Recent London 2012 News
Great Britain had been tallying Rowing titles at Eton Dorney’s Rowing Lake earlier in the day on Saturday. But for Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase, it was nothing more than an afternoon of broken hearts. And a broken chair. The Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls British duo was edged by Denmark to send them into a second-place finish on their home turf. “We feel like we’ve let everyone down by not winning,” said a devastated Hunter.
The British Men’s Cycling Team Pursuit group of Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh took to the London Velodrome set to square off in the finals with their biggest competition; The Aussies. They not only dominated the entire competition, they beat the Australian team in world record time. It was a day the home crowd would remember for the rest of their lives. The 6000 people packed into the venue rose to their feet to salute their newly crowned champions and world record holders.
Coronation: “Queen Vic” Pendleton Crowned With Women’s Cycling Keirin Title in London, Guo Shuang Takes Second
Long live Queen Vic. Great Britain’s newly crowned Track Cycling monarch, Victoria Pendleton, dazzled her nation Saturday – claiming the Women’s Cycling Title in ultra grand fashion before one of the most star-studded crowds to have assembled in London this Summer. The magnificent feat also renders her the sixth British woman in history to win two Summer Games titles – and the first to win individual victories at consecutive Games. “I said this would be a Summer Games for the girls, this was going to be ‘here come the girls’ and that’s what’s happening,” Victoria said, referring to overall performances and British cyclists taking three of four titles thus far. “I was so excited watching the rowers, I spoke to Katherine Grainger a month ago and when she spoke it sent shivers through me. They were so positive and inspirational and I really took a lot from their performance today.” Inspired would be an understatement.