Olympics’12 @ HC!! Post 3August 9th, 2012 by IT Director
With the London Olympic Games concluding this Sunday, here is our third Olympics-themed post detailing some highlights of the Olympics, over the past few days:
Singapore’s Second Medal
Firstly, we would like to highlight the achievement of our national women’s team paddlers who clinched a bronze medal for the women’s team event. Our paddlers initially faced Japan in the semi-final, but they lost after fighting valiantly against a brilliant showing by the Japanese (the Japanese team eventually clinched the silver medal, after losing to China in the final). However, they managed to recover from this setback and trounced South Korea 3-0 in the bronze medal match, winning Singapore’s second bronze medal in the London Olympics. Though they were unable to match their silver medal from the previous Olympics, their show of resilience in the semi-final and the subsequent bronze medal match is commendable.
We would also like to highlight some of the more interesting results and happenings of the Olympics.
Firstly we have Usain Bolt winning the Men’s 100m sprint with a new Olympic record of 9.63s. Although Gatlin from USA had an explosive start, Bolt managed to take the lead near the 50m mark and finished the race 0.12 seconds faster than the first runner up, Yohan Blake. His victory truly cements his position as the ’fastest man on Earth’.
The women’s triathlon event saw an extremely close finish between the first and second runners. Switzeland’s Nicola Spirig and Sweden’s Lisa Norden were so close to each other at the finishing line that a photo finish had to be used to determine the winner. In the end, it was Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig who prevailed, edging out Lisa Norden by approximately 15 centimetres. This is the closest win ever in a triathlon event.
As part of our Olympics special, we would like to present you with our very own exclusive interviews with our fellow CCA leaders:
Interviewee: Teo Wei Heng (Guys’ Football Team, Captain)
Q: The finals match between Brazil and Mexico will be played this Saturday. What are your thoughts on this match?
A: Often at such finals with so much at stake, teams play cautious football which creates cagey, boring affairs. Fortunately, Brazil and Mexico are unlikely to abandon their attacking principles, with both sides aiming to bring home their first ever Olympic football gold. This Brazilian side is built around the youthful flair stars like Neymar, and Leandro Damiao, but they have shown many lapses in defence throughout the tournament. Mexico, despite boasting less star power, has an experienced backbone and looks the better unit. It will be very close but I expect Brazil to edge it, with their attacking prowess too much even for Mexico’s organised defence. I predict that Brazil will win it 2-1.
Interviewee: Shawn Tan Kai (Guys’ Basketball Team, Vice-Captain )
Q: Who do you think are the favourites to win the Olympics gold for basketball ?
A: I think that the US basketball team are the favourite to land the Olympics basketball gold. They have a very strong team consisting of many marquee players like Le Bron James, Kobe Bryant, and Carmelo Anthony who ply their trade in the National Basketball Association (NBA), widely regarded as the best basketball league in the world. However they may face some stiff competition from the Spanish basketball team in the finals if both teams pass through the semi-finals. This is because the Spanish team is very experienced and they also have quite a few players from the NBA. In spite of this, I still think that the US team are the favourites to win this event.
~Photos from Redsports.sg, Guardian and Yahoo Sports~
Your ITDs (Suhas, Patrick and Leslie)