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Olympic Games 2016

Postby mikh » Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:53 pm

Let's post here about any other competitions in the OG.
Sports or events we're passionate about and others might discover and find out they enjoy too.

I'm going to start with Rugby 7s! The women's competition is having its second day out of 2 today and it will be business time already. Most important teams secured their places for the QF and there this afternoon (16h00 CET) we'll have the last group matches with the direct encounters between ESP x KEN, BRA x JPN for the two best ranked third placed teams. Elsewhere the big guns NZ x FRA, CAN x GB will fight for first places and a better QF draw. Then later, in the evening session, QF and probably a lot of drama on the way.

7s is great for the Olympics and I think some of you handball fans might end up enjoying some of the technical skills (footwork and passes) these athletes have to show! A match lasts 2 x 7 minutes, so it's extremely fast paced. It's played on a normal rugby pitch so lots of tries are guaranteed!
NZ, AUS, FRA, GB and CAN are the favourites, and according to results today, two of them will meet in the QF.

Hope you'll take a look and please, let the others know about the sports you'll be watching!



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Re: Olympic Games 2016

Postby mikh » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:36 am

Women's 7s

Amazing matches in the final group stage and the elimination rounds.
In the last group match, USA - who had previously slipped against Fiji, held Aussies to a 12:12 draw. They were lead 5:0, came back to lead 12:5 and conceded a try on the last action of the match.
This threw them agains the other favourites, NZ, in the QF, where they lost 5:0 (1 unconverted try), while missing on a 1 man powerplay in the final 2 mins. It was heartbreaking for a really top quality side, which proved they can rise up to the challenge of the great favourites.
In the balanced QF, Canada outplayed France and after the losing the semis they went on to claim a historic bronze against GB.
The final was pure fire! NZ had the better quality and went 5:0 up pretty fast, but two clear refereeing mistakes saw them concede as many tries and slip 12:5 at HT. The second part saw Australia increase their advantage, before NZ added two tries. In the end, it was too late and the first Olympic gold in women's Sevens goes to Australia.

Final podium: 1. Australia, 2. New Zealand, 3. Canada

The night ended with an emotional haka performed by the Silver Ferns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqNxKfdnUus

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Re: Olympic Games 2016

Postby mikh » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:51 am

Rugby 7s - men

Exciting matches in the first day of the men's tournament. 10 out of 12 teams are contender for medals and the day started with a little surprise, France defeating Australia.
It was the preamble for what was to come, with the impressive Japanese doing more than just putting a good fight against New Zealand. It was 7:7 at HT (1 try each). Japan fell behind in the second half, but saved the best for last with an amazing try 1 min before the end of the match. They were leading 14:12, got the possession, got 5 meters away from the NZ try line and all they needed to do was run the clock down and kick the ball into touch. Instead, they threw a risky touch, NZ got the ball back and triggered a blitz fast-break, getting from their own try line, deep into Japan's territory. With a last effort, Japan stopped them 10 meters from conceding a try. Historic win for Japan, just like in November, against South Africa, in the XV World Cup.

Japan was the star of the second great match of the day, losing to 19:21 to GB in a dramatic match, which saw both teams scoring 3 tries each, with three of them scored in the last 2 minutes. The Japanese actually came back twice in this time, scoring the last try in additional time and only the difficult conversion position, prevented them for being perfectly equal to the Brits.

In other matches, South Africa showed sheer class and impressive physicality to win easily against Spain, while the beautiful Fiji team put on a great show to easily get past Brasil and then defeat a very hard-fighting Argentinian team.

Tomorrow, last round of group matches and virtually all teams (besides Spain and Brazil) are in for a place in the QF. So difficult to predict who's going to get a medal here...

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Re: Olympic Games 2016

Postby mikh » Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:00 am

Gymnastics - men

This happened yesterday. Great Olympic spirit: Andreas Toba (GER) finishing the competition with a torn ACL, to squeeze his team in the final.
The story here: http://www.news.com.au/sport/olympics/g ... 50baa58252

That came one day after this horrific accident by French gymnast Samir Ait Said. The poor guy misses his second Olympics due to injury. He had surgery today and wants to come back as soon as possible. While leaving the sports hall after the injury, he was waving to the spectators.

Yesterday, after all this, a veteran gymnast from the German team asked for a review of the score system, which, some claim, encourages sportsmen and women to take do very complicated routines to get more points. In the past, the system was emphasising the execution and the artistic side. Now, it's a sum of difficulty elements and execution accuracy.


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