2020 [2021] Olympics

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Kookaburra's (hockey) semi final in about 60-70 minutes.

Aussie medal contender Kurtis Marschall in the men's pole vault in about 90 minutes.
 

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Have Japan airlines being flying athletes back to Darwin? I caught the ‘NES’ over the wing and the unicef logo by the rear door, when they were showing the rowing team returning today.

Obviously better for the athletes in any class but a poor show from Qantas.
Not sure - someone more skilled in finding flight/plane details might be able to answer - the news only said that the charter flight arrived in Darwin at 5:20am this morning.

Edit: Just tried again this might be the Qantas plane.

02 Aug 2021Tokyo (NRT)Darwin (DRW)QF60626:2610:00 PM10:23 PM5:40 AMLanded 5:19 AM

 
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The Australian Rugby 7s Olympians have had a complaint from Japan airlines on their flight home.Only report I can find with google but was on Channel 7 news with video of the women's team.
 

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Hopefully another Aussie Gold Medal Day today

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan have accumulated enough points to secure the overall win in the men's 470 (sailing) provided they finish the final race and avoid penalty/disqualification

Peter Bol will be running for a medal in the men's 800m at about 10pm (AEST) tonight.
 

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Well done on Ausrralia's Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Taliqua Clancy winning today and making the women's beach volleyball final

Boomers (men's basketball) play the USA in a semi-final at about 2:15pm (AEST)

Kookaburras (men's hockey) plays Belgium for the gold medal at about 8pm (AEST)
 

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Aussie Gold Medal #16

Jean van der Westhuyzen and Thomas Green men's K2 1000m (Canoe Sprint)
 

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India. Worlds second most populous nation.
Zero gold.

Not really sure how that's possible this late in the competition. Although I guess they have had other pressing issues in the past few months.
 

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India. Worlds second most populous nation.
Zero gold.

Not really sure how that's possible this late in the competition. Although I guess they have had other pressing issues in the past few months.

It's not really a level playing field though is it? $$$ win medals - it's as simple as that.

Not to diminish the achievements of all the Australians and others who've worked extremely hard to get where they're at, whilst performance enhancing drugs are not permitted, performance enhancing technologies are and performance enhancing coaching techniques are. But these all cost money. Poorer countries have other priorities.
 

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It's not really a level playing field though is it? $$$ win medals - it's as simple as that.

Not to diminish the achievements of all the Australians and others who've worked extremely hard to get where they're at, whilst performance enhancing drugs are not permitted, performance enhancing technologies are and performance enhancing coaching techniques are. But these all cost money. Poorer countries have other priorities.
Remember the swim suits of the Thorpe era? They got banned for exactly this reason.

Hockey final was interesting but always an awful way to finish the race for gold.
 

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Remember the swim suits of the Thorpe era? They got banned for exactly this reason.

That be true.

I've also got a theory that Australia and NZ are both doing exceptionally well this year as mostly they've had the opportunity to enjoy the 12 months lead up to the Olympics largely free of onerous restrictions on how they live compared to the rest of the world (except Victoria).
 

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How did anyone come up with the idea of pole vaulting! Women’s comp was very interesting.
 

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Remember the swim suits of the Thorpe era? They got banned for exactly this reason.
One new concern is 'super spike' type running shoes, which can have a trampolining advantage.

The Olympics is still of interest to me, but obviously far removed from the amateur ideals, wherein you now have the extremities of certain ballers, golfers, footballers etc earning $Ms per year compared to Gina Reinhart paying our top 25 male and female rowers $525/week for instance.
I believe we pay $20k to a gold medalist where Singapore may pay $1M.

Despite the monetary aspects and unfairness that may accompany same, I still like the humanity that I see in these games.
 

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Cedric Dubler pacing Ash Moloney whilst screaming encouragement to the effect of "get a move on" in the 1500m finish of the decathlon for Ash to finish bronze, was a great moment in this Olympics.
 

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Nail-biting ending for the men's hockey.

Well done to Ash Moloney (and Cedric Dubler) completing the men's decathlon and winning Australia's first medal in athletics at these Games
 

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I've always thought the Decathlon is the one true Olympic sport and those athletes are just incredibly talented. We had been following the event for the last two nights and that finale was brilliant. Well done to every competitor but that bronze was speshul.
 

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Nail-biting ending for the men's hockey.

Well done to Ash Moloney (and Cedric Dubler) completing the men's decathlon and winning Australia's first medal in athletics at these Games
The first medal in Athletics for Australia since 1968.
 
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