Medals for Team GB: Gold: Men’s Cycling Sprint team, Peter Wilson – Double Trap, Men’s Canoe Slalom Pair. Silver: Men’s Canoe Slalom Pair, Gemma Gibbons – Judo, Men’s Lightweight Rowing Four
A day of surprises. Just as the nation was getting ready for the big boys of cycling and rowing to rescue the country from our medal doldrums up stepped all the other athletes to make a point. More to the point they showed the guts in adversity that had been missing from some of the earlier events
There are some interesting celebrity commentators emerging from the events. Ian Thorpe is a little eccentric. Physically the Thorpedo has an element of Avatar about him but he sometimes looks startled on camera. While the others have an awareness that the camera covers all three pundits he seems to think he’s offscreen unless he is actually talking. Poor Clare Balding tries to hold it together but she sometimes appears like the school mistress taking the kids on a school trip. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Tupperware box of egg sandwiches on the desk in front of them or a shot of her handing out CurlyWurlys to the two boys. Actually, there would be absolutely no room on the table for the egg sandwiches. The swimming commentary team could easily be filling out their tax returns they have so much paper in front of them.