Saturday, August 11, 2012

LONDON 2012: Day 15: Olympic heroes of the day - Mo Farah, Team Jamaica & Tom Daley

Mohammed Farah... I've never heard a crowd roar this loud at an Athletics meet. But what Mo Farah has done on back-to-back Saturdays at the Olympic Stadium is SO WORTHY OF IT. The Somali-born Brit has pulled off the impressive double winning gold in the 5k today and the 10k last week to become only the sixth athlete to achieve that double (in the same Games) in the history of the Olympics. 

Usain Bolt ended his London 2012 Olympics anchoring Team Jamaica to a sensational gold in the 4x100m relay where they broke the world record to go sub-37 seconds clocking a stunning 36.84s, proving once again that the Jamaicans are the coolest people on the planet. Bolt has now won the 100m, 200m & 4x100m golds in Beijing and in London.. what do you call that?? A triple-double?!? double-triple?!?! Whatever it is.. he's a legend!! Big shout-out to his teammates Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake. Mabrook Jamaica!

At 14 years old, Tom Daley came 7th in Beijing in the individual 10m platform. In 2009, he became a world champion in that event. And since then, the Brits have been piling expectation on him like mad. He was also heavily criticized for allegedly giving too much time to the media rather than training.

Over the past year, his father died of cancer, he aced his A-Levels and has now managed to win an Olympic bronze medal. This medal is particularly awesome because he came a disappointing 4th in the synchro 10m platform with Waterfield last week to miss out on the podium. After the synchro, he had received a vicious tweet from a random stranger telling him "You let your dad down i hope you know that." (seriously this world is full of sick heartless pieces of ****).

After five dives tonight, he was leading America's David Boudia and China's incredible Qiu Bo by less than a point. The sixth dive was like a round of sudden death and the American ended up with the gold but Daley did what he needed to, to get on that podium. The whole Aquatic Centre went ballistic, David Beckham was on his feet high-fiving his kids and Daley's friends carried him and they all jumped together in the pool. It was the sight of one of the happiest bronze medalist I've ever seen and I couldn't be happier for him.


Casa do escritorio - Elaine said...

Boa sua postagem

Hostpph said...

The expression that he had after he got through the line. it is priceless. I don't know why it didn't make it as meme.