for the THIRD DAY IN A ROW Australia won a gold medal at the London Olympics.
Sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won gold in the 49er Skiff class on their boat “Diversity” in the final race at Weymouth and Portland overnight.
“It was amazing. We’ve sailed brilliantly for four years. This week has been one of our best weeks so far. Today was just about enjoying the day,” Outteridge said.
In other Olympic news, Steve Hooker made it into the pole vault final, Caroline Buchanan qualified fastest for the BMX semi-final and South African 200m runner Caster Semenya qualified for the final.
Everyone’s talking about the story of “Naughty Korea,” “Nice Korea” and the Australian newspaper which has unexpectedly found itself at the centre of an international diplomatic incident.
MX Brisbane ran a medal tally in their pages of their paper this week and in it they referred to North Korea as “Naughty Korea” and South Korea as “Nice Korea”. Now they’ve received a letter from the North Korean regime, accusing the paper of bullying and challenging “the unanimous will of mankind.”
It read: “The Australian newspaper Brisbane Metro behaved so sordid as to describe the DPRK as “Naughty Korea” when carrying the news of London Olympics standings. This is a bullying act little short of insulting the Olympic spirit of solidarity, friendship and progress and politicizing sports.” You can read the full letter here.
A statement from the editors of MX says:
“mX is widely known for its irreverent take on the news and the London 2012 Olympics are being approached with that perspective in mind.
“The two teams (South Korea and North Korea) were sitting in fourth and fifth spot respectively on the medal ladder and we thought it would be a humorous, but harmless way of differentiating between the two, and a reflection on how much of the western world views the two countries.
“It was in no way intended to offend the athletes or citizens of either South Korea or North Korea.
“North Korea’s political leadership is no stranger to global critcism and it would be difficult for anyone to fail to see the comment was aimed directly at that record.
“The mX tally received an enormous response online throughout the world and the overwhelming majority of readers and the social and print media community saw it for what was intended – nothing more than a bit of light-heartedness.”
Olympic officials are reportedly looking into how Australian condoms found their way into the Olympic village after Australian BMX rider Caroline Buchanan tweeted a picture of a container of condoms labelled “Kangaroos condoms, for the gland downunder”.
Buchanan wrote: “Haha, the rumours are true. Olympic village.” (Apparently there are 150,000 condoms distributed throughout the village.)
But the condoms in the bucket were Ansell – not Durex, who apparently have the supply rights for the Olympics. A spokeswoman for the games said: “We will look into this and ask that they are not handed out to other athletes because Durex are our supplier.”
Here are some of the best photos our athletes have been tweeting from the Olympic Village:
From BMX rider Caroline Buchanan