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    Yeah the table tennis and badminton are always fun (but do always make me bemoan the decision to choose golf and rugby sevens over squash for inclusion at the next Olympics. Rugby is a great idea, but golf? The Olympics isn't the biggest event out there for golf but it absolutely would be for squash).

    I remembered really enjoying canoe slalom last time round and it is indeed still excellent, for the same reasons as skiing I guess, great physical strength and superb technique needed but to get the best times you have to take risks, so there will always be a few complete cock ups or dramatic moments when someone completely tears up a specific part of the course. Love it.

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    In non Olympic related matters I was pleased to see Hamilton win this weekend and McLaren generally look better.

    Also I see Jack Wilshire has been ruled out until October now. I worry that injuries are going to mean he never quite lives up to his promise and we end up with another Jermaine Jenas/Kieron Dyer on our hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timofee View Post
    In non Olympic related matters I was pleased to see Hamilton win this weekend and McLaren generally look better.
    Finally! And shit, I should've seen that while it was on live
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    Great performance from Lotus as well.

    Back to the Olympics and the swimming 4x100 relay was a treat. I love it when an event is billed as a battle between two teams and someone else steps up and causes a shock. As a Scot I don't have the same hangs ups about French success as people from England seem to do but all the same it felt rather odd to be cheering them on! Nice work from Adlington to get a bronze, the fact her time was faster than Beijing hopefully bodes well for the 800m.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timofee View Post
    Also I see Jack Wilshire has been ruled out until October now. I worry that injuries are going to mean he never quite lives up to his promise and we end up with another Jermaine Jenas/Kieron Dyer on our hands.
    Yeh it's a real shame. We only just got over losing Dean Ashton and Hargreaves. I'm totally gutted, it will be touch and go now whether he will ever fully recover, usually when players are out for over a year they are beset by problems for the rest of their career. I love how at the time Wenger was bitching about him playing for the u21's and the full team then goes and gets him killed on some pre-season American tour.

    Seriously the first time we bring through a proper technical midfielder in forever and this happens. -.-

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    Here's a thought I just had which if you'd told me on Friday I'd be having this morning I would probably have laughed in your face:

    "Fuck, I'm going to miss all of the judo today."

    SINCE WHEN DID I LIKE WATCHING JUDO? I mean, it's since Saturday but you get the point.
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    I've been watching and enjoying a bunch of sports I've never really sat down and watched before, but to someone who doesn't quite understand it, judo seems really impenetrable and dull. Lots of brief grappling with no result.

    Though to be fair, dressage is like a billion times worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timofee View Post
    In non Olympic related matters I was pleased to see Hamilton win this weekend and McLaren generally look better.
    Yup, and the more points he and Kimi take from the Red Bull cars the better. Just as long as he doesn't get too close to Alonso's Ferrari, of course. Next stop Spa Francorchamps!

    I haven't yet seen anything of the Olympics. It's a little odd how suddenly all the sports that are never in the newspaper become headline news, but I suppose it's a nice event for those that are enthusiastic about the sports. It's a bit of a world championship, after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TillEulenspiegel View Post
    I've been watching and enjoying a bunch of sports I've never really sat down and watched before, but to someone who doesn't quite understand it, judo seems really impenetrable and dull. Lots of brief grappling with no result.

    Though to be fair, dressage is like a billion times worse.
    My understanding is that Judo is about two people holding onto each other, wobbling slightly, and then letting go. Eventually someone falls over. Then they are declared the winner.
    Irrelevant on further examination of the rest of the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NathanH View Post
    My understanding is that Judo is about two people holding onto each other, wobbling slightly, and then letting go. Eventually someone falls over. Then they are declared the winner.
    I like that description. It's the only event I've not spent any time watching. Nor do I intend watching any. Even the Equestrian got 5 minutes of my time this afternoon.

    Beach Volleyball is my most watched, it is really entertaining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbick View Post
    Beach Volleyball is my most watched, it is really entertaining.
    Aside from the bikinis?
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    If judo went on for any longer I couldn't be doing with it, but being quite short and the possibility of being ended immediately (and that that end isn't just about brute force) is quite appealing to me.
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    Damn shame that Squash wasn't included in this years Olympics. Just sayin'

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    A good day for us so far, and could be more to come. Gemma Gibbons in today's women's judo final in about five minutes.
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    Shame that she didn't win, but blimey, we've done well in the last hour and a bit. I really needed to go out and do stuff today, but the cycling is still to come.
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    Good day at the office for the Brits and Chris "is it to soon to call him Lord?" Hoy. Shame about the woman's sprint team, but these things happen in track cycling, wouldn't be surprised to see some more dramatic relegations (it's how Pendleton won the world championship after all).

    The judo medal was something truly unexpected and delightful. Plus I was really glad to see the domination of the pairs event in the canoe slalom. It's such a fun sport to watch and after all the British disappointments so far it was fantastic to see gold and silver go our way. Plus Murray is closing in on another final at Wimbledon, but that pesky Novak Djokovic stands in his way. Should be an entertaining match. Ooh and athletics is starting soon! Woo!

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    It was just fantastic to watch today, the crowd shook the earth and I've never heard so many "I don't believe it!" reactions from commentators in one go.

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    Brilliant day for the Brits yesterday. The canoe boys were outstanding, so exciting.

    The only sour point yesterday, apart from the GB girls going out of the beach VB, was the rather good South African batting at Headingly.

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    Gotta watch the Finals for Badminton. Not sure who'll win but Dan's a bit better than Chong Wei, so it's a bit of a worry for me
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    THAT WAS HUGE!

    I doubt GB will ever win 3 athletics golds in one night ever again. Just astounding. Ennis supreme, Farah blitzed the last lap in style (probably the bit of the day I was most shouty and excited about) and an bonus unexpected gold for Rutherford too.

    Add that to the golds in the rowing and cycling (not to mention the world record in the pursuit) and that makes for one of the best days of sport I've ever seen - and I watch a lot of sport. Phenomenal, stupendous, glorious.

    Plus away from the Brits seeing Phelps win another gold in his last race was another wonderful moment.

    I'm going to stop before I run out of superlatives.

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