London 2012 Olympics: Day Two – A day of girl power and British medals

Vos, Armistead, Olds and Zabalinskaya make the breakaway

Another day opens at the London Games and still the excitement won’t go away. After spending most of the first day out, it was hard to catch up but thankfully nothing requires my attention on the second day so lots to talk about.

The empty seats fuss is still on-going but seems that my bile was shot off too early so I now have no enery to get upset about it today. LOCOG asked the Army to take on the seats so as to camouflage the fact that the Olympic Sodbags didn’t show up. In fact today, BA, Coke, McDiabetes and Atos all came out and effectively said “we are eating our prawn sandwiches” and that they were using the tickets supplied to them. So it truly is the Sodbags….sigh.

News came in overnight that the Indian delegation were a bit narked off with an interloper ambling into their group during the Opening Ceremony. An Indian paper was quoted saying that the red and blue track-suited woman

It’s like ‘Where’s Wally’ for the brain-dead

“embarrassed them in front of the whole world”. This may be a bit of a stretch as I think the camera was only on India for 10 seconds and I personally missed it so there was at least one of the 7 billion who didn’t see her. More bizarre news came from the shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks when a man was arrested for assault. I have no idea what you could find so bad at the shooting that you would need to assault someone. Maybe he was anti-gun – who knows.

After yesterday’s heartbreak of seeing Cavendish and co flop at the team cycling event, there was great news from the women. While their race was considerably shorter (half the distance) it was no less challenging as the heavens opened and soaked them to the bone and made the course a little slicker and more dramatic. This leads to the idle spectator’s favourite bit of cycling: the crashes. Even the great Kristin Armstrong fell foul as she rounded a corner to find a Chinese cyclist in the process of falling over. Armstrong hit the deck too and was even run over by another rider for her troubles.

But at the front of the pack no such issues. Olga Zabelinskaya began the breakaway and was soon joined by Britain’s Lizzie Armistead, road racing champion Marianna Vos from Holland and Shelley Olds (who mysteriously disappeared from the pack only to reappear at the back with no explanation from the commentators – spooky). While the OBS’ timing screens again proved useless, the breakaway seemed set up at the front and no-one could catch them as they rounded the corner past Buckingham Palace and up the Mall for the last 100m all line astern. Zabalinskaya was first, Vos second and Armistead in third. It was then a sprint finish. I couldn’t tell you exactly what happened next as I stopped making notes and started screaming at the TV and dancing around like I had received 500V to the nuts. All I can say is: Team GB have a medal. Oh yeh! Silver will do fine!

More great girl power, this time at the hockey, where GB beat Japan 4-0 but not without a bit of pain – the captain Kate Walsh received a good smack for her troubles and was later taken to hospital for a broken jaw. Unbelievably doctors think that they can fix it and she can be out again for the later stages. Rebecca Adlington wowed everyone at the swimming by only just squeaking through to the final of the 400m freestyle and then turning on the magic that we saw from her in Beijing and putting in a bronze medal time! And the last women’s story is a good’un. Kate Rhode became the first US athlete to win 5 golds in 5 consecutive Olympics at the shooting. a truely remarkable feat and while Phelps will probably get all the glory back home I hope that someone, somewhere is covering this. Even if it is the News at Six in Shitsville, Kentucky.

However, Kate’s official national broadcaster, NBC, are again taking on more flack as Michael Phelps’ mother has asked for them to stop the ridiculous time-delay and to show the Olympics live (at some ungodly hour) and then repeat the good bits at prime-time so she can watch her little boy being Poseidon and splash about successfully in real time. Many other Americans are also peeved that they will wake up and be confronted with news about the Olympics that they were unable to watch. Spoliers aren’t cool. And in the men’s swimming relay, before the event started, NBC gave USA the gold, only to have the French steal it from under their noses. So that would be hubris for you there…

Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 6 4 2 12
USA 3 5 1 9
South Korea 2 1 2 5
Japan 0 2 3 5
France 2 1 1 4
Italy 1 2 1 4
Brazil 1 1 1 3
Australia 1 1 1 3
Russia 1 0 2 3
Kazakhstan 2 0 0 2
Holland 1 1 0 2
Great Britain 0 1 1 2
Hungary 0 1 1 2
South Africa 1 0 0 1
Georgia 1 0 0 1
Chinese Taipei 0 1 0 1
Poland 0 1 0 1
Romania 0 1 0 1
Colombia 0 1 0 1
Cuba 0 1 0 1
Norway 0 0 1 1
Serbia 0 0 1 1
Uzbekistan 0 0 1 1
North Korea 0 0 1 1
Canada 0 0 1 1
Ukraine 0 0 1 1
Slovenia 0 0 1 1
Azerbaijan 0 0 1 1
Andorra 0 0 1 1
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