It made me smile when the USA women's football team crashed out on penalties to Sweden in the quarter-finals.
They've "owned" this trophy and there was a demonstration of bad sports-womanship by their goalkeeper Hope Solo, when she needed to save the sixth kick in te penalty-shoot out. She delayed the proceedings by requesting a new pair of gloves and the referee let her! There was nothing wrong with the ones she'd played in for 120 minutes, it was sheer gamesmanship. Fortunately she only needed them to pick the ball out of the back of the net.
I've watched most on my recordings. The athletics were poorly supported by spectators, but the sprint starts where the competitors are close to the stand were constantly interrupted by unnecessary noise.
They should have been using the "shuuuushhh," feature on the public address, that has been so successful before the starts at other big meets.
Always fast forward through the unnecessary "How did you feel?" interviews by Phil Jones, the moment an athlete steps of the track and they're still gasping for air.
Enjoyed the Adcocks in the badminton, not always easy when the competitors are married to each other.
I hope Jess can do it today. Katarina really let herself down. It showed that she hasn't devoted enough time practising her weakest event. Increasing power is the hardest part and no one can be blamed for not being as strong as other athletes, but to get the technique wrong is a different matter.
Still looking forward to see Laura Trott, such an incredible power to weight ration a fantastic competitive brain every time she competes in the elimination races. I hope she does it over Sarah Hammer in the Omnium again.
Andy Murray, is he trying to wind us up each time?
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I'm intrigued to know how you can be so certain that KJT hadn't done enough practice, or for that matter Steve Backley either, only KJT and her coach will know that, there are any number of reasons for her struggling in that discipline.