Olympic Update: Day 3

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The Olympics have had only a few moments of controversy so far in the Olympics but it did not take too long for the drama to start. On Day 3 there were more than enough drama to make up for the previous days as an athlete was kicked out of the Olympics and controversial decisions in two events changed the face of two events. Before the Olympics began the organizers had labelled it the Social media Olympics due to the large amount of social media now available. So far this distinction has not been the best decision as social media has already bitten the organizers. Before the Olympics started one athlete was kicked off of her team before she even had the chance to compete. Paraskevi Papchristou, a Greek triple jumper, posted a tweet on her account about the African athletes. For her comment she was kicked off of the team and sent home before she had a chance to compete. The incident seemed to be forgotten for the most part as the Olympics continued on with great performances and medals handed out. Then Day 3 hit as yet another act of racism crept into the Olympic Games putting a damper on games. On Day 2 the Swiss soccer team took on the South Koreans in a preliminary soccer match that ended with the Koreans winning 2-1. After the game Swiss player Michel Morganella sent out a derogatory tweet directed at the South Koreans. The Swiss player was kicked off of the team in Day 3 as the world saw yet another athlete leave before the middle of the Olympics. The Olympics have been struck by racism in 2012 and a big question now is whether or not we will see any more of this in the Olympics. The controversy on Day 3 was not limited to outside of the competitions as two very controversial decisions raised the eyebrows of many sports fans. The first was in the gym as the Men’s Team competition took place throughout Day 3 and was one of the bigger draws of the day. As the competition moved on and teams completed rotations some teams were eliminated while other teams continued to fight for a medal. Surprisingly the home team in Great Britain was in the hunt while the Japanese seemed to struggle despite being favorites. On the last event Japanese star gymnast Kohei Uchimura continued his struggles of the early Olympics falling off of the pommel horse on his dismount. This fall looked like it forced the Japanese out of the medals until the Japanese team filed a protest claiming that the handstand before the fall proved a higher difficulty in the routine. The protest was accepted bumping the score and moving the Japanese into second place from 4th. Two teams were affected as the Ukrainian team was bumped out of a medal spot while the British team was bumped from silver to bronze. Fencing also saw some controversy as a match between Britta Heidemann of Germany and Shin A Lam of South Korea. With only one second left on the clock Heidemann was behind and needed one hit to go ahead and advance to the Gold medal match. It seemed as though Lam would win but the time clock malfunctioned allowing for more time that Heidemann took advantage of scoring the hit and moving on to the gold medal round. The Koreans filed an appeal and a strange rule required Lam to stay on the mat until the decision was made. The decision came down claiming that Lam would take the loss despite the issues with the time clock in one of the strangest moments of the Olympics so far. Day 3 was a strange day that saw plenty of controversy throughout the day as it seems like only the start to a great Olympic Games that will see plenty of more stories to come.

 

The Canadian Story

 

Scary Moment for Canadian Fans

The day for the Canadians did not start well as Equestrian rider Hawley Bennett-Awad was thrown off of her horse during the Cross Country event and was taken to the hospital, currently she is in stable condition.

 

Men’s Eights Back for now:

The Canadian Men’s 8s rowing team looked terrible in their first heat finishing dead last but on Day 3 they had another shot and took advantage coming in 2nd place in the repechage and earning a spot in the finals keeping their medal hopes alive.

 

A Good Day at Wimbledon

There were no medals on Day 3 but the Canadian tennis team flexed their muscles as Milos Raonic, Aleksandra Wozniak, and the pair of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil all won their matches in Day 3 completing the Canadian sweep

 

Day 3 Medal Results

 

Diving:

Men’s Synchronized 10m Platform

Gold- Cao Yuan/Zhang Yanquan (China)

Silver- Ivan Garcia Navarro/German Sanchez Sanchez (Mexico)

Bronze- David Boudia/Nick McCrory (USA)

 

Fencing:

Women’s Individual Epee

Gold- Yana Shemyakina (Ukraine)

Silver- Britta Heidemann (Germany)

Bronze- Sun Yujie (China)

 

Gymnastics:

Men’s Team

Gold- China

Silver- Japan

Bronze- Great Britain

 

Judo:

Men’s 73kg

Gold- Mansur Isaev (Russia)

Silver- Riki Nakaya (Japan)

Bronze- Nyam Ochir-Sainjargal (Mongolia)

Bronze- Ugo Legrand (France)

 

Women’s Judo 53kg

Gold- Kaori Matsumoto (Japan)

Silver- Corina Caprioriu (Romania)

Bronze- Marti Malloy (USA)

Bronze- Automne Pavia (France)

 

Shooting:

Men’s 10m Air Rifle

Gold- Alin George Moldoveanu (Romania)

Silver- Niccolo Campriani (Italy)

Bronze- Gagan Narang (India)

 

Swimming:

Men’s 100m Backstroke

Gold- Matt Grevers (USA)

Silver- Nick Thoman (USA)

Bronze- Ryosuke Irie (Japan)

 

Women’s 100m Backstroke

Gold- Missy Franklin (USA)

Silver- Emily Seebohm (Australia)

Bronze- Aya Terakawa (Japan)

 

Men’s 200m Freestyle

Gold- Yannick Agnel (France)

Silver- Park Tae-Hwan (South Korea)

Bronze- Sun Yang (China)

 

Women’s 100m Breaststroke

Gold- Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania)

Silver- Rebecca Soni (USA)

Bronze- Satomi Suzuki (Japan)

 

Weightlifting:

Women’s 58kg

Gold- Li Xueying (China)

Silver- Pimsiri Sirikaew (Thailand)

Bronze- Yuliya Kalina (Ukraine)

 

Men’s 62kg

Gold- Un Guk Kim (North Korea)

Silver- Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera (Colombia)

Bronze- Irawan Eko Yuli (Indonesia)

 

Day 4 Medal Events

 

Canoe/Kayak:

Men’s C1 Slalom Final (10:06 am)

 

Diving:

Women’s Synchronized 10 Platform Final (10:00 am)

 

Equestrian:

Individual Eventing- Jumping Final (9:30 am)

Team Eventing- Jumping Final (5:30 am)

 

Fencing:

Men’s Individual Foil Bronze Medal Match (2:10 pm)

Men’s Individual Foil Gold Medal Match (2:40 pm)

 

Artistic Gymnastics:

Women’s Team Final (11:30 am)

 

Judo:

Men’s 81kg Bronze Medal Match (9:28 am)

Men’s 81kg Gold Medal Match (11:10 am)

Women’s 63kg Bronze Medal Match (9:00 am)

Women’s 63kg Gold Medal Match (11:00 am)

 

Shooting:

Men’s Skeet Final (9:00 am)

 

Swimming:

Women’s 200m Freestyle Final (2:41 pm)

Men’s 200m Butterfly Final (2:49 pm)

Women’s 200m Individual Medley (3:43 pm)

Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay (3:51 pm)

 

Weightlifting:

Men’s 69kg Final (2:00 pm)

Women’s 63kg Final (10:30 am)

 

Medal Table

#

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

China

9

5

3

17

2

USA

5

7

5

17

3

Japan

1

4

6

11

4

Italy

2

4

2

8

5

France

3

1

3

7

6

South Korea

2

2

2

6

7

Russia

2

0

3

5

8

North Korea

3

0

1

4

9

Australia

1

2

1

4

10

Romania

1

2

0

3

25

Canada

0

0

1

1

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