I continue to follow Volley Ball and Handball, Table Tennis and a bit of Badminton.
There were some great shooting competitions yesterday. This is .22 cal at 50m and the target is only about 6 inches in diameter.
They have to compete in 3 positions, standing, kneeling and prone. The commentatrix mentioned that their motto in preparing to shoot is “rush slowly”. Sound familiar?
Some of the shooters have had to join the military to work because the funding is not great for shooting sports in most countries. Too bad. The American girl who won the very 1st gold of these Olympics didn’t make the finals. She missed by a single point. There is also pistol, but that didn’t get as much coverage.
It is also amazing how fast Badminton is. Apparently the shuttle, made from goose feathers, can rocket off the racket at 300 mph, but it slows down quickly. I imagine that would still sting.
One of the Indian women competing is a sort of superstar in India. She has some 1.7 million followers on Twitter. I’m an underacheiver, I guess. The Brazilian gal came to the game from a social project in a favella, and here she is in the Olympics in her home city. Badminton House, whence the name, is a large country house in Gloucestershire, England. It is the seat of the Dukes of Beaufort since the late 17th century, when the family moved from Raglan Castle, which had been ruined in the English Civil War. The place was originally named Badimyncg Tun translated as Beadmund’s farm or Baeddas mint farm. Some of the movie Remains of the Day was filmed there.
The swimming events continue to amaze, as do gymnastics.
Today, however, we have the truly classic events. People are starting to run around in circles and throw stuff. In qualifications, a woman from Ethiopia obliterated the world record in the 10Km. You might see another woman a bit behind her as she crosses the line, but that’s only an illusion. She was lapped, of course.
Women heptathlon is starting up. Seven, of course, sports.
- 100 metres hurdles
- High jump
- Shot put
- 200 metres
- Long jump
- Javelin throw
- 800 metres
The men’s line up is different.
- 60 metres
- long jump
- shot put
- high jump
- 60 metres hurdles
- pole vault
- 1000 metres
Tonight, hammer throw starts. Put a metal ball at the end of a chain. Whirl it around as fast as you can and let go. What could go wrong?
Men’s Rifle, prone…. imagine lying down at the goal line of a football field and aiming at a target the size of a dime beyond the end zone at the other end of the field… with no magnification on their rifles.
And, today, Kim Rhode competed and won medals in her sixth consecutive Olympics, the first! She has won medals on 5 continents, ever since Atlanta in 1996!