London 2012 Olympic Games Diary: 10 August

A quiet day on the Team GB medal front with no golds. Our men’s and women’s 470 sailing crews both had to settle for silver in their medal races and we also missed out in taekwondo, BMX, and athletics. There were some highlights today though with three British boxers making it through to their finals. Meanwhile on the track Team Bahamas magnificently stepped up to beat Team USA in the men’s 4×400 relay final.

The lack of gold today should particularly embarrass taekwondo selectors who controversially picked the lowly ranked Lutalo Mohammad ahead of world number 1, Aaron Cook. Mohammad got bronze whilst Cook would surely have got more. But no blame should be on Mohammad here. Anyone else given the opportunity to compete in an Olympic Games would also have jumped at the chance and he did his best.

There was also disappointment for Team GB in the BMX as Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips failed to deliver a medal. But I really enjoyed watching this sport, with all its thrills and spills, and the track looked great. I also enjoyed the commentary with gems such as ‘He was like a big cat in the underbrush waiting for the antelope’ and ‘He looks like he’s winding down the window on a Messerschmitt bubble car’.

After being baffled by the horse dancing I noticed a couple more peculiar events today: synchronised swimming and ryhthmic gymnastics. Such events are pleasant to watch but I can’t help feeling they’re entertainment rather than sport. We should be writing reviews of them rather than giving out bronze, silver, and gold. The last time I pretended to be a crocodile in a swimming pool they threw me out. In the Olympics they give you a medal for it.


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