The mighty DeutschlandAchter.
The NZ pair (gold) congratulating the UK pair (bronze). The UK were completely out of their lane over the finish line.
Or, if you’re interested in my original subject:
It am all de news: Olympics badminton: Four pairs charged with not trying.
My take on this is different: I’ve watched some of the sport (not the badminton, obviously, because it shouldn’t be an olympic sport any more than football should be) and its exciting: you’re watching people doing their very best to do as well as they possibly can. The rowing is gorgeous, especially the VIII’s: 2000m at 1:20 splits with every single stroke exactly the same as the previous one. Woo!
But the badminton story is that, suddenly, due to the pattern of who had won or lost, it became advantageous to some of the players to lose, not win their matches. At which point they… started to lose, not win, their matches. Which is exactly what they should be doing. Der.
The fault, obviously, lies with the idiots who designed the heats system that lead to these perverse incentives.
But enough of that nonsense! On with the rowing:
Bit of a shame for the Poles. They get something close to a row-over, and a head-wind so no real incentive to try extra-hard.
But on reflection, the headwind is great for crews in the lead… they aren’t going to get a record, so they don’t have to kill themselves, just win. And we see: the UK’s first olympic gold. Cycling disappoints, swimming disappoints, rowing comes through. As always 🙂
Your olympic news service continues… as expected (really, in our heart of hearts, we knew) the Germans win the men’s eights. But it was a thrilling race; we caught them up and were ahead at 1500m by a few feet, but they pushed out well ahead at the end. And perhaps because we’d pushed, Canada overtook us to the line. But it was worth it.
Men’s lightweight IV, Thursday. Superb race (item 13) with a wonderful push through by SA at the line.
That Drysdale digs a bit, eh?