Molestation Charges Dropped Against Aussie Cricketer Luke Pomersbach

The Indian Newspaper The Daily Bhaskar reports that the molestation charges leveled against Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach have been dropped.

But rather than clear up the sordid tale of events the report only seems to serve more intrigue. Are the accusers opportunists, seeking to make some sort of gain out of the charges? The story says that no financial settlement was made. But Tweets from Sidhartha Mallya director of Pomersbach‘s IPLteam the Royal Chargers cast serious aspersions on the character of the accuser. But she is also expected to drop legal proceedings against him.

If nothing happened, why did all parties attend hospital and Pomersbach show up in court in a sling? Was this all part of the theatre?

There is no mention in the report of the assault charges which were filed against Pomersbach by the lady in questions ‘fiance’. I get the feeling the truth of this matter will be some time in coming out.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday quashed the FIR against the Royal Challengers Bangalore player Luke Pomersbach for allegedly molesting the American woman Zohal Hamid.

The HC’s move came during the hearing of petition filed by Zohal seeking quashing of FIR against the Royal Challengers Bangalore player Luke Pomersbach.

Hamid’s lawyers had on Thursday filed a petition in the High Court to withdraw the case against Australian player Pomersbach, who was arrested last Friday and later granted bail.

The filing of petition by Zohal’s lawyer came as a much-needed relief for both Luke and RCB director Sidhartha Mallya.

The lawyer had reportedly informed the cops about Zohal moving the court for quashing the case.

Zohal is also expected to drop the legal proceedings against RCB director Sidhartha Mallya for casting aspersions on her character through tweets after she complained to police about molestation by the cricketer.

Mallya on Wednesday night had expressed his pleasure over the patch-up between the two parties. In a late night Tweet Sidhartha Mallya said: “So glad that all charges have been dropped and Luke can return down under A FREE MAN! (sic)”

However, Sidhartha clarified that the ‘patch-up’ between the two parties was not financial in any form. “Oh and btw, I know ppl can be cynical, so just so u know, the settlement wasn’t financial in any way! (sic),” Mallya wrote on Twitter.

The first indication to this out of court settlement came on Wednesday when Sahil’s brother Feroz claimed they did not want to pursue the case.

Royal Challengers player Luke Pomersbach was arrested last Friday after American national Zohal Hamid alleged he molested her and hit her fiance Sahil when he objected to the cricketer’s behaviour. Pomersbach was arrested and a court granted him bail later.

Defending his team player, Sidhartha on Friday took to Twitter saying: “The girl who is accusing Luke is saying he hit her ‘fiance’…what a load of f****** s***. She was all over me last night and asked for me bbm pin, so if he was her fiance she wasn’t exactly behaving like a future wife.”

Zohal had filed a defamation case after approaching the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) complaining about Siddharth’s tweets. More at IPL molestation:

Hopefully Luke Pomersbach will be back home in Western Australia soon without having spent time in an Indian jail. But I stand by my previous statement that the man should avoid alcohol if it brings him this kind of trouble.

More Trouble for Western Australian Cricketer Luke Pomersbach

The Australian reports that former Western Warrior batsmen Luke Pomersbach has been arrested in India and faces serious chages of assault and sexual assault. 

Pomersbach is in India playing for The Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. He has not played for Western Australia, in any format, since February 2011 following a spate of discipline issues and being arrested for DUI and assaulting a police officer. 

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have suspended Pomersbach for the rest of the IPL season, although he has not played a match so far. Both Pomersbach and the couple alleging the assaults have attended hospital and Pomersbach has been seen with his arm in a sling. 

Australian batsman Luke Pomersbach arrested in India over assault after IPL match

Royal Challengers Bangalore Australian batsman Luke Pomersbach is facing assault and molestation charges in India Source: AFP

TROUBLED former Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach is facing assault and molestation charges arising from an incident at an after match party for IPL players last night.

The West Australian is in India playing with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The cricketer is accused of trying to molest a 27-year-old woman during a party at the upmarket Maurya Sheraton Hotel.

”We have arrested Luke Pomersbach for assaulting a woman and beating up the fiance who objected to his action,” police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.

The Press Trust of India reports that he has been “charged with assaulting and outraging the modesty of a woman”.

A powerful batsman, Pomersbach made his debut for Australia in a T20 match in Perth in 2007.

He was driving to the ground to watch the game when he got a call asking him to come to the dressing rooms and prepare to play as Brad Hodge had injured his back.

Pomersbach was indefinitely suspended by WA for an extended drinking session that summer.

He narrowly escaped a jail sentence in August 2009 when he was charged with assaulting a police officer who was trying to arrest him for drink driving.

Pomersbach, 27, stood down from the West Australian side last summer to deal with personal issues.

…More at Pomersbach on assault charge in India

It very much sounds like Luke Pomersbach has not dealt with those “personal issues” and anyone who has found so much trouble for himself because of alcohol really should not go near the stuff. 

Coming Highlights Cricket World Cup, Super Rugby, FA Cup

Back in the days when Channel 9 was Channel Eddie, Eddie McGuire would always start The Footy Show with the words “What a week it’s been!”. Well what a week it is going to be for sport. The Cricket World Cup has kicked off on the subcontinent with a lavish opening ceremony. The first game between India and Bangladesh begins on Saturday. A new season of Super Rugby begins tonight (Friday 18th February). The competition has been expanded to 15 teams, including the Melbourne Rebels. Of course we can not forget, back in England the FA Cup Fifth Round matches will be played this weekend, including the fairytale fixtures of Manchester United playing host to non-league Crawley Town and Leyton Orient welcoming Arsenal, fresh from their European Champions League victory over Barcelona.

The Cricket World Cup proper starts on Saturday, with two of the host sides, Bangladesh face favourites IndiaAustralia have their first game on Monday (21stFebruary) in Ahmedabad against ZimbabweAustralia did well against England in their recent one day series and Ricky Pontingmade a come back in the warm up game against India last week. Ponting made 50 in a break from his recent poor run of form, but Australia were well beaten by the Indian spinners. They will need to seriously improve in order to beat India on their home soil and maintain their huge success in this competition. Of Course South Africa should not be forgotten as contenders for the trophy. The Cricket World Cup features 14 teams and 49 matches staged over 6 weeks across the sub continent, including BangladeshIndia and Sri LankaPakistan was forced to withdraw from hosting because of security concerns.

The new Super 15 tournament begins in New Zealand where the Hurricanes host local rivals the Highlanders. The first game on Australian soil is also the first Super Rugby game in Melbourne, where the new franchise, the Melbourne Rebels host last years highest finishing Australian side theWarratahs. The Rebels include a variety of oversas talent, including former England Fly Half, Danny Cipriani. Not to mention Australian Captain Stirling MortlockMortlock‘s former side the Brumbies host  the Waikato Chiefs, while the Queensland Reds host Perth‘s Western Force, who finsihed second from bottom last season. With James O’Connor and David Pocock playing so well for Australia, it’s hard to believe they will finish as low again.

I mentioned those two fairytales fiixtures in the FA Cup earlier, which will undoubtedly go to the Premier League leaders Manchester United and Arsenal, but they will be days that the Crawleyand Leyton Orient players will always remember. Other notable match ups include the round four replays. The all Premier League clash of Chelsea and Everton and Manchester City have to still complete their clash against Notts County.

I can not close without mentioning the superb win by Arsenal against Barcelona. Even Arsenal die hard fans knew it would be difficult. Arsenal played well in the first half, keeping Barcelona out and creating some chances oftheir own, but still conceded a goal to World Cup star David Villa. The second half saw an amazing comeback by the Gunners.Robin Van Persie managed to get his shot from the left between the post and Barcelona goalkeeper ValdesArsenal’s second goal came from some fancy work on the right from Samir Nasri who centred the ball for great finish by Andrey Arshavin. It will be a tough game at the Nou Camp, but Arsenal have given themselves every chance and may be fuelled the confidence of their frst Trophy in 6 years, as they play the League Cup Final before they meet Barcelona again.

The London Olympics Day 16 – The Final Day

Highlights and Results of Day 16 The London Olympics 2012

All good things come to an end they say and the London Olympics 2012 was nothing but a good thing. Sadly the final day came yesterday, but the 30th Games went out with a bang and lots of medals being decided.

The day started with the traditional final Olympic Athletics event, the Men’s Marathon. But in a break with tradition it did not start and end in the stadium, but took in the famous sites of the City of London and finished in the Queen’s driveway, The Mall and the whole route was lined with thousands of supporters cheering on the athletes.

As expected the marathon was dominated by the Africans. The Kenyans led through Wilson Kiprotich from about the halfway mark. Countryman Abel Kirui and Stephen Kiprotich of Ugandacaught him and made it a three way fight for the medals. Despite appearing to have a leg injury Stephen Kiprotich surged to the front and claimed Uganda’s first medal of the games 26 seconds ahead of Kirui.

The Men’s Basketball finished with the most expected result of the games, the USA winning the Gold with their team of NBA superstars, including Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and Kevin Durant. But Silver medallists Spain did not let them have it all their own way. Spain went behind by ten points in the first quarter but caught up and were only a point behind at half time. The third quarter remained very close, but a few minutes into the final period the USA started to pull away and put some daylight between them, finishing with a 107-100 score line. Earlier in the day Russia had won the Bronze medal play off 81-77

In Boxing five medals were decided, with four of them going to the old communist bloc countries, well if you count Cuba as one of those. Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan all won Gold. Great Britain’s Fred Evansclaimed Silver in the Welterweight 69Kg division and countryman Anthony Joshua won Gold in the Super Heavyweight +91Kg division beating Italian Roberto Cammrelle.

Samantha Murray won Great Britain’s 65th medal of the games finishing second behind Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania in the Women’s Modern Pentathlon. The men’s event had been won by David Svoboda of the Czech Republic the day before.

Russia beat Brazil to win the Men’s Volleyball GoldItaly had claimed the Bronze beating Bulgaria earlier in the day.

Italy went one better in the Men’s Water Polo claiming Silver after losing the final 8-6 to Gold medalists Croatia, their first medal as an independent state. The Bronze was won by Serbia beating Montenegro 12-11 just short of a clean medal sweep for the old Yugoslavian states.

We have written 15 articles and have not even covered all of the events in this fantastic games. The Olympics is always special, but I believe the London Olympics is even more special, the best since Sydney of 2000. Of course I have my own bias having grown up in London and lived in Australiafor many years. But I believe that many athletes and commentators who have been to more than one games will tell you that this one was exceptional.

The opening and closing ceremonies were the best, including the Great British history and huge depth of music and the arts.

In the mean time we will start counting down the days until Rio de Janeiro 2016. Don’t you just love the Olympics?

The London Olympics Day 15 – Another Super Saturday

Highlights and Results from Day 15 of the The London Olympics 2012

Who would believe that the second Saturday in the Athletics stadium could come close to the first? But close it came. It didn’t yield three Gold medals for the host country, like the first Saturday, but there was a remarkable second Gold for long distance man Mo Farah, a new world record for the 4 x 100M Relay and more entertaining antics from Usain Bolt and Mo Farah.

Things really kicked off with the first track event of the night, the Men’s 500 MetresMo Farah was a warm favourite and the hope for most of the 80,000 in the stands. But could he back up after the 10,000 metres and a heat for the 5,000? The man was on 20,000 metres of competitive running. The race started at a really slow pace and after a couple of laps Farah decided he needed to take the pace on himself. So he led from the front for a while. There were lots of lead changes with the Kenyans, Ethiopians and Bernard Lagat of the USA all trying to find the best position for the finish. With about 750 metres remaining Farah kicked very early for home. There was a lot of competition for the front spot over the last two laps, but coming into the home straight Farah opened his stride and no one was going to catch him. Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia was right behind Farah and Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa of Kenya beat Bernard Lagat to the Bronze.

The Women’s 800 Metres was next on the track. There was much talk of Caster Semenya, the South African who has mainly been in exile since her World Championship win 3 years ago and the allegations and questions of her gender that followed. Semenya spent most of the race at the back of the pack and the Russians led. She kicked with about 130 metres to go but had let the lead runners get too far away it seemed. But she did manage to catch and pass all but Mariya Savinova of Russia, who won GoldSemenya could certainly have won the Olympic title had she ran a smarter race.

The US team for the Women’s 4 x 400 metres Relay were firm favourites and led the race from beginning to end. They finished more than 3 seconds ahead of the Russians, who claimed silverJamaica beat off a strong challenge from Ukraine to win the Bronze. This was the fifth successive Gold for the Americanwomen in this Olympic event, the third Gold medal at these games for Allyson Felix and the second for Sanya Richards-Ross. Is that domination or what?

The Men’s 4 x 100 metres Relay set up another showdown between the big guns of Olympicsprinting, Jamaica and the USANesta Carter and Michael Frater gave Jamaica a good start, but they were marginally behind the USA when Yohan Blake took the baton. The Jamaican changeover was better than the Americans and Blake ran a great bend to catch them and takeover. When Bolttook the baton Ryan Bailey was pretty much level with him, but only at the start. Bolt exploded down the home straight, he showed no signs of slowing at the finish and even dipped for the line. It was all worthwhile; the Jamaicans had set a new world record by two-tenths of a second. Bolt and Blake led the celebrations, throwing their regular poses and shaking hands and hugging everyone around the track. There was a minor dispute with an official as Bolt wanted to keep the baton, but the official insisted it was returned. But this is not a games of bureaucracy and it was presented back to him before the night was over. Bolt mimicked Mo Farah’s hands on head celebration, as Farah had imitated Bolt’s celebrations with some sit ups after the 5,000 metres. They later posed together as the two stars of the night at this London Olympics.

That finished the events in the stadium. Many people are sad to see the London games come to an end and I am one of them. It has been nothing short of magnificent.

Events were finishing all around London. The Football (Soccer) had a surprising end at Wembleywith the favourites Brazil being beaten 2-1 by Mexico. The defending of the Brazilians was atrocious, giving away the ball carelessly in dangerous areas. The first time was only 30 seconds after the kick off and Mexico capitalised through Oribe Peralta, who put away his chance for the fastest ever goal in an Olympic final. Other Brazilian mistakes saw Mexico hit the bar and no one was really marking Peralta when he scored his second, heading in from a corner. The Brazilians scored on 90 minutes through Hulk and they had a few minutes of injury time left to equalise and take the game into extra time. But they hardly deserved to and justifiably Mexico took the Gold.

The USA convincingly beat France 86-50 in North Greenwich to take the Women’s Basketball GoldUS forward Candace Parker top scored with 21 points. Earlier Australia had beaten Russia83-74 to take the Bronze.

Germany retained the Olympic Men’s Hockey title with a 2-1 win over the Netherlands. It was a close finish but with two minutes remaining, Rabente scored the winner from close range. Australiaagain claimed Bronze beating Great Britain 3-1 in the play off.

In Boxing 5 titles were decided at the Excel arena. Great Britain’s Luke Campbell beat Irishman Joe Nevin in front of a rapturous home crowd to claim the Bantamweight (56Kg) Gold. But the most impressive celebrations of the night came from Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk after beating Clemente Russo of Italy for the Heavyweight (91Kg) Gold medal. Usyk wound up events with some Cossack dancing, which could have been mixed with some break dancing, it was hard to tell. But it was the only celebration in this Olympics I have seen that has come close to Usain Bolt’s.

There are several events that wind up on this final day of the London Olympics The Men’s Marathon should finish around 1:40PM. Men’s Basketball has the play off for Bronze between Argentina and RussiaSpain face the might of the USA Dream Team for the Gold. There are five medal deciding Boxing bouts. Mountain Bike Racing, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Handball, Modern Pentathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo and Wrestling all come to a conclusion today. So the Londongames will go out with a bang not whimper.

This will of course all be followed by the closing ceremony, surprises have been promised. If they dragged out Paul McCartney for the opening, I am expecting a full Beatles reunion for the closing.

We will be back tomorrow to wrap up this magnificent London Olympics.

The London Olympics Day 14 – Another Day Another World Record

Highlights and Results from Day 14 of The London Olympics 2012

Day 14 at the London Olympics saw another world record broken on the track. The US Women’s 4 x 100M Relay team knocked almost half a second off of the record for the event that had stood since 1985.

The US team of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter got off to a fast start and Allyson Felix ran a great second leg, by the time Carmelita Jeter got the baton in her hand she had a healthy lead on their biggest rivals, JamaicaJeter finished beautifully and was even seen checking out the clock on her way to the finish line. It was the first time the USA had won this event since 1996. The Jamaican team, which included the Women’s 100M Gold and Bronzemedallists, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown, broke their national record, as did third placed European champions Ukraine.

The heats for the Men’s 4 x 100M Relay also provided lots of drama, with home team Great Britain finishing second behind the USA only to be disqualified for the final handover between Daniel Talbot and Adam Gemili. To be blunt the handover was a complete mess. It was not completed until they were outside the designated area, then Gemili ran into the next lane. That apart, Gemili ran a good leg. The USA had the fastest qualifying time for the final, but only one hundredth of a second ahead of Jamaica, who are yet to add the dual 100 and 200 metre champion Usain Bolt to their team.

The Men’s Pole Vault was won by Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie in a new Olympic record of 5.97 Metres. Australian hope and Beijing Gold medallist for the event, Steve Hooker, failed to register a jump and went out very early.

There was also a new Olympic record set in the Women’s Hammer Throw by Tatyana Lysenko of Russia, the Silver went to Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland and the Bronze to Betty Heidler of Germany. The event is still dominated by eastern Europeans, but Wenxiu Zhang of China came in fourth.

The Women’s 5000 Metres was a close run finish, with Meseret Defar of Ethiopia claming the Gold, ahead of Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot of Kenya, fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba scored BronzeBritish girls Joanne Pavey and Julia Bleasdale came in 7th and 8th, the first non-Africans.

The Women’s 1500 Metres saw an amazing one two from Turkey with Asli Cakir Alptekin and Gamze Bulut sprinting through the field in the home stretch to claim Goldand SilverMaryam Yusuf Jamal scored Bahrain’s first medal of these games in third place.

The final event of the evening was the Men’s 4 x 400M relay where the favourites, USA were surprisingly beaten by the Bahamas, who set a new national record. Trinidad and Tobago came in third only just ahead of Great Britain.

Boxing was semi finals night for the men and saw British boys Anthony Joshua, Fred Evans and Luke Campbell all qualify for finals to fight for Gold. On Saturday, bantamweight Luke Campbellfights Ireland‘s John Joe Nevin. On Sunday, welterweight Fred Evans faces Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan, before super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua meets reigning champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy. However, middleweight Anthony Ogogo lost his semi-final to Brazil‘s Esquiva Falcao and had to settle for Bronze.

In Diving British hopeful and teen idol Tom Daleyqualified for the final, but only in 15th place, 78 points behind Chinese leader Bo QiuAustralia will be represented by Mathew Mitchum who finished 9th in the qualifier.

In Men’s Football (Soccer) the Bronze medal play off was won by South Korea who beat Japan 2-0 with goals from Arsenal striker Chuyoung Park and Jacheol Koo.

Great Britain claimed the Bronze medal in Women’s Hockey with a 3-1 win over New Zealand.

Sailors Mal Page and Mat Belcher scored another Sailing Gold for Australia in the 470 class. British crew Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell won the Silver.

Saturday night sees nothing but finals in the Olympic stadium, six of them, leaving only the Marathon to close out this fantastic Olympics on Sunday. Stay tuned, I’m even going to watch the closing ceremony this time.

The London Olympic Games Day 13 – The Stadium of Dreams

Results and Highlights from Day 13 at The London Olympic Games 2012

Another sensational night in the London Olympic stadium. This games just keeps on delivering. What more could we ask for? A World Record in the Men’s 800 Metres and Usain Bolt completing the double double by winning the 200 Metres.

David Rudisha of Kenya was the out and out favourite for the 800 Metres Gold medal. There was good reason for that. He led the final from start to finish and while the battle was going on for the minor placings Rudisha crossed the line well ahead of the chasing field in a new World Record. But the following field were not slouching either, every one of them ran a new personal best or created a new national record. The 800 metres at the London Olympics will be long remembered.

The semi-finals of the Women’s 4 x 100 relay followed. The Americans blitzed the first heat, even though they rested their star sprinters. The Jamaicans came in second in the second semi, marginally behind Ukraine. They had a dodgy changeover on the third leg and also have some speedsters to bring in for the final. The Gold will probably be fought out between the USA and Jamaica, but do not discount Ukraine or Trinidad and Tobago.

There was more success for Jamaica in the 200 Metres final. Usain Bolt got away fast and ran a great bend to go into the straight in front of the field. He of course increased his lead, only to do his traditional slow down at the line. Yohan Blake was once again right behind him and Warren Weircame in third for a Jamaican clean sweep of the medals. The strength of Jamaica in sprinting is astounding for a tiny island nation with a population of less than 3 million people.

Usain Bolt and his compatriots celebrated hard again. This time Bolt even turned the tables on the press photographers, borrowing a camera from one of them and taking their photograph, as well as more of the crowd and fellow medal winners. Apart from being the world’s greatest sprinter, he is also one its biggest showman, which is why the crowds flock to the stadium whenever he runs.

Three other athletics medals were decided on day 13. Christian Taylor of the USA won the Men’s Triple Jump and Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic won the Women’s JavelinAshton Eaton of the USA won the Decathlon, ahead of countryman Trey Hardee, but it is those track events that are worth bottling.

The Women’s Football (Soccer) competition was finalized with USA winning the Gold by beating Japan 2-1 Canada claimed the Bronze with a 1-0 win over France. By now we were getting a little tired of hearing the US anthem.

Great Britain claimed three more Gold medals on day 13. Jade Jones won the Women’s 57Kg category in Taekwondo and Charlotte Dujardin won the Individual DressageNicola Adams made history by winning the first ever Olympic Boxing medal for women, in the Flyweight division.

In Kayaking Australia‘s Men’s K4 1000m crew of Tate Smith, David Smith, Murray Stewart and Jake Clear won GoldAustralia’s 6th of these games which brought them into the top ten on the medal table.

But Aussie fortunes were not so good elsewhere with the Opals losing the Women’s Basketballsemi-final to the USA 86-73. They will now play Russia for the Bronze medal. The Men’s Hockeyteam the Kookaburras, bowed out their semi-final losing 4-2 to Germany. In Women’s Water Polo Australia won the Bronze medal beating Hungary in the play off. The USA won the Gold medal beating Spain 8-5 in the final.

The London Olympics Day 12 – Second Gold for Aussie Sailors

Highlights and Results from Day 12 of the The London Olympics 2012

Australian Sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won the Men’s 49er Gold on day 12 at the London Olympics. As we reported on Monday they only needed to finish their final race to pick up the Gold medal. New Zealand pair Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had the Silver sewn up in the same way. So at the end of the day Australia collected it’s 5th Gold of the London games and New Zealand its 100th ever Olympic medal.

The Australian Boomers Basketball team bowed out of the Olympics on day 12 after coming up against the USA Dream Team. The final score was 119-86 but the Boomers were within 3 points after half time. A scoring frenzy led by NBA superstar Kobe Bryant ensured that Team USA finished with a healthy margin. There was a nasty scuffle in the France v Spain match, but Spain finished 66-59 in front on the scoreboard, to progress to the semi-final.

In the Athletics stadium the biggest superstar of these games was ensuring a place in the 200 metresfinal and Usain Bolt remains on target for the Olympic double that he achieved in BeijingBolt won the second heat of the 200 metres with only the fourth fastest time of the semis. But like the semi final of the 100 metres, he was cruising at the end, leaving plenty to spare for the final. His great friend and Jamaican compatriot Yohan Blake once again had the fastest qualifying time, so another Jamaican one two looks to be on the cards.

Four medals were decided in the Athletics stadium on day 12. The Women’s Long Jump was won by Brittney Reece of the USA with a leap of 7.12 metres. Fellow American Janay Deloach picked up the Bronze. They were separated by Elena Sokolova of Russia.

The Women’s 400 metres Hurdles saw another Russian medal. Veteran Natalya Antyukh, at 31, clocked a personal best time to beat out Lashinda Demus of the USA and Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic.

The Women’s 200 metres was a battle of the sprinters, not only the traditional 100/200 metre competitors, but Sanya Richards-Ross the 400 metre Gold medallist was also well in the mix. But she could not match the starts of the 100 metre girls and finished fifth behind USA compatriot Allyson Felix100 metre champion Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Carmelita Jeter who collected the medals. Veronica Campbel-Brown of Jamaica came in 4th

The final medal race of the 12th evening was the Men’s 110 metres Hurdles where the USAachieved a Gold and Silver finish through Aries Merrit and Jason Richardson. Hansle Parchment of Jamaica won Bronze. British hope Lawrence Clarke achieved a creditable fourth and maybe can improve on that in Rio 2016.

The first five events of the Decathlon were completed with American Ashton Eaton leading the field on 5693 points. The 10 event battle of attrition took its toll, with British hopeful Daniel Awdeand former Olympic champion Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic both pulling out with injuries.

In Boxing British Light-Welter Weight Tom Stalker was beaten in his quarter final by Mongolian Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg. It was a contentious decision and Stalker’s camp lodged a failed appeal.

Belfast light-flyweight Paddy Barnes and Flyweight Michael Conlan both secured Boxing medals for Ireland.

The London Olympics Day 10 – Australia Wins Second Gold

Highlights and results from Day 10 of The London Olympics 2012

There have been some unkind jokes going around on the web, mostly from British and Kiwi fans. They go something along the lines of – Call any Aussie friends you may have and say: ‘You’ve just won Gold!’ When they ask which sport, say: ‘Sorry I meant you’ve just ONE Gold.’. Well day 10 at the London Olympics changed all that, well at least until they can come up with a joke for two. Tom Slingsby, of Gosford, raised the nation’s morale by winning a long awaited second Gold medal in the Laser class of single-hander dinghies at the Olympic Sailing. Now that may mean something to all of the sailor types out there, but to the rest of us it means Australia rocketed to 19th on the medal table.

To keep the jokesters at bay, Australia’s pairing of Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have secured an unassailable lead in the 49er skiff class, they only have to finish Wednesday’s final event to pick up another Sailing Gold.

In the Athletics stadium five more medals were decided. The Women’s Pole Vault was the first event to start and the last to finish, in the evening session. Swirling winds in the stadium played havoc with all competitors, not to mention having to stop for track races and medal ceremonies. Australia’sAlana Boyd came in 11th with a vault of 4.30 metres. British hope Holly Bleasdale was equal 6th on 4.45. Jennifer Suhr of the USA and Yarisley Silva of Cuba both finished on 4.75 metres, Suhr was awarded the Gold on a count back. Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia won Bronze.

The Women’s Shot Put was a much shorter event; they even managed to get their medals awarded on day 10. But it takes more than a slight wind to affect a 4 kilogram (8.8 lb) ball. Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus won Gold with a 21.36 metre put. Valerie Adams of New Zealand won SilverEvgeniia Kolodko won another Bronze for Russia.

There were qualifiers and semi-finals of the Women’s 200 metres and 400 metres hurdles, but the first track final of the night was the Men’s 400M HurdlesBritish hope and Athletics team captain David (Dai) Green finished fourth behind Felix Sanchez of the Dominican RepublicMichael Tinsley of the USA and Javier Culson of Puerto RicoSanchezwent into some serious celebrations after winning the event, then burst into tears during the medal ceremony, before he even mounted the dais. He continued to sob uncontrollably after his medal was placed around his neck and his national anthem was played. Now this was a great comeback for Sanchez, having won the Gold in Athens in 2004 and failed to medal in Beijing and it’s nice to see commitment, but I am informed that Sanchez’s only connection to the Dominican Republic is that his parents are from there, he was born raised and trains in the USA.

The Women’s 3000 Metres Steeplechase is an event that has been dominated by the Kenyans and Ethiopians. But the tables were turned at the London OlympicsYuliya Zaripova of Russia led from start to finish, the Kenyans and Ethiopians challenged but were not able to pass her for any significant amount of time and she seemed to gain 5 metres on the field at every water jump. In the final straight she streaked away from the field and Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia beat off the other challengers for SilverSofia Assefa of Ethiopia claimed BronzeKenya’s first finisher was fourth.

The Men’s 400M final featured 19 year old Australian Steven Solomon, but he was not the youngest in the race. In fact the Gold and Silver were both won by teenagers. Kirani James of Grenada was pulling away at the end and finished over half a second in front of World junior champion, Luguelin Santos of the Dominican RepublicLalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago claimed the Bronze.

So a good night in the stadium for Russia and the Dominican Republic, Day 11 will see the Women’s 100M Hurdles semi-finals and final, where all Australians will be hoping that Sally Pearson can break their duck on the track and bring home the Gold.

In Basketball, Australia narrowly beat Russia 82-80. Great Britain finished their campaign with a convincing 90-58 win over China and the US Dream Team did the same in the angry and high scoring 126-97 point win over ArgentinaBasketball now moves into the quarter final knockout rounds, where Australia face the mighty USA on Wednesday. The Australian Women’s team, the Opals, face China in their quarter final today.

The Boxing has also reached the gnarly quarter final rounds. All semi finalists are guaranteed a medal, as there is no fight off for the Bronze in BoxingBritish Middleweight (75Kg) Anthony Ogogo won his bout against German Stefan Hartel and countryman Anthony Joshua beat China’s Zhilei Zhang in the Super Heavyweight (91Kg) class.

The London Olympics Day 4 Michael Phelps Breaks the Record for Olympic Medals

The London Olympics Day 4 Results and Highlights

Although Michael Phelps may be past his 8 Gold medal haul of Beijing four years ago, he managed to put himself in the record books once again yesterday. He picked up two medals to take his Olympic hoard up to 19. More Olympic medals than any other athlete has ever won. Phelps was narrowly beaten in the Men’s 200M Butterfly. Looking for all the world like he had it won, his final stroke left him short of the wall and as he coasted in Chad le Clos of South Africa touched before him, taking the Gold, five hundredths of a second in front of PhelpsTakeshi Matsuda of Japanpicked up the Bronze, which is becoming a regular habit for Japanese swimmers at this Olympics.

An hour later Phelps was back in the pool with his team mates for the 4 x 200M Freestyle final. The Americans pretty much dominated the event from start to finish. Both the British and Australian teams featured in the medal positions for parts of the race, but by the time Phelps hit the water, in the anchor leg, there was little doubt who would take the Gold. Team USAfinished over three seconds ahead of second placed France, China came in third.

Love him or hate him, no one can deny Michael Phelps work ethic and self belief. He believes that anyone can do anything that they put their mind to and even his 19 medal total can be beaten. He even hopes to add more medals to his stash before he leaves London.

The American Women were not to be denied either, Allison Schmitt won the 200M Freestyle in a new Olympic record of 1:53.61 Camille Muffatt of France claimed Silver and Bronte Barratt of Australia the Bronze.

Australian golden girl of the pool, Stephanie Rice, looked like she would add to her Beijing medal haul for most of the 200M Individual Medley final. But she was beaten to the medals by Shiwen Yeof China, Alicia Coutts of Australia and Caitlin Leverenz of the USABritish girl Hannah Mileycame in 7th.

In the Basketball both Australia and Great Britain were in action and both slipped to defeats. Australia were beaten 82-70 by second favourites Spain, while Great Britain went down 67-62 to Brazil. The British looked competitive, but they were always playing catch up and missed a lot of seemingly straightforward shots that would have given them the win. Russia secured a resounding win over China 73-54

The Boxing competition is still in its early stages (round of 32) and the seeded fighters have not yet joined the contest. But there have been some very competitive bouts, especially in the lower weight divisions. Boxers from Thailand and Kazakhstan have put in some very commendable performances.

Equestrian has never really been my thing. Personally I think the horses should get the medals, they do all the running and jumping, the jockeys just steer and sit back for the ride. But the medals were decided in the 3 Day Event with Germany taking Gold in the team event, Great Britain, Silver and New Zealand, Bronze. The story is most newsworthy because Zara Phillips, the Queen’s Granddaughter, is a member of the British Team and the first member of the Royal Family to win an Olympic medal. Although her Father (a commoner) also won Silver in the same event in 1972 and 1988 and her Mother, Princess Anne, was also an Olympian in 1976 but did not feature in the medals. But she has enough Gold and Silver of her own.

Zara Phillips came in 8th in the individual competition, which was won by Michael Jung of GermanyAustralia’s highest finisher was Andrew Hoy at 13th competing in his seventh Olympic games at 53. It doesn’t say how old his horse is.

In Women’s Football, Great Britain faced Brazil and beat them 1-0. Stephanie Houghton scored the goal in the second minute of the match.

The Hokeyroos, Australia’s Women’s Hockey team beat Germany 3-1 recovering from their 1-0 loss to New Zealand in their first game. Great Britain had their second win beating South Korea 5-3

Great Britain and Australia faced each other in the Men’s Volleyball with the Australians winning 3 sets to nil.

In Water Polo the Australian Men made a comeback after their defeat to Italy beating Kazakhstan7-4 While Great Britain went down by a devastating 21-7 to Serbia.

Another busy day ahead in London awaits.

Farewell Joe Frazier

Former Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Counted Out

News broke today of the passing of one of the all time great heavyweight boxing champions. Joe Frazier lost his battle with liver cancer at the age of 67.

Joe Frazier held the World Heavyweight Title in the early 1970′s which was really the golden era of heavyweight boxing. He fought all of the greats and not so greats of that time including, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Jimmy Ellis, Jerry Quarry and Joe Bugner to name a few.

In 37 pro bouts he won won 27 by a knockout and he was only defeated 4 times. Twice by Muhammad Ali and twice by George Foreman, who both towered over him and had a longer reach.

Frazier also won the Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medal in Tokyo as an amateur in 1964.

But he will mostly be remembered for his rivlary with Muhammad Ali. They fought three times with Frazier winning the first, to retain the world title, but Ali won the next two, including the famous Thriller in Manilla, which will always be remembered by fight fans.