Sunday, August 17, 2008


Another sensational day for Team GB who won 8 more medals including 4 gold, in Sailing, Cycling, Rowing and Gymnastics. Britain have moved up to 3rd place after China and the USA with 25 medals, including 11 gold.

Defending Olympic Sailing Champion Ben Ainslie won his 3rd consecutive Olympic Gold Medal in the Finn (Heavyweight Dinghy) Ben is now the most successful British sailor in Olympic History and and has been called Britain's greatest sailor since Sir Francis Drake. Our 2nd Sailing Gold Medal was won in the Yngling race by the attractive "Three blondes in a boat" - Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson.

Our superb British cyclists continue to collect medals. In the Women's Individual Pursuit Rebecca Romero and Wendy Hoovenaghel won both Gold and Silver Medals. Rebecca is the 1st British female athlete to win medals in 2 Olympic Games, having won a silver medal at Athens for rowing. The cyclists have now amassed 10 medals including 5 gold medals, and won 7 medals in the past two days alone.

The Rowers won 1 gold and 2 silver medals. Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter won the Lightweight Men's Double Sculls and silver medals were won by the Men's Eight and Women's Quadruple Sculls,who were narrowly beaten to the gold by the Chinese. Louis Smith a 19 year old gymnast won a bronze medal in the Men's Pommel Horse and is the 1st British gymnast ever to win an individual Olympic medal - he only took up Pommel Horse gymnastics as a punishment for being a naughty boy at school!

Mara Yamauchi came a well earned 6th in the Marathon, but sadly Paula Radcliffe, who has been plagued by injury, finished 23rd but did compleete the course. Our other Bedford runner, Liz Yelling had a bad fall but managed to finish and came 26th.
Victoria Pendleton, our Bedfordshire triple World Cycling Champion broke the Olympic record in her heats and should win a medal in the Women's Sprint Finals on Tuesday.

These Olympic results are amazing. Britain has a population of only 60 million compared to China's 1.6 billion and we should all be very proud of the unprecedented successes achieved by the British Team, especially the brilliant cycling team

How different these modest young Olympic stars are from our pampered, overpaid and self centred professional footballers!

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