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2012: Annus Britannicus

In Britain, Identity, Olympics, Sport on September 11, 2012 at 13:07


The current year will go into the history books of Britain for various reasons. First, there is the jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Second, Bradley Wiggins is the first Briton who has won the Tour de France. He later added Olympic Gold which was the major sporting event of this year so far: The London Olympics. Finally, Andy Murray has won a Grand Slam title, the first for a Briton since 1936! Read the rest of this entry »


olympic blogging

In Britain, Olympics on August 16, 2012 at 11:00

Here follows a collection of some interesting and some simply nice blog posts about the Olympic Games in London.

It starts with Boris Johnson who gave 20 reasons to feel cheerful about the Games. Number 19: There were semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the Horse Guards. Read the rest of this entry »

Olympic Legacy

In Britain, Identity, Media Analysis, Olympics on August 14, 2012 at 15:21

The London Games of 2012 are history and they have made history as London was the first city to host Olympic Games (summer or winter) three times. The LOCOG have argued that the games would all be about the legacy and it certainly was this fact that made gave London the games ahead of Paris when the decision was made in July 2005. Was this idea of a legacy just a smoke screen? Read the rest of this entry »

The Second Gold after 40 Years

In History, Olympics, Sport on August 12, 2012 at 21:29

After 40 years, Uganda have won another Olympic medal. What sounds unbelievable to most, happened this morning in London, when Stephen Kiprotich took the gold medal in the marathon in 2 hours 8 minutes and 1 second ahead of Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang.

John Akii-Bua

John Akii-Bua (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is most memorable about this, is that Uganda have so far not won any other gold medals at the Olympics since 1972.

John Akii Bua broke the world record over 400m hurdles in Munich to claim Uganda’s first and so far only gold medal . Until today.

There have been medal winners previously, but most of them were boxers. In total Ugandan athletes have won 7 (SEVEN) medals at Olympic Games, 4 in boxing, 3 in athletics competitions.

How to build a team: Handball

In Britain, Olympics, Sport on July 31, 2012 at 12:56

Britain is a country that is dominated by football, cricket and rugby. Add tennis, golf and the sporting calendar for many sporting enthusiasts is full to the brim. Interestingly, indoor sports are not featuring on this list. For the London Olympics Britain for the first time field a men’s handball team. If they manage to win a medal is doubtful. The women’s team is a far more interesting story as the team consists of players ‘assembled’ from all over Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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