Olympics 2012, More Golds for Team GB, International Beer Day

05 Aug

Andy Murray wins Olympic Gold. Beats Roger Federer in 2012 London Olympics final at Wimbledon.

Olympics 2012: Another great day for Team GB after Super Saturday – Team GB have already moved onto 16 gold medals (total medals 36) part way through Sunday.

Further golds were won today by Andy Murray in the men’s singles, when he finally got to beat Roger Federer at Wimbledon in a major final. In the end the match was pretty one-sided with Murray running out the winner by 3 straight sets (6-2, 6-2, 6-4) in under 2 hours play on Centre Court. The Washington Post even reported Murray’s victory by saying that he had “crushed” Roger Federer.

He followed the match up by another appearance where this time he and his 18-year old partner Laura Robson ended up in silver medal position in the mixed doubles final after they lost out to the pairing of Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka from Belarus.

Earlier on Ben Ainslie won his 4th consecutive gold medal to become the most decorated sailor in Olympic history. He won through in the Finn class to push the long-time leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Denmark back into silver medal position. Hogh-Christensen and the Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma had teamed up against Ainslie earlier in the week forcing him to do a penalty turn in the second race of the Finn event. After this Ainslie and all those who knew him said it was definitely not a smart move to make him angry as when this happened it just channeled all his energies into an even stronger and more focused performance and today this was proved correct.

The nation is still getting its breath back after a fantastic day in track and field yesterday. Greg Rutherford won the men’s long jump gold medal, Mo Farah won the men’s 10,000m gold and it seemed the whole country was there to watch the poster girl of the 2012 Games, Jessica Ennis, win a gold in the heptathlon.

Tonight’s highlight is likely to be the men’s 100m final, traditionally seen as the blue riband event of the Olympics. There are several people out to try to spoil Usain Bolt’s day with the most likely one to triumph over him being his fellow countryman Yohan Blake who has already beaten Bolt twice at last month’s Jamaican Olympic trials. Other strong contenders for the 100m title include the US pairing of Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay. In amongst an extremely strong field you will also find Asafa Powell, another Jamaican runner, who is thought to have the best start out of the blocks of all those lining up tonight.

International Beer Day – to help us celebrate with Team GB it is fortunate that today is International Beer Day.

There are plenty of pubs taking part in the day here in the UK with a large number of them in London not too far from the action at the Olympic Stadium.

All together there are 334 official celebration events planned in 193 cities in 46 different countries to mark International Beer Day 2012.

It looks like the organisers of International Beer Day have been inspired by the Olympic spirit as they say that the day: “was created so that all of humanity could be united every August 5th, in celebration of beer!”

The organisers first ran International Beer day back in 2007 and said that they felt there was not at that time an event for beer that was truly international as most countries that drink beer and have festivals such as Germany’s Oktoberfest tend to celebrate their own country’s beer.

Beer is the oldest alcoholic drink in the world and by sales is still the 3rd most popular drink. Going back hundreds of years in the UK it was quite usual to drink many pints of beer a day as it was viewed as a safer drink than the possibly dirty water that was available at the time.

If you are in London tonight and looking for a pub that is celebrating International Beer Day then the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch seems a good bet. there is a bbq, a range of cask ales and pub games available, all on their rooftop beer garden.

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