IN A NUTSHELL
Day 12 (Wednesday) -
Australia now have five gold medals and a total of 26 to sit in 11th spot overall on the leader board. The United States (81) now have more medals than China (79) but China still lead the US on the tally because of a slightly, two to be precise, better gold ratio (36 plays 34).
* Lake Macquarie sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen get their hands on the highly anticipated gold medal in the 49ers.
Not only had they been tipped to take out the class at London 2012 but they took an unassailable lead into the final race and had to wait a couple of days before the celebrations could really kick in.
* Merewether’s Richie Campbell scored two goals but it wasn’t enough to stop Serbia from claiming an 11-8 quarter-final win against the Sharks.
The Australian men’s water polo team now meet three-time defending Olympic champions Hungary in the classification semi-final for positions five to eight on Friday.
PLAY OF THE DAY
The party at Wangi RSL which followed the Olympic gold medal win of Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen in the 49er class of the London 2012 sailing regatta. The finest touch was the XXXX sign out the front reading “Nathan and Goobs – GOLD”.
BITS AND BOBS
* Three-time defending champions Hungary were knocked out of the men’s water polo competition after suffering an 11-9 defeat at the hands of world title holders Italy.
* Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third straight beach volleyball gold medal after beating fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in straight sets in the decider at Horse Guards Parade.
* Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt moved one step closer to becoming the first man with two gold medals in the 200m event after winning his semi-final in a time of 20.18 seconds just a few days after successfully defending his 100m title.
SAY MY NAME
US long jumper George Kitchens (surely his nickname is Foreman, Grill or Appliance).