Olympics 2012 – Super Saturday

Halfway through the London 2012 Olympic Games on what has been dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ due to the large number of events happening on this day.

Team GB are currently fourth in the medal table with 8 golds, 6 silver and 8 bronze medals so far and with many more sure to come.

The first might well come in the Women’s Triathalon which started a short time ago. There has been a little controversy with 20 year old Lucy Hall being chosen as the third member of the team despite not being amongst the best of British triatheletes. However nowadays British Olympians are very much a team rather than a bunch of individuals and decisions are made that are in the best interests of the team. Lucy Hall’s role here is to act as a ‘domestique’ and assist British number 1 Helen Jenkins in her task of winning the gold medal. A tactic that is now quite common in the British cycling team.

Talking of cyclcing despite the rule changes in the Track Cycling the British team are still dominating and will likely add a few more gold medals to the three that they already have won. Victoria Pendleton is surely the favourite now for the Women’s Sprint following her Keirin win, but she may be challenged by China’s Shuang Guo who is now an unexpected double silver medalist. However today’s cycling medal is likely to come from the Women’s Team Pursuit who qualified with ease and set a new World Record. Also competing today will be Jason Kenney already a gold medal winner in the Team Sprint he’ll be looking to set a great time in the qualifying round for the Individual Sprint.

On another track Jessica Ennis set the fastest time ever in the 100m Hurdles for a heptathlete, her time of 12.54 equaling that of USA’s Dawn Harper gold in the 100m hurdles individual event. With other good performances on the first day she is now on target for gold.

Andy Murray is in the Mixed Doubles quarter-final today and is in good form these Olympics having already guaranteed himself at least a silver medal by making tomorrow’s Men’s Singles Tennis final. Can Murray beat Roger Federer the man that beat him in this year’s Wimbledon final? He seems to think so.

Should prove to be a very exciting day of sport.

By Matt Wharton

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