There was drama aplenty at the Olympics last night with the highlight coming from the Team GB women’s volleyball squad who beat Algeria, rated 53 places higher in a thrilling 5 set match. Given that the team have had no funding for 2 years this ranks as one of the best Team GB performance so far.
Another shock looked on the cards in the GB v Canada women’s basketball game with GB leading 61.57 with 5 minutes to go. Team GB couldn’t hold on as the Canadians rallied to win 73.65.
In the men’s hockey Germany came from behind to beat Belgium 2.1, in the women’s volleyball Italy saw off Japan in 3 closely fought sets while in the women’s handball Norway got the better of Sweden 24.21 in the Scandinavian derby.
In the pool Lithuania gained their first ever Olympic gold thanks to 15 year old Ruta Meilutyte in the women’s 100m Breaststroke.
Well, that was last night. It is 8.50 on Tuesday and we are already under way with Holland one up against Japan in the women’s hockey!
Well, Tuesday evening now and there has been plenty more excitement at the Olympics. Holland went on to beat Japan 3.2 while GB lost a 3.1 lead against Korea and finished strongly to maintain their 100% record winning 5.3.
Winners and losers
Hungary’s domination of the water polo event seems to be at an end as their aging team was beaten by Montenegro.
There was a tasty looking encounter in the men’s handball between Croatia and Serbia with Croatia coming out on top 31.23.
Great Britain women’s pair Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin suffered their first defeat in the beach volleyball against the Italian pair but are still in the competition.
Team GB won silver in the Equestrian 3 day event team competition behind Germany while the Germans also won the individual gold via World and European champion Michael Jung. There was a hard luck story in the individual. Sweden’s Algotsson Ostholt would have taken the gold but she agonisingly had the last fence down and had to settle for silver.
History was made in the fencing tonight with Africa’s first-ever Olympic fencing medal as Egyptian Alaaeldin Abouelkassem took silver in the men’s Individual Foil.
The longest day
It was a day of long matches. In the women’s beach volleyball Brazil (Talita Antunes and Maria Antonelli) beat Germanys Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig 21-19 29-31 15-13. The Germans saved 10 match points. In the men’s single at Wimbledon Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the longest three-set match in Olympic Tennis history against Canada’s Milos Raonic in three minutes short of four hours.25.23 in the deciding set.
The gentler sex
Team GB beat Brazil at Wembley with full back Steph Houghton again scoring the winner in front of over 70,000 fans. Although Kelly Smith missed a penalty Houghton’s goal squeezed in from a narrow angle after just 2 minutes put us into the quarter finals and a winnable fixture against Canada at Coventry.
It’s never nice to finish 4th in the Olympics but that was the fate of weightlifter Canada’s Christine Girard. She put that disappointment behind her today claiming bronze. Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan claimed the gold setting an Olympic record on the way.