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Olympics - Day 15

by jonbarbuti (U12346876) 23 August 2008
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If yesterday was 'fabulous Friday', Saturday promises to be a slightly more prosaic affair - at least for fans of Team GB. Let's keep the alliteration going by calling it 'satisfactory Saturday'.

Last Saturday, the British guys and gals were left sporting more medallions than a Sir Jimmy Saville lookalike, but today will serve as a reminder of previous Games - Atlanta for example - when any medal was a cause for celebration.

It will be a day to remember the Olympic ethos that it is the taking part that matters, not the winning.

But we do have two British medal hopes coming up in the early hours and a few other highlights to look out for.

Pete Waterfield and teenager Tom Daley
Both will feature in the semi-finals of the men's 10m platform diving from 3am and, hopefully, the final later in the day. Daley is perhaps Britain's best known teenager (or, if not, who is), but Waterfield is the more realistic medal prospect.

Sarah Stevenson
Stevenson will be hoping to land team GB's first taekwondo medal (though it surely isn't sour grapes to suggest young Aaron Cook should have left Beijing with a medal). Stevenson will be competing in the women's +67kg category, which kicks-off (geddit?) at 2am.

James De Gale
The British middleweight outclassed Ireland's Darren Sutherland in the semi-final and will be going for gold later today. The boxing finals start at around 1345 BST.

Tim Brabants
Brabants will be hoping to win a second gold in the men's K1 500m canoeing final after taking the 1000m crown on Friday.
Lucy Wainwright will be going in the women's 500m race, with the action due to start from around 0820 BST.

Relay runners
GB have realistic medal hopes in both the men's and women's 4x400m relays. Will they get the baton round? Will Martin Rooney's showboating come back to haunt him? Will Jeremy Warriner run for more than 320 metres?

There are questions galore - the answers will come in an athletics programme that starts at 1200 BST and also includes the men's 800m and 5000m finals and women's 1500m final.

Other highlights
Baseball is making its final Olympic appearance for the foreseeable future and bows out with a South Korea v Cuba final. The US contest the bronze medal match against Japan.

And it's men's football final with Brazil's conquerors Argentina playing Nigeria in what promises to be an open match.


Here's some more chat on Britain's medal hopes for today: news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/oly...

The day 15 schedule in full:
news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/oly...

And today's preview:
news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/oly...

And that is pretty much that for today as the Games draw towards their climax. But please don't let that put you off contributing on today's action or your reflections on the whole shebang.

Will team GB add to their medal haul today or is today a day to sit back, count our medals, and let someone else have their day in the sun?

Keep the contributions coming, keep them clean and, most importantly, keep them interesting. We can get through tonight together.

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posted Aug 23, 2008

Yeah, love Kim.

Is Kim a common name in Belgium. I always loved Kim Clijsters too. That just sprung to my mind.

All this Belgium talk reminded me about the fact that there is a bit of Oude Kwaremont action tomorrow, all this Olympic stuff has distracted me completely from the ENECO tour.

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posted Aug 24, 2008

So we've just - just - got to the stage where Team GB can legitimately compete at a Top 5 level in the Olympics...and Stewart Maxwell wants to chop us back into 4 seperate countries so we can fight for the medals with the likes of Spain and Belarus? Top plan, boss.

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posted Aug 24, 2008

So, we've got one person wanting to have separate Home Nations teams in all sports, and another wanting to have a combined GB football team. <doh>

Me? I just want politicians to stop trying to jump on the sporting bandwagon!

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posted Aug 24, 2008

Are we really Team GB or should we be Team UK? A bit late to be asking this I suppose but is Northern Ireland included in our team or not?

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posted Aug 24, 2008

A short "thank you" to Dirsie and the team for giving us such a good info-stream for the last few days. The only complaint - us Brit-Expats got a bit fed-up being told that all those great video clips were "not available in our territories", but no problem. Guys - go for a lie-down, then back to your regular jobs next week - whatever they might be !

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posted Aug 24, 2008

Just a thought for the early hours of a quiet morning.

As we seem to have matches to decide the minor placings in many sports (I think hockey even decides the 11th and 12th places), isn't it time we actually had a bronze medal match in the boxing?

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posted Aug 24, 2008

Does Ollie Williams work for the SNP? They'll be loving all this publicity given that its their policy to stir things south of the border. You can bet they've been hating all this togetherness!

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posted Aug 24, 2008

Re The Aussies vs The Brits. It would appear some commentators don't know what does and doesn't constitute acceptable sledging and what's outright racism.

Check this out, specifically the last bit of the first paragraph.

http://blogs.smh.com.au/olympics/johnbirmingham/2008/08/20/thepomsareba.html

Aussies (particularly their media) often bait us poms, but "Frankly I don't care where we sit on the tally as long as it's somewhere in front of those gappy toothed sock and sandal wearing ba5tards." is going a bit too far for my liking.

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posted Aug 24, 2008

>As we seem to have matches to decide the minor placings in many sports (I think hockey even decides the 11th and 12th places), isn't it time we actually had a bronze medal match in the boxing?<

They don't want boxers to be punched on the head repeatedly any more than is necessary.

>Is Kim a common name in Belgium. I always loved Kim Clijsters too. That just sprung to my mind.
All this Belgium talk reminded me about the fact that there is a bit of Oude Kwaremont action tomorrow, all this Olympic stuff has distracted me completely from the ENECO tour.<

It's pretty common yeah. Especially for our top sporters apparently :)
The ENECO tour is nowhere near me this year alas. I saw the prologue last year, got completely soaked too.
Good thing we've got the ENECO tour (and the us open) to hold us over til next week, when: vuelta!
Do you know if there'll be live text during the tour of spain?

>A short "thank you" to Dirsie and the team for giving us such a good info-stream for the last few days.<

Amen!

>Are we really Team GB or should we be Team UK? A bit late to be asking this I suppose but is Northern Ireland included in our team or not?<

Ah, what a way to end this thread! :)

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posted Aug 24, 2008

A fantastic Olympics.

Day 15 was the worst day and slightly tarnished it for me though.

- Taekwando farce.

- Tom Daley's anti-China comments.

- Ref kicking incident.

But all in all, a very good games.

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