Which sports did I watch today?
Archery, Swimming, Canoe Slalom, Gymnastics
Golden moment of the day – Men’s Gymnastics Team Final
After their stellar performance in the qualification stages, as well as a poor showing for the favourites, GB went into the Men’s Team Final hoping to sneak into the medals. What happened today was unlike anything anyone could have predicted, with the first medal for GB in the event in 100 years. What at first seemed like a Bronze, turned out to be a Silver, which again went back to a Bronze after a dramatic moment where Japan contested their deductions for a fall at the end of their final Pommel Horse display. It was an intense moment and by far the highlight of the games so far. Team GB earned their medal with stellar performances from everyone, particularly Kristian Thomas who’s display on the Floor and Vault were the best of the competition. He’s someone to look forward to in the individual and overall events later in the week, and he impressed me so much I nearly put him as Athlete of the day as well. A tremendous day for British Gymnastics and the most dramatic moment of London 2012 so far.
Athlete of the day – Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania)
At just 15 years old Ruta Meilutyte became the first gold medallist in swimming for Lithuania beating favourite Rebecca Soni from the US in the 100m Breaststroke. Training in Portsmouth she proved that sheer talent and drive beats out over thinking yet again (A running theme for me with this Olympics it seems). Her reaction to winning was amazing to watch, she couldn’t believe that it was actually happening. She raced her own race and triumphed a brilliant thing to see at this year’s games.
What I’m looking forward to tomorrow
I’ll probably end up watching a whole lot more Archery tomorrow, as I would like to see who British competitor Larry Godfrey will be taking on in the final 16 after going through earlier today. The final of the C1 Canoe Slalom should be a good watch too with a new course to navigate. The equestrian eventing could see GB win a medal too after a stellar performance today. I expect that there will be a lot of buzz surrounding the Gymnastics following the drama today, so the Women’s Team Final is well worth a watch tomorrow too.
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