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3 minutes ago, Grassmarket said:

Consolation bronze for Bianca Walkden in the Taekwando, we look to be heading for silver in the Dressage. Best ever finish in women's mountain bike....

I actually do wonder if a British Women will win gold here or will we end up with an all male gold line up for the first time since Atlanta. Laura Kenny and Dina Asher -  Smith look the best hopes but both events are so unpredictable. Maybe a mixed relay in either swimming or triathlon will do it. 
 

It’s funny how the BBC comemtaors love the Russian Team in Gymnastics yet without them GB would have got a bronze yesterday and might end up fourth today. And a team bronze would have gone a long way to keeping funding going in a sport looking high up the cut list due to the NSPCC investigation of the Grassroots and other issues. 

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6 minutes ago, JamDH said:

Great performance from the quad sculls but almost couldn't have written a worse outcome for this rowing session

The mess the four made of it was a national humiliation, frankly. :mad: That has been one of our bankers for decades, something is horribly wrong.

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Rowing is helped by Katherine Grainger being one of the biggest influencers in who gets funding. She is hardly likely to cut her own sport off even when they need that.
 

 

The amount of fourths overnight is probably why the aim of 45 medals won’t be reached. Had one or two more of them got a medal it would have looked better. 
 

 

Even if Swimming does not break 6 medals ( which it can still do with two more good relay chances and couple of good single ones) it will still have been an outstanding meet. 
 

The other boat sport of Sailing is looking quite well for Team Gb at the moment, 

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In shock with the tennis. They looked to be cruising through and the wheels just came off from the eighth game of the second set onward. A shame as it looked like they might have been quietly building something. 

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16 minutes ago, Orangehair43 said:

Rowing is helped by Katherine Grainger being one of the biggest influencers in who gets funding. She is hardly likely to cut her own sport off even when they need that.
 

Rowing will never get cut off because in Olympic terms it is, or should be, easy medals for us.  Don’t know how many golds, but only about ten serious rivals.

 

What is annoying is that there are four famous ex-rowing pundits in the BBC, and not one of them will tell us what’s wrong, although they all clearly know. That’s not good enough.

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8 minutes ago, Grassmarket said:

Rowing will never get cut off because in Olympic terms it is, or should be, easy medals for us.  Don’t know how many golds, but only about ten serious rivals.

 

What is annoying is that there are four famous ex-rowing pundits in the BBC, and not one of them will tell us what’s wrong, although they all clearly know. That’s not good enough.

That is because they won’t get any work linked to rowing if they too critical. Why do you think Steve Redgrave is helping China and not Team GB? The BBC only allow Michael Johnson to be the critical pundit and he is American so allowed to be that. 

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https://www.skysports.com/olympics/news/15234/12166664/rowing-and-sailing-among-sports-facing-funding-cuts-ahead-of-2024-olympics

 

I wonder if that will be changed. Swimming looks pretty good with good Paris potential also appearing. Sailing as well.

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