Rio 2016 – Gone in 21 Days

Rio Olympics withdrawal syndrome is creeping in. But before I forget everything – following QPR can do that – here are some of my favourite moments (excl. Bolt,  Phelps, Minxia Wu) and low points.


Diving: Tania Cagnotto (Italy) winning her first medals (bronze and silver ) given Rio was her 5th Games.

Athletics: Elaine Thompson (Jamaica) in the women’s 200m. Gritted her teeth when she felt Schippers coming up to her.


Water polo: The winning  US women team handing their gold medals to their coach.


Tennis: The men’s singles semifinal match between Rafael Nadal & Juan Martin Del Potro was dramatic and the spectators added to the atmosphere.

Athletics: Michelle ‘ShotDiva’ Carter (USA) winning with the shot put final with her last throw.

Table Tennis: Men’s semifinal match between Long Ma (China) & Jun Mizutani (Japan). Classic.

Gymnastics: Simon Biles on the floor. Time seems to stand still when you watched her routine.

         Natasha Hastings winning gold in the women’s 4×400 relay👏🏿



Athletics: Kenya coach who posed as an athlete to provide a urine sample and was expelled.

Athletics: Lynsey Sharp’s (GB) sour grapes reaction to running SIXTH in the Women’s 800m to South Africa’s Caster Semenya.

[sprinter Nigel Levine (GB) supporting Sharp with his prat-induced tweetHappy for Lynsey Sharp for coming 3rd in women’s 800m.’]

Football: Hope Solo’s reaction after losing to Sweden describing them as a ‘bunch of cowards’.

Judo: Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby who refused to shake hands with Israel’s Or Sasson because of the latter’s nationality. [Which is strange giving judo is all about touching]

Gymnastics: Gabby Douglas forgetting her moves half way through her uneven bars exercise. She literally just stopped for seconds before continuing.

Roll on Paralympics.






About africanherbsman1967

Spent 3 decades in working in Whitehall mainly for Customs and Excise, Cabinet Office and Home Office. Worked for hundreds of public sector bodies in the UK, EU, US etc. Ex-London tour guide. Love photography, reading, arts, music, sports and farming.
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