Which sports did I watch today?
Archery, Swimming, Canoe Slalom, Cycling (Road), Gymnastics, Sailing, Beach Volleyball
Golden moment of the day – France beat USA in Men’s swimming relay
The Swimming is an obvious joy at the Olympics, world records left right and centre and some shock results all the time. Seeing Rebecca Adlington win herself a Bronze medal was special, but even better was the explosive Men’s 400m Freestyle Relay Final. The US team were the clear favourite going into these games, and at first it seemed like Australia and the US had it in the bag, Phelps delivering a speedy 100m to put them ahead of the rest. From nowhere in the final 200m though were the French team who swam extremely well pushing ahead of Ryan Lochte in the last seconds. It was a climactic finish and you felt the elation of the French team as the underdogs triumphed.
Athlete of the day – Lizzie Armitstead (Great Britain)
After the attention that the Men’s Cycling Road Race garnered yesterday, which saw none of the GB riders really push forward to get into the medals, talk of failed tactics and the world being against Britain were a hot topic today. Lizzie Armitstead proved this rubbish, pushing ahead when she saw an opening and winning GB’s first medal of the games by riding the best race she could. It’s happening across the board with athletes over thinking strategies and tactics when they should be just trying their hardest to beat the competition. Lizzie rode extremely well, and even though she couldn’t quite beat Marianne Vos to to the Gold medal she was the hero for the UK team today.
What I’m looking forward to tomorrow
The country will be going mad for Tom Daley in the diving I’m sure, although I’m still not exactly sure what all the fuss is about, but there’s plenty of other things to be excited for. Liam Tancock, Robbie Renwick and Gemma Spofforth swimming for GB in their finals should be worth a watch, as well as the Men’s Team final in Gymnastics where we have a big chance for a medal. I’m going to continue my obsession with the Archery and Canoe Slalom, the second of which I watched for at least 3 hours today.
Tune of the day – Madonna – Swim
I really couldn’t think of a song for today, so I’ve gone for this Ray of Light album track that has very little to do with the Olympics save for the obvious Swimming reference…