Welcome to our travel blog. We are Tabitha and Nic. In 2011 we 'retired' in our early 40s and set off to travel the world. We spent our first year in South America and have been lucky enough to make two trips to Antarctica.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Three Jamaicans, one world record and a whole lot of cheering

men's 200m medal ceremony
Our first session in the Stadium was a packed evening with the last two events of the men's decathlon (which were the javelin & 1500m), the men's triple jump final, 800m final, and 200m final, and the women's 800m semis, 4x400m round one and the javelin final.

Not all of the events had a Team GB athlete involved, which was a bit of a shame, but was not really unexpected.  And what it did mean was that we could get behind the other competitors so much more.
We certainly made plenty of noise to help the decathlon guys with their javelin throws and the triple jumpers in their run ups.  Suarez soon impressed us all with his olympic best javelin throw of 76.94m, even though it wasn't enough to take him into the medals by the end of the ten events.

 And we were almost as enthusiastic for the little remote controlled minis that they used to bring back the javelins.  The javelins would be put in so that they were sticking up out of the top of the mini and be 'driven' back to the athletes.  They used them for the hammer the next day, so presumably use them for the shot and discus too.

The men's triple jump was a little disappointing not to include Phillips Idowu, but we had a great view as we were sat just in line with the sandpit.

One poor man clearly had his knee give way as he jumped and buckled in the sand in obvious pain.  The first person to him was a fellow competitor, quickly followed by the Gamesmakers and medics.  He had to be stretchered away and was a painful reminder of what athletes have to put themselves through to compete at this level.  Hope he is OK.
men's 800m start
The men's 800m final turned out to be one of the highlights of the day when David Rudisha smashed the World Record.  Everyone loved it.  When someone did this well, it didn't matter what nationality you were or they were, everyone knew that they had seen a fantastic achievement and celebrated loudly.
mens 800m finish
We did feel a little sorry for some of the athletes in the field events.  When there was no track event on, the commentators would focus on the field and we would all get behind them, but when the races were up, they did tend to take a back seat.
new men's 800m world record
We tried to still cheer everyone on, but it was nigh on impossible, and realistically, when there was a track race and two field events happening at one time, it would be difficult to know who the cheers were for anyway.  Unless there was a Team GB person, and them it was blatantly obvious and very noisy.
men's 800m medal ceremony
The ladies 4x400m relay round one was particularly good as we had Team GB to cheer on and they qualified well.  It was quite amazing to hear the way the main cheer went around the stadium alongside our runners.  Like a mexican wave, but with union jacks waving instead of arms, and much, much louder.
men's 200m start
And then of course there was the men's 200m final.  We had no one in it so could be entirely behind Team Jamaica - and let's face it, so was pretty much everyone else.  I took a photo of them as they set off and then while watching them run, I turned the camera around to the finish to take a picture of them crossing the line.
Trouble was they got there so fast, 19.32 seconds to be precise, that I didn't have time to refocus properly, so the photo is somewhat blurry!
men's 200m finish
But whatever the photo may look like, the reality was a most impressive Jamaican one, two and three.  Needless to say, the celebrations went on for a while.  We watched as Usain took a camera from one of the photographers and turned the tables.  And of course he did the 'bolt' a couple of times too.

Bolt turns photographer ...
... and doing the Bolt

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