Magic Mo-ments in 5,000 Metres
August 12, 2012 01:59 am
MAGIC Mo Farah led the way on the penultimate day of the London 2012 Olympics, adding 5,000-metre Gold to his 10,000-metre gong as Team GB continued to send shockwaves through the medal table.
And while Farah secured GB’s 27th Gold in the Olympic Stadium, bantamweight boxing ace Luke Campbell was preparing for an ultimately successful Gold medal bout against Ireland’s John Joe Nevin which took the tally to 28 Gold medals.
Earlier in the day, kayak king Ed McKeever had powered his way to Gold in the K1 200 metres at Eton Dorney, and Liam Heath and Jon Schofield took bronze in the kayak double just 30 minutes later.
The Games may be coming to a close, but Team GB show no sign of letting up in their assault on the medal table.
Magic Mo-ments in 5,000 Metres
It had shades of Dame Kelly Holmes’ twin victories at the Athens Olympics, and Mo Farah’s face as he crossed the line bore all the same hallmarks of a heroic, historic performance.
Determined to lead from the front, Farah held off an international onslaught of 5,000-metre talent as he gave it his all in a final charge for the line in a packed Olympic Stadium.
And having secured 5,000-metre Gold to add to the 10,000-metre Gold he won seven days previously, Farah, said: “It’s a dream! Two Gold medals – who would’ve thought that?
"And my twins are coming. They could arrive any day and the doctors told us they could arrive any time in the next 12 days. It's amazing!
"The crowd made an unbelievable noise. I'd just like to thank everyone who has supported me all my career, all my coaches down the years who have contributed to this win.”
Frantic BBC backroom staff were left re-arranging the studio furniture as pundits performed their now trademark on-air theatrics, but in Farah’s case you couldn’t blame them.
There was not a soul in the stadium who wasn’t willing him on to a victory which he claimed in 13:41.66, just 0.32sec ahead of his nearest rival, Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia, while Kenyan Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa took third.
Kayak king McKeever powers to Gold
Ed McKeever stormed to victory in the men’s 200-metre kayak final at Eton Dorney on Saturday, taking the Gold medal ahead of Spain’s Saul Craviotto Rivero.
McKeever, 28 and from Bath, led from the start and finished in a time of 36.246 seconds, clinching GB’s second canoe sprint Gold medal.
"I'm so happy,” he said afterwards. “I'm so happy to do it front of a home crowd. I was like a kid at Christmas this morning waiting to open his presents. I get to open those presents soon.
"A hard wind made the race a bit longer. I wanted to focus on the first three strokes, I wanted to nail them and hopefully the rest sorted itself out which it did."
Campbell takes another boxing Gold
Hull bantamweight Luke Campbell captured Team GB’s second boxing Gold of London 2012 as he defeated Ireland’s John Joe Nevin 14-11 in a pulsating final at the ExCeL Arena on Saturday.
Campbell, 24, became the first British bantamweight to win Gold since 1908 and emulated Nicola Adams’s success with a gutsy performance in the first Olympic final between British and Irish boxers.
“I'm lost for words, very emotional,” said Campbell. “It's something I've worked for all my life. I can't believe it.
“Nevin's a top fighter, it was a very difficult fight, very technical. It was just about outwitting each other.
"I had to be on my game to win and thankfully I was. I can't believe it. I'm very proud to be from Hull and I really appreciate all the support both there and here in London."
Campbell had met Nevin twice before and the highly-rated duo held a win each while the Irish boxer showed his quality in this tournament by defeating reigning world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada in the semi-final.
Daley dives his way to Bronze
Tom Daley delighted a raucous Aquatics Centre tonight as he dived his way to Bronze in the men’s 10-metre individual platform.
The relief throughout the centre after Daley’s and the Plymouth-born diver’s joy was infectious, and as the final scores went up Daley and his team flipped into the diving pool.
“I gave it my best shot, I gave it absolutely everything,” said Daley, who was allowed to re-take his first dive after camera flashes put him off.
“The retaken dive is one down side to having a home crowd,” he said. “I can't wait to see my family and have a massive bundle! To be honest I was very nervous. I went in to it with a do-or-die mentality.”
Men’s marathon efforts
Team GB have never won Gold at an Olympic marathon, but the men will have their chance to change that today.
Scott Overall and Lee Merrien are Team GBs best hopes to end the drought. Merrien was the first Briton to cross the line at this year’s London Marathon while Overall, who was selling shoes a year ago, finished eighth at the New York marathon.
Boxing clever with Joshua and Evans
Both Anthony Joshua and Freddie Evans have the chance to boost Team GB’s Gold medal tally today.
Joshua faces Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in the super heavy weight category, while Evans is up against Serik Sapiyev of Kazakstan in the welterweight bought.
A very modern pentathlon
Team GB's female modern pentathletes are in the hunt for medals on the final day of Olympic competition.
Mhairi Spence is reigning world champion, while Samantha Murray claimed bronze in the same race, and the pair will be looking to carry their form into London 2012.
Killeen keen on MTB success
Liam Killeen is in the mix to add to Team GB's cycling haul of 12 medals today as he competes in the men’s mountain bike. Killeen will be hoping that he can improve on his seventh place from Beijing 2008.