Day 10. Monday August 15th

In the small hours of the morning, GB’s talented 1500m runner Laura Muir qualified comfortably for the final. It completed an incredible grand slam. Yesterday at least fifteen realistic GB medal hopes competed. Every single one of them performed to their best.

As well as the brilliant, brilliant golds, and Louis Smith and Callum Skinner, and Nick Dempsey’s windsurfing silver there was also…

Becky James and Katy Marchant making serene progress in the sprints

Giles Scott guaranteeing sailing gold for Tuesday.

Josh Buatsi impressing again in moving forward to the semi finals and a guaranteed bronze.

Savannah Marshall winning her first fight

Mark Cavendish putting himself in a promising position in the omnium.

Given the drama of the golf and the tennis, the history making of Whitlock, not one but two 1-2 finishes, this was simply  difficult to believe. Add Bolt smashing Gatlin, and arguably the most incredible Olympic race in history in the men’s 400m, and that was  the best day’s sport that I have ever seen. And what did I do when it had all finished? Watched a recording of Arsenal vs Liverpool.

Realistically, this gold rush is going to slow down. Nonetheless what this Olympics has shown is that you don’t know. Anyway we have three decent shots at gold today,,,,,,,

In the words of Echo and the Bunnymen in their magisterial 1985 hit, Bring on the Dancing Horses. Since 2012 glory, dressage has taken over the nation. Barely a day goes by without me seeing some sort of street dressage contest on the streets of South London. Routines have become more diverse, and 2015 saw a welcome return for grime. Clare Balding has seen Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro’s new routine and has proclaimed it as amazing. Let us hope it is.

Omnium

I don’t have a clue who is going to win the men’s omnium tonight. I do know that fans will be hoping that Cavendish breaks his Olympic hoodoo. He has a fighting chance.

ALSO TODAY

Firm favourite Laura Trott goes on Day 1 of the women’s omnium.

James and Marchant continue in the women’s sprints.

In what seems a favourable draw our ladies’ hockey team play a quarter final against Spain.

Allyson Felix, David Rudisha and Renaud Lavillenie go for gold in the women’s 400m, and men’s 800m and pole vault. Difficult to see past any of them.

USA vs Brazil looks like the pick of the men’s beach volleyball quarterfinals.

 

There will of course be shocks and surprises. But for now I shall be wallowing in the memories of a Sunday that was by some margin Britian’s greatest day in an overseas Olympics.

 

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