Oh yes plenty of jumping up and down on the sofa over the first few days of the Olympics. Although hopefully the neighbours weren't too disturbed by Mister Stephen's whoops at around 10:30 yesterday morning and even earlier this morning. Mister Stephen as an ex-athlete and still competitive sportsman really is a great olympic-phile he was even caught watching live archery this morning on interactive, whilst Rafa Nadal was another option.
200th ever gold medal
came after a great team performance in the women's cycling road race.
Nicole Cooke was in a breakaway of five entering the last corner of the
course, but had dropped off on team orders because of concerns over the
wetness of the rain soaked course that a crash may happen. She made up
the 20 metres of so she'd dropped behind on the climb to the finish to
make up for coming fifth four years ago.
But she was
quick to go and hug teammates Emma Pooley and Sharon Laws who had aided
he win. Pooley had attacked on the climb on the first finishing circuit
and again at the foot of the second and final climb. Which forced other
countries to haul her back while Nicole sat and waited. Sharon had been
on the ground twice through crashes but took her turns at or near the
front to ensure that Nicole was ready for a final surge. With 5 kms to
go Nicole found herself in the decisive break that was to stay ahead of
the main field to the end thanks to the work her teammates had
previously done and continued to do disrupting the chase.
Like Cooke she came from behind at the end to snatch the women's 400m
freestyle. Not even in the top 3 at the final turn behind America's
Katie Hoff and teammate Jo Jackson. Hoff at 25 metres appeared to have
gold sown up a whole body length if not more ahead of the two Brits who
appeared to have sealed the minor medals but somehow the Brits kept
coming at Hoff and on the final stroke Adlington for the only time in
the race was ahead, winning by seven hundredths of a second. She only
led the race for a mere fraction of a second but it was the vital
fraction of time when it mattered.