Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 15/08/2012

In Absentia, Day Six

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I wouldn’t blame you, Dear Reader, if you’re confused with the way my blog has been jumping back and forward in time – there’s bound to be a few continuity issues when you’ve written ten blogs in one day.  My mind, as you may well have come to realise, doesn’t work linearly and so tangental trips down different avenues of conversation are always bound to happen.  That’s my excuses out of the way.

So, I’ve just watched the highlights, if you can call them that, of the Netherlands vs Team GB Men’s Hockey match; having seen them play their prior Olympic match, we felt an affiliation to the team (I may well get into Hockey after this, watching it at least) and now I’m wishing we hadn’t.  I’ve said in one of my earlier blogs that I really shouldn’t care when watching these sports as it only seems to lead to disappointment, and today was certainly a case in point.  The game was a composite of match highlights, and boy were there a few.  As you may have guessed, the Netherlands won and it wasn’t even a close run thing, they won 10-2; interviewing the Team GB captain after the match, he was shell shocked and very down beat which is a shame as they should reflect on how far they have got through the contest but more over the Netherlands team looked like a team on fire.

Speaking on “being on fire”, history was made earlier in the Men’s 200m final when Usain Bolt was the first man to win both 100m and 200m events for two consecutive Olympics.   He was looking relaxed as the runners were all waiting to start, talking to the female official who was in his lane before hand unlike others who were concentrating and ready to race.  He exploded out of the blocks and his huge frame was poetry in motion as he powered around the bend, clearly in the lead and he didn’t let up as he steamed down the straight, letting up several meters before crossing the line when he realised he wasn’t going to break the world record, though he admitted at one point he thought he was in contention; he did put down this down to a lack of form but was, understandably, still proud of what he had achieved.  Astounding stuff.


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