Nick D’Arcy did bugger all in the London pool this morning, and can now bugger off and pay his debts to society and Simon Cowley. Won’t happen of course, but it doesn’t hurt to dream.
But not every “loser” at these Olympics is as uninspiring as D’Arcy. Many are winners. Take Emily Seebohm, who won silver in the 100m backstroke this morning. That’s right, the 20 year old Adelaidean “won” silver, even though on face value you could say she “lost” gold as she was overhauled by 17 year old American Missy Franklin in the final strokes.
Seebohm was devastated and in tears afterwards. “I just wish I could have finished it off, I feel like I disappointed my parents, and my coach just worked so hard for me, this is so tough,” she said. She’s wrong. Despite being a clear cut favourite after breaking the Olympic record in the semis, Seebohm disappointed nobody.
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