 11
8 Russia 3 8 3 14
9 France 2 7 6 15
10 Great Britain 2 2 3 7


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

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