One Week In and 17 Gold Medals


One Week In and 17 Gold Medals, 24 Silver & 15 Bronze. A total of 56 at the time of writing.

Team GB are doing us proud. Yes there has been some heartache but overall so far the Paralympics have been fabulous.

The competitors are the true gold in these events, they show such heart, such spirit.

True Spirit Shown By Houssein Omar Hassan


I’ve said it many times. I am constantly amazed by the sheer grit and determination of the athletes participating in both the Olympics and the Paralympics.

None more so than that shown by Houssein Omar Hassan during the 1,500 metres, earlier today in the 2012 Paralympic Games.  He finished last in his heat, recording a time of 11:23.50, which was nearly three times that of the time of the winner. Although the rest of the competitors had finished he continued to the end with enormous support from the spectators.

Hassan who was competing in the T46 category, is the first representative from Djibouti to compete at the Paralympic and it should be noted that he is the only athlete from Djibouti in 2012.

This man showed the true olympic / paralympic spirit.

Michael Galagher – Takes Back World Record


Michael Galager was not prepared to yield the World Record without a fight. Only minutes ago John Allen Butterworth smashed the world record previously held by Galagher.

Gallagher responded by not only retaking the world record crown but doing it comprehensively.

This puts Butterworth and Gallagher head to head for the gold medal. What a race that is going to be. Will we see the record fall again, well we will just have to wait and see.

Paralympic Cyclists Lead The Way For Gold


British cyclist are once again leading the way to Gold Medals at the London 2012 Paralympics.

Sarah Storey has provided Britain’s first gold, and the eighth of her career, on the very first day of the competition.

Jonathan Fox broke the world record in the 100m backstroke heat this morning, then went on to take gold in the final.

Nyree Kindred took silver in the S6 100m backstroke while Hannah Russell took silver in the S12 400m freestyle. And did it in a British record time just to hammer the point home.

And so it goes on. At the time of writing Team GB are 3rd in the medal stakes with seven medals in total. That’s two gold, three silver and two bronze. Not a bad haul for the first day.

Actually it’s brilliant. The national feel good factor has increased exponentially since the conclusion of yesterdays opening ceremony. May it continue to do so.

Let The Games Begin


I’ve been sitting here this evening watching the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympics. Although viewing remotely you cannot help but get caught up in the atmosphere. The enthusiasm being shown by the both the spectators and the athletes is infectious. The show is, as expected, less intricate and in general a lower key affair than the olympics which so dominated our lives earlier this year. Having said that it is no less colourful, no less special.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not normally a sporty person. That is I don’t normally watch sports unless they involve two or four wheels travelling at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. However, I did get hooked by the various disciplines and dipped into most at least once. And some, like handball and volleyball (no, not the beach variety) I watched on numerous occasions. Suffice it to say I am now looking forward to watching the Paralympics, to being introduced to some new and unique sports.

But most of all I am looking forward to, vicariously perhaps, sharing the excitement and the pleasure of the athletes as they compete and as they win their various medals. Of course I want to see Team GB succeed and dominate the medal tables but, just as with the Olympics, it doesn’t really matter. The spectators at the olympics didn’t discriminate. They cheered on all the teams, all the competitors regardless of which country they represented. Of course they cheered louder for the home team, that’s to be expected. So I am looking forward to sharing again in the warmth that was demonstrated during the olympics.

So I say again, Bring It On, Let The Games Begin.

Sunday Stress


Will need to break out the Tamazapam tomorrow.

Formula 1 at Silverstone with Button and Hamilton and Tennis at Wimbledon with Murray in the final, both on tomorrow afternoon.

So many Brit sportsman to support. I’m not sure I’ll be able to stand the stress levels. Good job I have some nails to bite.

The Olympic Flame – I Don’t Get It


Am I the only person in Britain that doesn’t give a damn about the arrival of the Olympic Flame ?

Olympics fever was officially ignited in the UK today when the iconic flame started its 70-day nationwide tour.

Read more: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2012/05/19/olympic-flame-starts-journey-to-midlands/#ixzz1vKcC6JVB

The only fever that I see anywhere is the media falling over itself to report that a flame has arrived in the UK.

So What ?

Anyone would think that we are a nation of pyromaniacs, to be aroused by the appearance of a flame.

What on earth do we need 8,000 torch bearers for ? Surely a simple Bic lighter could have been used at far less expense. Several million folks in this country carry one everyday.

Yes I know the olympics are approaching and I do understand that national pride is at stake and I will be as pleased as the next person if we win any medals. But that is the actual olympics.

I really can’t get excited about a flame and I really don’t want to see endless news reports about its progress around the country.

This countries press have reached new depths when they are reduced to reporting that the flame had its own seat allocated on the flight from Greece.

I’m more interested in the fact that the Princess Royal was seated 3 rows away from David Beckham. Presumably she wanted someone sat next to her with whom she could hold an intelligent conversation.

Hamilton Punishment Harsh


A team member had put an insufficient quantity of fuel into the car, thereby resulting in the car having to be stopped on the circuit in order to be able to provide the required amount for sampling purposes

The Stewards determine that this is a breach of Article 6.6.2 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations and the Competitor is accordingly excluded from the results of the Qualifying Session. The Competitor is however allowed to start the race from the back of the grid.

To be relegated from Pole Position to last on the grid is too harsh a punishment.

On the one hand it is a team sport but crucially once the car is on the track it becomes a solo sport. The team prepared Hamiltons car but it was Hamiltons driving that got him to pole.

When considering the punishment for transgressing the rules the stewards would have to balance the punishment which is applied to both the team and the driver.

In this instance I believe the punishment should have been a 2 or 3 position penalty.

Back of the grid is too harsh !!!