It’s raining medals! You missed a lot while you were sleeping last night (unless you managed to get through on absolutely no shut-eye, in which case, we tip our hats to you good sirs and madams).
Let’s start with this – the team of Murray Stewart, Jake Clear, Tate Smith and David Smith won GOLD in the K4 1000m event at Eton Dorney. The Aussies lead from the beginning and won in 2:55.085 over Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Sixteen-year-old Brittany Broben has only been diving for 4 years but last night she won silver in the 10m platform diving. She was in fourth place going into the final round but nailed backward 2.5 somersault, 1.5 twister (we don’t know what that is either but it looked as fancy as it sounds) to secure second place.
And the women’s water polo team won a bronze medal in a dramatic play off for third, against Hungary. The Stingers were leading by 1 goal 11 seconds before the final buzzer, but Hungary scored a goal to force the match into extra time. But they got through it, winning 13-11.
In other Olympic news, our men’s hockey team lost to Germany 4-2, South African runner Caster Semenya made it into the 800m final and the women’s basketball team, led by flag bearer Lauren Jackson, just couldn’t overcome defending gold medalists in team USA. They lost 86-73.
Usain Bolt became the first man to ever win the Olympic sprint double two Games in a row. He won the 200m sprint overnight, which follows his win in the 100m sprint a few days ago.
The 25-year-old has now declared himself a legend. Normally you might scoff at such self proclamation but you can’t take a thing away from this bloke – who truly is a legend of sport.
“This is the one I wanted and I got it. I’m now a legend, I’m also the greatest athlete to live. I’ve got nothing left to prove. I’ve showed the world I’m the best and, right now, I just want to enjoy myself,” Bolt said.
The 200m final was a Jamaican trifecta - Yohan Blake ran second and Warren Weir picked up the bronze.
What do you do when you don’t have the broadcast rights to show Olympic footage? You recreate it yourself using Lego, that’s what.
The hosts at ABC News Breakfast got out their building blocks and little dolls this week and recreated Sally Pearson’s magnificent win in the 110m hurdles. And now its become a worldwide hit. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
You’ve probably seen a lot of channels showing still images instead of video.That’s because the IOC have strict rules on what can and can’t be shown on channels that aren’t Olympic ones.
Swimmer Stephanie Rice has set the record straight on a rumoured relationship between herself and US basketball star Kobe Bryant. There was speculation the pair were dating after they were spotted at the Velodrome this week, cheering on Anna Meares. But last night Steph tweeted:
“FYI yes Kobe and I are friends, but no we are not together and never have been. Can’t guys and girls be just friends..? He’s an amazing athlete and I’ve enjoyed getting to know him and many other great athletes in my Olympic journey.”