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Beijing Olympics.

 

Photos by Satoshi Takasaki.

 

All photos from the 2008 Olympic Games.

 

 
 

 

Pre - race photo of a future gold medalist in the making...... today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event is underway. All that focused training is now in action for all to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven't watched this event so there won't be alot of commentary below.

 

 

 

The group is pretty tight at this point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First swimmers out of the water shown here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the photos are displayed in the chronolgical order they were taken on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japan was very well represented in these olympic event with a 5th placing for Juri Ide pictured above and Kiyomi Niwata who placed 9th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a crash on the bike which involved 1/2 a dozen or so of the female athletes. Have seen the photo of this crash and some great contenders were involved including Lauren Groves and Lisa Mensink, among others. A crash like this almost certainly spells disaster for a top placing.

It was interesting to read a report from New Zealand representative Samantha Warriner(and a top chance) who also fell during the bike/run transition and never recovered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making an appearance in all three olympic games was Japans Kiyomi Niwata who placed 9th.

The other two woman in this photo are from New Zealand and made great showings with 8th and 10th places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold to Emma Snowsill set up by a 10km great run time of 33:16mins.

A very dominant/convincing run for gold that was faster than all others by over a minute.

 

 

 

 

 

Gold and Bronze medalists from Australia celebrating.

Silver medalist Vanessa Fernandez recovering in the foreground. A great effort and a strong performance given her most recent form.

Closely fought for 4th and 5th.

But close on 2 minutes off the Gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is a direct link to the 'Mens' Olympic games page.

 

 

 

1 Snowsill Emma AUS 01:58:26 00:19:50 00:00:27 01:04:20 00:00:31 00:33:16
2 Fernandes Vanessa POR 01:59:33 00:19:52 00:00:29 01:04:18 00:00:32 00:34:21
3 Moffatt Emma AUS 01:59:55 00:19:55 00:00:31 01:04:12 00:00:31 00:34:46
4 Bennett Laura USA 02:00:21 00:19:48 00:00:29 01:04:23 00:00:29 00:35:10
5 Ide Juri JPN 02:00:22 00:19:49 00:00:29 01:04:23 00:00:34 00:35:05
6 Spirig Nicola SUI 02:00:30 00:20:16 00:00:27 01:03:54 00:00:31 00:35:20
7 Ryf Daniela SUI 02:00:39 00:19:56 00:00:26 01:04:17 00:00:29 00:35:31
8 Hewitt Andrea NZL 02:00:45 00:19:53 00:00:29 01:04:15 00:00:29 00:35:38
9 Niwata Kiyomi JPN 02:00:50 00:19:56 00:00:34 01:04:13 00:00:31 00:35:36
10 Tanner Debbie NZL 02:01:05 00:19:57 00:00:29 01:04:17 00:00:29 00:35:54
11 Haskins Sarah USA 02:01:21 00:19:49 00:00:31 01:04:18 00:00:31 00:36:10
12 Harrison Jessica FRA 02:01:30 00:19:56 00:00:29 01:04:13 00:00:31 00:36:19
13 Di marco Messmer Magali SUI 02:01:49 00:19:49 00:00:29 01:04:22 00:00:29 00:36:39
14 Allen Kate AUT 02:01:59 00:20:56 00:00:31 01:05:24 00:00:34 00:34:32
15 Lisk Ricarda GER 02:02:07 00:20:00 00:00:29 01:04:12 00:00:39 00:36:46
16 Warriner Samantha NZL 02:02:12 00:19:58 00:00:29 01:04:15 00:00:34 00:36:55
17 Ueda Ai JPN 02:02:19 00:20:16 00:00:29 01:03:56 00:00:27 00:37:09
18 Norden Lisa SWE 02:02:26 00:20:55 00:00:29 01:05:26 00:00:31 00:35:05
19 Ertel Julie USA 02:02:38 00:19:50 00:00:29 01:04:23 00:00:31 00:37:22
20 Burgos Ana ESP 02:02:42 00:20:56 00:00:31 01:05:28 00:00:36 00:35:10
21 Tucker Helen GBR 02:02:54 00:19:51 00:00:31 01:04:17 00:00:36 00:37:39
22 Densham Erin AUS 02:03:07 00:20:54 00:00:29 01:05:27 00:00:31 00:35:46
23 Frintova Vendula CZE 02:03:27 00:20:53 00:00:31 01:05:29 00:00:27 00:36:06
24 Sapunova Yuliya UKR 02:03:33 00:21:01 00:00:29 01:05:18 00:00:34 00:36:09
25 Riveros Diaz Barbara CHI 02:03:42 00:20:20 00:00:27 01:06:03 00:00:34 00:36:16
26 Pilz Christiane GER 02:03:45 00:20:00 00:00:32 01:04:08 00:00:34 00:38:29
27 Haiboeck Tania AUT 02:04:02 00:21:03 00:00:27 01:05:22 00:00:32 00:36:37
28 Murua Ainhoa ESP 02:04:48 00:19:59 00:00:29 01:07:06 00:00:36 00:36:38
29 Murray Carolyn CAN 02:04:55 00:20:55 00:00:29 01:05:28 00:00:32 00:37:30
30 Dederko Ewa POL 02:05:08 00:21:01 00:00:29 01:05:24 00:00:31 00:37:42
31 Tremblay Kathy CAN 02:05:22 00:19:51 00:00:27 01:04:23 00:00:34 00:40:04
32 Roberts Kate RSA 02:05:33 00:19:58 00:00:29 01:06:26 00:00:36 00:38:02
33 Dittmer Anja GER 02:05:45 00:20:15 00:00:29 01:06:08 00:00:32 00:38:18
34 Peon Carole FRA 02:06:03 00:20:22 00:00:31 01:06:41 00:00:34 00:37:54
35 Czesnik Maria POL 02:06:12 00:20:01 00:00:29 01:06:57 00:00:36 00:38:05
36 Zausaylova Olga RUS 02:06:24 00:20:57 00:00:29 01:05:24 00:00:31 00:39:00
37 Davis Emma IRL 02:06:28 00:20:16 00:00:31 01:06:03 00:00:27 00:39:09
38 Szabo Zita HUN 02:06:45 00:20:28 00:00:29 01:05:58 00:00:32 00:39:16
39 Ohata Mariana BRA 02:07:10 00:20:01 00:00:29 01:06:24 00:00:31 00:39:43
40 Xing Lin CHN 02:07:34 00:20:02 00:00:27 01:06:22 00:00:36 00:40:05
41 May Elizabeth LUX 02:07:55 00:20:26 00:00:29 01:05:56 00:00:32 00:40:30
42 Zhang Yi CHN 02:08:37 00:19:58 00:00:31 01:07:10 00:00:36 00:40:21
43 Rabie Mari RSA 02:09:27 00:19:53 00:00:29 01:06:30 00:00:34 00:42:00
44 Bonin Charlotte ITA 02:09:41 00:20:06 00:00:29 01:06:57 00:00:37 00:41:30
45 Mensink Lisa NED 02:10:17 00:20:02 00:00:27 01:07:44 00:00:32 00:41:30
DNF Abyssova Irina RUS 00:00:00 00:19:56 00:00:29 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Avil Hollie GBR 00:00:00 00:20:09 00:00:31 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Dollinger Eva AUT 00:00:00 00:20:03 00:00:24 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Groves Lauren CAN 00:00:00 00:20:04 00:00:29 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Zemanova Lenka CZE 00:00:00 00:20:00 00:00:27 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Chmet Daniela ITA 00:00:00 00:20:00 00:00:31 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Corona Adriana Fabiola MEX 00:00:00 00:21:16 00:00:29 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Dimaki Deniz GRE 00:00:00 00:21:36 00:00:31 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Duffy Flora BER 00:00:00 00:20:26 00:00:32 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Mak So Ning Tania HKG 00:00:00 00:21:18 00:00:32 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00

 

 

 

The image below from Webpark.ru.

This crash certainly put and end to olympic medals for this group. Am pretty sure they were in the 2nd cycle chase group.

I can make out Lisa Mensink(39) who finsihed but not in her recent top form. Lauren Groves usually places in the top 10, so it was disappointing to see her crash out also.

 

 

 

 

The great wall of China is still strong and will remain so for along time to come. At least remnants of it anyway...and I am speaking metaphorically about this advanced country of China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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