Unexpected golds are gold at Games

There was a pair of very good results yesterday at the Commonwealth Games.

Linda Villumsen backed up her gold four years ago with a silver this time in the women’s cycling Individual Time Trial, losing to the favourite, an Aussie. This result wasn’t unexpected.

Hamish Bond was a bit of an unknown quantity in the men’s Individual Time Trial, after a switch to cycling from rowing, but hopes were quite high. Bond held the fastest time for a while, but got beaten by an Aussie (favourite again) and an Englishman. A great result given Bond’s rookie status.

The biggest surprise came in the women’s hammer throw, with Julia Ratcliffe rated a possible chance but up against three more favoured competitors.

It was good that TV talking heads didn’t talk up expectations and be presumptuous about success, as they have in some other events – over confidence and the commentator kiss of death nearly undid Tom Walsh in the shot put.

Sport can be unpredictable, as it was in the hammer throw.

Ratcliffe handled her nerves and threw very well.

Event favourites, an Englishwoman and a Canadian, bombed out after being disqualified for fouling three times. And another Canadian and Commonwealth record-holder was not up to her best and finished fourth.

So a great gold medal to Ratcliffe – and good to see her ahead of two Aussies. A relative unknown in athletics, Radcliffe won silver at the last Commonwealth Games.

Today the Silver Ferns have to lift themselves in a crucial game against England if they are to rescue themselves from disaster. They need to win to progress to the playoffs.



    • Gezza

       /  April 11, 2018

      Luvvit. 😛
      But his *Grant Robertson* character needs a lot more development work yet.
      His Savage on the wall’s not bad, but his Kirk also looks like Bolger.
      Sharpen up your caricaturing skills Emmerson.
      That looks nothing like Robertson.

  1. Gezza

     /  April 11, 2018

    Well done. Will it all be over soon? Please.

  2. Zedd

     /  April 11, 2018

    Kiwis can fly.. onya Julia ! 🙂

  3. Zedd

     /  April 11, 2018

    I watched the Capt, of the Silver Ferns crying, because this could be the first team EVER to not make the netball final at Comm games.. BOO HOO !
    Just proves the Old Adage.. ‘The Bigger they come.. the harder they FALL’

    There used to be an old saying “Its not whether you win or lose.. its how you play the game’ & react to losing too.. :/