Water was the theme of the day for day five of the 2012 London Olympic Games with competitors diving into the water or cutting through it with or without a boat. There was total dominance over the wettest of the elements, with some surprising results.
China remains on the top of the medal tally, but just. The US has the same number of gold medals but are just beaten by the Chinese in the silver medal count. Australia sits in 16th spot with still just the one gold and a total of 11 medals.
Spectators hoping to celebrate these medal wins with a drink at the Games face paying an exuberant price of more than £7 for a pint of beer, organisers have said. Makes celebrations costly.
Maybe to ease the pain of the expense of celebration drinks, Olympics organisers have revealed how they intend to enhance the spectator experience during the games with music and other visual presentations. Athletes in several sports will enter their respective arenas to music and special lighting while guides to events and inspirational clips will be shown on big screens.
In a disappointing night overall for the Australians in the pool, second-fastest qualifier Melanie Schlanger finished fourth in the 100m freestyle; James Magnussen finished sixth in the semi of the men's 50m freestyle and has missed the final (although Eamon Sullivan qualified equal seventh fastest); Sally Foster came last in the final of the 200m breaststroke (in which US star Rebecca Soni smashed her own world record); and strong medal chance Belinda Hocking missed tomorrow's final of the women's 200m backstroke (but Meagan Nay qualified third fastest).
Some of the biggest names in tennis, including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have qualified for the semi-finals of the tennis tournament at Wimbledon. The match with local hero Andy Murray seeing off Japan's Kei Nishikori raised the non-existent roof off Wimbledon.
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Highlights for day 5
Friday, 3 August 2012
Water wrap up, tennis superstars and 7 quid a beer?
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W