London 2012 Olympic Games Diary: 4 August

Well, they called it ‘Super Saturday’ and, in a dramatic break with tradition when it comes to hype like that, it was, in fact, a Super Saturday as Team GB won gold after beautiful gold. It started off at the rowing as the men’s coxless four triumphed over their Aussie rivals. Then the women’s lightweight double sculls pair of Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking came good too.

Then it was time for the velodrome where our formidable cycling team were continuing their great work as the women’s team pursuit took gold. Over at the tennis Andy Murray and Laura Robson found time to win two mixed doubles matches to take them into the final. This means that Murray is now guaranteed to win silver or gold twice on Sunday.

So, with things built up wonderfully through the day all eyes turned to the athletics at the Olympic Stadium. First to taste glory was poster girl, Jessica Ennis, with a majestic performance over the two days of the heptathlon. Then came Greg Rutherford, who leapt to glory in the long jump. Then Mo Farah completed a magnificent hat-trick of Team GB golds with a very confident 10000m performance.

It’s been a disappointing games for the Team GB swimming squad, but one swimmer who didn’t disappoint was US superstar, Michael Phelps. He went out on a high today, winning again to finish his Olympic career with a phenomenal 18 gold medals. Not good news for the Team GB footballers either as the men joined the women on the bus home having been knocked out in the quarter finals.

Meanwhile, amongst the political pond-life lurking at the Olympics in the hope of some reflected glory was the disgraced culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who became the latest Tory to touch base with Rupert Murdoch at the games. Previously, Boris Johnson had entertained the elderly cultural vampire, possibly at the expense of British taxpayers. Who’s going to take him out for strawberries next? Dave, perhaps?


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