In the women's team event, Poland
finished fourth in the ranking round but ended up 15th and last in the 1/8 eliminations. On the men's side, the archers from Greece
stayed in 13th place in both rounds.
Lots of heats going on in some events but, as with swimming, I'll wait until the final results before reporting the slowest heat times. Men's 20-km walk
: Park Chil Sung
of South Korea finished 41st with a time of 1:32:41, 13:01 behind the winner. Men's 10,000 metre
: David Galvan
of Mexico finished 21st with a time of 29:38.05, more than 2½ minutes behind the winner. Women's discus
: Tsvetanka Khristova
of Bulgaria threw the shortest final distance -- 43.25 metres -- in the qualifying rounds; the winner's distance in the final was 67.02 m. Women's 100 metre
: Somali sprinter Fartun Abukar Omar
had the slowest heat time of 14.29 seconds; the winner's final time was 10.93 seconds. Women's heptathlon
: In this gruelling two-day event,
Shen Shengfei of China finished last with 4949 points
]; the winner had 6952 points.
Canoe/Kayak (Slalom Racing):
In the men's C2, Australia's Mark Bellofiore
and Lachie Milne
finished 12th in the heats with a combined time of 278.36 seconds, more than 77 seconds behind the fastest heat time. In the men's K1, Jens Ewald
of Germany finished 25th in the heats with a combined time of 250.09 seconds, more than 63 seconds behind the fastest heat time.
Cycling: Tamilla Abassova
of Russia finished 12th in the women's 500-metre time trial with a speed of 51.213 km/h; the winner's speed was 53.016 km/h. In the men's 1-kilometre time trial, Radoslav Konstantinov
of Bulgaria's speed of 54.327 km/h earned him 17th place; the winner's speed was 59.297 km/h. In the men's individual pursuit, Hossein Askari
of Iran did not advance to the heats after his 15th-place result in the qualifiers (there was one DNS
). Nor did the team from Slovakia
advance after their 12th-place finish in the qualifying round of the men's team sprint.
In the team dressage event, Switzerland
finished 10th with a score of 65.653 per cent; the winning team's score was 74.653 per cent.
In the complicated event of jumping up and down on a trampoline, very low scores on the second routine during the qualifying round (indicating an incomplete routine on account of bouncing off the damn thing, presumably) pushed the following competitors into last place. Tatiana Petrenia
finished 16th with a score of 32.90 (the highest qualifying score was 66.80); on the men's side, it was Peter Jensen
of Denmark with a score of 32.70 (the highest score during that round was 69.10).
I wish I knew what I was doing. If I read the results right, everyone in rowing makes it to a final, it's just a matter of which. So for our purposes, it's a matter of finding the last-place finisher in the lowest (e.g., D or E) final. Women's single sculls
: Doaa Moussa
, Egypt (D final). Men's single sculls
: Ibrahim Githaiga
, Kenya (E final). Men's pairs
: Czech rowers Adam Michalek
and Petre Imre
did not make it out of the repechage. Women's pairs
: Sophie Balmary
and Virginie Chauvel
finished last in the B final, but their time of 7:17.94 would have placed them fifth in the A final. Women's double sculls
: Ironically, the B final was faster than the A final (where the medals were awarded), but Russian rowers Olga Samulenkova
and Yulya Kalinovskaya
finished last there; if they had rowed that time in the A final, they'd have won the silver. Men's double sculls
: Lithuanians Kestutis Keblys
and Einaras Siadvytis
had the slowest time in the repechage and did not advance to the semis. Men's fours
did not make it out of the repechage.
In the men's 470, Peter Czegai
and Csaba Cserep
of Hungary finished 27th. Elisabetta Saccheggiani
and Myriam Cutolo
of Italy finished 20th in the women's 470. In the men's finn class, Estonia's Imre Taveter
finished 25th. And in the yngling class, the three-woman crew of Lisa Ross
, Chantal Léger
and Deirdre Crampton
(Canada) finished 16th.
We have a tie for last place in the women's 50-metre rifle, three positions event: both Divna Pesic
of Macedonia (we've seen her before) and Kim Frazer
of Australia finished 32nd with 555 points in the qualifying rounds. In the men's 50-metre rifle, prone, Reinier Estpinan
of Cuba finished 46th in qualifying with 581 points. And Australia's Bruce Quick
finished 17th in the men's 25-metre rapid-fire pistol: he had 571 points.
wrapped up during these two days. Women's 200-metre backstroke
: It looks like something happened to Shu Zhan
of China during her heat: she led at the 100-metre mark but was seventh at 150 metres. She ended up with the slowest heat time, 2:31.56, even slower than the Uzbek. For comparison, the winner's final time was 2:09.19. Men's 100-metre butterfly
: Palestinian Rad Aweisat
had the slowest heat time at 1:01.60; the winner's final time was 51.25 seconds. Women's 800-metre freestyle
: Khadija Ciss
of Senegal had the slowest heat time, at 9:20.05; the fastest time in the final was 8:24.54. Men's 50-metre freestyle
: Lots of competitors in the heats here from countries that, shall we say, are not known to be swimming powerhouses. (Okay, which wiseacre said "Canada"?) But someone had to have the slowest time, and it was Yona Walesi
of Malawi, at 34.11 seconds; the winner's final time was 21.93 seconds. Women's 50-metre freestyle
: Ditto. Laotian swimmer Vilayphone Vongphachanh
's time was 36.57 seconds; the winner's final time was 24.58 seconds. Men's 1,500-metre freestyle
: Not an event for guys who've just learned to swim. The slowest time -- 16:26.52 -- was put in by Juan Carlos Miguel Mendoza
of the Philippines. Compare that to the winner's time of 14:43.40. Women's 4×100-metre medley relay
: It's Switzerland
with a time of 4:15.54; the winning time in the final was 3:57.32. Men's 4×100-metre medley relay
's team had the slowest heat time, 3:44.41; the winning time in the final was 3:30.68. Relay team results are a lot closer, yes? And that's it for swimming.
In the women's 75-kg event, Marie Jesika Dalou
of Mauritius was well behind the pack, lifting a combined weight of 130 kg; the next-to-last competitor lifted 207.5 kg and the winner lifted 272.5 kg. In the womens plus-75-kg category, Ivry Shaw
of Fiji lifed 185 kg; the winner lifted 305 kg -- the results were more spread out than in other categories, but then so were the competitors' body weights. And Julian McWatt
of Guyana finished last in the men's 85-kg event, lifting 272.5 kg; the winner lifted 382.5 kg.
Standings to date:
Remind me not to do two days at once again, would you? Anyway, all countries in the "top" 20 have more than one last-place finish. About one-third of the countries participating in Athens now have at least one last-place finish. The top five -- with four or more last-place finishes -- have large teams: their last-place finishers tend to come from their second or third entries in an event, or they're finishing last in a team event with limited entries -- Burkina Faso tends not to enter equestrian competitions -- and with pre-Olympic qualifications.
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