GB Gold Rush

Well things are happening far too quickly for me to keep up with everything on the blog, but after a slow start, team GB are now storming ahead with medals flooding in. The men’s and women’s team pursuit cycling was really amazing with the women breaking a new world record to win gold easily. But the biggest story so has to be an incredible hour on the athletics track where we won gold medals for men’s long jump, women’s heptathlon and men’s 10,000 metres. All 3 wins were incredible. And then today, Andy Murray wins gold for singles tennis, beating Federer in the final at Wimbledon after losing in the same venue just a month or so ago.

So incredibly, we’re now in third place on 16 golds and a total of 37 medals, while just a day or so ago, South Korea were ahead of us in the table – it now looks unlikely they’ll ever threaten us again. China and the US have been taking turns to head the table, it really is neck and neck, but at this moment, China is ahead with 30 golds against the 28 US golds. But of course, in terms of population, GB is the clear leader!

For me what makes it so impressive is the diversity in terms of backgrounds, sports, and ethnicity of the British winners that reflects the multicultural nature of Britain perfectly.

On a separate note, one reader mentioned the badminton controversy and I wanted to share my views on this. The organisers for the first time decided to have a group qualifying setup rather than straight knockout. This is very similar to how football competitions are orgainised. So usually the winner of one group plays the runner up of another.

But one of the strong teams (China) surprisingly came second in their group meaning that the winner of another group would have to play them. So what then happened was several teams tried to lose their match to avoid playing the strong team in the next round. And eventually 4 pairs were disqualified and sent home.

Many people agree they should have been thrown out of the competition for not doing their best, but I do feel a bit sorry for them. Once the format is communicated, to some extent, they have the right to adopt the tactic they feel will give them the best chance of winning the gold medal. I mean, in athletics heats, when a runner is way out in front, it’s common for them to slow down as they approach the finish, knowing they’ve qualified for the next round. So they’re not giving their best.

I understand the organisers will be reviewing the format for next time to avoid this happening again, so in a way it’s a bit harsh for the players who were sent home, especially if they decide it needs to be changed. It’s like saying “yes, we messed up so we’re going to correct the problem, but you are still disqualified”.

That’s all from me for now, I’m off to the 02 Arena (North Greenwich Arena) to watch the gymnastics today. Go Team GB!

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7 Responses to GB Gold Rush

  1. Bittermelon says:

    It’s like saying “yes, we messed up so we’re going to correct the problem, but you are still disqualified”.


    That’s how that poor Korean fencer felt after she lose because of a clock malfunction and made to sit and wait only to be told essentially “so sorry, we messed up but you still lose.”

  2. CP says:

    I can’t let the most amazing weekend in the history of British sport go by without saying that we still lost a penalty shoot-out in the football. I just laughed when that happened.

  3. WoAi says:

    @Bittermelon – Yes that sounds tough. No comment on the badminton?

    @CP – Yeah who needs the football when we have Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, all the amazing cyclists and rowers, Andy Murray, Vicky Pendleton and loads more. Absolutely brilliant!

  4. Bittermelon says:

    We don’t get to watch badminton too much, unfortunately. In the end it’s all going to be China anyway (or Chinese who can’t make their own country’s team and moved to another country such as HK or Taiwan or Singapore to represent them). Occasionally a Dutch team may sneak in some wins. I am now watching the US women’s football team fighting for their lives against Canada.

  5. Bittermelon says:

    Stunning win for the US, heartbreak for the Canadians.

  6. chengdusticksguy says:

    Heartbreak for the Canadians – now there is something which 36 years of Olympics has taught me well. From being the only country not to win Gold at an Olympics it hosted (TWICE since Winter Olympics are Olympics), to Ken Read’s binding coming off after he was leading the Downhill to an endless list. I’m actually so happy for Team GB winning a ton of golds – cos now we can have the monopoly on disappointment!

  7. WoAi says:

    @Chengdusticksguy – What? I thought you Canadians were good at the snow and ice sports! And it does feel odd being British and not being disappointed in a sporting event. EVEN Murray delivered. Hang on, let me pinch myself and see if it’s all a dream.

    Canadians were leading 3 times and then lost, is that right? Ouch. We all know how that feels!

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