GOLD MEDAL FOR… DESTROYING PRODUCTIVITY IN IRELAND

As one, a nation downed tools this afternoon, stopping everything to watch boxer Katie Taylor in her semi-final clash with Mavzuna Chorieva. And they weren’t disappointed. The 26-year-old from Bray in Ireland, absolutely clattered her Tajikstani opponent, roared on by a partisan Irish crowd. Now, we’re not the kind of people to make assumptions lightly, but we suspect that quite a few of her fans may not have made it back into the office after the fight and, yes, we’re very jealous of them. 

SILVER MEDAL FOR… ANOTHER NEAR MISS

If Victoria Pendleton hadn’t had enough of cycling before the Olympics, she’s certainly had her fill of the sport now. A gold medal in the Keirin last week was a magnificent achievement, but she bowed out of the Games last night in tears after another disqualification jiggered her hopes of a second gold against Australia’s Anna Meares. Pendleton, who you’ll not be surprised to learn is a favourite in the office, retires now and we’ll come to terms with that in our time, thank you very much. Still, congratulations must go to gold medalist Meares. The Australians have been so quiet during the Olympics, some of us were actually wondering if they’d boycotted them…

BRONZE MEDAL FOR… NOT BREAKING HIS NECK

As British legend Daley Thompson will tell you, pole vaulting is not always as graceful a sport as it may appear. One false move from the athlete or one moment of weakness in the pole and you’ll be treated to a loud crack and the curious sight of an unguided big bloke hurtling through the air. In this case, that big bloke was Cuba’s Lazaro Borges and he’s actually quite fortunate to still be competing. If the pole had snapped a fraction of a second earlier, he’d have fallen on to the track on his neck from a height of around eight foot. That would not have been pretty. 

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