Olympic Update: Day 11

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There are many aspects to the Olympic Games but the IOC honours three main parts to the games at every opening ceremony. There are the athletes who compete and provide everyone with memorable moments and who keep the world watching for two weeks. Then there are the coaches who are the unsung heroes of the games and prepare their athletes to perform on the biggest stage. Then there are the referees and officials of the games who watch over the events and ensure that every event is determined in a fair and just manner. All three of these groups in the games take an oath at the opening ceremonies promising to be fair and to not cheat for the good of their respective sports. Yet inevitably there are always going to be people found guilty of cheating usually by using drugs. There are also always going to be concerns around officials as everyone looks to the officials as an easy way out to explain a loss. Often times the referees take punishment and criticism for little to no reason as many are just doing their job. London 2012 has seen something different though as officials have become a major focus of the games. The officials did not become the focus for their great performance either in fact when officials do a great job they are rarely talked about. Instead the 2012 Olympics have seen a number of controversies with most centring around the officials in the respective sports. This controversy came to a head in Day 11 when the fallout from the USA vs. Canada women’s soccer game began to make itself known. In Day 10 of the games the #1 ranked Team USA took on the #7 ranked Canadians in a rivalry that had been a very one-sided affair. Many expected the USA to win the game but the Canadians had a different idea as they opened the scoring putting the Americans on the ropes. As the game moved on, the Canadians continued to fight gaining the lead two more times in the game. As the game wound down the Canadians saw themselves ahead 3-2 when the referee became the most important person on the team. With time running out Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod prepared for a drop kick. As she kicked the ball the referee called a penalty claiming that McLeod had held the ball too long which gave a free kick directly outside of the box for the Americans. Then on the free kick the ball launched towards the Canadian players and as they tried to get out-of-the-way the ball hit their hands forcing a hand ball call and a penalty kick.  With the penalty kick Abby Wambach scored the tying goal and with only a minute left in the second extra half the Americans scored to win the game. The game was completely changed by the referee who called a free kick on a play that rarely gets anything more than a warning, of which McLeod had none. She also called a penalty kick on a play that rarely is called for the fact that the ball hit the player and the player did not reach out a hand to the ball. These two calls completely changed the game and angered the Canadian team. As Say 11 came to there were many angered fans as the referee had clearly taken a game away from the Canadians. It was not the first time that the referees have made their presence known in these Olympics though. The boxing has been a constant source of discontent with many British fighters  moving on despite a lack luster performance and a lot of warnings coming out to boxers with no repercussions. There have also been issues with gymnastics as the Japanese team won a silver medal after Kohei Uchimura fell from the pommel horse and seemingly lost a medal. A challenge reversed the decision as the judges determined Uchimura did a handstand before falling meaning his degree of difficulty was higher earning the Japanese team a silver medal. The officials in the 2012 Olympics have made their impact for all of the wrong reasons as they have made some big mistakes costing athletes medals that they deserve. It is yet another story to follow as the Olympics enter the home stretch with more referees in the hot seat as tournaments end and medals are on the line.

 

The Canadian Story

 

Soccer Fallout

A day after the Canada vs. USA soccer game FIFA, governing body of international soccer, announced that the Canadians would be investigated due to a number of comments made about the referee prompting some to believe that captain Christine Sinclair could be suspended for their Bronze medal game on Thursday

 

Triathlon Strikes Again

Going into the Olympics the Triathlon seemed to be one of the strengths for Canada with Paula Findlay and Simon Whitfield poised for medals but it was not to be as Findlay finished in last place likely due to a previous injury and on Day 11 Whitfield followed suit dropping out of the race after a crash on the bicycle leg of the race

 

Unexpected Bronze Ends drought

Derek Drouin ended a 2012 Olympic track drought after finished in a three-way tie for third place that could not be solved with any amount of tiebreaker giving him one of three bronze medals in the high jump as he gave Canadians something to cheer for on a tough day for Canadians

 

Another Day of Disappointments

It was another day where Canadian favorites struggled with Simon Whitfield dropping out of the triathlon, Alexandre Despatie finishing 11th in the men’s 3m springboard after a rough year, and surprise medal hope Custio Clayton’s run ending due to a curious decision in the boxing ring

 

Day 11 Medal Results

 

Artistic Gymnastics:

Men’s Parallel Bars

Gold- Zhe Feng (China)

Silver- Marcel Nguyen (Germany)

Bronze- Hamilton Sabot (France)

 

Women’s Beam

Gold- Linlin Deng (China)

Silver- Lu Sui (China)

Bronze- Alexandra Raisman (USA)

 

Men’s Horizontal Bar

Gold- Epke Zonderland (Netherlands)

Silver- Fabian Hambuchen (Germany)

Bronze- Kai Zhou (China)

 

Women’s Floor Exercise

Gold- Alexandra Raisman (USA)

Silver- Catalina Ponor (Romania)

Bronze- Aliya Mustafina (Russia)

 

Athletics:

Men’s High Jump

Gold- Ivan Ukhov (Russia)

Silver- Erik Kynard (USA)

Bronze- Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar)

Bronze- Derek Drouin (Canada)

Bronze- Robert Grabarz (Great Britain)

 

Men’s Discus Throw

Gold- Robert Harting (Germany)

Silver- Ehsan Hadadi (Iran)

Bronze- Gerd Kanter (Estonia)

 

Women’s 100m Hurdles

Gold- Sally Pearson (Australia)

Silver- Dawn Harper (USA)

Bronze- Kellie Wells (USA)

 

Men’s 1,500m

Gold- Taoufik Makhloufi (Algeria)

Silver- Leonel Manzano (USA)

Bronze- Abdalaati Iguider (Morocco)

 

Cycling:

Women’s Track- Omnium

Gold- Laura Trott (Great Britain)

Silver- Sarah Hammers (USA)

Bronze- Annette Edmondson (Australia)

 

Men’s Track- Keirin

Gold- Chris Hoy (Great Britain)

Silver- Maximillian Levy (Germany)

Bronze- Simon van Velthooven (Australia)

 

Women’s Track- Sprint

Gold- Anna Meares (Australia)

Silver- Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)

Bronze- Shuang Guo (China)

 

Diving:

Men’s 3m Springboard

Gold- Ilya Zakharov (Russia)

Silver- Kai Qin (China)

Bronze- Chong He (China)

 

Sailing:

Men’s RS-X Class

Gold- Dorian van Russelberge (Netherlands)

Silver- Nick Dempsey (Great Britain)

Bronze- Przemyslaw Miarcynski (Poland)

 

Women’s RS-X Class

Gold- Marina Alabau Neira (Spain)

Silver- Tuuli Petaja (Finland)

Bronze- Zofia Noceti-Klepacka (Poland)

 

Table Tennis:

Women’s Team

Gold- China

Silver- Japan

Bronze- Singapore

 

Triathlon:

Men’s Triathlon

Gold- Alistair Brownlee (Great Britain)

Silver- Javier Gomez (Spain)

Bronze- Jonathan Brownlee (Great Britain)

 

Weightlifting:

Men’s +105kg

Gold- Behdad Salimikordasiabi (Iran)

Silver- Sajjad Anoushiravani Hamlabad (Iran)

Bronze- Ruslan Albegov (Russia)

 

Wrestling:

Men’s 96kg Greco-Roman

Gold- Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaei (Iran)

Silver- Rustam Totrov (Russia)

Bronze- Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)

Bronze- Jimmy Lidberg (Sweden)

 

Men’s 66kg Greco-Roman

Gold- Hyeonwoo Kim (South Korea)

Silver- Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)

Bronze- Manuchar Tskhadaia (Georgia)

Bronze- Steeve Guenot (France)

 

Day 12 Medal Events

 

Athletics:

Women’s Long Jump Final (3:05 pm)

Women’s 400m Hurdles Final (3:45 pm)

Women’s 200m Final (4:00 pm)

Men’s 110m Hurdles Final (4:15 pm)

 

Beach Volleyball:

Women’s Bronze Medal Match (2:00 pm)

Women’s Gold Medal Match (4:00 pm)

 

Boxing:

Women’s Flyweight (51kg) Semi-Finals [Losers receive Bronze Medals] (8:30 am)

Women’s Lightweight (60kg) Semi-Finals [Losers receive Bronze Medals] (9:00 am)

Women’s Middleweight (75kg) Semi-Finals [Losers receive Bronze Medals] (9:30 am)

 

Canoe/Kayak:

Men’s K1 Sprint 1,000m Final (4:30 am)

Men’s C1 Sprint 1,000m Final (4:48 am)

Men’s K2 Sprint 1,000m Final (5:16 am)

Women’s Sprint K4 500m Final (5:44 am)

 

Equestrian:

Individual Jumping Final (9:55 am)

 

Sailing:

Men’s 49er Class Medal Race (8:00 am)

 

Table Tennis:

Men’s Team Bronze Medal Match (6:00 am)

Men’s Team Gold Medal Match (10:30 am)

 

Taekwondo:

Women’s 49kg Bronze Medal Matches (3:00 pm)

Women’s 49kg Gold Medal Match (5:15 pm)

Men’s 58kg Bronze Medal Matches (3:15 pm)

Men’s 58kg Gold Medal Match (5:30 pm)

 

Wrestling:

Women’s 48kg Freestyle Bronze Medal Matches (12:45 pm)

Women’s 48kg Freestyle Gold Medal Match (2:03 pm)

Women’s 63kg Freestyle Bronze Medal Matches (12:45 pm)

Women’s 63kg Freestyle Gold Medal Match (2:48 pm)

 

Medal Table

#

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

China

34

21

18

73

2

USA

30

19

21

70

3

Great Britain

22

13

13

48

4

Russia

10

18

20

48

5

Japan

2

13

14

29

6

France

8

9

11

28

7

Germany

6

14

7

27

8

Australia

4

12

9

25

9

South Korea

12

5

6

23

10

Italy

7

6

4

17

12

Canada

1

3

7

11

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