Rio Olympics So far......
Posted: Aug 10 2016
Rio Olympics so far….
There’s been a lot of negativity surrounding the run-up to the Rio Olympics so far, with drug doping, theft in the Olympic Village, poor conditions, and now the bloomin’ pool has turned green!! Expectations weren’t high for the quality of these games. But it just goes to show that you can perform under any circumstances. All the athletes have somehow managed to ignore the physical surroundings, and concentrate solely on their mental game and performance, and boy is it showing!! We're only on Day 5 and World records have already been broken, and more are sure to follow across all fields!
Every Olympic games there is always the countries that go in ahead of the pack, and this year is no different!
As expected the USA, China, Australia and Russia Dominate the top 5, with Hungary being a surprise addition. Team GB, though holding a respectable 11th Place. Not too shabby at this stage in the games.
For a full comprehensive list of all countries, click here
Six medals, in 5 days? We'll take that!
Team GB Medal Winners
The top performers from Team GB have so far, been largely based poolside with the following:
- Adam Peaty's Gold winning performance in the Men's 100m Breaststroke
- Siobhan Marie O'Connors Silver medal Win in the Women's 200m Individual medley
- Jazz Carlins' Silver Medal in the Womens 400m freestyle
- Men's Relay Team took home Silver in the 4 x 200m Freestyle relay (congratulations Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace and James Guy)
- Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow also took home the Bronze medal in the Men's Synchronised Diving 10m platform
With more swimming events to come, hopefully medals will follow!!
But it hasn't all been happening around the pool. Big congratulations must also go to Edward Ling who won the Bronze Medal in the Shooting Trap. Well deserved!
What's left to come?
Well, what's not left to come? With 11 days left of events, the UK are keeping a close eye on Team GB competitors.
After the absolutely amazing performance in London 2012, the Gold Medal Athletic stars from London 2012 are all still waiting to compete: Mo Farah in the Men's 5000m and 10,000m race; Greg Rutherford in the Men's Long Jump; and Jessica Ennis-Hill in the Women's Hepthalon to name but a few. Can any of them recreate their 'Super Saturday' performances? Who knows? We hope so!
Nicola Adams' London 2012 Gold Medal Win could also be re-created as she performs in the Womens Boxing Fly (48-51kg) category.
Also Stephen Milne has more to do after his relay win, competing in the Mens 400m Freestyle AND the Mens 1500m freestyle - has he found a taste for winning now?
London 2012 Olympics also saw many of our Cyclists, Men and Women, perform astoundingly. This year we have Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Lizzie Armitstead, Emma Pooley, Steve Cummings, Mark Cavendish, Laura Trott, and Jason Kenny fly the flag for Team GB in their respective Cycling Fields.
With plenty more events to come in; Rugby Sevens, Field Hockey, Athletics, Cycling, Diving, Rowing, Triathalon, Equestrian, Tennis, Boxing, Archery, Golf, Table Tennis, Sailing, Judo, Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Fencing, Swimming, and Canoe, there's so much to come from Team GB!
Theres so much sport to cover and too many events – its both too much and not enough!!
Teach us all a Lesson
Although the Rio Olympics 2016 have only really just started, it's fair to say we can expect a lot more from everybody! But, it's good to see that the Olympics haven't yet lost their core values of: equality, diversity and acceptance, and its proven once again that no matter how bad the world gets, the games gives everybody that chance of Respect and Camaraderie, and the chance to win a medal or two!!!
Participants from Egypt are fully clothed, and even a Hijab is worn by Doaa Elghobashy, showing that Sport can overcome perceptions.
North Korean Hong Un-Jong and South Korean Lee Eun-ju taking a selfie together has shown that the world can be much bigger than just which Country you live in. Good on them!!
Continuing Good Luck to all Competitors!!