Olympic Special: London 2012 – Day 4

Medals… did anyone say “Medals?” Yes, now that’s what I call a successful day, we can continue like this. I know that we won’t, but come one! 5 medals in 4 hours and 18 minutes are pretty amazing. And winning 3 medals in 2 events also is… it’s also something only our equestrians can do. Honestly speaking, I don’t know why we’re so good at equestrian events, but I won’t complain. More about that later. The amazing outcome for today: 5 medals – 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.

Poland wasn’t as successful today, but this is my first story of the day, because volleyball player Michal Winiarski jumped into the cushion to rescue a ball and he pretty much destroyed it by doing so. It doesn’t seem to be made of of medal and I don’t think anything happend. Well, I guess that’s the problem, because Poland lost it’s match. They’re not alone though, because many german athletes also lost their matches, for example in men’s volleyball where we lost against the United States, or in women’s beach volleyball where we lost against Brazil, but I have to admit that it was an exiting match. Too bad we also lost in the men’s beach volleyball event today. Not our volleyball-day, definely not.

It also wasn’t our rowing day, as 4 of our boats disqualified before the finals. Let’s hope we can make up for it tomorrow when 3 of our boats fight for a medal and two of them actually have high hopes and will absolutely go for gold in women’s Quadruple Sculls and of course our amazing men’s Eight. Let’s go for it and bring back some gold before lunch, please? I have to work tomorrow and would love to see some noble metal before that. That would be so great.

In fencing we also had a pretty dark day, none of our athletes made it anywhere near the medals, although they should have been able to. On the other hand: our swimmers also should be able to, but let’s not talk about our aquatic desaster, that’s just too depressing. Oh wait, later I will have to. Where’s something more positive? Tennis! Tennis is great, our two women today made it into the next round. Table tennis… I think it’s not decited yet. I didn’t watch it an I have no idea, but it seems like our athlete and the danish one are tied and will continue later… tomorrow… or whenever. I’m so informed. But what I do know is, that China lost their men’s basketball match against Spain. It’s so nice to see them trying to determine who’ll get second and third place. What? The United States are going to win this anyway, could as well just give them the medal.
/edit: Ok, it seems like the Table tennis match between german player Dimitrij Ovtcharov and danish player Michael Maze just didn’t end yet when I got my information for this entry. In the end Ovtcharov managed to win 4:3 and advanced into the semi-finals with medals in reach. To be honest, he will most likely play a chinese athlete and will most likely loose, so I don’t think there’s a chance to win silver or gold and even bronze is kind of unlikely. He’s the lowest ranked athlete in the semi-finals (12th), if both chinese athletes will advance, and this is to be expected, but reaching the semi-finals in itself is a huge accomplishment and deserves a lot of respect.

Other than that, there wasn’t so much that went wrong or was completely crazy. At least not as far as I remember and of course what I remember the most are our medals, so everything else kinda seems insignificant, but you really have to appreciate all the athletes, even if it was “just” a semi-final or not enough for a medal. And no, I’m not saying this because our swimmers are doing horrible, I’m absolutely convinced they’re trying their best and it just doesn’t really want to work out. Maybe they’re nervous, I don’t know, I’m not a psychologist… but I took some classes in psychology.

Ok enough, let’s go to the medals and get it over with. First medals of the day were given out in the equestrian eventing team event and what can I say? A start to finish win from our outstanding german team, who had gold in their pockets even before all their equestrians entered the ring to compete in the last part of eventing: show jumping, because three of them got perfect scores and only the best three count. Britain came in second and I actually read somewhere in the british press that it was a close decision. I know you guys wanted to win, but Germany was first place after dressage, cross country and completed the jumping with 3 perfect scores. Well, whatever, it was pretty awesome that the medals were given out by Princess Anne. Sometimes I envy the Britons for their Royals.
Not given out by Princess Anne where the medals for the individual eventing event that was won by german equestrian Michael Jung, who easily had the best birthday of his life today, on his horse Sam with yet another perfect ride in the show jumping event. And this one actually was a close call, because he only won thanks to the one mistake that happend during Sara Algotsson Ostholt’s (Sweden) ride in the last show jumping. She was still better than Sandra Auffarth though, who won bronze for Germany. Michael Jung is now the first eventing equestrian who is european champion, world champion and olympic champion at the same time.

In shooting there was a decision in the men’s skeet event and in all honestly, I didn’t even see the targets. Ok, maybe I would see them in real life or if I had one of those HD-TVs, but I’m still deeply impressed by those people. The winner was Vincent Hancock from the United States, who also rewrote the olympic record. Second place goes to danish shooter Anders Golding and third place to Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar, that’s where the FIFA Worldcup will take place in 2022.

The first water-ralated decision of the day was the men’s C1 slalom event won by the huge favorite from France, Tony Estanguet. Second place was a surprise, because that was Germany’s second silver medal won by european champion Sideris Tasiadis, who was no favorite to win a medal, because he’s only 22 years old and not the most experienced one. He still won silver during the last two World Championships. We might be able to expect a great future for him, would be awesome.

More water, more synchronized diving, more chinese wins. The women’s synchronized 10m platform event was clearly won by Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao, helping China to come one step closer to achieve their goal to win all the diving medals in London. I don’t have a problem with that, I mean, they’re so good at it, it’s so amazing to watch. It’s sad to watch your athletes come in 6th, again, but these events are always very impressive.

Out of the water, to the Judoka. Urska Zolnir from Slovenia won the half-middleweight event when she won the final against chinese Xu Lili. I haven’t watched it, so I don’t really know anything else about it and let’s see how the males did in the hald-middleweight. That was a really cool finale with both athletes from the 2008 olympic final facing off against each other once again, but this time Kim Jae-Bum from South Korea was the victorious one and german Judoka Ole Bischof won the silver medal, after he was too tired from his semi-final to do anything against his opponent. He earned a lot of respect from me for the way he treated Kim Jae-Bum after he was beaten: both athletes fell into each others arms right after the match. Later in the interview Bischof said that he was not disappointed, because Kim Jae-Bum deserved to win and that he was happy it was Kim Jae-Bum who has beaten him, he is a champion.

Weightlifters are also very strong athletes and Maja Manesa from Kazakhstan apparently is the strongest one in the women’s 63kg event. She won the thrid gold medal for her country. Second place was Svetlana Tsarukayeva from Russia and bronze went to Christine Girard from Canada. As for the men’s 69kg event, it was Lin Qingfeng from China who has beaten them all. Right after him was Triyatno from Indonesia and thrid place was Răzvan Martin from Romania. Not the last Medal of the day for Romania.

As for the women’s team event in gymnastics, it was America’s day, they rocked the statium and clearly won with a truly impressive performance. The russian athletes were crying over their second place, because they hoped to win gold, but there was no helping it today. This event belonged to the US, although the russian girls did really good as well. And here is Romanias next medal, because they managed to take bronze home, unlike the chinese winners from 4 years ago, who placed 4rth. All the girls from the US team are below the age of 20, that’s just insane, gymnastics are so young.

Before we go to the swimming medals, let’s take a look at fencing. Lei Sheng from China won the first chinese foil medal in the men’s individual foil event. His final opponent was Alaaeldin Abouelkassem from Egypt and the last medal went to Choi Byung-Chul from South Korea.

Now the swimming, yeah, the german desaster continues. None of our athletes reached the men’s 200m breaststroke final. As for the women, Allison Schmitt won the 200m freestyle event with a new olympic record. Second was Camille Muffat from France and Bronte Barratt fromn Australia was able to earn herself bronze. The big surprise came with the men’s 200m butterfly finale, the one event everyone expected Michael Phelps to win, but he was actually beaten by Chad le Clos from South Africa, who probably fullfilled his personal big dream this day.
The third swimming medal was won by chinese supergirl Ye Shiwen, wo set a new olympic record in the women’s 200 m I.M. event with an amazing last lane. She was so fast on her last freestyle lane, it’s nothing but impressive. Second place was Alicia Coutts from Australia and third place was another american swimmer, it was Caitlin Leverenz.
And America won one more race, the men’s 4x200m teams event and this was Michael Phelps 15th olympic gold medal. Congratulations. Also congrats to France who managed to come in second and China with their third place, but… let’s just say I would have preferred to see Germany on third place, because our athletes only lost by 0,29 seconds. It was so close, they tried everything they could, gave it everything they had. You know, the first time german swimmers did really good in London and it’s just 0,29 seconds more they need. Paul Biedermann said after the race: “And when you have no luck, you also have misfortune.” It’s too bad, I really wanted to see them winning bronze, but the chinese swimmers where better by 0,29 seconds, you can’t change the facts. Our boys did well, we can be proud either way and it was an awesome race.

So, that’s it for today, I will have to work tomorrow, so I’ll miss most of the decisions, that’s too bad, but I’ll try to see as much as I can. I’ve completely fallen in love with Olympia, it’s so much fun, the athletes are great and these are the next medal-events tomorrow: Men’s K-1 (canoeing), Men’s and Women’s team sprint (cycling), Men’s synchronized 3 m springboard (Diving), Men’s individual épée (fencing), Women’s individual sabre (fencing), Men’s individual all-around (gymnastics), Men’s and Women’s Middleweight (Judo), Men’s Eight (rowing), Women’s Pair (rowing), Women’s Quadruple Sculls (rowing), Women’s 25m Pistol (Shooting), Men’s 200m breaststroke (swimming), Women’s 200m butterfly (swimming), Men’s 100m freestyle (swimming), Women’s 4×20m0 freestyle relay (swimming), Women’s singles (Tabletennis), Women’s 69kg (weightlifting), Men’s 77kg (weightlifting). This is a total of 20 decisions. I’ll have a lot to write tomorrow, I already see it comming.


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