After all the hoo-ha, the criticisms, the controversies, the protests, and the cheesy opening ceremony, the sport finally got underway. Over the two weeks of sporting action, celebration, controversy, criticism, protests (you know its all gonna happen) and many cheesy moments (definitely gonna happen), yours truly at Random Towers will attempt to post snippets of random observations, reflections and ramblings on any sporting action or otherwise that takes my fancy. So here goes. On your marks, get set, er gooooooooooo…
Shooting: The first gold medal of the Rio Olympics was won by American teenager Ginny Thrasher in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle. American. Gun. Teenager. Good thing the Americans don’t do irony, eh?
Gymnastics: Is it just me or does Max Whitlock have the look of an Olympic champion (and occasionally extra from a boy band) about him? Sadly, it may be at the expense of a fellow Brit, Louis Smith. Typically, both are vying for gold in the Pommel Horse – why can’t they be good at different apparatus? On the one hand, Britain look a shoe in for gold – they finished one and two in the individual qualification during the Mens Team qualification, but on the other hand, it means choosing between two Brits. Argh! Louis was so unlucky in London 2012, being cruelly denied the gold even though he finished on the same score as the Hungarian winner Krisztian Berki, by dint of a lower execution mark. But Max looks like he means business, and he bettered Louis here, having already beaten him at the British Nationals back in April in rather controversial fashion. Louis didn’t like his score and had taken to Twitter to rant his displeasure at the judges, so there is a bit of edge between them. I am going with Max, and have a sneaky feeling about him in the All Round as well, but it will be a win-win either way (should one of them win, not counting chickens or anything…).
Swimming: Brit Adam Peaty blew the field away in the heats of the 100m Breaststroke, spectacularly smashing his own world record along the way. He nearly did it again in the semi-finals later on, but this apparently wasn’t good enough for some people. Peaty was seven hundredths of a second outside his world record, leaving Adrian Moorhouse in the commentary box rather disappointed with his performance. Now, mere mortals might think Adrian was being a tad harsh on young Adam, but we are talking about the last British man to win a swimming Olympic gold, so perhaps he can be forgiven for having exacting standards. So better buck up your ideas Adam. If you are not out of camera shot on your way to winning the gold tomorrow, don’t bother going near the commentary team afterwards!