Athletics: Men's long jump
: Gregor Cankar
of Slovenia had the shortest best jump in the qualifyings at 7.32 metres; the winner's final jump was 8.59 metres. One athlete received no mark. Men's 400-metre hurdles
: Ibrahim Tondi
of Niger had the slowest heat time of 52.62 seconds; the winner's final time was 47.63 seconds. One athlete was disqualified for running outside his lane. Men's 200 metre
: Russel Roman
of Palau narrowly edged out a Japanese runner for the slowest heat time -- 24.59 seconds. The winner's final time was 19.79 seconds.
In the women's 3-metre springboard, Diamantina Georgatou
-- who we last saw finishing last in a synchronized diving event (results
) -- finished 33rd with a score of 157.56. The leader in the prelims -- who eventually finished 3rd -- had a score of 347.04.
In women's football ("soccer"), Greece
was ranked last at the end of the tournament.
-- or "field hockey" as we say in Canada (never say "ice hockey"): Spain
was 0-4 in the prelims and lost the 9-10 classification, finishing 10th. Reader George Brink
makes the call: "Spain have just come last in the Women's Olympic Hockey competition losing 4-3 to South Africa by a Golden Goal. This must be the cruelest way to come last having scored the first goal then having fought back from a 3-1 deficit to draw 3-3 at full time only to have the 9th position snatched away from them when South Africa scored the first goal in Extra Time."
upper-class twit of the year
modern pentathlon, Marcin Horbacz
of Poland finished 32nd with 4,388 points. He was 4:33 behind the winner, who had 5,480 points. Marcin started relatively strongly, placing 7th and 6th in the shooting and fencing portions, respectively (he's a better shot than the eventual medallists, for example), but a DNF
in the riding component put him out of the running. (The results seem to indicate a horse substitution?)
Some of you have been wondering, "Where's India?" Wonder no more. After 16 races, Indian sailors Malav Shroff
and Sumeet Patel
finished 19th in the 49er class, with a score of 292 total points, 253 net points. The winners had 91 and 67, respectively. (Lower is obviously better.)
In the men's triathlon, Marc Jenkins
of Great Britain finished 45th with a time of 2:05:33.60, nearly 14½ minutes behind the winner and about a minute and a half behind finisher number 44. There were four DNF
Water Polo: Kazakhstan
lost to Canada 4-10 in the women's 7th/8th classification game to finish 8th in women's water polo; they were 0-3 in the preliminary round. (Remember that there were only eight spots in this tournament.)
Standings to date:
After achieving its rightful place on the throne after my goof of the standings, Greece solidifies its lead with a seventh and eighth last-place finish, denying Poland a chance at the top.
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