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Great Britain savour golden day
BBC News ^ | 4th August 2012 | BBC News

Posted on 08/04/2012 2:43:53 PM PDT by the scotsman

'Great Britain claimed six gold medals and a silver on Day Eight of the London Games to enjoy their most successful day at an Olympics in 104 years.

The rowers started the celebrations with gold in the men's four and the women's lightweight double sculls.

The women's team pursuiters added track cycling gold in the London Velodrome.

Then Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah capped a historic day by winning the heptathlon, long jump and 10,000m at a jubilant Olympic Stadium.

Saturday's stunning series of successes keep the host nation third in the medals table with 14 golds, behind the United States and China.

Britain has now won 29 medals overall, having also taken seven silvers and eight bronzes at these Games.'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: olympics

1 posted on 08/04/2012 2:44:03 PM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

Brit men’s footballers lost to South Korea, though.

They’re out.


2 posted on 08/04/2012 2:47:39 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: the scotsman

That’ll throw a spanner in the works for our countrymen...so be it, I’m knackered.


3 posted on 08/04/2012 2:50:08 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: the scotsman

So at the closing ceremony, are they going to celebrate the British Rural Electrification Program?


4 posted on 08/04/2012 2:55:11 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: the scotsman

Congrats to our friends in Great Britain. Way to go folks...

I’m happy for you.


5 posted on 08/04/2012 3:01:32 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Vote Obama he's unqualified on so many subjects, citizenship, history, economics, racism, allies...)
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To: the scotsman

Always nice when the hometown folks do well.


6 posted on 08/04/2012 3:06:52 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: the scotsman

The 10,000 Meter race was electrifying.


7 posted on 08/04/2012 3:10:16 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator

And seeing the teammates (GB and USA) working together to get Gold and Silver was awesome.

Screen got a bit misty when Mo Farah picked up his beaming daughter. Great race.


8 posted on 08/04/2012 3:13:01 PM PDT by Betis70 (USA! USA! USA!)
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To: DoughtyOne

Thank you.

We’ll end up third behind you and China. 300m and 1.5b people respectively. For a nation of 60m people, thats a great achievement. Look at the great nations that are behind us.


9 posted on 08/04/2012 3:17:22 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman

A great honor indeed to be able to host the summer olympics.


10 posted on 08/04/2012 3:19:29 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: dfwgator; Betis70; Huskrrrr

Cheers.

Yes, it was a great race. Like Jessica Ennis’s last lap, I was jumping out of my seat and screaming at the telly twice in less than an hour, when Mo exploded and won.


11 posted on 08/04/2012 3:19:38 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: Betis70

I was just focusing on Rupp the whole time, when he moved into second I gave out a big yell.


12 posted on 08/04/2012 3:19:48 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: the scotsman

The big winner was Alberto Salazar.


13 posted on 08/04/2012 3:22:52 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: the scotsman

I was very happy to see this.


14 posted on 08/04/2012 3:24:23 PM PDT by berdie
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To: the scotsman

Truly a great nation of awesome sportsmen. Congratulations! Glad to see you outpace Germany. I thought that after Unification in 1990 they’d dominate European sports. Glad to see your countrymen rise to the challenge!

I think Americans got their love for sport from their British forebears.


15 posted on 08/04/2012 3:25:11 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: the scotsman

Just watched the men’s four in rowing (on DVR). Wow, what a race, GB took the lead early and never gave it up, excellent gold. GB, Australia, USA, 1-2-3.

Proud of our men getting the bronze, and not terribly far back from challenging for the silver.


16 posted on 08/04/2012 3:25:17 PM PDT by Betis70 (USA! USA! USA!)
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To: the scotsman

My pleasure. My ancestor’s stomping grounds were in that region of the world, and I think of Britain highly on my second tier level of nations.

Naturally the U. S. comes first, but you folks are very high on my list.

Continued good luck to you all.


17 posted on 08/04/2012 3:25:58 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Vote Obama he's unqualified on so many subjects, citizenship, history, economics, racism, allies...)
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To: the scotsman

I caught some of the heptathlon earlier today, but they haven’t shown it here on the main channel (where I my DVR set), maybe tonight. I hope so, she looked impressive in the hurdles, and did well in the high jump, but her shotput was a little shaky.


18 posted on 08/04/2012 3:29:12 PM PDT by Betis70 (USA! USA! USA!)
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To: dfwgator

Yeah that was a great last 100m or so for him. If he had that kick for 200m he might have gotten the gold (maybe). Did I hear right, that is the USA first medal in that event since 1964?


19 posted on 08/04/2012 3:31:25 PM PDT by Betis70 (USA! USA! USA!)
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To: the scotsman

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/07/04/article-2168570-13E738D8000005DC-73_634x924.jpg

http://www.the2012londonolympics.com/forum/attachments/athletes-preparing-london-2012/8677d1342905402-jessica-ennis-first-female-athlete-earn-%A31m-lucrative-sponsorship-deals-jessica-ennis-hot-athlete.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/05/25/article-0-0F30532300000578-220_634x368.jpg


20 posted on 08/04/2012 3:33:48 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman

I watched the 10,000 race..The crowd was roaring..Great race and great training buddy wins..Yea Brit Yea American.

I am happy to see a great day for the home teams..Congratulations Brits.


21 posted on 08/04/2012 3:37:19 PM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: dfwgator

Salazar was one happy coach.


22 posted on 08/04/2012 3:39:03 PM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: Betis70

Yes!


23 posted on 08/04/2012 3:40:38 PM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: Betis70
Yeah that was a great last 100m or so for him. If he had that kick for 200m he might have gotten the gold (maybe). Did I hear right, that is the USA first medal in that event since 1964?

Yes, I believe so. The (then-unheralded) Billy Mills won the 10,000 meters at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. As it happens, Rupp's silver was only the third medal that U.S. men have ever won in the Olympic 10,000 meters. Louis Tewanima took the silver at the Stockholm games in 1912, the first time that the 10,000 meter race had been held in the Olympics.

Interestingly enough, both Mills (Lakota Sioux tribe) and Tewanima (Hopi tribe) were American Indians.

24 posted on 08/04/2012 3:43:53 PM PDT by DSH
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To: Betis70

The only downer was the US men choking against the Russkies in Men’s Volleyball.

They were up 2 games to 0, with a match point in Game 3, and the Russians came all the way back to win.


25 posted on 08/04/2012 3:51:51 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: the scotsman

There is a lot to be said for having a home ground advantage.


26 posted on 08/04/2012 4:07:58 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Betis70

It was only the third medal in the 10,000 meters in 104 years. We won a silver in 1912 and a gold in 1964. We should really be celebrating Rupp’s achievement.


27 posted on 08/04/2012 4:27:45 PM PDT by kabar
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To: dfwgator

The Russians are the number one ranked team in the world and the heavy favorite for the gold. It was more of the more talented team rising to the challenge than the US choking. Give Russia credit for a deserved win.


28 posted on 08/04/2012 4:32:14 PM PDT by kabar
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To: ArmstedFragg
Bah humbug!

LOL!

29 posted on 08/04/2012 4:38:23 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: kabar

Once the Russians remembered how to actually serve, they pretty much dominated.


30 posted on 08/04/2012 4:40:38 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: the scotsman
Great Britain savour golden day

It should read "savours".

31 posted on 08/04/2012 5:51:53 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: Isabel C.
It should read "savours".

That's what I once thought, too. One of the first times I heard differently was announcers saying "England are" in reference to their national soccer team.

And since I often hear or see "are" or "savours", etc., used for singular words that represent a group of people.

No longer sure what is correct.

32 posted on 08/04/2012 6:29:34 PM PDT by Will88
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To: the scotsman

Well I’ll be cheering for Andy Murray to win gold in the men’s singles tomorrow. I’d like to see him take gold in the mixed doubles also but I’m not sure his partner is a strong enough player. Let’s hope she proves me wrong.


33 posted on 08/04/2012 7:33:38 PM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: the scotsman

And of course, Charlotte DuJardin on Valegro, for Great Britain, scored an unheard-of 83.663, a very nearly perfect performance in freestyle dressage. Twelve 10’s! The UK has reason to be proud of her. Someday we will do that well.


34 posted on 08/04/2012 7:34:30 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: the scotsman

Congratulations!


35 posted on 08/04/2012 7:39:26 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: DoughtyOne

Wish they could catch China, but good to see them ahead of France and Germany.


36 posted on 08/04/2012 8:42:42 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: wolfman23601

I agree. Nothing against France and Germany, but I do have a place in my heart for Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man. I’m not particularly an aficionado or even what I’d term familiar with the histories for the smaller entities, but my ancestors came from that region and I have some loyalties there.


37 posted on 08/04/2012 9:10:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Vote Obama he's unqualified on so many subjects, citizenship, history, economics, racism, allies...)
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To: the scotsman

WOW Jessica Ennis was terrific..Saw her great finish tonight..I caught myself singing God Save The Queen
;o)


38 posted on 08/04/2012 9:28:54 PM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: the scotsman
Yes, it was a great race.

As a Yank even I thought that race couldn't have ended better.

39 posted on 08/04/2012 11:07:17 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obamaid has to go.)
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To: ottbmare
And of course, Charlotte DuJardin on Valegro, for Great Britain, scored an unheard-of 83.663, a very nearly perfect performance in freestyle dressage.

The equestrian events have also been made special by the location - in Greenwich Park in front of the peerless Wren buildings. Indeed one of the many successes of these Games has been the choice of location for the events held away from the Olympic Park - such as the road time trials starting and finishing at Hampton Court, or the sailing at Weymouth. Best of all, however, and an inspired joke, has been the placing of the Games' least serious event, the beach volleyball (apologies to b.v. fans) in Horse Guards' Parade, which is just about the heart of the British Establishment.

40 posted on 08/05/2012 3:05:48 AM PDT by Winniesboy
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To: Winniesboy

I didn’t know volleyball was being done in Horse Guards! That’s pretty funny.


41 posted on 08/05/2012 5:25:12 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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