Olympic Update: Day 14

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The Olympics have always been a major undertaking for every city to host as an entirely new city plan is created and executed in the span of five years. There are always going to be places where the host city can easily put a number of events but more often than not the city needs to create a number of new venues. It can be one of the biggest strains for the city as a number of events need the new buildings that cost a lot of money. The buildings are also created as a reflection of the games with the legacy of the Olympics squarely on the shoulders of these buildings. For years after the Olympics are gone these buildings will still be there and for many organizers they would like these buildings to bring up great memories. For this reason organizers look to make the best buildings with the most technology in order to make an impression on the world. Every Olympic host city looks for the same impression and for London it is clear that this was a focus for them. The venues in London have stolen the show during the Olympics as they have been some of the most impressive venues seen. A lot of this has to be because of London’s history and their availability of a number of iconic venues. This is seen with the obvious impressions that the soccer fields have made on the players and the rest of the world. With the English Premier League dominating the sports world in Great Britain there were plenty of venues to choose from. Soccer Stadiums like Old Trafford, the home to Manchester United, or the legendary Wembley Stadium have been the backdrop to Britain’s favorite sport. It does not stop there though as the tennis events have been held in one of the most legendary clubs in the world. The Wimbledon Tennis Club is home to the Wimbledon Championships in the most prestigious stop on the ATP and WTA tour. For many athletes it will be their first chance to play at the legendary tennis club and the setting is a perfect backdrop to the biggest sporting event in the world. The site of Wimbledon alone makes an impact as it sits as a seemingly fortress of tennis. Another great example is the Eton Dorney rowing centre known as one of the best rowing centres in the world and owned by Eton College, what is essentially the high school for the royal family. It is not all about the long-standing venues though as London has built many new and impressive buildings to host the Olympic events. Some of these buildings will not be around forever as an Olympic legacy but they will likely never be forgotten. Places like the Riverbank Stadium that is a temporary stadium and home to the field hockey tournament. It may not be the best looking place with scaffolding around an essentially boring area but what makes it unique is the bright blue field bordered by a pink sideline. It is one of the more unique facilities in the games and will likely be remembered despite being torn down after the games are finished. Possibly the most awe-inspiring venue is the Horse Guards Parade facility which is home to the beach volleyball competition. It is one of the most different aspects of the games with a new fast paced sport set against the traditional and famous 10 Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister of Great Britain. It is the perfect mix of the tradition and new age that has made the Olympics such a unique event. These venues will be gone after the games but the legacy will remain as they will be remembered forever. Meanwhile there will also be a number of new venues like the Olympic Stadium, the Velodrome (aka the Pringle), and the Aquatics Centre (with removable seats to reduce the capacity after the Olympics). These permanent venues will be the true legacy as they will be the images that remain after the Olympics leave. The venues in 2012 have been great and have stolen the show despite the amazing athletic feats. Despite issues before and throughout the Olympics in a number of different aspects one thing is for sure, the venues of the 2012 Olympics will be one of the best legacies of a great Olympic Games.

The Canadian Story

Another Bronze for Canada

Canadians took home another bronze medal on Day 14 as the 10km marathon open water swim produced the next Canadian medalist with Richard Weinberger winning the bronze medal in the gruelling event

 

Another Day of Close Calls

It seems to be becoming a theme for Canada as athletes get close to medals but cannot close the deal and Day 14 was more of the same with a number of athletes coming close to adding to the medal total but falling just short like Matt Gentry losing in his bronze medal match

 

Day 14 Medal Results

 

Athletics:

Women’s 5,000m

Gold- Meseret Defar (Ethiopia)

Silver- Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (Kenya)

Bronze- Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)

 

Women’s 4x100m Relay

Gold- USA

Silver- Jamaica

Bronze- Ukraine

 

Women’s 1,500m

Gold- Asli Caker Alptekin (Turkey)

Silver- Gamze Bulut (Turkey)

Bronze- Maryam Yusuf Jamal (Bahrain)

 

Men’s 4x400m Relay

Gold- Bahamas

Silver- USA

Bronze- Trinidad and Tobago

 

Men’s Pole Vault

Gold- Renaud Lavillenie (France)

Silver- Bjorn Otto (Germany)

Bronze- Raphael Holzdeppe (Germany)

 

Women’s Hammer Throw

Gold- Tatyana Lysenko (Russia)

Silver- Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland)

Bronze- Betty Heidler(Germany)

 

Cycling:

Women’s BMX

Gold- Mariana Pajon (Colombia)

Silver- Sarah Walker (Australia)

Bronze- Laura Smolders (Netherlands)

 

Men’s BMX

Gold- Maris Strombergs (Latvia)

Silver- Sam Willoughby (Australia)

Bronze- Carlos Mario Oquendo Zabala (Colombia)

 

Field Hockey:

Women’s Field Hockey

Gold- Netherlands

Silver- Argentina

Bronze- Great Britain

 

Sailing:

Men’s 470 Class

Gold- Matthew Belcher/Malcolm Page (Australia)

Silver- Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell (Great Britain)

Bronze- Lucas Calabrese/Juan de la Fuente (Argentina)

 

Women’s 470 Class

Gold- Jo Aleh/Olivia Poerie (Australia)

Silver- Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (Great Britain)

Bronze- Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout (Netherlands)

 

Swimming:

Men’s 10km Open Water Marathon

Gold- Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia)

Silver- Thomas Lurz (Germany)

Bronze- Richard Weinberger (Canada)

 

Taekwondo:

Women’s 67kg

Gold- Kyung Seon Hwang (South Korea)

Silver- Nur Tartar (Turkey)

Bronze- Paige MacPherson (USA)

Bronze- Helena Fromm (Germany)

 

Men’s 80kg

Gold- Sebastian Eduardo Crismanich (Argentina)

Silver- Nicolas GArcia Hemme (Spain)

Bronze- Lutalo Muhammad (Great Britain)

Bronze-Mauro Sarmiento (Italy)

 

Wrestling:

Men’s 74kg Freestyle

Gold- Jordan Ernest Burroughs (USA)

Silver- Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi (Iran)

Bronze- Denis Tsargush (Russia)

Bronze- Soslan Tigiev (Uzbekistan)

 

Men’s 55kg Freestyle

Gold- Dzhamal Otarsultanov (Russia)

Silver- Vladimer Kinchegashvili (Georgia)

Bronze- Shinichi Yumoto (Japan)

Bronze- Kyong Il Yang (North Korea)

 

Day 15 Medal Events

 

Athletics:

Men’s 50km Race Walk (4:00 am)

Women’s 20km Race Walk (12:00 pm)

Women’s High jump Final (2:00 pm)

Men’s Javelin Throw Final (2:20 pm)

Men’s 5,000m Final (2:30 pm)

Women’s 800m Final (3:00 pm)

Women’s 4x400m Relay (3:25 pm)

Men’s 4x100m Relay Final (4:00 pm)

 

Basketball:

Women’s Bronze Medal Game (12:00 pm)

Women’s Gold Medal Game (4:00 pm)

 

Boxing:

Men’s Light Flyweight (49kg) Gold Medal Bout (3:30 pm)

Men’s Bantamweight (56kg) Gold Medal Bout (3:45 pm)

Men’s Light Welterweight (64kg) Gold Medal Bout (4:15 pm)

Men’s Middleweight (75kg) Gold Medal Bout (4:45 pm)

Men’s Heavyweight (91kg) Gold Medal Bout (5:15 pm)

 

Canoe/Kayak:

Men’s K1 20mm Sprint Final (4:30 am)

Men’s C1 200m Sprint Final (4:47 am)

Women’s K1 200m Sprint Final (5:14 am)

Men’s K2 200m Sprint Final (5:41 am)

 

Cycling:

Women’s Mountain Biking- Cross Country (7:30 am)

 

Diving:

Men’s 10m Platform Final (3:30 pm)

 

Football/Soccer:

Men’s Gold Medal Match: Brazil vs. Mexico (10:00 am)

 

Rhythmic Gymnastics:

Individual All-Around Final (10:10 am)

 

Field Hockey:

Men’s Bronze Medal Match (10:30 am)

Men’s Gold Medal Match (3:00 pm)

 

Handball:

Women’s Handball Bronze Medal Match (12:00 pm)

Women’s Handball Gold Medal Match (3:30 pm)

 

Modern Pentathlon:

Men’s Modern Pentathlon Final Event (1:45 pm)

 

Sailing:

Women’s Elliott 6m Class Petite Final (7:00 am)

Women’s Elliott 6m Class Final (8:05 am)

 

Taekwondo:

Women’s +67kg Bronze Medal Bouts (3:00 pm)

Women’s +67kg Gold Medal Bout (5:15 pm)

Men’s +80kg Bronze Medal Bouts (3:15 pm)

Men’s 80kg Gold Medal Bout (5:30 pm)

 

Volleyball:

Women’ Bronze Medal Match (6:30 am)

Women’s Gold Medal Match (1:30 pm)

 

Wrestling:

Men’s 60kg Freestyle Bronze Medal Matches (12:45 pm)

Men’s 60kg Freestyle Gold Medal Match (1:46 pm)

Men’s 84kg Freestyle Bronze Medal Matches (12:45 pm)

Men’s 84kg Freestyle Gold Medal Match (2:21 pm)

Men’s 120kg Freestyle Bronze Medal Matches (12:45 pm)

Men’s 120kg Freestyle Gold Medal Match (2:56 pm)

 

Medal Table

#

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

USA

41

26

27

94

2

China

37

25

19

81

3

Russia

15

21

27

63

4

Great Britain

25

15

17

57

5

Germany

10

18

14

42

6

Japan

5

14

16

35

7

Australia

7

14

10

31

8

France

9

9

12

30

9

South Korea

12

7

7

26

10

Italy

7

6

8

21

11

Canada

1

5

11

17

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