Athletics: Men's 50-km walk
: Janos Toth
of Hungary finished 41st with a time of 4:29:33, nearly 51 minutes behind the winning time of 3:38:46 and a bit more than 9 minutes behind finisher number 40. There were eight DNF
s and five DQ
s for breaking into a run. Men's pole vault
: Several vaulters only cleared the opening height of 5.30 metres and no more, but the last-place finish goes, in a tie, to Kim Yoo-Suk
(pun not intended) of Korea and Marios Evaggelou
of Greece, because they only cleared 5.30 metres on their third attempt. The winner cleared 5.95 metres in the final. Five vaulters received no mark. Women's long jump
: Svetlana Pessova
of Turkmenistan's best jump in the prelims was 5.64 metres; the winner's best jump in the final was 7.07 metres. Two jumpers received no mark. Women's javelin
: Samoan Patsy Selafina Akeli
had a best throw of 45.93 metres; the winner's best final throw was 71.53 metres. One athlete received no mark. Men's 110-metre hurdles
: Edy Jakariya
of Indonesia had the slowest heat time of 14.11 seconds; the winner's final time was 12.91 seconds. Women's 10,000 metre
: Natalia Cherches
(mais elle ne le trouve pas) of Moldova finished 27th with a time of 34:04.97; the winner's time was 30:24.36. Four DNF
s (including Paula Radcliffe, since some of you are probably wondering). Women's 4×100 relay
widens its lead with a reasonably respectable (it seems to me) 44.45-second result in the prelims; the winning time in the final was 41.73 seconds, and there were three DNF
s, two in the heats and one in the final.
Canoe/Kayak (Flatwater Racing):
I'm guessing that wind was a factor in these events, because in many cases the slowest times were in the final -- everyone, including the winners, was slower. In many cases I'm going to have to go to place rather than time. Men's 1,000-metre K1
: Tony Lespoir
(Seychelles) had the slowest time in the prelims at 4:17.128, at least half a minute behind anyone else; the winner's final time was 3:25.897. Men's 1,000-metre C1
: Paddling for Croatia, Emanuel Horvaticek
's time of 4:27.115 was just marginally slower than the next-slowest preliminary result, but both of them were well back; the winner's time in the final was 3:46.201. Women's 500-metre K4
: The foursome from the United States
were the only team not to advance to the final. Men's 1,000-metre K2
: Danila Turchin
and Michail Tarasov
(Uzbekistan) were the only team not to advance from the first round. Men's 1,000-metre C2
: Jordan Malloch
and Nathan Johnson
(United States) finished last in the repechage. Men's 1,000-metre K4
: The foursome from Uzbekistan
did not make it out of the repechage. (I'm not sure they call it a repechage, but it functions as one: top finishers in the prelims get a bye to the final, where the bottom end competes in a semifinal where one or more may be eliminated.)
In the women's mountain bike event, Cypriot Elina Sofocleous
finished 24th. No time was recorded; she was two laps back. Six riders did not finish.
Argentina's Federico Sztyrle
finished 77th; he and his horsie, "Who Knows Lilly", retired after the first qualifier.
After an 0-5 record in the pool matches and losses to South Africa and Argentina in the classification round, Egypt
finished 12th in men's field hockey. George Brink
wrote in with the following commentary about Egypt's feat in qualifying for the Games:
The automatic qualifiers for the Games are the Continental Champions so while the other game features the European Champions and the Oceania Champions the last place game had the Pan American Champions, Argentina, and the African Champions, Egypt, in it. Egypt won the African Championships as a complete surprise by beating African powerhouse South Africa so it would have been difficult to get a decent bet on them coming last in the Games. Egypt happily fulfilled expectations by losing the 11th/12th place playoff to Argentina, who for most were complete surprise contenders for this position. Still congratulations to Egypt for getting to their first Olympic Games ever.
Thanks to a DNF
in the equestrian portion, Federica Foghetti
of Italy finished 32nd with 4,228 points and was 5:05 behind the winner, who had 5,448 points. Due to the horsey problems in both modern pentathlon events, competitors will be given a choice of mounts in 2008: (1) horse; (2) camel; (3) yak; and (4) Komodo dragon -- cloned velociraptors are not likely to be ready by that time.
Only eight entrants in the team synchronized swimming event, and Greece
finished eighth; their score of 92.750 was 6.751 points behind that of the winners.
Standings to date:
What can I say? Greece, Greece and more Greece: Greece's lead widens with three more last-place finishes, eleven overall. The United States and Uzbekistan, with two more last-place finishes each from the canoe/kayak events, take third and fourth places. Croatia, Indonesia and the Seychelles make their first appearances. And Samoa joins Brunei and Somalia in the 100 per cent club -- with as many last-place finishes as athletes.
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