Sunday, 17 August 2008

Super Sunday

By Sunday lunchtime (our time) Britain was third in the Gold Medal table with 11 golds. Three blondes in a boat got the gold in the Yngling class.

Ben Ainsley got a third career gold in the Finn class sailing.

The lightweight scullers (Zak Purchase and Mark Hunter) got a brilliant gold in their little boat and the Woman’s quad got silver with which they were devastatingly disappointed but it seemed like good going to me. It’s all about expectations.

Rebecca Romero got the gold in the women’s pursuit cycling with Wendy Houvenhaghel getting the silver. Rebecca was only the second ever woman to get a medal in two entirely different disciplines in the summer Olympics – she was part of the silver Women’s quad scullers who won silver in 2004.

Mara Yamaguchi came sixth in the marathon but the unfit Paula Radcliffe had to be content with finishing. Liz Yelling was just behind her des[pite a fall very early in the race which left her bruised and with cracked ribs.

The men's team pursuit cyclists made it into the Final beating their own world record time in the process - so another gold or silver has to be earned tomorrow.

If Michael Phelps were a separate country he would be in seventh place in the medal table - as it is his eight golds are the difference between the USA and ourselves at the moment.

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