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Gold!

At last we’ve achieved a couple of gold medals at London2012!

On day 5 we were treated to an amazing win by rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the female pairs.  The world silver medallists led from the start, clocking seven minutes 27.13 seconds to become the first British female rowers to win an Olympic title.

The duo, who joined forces only two years ago, looked calm on the start line at an overcast Eton Dorney, and got their race off perfectly with a heavy acceleration out of the blocks.  By 500m, they were almost a length clear, looking settled and focused.  As they entered the final 250m, the packed grandstands either side of the lake began to cheer, with fans getting to their feet as they cruised across the finishing line a length clear of Australia.

Then a few hours later there was one for the boys!  Our Tour de France champion, Bradley Wiggins (yes him with the sideburns!), became Britain’s most decorated Olympian with victory in the London 2012 time trial.

He now has 7 Olympic medals to his name -four golds, a silver and two bronzes – one more than rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave.  Millions of people took to the streets around Hampton Court to cheer him on and he didn’t disappoint.  What a 10 days this has been for him and as he said when interviewed at the end of the event: “I don’t think my sporting career will ever top this now,” said Wiggins. “That’s it. It will never, never get better than that. Incredible.”

To round off the day, the GB football team managed a scrappy 1-0 win against Uruguay, making them top of Group A and taking them into the quarter finals against South Korea on Saturday.  If they win that game they are assured of a bronze medal at the very least but on the downside, they are likely to meet Brazil in the semis so let’s not get too excited just yet!

Mind you, after a truly inspirational performance by the GB women’s football team the night before when they beat a strong Brazil side 1-0 in front of a 70,000 strong partisan crowd at Wembley, there’s more than just a little pride at stake!!!

It always happens in 3’s

Today bought 3 shock results/news items in the world of sport.

Firstly we discovered that David Beckham had been left out of the GB Olympic Squad by Stuart Pearce who, in his infinite wisdom decided he had a strong enough midfield and so picked Manchester City defender Micah Richards ahead of him.  (Yes, the same Micah Richards who refused to be on stand-by for the England Squad for Euro2012).  When he only had the choice of three over 23 year olds, it seems bonkers to me that Beckham wasn’t chosen – he was part of the Olympic flame handover ceremony in May, bringing it to Britain for the torch relay.   He also played a major role as a sporting ambassador when London won the 2012 bid, and has made no secret of his desire to captain Team GB.

So then we came to this evening’s entertainment!   Starting with  the Euro2012 semi-final between Italy and Germany.  With the Germans the strong favourites I don’t think any of the neutrals watching could believe the happenings on the pitch!  The Germans were rubbish and the Italians were magnificent.  Two sensational goals from the super-loopy Mario Balotelli catapulted them into the final against Spain on Sunday.  There was a wee flurry in extra time where the Germans were awarded a penalty and despite a brilliant strike from Ozil to make it 2-1, it was too little, too late and Italy were the victors.

That just left enough time for me to switch over to BBC2 to see the world No.2, Rafael Nadal, get beaten in the 5th set in the 2nd round of Wimbledon to Lukas Rosol, a player who is ranked 100th in the world! 

This charming Czech player modestly said in his post-match interview:

“I know Nadal is only human. Nadal played a good match but I think I was a little bit better.”

The last few games that I was able to watch definitely proved this – he was exciting to watch and I was rather sorry I’d elected to watch the football instead of this tennis match but they were both equally unexpected results which is always refreshing for the armchair sports fan!

Oh well, that’s enough excitement for one day – only the Final on Sunday and the 2nd week of Wimbledon to look forward to before the Olympics – how will I cope???

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