British athletes did their best in the first four days at the London 2012 Games, but until yesterday they were unable to secure the first gold medal. August brought the relief everyone was hoping for, when Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the women’s Rowing Pair in impressive fashion. They were no match for the world champions and New Zealand had to settle for silver, in an event where they started as overwhelming favorites.
Medals start piling up for Great Britain
Soon after Glover and Stanning won gold, Great Britain took bronze in the women’s Quadruple Sculls, an event won by Ukraine. The hosts returned to their winning ways when Bradlay Wiggins won the precious medal in the the Road Cycling Time Trial. He managed to outshine Germany’s Tony Martin the reigning world champion, and his performance was so impressive that attention shifted from Kristin Armstrong’s performance. The 38-year-old American retain her crown and announced her retirement immediately after the race, following a career that is second to none.
Great Britain’s Olympic team didn’t fare too well in the basketball tournament, where they lost 61-67 to Russia and their hopes have all but vanished. France, the Czech Republic and Brazil all triumph in the women’s competition and moved further for what promises to be a very exciting elimination round. On the flipside, their hopes are intact in both hockey and football competition, as the Brits will move further following positive results.
Things get serious at the top
China and United States are involved in a tough race for the most gold medals at the London Olympics, and the gap separating these two countries from the rest of the nation’s is considerable. Liuyang Jiao added another gold medal by winning the women’s 200m Butterfly and in another Olympic pool, Kai Qin and Yutong Luo won the diving competition in the Synchronised 3m Springboard. Ying Chen failed to retain her Olympic crown, and had to settle for silver in the women’s 25m Pistol, won by Korea.
It was an all Chinese affair in the women’s Table Tennis Singles, but the fact that Xiaoxia Li won the competition was a surprise given the fact that Ning Ding started with the first chance. Xiaojun Lu was more successful in the men’s 77kg Weightlifting and brought another gold medal for China who now has a significant lead over their American rivals.
Other notable results came from Daniel Gyurta who won the men’s 200m Breaststroke and also improved Christian Sprenger’s world record. Italy added its fourth gold metal courtesy of Daniele Molmenti who won the men’s Kayak Single wide France consolidated its position among European countries thanks to Lucie Decosse who won gold in the women’s Middleweight in Judo.