|"Anyone fancy a stroll?"|
In Water Polo, you can lose all three groups games, finish with zero points, and still qualify for the Quarter-Finals; as Team GB's women managed to achieve. The simple formula works on two groups of four teams, where after the group matches, 1 of A, plays 4 of 2. 2 of A, plays 3 of 2, and so forth - which is basically a ranking system, rendering the six group matches meaningless. As they say.... as pointless as a broken pencil - or a Leonard Cohen album.
The 50km Walk Olympic Champion, has been booted out the games for doping offences. Cheating? Have you ever seen a 50km walk? They reach the 10k mark in around 45:00 minutes - my 2011 average for the 10k running. The rules state some portion of a foot must remain grounded throughout the race - they are allowed two slip-ups before disqualification, which I guess they have pushed to its limits; even if it does mean these guys 'walking' technique, comes across as a melodramatic form of fast-paced homosexual mincing. On the bright side, it is free to view, and an event I look forward to seeing in the flesh.
In a crowd of 80,000, and seconds before the 100 meters final; a moment made for Usain Bolt, and Usain Bolt alone. Some egocentric dickhead decided to try and put the spotlight on himself by chucking a plastic beer bottle at the racers - thankfully missing his intended targets. There is always one, and it is a wasted seat that he was even in that arena. Personally, if he wants to be the centre of attention, I would award his desired dreams by tying his ignorant, race ruing arse, to a vertical, man sized lump of hardboard; then sticking it in the centre of the Javelin field during finals day. Then after the day is done, every crowd member gets to throw a plastic bottle at him.
Women's football has travelled a long long distance, since the days of obese, butch women lumbering around in front of fifteen Sunday strollers and a couple of greyhounds. While the men's game has been a dull, overrated let down, the females have shown levels of heart, skill, and determination which could put many males to shame. Team GB males lost in a Quarter-Final penalty shoot out; I guess some things will never change.
The female gymnasts move with incredible grace and rhythm, and perform feats almost beyond my imagination. Unfortunately, the athletes tend to look like ten-year-olds. In the outside world, this cannot be a positive when it comes to the dating world; though cheaper cinema tickets and half-price bus fares, are a welcome plus.
Tomorrow, Tae-kwon-doe finally beings; if you have never tried it, it is for those who are tough as nails, and the experts move with a grace and dignity which resembles watching swans dancing; but it doesn't mean I will refrain from taking the piss out of the funny names of the Asian competitors. Until the next time...