Tom Slingsby has won Australia’s first individual gold medal in the laser sailing class at Weymouth. Twenty-seven-year-old Slingsby was favourite to win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but finished in 22nd place.
“If I didn’t win at this Olympics I’d definitely hang up the shoes,” Slingsby said after the race. “I mean last time (Beijing 2008) I’d won the worlds, I’d won world cups, the Europeans and everything going into China and the Olympics was the only thing.”
In other Olympic news, cyclist Shane Perkins won a bronze medal in the men’s sprint, the Hockeyroos are out of medal contention after they drew with Argentina, the Australian men’s basketball team beat Russia by 2 points and shooter, Michael Diamond finished fourth in the men’s trap shooting.
Set your alarms – Sally will be racing in the final of the 100m hurdles at 6am AEST tomorrow. Sally qualified last night with the fastest Olympic heat run in history at just 12.57sec.
“I was really, really nervous,” Pearson said. “I am glad it is out of the way and now I can move on. But it’s really bizarre, I have never felt like I am right now, really relaxed and casual. It was just nerves because it is the Olympic Games, just nerves that it is the first round of my event. If I’m not nervous I don’t feel ready so I’m glad I had nerves today.”
You can do all the preparation you like but when your country forgets to register you as a competitor, well, you’re no chance for a medal. New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams must have felt like using that shot put for less-than-appropriate purposes when she discovered that NZ officials had failed to sign her up for the event.