Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic Watch

Michael Phelps on target for eight golds at Beijing

Nothing short of a coming apocalypse seems to be able to derail Michael Phelps from winning eight golds at Beijing. Phelps won the 200m freestyle today band has three gold medals so far (to add to the six he won in Athens). His nine life time gold medals in total ties him with Olympic legends: Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis, Paavo Nurmi and Larissa Latynina. Is it possible that Phelps may be the greatest Olympic Athlete ever?If he completes his task of eight gold medals in China this should must is a plausible argument.

India wins first its first individual Gold medal

The Olympic Games' most significant underachieving nation finally won its first individual gold at Beijing. The event: Shooting - The winner: Abhinav Bindra. Well done.

China takes Men's Olympic Team Gold in Gymnastics

Favourites China took Gold in this prestigious event placing first in five of the six apparatus (wow!). Japan walked away with silver whilst the US was forced to settle for bronze.

Aaron Piersol repeats

American Aaron Piersol came from behind with a classic turn at the midpoint to win the 100m backstroke (the stroke I liked least during my rather amateurish swimming days), Piersol won this same event in Athens 2004.

China: 11 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze: Total = 18 (Has most Golds)
US: 7 Gold, 6 Silver, 8 Bronze: Total = 21 (Leads Total)
Korea: 5 Gold, 5 Silver, 1 Bronze: Total = 11 (Big Surprise these Olympics)
Italy: 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze: Total = 9
Australia: 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 5 Bronze: Total = 9
Russia: 2 Gold, 4 Silver, 3 Bronze: Total = 9 (how the mighty have fallen)

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