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Olympic Update Final August 25, 2008

Posted by Matt Brown in Sports.
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Sorry about the break in the updates.  I’m currently touring Europe, so I haven’t had a whole lot of time to update this site.  Still, now that the Olympics are over I figured a recap would be a good idea.

Final Medal Count (Top 3)

China: 51 Gold, 21 Silver, 28 Bronze           Total: 100

USA: 36 Gold, 38 Silver, 36 Bronze              Total: 110

Russia: 23 Gold, 21 Silver, 28 Bronze          Total: 72

Now depending on how you measure it, either China or the US could be considered the winner of these Olympics (though frankly I find the idea of a country winning the games to be idiotic, going against everything Pierre de Coupertin believed when he started the modern games, though thats another story.)  If you prefer gold medals then China easily won, notching 51.  If you prefer total amount than the US came through with the victory, beating out China by ten medals.  Somehow, I’m guessing that where you live is going to determine who you think won the games.

Most everyone knows this by now but it bears repeating.  Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian in history!   He won eight gold medals, setting seven new world records and one Olympic record, giving him a place in history as the man to win the most gold medals at a single Olympics, beating out Mark Spitz’s total of seven, and the most gold medals in a career (14.)  With sixteen total medals to his name, he now needs only two to tie Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina for most career medals ever.  Anyone want to place bets on whether or not he’ll do it.

Michael Phelps wasn’t the only on breaking records and dominating races at these Olympics.  Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won three gold medals in as many races (the 100m, 200m and 4×100 relay) in dominating fashion, setting new world records in a three.  In addition, if he hadn’t had put his arms out and celebrated with 20m left in the 100m dash, he would have been even faster. Thats a scary thought.

This came as somewhat of a shock to me when I heard this, but Kenya has never won a gold medal in the marathon.  That is until now.  Sammy Wanjiru won the marathon in spectacular fashion, finishing with a time of 2 hours 6 minutes 32 seconds, a new Olympic record, to give the great running nation of Kenya the only piece of hardware it had yet to get. 

The USA’s men’s basketball team, the Redeem team as they were known, put America back on top by beating Spain in the finals.  After marching through the tournament with relative ease, by which I mean they destoryed teams by 40 points,  Spain showed the US that it’s days of unquestioned dominance are coming to an end, if not over.   Though they lost by a final score of 118- 107, Spain entered the fourth quarter down only two points and managed to hang around until the very end.  The US is still the best team in the world, but the world is quickly catching up.

Since I’m currently in Ireland I have to give it up to the Irish.  They brought home three medals in boxing, two bronze and one silver, with some spectacular performances by their fighters Paddy Barnes, Kenny Egan and Darren Sutherland.  Unfortunetley, all I could think about was how horrible the scoring system in Olympic boxing is.

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