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At the moment we're 17th on the medals table - pretty good I think. Hoping Caster Semenya also does well - she came second in the heat for the 800m today, so holding thumbs for her.

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Sailing match race looks good, our team made it to semifinals.
But that's our last hope in sailing, others were 7th, 7th and 10th.

I just hope our javelin men get a medal.

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Bridgitte Hartley from SA just got bronze in the 500m kayak race - well done girl!

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After bitter loss in semifinal, we have bronze in women's match race sailing!

It's funny both our medals are from sailing (windsurfing is technically in the category). Sailing is stereotypically hobby of the Swedish speaking minority(=upper class twits) and that's all we have for national pride...

So thumbs up for javelin men tonight. If they don't get gold or silver, this'll be our worst ever medal count.


Edit: and it's bronze. On negative: 0-1-2 is our worst olympics ever. Not much worse than 2004 0-2-0, but is. On positive: at least we got athletics medal, unlike 2004. In fact this is 8th time our only athletics medal(/s) comes from javelin (7th from men's only).

But it's horrible compared to our pre-WWII glory. In five olympics 1912-1932 Finland was 2nd in athletics medal tables after USA, 1936 3rd after Germany. But we never recovered from the war.

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We got a lot fewer medals than I thought we would. I really thought that the way they built up the athletes would get us more success than it did. Pretty disappointing for me.
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We didn't expect much more, but we missed frustratingly several chances.

It's ominous that both sailing events we got medals from will not be in next games.

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I hear they're saying that our 6 medals are the best we've ever had. Seems odd to me to think that's "best" when this country is completely insane about sport. I suppose because rugby and soccer are not Olympics games, rugby anyway. If cricket and rugby were in the Olympics it would be different.
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Well it's better than Finland has done since 1984. Btw I checked that best games for SA have been 1912 (4-2-0) and 1920 (3-4-3).



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Interesting that. Remember though those were privileged white men who went to the games at that time, no women and no people of colour.
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I thought it was all splendidly fabulous -well done to all the medal winners,to every single competitor, and to London for staging a wonderful Olympics!

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