Olympic Special: London 2012 – Day 7

Again, I’m sorry, it’s 1:51am here right now and after finishing the following text, I’m so beaten, I too tired to proofread. Sorry… D:

First day of athletics! Yay! Finally, I’ve been waiting for this. You see, back in school, I’ve always been very good at athletics and a teacher of mine wanted me to try out indoor pentathlon and until this day, I actually regret my decision I’ve made back then when I didn’t want to wait for their training to begin after school and went home, deciting against the indoor pentathlon. It’s not olympic or anything, but… it has always been a question of mine: what would have happend if…?

And as for the athletic events, there was something pretty uncomfortable for two german long jump athletes, because one kicked the other out of the final. They both jumped 7,92m, but one of them only managed to jump this in his third try. Guess who was allowed to go into the final.
One of our three heptathlon athletes managed to place 8th after 4 out of 7 events, but she still has a good chance to grab bronze, because her strong events have yet to come. Still, she pretty much fought at the border of her personal best the entire day, she can be proud of herself, whatever happens tomorrow. Jessica Ennis from Great Britain wilol most likely win though. She ran the fastest time on the 100m and the 200m that an any heptathlon athlete has even run. Austra Skujytė from Lithuania on the other hand was able to set a new heptathlon record in high jump and shot put. These’re some seriously strong opponents.

Talking about medals, the US managed to claim more gold than China after day 7. They have 21 gold medals now and China has 20. Germany has 20… in total now. At least we got 20 until now, I was afraid we might not even manage that, I honestly don’t know how much there’s left for us to get. The host, Great Britain currently ranked 4rth with 8 gold medals. South Korea has one more, they have 9. Think about this for a second: second place has 20 gold medals and third place has 9. Make your own decision on this, without thinking of the countries at the top.

A medal is something Roger Federer will also claim for Switzerland, the only question is: gold or silver? After a long and exiting match, he managed to win against Juan Martin del Potro and will now fight for gold, likely to be the first medal for Switzerland in London, let’s hope it’ll be gold.
No chance of gold for two athletes, one from Russia, the other from Morocco, will not participate in the olympics, because they’ve arouse suspicion of doping. Always sad to hear, let’s hope we won’t have anymore news like these.

Before we go to the medalists, I would like to add that our dressage team is curently ranked 2nd behind Great Britan. The first three are very close to each other, everything can happen, so we’ll have a really exiting day next monday when the decisions in dressage will be made. Unlike 2008, we have a pretty inexperienced team on the international stage this year and Totilas can’t participate, because his rider got ill, this is a huge disadvantage. Although Germany has won gold olympic after olympic in the dressage team event, considering our olympic newcomers, any medal would be an amazing result and they’re seriously fighting for gold… girls, you’re doing so good, keep on going, you can do it.

The first medals of the day, of course once again, were given out in the rowing events and although Germany did not win that much today, I have th honor of anouncing a german gold run in the men’s quadruple sculls competition. They absolutely convinced everyone of their class with a clear start-to-finsh race, winning before Croatia and Australia. And this also should be mentioned: very sportsmenlike and fair winners and loosers this day.
And no more german rowing medals, instead New Zealand won the men’s coxless pair. France managed to claim silver and Great Britain bronze.
In the women’s double sculls event, it seemed to be a lot brighter, especially the medal, because it was gold for Britain. Australia managed silver and Poland goit themselves a nice bronze medal.
The last rowing competition of the day was the men’s single sculls event won by Mahé Drysdale from New Zealand, their second gold of the day. Ondřej Synek from the Czech Republik came in second, before Alan Campbell who won Great Britains second bronze this day.

I’m already tired and someone is texting me endlessly in skype. I should turn it off, or I’ll never finish. Nevertheless, shooting! In the men’s 50 metre rifle prone, Germany made it to the final, but only placed 5th in the end. Sergei Martynov from Belarus was the best this day. Second best was Lionel Cox from Belgium, a neighbor of ours. Bronze went to 49 year old Rajmond Debevec from Slovenia.
The men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event saw a winner from Cuba: Leuris Pupo won the second gold for his country in London. Vijay Kumar from India came in second and third place went to Ding Feng from China.

The badminton mixed double event had a chinese/chinese final, so obviously gold and silver went to China. The bronze medalists came from Europe though, claiming the medal for Denmark, their thrid medal this olympics by the way. This was the first out of five Badminton decisions, two will follw tomorrow and two on Sunday.

Also only one decision was made in gymnastics, this time it was the men’s trampoline event and Russia once again has to give gold to someone else, “only” winning the silver medal with their athlete Dmitry Ushakov. Gold went to a chinese man with quite the funny name, it’s Dong Dong and he was able to celebrate with his fellow landsman Lu Chunlong who won the bronze medal.

In weightlifing the women’s 75kg event was won by Svetlana Podobedova from Kazachstan and this country now has 4 medals, 4 gold medals to be exact, 3 of those come from weightlifting events. Second place Natalya Zabolotnaya comes from Russia and Iryna Kulesha from Belarus.
As for the men, we had the 85kg event won by polish athlete Adrian Zieliński. Second place went, once again, to Russia with Apti Aukhadov. Kianoush Rostami from Iran won the first medal for his country in London, it was bronze.

The last archery event of the olympics 2012 was the men’s individual event and it was a good event for South Korea, winning yet another gold medal thanks to their athlete Oh Jin-Hyek, who has bad eyesight by the way. He won the final match against Takaharu Furukawa from Japan. Bronze went to yet another chinese athlete, Dai Xiaoxiang. This completes the Archery events with South Korea at it’s top, winning 3 out of 4 events. Congratulations.

Judo also had it’s final events today in the heavyweight class today. Let’s take a look at the women fist, because there we had the first female olympic athlete from Saudi Arabia competing at the games in history, Wodjan Shaherkani, who nearly wasn’t allowed to fight, because her father wanted her to wear a head cloth of some kind, in the end she wore something that looked like a bathing cap. Did she win? No, she lost her first match after 82 seconds, but that was to be expected, she’s not even a black belt and was only able to get into the olympics through an invitation. Still, a great day for women’s sport. The winners was Idalys Ortíz from Cuba who won her final against Mika Sugimoto from Japan thanks to judge decision. The bronze medals went to Karina Bryant representing Great Britain and Tong Wen from China.
In the men’s heavyweight event it was french Judoka and world champion Teddy Riner claiming gold with his victory over Aleksandr Mikhailine from Russia. Bronze was won by Rafael Silva from Brazil and Andreas Tölzer from Germany, winning Germany’s 4rth Judo-medal in London. With this Germany is the european country with the second most Judo-medals, but overall we’re ranked 11th in Judo, because we have no gold. First place is Russia with 3 gold medals and 5 in total. France and Japan both have 7 Judo-medals in total, the most in this olympics.

Next up is the men’s cycling team pursuit won by Great Britain with a new World Record while they were at it. They actually rewrote the Word Record twice, first in the qualification round, then later in the finals a second time. They naturally won clearly against Australia. New Zealand won the reace against Russia and bronze.
Fear not, I have more british gold with the name of Victoria Pendleton who won the women’s Keirin event. Silver went to Shuang Guo from China and bronze to Wai Sze Lee from Hong Kong.

Back to fencing, after today, we still have 2 more decisions left, one will be tomorrow and the other Sunday. In the men’s team sabre event today we have another South Korean victory. Silver went to Romania and bronze to Italy.

I will not close my report with swimming, I’ll have the athletics decisions last. As for today’s 4 gold medals, 3 of them went to the US, still absolutely domintating the swimming events with big names. One of these names is Missy Franklin, I still can’t believe this is her given name, but that’s not the point, she won her thrid gold in the women’s 200m backstroke event. The men’s 100m butterfly event was won by none other than Michael Phelps, doing his best to make his already legendary achievements even more untouchable for future athletes. And last the women’s 800m freestlye was won by 15-year old Katie Ledecky with a new American Record. The second 15-year old girl winning gold in swimming at the olympics 2012. Unbelievable. Her follow up was Mireia Belmonte García from Spain and thid place went to Rebecca Adlington representing Britain.
Let’s not forget about the others: the silver medal in the women’s 200m backstroke was given to Anastasia Zueva from Russia and third to Elizabeth Beisel, also from the US. In the men’s 100m butterfly event it was Chad le Clos from South Africa who placed second, together with Yevgeny Korotyshkin from Russia. There was no bronze, if there are two silver medalists, nop bronze is given out. What if we have two gold and two silver athletes? Well… no idea.
The last swimming decision in the men’s 5ßm freestlye event was won by french swimmer Florent Manaudou. Second was Cullen Jones from the US and third was César Cielo from Brazil.

Now, all what’s left are the athletics, where we have our first two decisions. The men’s shot put event was won by polish athlete Tomasz Majewski, who was able to … ehm…push (?) 3cm further than german athlete and world champion David Storl, who was leading until the last round. Very unfortunate, but I thought it was pretty cool of Majewski when he told Storl after his win, that in 4 years Storl will be the winner, note that he’s only 22 years old and the youngest european champion as well as the youngest world champion as well. I hope he’ll continue doing great.
The second gold went to Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia, who was able to repeat her victory in the women’s 10000m event from 2008. Sally Kipyego came in second and Vivian Cheruiyot thrid, they’re both from Kenya.

Olympic Special: London 2012 – Day 6

I was too tired yesterday night to write my little report, so I’ll do it today while the first matches of the 7th day are already starting. So let’s just get into it, but before I would like to add that both America and China have 18 gold medals so far at the end of the 6th day, that’s 1 gold medal more than Germany has in total so far. Im case of America most gold was earned by fast swimmers, earning the US 11 gold medals in the Aquatic Centre in London.

The first decision of the day was in rowing. New Zealand won the men’s double sculls competition before Italy and Slovenia. In the men’s lightweight coxless four we had some south african athletes winning gold and the british were able to claim silver right before Denmark who placed third. The final rowing desiciton of the day was the women’s eight competition won by the US, followed by their neighbors Canada and our neighbors the Netherlands.

In shooting we had one decision yesterday and that was the Men’s Double Trap, won by Peter Wilson from Britain, followed by swedish athlete Håkan Dahlby. The bronze shoot-off was decited between Russia and Kuwai. It was Vasily Mosin from Russia who won.

At least one more gold was given out in canoeing than it was in shooting, so we had two decisions that day with more tahn two winners, because we had the men’s C-2 slalom event with Timothy Baillie and Etienne Stott from Britain at the top, closely followed by fellow landsmen David Florence and Richard Hounslow. At least they left the bronze medal foir someone else, won by Pavol Hochschorner and Peter Hochschorner from Slovakia.
In the women’s K-1 slalom event we had a french winner, Émilie Fer was the fastest one yesterday. Second place was Jessica Fox from Australia and Maialen Chourraut from Spain came in third.

Table tennis. Sometimes I’m just overly happy when I’m wrong. Of course first and second place were both reserved for China, but Dimitrij Ovtcharov won Germany’s second medal in a men’s table tennis event at Olympia. It was a very exiting match that he won 4:2 and got standing ovations from the crowd afterwards. I have to admit, I don’t care that it’s bronze, it’s a medal and it’s even more amazing, because this sport is dominated by Asia so much. Huge congratulations to Dimitrij Ovtcharov. Of course the chinese athletes also deserve their respect. World champion Zhang Jike got the gold medal and his fellow landsman Wang Hao lost the final winning silver.

The second to last archery gold was given to Ki Bo-Bae from South Korea for winning the women’s individual event. Aída Román from Mexico won silver and her team-colleague Mariana Avitia got herself the bronze medal.

Let’s continue in Judo. German fans were disappointed that Dimitri Peters was not able to make it to the finals of the hald-heavyweight event. Before the eyes of Vladimir Putin, Peters russian opponent and future olympic gold medal winner Tagir Khaibulaev advanced to the finals by the decision of the judges after none of them was able to score. As far as I saw it was a close decision and in honor of his great athlete, the german trainer carried his bronze-medal winner on his shoulders right after his last match. Silver went to Tuvshinbayar Naidan from Mongolia and the other bronze was won by dutch Judoka Henk Grol.
As for the ladies, Kayla Harrison from the US won the women’s half-heavyweight event, defeating Gemma Gibbons from Great Britain in the final. French Judoka Audrey Tcheuméo was able to win bronze, as well as Mayra Aguiar from Brazil.

In gyamastics America won their next gold in the women’s artistic individual all-around competition. 16-year-old Gabrielle Douglas place first before Viktoria Komova, whon won the silver medal and Aliya Mustafina who won bronze, both from Russia.

Now, we still have two cycling events left. Yesterday we had the first track cycling decisions and in the men’s team sprint, it was none other than Great Britain winning gold, beating France in the final race. Before that, Germany was able to win another bronze medal.
As for the women’s team sprint, this was actually a very strange competition. At first, the final should have been between China and Great Britain, but the host was relegated for an early exchange, leaving the final race to China and Germany. In this final, China was slightly faster than Germany, winning gold… or was it? After some time, german and chinese athletes were told that China also was relegated for an early exchange, winning silver in the end and gold went to Germany. Well, I guess you can also win when your opponents crush themselves.

In fencing the team foil gold medal went to Italy, who’s doing absolutely amazing in the fencing events. Silver was earned by Russia and bronze by South Korea.

Now, the last medals are once again the swimming medals with Amercia winning 3 out of 4 events. First Rebecca Soni won the women’s 200m breaststroke event with a new World Record, followed by japanese swimmer Satomi Suzuki who placed second and swam a new Asian Record and Yuliya Yefimova from Russia who swan a new European Record.
The men’s 200m backstroke event was won by Tyler Clary with a new Olympic Record for America. Yet another japanese athlete placed second, it was Ryosuke Irie who was still a bit faster than Ryan Lochte also from the United States.
As for the men’s 200m I.M. event, it was american super-legend Michael Phelps winning his second gold in London. Ryan Lochte came in second and László Cseh from Hungary was thrid.
The last medal of the day went to Ranomi Kromowidjojo from the Netherlands who swam a new Olympic Reord. Silver was earned by Aliaksandra Herasimenia from Belarus and bronze by Tang Yi from China.

And that’s it. I’m back off too watch some more olympics and hopefully I’ll come back with some new stories. See you then.

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.

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.

Olympic Special: London 2012 – Day 3

Actually, I seriously thought I would start this entry with the following words: “And yet another day without medals for Germany.” Nnope, we actually got one today and it was not the Men’s synchronized 10m platform event and it has a pretty unpleasant story behind it. More about it later, but another unpleasant story now, because our last remaining female Table tennis player lost today and is out of the tournament. Probably the most successful and best Table tennis player who ever lived, Timo Boll, currently ranked 7th in the world rankings, surprisingly lost in the rount of the best eight and is also out of the tournament, sadly. His team colleage won and advanced into the quarterfinals, thanks. Let’s hope he’ll make it into the semi-finals, then we have a chance to win a medal.

Other than that, there are more surprising stories to tell about this day, because during the equestrian eventing cross-country event, sadly quite some participants fell and one of the horses decited to finish the race on it’s own, meaning: it ran away and the event had to be stopped temporary to catch the fleeing horse. The last event, jumping, will be held tomorrow and Germany has a pretty good chance, because the team is currently ranked first, before second place Great Britain and in the individual rankings Ingrid Klimke with her 15-year old horse Butts Abraxxas are curently at the top with high hopes for gold. Now that’s something we like to hear.

What we also like to hear are news from our amazing rowers. 4 german boats managed to qualify themselves in different finals so far and special attention should be given to Germany’s Men’s Four during the heats. Why? Because they passed the 1500m mark on fifth (last) place and passed the goal-line, only 500m later, in second place. I know I’ve said the german rowers are doing amazingly well, but this was seriously impressive. When I was watching I honestly thought they would have to go into the repechage and then they suddenly came out of nowhere completing the race right after Australia, who absolutely outclassed everyone in this race.

In canoeing, whe had some more events today and sadly in the men’s C-2 slalom our german participants missed the semifinals by 0.03 seconds. This hurts. In the women’s K-1 slalom competition our competitor made it into the semifinals with the 9th best time. I wasn’t able to watch any canoeing yesterday, but I was really impressed when I fist saw where the slalom events are being held. It looks so cool at Lee Valley White Water Centre, thank you Britons for the wonderful location, but pretty much all the locations are so beautiful, it’s just a matter of what is most impressive.

Our gymnastics failed to win a medal and only paced 7th, even though Fabian Hambüchen did extreamly well, it was just not enough for the team, but he will have his chance to win an individual medal. Let’s hope he wil present himself as good as he did today, or better of course. Still, it’s not too late to place your bets on Germany’s worst summer olympics.

Back to bussiness and to the first gold medal of the day, that was given to Alin George Moldoveanu from Romania in the Men’s 10m air rifle shooting event. It was a very exiting final, the first place changed several times and Niccolo Campriani from Italy came in second at last. Bronze went to Gagan Narang from India and this man has a pretty touching story behind him, because his father had to sell some land to be able to buy his son his first air rifle and in order to prevent this to happen again, he later founded a school for air shooting, I think. Of course evey athelte deserves the medals he or she wins, but this man’s medal weights a bit more than others.

For the second medal, we have to go back into the water and also into the next german medal-catastrophy, because the same guys who won silver 4 years ago, only got 7th place today, because they seriously messed up one of their jumps and got thrown back from 3rd place to 7th. The winners were Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan from China with a very strong performance in the synchronized 10m platform diving event and absolutely deserved to win. Second place went to Mexico and third to the United States. Britain was unable to keep their good results from the early jumps. Too bad, because the audience celebrated their athletes like heroes with massive cheering every time they appeared. By the way, the Chinese said they wanted to win every diving event there is in the olympics this time. They’re doing pretty good so far.

In Judo Kaori Matsumoto from Japan won against romanian athelte Corina Caprioriu in the lightweight event. Men’s lightweight winner was Mansur Isaev from Russia, who won against Riki Nakaya winning silver for Japan. Nice fight, but I didn’t liked the fact that Isaev sat onto his opponent after the fight was over to celebrate his victory, while Nakaya was still lying on the ground. This was unnessecary and I absolutely love the fact that so many athletes congratulate the winners very friendly, hugging and kissing them.

In weightlifting, we had the decision in the women’s 58kg event, that was won by chinese athlete Li Xueying, who also broke the olympic record while she was at it. Silver medal winner was Pimsiri Sirikaew from Thailand and the bronze medal made it’s way to Yuliya Kalina from Ukraine. Just as a side note: German competitor Christin Ulrich rewrote the german record 3 times during this event and still only made it to 13th place. Yeah, this is how good we are at this event, but congratulations to her for improving her personal best so much.
In the men’s 62kg event, we have the third gold medal for North Korea won by Kim Un-Guk. He also rewrote the World Record.

Remember when I was talking about men’s gymnastics? Yeah, this event was won by China, who did a lot better now than they did during the qualifications. Japan also did a lot better compared to their prior performance and won silver, followed by the host with bronze. As a fact, the chinese athletes did so well, they won gold before the competition was over. Oh boy.

Now to the swimming competitions, the first gold medal in the Aquatic Center was given to french superhero Yannick Agnel winning the men’s 200m freestlye event. German competitor and world champion Paul Biedermann only managed to place 5th, but he swam his best time this season so far and the others were incredibly strong, so I think he did a good job, although he’s not entirely satisfied with his time. Ryan Lochte was still better, but also failed to win a medal. Next winner is Missy Franklin in the women’s 100m backstroke event, who qualified for 200m freestyle only 17 minutes before the backstroke final. Her sheldue is pretty impressive in general by the way, she’s trying to win 7 events. Also from America, but on the male side of the swimming team and also winner of the 100m backstroke, is Matthew Grevers. The german athelete came in 6th, but was happy to be able to swim this race at all and was absolutely satisfied. That’s something new from a german swimmer in London.
The last swimmer-medal went to 15-year old Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania, who managed to improve her personal best during the last 3 month so much, that she won the 100m breaststroke event in Lonon as yet another unusually young athlete. What have I been doing when I was 15 years old? Right, nothing.

And we finally reach the last medal of the day and that was given out in fencing. The women’s individual épée was very dramatic with an extremely close decision in the semi-final between german athlete Britta Heidemann and south korean athlete A-Lam Shin. The last action by Heidemann was so close to the end of the last second, that the korean team discussed it over with the officials, who gave the point to Heidemann nonetheless after 25 minutes of discussions. They relyed on some complicated rules that I didn’t quite understand, but as much as I pity Shin, it actually really does seem like Heidemann’s victory is legit and even after Shin broke into tears and refused to go off stage, there was no helping. They even protested against the decision, but the officials still said it was Heidemann’s victory. She on the other hand lost in the finals pretty much in the last second herself to Yana Shemyakina from Ukraine, but still winning Germany’s first medal in London. Could’ve been gold, because it was a very exiting and close match, but happened to be silver. Still very well done. As for 3rd place, Shin lost aganst Yujie Sun from China, who won the bronze medal. What a mess and a silver medal with a very bitter taste.

And this was day 3! Very exiting, lot’s of stuff happend, good and bad stuff, but still a very exiting day. From a german point of view there’s actually more to celebrate, for example in men’s field hockey and badminton, but I’m lazy now.
Tomorrow, we have decisions in: Men’s C-1 (Canoeing), Women’s synchronized 10 m platform (Diving), individual eventing and team eventing (Equestrian), Men’s individual foil (Fencing), Women’s team all-around (Gymnastics), Women’s and Men’s half-middleweight (Judo), Men’s Skeet (Shooting), Women’s 200m freestyle (Swimming), Men’s 200m butterfly (Swimming), Women’s 200m I.M (Swimming), Men’s 4 × 200 freestyle relay (Swimming), Men’s 69kg and Women’s 63kg (Weightlifting). This is a total of 15 decisions, the most we’ve had so far.

Olympic Special: London 2012 – Day 2

World Record, rain stops matches and still no medals for Germany. Man, I missed so much today… I was able to watch some of the first events, including the swimming qualifications. After our incredibly bad performance yesterday, I wasn’t exactly looking foward to it and guess what? It stated today just like it ended yesterday: with our swimmers pretty much 1 second below their best time. You can’t win anything in an olympic race with times like these…
Tanks to Sarah Poewe, who rewrote her personal best time and qualified for the 100m breststroke semi-finals, we were able to look into a brighter tournament. In the end, some others qualified for some other semi-finals as well and Paul Biedermann managed to qualify for the 200m freestyle final with the 4rth best time. Meaning: hopes for a medal, but until now our athletes successfully destroyed all hope.

Our female Table tennis athlete Kristin Silbereisen in the single’s competition failed to reach the round of the best 16, unlike her team colleage Jiaduo Wu. Yes, she’s playing for Germany. Too bad, I’ve seen Silbereisens match today morning and it looked good. Our Equestrians also looked pretty good, in the eventing competition we’re currently ranked 1st. Let’s see how long, but wait, Equestrian is usually where we’re good at and I love to watch dressage, too bad Totilas can’t compete. I hope I’ll be able to watch some of the dressage events and we’re usually doing pretty good in these events, so I guess that’s one more reason to watch. Hey, just as a notice, these are some of the countries with more medals than we have: South Africa, Taiwan, Cuba, Uzbekistan and North Korea. I would love to nod my head and say: “Yeah, we suck.” but it’s just much too early. We have a pretty small team this time and I don’t expect as many medals as we had last time, but I guess we will manage some at least.

By the way, no chance of a medal in football/soccer has Spain, they have been eleminated by Honduras during the quatification rounds.

Now for the golden girls and boys, what did we have today? The first medals of the day were given out in a shooting event once again and once again a chinese woman (Guo Wenjun) managed to win, this time in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event. But it was pretty close, second place Celine Goberville from France lost her chance of gold with the last shot when her nerves got the better out of her. The other Shooting-medals given out this day were the ones for Women’s Skeet, where we actually had a realistic chance to win something, but Kim Rhode from the USA won and our athlete only placed 6th, doing considerably worse than 4 years ago in Beijing, where she won the bronze-medal.

Today the British were amused, because they got their first medal, won by Lizzie Armitstead in the Women’s road race, who placed second after Marianne Vos from the Netherlands. The “Oranje”-girl was no surprise winner and was the favorite to win. Not enough for the Dutch though, because they were also able to celebrate their second place in the Women’s 4x100m freestyle race, that was won by Austalian athletes with a new olympic record.

Sadly, I missed the Women’s synchronized 3 m springboard event, because I absolutely love synchronized diving, but there’s another event tomorrow that I’ll watch for sure. This one though was won by He Zi and Wu Minxia from China. It was Wu’s third olympic gold medal in this event, she won it 2008 and 2004 with a different partner.

Also vom Asia, but from a different country comes the winner of the Half-lightweight Judo event Kum Ae An, she’s from North Korea. In 2008 she failed to win the gold medal and had to be satisfied with silver, but this time she actually got it and got North Koreas first olympic gold medal of the day. Second place was Yanet Bermoy Acosta from Cuba, bronze went to Italy and France. And yes, both, because two people are apparently able to earn a bronze-medal in Judo. Lasha Shavdatuashvili from Georgia is not one of the bronze-winners, but the Men’s Half-lightweight event’s winner. Second place goes to Hungary.

Off to weightlifting, in the women’s 53 kg event, we had a german competitor, who managed to rewrite the german record, but was sill far from winning an olympic medal. But she still did pretty good, because she improved her personal best, so I guess she’s satisfied with the competition, although it’s always nicer to win something, that’s for sure. Zulfiya Chinshanlo from Kazachstan was the one who was able to enjoy to cheers the most, because she won this event. Second place was Hsu Shu-ching from Taiwan and thrid was Cristina Iovu from Moldova.

Back to Asia: where Italy won their first gold medals yesterday, not only South Korea was able to celebrate today, because the Women’s Archery team event was won by the South Korean Team, but also more of Asia, because China placed second before Japan on third place. Surprising? I don’t know… Unlike this asian celebration, Europe dominated the Men’s individual sabre event with Áron Szilágyi from Hungary winning before Diego Occhiuzzi from Italy. The Italian sure know who to use their bladed weapons. Sorry, bad pun.

Back to swimming and off to yet another continent, because Dana Vollmer from America not only won the race, she also rewrote the world record. Congratulations, she’s now the first women to swim the 100m butterfly long course faster than 56 seconds. Cameron van der Burgh sounds Dutch, but is fom South Africa and rewrote the 100m breaststroke long course World Record. Camille Muffat from France didn’t set any new world records, but a new olympic record and also won gold for her country… and herself… I guess. Silver went to America and Bronze to the host Great Britain. More amused Britons.

Now the second North Korean Gold comes into play, won by Om Yun-Chol in the Men’s 56 kg weightlifting event. He dedicated the medal to the deceased Kim Jong-Il, former Supreme Leader of North Korea. I’m sorry, I don’t like politics in sports events, I liked it more when german weightlifter Matthias Steiner dedicated his olympic gold medal 2008 in the Men’s +105kg event to his deceased wife.

For the last medals of the day, we have to go back into the water, France won the Men’s 4×100m freestyle event, by beating the USA on the last few meters, who came in second place obviously. Russia was third. So much swimming, but there are a lot of medals to win in swimming competitions overall and we have 4 decisions per day during the first 8 days of the games. Actually the amount of medals given out to swimmers is the second highest in the entire olympic games with 34 swimming events, only the Athletics have more events, they have 47.

So, what is there to expect tomorrow? We have decisions in: Men’s synchronized 10 m platform (Diving), Women’s Individual épée (Fencing), Men’s team all-around (Gymnastics), Men’s and Women’s Lightweight (Judo), Men’s 10m Air Rifle (Shooting), Men’s 200m freestyle (swimming), Men’s and Women’s 100m backstroke (swimming), Women’s 100m breaststroke (swimming), Men’s 62kg (Weightlifting) and Women’s 58kg (weightlifting). Other than that, there are Event competitions in Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Equestrian, Field hockey, Handball, Rowing, Sailing, Table tennis, Tennis, Volleyball and Water polo.

And I really should stop writing these in the middle of the night, it’s 1:46am right now by the way, but an olympic day is a long day.

Olympic Special: London 2012 – Day 1

Yes, I know that there were qualification matches before the official opening, but Saturday is the first “real” day, ok? And I’m watching as much as I possibly can. And I have no f*cking clue about most kinds of sport shown there. Just like the time I was talking about the Eurovision Song Contest. I think I might really want to rename this blog.

So, what did we have today? Actually, pretty much amazing stuff and since I’m German and our olympic coverage is more about the german athletes, I’ll talk a bit more about them. Such as the swimmers, who completely failed in every single match they had – men and women. Great, yet another aquatic desaster on the german side, as if we haven’t had enough of them during the olympic games. They failed just like Michael Phelpes, wo only placed 4rth in the individual meledy (400m) and failed to win a medal. On the other hand: he’s already a legend, what he achieved until now is amazing anyway. I guess it’s time for the others now. On the other hand his rival and friend Ryan Lochte won – without breaking the world record though. Ok, ok, Phelpes at least made it into the final, unlike our athletes.

More about swimming: amazingly well did Sun Yang, who won Chinas first Gold medal for swimming in 400m freestyle. His fellow athlete Ye Shiwen had another amazing race: she won the 400m individual meledy in the women’s section and now comes the unbelievable part: on the last 100m, she was only slightly slower than Ryan Lochte and on the last 50m she was faster than him. Sounds pretty freacky, doesn’t it? Oh yeah and she rewrote the World Record, the first new WR ever since those special swim suits were banned early 2010. And did I mention that she’s 16 years old? Other than that, we had Australia winning the 4x100m freestyle race with a new Olympic Record.

Let’s keep it wet, as bad as our swimmers were, our rowers did amazingly well, most of the boats that started this day, not only made it to the finals on their first try, but also won their races. The most amazing boat was the Men’s Eight, that hasn’t los a single race in 4 years and won in the Heats against the Vize-Worldchampion and the Bronze-medal winner and was faster than the american boat (who won their race) by 5 seconds. I don’t know about you guys, but I smell gold. German athletes failed to win a medal today, but I have high hopes for our rowers.

So, what else was there today?  Shooting, the first Gold Medal was won by Chinese athlete Yi Siling in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle. Another athlete was pregnant by the way, but she wasn’t even close to the top rankings. Still pretty cool though. The other Gold in Shooting was given out for the Men’s 10m Air Pistol to South Korean Jin Jong-oh.

This is getting… long. Damn, I can’t back down now. Cycling! We had the Men’s Road Race today and the British were not amused, because they didn’t win a medal. Instead, the Gold Medal went to Alexander Vinokourov from Kazakhstan, the Silver Medal to Rigoberto Urán from Colombia and the Bronze Medal to Alexander Kristoff from Norway. Who would’ve thought?

Another surprise was  the Individual foil in the women’s fencing event that was completely dominated by Italy, winning all medals on it’s own. Come one guys, leave some for the rest… But these weren’t the only medals for Italy today, because they placed first in the Men’s team Archery event slighly before the USA with 219 points to 218. Actually it was so close, the last archer from Italy had to score 10 points to win, 9 points were needed for an extra round and 8 points or worse were equal to second place. He got 10 points, I really would like to have the nerves of that man. Absolutely amazing.

Six medals were given out to the judoka today, each one twice. Arsen Galstyan from Russia won the Men’s Extra-lightweight event and Sarah Menezes from Brazil won the Women’s Extra-lightweight event. The last remaining medal that I forgot to mention yet ment to Wang Mingjuan from China in the Women’s 48kg weightlifting event. She didn’t create a new record, but gold is pretty awesome on it’s own.
Germany did not play in the qualification rounds of Table tennis and this is actually pretty good, because it shows that we’re placed pretty high in the world rankings. Talking about Tennis: Serena Williams made it clear that she wants to win a Medal and to be honest, I think she will. Roger Federer also won, but also no surprise.

We also had the Men’s Gymnastics Qualifications today and Germany placed 4rth overall, that’s pretty good and we’re playced even before China and Japan… that’s insane. Our athletes did pretty good overall and we might have a chance of a medal or two, if things go in our favor a lot. The stars of the day came from America though, who did extraordinary well and pretty much rocked the Gymnastics.

The 30+ Beach volleyball party between Australia and America was nice to watch, especially because the audience was so great and really helped the athletes to do their best. The two German Beach volleyball teams did good, both teams won their first matches and our other two teams have yet to play.

Of course there was more today, such as Table tennis player Natalia Partyka, who was born without a right hand and forearm and won her first match against Mie Skov from Denmark, but I’m tired and need sleep. Besides, I haven’t watched anything from the remaining stuff that happend, but I still think I’ve seen pretty damn much today. That was, because I had time today and tomorrow I’ll have to work, so I will miss the Women’s synchronized 3 m springboard event. Damn it, I love to watch Synchronized diving… 😦