Olympic Special: London 2012 – Day 5

I missed so much! Damn you work, damn you and I’ll have to work again tomorrow. Such misfortune… but the day started good. For the Britons, because they finally got their first gold and the second one as well. Congratulations.

Also congratulations to our Beachvolleyball-sunshineboys, who won their match against Switzerland and advance to the knock-out rounds as the best of their group. In field hockey our men’s team won their second match against Soth Korea. Our last remaining Badminton Player had a pretty dark day, because he failed to reach the quarterfinals. Well, we’re not really that great in Badminton, so he did pretty well. Even worse must have been this day for usbek gymnast Luisa Galiulina, she apparently doped and was disqualified from the olympics.

We have so many gold-winners today, let’s jump into it: the first medal of the day was given to the british Coxless pair athletes Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, winning Great Britains first gold medal in London. The crowd was going crazy over these girls and they totally deserved it. The german boat came in last, but we never expected a medal from them. They did great. Australia did a lot better, because they came in second, just 0,20 seconds faster than New Zealand.
The next rowing final was the women’s Quadruple sculls event won by Ukraine. The german athletes tried their best at the end to attack the leading boat, but weren’t able to catch it. A good second place for Germany and bronze went to America. Well done, but of course there is still one decision missing, the one we all wanted to see: the men’s eight. The german flagship, unbeaten during the last 4 years and the favorits to win. Did they win? Yes, of course they did, they had to. This was the one medal we really had to win. This gold just had to be, it was an all-or-nothing-race, second place would have been a huge disappointment and what a race, it was so exciting, totally worth an olympic final, I tell you. The Britons were slightly leading at one point, but Germany came back and eventually won the race. The Britons sadly only managed thrid place and to everyone’s surprise Canada snatched away the silver medal. They all said: if someone is going to be dangerous, it’s going to be the United States, but they ended up 4rth place.

And more racing, but this time agasinst the clock and on a bike. We had the men’s and women’s time trials today in cycling. The women went first and US athlete Kristin Armstrong managed to win gold again, after she already stood on top 2008. Second place was Judith Arndt winning Germany’s next silver medal and I was so surprised. From the media I’ve heared that she’s actually pretty good and a medal was not that unlikely, but in my head cycling and Germany don’t match anymore. I really don’t know that muhc about cycling, well aside from riding my own bike, that is. Olga Zabelinskaya from Russia place thrid only slightly slower than Arndt.
As for the men, of couse there’s only one possible winner, the one who recently won the Tour de France. Naturally it was Bradley Wiggins, earning Britains second gold. Silver went, once again, to Germany and it’s needless to say that I was surprised by this as well. Tony Martin sure must have felt like a sandwitch, because he was surrounded by Britons: thrid place went to british athlete Chris Froome.

The next event on my list is the men’s synchronized 3m springboard diving event. After this event China now has half of the possible diving gold medals, meaning 4 wins in 4 comnpetitions. They might actually really win all the diving medals. You can still place your bets, they’re very strong. Second place went to Russia and thid to the United States. Sadly I wan’t able to watch this event from start to finish.

Next up is also in the water, because there we have the men’s K1 slalom canoeing event, won by Daniele Molmenti from Italy. During the civtory ceremony the one standing to his right was Vavřinec Hradílek from the Czech REpublic, who was only slightly faster, meaning 0,14 seconds, faster than thrid place Hannes Aigner for Germany. I’m really starting to like the canoeing events, it’s amazing to see those men and women fight their way through the water. I’ve never seen a canoeing event before this olympics and I really like it.

Next up is the women’s 69kg event in weightlifting, won by yet another north korean athlete. Seriously, what do those north korean athletes do to dominate their events so much? Jong Sim Rim won the thrid gold medal for her country, followed by Roxana Cocoș from Romania and Maryna Shkermankova from Belarus.
Later this day we had the men’s 77kg weightlifting event won by Lu Xiaojun from China, who must have known second place Lu Haojie, because that man is chinese as well. Bronze went to Iván Cambar from Cuba. Just to let you know, so far we have 4 chinese gold medals in weightlifting and 6 chinese medals in total. Second best country in weightlifting so far is North Korea with 3 gold medals and 4 in total. China and North Korea are currently dominating the weightlifting events. At the olympics in Beijing 2008, China won 8 gold medals in weightlifting with a total of 9 medals and North Korea won gold and bronze once. I won’t commentate this any further.

The shooting event today was the women’s 25m pistol event with a winner from South Korea: Kim Jang-Mi got herself a gold medal, slightly better than Chen Ying from China and the bronze winner Olena Kostevych from Ukraine. I didn’t watch any of it, I think there was something wrong with a pistol one athlete had and it destroyed her hope to reach the top ranks, or something like this. My father told be a bit about it. I wish I would have been able to see it for myself.

Today we had the first table tennis decision and, no surprise, China dominated the women’s single event, winning both first (Li Xiaoxia) and second (Ding Ning) place, leaving bronze for Feng Tianwei from Indonesia. I can already see the result of the men’s single event tomorrow: China, China, Taiwan. Germany 4rth place. By the way, the women’s 4rth place was Feng Tianwei from Singapore, so I guess we can be pretty proud to have the only non-asian (european) athlete in the semi-finals of a table tennis singe event. No, I’m not optimistic at all, I think I’m pretty realistic here.

Unrealistic was the second place in the women’s middleweight event in Judo, because it was german Judoka Kerstin Thiele who won herself all the way through the tournament only to be beaten by gold medal winner, european champion and world champion Lucie Decosse from France. Nevertheless Thiele can be very proud of herself, because most thought she wouldn’t survive the first round. Reaching the final seemed unthinkable before, but she somehow made it, that’s so awesome.
As for the men’s middleweight event, it was Song Dae-Nam from South Korea standing at the top, winning the final match against Asley Gonzalez from Cuba.

The men’s gymnastic individual all-around also had a surprise second place, who fought his way back up from last place to second place, but favorite Kōhei Uchimura was the unbeateable man this day, winning gold. The surprise second place came with Marcel Nguyen from Germany, who only placed 7th during the qualifications, 4 places lower than his team-colleague Fabian Hambüchen, who qualified with the 3rd best score and was obviously the favorite to win something from a german point of view. He had an incredibly bad day, came in 15th in the final and Nguyen had the day of his life. Danell Leyva from the US ranked 3rd, winning bronze.

In Fencing there were two decisions. The men’s individual épée event won by Rubén Limardo from Venezuela followed by Bartosz Piasecki from Norway and Jung Jin-Sun from South Korea. As for the women’s individual sabre event, we had Kim Ji-Yeon from South Korea standing at the top winning over Sofya Velikaya from Russia in the final. Third pace was earned by Olha Kharlan from Ukraine.

I’m so tired and I still have the swimming decisions to go… Let’s go. The first medal for swimmers of the day, was earned by Dániel Gyurta from Hungary who also broke the World Record while doing so. Briton Michael Jamieson swam a new National Record in the men’s 200m breaststroke event, but was still slower than Gyurta by 0,15 seconds. The third fastest in this event was japanese athlete Ryo Tateishi.
Jiao Liuyang from China won the women’s 200m butterfly event with a new olympic record. No american athlete in the top 3 this time with second fastest swimmer Mireia Belmonte García from Spain and Natsumi Hoshi from Japan who came in thrid.
The lack of US athletes in the previous two events can be overlooked, as another US boy won the men’s 100m freestyle event: Nathan Adrian was faster than James Magnussen from Australia and Brent Hayden from Canada.
The women’s 4x200m freestlye event was also won by America, followed by Australia and France. And Germany? Nnope, still doing very poorly, even olympic gold medal winnner of 2008, Britta Steffen, failed to reach the finals of her favorite event: women’s 100m freestyle. My guess? No swimming medals for Germany this time. Our men’s 4x200m freestyle result was probably the closest to a medal we can manage.

And now let’s take a look at tomorrow and the events with medals: Women’s team (archery), Men’s C-2 and Women’s K-1 (canoeing), Men’s team sprint and Women’s team sprint (cycling), Women’s team foil (fencing), Women’s individual all-around (gymnastics), Man’s and Women’s half-heavyweight (Judo), Men’s double sculls and Men’s lightweight four and women’s eight (rowing), Men’s double trap (shooting), Women’s 200m breaststroke and Men’s 200m backstroke and Men’s 200m I.M. and Women’s 100m freestyle (swimming), Men’s singles (table tennis)
This is a total of 18 decisions, we had 2 more today, but that’s still a lot. We’ll see the first Athletics decisions Friday, by the way.

I’m too tired for proofreading, so please bear with it until I’ve slept a bit.

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