Crowd roars on Djibo’s slow boat to Dorney
“YOU can do it,” roared the announcer at Dorney Lake. Some of the crowd were on their feet, urging him on to the line.
No, this wasn’t a British rower sprinting for gold. This was Hamadou Djibo Issaka, crawling to the finishing hooter in last place in a single sculls repechage. It wasn’t quite “Eric the Eel” of Sydney Games fame – but it wasn’t far off. Djibo Issaka, a 35-year-old from Niger, only learned how to row three months ago but was given a wildcard to the London Olympics “to strengthen the principle of universal representation”. With a less-than-impressive technique and with the tank almost empty, he slumped over as he crossed the line in 8 minutes 39.66 seconds – 1min 40secs behind the race winner.
A DELUGE at the Olympic Park saw super-size queues at the world’s biggest McDonald’s as crowds flocked to shelter from the rain. The restaurant, which has a capacity of 1,500 and is staffed by 500 of the fast-food giant’s “Olympic Champion Crew”, was packed as long queues snaked from the two-storey building, which is close to the Olympic Stadium. But stewards said people were not having to wait too long to get in. McDonald’s denied reports that the restaurant had been forced to close for a time because demand was too high.
INDIA’S Vishnu Vardhan was in the right place at the right time as he was handed an unlikely place in the men’s singles draw at Wimbledon. Philipp Kohlschreiber was due to play Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic in the first round but the German withdrew because of injury. As the competition had already started, the only players eligible to replace him were those already competing. That meant a player from the men’s doubles and, as the highest-ranked contender, all world number 302 Vardhan had to do was sign in to claim the place. The 25-year-old, who is playing doubles with Leander Paes, has played only three ATP World Tour matches and lost all of them.
SPRINTER Kim Collins was clearly not having the best of mornings as he tweeted about his London experience thus far. “I’m sorry but the security @London2012 is broken and dysfunctional,” the St Kitts and Nevis athlete complained. “I was just trying to get to the village. But no one knows anything, nor could they help. I was shocked to experience that. In London.” He said it took four hours to get into the athletes’ village, and he wasn’t happy about the British weather either - which had taken a traditional turn with a cool breeze and rain. “I’m a tropical animal,” he added.
IT’S only day two but, if you are already suffering from Olympic overload, a new online plug-in could help. The Olwimpics Blocker, available at FFFFF.at, will turn any word related to the Games you come across online into a colourful, unreadable block. The application works on Chrome, Firefox and Safari, but there is no word yet on how non-Olympic fans can block out the Games in the real world. Hibernation?
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