It's been a massive two-and-a-half weeks of Olympic action.

We asked 14 of our reporters from BBC Sport and 5 Live to pick their best and worst moments.

Clare Balding (BBC Sport equestrian reporter in Hong Kong and studio presenter in Beijing)

Highlight: Becky Adlington's double gold and Chris Hoy's three golds. They have reached an even higher plane of excellence in an outstanding team performance from British athletes. In Becky's case, she has achieved something never before done by a British swimmer, and in Hoy's, something that has never been done by a cyclist of any nation before. Hoy is just immense, both physically and mentally.


Lowlight: British women's rowing quad miss gold. I felt the pain of the women's quad as I am sure every single person watching at home would have done as they won silver when they so wanted and deserved gold. Kath Grainger is the most successful female rower Britain has ever produced and yet she felt as if she had failed. The effort all four had put into their training, the time and emotion they had invested and the pain they went through epitomised the Olympic spirit. Only defeat can triumph be truly appreciated.

Star of 2008: Usain Bolt. I'm assuming most other people will say Michael Phelps, but if Usain Bolt could run the 100 and 200m using different styles and doing it backwards, I'm pretty sure he'd do it. His joy is infectious, his talent unparalleled and his exuberance unfettered. He is one cool dude.

Tip for 2012: Miners Frolic. Tina Cook's horse performed beautifully in all three phases of the eventing and was the star of the show. He is only 10, which in horse years is very young. Soundness allowing, he will be at the peak of his powers come London and in Tina has a rider with the experience, talent and dignity to excel.

Simon Brotherton (Radio 5 Live cycling and boxing commentator)

Highlight: Nicole Cooke winning road race gold. But the whole fortnight has been a highlight; how could it not be, with all the success achieved by the GB cycling team?

Seeing Chris Hoy become the first British Olympian in exactly 100 years to win three gold medals at the same Games was a moment to saviour, but I would have to pick Cooke's victory. It was Britain's first gold medal in Beijing and really set the tone for the rest of the fortnight.

I remember interviewing her live on the radio later that day under an umbrella as we walked through Olympic park in the dark. It was absolutely pouring with rain, but it was great to talk about her win and I think she really enjoyed hearing the reaction in her parents' lounge as she crossed the line, which we played to her.

Lowlight: Shanaze Reade crashing out of the BMX final. Reade falling off on the last corner of the BMX was a real shame, but she showed how gutsy she is during the competition and the BMX as a whole was a great success.

Star of 2008: Usain Bolt. He ran a different race to everyone else and claimed three world records. I found the 100m and 200m finals more exciting and gripping as sporting moments than any of Michael Phelps' eight golds, even though his was a gargantuan feat.

Tip for 2012: Jason Kenny. The 20-year-old made it through to the final of the men's sprint against Chris Hoy. He had to settle for silver this time round, but look out for the Bolton youngster at London 2012.

Caroline Cheese (BBC Sport, text commentator in London)

Highlight: Nicole Cooke wins Britain's first gold - and the unrestrained celebrations. Also, the sight of Olympic icon and British sporting hero Sir Steve Redgrave in an ill-fitting pac-a-mac.

Lowlight: Softball. What the...? Ditto dressage.

Star of Beijing: Usain Bolt, obviously. But for the Brits, got to be Sir Christopher Hoy.


Tip for 2012: If it's not me in the archery (still hoping...), I'll go for Jason Kenny to do a 'Hoy'.

Andrew Cotter (BBC Sport, weightlifting commentator)

Highlight: A tie for first place shared by Usain Bolt's 100m and 200m victories. Both utterly astonishing and what a contrast between the two. I wish that he had run through the line in the 100m but his coasting simply underlined his total dominance. Great to see, though, that he did it in the 200. I suspect he knew that he had Michael Johnson's record in him and also knew that he might not get another chance like it.

Lowlight: China's Liu Xiang not being fit enough for the showdown with Dayron Robles in the 110m hurdles which would have provided more than 1bn people with their Cathy Freeman moment.

Alastair Eykyn (Radio 5 Live, hockey and tennis commentary)

Highlights: The short spell when GB's men hockey team were on track to beat Olympic champions Australia for the first time in 20 years - only to be pegged back by a late equaliser. And an honourable mention for the cheerleaders at the beach volleyball at Chaoyang Park.

Lowlight: GB labouring to a draw with hockey minnows USA (women) and Canada (men) when three more points would have at least put the heat on others to make the semi-finals.

Star of Beijing: Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Chris Hoy stand out as does, less obviously, Rafael Nadal for showing the tennis world what the Olympic spirit is all about. Take note Andy Murray.

Tip for 2012: Ashley Jackson and Charlotte Craddock to star as GB's hockey teams reach the semi-finals of men's and women's event. Good money on tears from Paula Radcliffe after her victory/abandonment/injury in the Marathon.

Juliette Ferrington (Radio 5 Live sailing reporter, Qingdao)

Highlight: Iain Percy and Andrew "Bart" Simpson winning gold in the Star class. It was a thriller right to the end, with medal places changing all the time on the final day of Olympic sailing. No-one deserved it more than Bart, and it left Britain's sailors with their best Olympic medal haul for a century.

Lowlight: Nick Dempsey missing out on a windsurfing medal after going into the medal race lying in silver medal position. In true Dempsey style he said: "It's not the end of the world, I've got other great stuff going on." He's only marrying Sarah Ayton this autumn!

Star of Beijing: Ben Ainslie. People rave about Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals, but Ainslie competes in an Olympic sport where he can only win one medal at a time - so winning third gold of his sailing career deserves similar recognition. Chris Hoy is also up there.


Tip for 2012: What more can the RYA extract from their squad? Britain finished the regatta as the world's top sailing nation (again!) and surpassed the medal total at the past two Games in Athens and Sydney. The only way is up.

Gordon Farquhar (Radio 5 Live sports news reporter, Beijing)

Highlight: Terribly hard to pick one from an Olympics of such extraordinary stories. From my own perspective, being in the opening ceremony was an experience I'll never forget, as was standing feet away from Chris Hoy at the velodrome as he thundered towards gold in the individual pursuit. I was really struck by the ordinary bloke-ness of Michael Phelps at his press conference after winning an eighth swimming gold medal. But the one moment that really stopped me dead in my tracks was Usain Bolt's showboating finish in the 100m final. I think I was almost in shock.

Lowlight: Ukrainian heptathlete Liudmyla Blonska's positive drugs test, following her two-year doping ban in 2003. Low as a snake's belly.

Star of Beijing: I'm going to have to say Phelps.

Tip for 2012: Louis Smith. His bronze in the pommel horse was a huge achievement, an indication of the growing strength in depth in the GB team. I expect the sailors to do to the rest of the world what the cyclists have just done at the velodrome - stuff them out of sight.

Tom Fordyce (BBC Sport blogger, Beijing)

Highlight: When Usain Bolt proved that Lightning can strike twice. What a 200m.

Lowlight: Being beaten by an 84-year-old local at table-tennis.

Star of Beijing: Usain Bolt. His Royal Hoyness.


Tip for 2012: Jason Kenny. He even pushed Hoy close in the sprint.

Jake Humphrey (BBC Sport studio presenter, Ling Long Pagoda, Beijing)

Highlight: Gymnastics. Amazing entertainment, breathtakingly skilful, and generates really gripping drama. Beth Tweddle, four years on from the disappointment of Athens, looked to end her creditable career on a high and missed glory by one step! Just a single, step to the right was the difference between a medal and heartbreak - how can you not be thrilled by a sport where the margins are so tight? I was also privileged to meet Beth and Louis Smith. He is just what British gymnastics needs. Cool, accessible, talented, inspirational... and best of all an Olympic medallist!

Lowlight: I may always regret not seeing China, in China, winning Olympic gold in table tennis or being there when Usain Bolt was in full flight...glad I was able to share it with you guys at home, though.

Also, although the sport was phenomenal, the stadia breathtaking and the crowds vocal, with Olympic Green being behind a security cordon, there was no party atmosphere and 10 minutes after the end of the day's action it was deserted. There was a lack of bars, restaurants and communal areas for people to congregate and celebrate the sport. The venues need to be open to the public and I'm sure it's something that will be addressed by the 2012 organisers.

Star of Beijing: Hoy, Adlington, the sailors, Brabants, the rowers, Ohuruogu... do I need to go on? We're winners and it feels great!
Tip for 2012: Shanaze Reade. After her BMX disappointment, Reade will be driven on to be the face of 2012 for British sport, and she's so talented she might just do it. Whether she's on the dirt track or in the velodrome, I have high hopes. I'm sure her talent will be nurtured by our impressive British cycling set up by 2012. I hope she remains focused for the next four years and does herself proud.

Hazel Irvine (BBC Sport studio presenter, Ling Long Pagoda, Beijing)

Highlight: Nicole Cooke's first gold for Team GB. It was on my watch - I've been on air every morning from 6am UK time - and there is a bit of inter-shift rivalry over the medal count. It was particularly dramatic for me because the weather was as foul in Beijing as it was out at Badaling, where Cooke battled through the rain to win, and our studio started leaking. Viewers may remember the sight of Sue Barker sitting in bare feet as her shoes were drying out!

The men's 100m freestyle relay in the Water Cube was also a highlight - the way Jason Lezak chased down Alain Bernard over the final 50m was incredible, as was Michael Phelps' reaction. He managed to get eight golds here, with a little help from his friends - and on that occasion a very big help.

Lowlight: The disappointment etched on Kath Grainger's face after taking silver in the women's rowing quad race. She has won three silvers in the Olympics which is an incredible achievement - but for her it was not enough.

Tip for 2012: Gymnast Louis Smith, cyclist Jason Kenny and 1500m runner Steph Twell.

James Munro (BBC News, sports news, Beijing)

Highlight: The look on the face of Chris Hoy's dad, David, when his boy won his first gold. Pride, relief, and payback for a lifetime of support from a fantastic family. Seeing Becky Adlington win two golds. Her joy after the 400m was unadulterated, infectious, exuberant, and you knew straight away how significant a moment it was for British swimming.

Lowlight: Frankie Gavin's early departure. It couldn't have been a worse start for Britain, but the boxers fought back.

Star of Beijing: Dave Brailsford - what his team has achieved in Beijing is more than just gold. They've written the blueprint for success in 2012. Michael Phelps - I saw five of his eight golds - surely no-one can do it again. Georgia's Nino Salukvadze and Russia's Natalia Paderina downing air pistols and embracing despite the conflict between their two countries. Showed how sports matters when it really shouldn't.

Tip for 2012: Jason Kenny. King Chris has a 20-year-old pretender to the throne in the velodrome. And grit your teeth through the years of budget concerns and building delays - ask anyone outside the Birds Nest and they'll tell you it's all worth it.

Eleanor Oldroyd (Radio 5 Live/BBC Sport reporter in Beijing)

Highlight: Middle Saturday, 16 August. What a day! It encapsulated everything that was great about this Olympics. I was up at 5am to present 5 Live Sport for the first two hours from the Water Cube where I saw Becky Adlington win her second gold medal and Michael Phelps win his seventh gold.


As soon as the finals finished I moved outside onto Olympic Green to do some roving reporting via the radio mike, which is such a great and liberating way to broadcast, and then it was up to the Bird's Nest to present the final hour and half from that iconic stadium. I can genuinely say that was the pinnacle of my broadcasting career!

As soon as we went off air, I got straight onto the media bus to the lake up at Shunyi - where I saw the men's four win rowing gold. Then in the evening, we headed out to Tiananmen Square where we were just milling around soaking up the atmosphere and chatting with the Chinese people. We ended up the night having supper by Houhai Lake and I was in bed exhausted by 1am.

Lowlight: I hope London manages to achieve more of a sense of fun. The security fears meant people could not move around freely around Olympic Green as it was fenced off. It will be great in London if people are just able to turn up on the day and say 'hey let's go and see some hockey' or whatever. I really hope London gets that right. We can't compete with China in terms of scale, or the money we can plough into venues, but we can make it accessible for the fans.

Tip for 2012: Charlotte Kerwood is a really promising young shooter who just missed out this time. So many young British competitors did well and will have learnt about the cauldron of pressure at an Olympic Games, which will hopefully mean more medals next time round.

Karen Pickering (BBC Sport and Radio 5 Live swimming pundit, Beijing)

Highlight: Two medals in the women's 400m. Becky Adlington (gold) and Jo Jackson (bronze) were so gutsy down the final 50m. I have been waiting for Jo to get a result - she is someone I swam with and against - and she deserves it. This British women's team has a special feel about it. They want to beat each other but they also want each other to do well. It's a special bond.

Lowlight: Shanaze Reade crashing out in the BMX. She's such a star in the making and a great role model for boys and girls. She did not want to settle for silver, she just wanted gold. I was so nervous for her going into the final and I was crushed when she crashed on the final bend.

Tip for 2012: Reade. Coaches work hard to install that win-at-all-costs competitive streak, but she has it in spades. She is still rough round the edges, but she has got all the ingredients, she just needs to control it a bit. Shanaze will be back in 2012 - maybe in the velodrome as well as the BMX track.

Claire Stocks (BBC Sport blogger and editor)

Highlight: Chatting backstage with Jess Sylvester after her team-mate Beccy Adlington's gold. Sylvester's pride, admiration and excitement at her friend and training partner's success was the biggest insight into what it takes to be a champion and the increasingly upbeat mood in the British swimming camp.

Also, running my own 100m final down the Bird's Nest's emblematic track - I took second behind Radio 5 Live's Chessie Bent (there were only two of us in the race...). As the final night's athletics came to an end, and all the athletes, officials, broadcasters, reporters and photographers began to pack up and go home, the stadium suddenly became our own.

All the volunteers became demob happy too, and were queueing up to have their photos taken on the medal podium. It was brilliant to get to go down and sprint down the same lane as Usain and just muck about with the place to ourselves after nine days of just the best athletics one could ever wish to see. What a privilege.

Lowlight: Watching Paula Radcliffe's pain as she battled to finish the marathon, knowing another Olympic medal chance had gone by, possibly for good.

Tip for 2012: Canoeing to join the medal rush. Aaron Cook (taekwondo) to make up for being done out of a medal chance by more appalling judging in Beijing.

Claire Stocks is the BBC's interactive editor for Olympic sports. Our FAQs should answer any questions you have.


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  • 1. At 11:45am on 25 Aug 2008, David Shield wrote:

    Interesting stuff, hope you don't mind me joining in.

    Highlights - all the track cycling golds and Super Saturday.

    Lowlights - Frankie Gavin not making Beijing/Liu Xiang pulling out in the heats.

    Start of Beijing - Usain Bolt.

    Tip for 2012 - Shanaze Reade in cycling and Lizzie Simmonds in swimming.

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  • 2. At 12:04pm on 25 Aug 2008, dazzlingBestinshow wrote:

    Highlight - Bolt's 200m

    Lowlight(s) - Martin rooney showboating in mens 4x400m semi, only to be beaten into 4th, by the team that finished behind him in semi, in the final.

    Of equal measure, London's 8min at the closing ceremony.

    Star - Bolt

    Tip for 2012 - Jessica Ennis Heptathlon

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  • 3. At 12:06pm on 25 Aug 2008, Aaron wrote:

    Highlight- Phelps laughing off the ridiculous accusations that Omega had fixed the 100m butterfly, classy unlike the question

    Lowlights- The BBCs coverage of the womens marathon, a bit of bais is fine but i was fed up of hearing about Radcliffe

    Stars of Beijing- Bolt, Phelps, Hoy, Ainslie

    Tip for 2012- Lisa Dobrinsky 1500m, Andy Baddely 1500m, Aaron Cook Taekwando

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  • 4. At 12:08pm on 25 Aug 2008, Waterford-Poet wrote:

    I think I'll join in too....

    Highlights - The first few chords as Jimmy Page bursts into "Whole Lotta Love" /
    Rafa getting his gold, proving that some players take Olympics tennis as serious as any other tournament /
    Lezak giving Phelps a helping hand/
    oh yeah...and that guy...what's his name...USAIN BOLT!!!

    Lowlights - I don't like to be sour but the judging in Chris Egan's boxing final was a bit suspect/
    Jackie Chan singing.....oh god help!!!

    Star - Usain Bolt - Phelps is too down to earth to be a star!

    Tips for 2012 - The Irish boxing team!! 2 bronzes and a silver out of 5 boxers is fantastic - expect more when we're a bit closer to home!

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  • 5. At 12:34pm on 25 Aug 2008, martin wrote:

    Miss Cheese - please!

    All of the other BBC reporters chose either moments of individual sporting failure or lack of suffient coverage as their lowlights.

    You on the other hand chose to discredit the sporting credentials of two sports - Handball and Dressage. Now I know very little about Handball but Dressage on the other hand I know something about. Not as a participant but as a husband to someone who devotes a massive amount of her time to the persuit of Dressage exellence. To dismiss her efforts, and thousands like her, is to show a monumental amount of disrespect.

    Perhaps I should take the negative approach in regard to your two favourite sports. Olympic Soccer - What the .... ? hardly world class stuff. Ditto Olympic Tennis.

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  • 6. At 1:23pm on 25 Aug 2008, Caroline Cheese wrote:

    Hello THE_Couch_Potato!

    Now if you're going to take me to task, at least read my ramblings properly first. It's softball I've got an issue with, not handball. Love handball...

    As for dressage, I'm afraid I just can't get excited about it. Every Olympics, I watch for about a minute - as long as it takes to stop laughing at the dancing horses - then switch over. Sorry. Just don't get it. Is Jordan still planning to take part in 2012? That might be quite fun...

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  • 7. At 1:32pm on 25 Aug 2008, TrudyJ wrote:

    The highlights of the games for me would have to be the Jamaican sprinters overwhelming success. It was so good to see our flag fly high and to hear the national anthem and our sports song “Rise Up,” played for 91,000 people and the world, simply breath taking. I am truly proud.

    But because I love sports in general, and I live in the UK, it would also have to be the look on Chris Hoy’s face when he won his third gold and his golden moment hug with his dad, one of those Master card priceless moments. Also James Degale gold, I am glad for his sake that he won, as he was really confident. I liked his attitude, a bit of confidence with bit realism and a whole lot of pride. He really wanted it, thank God he got it. A job well done I must say. Oh and Bryony Shaw in tears during her interview after winning bronze (this is what the Olympics is made of, pure emotions.) There are others, like Christine Ohuruogu’s gold and Lezak’s come back to give team USA a gold in the pool, true Olympic moments.

    The lowlights would have to be the 4x100m women’s relay where the Jamaican girls had a failed baton change. Then there is Rogge’s comment on Bolt, and the question of doping in the Jamaican camp. My mom has always said, "if you have nothing good to say, then say nothing, as it shows who you really are and what you are made up of," ah well I guess they don’t know that. All round a very good Olympics, hope 2012 will be just as captivating.

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  • 8. At 1:44pm on 25 Aug 2008, martin wrote:

    You're quite right, after I posted I realised but handball, softball, - I didn't watch either because neither holds any interest for me and surely that's the point.

    As far I'm concerned handball and softball could be the same thing because I know nothing about them. So I won't choose to comment on their suitability for inclusion into the Olympics.

    You on the other hand not only choose to question Dressage's suitability but now also choose to broadcast the fact that the efforts of the horses and their riders are a source of merriment for you!

    Thank God you only report on the meaningless sports of Soccer and Tennis.

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  • 9. At 1:44pm on 25 Aug 2008, Threelionsluke7 wrote:

    Highlights- Usain Bolts 200m win, Becky Addlington in the pool, opening ceremony

    Lowlight- Spain not quite being able to beat the dream team, andy murray's exit and channel 7 australia's over the top biased coverage throughout.

    Star- Usain 'lightening' Bolt

    Tip for 2012- Tom Daley (diving), Martyn Rooney (400m) and GB football team???

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  • 10. At 2:07pm on 25 Aug 2008, Bobskop wrote:

    Highlight - Seeing the athletes from so many countries celebrating together at the closing ceremony.

    Lowlight - There are still positive drug tests. Is it all the athletes or bad advice.

    Hero - Every participant who gave 100 per cent, wherever they finished. Ever heard of the Olympic spirit?

    Tip for 2012 - London and Boris

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  • 11. At 2:20pm on 25 Aug 2008, secondtheboydave wrote:

    Highlight - nobody has mentioned Christine Ohuruogu! She deserves lots of credit for producing the only gold for team gb in the venue that matters most. In a superb race, the 'plucky brit' upset the hot favourite - it was all a bit surreal at that point as it seemed that the whole british team were just unstoppable.

    Lowlight - were there any?

    Heroes - Ainslie, Phelps, Bolt, Hoy etc etc

    Tip for 2012. Please get the women's marathon to run last next time so that Paula can provide the ultimate moment of sporting redemption, and collect the gold medal in front of 80,000 screaming fans at the closing ceremony!!

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  • 12. At 2:48pm on 25 Aug 2008, ADJTony wrote:

    Highlight: The mens modern pentathlon showjumping. Such entertainment as they wrecked the course.

    Lowlight: Liu Xiang injury deprived us of a great head-to-head in the 110m hurdels with Robles.

    For 2012: Tom Daley.

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  • 13. At 2:55pm on 25 Aug 2008, Hot_Hornet wrote:

    Highlights - so so many but would have to say Phelps, Hoy, Bolt, Romero (no one has mentioned her, medalist in two different sports of all things!), Boris Johnson speech about Ping Pong (is he for real!!), but really the whole games was just a really great emotional event, superb.
    Another would the German weightlifter whose wife had died - that was quite emotional.
    Oh and also the commentators on Eurosport who openly expressed their disgust at having to commentate on a previous positive doper in either the discus or shotput I think!
    Could go on and on.....

    Lowlights - that Cuban kicking that poor defenseless referee, disgusting. And, Eurosport not really showing a wide range of events really!
    Also the Team GBs relays - real pants when we had such a good chance.

    Star - Bekele and his two golds, defintely Hoy, what a guy. And also I guess Bolt for his exuberance and pressing home that to have fun was what it was all about - ok if you are as good as he is though I guess!

    Tip - defintely any of the cyclists, we dominated that field!

    I wonder how many of us 30 odd year olds can do a list of all the athletes that we remember - I did this one evening, and realised that we must have seriously at one time really had a bunch of top noth people in the track and field side of things - incredible, but not so sure anymore.

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  • 14. At 2:57pm on 25 Aug 2008, golddanmanutd wrote:

    highlight: adlington and hoy

    lowlight: radcliffe, sotherton

    star: michael phelps and usain bolt

    tip for 2012: martyn rooney, jason kenny

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  • 15. At 2:58pm on 25 Aug 2008, emiatss wrote:

    Highlight- Seeing that 2nd place isn't good enough for British athletes anymore, showing a winning mentallity which British sport definately needs (Shanaze Reade, Phillps Idowu, Womens coxless four come to mind)

    Lowlight- Empty stadiums (womens tennis gold medal match was staggeringly empty), too tight security, and the chinese government removing a chinese girl from the olympic ceremony because she is too ugle

    Hero- Micheal Phelps- a tremendous show of strength, determination and endurance

    Tip for 2012- Tom Daley

    I suppose the great thing about the olympics is that there are so many sports going on simultaneusly which allows the viewing public worldwide to find at least one sport that they enjoy watching, weather it be softball, handball, dressage, football or tennis...

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  • 16. At 3:11pm on 25 Aug 2008, ryan634 wrote:

    im sorry but how can you give highlight of the games to usain bolt. the nly reason everybody is talking about him is because of his oversized ego. dont get me wrong it was an amazing achievement and he is an incredible athlete. i just think that phelps games deserves more of a highlight status. 8 golf medals is much better that 3 surely?

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  • 17. At 3:23pm on 25 Aug 2008, adscfc wrote:

    Highlights: Usain Bolt's 200m final run. I watched it live and it was breathtaking, it was one of the only times that we got to see him go all out for the entire race, which is testament to Michael Johnson's record. As well as this, each and every British success was a highlight with people like Hoy, Adlington and Ohurogu standing out.

    Low Light: Liu Xang pulling out, disappointing not only 1.3billion chinese people but also the rest of the world who wanted the showdown with Robles. Also the actions of the Cuban Tae Kwondo guy who kicked the referee, it rather went against the olympic spirit.

    Heroes: Bolt - Incredible. Phelps - Again what a great showing of strength and determination. Hoy - What a bloke, Adlington and all the British atheletes who got my jumping up and shouting encouragement at the TV.

    Pick for 2012: Tom Daley, Shenaze Reave and Jason Kenny.

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  • 18. At 3:32pm on 25 Aug 2008, batdude_uk123 wrote:

    Any chance that this event will be on a DVD any time soon, as it would be wonderful to relive our best Olympics since 1908, and the best ever on foreign land?

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  • 19. At 3:40pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:

    Actual highlights. As in things that made me a little emotional.
    Steve Hooker - Pole Vault
    Matthew Mitcham - 10m Diving
    Opals Silver in Basketball (but for the bad reason)
    The abject performance of the Olyroos, with the silver lining that Graham Arnold is never seen in a senior coaching position anywhere in the world again, maybe.
    The performance of the AUS WOMEN'S swimming team (and I picked it 6 years ago) managing the generational change far better than the men.
    And not taking a backward step.

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  • 20. At 3:44pm on 25 Aug 2008, BMACO1981 wrote:

    I think it would be better for track + field if the times sprinters were posting did not undercut the times posted by the likes of Justin Gatlin. What conclusions are people meant to draw?

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  • 21. At 3:46pm on 25 Aug 2008, danielbrown1886 wrote:

    lowlights have to be,

    the hyperbole generated from those who follow minority sports using this as an excuse to make snide comments about footballers.

    England drew with the Czech Republic during these games and the glee with which so many rubbed their hands comparing the Olympic medal haul was sickening.

    Major lowlight was the BBC completely ignoring China's contemptible treatment of its citizens and its foreign policies once Britain was doing well. The games was a moral choice as was traveling on rebel tours to South Africa. No one talked of competing in the games in this respect.

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  • 22. At 3:48pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:

    Lowlight: Drug Cheats

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  • 23. At 3:51pm on 25 Aug 2008, akaye_arsenal wrote:

    Highlight- Seeing the great Haile G/selassie helping his friends(Kenenisa Bekele and Seleshi Sehin) to bring Gold and Silver medal to his country. How wonderful Tirunesh Dibaba is. she is the first women to get Gold medals in 10,000m and 5,000m. And Finally the Chinese sucessfully staged olympics they are amazing and their result too.

    Lowlight- I told you the Chinese were verrrrrrrrrrrry amazing.


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  • 24. At 3:51pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:

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  • 25. At 3:56pm on 25 Aug 2008, OneOfTheCousins wrote:

    The highlight: Shelly-Ann Frazer. Won the women's 100m, not just as a 21 year old woman, but as a relatively young nobody in her field. Her charm and vibrance is incredible in her post-race interviews!

    The lowlight: I don't think I saw anyone mention the cuban martial artist who, miffed at his disqualification, kicked the referee! Bad form!

    Hero: Everyone who finished their respective competitions with a positive attitude and upstanding character.

    Tip for 2012: Watch out, London - OneOfTheCousins is crossing the Atlantic to join you for the Games!

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  • 26. At 3:58pm on 25 Aug 2008, Georgios76 wrote:


    The BBC commenter should focus on the game itself rather than keep on talking about human right and politics.

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  • 27. At 4:06pm on 25 Aug 2008, NoRtHeRnMiDz™ wrote:

    HIGHLIGHT: Adlington, Phelps and Bolt.

    LOWLIGHT: Reade bottling it 3 times and letting down the entire cycling team.

    STAR OF 08: Bolt and Phelps.

    TIP FOR 2012: Me.

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  • 28. At 4:07pm on 25 Aug 2008, NYCmid30s wrote:

    Difficult to have seen everything i know, but i am amazed no-one picked the men's 10m platform diving, where thanks to a mistake the australian diver was offered a tiny glimmer of the gold medal, IF he could produce an almost perfect dive, which of course he did.

    For me at least, this embodies the Olympics, 4 years of working and training all coming down to about 2.5 seconds, with all the attendant pressure and he produced.

    Absolutely incredible

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  • 29. At 4:08pm on 25 Aug 2008, BMACO1981 wrote:

    I think singling Usain Bolt for suspicion is completely out of order. He's obviously the most talented athlete and a cut above the others - it's not his fault the sport is so tainted.

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  • 30. At 4:11pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:

    Having tried twice to post comments regarding the 100m final, I call censorship on the deal.

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  • 31. At 4:17pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 32. At 4:20pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:

    3 posts censored.

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  • 33. At 4:21pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 34. At 4:22pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:


    I'll leave it at that, I think.

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  • 35. At 4:25pm on 25 Aug 2008, Icecold_00 wrote:

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  • 36. At 4:25pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:

    You see, I want to believe.
    But, honestly, who didn't watch the semi and final and not think, woh!, er, wtf?

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  • 37. At 4:34pm on 25 Aug 2008, Flux Redux wrote:

    Returning from a fortnights holiday, just in time to see the Great British Olympic team return to blighty!

    Being in the USA for a fortnight and having to endure NBC nightmare coverage :(

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  • 38. At 4:41pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:

    I fully accept Phelps.
    I think he is a freak. Just like I fully accepted our various "super fish". Phelps is a freak because he can world class swim all 4 styles.
    I hate him but accept his talent.
    The B-man has come from nowhere as part of team of previously untalented sprinters to win by unprecedented margins.
    Do we suspect?
    I would only call into question the manner of his wins.
    Compare them to his runs a year ago, or two.
    Look, with some critique, at his style in the final.
    Then comment.
    Made me blow beer through my nose!

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  • 39. At 4:44pm on 25 Aug 2008, randalthor1812 wrote:

    Having seen the footage of Bolt winning when he was 16 , he should be suing you soon Damo except you will probably hide away instead of taking him on (not having any proof or any factual evidence to back you up).


    The amazing Rebecca Adlington winning the 800m making it look easier than Usain in the 100m.Tasha Danvers getting bronze in the 400m hurdles well deserved.Emma Pooleys silver after helping Nicole Cooke win gold.


    The girls in the archery losing bronze by 1 point to the French, The scoring in the Taekwondo and Boxing.

    Tip for 2012

    Adlington 3 golds (800,400,200)
    Nick Dempsey to medal

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  • 40. At 4:47pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:

    What worries me the the most is the apparent mdya senshorship.
    B-man = hero = yay!

    B-man = something else = block

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  • 41. At 4:50pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:

    Like I said, I tried to post 3 times critiquing the 100m final and was blocked.

    Go figure.

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  • 42. At 4:59pm on 25 Aug 2008, drobin5879 wrote:

    Highlight: Adlington completely destroying the field in the 800m.

    Lowlight: Andy Murray's performance.

    Stars: Ainslie. Only competes in one event. Gold at 3 olympics is amazing.

    Tips for 2012: Reade in the BMX, Dobriskey in the 1500m.

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  • 43. At 5:25pm on 25 Aug 2008, Ashiq2 wrote:

    Highlights: The opening ceremony (simply magnificent), Phelps, Addlington, Lezak, Hoy, Romero, Pendleton, Wiggins, Cooke, the sailors (especially Ben Ainslie), the rowers (so hard watching the disappointment for the womens fours), the Jamaican sprinters, Bekele and Dibaba, Christine Ohurougo, Germaine Grant, Idowu, Lisa Dobrovsky (if only she had a bit more experience I am sure she would have won a medal), Tim Brabants, the gymnastics (not just Louis Smith but also the Chinese and Anastasia Liukin), Argentina in the football, Hungary in the Water Polo, James Degale, Shanaze Reade (yes I know she didn't win a medal but I would love to see her critics get up after just one fall let alone three) and last but not least Matthew Mitcham (even though he is Australian it was absolutely amazing to pull off such a fantastic dive at the end to win a Gold).

    Lowlights: Martin Rooney showboating, the Cuban Taekwan Do cometitor and his coach.

    Star of 08: Phelps, Bolt, Liukin, Yang, Christine Ohurougo and Matthew Mitcham.

    Tip for 2012: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (hopefully) and Daniel Awde

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  • 44. At 5:26pm on 25 Aug 2008, Jonathan Higgins wrote:

    Speaking as a proud ex-pat living in Japan…

    Highlight – Bolt and Team GB

    Lowlight – Japan’s softball gold medal and Korea’s baseball gold. Bitter-sweet victories which proved that both sports are not the exclusive possession of North America and their exclusion from 2012 was an error in judgment.

    Star – the steward who ended up with Beckham’s football – may he make a mint on eBay!

    Tip for 2012 – slow play your hand London. The city is the star. And Boris – get your suit pressed next time!


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  • 45. At 5:28pm on 25 Aug 2008, Icecold_00 wrote:

    Well not sure why my piece was removed. But it was. So will try again!

    Highlights: Has to be Hoy, Adlington, Ainslee and of course Bolt!

    Lowlights: Drugs Cheats, obvious lack of crowd support and Nick Dempsey missing out on a medal. Felt gutted for him.

    Star man: Has to be Bolt. 3 Gold Medals + 3 WR's + the way he did it = A superstar!

    As for Damo3265's comments. You make it sound like Bolt isnt the world junior record holder and seen by those in the athletics world as a star in the making from the age 15.

    Also BMACO1981 comments that it would be better for athletes not to beat Justin Gatlins times. Take a look at Antonio Pettigrews times the whole time he was on drugs (4 yrs) lots of people beat him inluding Roger Black, Michael Johnson and the other 6 athletes who beat him in the Sydney Olympic final. They must all have been on drugs right??

    Chuck all those swimmers out of the pool as well as all the fast athletes i guess. Just because people beat the times it must be drugs right? Nothing to do with improved training, kit or top quality facilities?

    Still was a top quality Olympics and can't wait for London. So many hero's to cheer on already!

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  • 46. At 5:29pm on 25 Aug 2008, Mike Selig wrote:

    Well let's go for some sports which have not been mentioned yet, mainly one suspects because the brits aren't much good at them...


    France winning the Handball, the most talented team of their generation at last (having won all other tournaments) coming good at the big one.
    IN the same vein Nicole Cooke's gold was a triumph and just reward.

    Also Britta Heideman winning the Epee in the fencing, silencing the (many) critics who had called her a poor world champion.

    The refereeing in the fencing, in particular in the sabre (foil was okish) was... well worse, way worse than in the boxing for example. I turned off half-way through the men's sabre as it was a laughing stock.

    China. The games should never have been there, and then everything was done to stop any freedom of speech by athletes, commentators and crowds. The whole thing had an engineered feeling about it, and the pushy chineese volunteers (in the pool) trying to direct the athletes around on their victory laps were disgraceful.

    Meloulli winning the 1500m free and getting out of the pool before congratulating any of his oponents.

    Also, anything to do with soccer, or tennis, neither of which should be olympic sports.

    Star of the games: Phelps first week (what an athlete, I wanted him to do it), great to see what a down-to-earth and humble guy he is too.
    And I guess Bolt...

    London watch 2012:
    Brit is obviously Jason Kenny, rest of the world look out for Cate Campbell in the swimming. And I'd really like Joppich to win the foil.

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  • 47. At 5:57pm on 25 Aug 2008, sweetLondonerUpNorth wrote:


    Every single athlete out there who gave of their best whether they won a medal or not. Although Louis Smith in the pommel horse was a huge achievement (I coached gymnastics for 10 years) and Christine Ohuruogu winning Gold had me shouting at the TV. Oh and Sarah Stevenson being re-instated in taekwondo. Wish she'd had longer to prepare but at least honesty won through in the end.


    Shenaze Reave crashing out :( I'd watched the build up program covering her and SO wanted her to get that Gold. The Ukranian being thrown out for another positive drugs test; sadly it makes you question the other one getting a medal. Beth Tweddle only managing fourth.

    Star of the Games

    Hoy all the way

    Tips for 2012

    I actually fancy Paula Radcliffe to beat the odds and finally sort out the unfinished business on her home turf

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  • 48. At 6:10pm on 25 Aug 2008, Beevee64 wrote:

    Highlights - Hazel Irvine telling viewers that the last game involving the Brazilian ladies beach volleyball team had been a "close shave" and almost keeping a straight face. Also, anything by the BBC rowing commentator. Unashamedly patriotic and good on him.

    Lowlights - Just being pipped by the Russians in the medals table for third place but still a mighty great achievement.

    Tip for 2012. David Davies to go one better in the 10km swimming and win gold.

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  • 49. At 6:13pm on 25 Aug 2008, Kevvy-Bhoy--The-White-Kanu wrote:

    Bolt in the 100M for me was the highlight.

    It was one of the few main events I managed to see live and I was blown away, jaw on the floor. Couldn't stop talking about it for days after.

    Predictions for'll be raining haha

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  • 50. At 6:13pm on 25 Aug 2008, Beevee64 wrote:

    Ooh, I almost forgot about the star of the games. It has to be the competitor in the men's triathlon who came in last, dancing a jig along the home straight, much to the delight of the spectators. It's the taking part that counts right?

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  • 51. At 6:14pm on 25 Aug 2008, BMACO1981 wrote:


    Oh to be so naive and deluded, I think I'd be a much happier individual.

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  • 52. At 6:32pm on 25 Aug 2008, Andyj247 wrote:

    38. At 4:41pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:
    I fully accept Phelps.
    I think he is a freak. Just like I fully accepted our various "super fish". Phelps is a freak because he can world class swim all 4 styles.
    I hate him but accept his talent.
    The B-man has come from nowhere as part of team of previously untalented sprinters to win by unprecedented margins.
    Do we suspect?
    I would only call into question the manner of his wins.
    Compare them to his runs a year ago, or two.
    Look, with some critique, at his style in the final.
    Then comment.
    Made me blow beer through my nose!


    Obviously you are a novice to track and field - Bolt was a phenom in jamaica and on the junior scence - Asafa Powell got the headlines, but the jamaicans knew that Bolt was the real deal.

    There is nothing dodgy about him at all, he is 6'5 and has a longer stride pattern and can move at great speed - you put that together and its near enough unbeatable if he is on form. Not everyone cheats even though it goes on - the top sprinters are tested all the time and Jamaica more than most - Bolt is clean - deal with it.

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  • 53. At 6:46pm on 25 Aug 2008, jollygrandsamster wrote:

    Highlights - Michael Johnson's analysis of the athletics - classy and to the point, the women's softball semi final between Japan and the Aussies - 14 innings it took and very absorbing and seeing the lesser nations like Mongolia, Afghanistan and Panama winning a medal of some sort and also seeing the BBC's Steve Parry being mistaken for Michael Phelps

    Lowlights - the drugs as well as the Swedish wrestler dumping his medal onto the mat plus the Cuban taekwondo guy - whilst I'm on this a mention must be made about some of the scoring in both boxing and taekwondo

    Star - Bolt, Phelps, Hoy, Adlington and the horses in the men's modern pentathlon during the show jumping stage

    Tips for 2012 - London to produce a great sporting stage for the world

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  • 54. At 6:54pm on 25 Aug 2008, Leafy2012 wrote:

    1. Rebecca Adlington's 2 gold medals.
    2. British cycling domination. We whipped everyone.
    3. Stevenson's bronze in TWD and justice!

    1. GB's men and women 100m relay team dropping batons when they had clear medal chances with USA and Jamaica out of the way grrrrrrr.
    2. I was crushed when Shanaze Reade crashed in the final, I soooo wanted her to win. Her 'gold or nothing' mentality is inspiring. Love her she'll bounce back. I think people should stop building people up only to see them fall, she's one of the examples.
    3. Mark Cavendish being the only GB track team without a medal.

    Heroes 2008: Usain Bolt, the judge at the TWD event,

    Tips for 2012: Shanaze Reade, Tom Daley, Aaron Cook

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  • 55. At 7:38pm on 25 Aug 2008, SFD1968 wrote:

    Highlights: Rebecca Adlington's 2 golds (especially the astonished look on her face after the finish of the 400m), Chris Hoy's 3 golds and the way that the swimming, sailing and rowing teams all seemed to make sure that when one individual or a British team was competing, then the rest seemed to be there to spectate and cheer them on. Athletics take note, that's a team.

    Lowlights, the drug tests (although not on the scale of previous games), and the obvious bias during the women's marathon towards Paula Radcliffe. I appreciate how hard it is to run a marathon, and I appreciate she'd had a stress fracture, but she wasn't fully fit, and to keep harping on about her, when we had an athlete finish in 6th (which on the news programmes merited one line!!) was a disgraceful way to commentate.

    Heroes: Hoy, Adlington, Bolt, Kerry-Anne Payne and Cassie Patten (anyone who can swim 10km in that time and those conditions deserves to be called a hero)

    Tips for 2012: Shanaze Reade, Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington (she'll be even better then)....and crash helmets for Taekwondo judges!!

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  • 56. At 7:46pm on 25 Aug 2008, Icecold_00 wrote:


    Are you going to try and explain why Bolt beating an athletics world record is any different to Phelps smashing a swimming one? They are both amazing athletes and show that physical training and a new swimsuit! Can lead to lower times. Or infact why anyone beating a world record means they are on drugs. Why except other people but not others. As i heard one commentator say, how is it that the richest athletes with the money to use the best drugs get caught, yet those who start out in effectively third world countries must have access to some Super drugs that allow you to grow to 6'5" and are completely undetectable?

    Oh to be so cynical and negative!

    I'm surprised u can get out of bed in the morning and face that horrible world out there.

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  • 57. At 8:02pm on 25 Aug 2008, mrmichaelh wrote:

    Highlight: Adlington's 400m win..screaming at the TV

    Ohuruogu - pure class and a superb world-class run..technically and tactically a joy to watch..i've watched her since 2005 and i knew then she would be some runner..Commonwealth, World and Olympic Champion

    Herbert's commentary on the Coxless 4: "The British are coming..the British are coming!"

    Lowlight: Watching Radcliffe..seeing a true great having to run on one leg for the last half of the race..knowing that even though she is the world's best, she may never get to prove it on the stage she craves the most..7 marathon wins out of 9 and we all know where her two losses came..geez that's tough..but the fact that she even made it to the startline was a miracle and she is a true inspiration for everyone.

    I totally echo what post 11 said..whilst watching the medal ceremony for the men's marathon during the closing ceremony, i allowed myself to think..gosh if they flipped the mens and womens marathons around and Radcliffe did the impossible and got what she truly deserved, what a way it would be for us all to show how much we love her and what a way to end your career..Olympic Champion in front of 80,000 home!!

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  • 58. At 8:22pm on 25 Aug 2008, ancientscrunty wrote:

    As a cyclist I have to concentrate on what I know a bit about. I don't think it's really possible to comment on the merits of performances in other sports that I have little real knowledge of. Bolt was sensational, by any measure, similar to remembering Bob Beamon's long jump in 1968.

    It's hard to pick a highlight but I've gone for the men's team pursuit win, with a new world record that takes the event onto a new plane. It's the one event that we've had so many nearlyds over past Olympics so I really felt for the team when they delivered the goods in super-trumps.
    As for a low light, I was so disappointed for Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish when the madison proved to be an event too far for Wiggo. Chris Hoy is rightly getting all the plaudits but I feel that Wiggins should not be overlooked. Wasn't very impressed with the 4x100m relay team in the Bird's Nest either.
    One for 2012 - Steven Burke.

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  • 59. At 8:37pm on 25 Aug 2008, DopeyTart wrote:

    Highlights: Seeing the Americans losing out to the Jamaicans in the sprints. Germaine Mason's silver in the high jump. Becky Adlington's two golds.

    Lowlights: Some pretty suspect judging in the boxing. The heptathlete silver medallist caught again taking performance enhancing drugs. Mark Cavendish being the only cyclist in Team GB not to win a medal of any colour.

    Star: Bolt - just had to be - awesome fella.

    Tip for 2012 Germaine Mason, Liam Phillips

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  • 60. At 8:38pm on 25 Aug 2008, Ladhar_Bheinn wrote:

    Highlights - the German weightlifter holding the photo of his late wife on the podium. Yes sport is good but there are more important things as well.

    (a) China being the hosts - given they have one of the worst human rights record on the planet. Did anyone understand the slogan One World One Dream or was the dream that the world must have been dreaming if they thought giving China the Games would make one iota of difference to their human rights record.
    (b) Grainger missing gold again

    Stars of Beijing
    (a) those competitors that took defeat in the Olympic spirit
    (b) the GB cycling team

    Tip for 2012
    (a) it will rain
    (b) one of the relay teams will drop the baton

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  • 61. At 9:21pm on 25 Aug 2008, Toby wrote:

    My Highlights: Becky Adlington's golds, Jason Lezak chased down Alain Bernard in the 4x100m freestyle relay, Phelps winning 8 golds and being an absolute legend, Usain Bolts unbelievably 100m, Bolt's even more unbelievable 200m, US mens volleyball winning an unlikely gold for their coach after all he'd been through(see lowlights), US gymnast Shaun Johnson finally winning gold in the final gymnastics event after finishing second 3 times already in Beijing.
    The BBC's excellent coverage.

    My lowlights: Martin Rooney showboating in the 4x400m relay semi final lacked class and sportmanship (I was actually glad when we didnt get a medal in the final), Women's rowing quad missing gold was heartbreaking, as was David Davies losing his bearings in the 10KM swim, The stabbing of US volleyball coach mother-in-law and wife in a random attack. Liu Xiang pulling out of the 110m hurdles.
    NBC's awful coverage - going to commercials in the middle of Adlington's swim, showing nothing but beach volleyball and gymnastics...etc

    Star of Beijing: Michael Phelps, amazing achievement, amazing guy. He's an absolute star. (honourable mentions to Bolt, Hoy)

    Tip for 2012: UK to win 24 golds and take 3rd place.

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  • 62. At 10:34pm on 25 Aug 2008, Richardalex wrote:

    Highlights. The brilliant opening and closing ceremonies, the exciting rowing, archery, diving, cycling and other sports that do not normally attract the spotlight. It was all good.

    Lowlight. The BBC's commentators who kept talking over events, far to much gabble and the failure of the BBC not to have one single Chinese commentator on their team.

    Best athletes China's gymnasts and Usain Bolt who generously donated $50,000 of his own money to children who were affected by the earthquake. A true human being.
    The winners? The Chinese people who came over as kind and warm people
    The losers, The cynics who said that China was the wrong place to host an Olympic games.

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  • 63. At 10:35pm on 25 Aug 2008, hnigel18 wrote:


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  • 64. At 10:36pm on 25 Aug 2008, Dermot OLogical wrote:


    All Team GB gold medalists.
    Seeing Emma Pooley giving _absolutely_ _everything_ in the time trial.
    Emms and Robertson's first round badminoton match.
    Natasha Danvers and Germane Mason - real achievers without the front.
    Hazel Irvine's work ethic.
    BBC free-to-air, ad-free coverage.

    The Phelps medal cutout in the studio - cringeworthy.
    Team GB judo.
    The taekwondo judging - an outdated system in a high-tech world.

    Star of Beijing:
    Michaela Breeze - doing the absolute best you can do on the day.

    Tips for 2012:
    Lisa Dobriskey
    Go on, Paula.
    Trains STILL not running on time.

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  • 65. At 10:46pm on 25 Aug 2008, complianceofficer wrote:

    A truly wonderful effort by team GB competitors and coaches.

    But just who was the amateur buffoon responsible for risk management that allowed ALL our stars to be put on just one plane to return to Blighty? No sensible commercial enterprise would ever risk putting so many key individuals on the same flight - recent headlines show they do crash very occasionally.

    I presume the need to penny-pinch is already upon us in order to afford the BOC dream of London 2012 comparing with China's £20bn 2008 staging efforts on barely half that amount (as budgeted to date).

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  • 66. At 10:49pm on 25 Aug 2008, stwl wrote:

    Highlights: The sport.

    Lowlights: People whining incessantly about the incompetence/laziness of athletes who have underperformed for whatever reason, and behaving as though they personally have been let down.

    Tips for 2012: More of the same.

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  • 67. At 11:09pm on 25 Aug 2008, TsarNikolai wrote:

    Let's put things in perspective. Although I'm delighted to see the success the British team enjoyed in China, the BBC's saturation coverage of "Team GB" - as is the case every four years - overlooked the fact that 203 other nations happened to be taking part, too.

    It's this sort of reporting that tends to make this country appear so insular.

    Let's celebrate the best of sport, irrespective of which passports the competitors are carrying: I hope London 2012 will bear this in mind . . .

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  • 68. At 11:10pm on 25 Aug 2008, marvellousblueboy wrote:

    My highlights and lowlights relate to the BBC commentary team:

    Highlights - Adrian Morehouse and the other guy whose name I cant recall (!!)whose joint commentary of the swimming was outstanding. The commentary for the first Adlington gold and the mens 4 x 100 freestyle relay was excellent.

    Closely followed by Steve Cram who has really excelled behind a microphone. Made the track finals as exciting as they could be with a serious lack of exciting finishes.

    Honourable mentions to for Chiles, Irvine and Woodhall in the boxing.

    Lowlights- Gabby Logan. As the majority of the population are at work during the olympics the 7pm show was our only chance to catch up on the days action. Why the bbc put Logan to front this show is beyond me. No passion, totally scripted yet riddled full of mistakes, annoying loud music and poor questioning of guests. She is the female equivalent of Lineker.

    Not so honourable mentions to Huw Edwards (stick to the news please) and Jonathan Edwards who just seems to have a chip on his shoulder.

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  • 69. At 00:58am on 26 Aug 2008, dubz2008 wrote:


    Australia winning the 4 x 200m freestyle from lane 7
    Lezak taking the french in the last 10m of the 4 x 100m
    Usain Bolt causing millions of jaws to drop
    Phelps doing the impossible
    Hoy's sprint gold was particularly impressive
    Ohuruogu - what an effort down the back straight!
    Steve Hooker winning the pole vault - pure emotion when he went over on his third effort
    Matthew Mitchams final dive to win the 10m
    The Aussie chick who came second in the 110m hurdles - her interview afterwards was the best of the games "did you see? did you see how pumped I was?", classic.


    Everyone whinging that Phelps is "lucky" to be able to win so many golds because of all the various strokes, whilst ignoring just how bloody hard it is to master one stroke let alone FOUR and then beat world class competition
    BMX, softball, baseball, football, table tennis, dressage - none of these are really olympic sports, not any more at least.
    Women's basketball - so boring it was untrue
    Men's basketball - with the US fielding a team worth more than most country's olympic budgets it was a formality
    The relays - you really wanted to see the big teams go head to head in a thriller
    Football final - as soon as Argentina scored you knew that in typical south american style they'd play for a 1-0 win, dreary dreary stuff.
    Have I mentioned dressage yet?

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  • 70. At 01:20am on 26 Aug 2008, CaribKid69 wrote:

    Some stats for the ignorant who have never heard about Usain Bolt before.

    Youngest ever World Junior Champ at age 14, Youngest ever Junior world record holder at age 15 and record still stands.

    Bolt distinguished himself with a 200 m gold medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships, making him the competition's youngest-ever gold medallist. In 2004, at the CARIFTA Games, Bolt became the first junior sprinter to run the 200 m in under 20 seconds with a time of 19.93 s, breaking Roy Martin's world junior record by two-tenths of a second. Bolt also set competition records at a number of other junior events.

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  • 71. At 04:00am on 26 Aug 2008, word4word wrote:

    No lowlights for me. My highlights are the whole experience of watching the games, the praise, the criticism, the joy and tears. Do give me more in 2012!

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  • 72. At 05:30am on 26 Aug 2008, dunmorehevers wrote:

    Highlight: Boris Johnson on a world stage............need i say more?

    I have to say as an irishwoman, "well done,Team GB".

    Bryony Shaw's interview with Rob Walker after she won her medal.i think she encapsulated the feeling perfectly.

    The BBC for their excellent coverage that kept me goin for the past 16 days.

    Lowlight: Denis Lynch and Latinus for being disqualified in the showjumping.Lynch and his horse had been the best partnership in world showjumping this year and looked like a really strong medal hope for us in Ireland.

    Another lowlight is all this talk about a GB football in Britain is put up on a pedestol much higher than that of cycling,rowing,sailing or even swimming.and i realise that football is your national sport but i feel that the olympics is a time for other sports in this country when they get their well deserved "moment in the spotlight" and should not be overshadowed.

    Bruised Spirit:The biased marking in the boxing,the cuban taekwondo athlete kicking the referee and the swedish wrestler stopming off leaving his medal behind and showing no respect to the other medallists.

    Star:Phelps,Hoy,Ainslie,Bolt...............and on a personal note the irish boxers!

    Tip for 2012: After the performances of both the british men and women in the 10km swin,i think the prospects look good.they took home 50% of the medals on offer.

    Roll on the Paralympic Games and London 2012!

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  • 73. At 05:42am on 26 Aug 2008, Aust1900 wrote:


    The German weightlifter Matthias Steiner with his "special help from above".


    The Brits winning more Gold than us after 25 years :) (Well done- fantastic effort)

    Tip for 2012:

    London will provide an amazing, friendly, classy, special Olympics and I can't wait!

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  • 74. At 06:26am on 26 Aug 2008, notlimah wrote:

    Lowlights: Andy Murray and the Scottish Minister for Sport

    Highlights: almost everything else. Great Games, well done Team GB

    C'mon London

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  • 75. At 07:47am on 26 Aug 2008, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Hi-lites: Everything!! Wonderful games, well done Team GB, best ever.

    Low-lites: Gordon Brown basking in the reflected glory of our returning athletes, when he can't be bothered to pay his respects to the bodies of those servicemen returned to the UK after being killed in action in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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  • 76. At 09:03am on 26 Aug 2008, greathappyharmony wrote:

    Loved Post 60! Very good comments especially in relation to the lowlights.

    ie.Massive tension between the pretty face of the Olympics and the reality behind it, particularly with reference to Tibet.
    (Do they have any sporting facilities in Tibet?)

    Tip for commentators 2012: take some pressure off Paula Radcliffe and us and concentrate on the British girl who came 6th-what was her name?!

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  • 77. At 09:30am on 26 Aug 2008, BMACO1981 wrote:


    Given the history of sprinting over the past 20 years I can't understand how anyone can think that the sport is suddenly clean. You're entitled to believe what you want but it doesn't take much cynisism to be highly sceptical.

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  • 78. At 09:57am on 26 Aug 2008, Hot_Hornet wrote:

    I am not sure people should be so negative about the doping issue - if they have taken anything, surely it will be proven? I would prefer to live the moment of sheer joy at someones success in the belief that it has been achieved with a clean and clear conscience. I can understand peoples views though, as I no longer watch the Tour De France because of the sheer weight of the problem in this sport.

    There are scientific reasons for certain athletes being 'freaks' - Phelps for example, when tested after races, has been proved to have an extremely low lactic acid build up, which means his muscles don't tighten up so much as others.

    Well done to everyone who competed with a clean conscience and their well deserved success.

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  • 79. At 10:19am on 26 Aug 2008, RickRipper wrote:

    Highlight: It has to be Tasha Danvers' bronze in the 400m hurdles. Not only was it totally unexpected, but you could tell how much it meant to her. She's been through a lot, and she's such a nice girl too.

    Lowlight: Not only seeing Shanaze Reade fall three times, but the way in which she picked up her bike and hobbled towards the line, clearly in pain, it was devastating. The various baton mishaps in the 100m relays were pretty disappointing too, you really felt as if that was two medals lost.

    Star(s) of 2008: The whole Jamaican sprint team, it was the most commanding domination by a team in a single event since... the British cycling team earlier that week.

    Tip for 2012: Rebecca Adlington. People seem to forget she's only 19, and she's already won two golds! Michael Phelps' record better watch out.

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  • 80. At 10:27am on 26 Aug 2008, Kathleen_K wrote:

    Highlights: Bolt winnning 100m and the birthday song to Bolt after his winning in 200m

    Lowlights: David Davies splashing water onto a Chinese female volunteer when the latter was trying to do her job for everybody's sake. What a disgrace and demonstration of hooliganlism.

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  • 81. At 10:43am on 26 Aug 2008, hackerjack wrote:

    Having a go at Softball and Dressage is quite justified if you ask me.

    Dressage as part of 3-day eventing is fine, but on it's own is as much a a sport as miss world or crufts. It should not be an olympic discipline.

    Softball meanwhile is redundant now that baseball has been included, it is essentially the same game with a bigger softer ball and underarm pitching.

    We have too many events that only serve to devalue the meaning of an olympic medal. These two should be dropped for starters, as should a number of events in the swimming (there should only be one freestyle relay and one medley relay, not the current two each).

    The removal of these could free up space for sports currently unrepresented.

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  • 82. At 12:03pm on 26 Aug 2008, davser wrote:

    Gordon Farquhar

    Do pay attention? Hoy didn't take part in the individual pursuit, that was Wiggins.

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  • 83. At 12:15pm on 26 Aug 2008, martin wrote:


    Have you ever tried Dressage - can you even ride a horse for that matter?

    No matter, I'm more interested in the sports you feel to be "currently unrepresented".

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  • 84. At 12:31pm on 26 Aug 2008, charltonathletic66 wrote:

    Highlight: Men's rowing four and the apoplectic fit/ voice breakdown suffered by the commentator. You could tell it mattered to him....I like that!

    Tell you what, to save argument lets dump Softball, Football, dressage and Tennis.

    Lowlight was the commentary/pointless drivel which spoiled the of the opening ceremony. There might have been a "no commentary" option if you saw it live, but I had to watch the re-run and had no choice but to listen to the commentary or turn the sound off altogether. It was so bad I chose the latter. I wonder whether the BBC if they put on a performance of Aida, would have those two imbeciles talking over the music to tell us all about Egypt's history and the life of the composer? In the opera they project a few subtitles to help with the plot. Could be an idea there??? Seems that treating the public like idiots is a bit of a habit with the BBC!!

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  • 85. At 12:40pm on 26 Aug 2008, martin wrote:

    Nah, tell you what charltonathletic66, let's just drop all the sports I'm not interested in.

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  • 86. At 1:07pm on 26 Aug 2008, scormus wrote:

    Highlight: Seeing Nicole Cooke storming up the last hill to win Britain's first gold.

    Lowlight: equal between
    Jacques Rogge's killjoy remarks about Usain Bolt
    China being denied their magic moment because of Liu's injury

    Star of the games: Lightning Bolt that struck three times in the same place

    Most touching: the giant German weightlifter breaking down like a baby after winning the super-heavy category

    Most heroic: equal between
    Paul Radcliffe's determination to finish the marathon
    Natalie du Toit competing in the open water swim

    Most ridiculous: Boris Johnson wielding the Olympic flag like he was Josef Stalin on the gunboat Aurora

    Verdict: No Olympics are perfect, but these provided tremendous competition, and wonderful moments. China and the choice of venue had many critics, but the Chinese made a massive effort to provide a great games.

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  • 87. At 1:18pm on 26 Aug 2008, Gules123 wrote:

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  • 88. At 1:36pm on 26 Aug 2008, wheellock wrote:

    Highlight: The velodrome. Its not just the team GB performance, it's the events themselves that completely captivated me.

    Lows: Reade's fall.

    Hero: It has to be Michaela Breeze. What spirit!

    Star: Yes, I'm going for the B-man on this. Not just because of the medals and the records - the man has star and showman written all over him.

    Funniest moments: BBC having to apologize twice in succession after the sailors' use of the F word, Boris' "ping pong is coming home" speech.

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  • 89. At 1:48pm on 26 Aug 2008, shivam_mufc7 wrote:

    It was a good Olympics in Beijing, and London shall have to match that, or infact do even better. There had aslo been some entertaining stuff, like Michael Phelps winning 8 gold's amd he nearly got a silver but by a fingernail he got there. And also Usain Bolt breaking the world record 3 times in the 100M, 200M and in the 4x100 realy.

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  • 90. At 1:49pm on 26 Aug 2008, ThomCurran wrote:

    Why did no-one mention the mens coxless four, probably the most tense race I've ever watched, or Christine Ohuruogu, a phenomenal performance, triumph in the face of adversity etc. Sure, Hoy and Adlington were great, but these two were the undoubted highlights in terms of entertainment in tension.

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  • 91. At 1:51pm on 26 Aug 2008, DrRichie wrote:

    Highlight - The first and last golds were my favorites. Nicole Cook and James Degale were both so tense but controlled.

    Lowlight - Mark Cavendish being dealt a poor hand with Bradley Wiggins in no fit state to challenge for the Madison. Still I guess Cav's still had a pretty good summer.

    Star - For the competitors it's Usain Bolt. From the BBC it's Rob Walker, who was brilliant with the yatching.

    Tip for 2012 - The fairytale ending for Paula Radcliffe

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  • 92. At 1:51pm on 26 Aug 2008, Chelsea-Durham-Allblacks-The best three wrote:

    Michael Phelps what a legend and a fighter, the way he came back to take gold in one of those races shows his true character. All in all one hell of a games

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  • 93. At 2:12pm on 26 Aug 2008, tyke-in-exile wrote:

    Hilites: 16 days of wonderful sport, the happiest sporting days of my 71 years - Team GB's performances, especially the ones in the unsung events like the 10Km swims, modern pentathlon, and so on. Too many individual and team performances from many Countries to mention singly.

    Lolites: All unsporting behaviour from wherever it came. Fortunately not too much.

    Special mention for Christine Ohuruogu: so brilliant in her individual event but so disappointing in the relay heat and final. She looked as if she didn't care less. If she didn't want to run or felt tired she should have left her place to Tasha Danvers.

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  • 94. At 2:20pm on 26 Aug 2008, aggersforcaptain wrote:

    My high point, Tasha Danvers running her guts out after a horribly unlucky 12 months. My low point, two 70 years old women, one half blind and both walking with sticks being forced to a labour camp for "re education". This was after they applied to protest in a designated protest area about lack of compensation when their homes were demolished. AND NOBODY SAID A WORD! This and the lack of a sense of fun and togetherness for spectators of all countries proves only that China got away with it.

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  • 95. At 2:23pm on 26 Aug 2008, kapooley wrote:

    Highlights - so many to choose from! Super Saturday shouting at the telly, Usain Bolt destroying the 100m and 200m fields, the huge sense of pride and expectation every time Team GB got on a bike or in a boat.

    Lowlights - arguably below-par in the Track and Field - the relays were disasterous.
    And where are our middle-distance medal certs, like in the 80s??

    Heroes - The Real McHoy and Michael Phelps - you run out of superlatives, don't you... ? And they both understand their responsibility for the profile of their sport as a whole.

    Tip for 2012 (watchword for the organising committee) - Inclusivity - those stadia should be full all day every day.

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  • 96. At 3:07pm on 26 Aug 2008, MikeFay wrote:

    Highlights - Bolt!
    Other highlights - Chris Hoy - utter dominance, if there were eight sprint track cycling events for men he'd have won them all.
    Nicole Cooke - the look of relief, triumph and joy on her face when she claimed gold, particularly keen after the disappointment of 2004 (see also Pendleton and Romero)
    Men's coxless four - by previous standards, a comfortable win as for once we knew they'd won it before the final stroke.
    Mark Hunter in the men's lightweight double - note to footballers, that's what giving 100% looks like.
    Michaela Breeze - if there is nobody capable of replacing you, there is honour in competing while injured and doing your best, which she undoubtedly did. And while on the weightlifting, Steiners' final lift, and subsequent celebration - for most athletes, victory means the reward for four years of hard training. For him, it meant *everything*.

    Lowlights - judges failing under pressure. Why do so many buckle?

    Commentator - Rob Walker at the yachting. Boundless enthusiasm, no matter what the conditions, made a very hard to televise sport entertaining.

    How to add medals - I doubt we'll have another runner capable of winning the 100m or 200m in 2012, even if Bolt does decide he'd like to enter events he doesn't already have the world record in for the fun of it (bet he can run 400m faster than the finalists did). So how about telling the GB 100m runners that if they want lottery funding, they'll be expected to practice the relay. A lot.

    Persuade the IOC to even up the balance of the sexes in more sports - our women do well. Team sprint in women's track cycling (Reade and Pendleton would have gold nailed?), and adding the 1500m freestyle for women could give Adlington a chance for three golds in one games - these also wouldn't add that many competitors to the total.

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  • 97. At 3:15pm on 26 Aug 2008, Aaron wrote:

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  • 98. At 3:17pm on 26 Aug 2008, The Marvellous Mechanical Mouth Organ wrote:

    The Highs- The Rowing 4- I frightened the children I was shouting at the TV so much

    The Lows- that Bulgarian with the dislocated elbow. Have you seen the pictures-ouch!

    Hero- Mark Hunter in Lightweight Pair. I man punching above his weight (excuse the pun), but he gave everything

    Tip for 2012- that Taekwondo boy- Cook.

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  • 99. At 3:20pm on 26 Aug 2008, typhoon_000 wrote:

    Highlight: I might as well name something else, so I go for weightlifting 85kg men. Where this chinese guy lifted the WR only to findout later that it was disallowed by the judge for unknown reason (the commentator didn't understand). Then he again relifted the same weight on his final attempt.

    Lowlight: Women quad squll. This can be a highlight for the chinese but is way too sad for me too see. Leading by half a length at about 250 or 300, then got powered through and lost by half a length. It looked very very impossible to say the least.

    Tip for 2012: Empty seats. I will be disgusted if I went there and fail to get a set only to find out later that there are a whole section empty. I know this is a problem even for Wembley but I hope it can be solved.

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  • 100. At 3:39pm on 26 Aug 2008, Aaron wrote:

    Surely that boy Stiener deserves another medal for his bravery, him on the medal podium was so emotional

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  • 101. At 4:00pm on 26 Aug 2008, QPR12thman wrote:

    Star of the Games, I would take Usain Bolt over Michael Phelps any day of the week.

    Bolt achieved over and above expectations, and completely obliterated the field in style. He made running look good.

    Phelps (aka long lost brother of Carlos Tevez) won 5 gold medals, his teammates won 2 and Jason Lezak won the other. His performances, though exceptional, were a tad overstated.

    Chris Hoy or any other Brit? No, unless you are biased.

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  • 102. At 6:06pm on 26 Aug 2008, Briton_not_Brit wrote:

    What I thought was refreshing about the Games was the complete absence of any corporate sponsorship and logos that every event seems to be plastered with these days.

    Of course, the London handover party had to spoil it with their overt sponsorship! Regretfully, I see this as a sign of things to come in 2012.

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  • 103. At 6:12pm on 26 Aug 2008, Aaron wrote:

    In response to post 97 being removed, what i should have said was in my opinion Ohuruogu is a drugs cheat, however it is clear that her circumstances are at best suspicous, Chambers received abuse(rightfully) for demeaning athletics... surely missing 3 tests also demeans the doping policy

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  • 104. At 7:12pm on 26 Aug 2008, lovewilltearusaprt wrote:

    does it show the short-sightedness of the bbc team that all failed to mention the performance of sammy wanjiru?
    running a 2.06 in conditions not condusive to running a fast mile time let alone 26.2, and in doing so breaking the olympic record by almost three minutes! indeed, conditions so bad that the current world record holder withdrew before the event had even started.
    add this to the fact that he is just 21, it was 80 degrees!!!! (and he didnt feel the need to celebrate with the chest pumping and subsequent awful dance choregraphy of bolt) and we may have witnessed the birth of a new distance superstar to rival gebreselassie and bekele et al yet not a mention here.
    thoughts please.

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  • 105. At 8:29pm on 26 Aug 2008, hackerjack wrote:

    Have you ever tried Dressage - can you even ride a horse for that matter?


    No but I know those who have and even they admit that is it NOT a sport on it's own.

    As for unrepresented sports.

    Bowling, Bowls, Cross Country and Squash all come to mind immediately as sports with no representation that are far more commonly participated in worldwide.

    Other unrepresented (albeit regional) sports include Rugby, Cricket, Netball and Lacrosse.

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  • 106. At 8:51pm on 26 Aug 2008, rRytom wrote:

    I was beginningto think that I was the only person (apart from my wife that is) who had bothered to stay up to see the men's marathon. The tremendous gamble of the young Kenyan, Sammy Wanjiru in setting such an awesome pace in sweltering conditions, amazing the BBC commentators on the race and his fellow competitors was one of the true highlights of the games and surely the hardest earned gold medal. And he had to endure the pain for over two hours, not just less than 10 seconds.

    No comments either by the BBC about the tremendous efforts of the open water swimmers.

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  • 107. At 9:09pm on 26 Aug 2008, steltz wrote:

    Highlight - Men's 10m platform diving, I believe it was the highest score ever!
    The end of baseball

    Lowlight - Being an Aussie living in the USA I can say the only thing worse than NBC's coverage is Channel 7's (but its very close)

    Star - The Jamaican sprint team, their energy and charisma are infectious. Stephanie Rice

    2012 - Rugby 7's!!!

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  • 108. At 9:26pm on 26 Aug 2008, kwinquark1 wrote:

    High - Hungary in the Water Polo, Spain in the Basketball, the UK cycle gang en masse, but too many to mention. You don't have to be a winner to impress.

    Low - The idiotic blogs inflicted on us by the majority of BBC staff. Many were peurile at best.

    Tip - It won't get better for the UK in 2012.

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  • 109. At 9:30pm on 26 Aug 2008, kwinquark1 wrote:

    Lovewilltearusapart, very valid point. That young fellah has been seriously overlooked.

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  • 110. At 10:52pm on 26 Aug 2008, doug_brammer wrote:

    RE: LOWLIGHT: Reade bottling it 3 times and letting down the entire cycling team.

    How can you possibly say she bottled it when she clearly was going all out for gold, and would stop at nothing to achieve it, hopefully 2012 will give her the success she deserves.


    I love the attitude everyone now has of being dissappointed with getting the minor medals, its been a while since we've been able to feel this way.

    Personally, i dont think that any sport where winning the olympic gold medal isn't the highest honour you can achieve shouldn't be an olympic event ie tennis and football. The idea of an under 23 tourny in the football is a good idea, but with domestic leagues starting i dont think peoples hearts are in it.

    Do we know the sports that are going to be in the 2012 games yet? going to be glad not to get the NZ coverage this year, although the BBC live Olympics online was a fantastic way for Brits abroad to follow! WELL DONE!!

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  • 111. At 07:29am on 27 Aug 2008, scormus wrote:

    Concening post 103, perhaps Mr. UTD3inarow would like to indicate where he obtained his information about Christine Ohuruogu. If he has no such information I suggest he keeps opinions of this kind to himself. Perhaps he also thinks ALL the Jamaican sprinters are drug cheats too, because that country does not operate an out of competiton drug testing programme.

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  • 112. At 11:44am on 27 Aug 2008, Aaron wrote:

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  • 113. At 06:18am on 28 Aug 2008, havingfun08 wrote:

    All the athletes who competed, whether they won or lost. Some specific instances (since there are too many to mention): the South African who swam the open water with no legs; Lezak coming through in the 4x100; men's gold 10m platform diving finals; Dara Torres; Weightlifter carrying the picture of his wife; opening ceremonies; and the knowledge that we'll have to wait 4 more years for it again!

    The joy people had from watching the losers ... because of the countries they represented. The fact we can't see it again for another four years.

    Stars: Phelps the first week, Bolt the second week.

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  • 114. At 07:28am on 28 Aug 2008, ChineseGill wrote:

    Chinese can not fight here?
    I am a Chinese ......

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  • 115. At 6:26pm on 28 Aug 2008, AdoreSport wrote:

    Highlight - team GB doing the nation proud! that is the certain highlight. also i can't forget about becky Adlington as she was in the words of the commentator ' Absoloutly Brilliant'. I hope she does more events in 2012!!!! also ' the real mcHoy'. I have never seen legs that have ressembled tree trunks so much in my life!

    Lowlight - Not to be rude to the chinese but there 'overprotection' of these games.
    1 Changing the little singer in the opening ceremony
    2 Closing off the olympic green.... the atmosphere there is what is great about the olympics
    3 also i read in the daily mail that they evicted an 82 year old woman who was very frail and bulldozed her house. she was sent to prison for protesting!!
    4 their focus on gold and gold only. It seemed as if all other athletes from china were worthless

    Also some people complaining about us being too successful as we have used money to get us to where we are.RIDICULOUS.Do people want to constantly moan! bask in the success while we have it.

    ps. the games having to end as now we have to endure footballers with massive egos and paypackets which aren't earned!after all adlington is only on £12,000 a year

    Stars - Bolt,Hoy,Adlington,Bekele,ohoroghu
    Ainsle!! the gb cycling team were immense and it is a joy to watch GB smashing the opposition.

    Tip for 2012- Jason Kenny,Shazne Reade,Adlington and ondon to produce the best Games the world has ever seen!!!

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  • 116. At 00:29am on 02 Sep 2008, sumofmarc wrote:

    Gordon Farquhar needs to go and check which events Hoy won. He won 3 but non of them were the Individual Pursuit (That was Wiggins)

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  • 117. At 5:25pm on 22 Jul 2009, Ron_Arne_Riise wrote:


    how can you give dressage ANY credit when compared to real sports such as tennis and football (its not soccer).

    im not saying its not difficult, but its so boring and its so poncy!

    why would you want to appear posh and stuck up (emphasis on appear, im not saying it is)

    also i feel sorry for the horses, they probably feel rather stupid!!

    whats with the gear the riders wear as well??

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