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Compelling first week makes London 2012 a joyous occasion

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David Bond | 17:32 UK time, Friday, 3 August 2012

Nearly every Olympic Games is accompanied by a lengthy, fretful build-up followed by an explosion of the sporting senses.

London 2012 has been no different.

The sport has been simply compelling and after an anxious four day wait for their first gold, Team GB now look well set to deliver on their target of fourth place in the medal table.

All the gold medallists have had extraordinary stories to tell - from the shooter Peter Wilson, coached by a member of the Dubai royal family - to Britain's first winners here, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who won the women's pair in rowing despite Glover having only taken up the sport in 2008.

But the British highlight for me so far must be cyclist Sir Chris Hoy powering to his record equalling fifth gold medal in the men's team sprint last night. The atmosphere in the velodrome was extraordinary - a wall of noise and a perfect reflection of the way the public's imagination has been caught by these Games.

Hoy now has five gold medals and one silver at Olympics. Photo: PA

Internationally, the swimmer Michael Phelps has provided the best headlines again. He may be past his best but he has built on his legend in Beijing, where he won eight gold medals, by becoming the most decorated Olympian in history.

The disqualification of four badminton teams for deliberately trying to lose has been a blemish while the sight of empty seats in areas reserved for VIPs, athletes and the media has presented the organisers with a headache.

However, when one considers what could have gone wrong with transport and security, Lord Coe and his team at Locog would have definitely taken that a week ago. And as the London Games approach the half way point they are in extremely good shape.

London was never going to match Beijing for scale but the public enthusiasm here is a marked contrast to the sterile atmosphere in China four years ago. There's still a long way to go but the sheer joy of the spectators here may well be what London's Games are best remembered for.


  • Comment number 1.

    How many of the GB swim team have achieved PB at the Olympic pool? No complaint about medal count if team are making PB and other swimmers better but a shame if at home Olympics PB not being achieved by majority of team.

  • Comment number 2.

    For most of us our view of the Olympics is through the BBC and it pains me to say that I think the coverage by the BBC has been very mixed, your report on the cycling was scandalous one of the worst peices of reporting I can remember, the swimming commentary excellent, Sue Barker very good, Jake Humphries good but sometimes the commentator does not seem well briefed on the subject they are covering, isn't it now time to blood more Crams and Boardmans who have a real insight into their sport. The BEEB is in danger of falling behind Sky and Eurosport unless they up their game.

  • Comment number 3.

    Just seen DB's report on the news tonight. Once again he seems to only seek and then glory in the negative. It's all he can do to get his favourite phrase "questions will have to be asked" into his report, this time relating to the Team GB swimmers. When is he finally going to get with the countries mood and start being a bit more positive. Agree some of the BBC news coverage is very sloppy.

  • Comment number 4.

    How on Earth did David Bond get his position as BBC Sport's Editor. His reports and blogs are as sterile as the atmosphere he criticises in Bejing four years ago. If he put a fraction of the effort and dedication into his work that the GB team have put into theirs we may actually get something worth reading instead of the constant negativity in which he seems to excel. BBC - please find someone with a bit more enthusiasm to report on what is turning out to be a fantastic sporting event (despite the best efforts of one David Bond, BBC Sports Editor?)

  • Comment number 5.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 6.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 7.

    Well done to Rebecca Adlington, the British public think you're fantastic, shame the BBC don't!

  • Comment number 8.

    I wasn't going to comment after the 10pm news report and after several days without a blog to let the dust settle on the cycling debacle. However, as someone else has commented on virtually the same point as I wanted to, I'll give a flavour.

    David Bond's reporting reference manual:

    Today was a good day at London2012. The crowds were on form but a disappointing result in the (insert sport here) means that questions will need to be asked of the (athletes / squad / team / coaches / organisers *dete as appropriate)

    I'm David Bond, current BBC sports editor

    Best wishes TeamGB!! Amazing results and a reflection of effort, dedication and commitment!

  • Comment number 9.

    Unfortunately the shambles surrounding ticketing and seating has tarnished these Games. The sight of a bunch of disinterested Squaddies, sent to fill a few of the hundreds of empty premium seats, is one of the farcical sights these Games will be remembered for. Great work by the way David, just tell it, as it is.

  • Comment number 10.

    I learnt that Danny Boyle is now deservedly a national hero. I learnt that David Bond, of whom I had never heard, is not. The Robert Peston of the sports world he is not. Please BBC. After the embarrassment of the Jubilee flotilla we license payers deserve better.

  • Comment number 11.

    There is little improvement in David Bonds reporting, after the farce of the infamous cycling report we had thought things would improve.

    It seems the BBC are intent on trying to bury the edited blog entry from last Saturday either on here with comments section now locked to reduce the numbers taking issue with it. There is also a lack of acknowledgement in response to complaints that the blog required editing even though the BBC stands by his news report.

  • Comment number 12.

    BBC, do yourself and us a favour, get rid of David Bond! I do not usually comment on blogs but his reporting has been so negative and uninformed that I just had to register on this site so I could leave a comment. The rest of the reporting has been okay but I find myself tense up as soon as his name is announced. Please, please, please kick him in to need to back-fill his position as does nothing but spew out what we already know, but always with a negative twist.

  • Comment number 13.

    What a fantastic day of sport. Well done Team GB althletic commentators and the guys at the rowing and cycling venues. However, there must be some people at the BBC namely reporters like David Bond and everyone at BBC London who are secretly disappointed. They have spent the past seven years looking for every negative story possible to run down the games and the impact it would have on London. Now of course they are jumping on the success bandwagon. Still, one thing is for sure: viewers can see through their nonsnese and find the games totally compelling - the success is just making them even more enjoyable - just as Lord Coe said would be the case when London was bidding for the games.

  • Comment number 14.

    David Bond has displayed a disgraceful attitude to the Olympics. The report on the cycling was shambolic and Cavendish gave him what he deserved. The BBC is at its best when it reports simply and in a straigh-forward manner. Bond seeks to be an investigative journalis with negative overtones. He complains about the time taken to vacate the Olympic Park while over 100 000 others travelling at the same time do not. Bond is not with the mood of the country which is positive and enthusiastic. Davis Bond also did a report to camera while the national anthem was being played in the background and the crowd stood out of respect. I would suggest David Bond needs to learn humility and respect.


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