The twenty two gold medal won for Great Britain for the women’s heptathlon, athletics, double sculls, sailing, tennis and show jumping beats the previous record of 18 at Beijing and there are still four days left of the Olympics. The total number of medals now puts team GB just behind China and the USA.
The Williams sisters claimed their third gold medal in women’s doubles after beating the Czechs 6-4, 6-4. Serena also won the singles gold, beating Maria Sharapova and is now the only woman in history to win and singles and doubles “Golden Slam” in all four major tournaments and the Olympics.
Boxing and Wrestling
The semi final of the lightweight and middleweight women’s boxing match took place yesterday (Wednesday the 8th). It was the first time women’s boxing entered the Olympics (104 years after men’s boxing made its debut). Katie Taylor, Ireland’s world champion was favourite to win her semi-final match and she is now through to the final of her 60kg division. Leeds based Nicola Adams has also made it through to the final, in the 51kg division and will fight Ren CanCan.
Today, (Thursday) is the 7th day of athletics at the Olympic Stadium, beginning with the 110m hurdles at 9:00am. In the evening, there is the decathlon and the 1500m mens triple jump final, the 800m and the 200m final. Thursday is also the javelin final for women and the 800m semi final.
The men’s basketball semi finals takes place on Friday with the finals on Sunday. The US are favourite to win, keen to take home the gold medal again, following their victory in Beijing. The US so far has remained undefeated in their basketball matches. Spain is seen as the biggest challenger to the US title. The US women’s basketball team is also favourite to win, and like the men’s basketball team they want to defend their title, which they won four years ago in Beijing.
Saturday is the men’s 10m platform semi final. Tom Daley will be hoping to score a medal after finishing fourth in the synchronised final last week. He has been training all week and taken some well earned relaxation in his London apartment in the Olympic Village. Tom won gold at this year’s European championships and is mentally preparing himself for another gold this Saturday.
This Sunday evening at 9pm will see the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Park,. If the Closing Ceremony is anything like the Opening, it will be just as spectacular. There will be a Handover to Rio de Janeiro who will be hosting the Olympics in 2016. The Olympic Flame will also be extinguished which symbolises the end of the Games in London. More than 4,000 performers will take park in the Ceremony from the six east London Host Boroughs. If you did not manage to buy tickets for the Olympics, The Paralympic Games takes place from the 29th of August to the 9th of September. There are still tickets available to purchase through the London 2012 website.
Written by Jo Turnbull