Monday, 18 August 2008

Olympic Update

Where to start?

It's all happened whilst I've been away. On Friday the cyclists took to the track at the Laoshan Velodrome and the GB team of Jamie Staff, Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny took gold in the team sprint.

Then on Saturday Rebecca Adlington did it again with victory in the women's 800m freestyle final.

The fifth gold arrived from Rowing when Tom James, Steve Williams, Pete Reed and Andy Hodge won the men's four.

The women's double sculls of Elise Laverick and Anna Bebington added a bronze, as did Matthew Wells and Steve Rowbotham in the men's double sculls.

Gold number six belonged to Bradley Wiggins, who won the 4000m individual pursuit.

Number seven again came from the velodrome with Chris Hoy winning the men's keirin ahead of Ross Edgar who took silver.

A bonus came with Chris Newton earning a bronze in the points race.

Britain were denied two sailing golds on Saturday when the races were postponed but when they were finally held on the Sunday the two delayed races both brought gold. First the Yngling crew of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson.

Then Ben Ainslie triumphs in the Finn class.

For gold number ten it was back to the rowing with Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter in the lightweight sculls.

There was also a silver for the women's quad sculls team and a silver also for the men's eight.

The daily cycling gold arrives. Gold number eleven, as Rebecca Romero becomes the first British woman to medal in two sports as she beats fellow Brit Wendy Houvenaghel in the pursuit final.

Also Louis Smith wins bronze in the men's pommel horse event to hand Great Britain their first Olympics gymnastics medal in 80 years.

Number twelve comes on Monday back on the track. Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins, Paul Manning and Ed Clancy smash the world record as Britain claim gold in the men's team pursuit.

In sailing, Joe Glanfield and Nick Rogers pick up a silver in the men's 470 class.

Meanwhile has any noticed that the football season has started? No thought not.

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