London Olympics was high on controversies as four badminton women’s doubles teams were disqualified from the event. The four teams, who have already qualified for the knock-out stages, deliberately tried to lose their matched in order to avoid tougher opponents in the quarters and semis. The eight athletes belonged to China, Korea and Indonesia. Yu Yang, one of the Chinese athletes, has announced her intention to quit the sport after the inglorious ouster.
On the medal count, Chinese continue to dominate as they increased their tally to 30, including 17 gold. The United States are a close second with 29 medals, of which 12 are gold. Unfazed by the controversies surrounding them, the Koreans continue to march up the medal table, dispatching France from the third place.
Five more nations entered the medal list, taking the overall count to 48.
July 31, 2012
The Chinese medal quest seems unstoppable as they won six more medals today, four among them being the coveted yellow metal. The Chinese also won their first ever medal in men’s swimming relay, thanks to Sun Yang who propelled the team from fifth place to third in the last leg. They have also dominated the diving arena, winning three golds in as many competitions.
The Chinese are closely followed by the United States, off to a slow start, who are now level with them in the medals tally. Swimming continues to the bulk contributor to the USA, who have won all but seven medals in this discipline. Their talisman, Michael Phelps became the most accomplished Olympian of all time when he propelled his country to facile victory in the 800-metre freestyle relay, his 19th medal in the Olympics. Phelps also claimed a silver medal in the 200m butterfly after he lost to South African Chad de Clos by just 0.05 seconds.
The French are a distant third in the table with eleven medals. Four out of those were won in Judo while five more were from the swimming discipline, including three gold. The Koreans follow them in the fourth place with 8 medals. Korean athletes continue to dominate in archery, winning a gold and a bronze.
Thirty four countries have opened their medals tally as of now and more can be expected to follow suit.
July 27 to July 30, 2012
The London 2012 Olympics got off to a spectacular start on the 27th of July 2012. Conceptualized by the Academy award-winning director Danny Boyle, the gala opening ceremony was witnessed by millions and millions of people all around the world. The colorful celebrations gave way to intense battles among nations on the field.
China demonstrated its dominance once again winning the first gold of the tournament and quickly raced past other countries. The Asian giants have already won 17 medals, 9 of them being gold. Chinese sportsmen have won two golds each in diving, shooting, swimming and weightlifting. Though the Chinese sat atop the gold medal tally in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, they finished behind the United states in the overall tally. However, this time around they look better equipped to go past the Americans.
At the end of day four, the Americans have won as many medals as the Chinese but only five of those are gold. A major chunk of the American medal tally comes from the swimming discipline, which has contributed 12 medals including four gold. Meanwhile, the hosts Great Britain have managed to win only three medals and are yet to open their gold medal account.
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