Olympics round up 1
Usain Bolt stormed to another Olympic gold and equalled his own world record as he left his competitors trailing. The Jamaican superstar blitzed the field in a race which saw Christophe Lemaitre run a personal best to clinch silver and Asafa Powell take the bronze medal. In the Women’s 400m final there was success for Britain as Christine Ohuruogu snatched victory from American Sanya Richards in a closely fought encounter. The two matched each other for the entire contest but it was Ohuruogu who edged in front when it mattered winning by just a tenth of a second. Further triumph came for Britain in the Finn class as Ben Ainslie sailed to yet another gold medal, increasing his total to four at Olympic Games. The crowd in Weymouth witnessed a majestic performance as Ainslie secured third in the 11th race which confirmed a top place finish in the final standings. The sailing success looks set to continue with Paul Goodison leading the Men’s Laser after six races. In the Men’s 10m platform final Tom Daley delighted home fans with a superb bronze medal. The youngster from Plymouth totalled an impressive 525.80 points to claim third but finished significantly behind Australian Matthew Mitcham who captured gold. Cycling fans were treated to a dominating display by three time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador in the individual time trial as he comprehensively beat the rest of the field. The Spaniard completed the course in one hour two minutes 11.43 seconds with his nearest challenger, Gustav Larsson, half a minute behind. However the surprise of the day came as Englishman Steven Cummings earned a bronze medal beating Cadel Evans to third place. The success continued for Birtain in the cycling where Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton reached the men’s and women’s sprint final respectively. Hoy knocked out Team Sky team mate Jason Kenny to progress in the competition and Pendleton overcame Chinese athlete Shuang Guo. Conversely there was some disappointment for team GB as Andy Murray was defeated in a five set thriller by Rafael Nadal in the Men’s tennis final. In a back and forth battle Murray recovered from two sets down to pull it back to a determining fifth set. But it was Nadal who went on to receive the illustrious gold overcoming the Scotsman 6-2 in the crucial decider.
Finally, Paula Radcliffe once again failed to obtain an elusive gold medal at Olympic Games. The womenâ€™s marathon world record holder finished three minutes behind eventual winner Constantina Tomescu but that was enough for a bronze medal.