Are You Addicted To The Olympics?
All of us at Team Locals certainly are! Team GB defend their third place spot with more gold and silver medal wins in an emotional day’s games.
Following the recent successes from Team GB, six gold and one silver medal were claimed on Saturday.
The first gold medal was snatched by the Men’s Four rowing, collecting the third GB rowing gold of the games.
Pete Reed, Andy Triggs Hodge, Tom James and Alex Gregory completed the race in an impressive six minutes 3.97 seconds.
The team had trained for four years for the moment and said they were the happiest men alive when they claimed their first place gold.
A mere 20 minutes later Sophie Hosking & Katherine Copeland won another GB gold for the Women’s Lightweight Double Skulls rowing.
The pair who only became partners at the beginning of this season claimed the tenth Team GB gold and were both shocked and overwhelmed with their victory.
The pair won after an impressive sprint to the finish line with the time of seven minutes 9.30 seconds.
Copeland and Hosking were in high spirits and cheered as they crossed the finish line.
The second medal to be won was a silver by Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase for the Men’s Lightweight Doubles Skulls racing.
The race got off to a dramatic start with Purchase’s seat breaking just before the 100m mark, meaning they were allowed to restart the race after fixing the problem.
The team were leading until the end but were eventually unable to keep up with the sprint produced by the Denmark pair.
The medal brought Brittan up to 9 rowing medals in total, the most rowing medals won in the Olympics in Britain since 1908!
Saturday also marked another fantastic success for the Track cycling again with Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell claiming gold in the Women’s Team Pursuit.
The win means that Team GB have won four out of their five track events so far.
The medal did not come as a surprise to the team who had previously won two world championships.
The crowd was paced and enthusiastic to see the team compete and roared with applause when the girls won gold.
Team Locals Top Ten, Jessica Ennis continues to smash her own personal records as well as the world record she set Friday.
She became the first person to get over 4000 points on the first day of the Heptathlon.
Her results were as follows:
100m Hurdles 12.54 minutes (World Record) 1195 Points
High Jump 1.86 meters 1054 Points
Shot Put 14.28 meters (Ennis’ worst event) 813 Points
200m 22.83 seconds (Ennis’ Personal Best) 1096 Points
Long Jump 6.48 meters 1001 Points
Javelin 47.49 meters (Ennis’ Personal Best) 812 Points
800m 2:08.65 minutes 984 Points
Ennis’ performance in the final 800m was one of the most emotional performances of all time. The crowd backed her all the way as they watched Ennis for fill the dream she has fought so hard for.
As predicted and believed in by many, Ennis stole the gold medal for the Women’s Heptathlon.
Ennis finished on 6955 Points which was 327 pints ahead of the silver medallist and a new National record!
Minutes later another Athletic gold was claimed by Greg Rutherford in the Men’s Long Jump.
Rutherford won with an impressive 8.31 meter jump, 0.15m clear of the silver medallist.
It was his first Olympics and claiming the gold medal was an impressive debut!
Team Local’s Top Ten, Mo Farah shortly after claimed the gold for Team GB!
The arena was live with cheering in the emotional race as Farah sprinted the final 100 meters claiming his gold medal in spectacular emotional style.
Mo’s wife and child ran onto the track to take part in the spectacular display.
Mo recently moved to the USA temporarily to train under a world class marathon runner in a bid to improve his 10,000m time.
10k is around 6.2 miles and is 25 laps of the Olympic track.
He ran the track in a spectacular 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds!
The day ended on a high for everyone involved and watching, with Team GB standing at 13 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze medals, firmly in third place over all.