Archive for August 10th, 2012
Take nothing away from the men – Sir Chris Hoy, Mo Farah and co have been outstanding gold medal winners for Team GB. But a consistent talking point throughout London 2012 has been the superhuman efforts of the British women.
After failing to get anyone on top of the podium on Wednesday, day 13 was another record breaker for Team GB on another amazing day of glory for the girls.
First came Charlotte Dujardin in the individual dressage, the first female rider to win two Olympic Gold medals for Team GB , with Laura Bechtolsheimer claiming Bronze.
When Nicola Adams became the first women’s boxing champion in Olympic history, beating long-time rival Ren Cancan of China, it was a unique milestone = and how richly deserved it was for the extremely talented fighter from Leeds.
- When 19-year-old Jade Jones overcame two-time world champion Yuzhuo Houin from China 6-4 in the taekwondo to claim Team GB’s 25th Gold medal of the Games it crowned another red-letter day for Team GB .
- Jones summed up her determination to triumph when she said: “Before I came out I thought ‘I’m not letting her beat me here in front of the home crowd’
The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt wants to play football for Manchester United – but he’s more likely to take a jump
What an intriguing thought – the fast man on the planet playing for the world’s most famous football team.
“People think I am joking when I say that I would like to play for Manchester United,” double double Olympic champion Usain told the British media on Tuesday.
“But if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, ‘OK, let’s do this, come and have a trial and see if you are good enough’ it would be impossible for me to say ‘no’.
“I would not take up the challenge if I didn’t think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference. I would be the fastest player in the team — but I can play as well.”
It was a story that gathered momentum when former England skipper Rio Ferdinand fired back on Twitter:”@usainbolt if you want that trial at Man Utd shout me, I’ll speak to the boss!!”
“If Alex Ferguson wants to give me a call he knows where I am,” the Jamaican has been quoted as saying.
Sadly, of course, there is absolutely zero chance of the Lightning Bolt giving up the track for the Premier League. Much shorter are the odds on Bolt taking up the long jump. And that of course could spell bad news for Team GB’s gold medal winner Greg Rutherford. After successfully defending both the 100 and 200 metres Olympic titles he won in Beijing at London 2012, Bold – who will be 30 on the day of the closing ceremony at the next Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 – is considering bis options.
Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, has suggested Bolt should stick to his day job, telling the Manchester United website: “He’d obviously add a bit of speed to the team! But they are different sports. I think he’s best staying on the track!”