Team GB disappointment on opening day
Team GB have been disappointing so far during the 2012 London Olympics, having not yet gained a medal.
The only saving grace was the women’s football team, who have managed two wins in their opening two matches, beating New Zealand 1-0 and Cameroon 3-0. The men’s football team could only muster a 1-1 draw against the gigantic Senegal.
Mark Cavendish was supposed to be a certainty for the gold during the men’s road race, but nobody from Britain could get in the medal positions.
Rebecca Adlington also managed to salvage a bit of pride for GB, managing to just squeak into the final of the 400m freestyle.
But practically all other GB athletes have been eliminated from their respective competitions.
Middlesbrough’s own Paul Drinkhall impressed in the table tennis as he beat the reigning Commonwealth Games men’s singles champion and goes through to the third round.
The majority of swimmers are out along with competitors from badminton, archery, volleyball and men’s double tennis among others.
Anthony Ogogo looks good for a medal in the boxing, and Purchas and Hunter in the lightweight double sculls.
Obviously it is only early days, and lots of sports haven’t even started yet, but it hasn’t been very good so far, and it looks like the occasion has affected the home athletes.
Hopefully there will be someone soon who will step up to the plate and grab a gold – or at least a podium.
The women’s basketball team put in a fantastic display against Australia, and only narrowly lost. Against such a bigger, more physical and, frankly, better side, it was a very good performance to only be beaten by 16 points.
GB are expected a lot of medals in the velodrome and on the water in the rowing, but if they go the same was as some of the GB favourites so far, then it isn’t going to be a very successful games.
Compliments have to be given to the men’s gymnasts, as they have completely outdone themselves and they have got themselves into the final. Nobody expects them to get a medal, but it’s fantastic that they’ve got this far.
We got 47 medals at Beijing in 2008, and I still think we will get more medals than that during these Olympics, but we just haven’t got off to a great start. Give it time and we’ll start the medal haul.