Stazjia’s Commentary

Great Britain wins 4 Olympic gold medals today

Posted on: August 16, 2008

Britain claimed the Rowing Men's Four title at the Beijing Olympics on Saturday, finishing the 2,000-meter final race in six minutes and 6.57 seconds.

Britain claimed the Rowing Men's Four title at the Beijing Olympics on Saturday, finishing the 2,000-meter final race in six minutes and 6.57 seconds.

Today was a fantastic day for Great Britain at the Olympics. We won 4 gold medals as well as silver and bronze.

All the predictions were that we would win several medals today and this was proved right. The one a lot of people here in the UK wanted to win most was the men’s coxless four 2000m rowing because that’s the one we’ve won in previous Olympics with Sir Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinson. Who can forget Pinson sobbing his heart out when he and his crew mates won the gold at the Athens Olympics four years ago?

Everybody watching the final today must have had their heart in their mouth because it looked, with 500m to go, as if Britain was struggling to get a medal of any kind. The team put in another effort, pulled hard and started to overtake the boats ahead. It was almost unbelievable when they crossed the line about half a boat length ahead of the silver medal position. I was watching the race on TV all on my own. As the team began their big pull and started to gain on the other boats, I leapt to my feet and started jumping up and down waving my arms in the air like a lunatic. My dogs certainly thought I’d taken leave of my senses.

Rebecca Adlington wins gold in world record

Women's 800m Freestyle: Rebecca Adlington wins gold in world record

The first gold winning performance I saw this morning was Becky Adlington winning the Women’s 800m freestyle. She won in magnificent style, there were no worries at all that anybody would catch her. As an added bonus, she broke the world record for the event which had stood for 19 years. The record had stood at 8 mins 16.22 secs and was set in 1989, when Becky was about 6 months old. Her time was 8 mins 14.10 secs. This comes after winning gold in the women’s 400m on Monday, making her the first British female swimmer to win gold since Anita Lonsborough in 1960. Her win today made her the first British swimmer of either sex to be a double gold winner at the Olympics for 100 years.

Hoy wins second gold medal

Men's Keirin (Cycling): Hoy wins second gold medal

We did so well in the track cycling events and got two more gold medals todays. One was for the Men’s Keirin and this was won by Chris Hoy who had already won a gold for the Men’s Team Sprint yesterday with his team mate Edgar Ross winning the silver.

The other was for the Men’s Individual Pursuit and this was won by Bradley Wiggins in another great performance in which he broke the Olympic record. As an added bonus, Britain’s Stephen Burke won the bronze.

Bradley Wiggins poses with his gold medal.

Bradley Wiggins poses with his gold medal.

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