By jingo!

This is the Daily Telegraph Medals Table, as it stands:

Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 China 18 11 5 34
2 United States 18 9 10 37
3 South Korea 7 2 5 14
4 Great Britain 6 6 6 18
5 France 6 5 6 17

More importance is attached to the number of gold medals, and after that silver, than the overall medal tally.

However, USA Today displays them as follows:

Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 18 9 10 37
2 China 18 11 5 34
3 Japan 2 6 11 19
4 Great Britain 6 6 6 18
5 Germany 5 8 5 18

The news paper attaches more importance to the overall number of medals. I wonder what would happen if China were to win fewer gold medals but more medals over all. Would USA Today put China in first place?

Proud Father

‘unbelievable’            ‘indescribable’          ‘look, he cries, just like me’

Click this picture for link to the BBC interview (1min 45sec)

We get all the coverage but of course not the BBC continuity nor interviews. JM brought this interview to my attention (thanks JM) it’s titled ‘The media moment of the games so far’ at only 1:45 it’s short, entertaining and well worth a look. (Link to BBC interview)

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Cameron van der Burgh

Forgive my indulgence, it is after all South Africa’s first gold medal since Athens, (we achieved a solitary silver in Beijing) it’s been a long wait.

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Banyana Banyana

My Olympic viewing started yesterday evening, the ladies football has started, and if I’m honest it was certainly watchable.

Banyana Banyana (The Girls, the men’s side is nicknamed Bafana Bafana, The Boys) are currently ranked a lowly 61st in the world rankings while Sweden, their opponents last night are ranked a mighty 4th. After going 3-0 down early on our girls held the Swedes for the next hour or so. (final result 4-1)

South Africa’s goal was a Beckhamesque lob over the Swedish keeper from almost the centre circle, exquisite.

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Siyanqoba (we conquer)

Here’s the long haul SA Airways Airbus 340-300 which will be whisking our Olympic hopefuls off to London this evening.

I have no idea who the athletes in the picture are (can’t find any reference to them on the pages that I’ve read this morning) but good luck to them. Here’s hoping they don’t get lost between Heathrow and the Olympic village!

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The green and gold

After much debate and heartache, Oscar’s off to the big London show
the question we ask ourselves now, how fast and far can he really go?

He’s running the four hundred and the four by four
Fate dealt a cruel cruel blow, not set back by that score
With a buffalo’s grit, the heart of ten lions
we’ll see him compete with fellow Olympians

There is of course, more to The Games, than just winning
respect, treatment as a fellow human being
I’m sure he’ll reminisce as he grows old
of that day, he pulled on the green and gold