Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rowers add to GB gold tally

Great Britain's rowers ensured they surpassed their Beijing performance with two golds and a silver on Saturday afternoon.

The men's coxless four made it four Olympics triumphs in a row with a fantastic performance. Australia pushed them all the way but Great Britain held on to the delight of a passionate crowd at Eton Dorney, with the US claiming bronze. The quartet of Pete Reed, Andy Triggs Hodge, Tom James and Alex Gregory led from the start in a hugely impressive display. Reed, Hodge and James were repeating their success of four years ago in Beijing, but the medal was Gregory's first.

"I was trying to focus on our boat," said James. "When we got off the start and found our rhythm it felt good. It started raining and I thought this is what we do every winter when we train with the rain coming down. I can't describe what the atmosphere is like. It's magic, epic and emotional." listed here, finf the best American accepted betting sites and bonuses on the web.

That race was immediately followed by another win for the women in the lightweight double sculls, as Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland secured an emphatic victory to take the women's rowing gold medal tally to three. China were two seconds behind in second place, with early leaders and world champions Greece in third. "I can't believe this is real," admitted an emotional Copeland. "We've just won the Olympics. I've been trying all week not to think about it because it has been making me cry."

There was controversy ahead of the lightweight men's double sculls after the race was suspended due to a problem with the British boat. They were allowed to race after a short delay and Zak Purchase and Mark Hunter were unable to retain their title, just edged into the silver position by Denmark. Meanwhile, Mo Farah goes in the 10000m on Saturday evening hoping to add to Great Britain's medal tally. He is 2.20 to win gold, with Kenenis Bekele at 4.00 and Wilson Kiprop at 11.00.


Lindegaard pens new United deal

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has penned a new four-year deal with the Red Devils to keep him at Old Trafford till 2016.

The Denmark international joined Sir Alex Ferguson's outfit back in January 2011 from Norwegian side Aalesund FK, and has spent much of his time warming the bench for the 19-time league champions. However, the 28-year-old is currently United's stopper on their pre-season tour of Europe as colleague David De Gea remains on Olympic duty for Spain.

"I'm very pleased to have signed a new contract," Lindegaard told the club's official website. "I'm glad and proud that the manager has shown the confidence he has in me by giving me a new deal. "There is nowhere in the world I would rather be than right here. Check now for betting on Premier League. The competition for places is tough, as it should be in a club like this. It only makes us better as individuals and, more importantly, stronger as a team. "It's what I have dreamt of all my life and nothing makes me more proud than wearing the Manchester United badge."

Ferguson was pleased by the news that Lindegaard has opted to stay with the Old Trafford-based club - who are 3.25 to win the 2012-13 Premier League. "Anders is still relatively young for a goalkeeper but he has come on leaps and bounds since joining us last year," he said. "There is healthy competition in the goalkeeping department, which is always good for the team, albeit a headache for me!"