Here are my thoughts on some of the events I was able to see on day 7 of the Olympic Games.
How about Roger Federer? He has found his way into the gold medal match. I thought Federer’s win at Wimbledon was going to leave him tired and vulnerable at the Olympics. If Federer wasn’t tired before his semifinal match, I am sure he is now. Federer defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17. The match broke the records for longest three set match in the open era at four hours 26 minutes. The third set lasted almost three hours itself. It was also the longest match in Olympic history.
In the other tennis semifinal, Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic 7-5, 7-5 to set up a rematch of the Wimbledon finals. So which final is going to place more pressure on Murray Wimbledon or the London Olympics at Wimbledon? Wimbledon for sure, but the pressure is still going to be extreme on Murray. I do like his chances to win gold, however. It is a best of three sets match as opposed to the best of five set matches at the grand slams. Also, Federer is not only coming off that marathon match, but he expended a lot of energy winning Wimbledon as well. Murray’s youth may just carry the day.
American Missy Franklin picked up her fourth gold medal of the London games by winning the 200 meter backstroke. Did I mention smashed the world record by almost a second? Franklin’s two minutes 4.06 seconds time was .75 seconds faster than the world record set by Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry at the 2009 world championships. Coventry set that record in the now banned body suit. With Michael Phelps saying he will retire after the London Olympics, perhaps Franklin is prepared to step into his enormous shoes.
Michael Phelps found himself back on top of the podium after winning an individual gold in the men’s 100 meter butterfly 51.21 seconds. He out touched South African Chad Le Clos and Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin who tied for the silver with times of 51.44 seconds. Phelps Olympics got off to a rough start, but he seems to have righted ship and is looking a bit more like his old self.
In boxing, the U.S. is down to one. Welterweight Errol Spence defeated India’s Vikas Krishan 15-13 to advance to the quarterfinals. Initially, Spence was declared the loser. Team USA appealed and the decision was overturned. If Spence does not win a medal it will be the first time the US has not medaled in boxing since the modern Olympics began in 1904 (this does not include 1980 when the US boycotted the Olympics).
Apparently archery is one of the most watched events in this year’s Olympic Games. I hear it may be because of The Hunger Games, but who knows. All I know is I missed all of the archery, not by choice, until the finals. South Korea’s Oh Jin-Hyek ran away with the event, defeating Japan’s Takaharu Furukawa in the finals in four sets, seven points to one. Oh became the first South Korean man to win gold in Archery. South Korean women have dominated archery. Since 1984, South Korean women have won the gold every year except for 2008. During that time period they have also won five silver medals and four bronze medals. In other words, of the 24 individual archery medals won since 1984, South Korean women have taken home 15. That is dominance.