Sunday, 5 August 2012

Olympics Day 9: Lightning strikes

Another very busy day at the London Olympics, with the big event in athletics tonight: the men's 100-meter final seems to be the most-watched 10 seconds of the Games! And of course Usain Bolt defended his title in blistering style. Although this time the competition was pretty fierce, as he was up against the other three fastest men ever in the final.

After the glory in the stadium yesterday, Britain's performance was much more muted today, with several silvers and bronzes. But there was at least one big gold medal, as Andy Murray beat Roger Federer in the men's tennis singles final. The match was played exactly four weeks after the two faced off in the Wimbledon final - on the very same patch of grass. But this time Olympic fever took hold of the crowd, and all the love was for Murray, who won in straight sets. Olympic gold might be the only prize Federer has never won, but he had to settle for silver today.

And so we're halfway through the Games now. This coming week I've got tickets to three events, so I'm really looking forward to getting out there and soaking up the atmosphere. Tomorrow night it's the beach volleyball quarterfinals in Horse Guards Parade. I suppose I should look up who'll be playing, but frankly it doesn't matter.

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