The fact that all events have been very well covered by the BBC, supplemented by just how good Team GB has performed has been inspiring to watch. I won’t lie, I didn’t used to pay as much attention to rowing, judo or even the cycling to a certain extent but I’ve been well and truly converted over the course of the Olympics.Our leading lights Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Sir Chris Hoy have all shown the way with their gold medal performances (Saturday was an unbelievable day!) but every member of the team has played their part in providing the nation with inspirational moments. Gemma Gibbons’ silver in the Judo, Peter Wilson in the double trap and the men’s team in the gymnastics are just a few examples of numerous times in the last week where I’ve been glued to the TV.And as for Bradley Wiggins, I don’t think there are enough superlatives to describe his achievements. Olympic Gold and the first British Tour de France win are unprecedented achievements. 3 place so far in the medals table is a great achievement and hopefully we can add more medals to the 40 we’ve won so far (18 gold, 11 silver, 11 bronze). Anthony Ogogo is guaranteed at least a bronze in the boxing and judging by his form he can easily go all the way. Lawrence Okoye will be also hoping to be amongst the medals in the discus and by the time you read this hopefully he’s got one.I couldn’t talk about the Olympics without mentioning my favourite event, the 100m and of course, the main man Usain Bolt. The Jamaican trials might have put some doubt in people’s minds but never in mine and everyone else’s that know what he’s all about. The big game players always turn up for the big occasions and as Bolt has said himself, at Olympics and World Championships (barring Daegu, but he would have won that too) he is always ready and delivers.A slightly better start and the world record would have gone, but I’m pretty sure the Jamaican relay team will be close to breaking their own world record in the 4x100m relay. I’m really looking forward to seeing Team GB in relay action as well. With Adam Gemili and Dwain Chambers running the times they did in the semi finals, if they can get the baton round I think they could be in with a shout for a medal too.There been a big debate raging recently about who the greatest Olympian is, in the wake of Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated athlete in the history of the games with 22 medals. But is he the greatest? In my opinion, yes he is. Winning medals across multiple games is a key factor that gives athletes like Ben Ainslie, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Chris Hoy their own legendary status.
Defending your titles, as Usain Bolt and Michael Johnson have done also gives you legendary status. So to do both and in the process win 18 gold medals, two silver and two bronzes is an achievement that may take another 116 years of the Olympic games to surpass. Some argue that swimming gives you more opportunities to win more medals and this might be the case. The key however, is consistency and Phelps has shown that over eight years since Athens 2004 he is the best in the business. He retires with the highest medal total ever achieved and legendary status absolutely guaranteed.
With all the buzz of the Olympics it’s easy to forget that the new Aviva Premiership season is only a few weeks away now. Maybe inspired by Team GB, London Irish were the winners of the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7’s tournament on Friday night down at The Rec in Bath.
After losing to London Welsh in the first game we managed to rally for a bonus point win in the second game against hosts Bath, which sneaked us into the final on points difference. Trailing 28-5 at half time, we again managed to recover and produce and incredible turnaround to win the final 31-28 with the last play of the match. To win silverware this early in the season is a great boost for the club and will hopefully provide some great momentum going into the new season.
It’s probably the first trophy some of the guys have won and to come back the way we did in the second half of the final speaks volumes for the character of the players. It was definitely a moment to enjoy and hopefully it’s the start of something special this season for London Irish. Keep an eye out for Alex Gray and Jonathan Joseph this year – JJ has already started what is undoubtedly going to be a long and successful international career and I’ve no doubt Alex ‘Shaggy’ won’t be far behind. I even let him captain the team on the night…
Enjoy the rest of the Olympics, I definitely will!
That’s all for now, you can keep in touch with how London Irish’s pre-season is going on Facebook and twitter @LiRFC. Our first game is against Nottingham this Friday night in Sunbury, Kick off 7.45pm. You can also follow me @topsy_ojo