Olympics: While You Were Sleeping - Day five

By Dylan Cleaver

New Zealand' s Linda Villumsen finished just short of an Olympic bronze. Photo / Mark Mitchell
New Zealand' s Linda Villumsen finished just short of an Olympic bronze. Photo / Mark Mitchell

A quick bite of the best of the action from day five at the London 2012 Olympics.

Well, we've got some good news, some middling news, some almost irrelevant news, some short news and some downright bad news.

The great news
New Zealand have a second medal, yes bronze, after Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown finished third in the women's pair at Eaton Dorney. That takes New Zealand to 36th on the medal tally.

The bad news
Linda Villumsen finished an agonising 1.83s outside the medals in the time trial overnight.

Raced on the roads around Hampton Court Palace, the Danish-born New Zealander was second at the two time checks, but just slipped away in the final couple of kilometres. "Fourth sucks," said BikeNZ performance guru Mark Elliott. Jack Bauer recovered from a meeting with the barriers to finish 19thth of 37, but he's not up there with the rock stars like Bradley Wiggins yet. Wiggo destroyed the field to win by an astonishing 42 seconds from Germany's Tony Martin.

Wiggins is now expected to gain a knighthood for his rare Tour de France-Olympic double, not that he wants one.


The good news
The men's hockey campaign got back on track with a 3-1 win over India in a Pool B match they had to win. Andy Hayward, Phil Burrows and Nick Wilson scored for New Zealand. The Netherlands top the pool with two wins from two. South Africa surprisingly held Great Britain to a 2-2 draw in Pool A.

The middling news
A decent day the water for some of crews at Weymouth. Andrew Murdoch rebounded from a horror second day to post a 1st and a 7th. He moves up to eighth, but is still some way off medal pace. JP Tobin scored a 3rd and 7th on day two of the boardsailing, to lie in sixth. However, the 49er crew of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke now look odds on for a medal after a day where they finished 3rd and 5th and consolidated second position behind the unstoppable Aussies.

The almost irrelevant news
Roger Federer is through to the tennis quarterfinals, as is Novak Djokovic, who survived a three-setter against Lleyton Hewitt, as did Andy Murray against Marcos Baghdatis. Maria Sharapova keeps rolling on in the women's draw.

The short news
Moira de Villiers was knocked out in the first round of the under-70kg judo. Mike Dawson finished 15th in the canoe slalom.

Medal update
China still lead the table with five more golds than the USA.
Hot: After being cold for the first four days Team GB doubled their medal total to eight overnight including two golds to move from 21st place to 10th.
Cold: The Aussies are still looking for a second gold after securing six silvers.
Colder:Greece, the inventors of the Olympics, finally got on the medal table overnight with a bronze.

And finally...
The decision to disqualify eight players from the women's badminton doubles has been upheld. The Korean pairings of Jung Kyung Eun/Kim Ha Na and Ha Jung Eun/Kim Min Jung, the No 1-seeds and gold medal favourites Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang of China and the Indonesian duo Greysia Polii/Meiliana Jauhari were all charged with "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport".

- NZ Herald

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