On This Day, July 27

Posted on 27th Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

TGIF?  Me too! 

Today (UK time) sees the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London… so, on this day, let’s have a look at what could be Gold for Australian competitors between now and August 12…

Oh.  The Games actually started a couple of days ago with the women’s soccer (or as they call it in England, Women’s Football).  Our Matilda’s missed the cut so we are allowed to become proxy Kiwis when we don’t have Aussies in with a chance.  Unfortunately the Kiwi Ferns went down to Great Britain 1-0.  Aussies to watch…

Tomorrow, Stephanie Rice in the 400m IM (she got a gold gong in Beijing for this event) – American Elizabeth Beisel is the threat…

Sunday – Mens 4 x 100m could be ours even though Michael Phelps is back for the Americans – we will see that Phelps and raise it with one Magnussen and a Sullivan.  Expect a World Record.

Monday – Andrew Hoy, at 53, saddles up for a record seven Olympics for Australia – he’s won three Gold Medals so far – today it is the cross country…

Tuesday – all eyes on swimming bad boy, Nick D’Arcy, in the 200m Butterfly.  I’m happy for Phelps to win this one and our boy come fourth by the shortest of margins.  He shouldn’t be at the Games but, seeing he is, I can only wish him as much disappointment as possible.

Wednesday – James Magnussen in the 100m heats and final.  Go you good thing!

Thursday – semi-finals in the Men’s Fours Rowing… the Poms have won at the last three Games – how sweet if we could win the final on Saturday…

Friday – James Magnussen in the 50m heats and final.  Go you good thing!

I’ll be following the Games with regular updates here.

A bit of London Games trivia – Moe Sbihi is set to become Britain’s first Muslim rower, and has pledged to donate 1800 meals to the poor to make up for not observing Ramadan, which clashes with the Games.  Guess that’s like purchasing forgiveness with a bunch of Hail Mary’s and rosaries in the Catholic faith?