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Advance Australia's fairer sex

Overnight, two wonderful Australian sporstwomen won Olympic gold medals, each as thrilling as the next. First Anna Meares destroyed England’s velodrome queen, Victoria Pendleton. Then in the faint light of an Australian dawn, as rain tumbled on the London track, Sally Pearson won the one we’d all been waiting for, the 100m hurdles.

Afterwards, Sally said she felt like she’s walking on clouds. We all do this morning, Sally. After a stuttering first 10 days, Australia is finally making its presence felt at these Olympics, with victories we can all savour whether we’re once-every-four-years enthusiasts or diehard members of the Oi! Oi! Oi! brigade with Southern Cross tattoos on our necks.

Sport is narrative. It is about storylines. It has never been entirely about sweaty bodies chasing balls or running fast or pedalling around a track, and would be fundamentally dull if it was. Anna Meares and Sally Pearson have more engaging back stories than most.

Meares, of course, broke her neck in a race in America in early 2008. She flew home afterwards in economy class in sheer agony. True story. You wouldn’t see a footballer do that.

A less well remembered part of the Meares back story is that she won gold in Athens in the 500m time trial. She never got to defend her title. The event was unceremoniously axed by the IOC to make way for two new gold medal events in the fledgling Olympic sport of BMX.

Meares had to find new ways to put those enormously powerful thighs to good use. She concentrated on the sprint and the keirin, events which require as much smarts as strength. Meares, by her own admission, wasn’t particularly smart with her tactics this week in the keirin, in which she was beaten out of the medals by British crowd favourite “Queen”  Victoria Pendleton.

Last night, in a velodrome packed with a host of famous important people like Kobe Bryant and Steph Rice, as well as members of the royal family, Pendleton and Meares faced off for gold in the final of the sprint. That event is oddly misnamed. It’s a race where competitors often come to a near-stop mid race, a cat and mouse test of wits, agility and speed.

Meares, it has to be said, outwitted Pendleton. The Brit races best from behind, unleashing her speed after coasting in her rival’s slipstream. Meares never let her play her own game. In both races in the best-of-three-final, she sat on Pendleton’s back, winning the first race one on a technicality and the second with a decisive burst to secure the gold.

The race is about “decision making, mental toughness, being able to perform under pressure,” Meares said afterwards. It was also about sportsmanship, and the Meares/Pendleton hug after the race was a moment in British/Australian sport reminiscent off the Flintoff/Lee Ashes embrace in 2005. What a champion.

If Anna Meares had the pressure of being the underdog among a fanatical pro-British crowd, Sally Pearson had the even more onerous pressure of being the clear cut 100m hurdles favourite.

Pearson was unbeaten this year until she slipped up, literally, at a meet in London before the Olympics. Pearson’s slip occurred on a wet track, in the warm-up before a heat. She recovered to make the final, but was narrowly beaten by American Kellie Wells.

Wells made an interesting comment after that race. She said: “I didn’t come here to race, I came here to execute.”

As you watched Sally Pearson before this morning’s race, you could see she was in the zone where she wasn’t concerned about her opponents either. This was her race to win or lose. She was here to execute, to do what she does and has been doing better than anyone for two years now.

A nod, not a wave, to the camera, onto the blocks, and she was off. Pearson had her customary brilliant start and was always in front. American Dawn Harper closed late, giving the whole of Australia a bit of a Black Caviar-at-Ascot moment, but Sally won clearly. The official margin was just two hundredths of a second, but to the naked eye it was clear cut. This wasn’t James Magnussen in reverse. It was a skinny but decisive victory. Or so we thought at first glance…

An agonising delay, then finally, the result. And then the screams of elation from the Sally we all remember from that unforgettable interview with Seven’s Pat Welsh in Beijing. Four years on, she wasn’t quite the space cadet in her trackside interview with Nine’s Tony Jones. There was no wild-eyed “did you see me?”.

But Sally still had that unscripted naturalness which Australia has come to love. Talking about her train of thought during the race, she said: “I said to myself, ‘OK you’re winning, stay here’.”

“I didn’t realise how close Dawn Harper was and [when I crossed the line] I went ‘oh man, that was really close’.” And then that fabulous line: “nothing hurts at the moment, I feel like I’m just walking on clouds.”

Pearson also thanked her mother, who raised her as a single Mum, making all sorts of sacrifices in her dedication to her daughter’s athletics career. “To be honest, I think every single family of an athlete out here has sacrificed a lot to help them pursue their dreams,” she said.

Sally Pearson has become a woman both of supreme speed and perspective. She and Anna Meares are everything we wish our sportspeople could be, both on and off the field of competition.

Twitter: @antsharwood

And now, because we haven’t done this for a few days, and to celebrate our Olympians’ awesomeness, here is a picture of a chicken

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    • Fiddler says:

      08:24am | 08/08/12

      Is really worried about what happens to that chicken between photo ops

    • I hate pies says:

      08:25am | 08/08/12

      Your picture looks like my house (minus the chook) - those bloody trains tracks everywhere

      ...great win though, by both ladies. True competitors; mental fortitude our current crop of swimmers missed. And both top people to boot.

    • Little Joe says:

      03:45pm | 08/08/12

      So that’s what happened to your children’s Thomas the Tank Engine rail set!!! Now give them back Anthony and play nice.

    • Josh says:

      08:26am | 08/08/12

      Don’t knock BMX Ant, we have two solid chances with the current World Champ in the mens event! Come do you research for sports journalist you’re getting lazy.

      But the real story is Sally. Hopefully our efforts outside the pool get more recognition now. Sally deserves to be on the Weet Bix box. The home furniture store ads, get the Audi sponsorship. Athletics Australia has a bright future Mitchell Watt getting the silver, Frayne also in the final. The young kid in the 400m. It’s all up!

      Sponsors get on board!

    • P says:

      10:51am | 08/08/12

      Imma let you finish Josh, but it seems Ant does know about the BMX. This from his article a couple days ago:

      “One thing remains certain. Whatever happens in the final week of the games – and we still have strong gold medal chances to come in events like the BMX – these Olympics will be classed as an Australian failure. All kinds of performance reviews will follow, and we can only hope a serious public debate on Olympic funding ensues.”

      Furthermore, check what he wrote today:

      “The event was unceremoniously axed by the IOC to make way for two new gold medal events in the fledgling Olympic sport of BMX.”

      You can see that the uncomplimentary adverb ‘unceremoniously’ applies to the ‘axing’ of an event by the IOC.

      ‘Fledgling’ just means young (a goose, I think? Ant should be all over the poultry terminology), and it’s not pejorative.

      I don’t mean to be over pedantic, but much angst could be avoided on this forum if people paid more attention to the King’s (English).

    • iansand says:

      08:32am | 08/08/12

      Chicken poo lotto?

    • Mahhrat says:

      08:32am | 08/08/12

      Ah, good for them both.

    • Dave says:

      08:54am | 08/08/12

      Sally Pearson reaction to winning is another priceless moment in Australian sport. Anna Meares has done the job and done it to perfection - love those thighs!!!!!! How can we not love these Queens of the track????? Onya Sally & Anna

    • Anonymous says:

      08:56am | 08/08/12

      Sorry… Smarts have nothing to do with running or cycling really fast. Better luck next time.

    • Dave says:

      10:04am | 08/08/12

      suggest you watch the cycling more closely and you will understand that tactics play a major part in track cycling. Cycling is not just about how fast you can ride but a rider also needs to outwit their opponent throughout the race to be in the best place to bring home the result.

    • Anonymous says:

      02:41pm | 08/08/12

      Ok, so it’s not just about cycling really fast. Gotcha. It’s also about cycling faster than your opponents!

    • Kiddo says:

      09:03am | 08/08/12

      Amazing, amazing wins! well done Anna and Sally!

      And a shout out to Lauren Mitchell as well.

    • Mayday says:

      10:43am | 08/08/12

      Quiet achievers, well done ladies!!

    • antman says:

      12:59pm | 08/08/12

      I never thought that I’d see Sally Pearson referred to as a “quiet achiever”.

    • chuck says:

      09:10am | 08/08/12

      Better be careful the AOC brand police will want a piece of the action, a nugget or 2!
      Yeap the sheilas are doing well including the 1 in the womens’  triathlon - gutsy performances all round!

    • John says:

      09:23am | 08/08/12

      One thing you have to say about Australia’s gold medals: at least they have scarcity value.

    • the brad says:

      09:41am | 08/08/12

      Australia should focus its efforts on track and field events, the real olympic sports, not prima donna swimmers.

    • Team GB says:

      09:49am | 08/08/12

      Warm congratulations to both Anna Meares and Sally Pearson for two superb performances and well earned gold medals. To beat Vicky in the blistering current form she (and the enitre GB cycling machine) have shown takes some doing. Also credit to Pendleton for taking what must have been a crushing disappointment in her last ever race with such grace and sportsmanship befitting a true champion. Good that she has the gold for the keirin to bow out with. As for Pearson, she has always been a great favourite of UK athletics crowds, and there will be few more deserving Olympic champions all fortnight.

      Welcome to the party Australia, hopefully we can all enjoy the remaining days of these wonderful Games in as Olympic a spirit as we can.

    • Jason says:

      12:10pm | 08/08/12

      Well Pendleton won the Keiren after a bad miss by Anna, so it’s not all disappointment for her.

      Another guaranteed gold tonight in the sailing and hopefully a couple more before the end and we might be able to beat our Barcelona total.  Still a disappointing return, but looking much better now (at least we’re ahead of the kiwis).

    • Team GB says:

      09:49am | 08/08/12

      Warm congratulations to both Anna Meares and Sally Pearson for two superb performances and well earned gold medals. To beat Vicky in the blistering current form she (and the enitre GB cycling machine) have shown takes some doing. Also credit to Pendleton for taking what must have been a crushing disappointment in her last ever race with such grace and sportsmanship befitting a true champion. Good that she has the gold for the keirin to bow out with. As for Pearson, she has always been a great favourite of UK athletics crowds, and there will be few more deserving Olympic champions all fortnight.

      Welcome to the party Australia, hopefully we can all enjoy the remaining days of these wonderful Games in as Olympic a spirit as we can.

    • zoe says:

      09:54am | 08/08/12

      While I was truly impressed with both those wins what stood out to me was the graciousness of those girls that came second and their attitude something that was missing from some of our Olympians when they won silver.

    • Max says:

      08:23am | 09/08/12

      Gracious???? No!! Genuinely elated!! Since when has winning a silver or bronze medal been anything to be gracious about??  These women don’t need to act ‘gracious’. They’re over the flipping moon. It was only the Australian commentators who looked at these amazing women and said ‘we can’t believe how well they’re taking it…’

    • zoe says:

      09:54am | 08/08/12

      While I was truly impressed with both those wins what stood out to me was the graciousness of those girls that came second and their attitude something that was missing from some of our Olympians when they won silver.

    • MamaK says:

      11:15am | 09/08/12

      with the exception of Jessica Fox…..she was truly gracious when accepting her medal, I watched the ceremony and no one could have been more excited, proud and happy, she looked like someone had just given her a million dollars. A great athlete for us.  Unlike the girl who got bronze in Anna Meares event, she didnt raise one smile the whole time.

    • CJ says:

      10:02am | 08/08/12

      “Sport is narrative. It is about storylines.”

      It’s also about over-the-top, jingoistic journalism. ” ... Sally said she felt like she’s walking on clouds. We all do this morning.”

      Give us a——ing break!

    • Raymond Warren says:

      10:23am | 08/08/12

      Go back to your Tolstoy and weak soy lattes.

      Sport is the true binding fabric of this nation. If you weren’t impressed by Sally’s run then you don’t understand, anything, ever.

    • CJ says:

      12:15pm | 08/08/12

      You know what, you’re right. I WAS walking on clouds all morning. They felt all squishy and floaty ...

    • Raymond Warren says:

      03:10pm | 08/08/12

      I’ll explain for our American friend here.
      Sally wasn’t walking on clouds, none of us were.  It’s a metaphor to describe the felling euphoria, the lass and the nation felt after the massive race.

      It’s like working Gus.

    • kel says:

      10:04am | 08/08/12

      Well written piece Anthony! Brought a tear again to the eye this morning!  Two worthy champions & awesome to see the Aussie Olympic team in stands cheering them on. Proud of you all.

    • Daemon says:

      10:08am | 08/08/12

      I don’t understand the keiren

    • iansand says:

      10:15am | 08/08/12

      No one does.  It’s a scam.  Everyone goes around a few times and they draw lots at the end to decide the winner.

    • P says:

      10:40am | 08/08/12

      Apparently they changed the rules a few years back - maybe someone who knows could enlighten us?

      A commentator mentioned that elbowing, jostling, et cetera were all fair game for the first few laps, instead of the procession.

    • Inky says:

      10:49am | 08/08/12


      Reminds me of an episode of 30rock, where it comes out that they invented some fake olympic sports to improve the USA’s medal count to improve morale.

    • Tim says:

      11:01am | 08/08/12

      You can go anywhere in the first few laps except in front of the motorcycle. The procession is just usually the best way to conserve energy.

      It’s then a 2 1/2 lap sprint. First over the line wins.

    • Darren says:

      11:41am | 08/08/12

      They have changed the rules. You used to be able to force other riders out of the way to get a better position behind the derny. That certainly made the first 5 laps less of a procession. Its a great event, but I’m not sure its more deserving of an Olympics berth than the 4k IP or the ‘kilo’.

      Youtube Japanese Keirin and you’ll see some really impressive crashes.

    • Little Joe says:

      03:51pm | 08/08/12

      New event for 2016 Rio ..... Rolla-derby Keiren!!!

    • Richard says:

      10:13am | 08/08/12

      I find it disturbing that most of our Olympic success has come through or women this time around. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’ve done a fantastic job, and good on them, but athletics and sport are a quintessentially masculine pursuit. This female Olympic heroes, if you look at them, with their “man-jaws” (as heartiste says), their narrow hips/broad shoulders, flat muscular chests, huge thighs, many haven’t menstruated in months if not years, in fact one of the best in the world is suspected to actually be a man (that south African girl), I mean, they are almost like a grotesque caricature, a perversion of their sex.

      Compare that to the males at the Olympics, and they are the perfection of their sex. Look at Usain Bolt, toweringly tall, exquisitely proportioned, an Adonis-like body, its he not the archetypal perfect male?

      So, what I want to know is, what is it about or society which makes us better at producing women athletes than make athletes, even though sport and athletics is a masculine pursuit? Have we as a society demonized male masculinity and sub-consciously placed a taboo on males fully expressing their masculinity? I say we have, and it is becoming apparent at this Olympics.

    • vox says:

      11:20am | 08/08/12

      Richard, I think it’s about perception, about seeing what you want to see. And of course about having inside information about the menstrual history of the athletes you so clearly find distasteful.
      Perhaps if you had been clearer about your sexual proclivities we may understand your references to “perversion”, and perhaps then had a conversation about what some people think is a perversion in itself.
      And do these girls have muscular chests? How on earth do you know that?
      Do you play sport Richard? Do you “do” athletics, Richard? Do you “fully express your masculinity”, Richard? Is your surname Head?

    • Muscular Adonis says:

      11:58am | 08/08/12

      I’m with you richard, I love looking at the big athletes as well. the women make me squeamish as well! I would love if you could come round to my house and watch with me, I say no girls allowed!

    • adonis says:

      12:03pm | 08/08/12

      come over here Richard, slip out of those clothes and let me give you a firm, lingering man-cuddle, so we can celebrate our masculinity and know that they - the anti men - have not taken it all away with their disgusting man wrecking equality-inequality.

    • Jon says:

      12:10pm | 08/08/12

      Oh dear 2012 and sexism is alive and well.
      So who are you to decide what does or doesnt constitute beautiful?
      One of the main joys in watching the Olympics ,if we are all completely honest is seeing all these beautiful bodied athletes in all their wonderful glory.
      If watching a woman such as Jessica Ennis doesnt get your manjuices running then youre probably dead.
      The fact that you find all the male athletes so attractive says a lot, but maybe is something you are probably not ready to come to terms with yet.

    • Chopper knows says:

      03:25pm | 08/08/12

      @Richard, correct on all counts except, “Look at Usain Bolt, toweringly tall, exquisitely proportioned, an Adonis-like body, its he not the archetypal perfect male?” He aint perfect just yet since he isn’t White.

    • AndrewS says:

      10:12am | 08/08/12

      I was very impressed with the American and Brit who came second to Sally and Anna. That is how to react when you come in a close second. Aussie athletes take note.

    • Mark says:

      02:05pm | 08/08/12

      The same brit who publicly stated before the games that she thought Anna was the ‘dirtiest rider in world cycling’??? The same one who was disqualified in 2 of her final 3 sprints for…ummm… breaking the rules and being dirty???

      I’m sick of hearing from people how our athletes should be stoked at getting second? If you are James Magnison, have trained relentlessley for 4 years, have broken records and won the world title, you have a right to expect gold. He was clearly dissapointed as he should be as he swam way below his best, and all you lounge chair experts who flicked on the tellie for 2 mins should lay off the guy as Silver in his case IS DISSAPOINTING. If Pearson had lost, or the sailing guy had got silver, these would also have been dissapointments.

      I’m guessing its all the same people who insist on giving all kids a ‘participation award’ and not having ‘fail’ marks in schools any more. Perhaps for the next olympics we should just make ‘talc medals’ for everyone and they can all hold hands and skip in circles at the end of each event… Proffessional sport is about winning, and whilst second place is not a failure it can certainly be very dissapointing in some circumstances.

    • AndrewS says:

      03:42pm | 08/08/12

      @Mark Have to disagree. This same Brit turned to Anna after she won and said “you are a true champion” and Anna said she cried after hearing that. Surely this is the Olympic spirit we should be promoting, not your win at all costs attitude.

    • N Denning says:

      04:57pm | 08/08/12

      The Pendleton disqualification seemed strange.
      It looked like Meares leaned on her first and then Pendleton leaned back.
      Pendleton then came out of her line.

      All of this at 60kmph - I thought it is twelve of one, half a dosen of the other. Neither looked on purpose so I doubt anyone meant to cheat.

      This article is awful by the way - exactly the sort of journalism that has destroyed the British press. Public pleasing nonsense

      Here’s to all the athletes who have sweat blood and tears for glory. To give 100% and come up short is part of life. The mark of champions is how the bounce back (like both Pendleton and Meares)

      There seems to be a lot of anti-brit/ anti-Aussie sentiment on these forums. Frankly, it’s probably because we are so similar. It is
      a shame though

    • dibatag says:

      10:37am | 08/08/12

      Quite agree AndrewS the Aussie’s could do whith a lesson in sportsmanship

    • Mike says:

      05:49pm | 08/08/12

      Agreed Dibatag.

      Yeah, Anthony….like the way Britain DESTROYED you lot in the medals table !  More of your sniping at it’s very best, until you lose again and have another whinging post-mortem.

      Thank God it is over in a couple of days, then we can move away from the populist, Anti-everything-British journalism.

    • Rachel says:

      10:50am | 08/08/12

      Lovely to see the girls win. Even lovelier to see some athletes gracious in defeat instead of acting like petulant children.

    • Jon says:

      10:51am | 08/08/12

      You do realize Queen Vic was told to throw the race cos the Brits were all feeling a bit sorry for the Aussies what with the ‘We’re better at sports than poms’ hang-ups? (Though it’s probably best not to say that too loud now or risk being laughed out the room).

      Just kidding! Congrats to them both, and hope that everyone can all relax a bit more now and be a bit less hard on your team who have surely been doing their best, and enjoy the rest of what has been a great Olympics so far.

    • Andrew L says:

      12:14pm | 08/08/12

      I would say some of the birts are more concerned having their gold medals count towards “Britain” rather than their true countires. Andy Murray and Chris Hoy are both Scottish and i am sure they would prefer to win gold medals for Scotland rather than the UK.

      Us aussies also can sit back and happily say if the UK beats Australia “well you guys had 4 countries to choose your athletes from, we only had one”.

    • I hate pies says:

      12:33pm | 08/08/12

      A very good point Andrew, not to be unnoticed. How many gold have the poms won?
      Maybe we should join up with some neighbours - let’s pick China

    • National Express says:

      02:03pm | 08/08/12

      Australians have an Australian passport.

      English people have a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland passport.

      Scottish people have a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland passport.

      Welsh people have a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland passport.

      Northern Irish people have a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland passport (They can choose an Irish passport if they wish)

      GB isn’t some abstract concept it’s our nationality.

      GB have been competing at Olympics as GB since 1896, it wasn’t created last year as part of some evil twisted scheme.

      Your leaders get it though. Gillard (Welsh) and Abbott (English) both hold United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland passports from their place of birth.

      This is stuff you should know, after all Australians do strangely love to fly the union flag and call it their own, which is rather flattering.

    • Zing! says:

      02:50pm | 08/08/12

      When do the GB football and cricket teams play next?

    • Freddy says:

      08:15pm | 08/08/12

      Mr Zing! clearly needs to brush up on his sports history.  International cricket and football are different things altogether (Britain had already setup and were playing international sides long before any international ruling bodies were formed - i.e. FIFA and ICC).

    • Anna C says:

      10:55am | 08/08/12

      Congratulations to Anna and Sally.  It is nice to see Athletes who can talk the talk and walk the walk, unlike James ‘the defective missile’ Magnusen.

    • ABC says:

      11:31am | 08/08/12

      I was leaping around like a mad thing. In fact I actually bounced up and down on my bed (much to the amusement of my partner who’d come off night shift - he thought it was hilarous), like I was a 4 year old.

    • Cobbler says:

      12:16pm | 08/08/12

      For the next couple of weeks, before we forget who Sally Pearson is and she fades into obscurity as every athlete does (besides Kathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe) the elation will almost make the billions we all spent on this event worth it.

    • Ged says:

      12:48pm | 08/08/12

      Cobbler, my kids watched Sally Pearson the other night in her heat and the next day they had set up all sorts of obstacles in the backyard to emulate a hurdles race, running around for an hour or so, so I say yes if that’s the impact the Olympics has then it is money well spent

    • Greypower says:

      12:40pm | 08/08/12

      That’s a CHOOK!  Chickens have have fluffy yellow down and tiny baby feathers!

    • Abe Froman says:

      12:46pm | 08/08/12

      That hurdles race restored my faith in the Olympics. Not only did Sally deliver in spades, but the reaction from the two Americans who finished behind her was uplifting. They were both genuinely rapt in their performances.
      Perhaps someone from the Australian swimming team can show the replay of the event to our big-noting underachievers as a perfect example of how to deliver under the weight of expectation.
      Oh, and Anna Meares was awesome too. Both these girls did their country proud.

    • Matt F says:

      01:11pm | 08/08/12

      Perhaps it could be shown to some of the Australian media and public to show them that athletes who win Silver and Bronze medals aren’t actually failiures and chokers

    • antman says:

      12:56pm | 08/08/12

      Hmmmm. I don’t recall any faint light of dawn at 4am as I watched Sally Pearson run in the final. The strange thing is that I could have sworn that the lounge room that I was sitting in and the television that I was watching were both located in Australia. But that can’t be because the race took place in the faint light of an “Australian” dawn. Must have been the shadow cast by the sandstone curtain.

      I’m also unaware of a timezone known as “Australian time”, to which (usually) Sydney-based television talking heads continually refer when translating the timing of international events to local time zones.

      Honestly, is it that hard to have some shard of awareness that more than 95% of Australia lies to the west of Sydney and that most of it lies in a timezone other than AEST/AEDST?

      Oh, and Sally Pearson’s run in the final was not the one that I was waiting for (and I am sure that I’m not alone). There have been many other events that I have waited for with at least equal anticipation; Anna Mears’ ride in the women’s sprint, an event of much greater complexity, subtlety and drama, not the least of them. I find the media-generated cult of Sally Pearson to be distasteful and disrespectful to other athletes (again, I’m sure that I am not alone). Why does the media feel a need to select one or two athletes at each games over whom to obsess? Perhaps we should be celebrating our men’s 49ers team, who have wrapped up a gold medal with a round in hand with greater enthusiasm than we celebrate a narrow win by a few poofteenths of a second. Surely such a level of superiority over one’s peers is more worthy of celebration than just pipping one’s rivals at the post?

    • Chopper knows says:

      02:15pm | 08/08/12

      Unbelievable win, but female thighs can’t be that big on a female cyclist, she must have been doping on the human growth hormones I suspect to win this medley, oops sorry wrong planet, meant post…

    • Aldo says:

      03:44pm | 08/08/12

      I would say the aussie “destroyed” pembleton more won by an elbow

    • Chris says:

      04:04pm | 08/08/12

      Every cloud has a silver lining!

    • Matt says:

      05:17pm | 08/08/12

      “Aussie golden girls were faster, smarter, stronger…” Sally and Anna won and that’s fabulous but we’re talking by milliseconds and millimetres in reality. It’s completely over-the-top journalism to use using adjectives like faster/smarter/stronger. Sounds more like a German genetic engineering program from 1939. There is such a thing as pride with humility.

    • Utopia Boy says:

      05:34pm | 08/08/12

      There’s got to be a place for Sally in the 100m. Her start is by far the quickest within the current crop of top level sprinters, and her stamina is unmatched (obviously).
      She should give it a go.

    • josie says:

      06:05pm | 08/08/12

      Oh dear oh dear! Very anti Pom all this isnt it? To the idiot who stated that “Britain has 4 countries to chose from”. Of course we have ! This is the UNITED KINGDOM,  the clue is in the UNITED bit. Just like the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Suppose you think its unfair that the yanks have all those STATES to choose from to do you? Get real pal. With regards to Scotland winning i assume you are referring most to Sir Chris Hoy ? You seem to forget that Sir Chris boots have been well and truly filled during this Olympics by Jason Kenny (ENGLISHMAN). Kenny is now the fastast track star alive and would most likely have prevented Hoy from winning anything had he entered the same events. However none of this matters as to whether a person is a pom , a jock, a taffy or a paddy, you know why? Because we are BRITISH. And by the way im not an english sunseeker living in Oz, im an oil worker in the middle of the North sea reading daft prejudice comments by numpties like you. P.S. some good comments on here too folks. Goodnight.

    • Jessie Horney says:

      06:08pm | 08/08/12

      I’ve seen some jingoistic hackery this Olympiad, but this takes the nationalistic biscuit: “First Anna Meares destroyed England’s velodrome queen, Victoria Pendleton”. DESTROYED? Meers lost the first race despite giving Vicky the elbow. I’d go on but I’ve already seen the firefights of flaming crap spatter the participants analysing Mares’ giganto booty and red lines. The UCI relegated her because they were looking for any opening to give a country other than Great Britain & Northern Ireland a gold. And Vic gave them their ‘orrible slit of an opening. BOOM. Pendleton disqualified second time in the meet. She wants it over with. Bloody dad forcing her to live his dream. Why did I get dubbed in that EDF Energy ad? Reminds me: is Laura Trott a mentalist? Not the Simon Baker kind. Tangent. Amy Mare - credit’s due - leapt upon TeamGiblet’s Golden Bike Girl and rips up her a bit of the Aussie Mongrel. Tactically masterful. Had to admire Annie Gears. Who was in tears. No more VP fears.  This article ignores all that stuff for lowest-denominator tabloid jollies. Jist: Aussie girls win! Yeah! Wooooo! ROARRRR!!! [increase exclamation marks] OH YEAH!!!!!!more!!!!!  booooooyakakakakashhhhh!

    • rat says:

      06:50am | 09/08/12

      redbull gives you wings

    • Max says:

      07:49am | 09/08/12

      I wish the channel 9 commentators would stop harping on about how they can’t believe how happy the silver and bronze medalists were in the 100 metres hurdles—even though they didn’t get gold. Having watched pearson’s race live and sat thru the medal presentations they seemed genuinely shocked that anyone other than Sally Pearson should be happy. It was cringe-worthy…

    • the good sport says:

      07:51am | 09/08/12

      Lets put ist this way : Aussie golden girls were just faster. Running is not a competition for strenght and IQ.


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