London 2012: Olympic moments
London 2012: Olympic moments

It is hard to believe that London 2012 has already had two full days of Olympic competition and the special memories are already being made. Here are my personal favourites so far: Archery The Italian men's team recorded a dramatic victory against the United States in the final of the Archery on Saturday afternoon. Their first day triumph ended in dramatic fashion as the result came down to the final shot. Having lead by four points for most of the final, the Italians' advantage was narrowed by a determined American team who finished on 219 points. With a four second countdown until the end of the match Michele Frangilli knew that ten points were needed from their last arrow. Looking calm and composed in his unconventional pose he released the final arrow. It landed on the line, but that did not matter as Italy had won the Olympic gold medal. The match winner Frangilli showed nerves of steel throughout but the emotions of the whole team bubbled over once victory was decided. It was a bitterly disappointing result for the USA team, who had great hopes coming into these games. Yet, a silver medal can not be seen as a major failure. ...

Olympic Glory: Abebe Bikila
Olympic Glory: Abebe Bikila

Friday 27th July 2012. A date to remember. It has been a fifty-four year wait for London and now the Olympic opening ceremony is only hours away; the world waits in anticipation for the greatest sporting spectacle of all. If you are one of the many fans hoping for time to pass quickly so that the ceremony can begin, here's a story to inspire you all. When I sat down to watch The Athlete (2009), a film that depicts the life of the Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, I knew that the two-time Olympic gold medalist would have an incredible sporting story to tell but his remarkable personal tale should inspire us all. ...

The men’s 100m at London 2012
The men’s 100m at London 2012

Usain Bolt's failure to win both the 100m and 200m finals at the Jamaican Olympic trials last week has become a major talking point in world athletics. The hero of the 2008 Beijing Olympics was completely outclassed by his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, who was the victor in both events. The prospect of an Olympic upset is being discussed among fans and critics alike. Alarm bells are ringing. However, the regular followers of Bolt will know that he likes to save his best form for the biggest stage. The 100m world record holder will be looking to run significantly faster than 9.86 seconds when he lines up to start in London. There is no doubt that Bolt's attempts to break the world record again will be grabbing all of the headlines before the start of the games. However, with Yohan Blake recording a time of 9.75, the fastest time this year, the 100m final could be the most closely contested and fastest final ever seen at a major championships. At 22 years of age, Blake looks ready to stamp his authority amongst the sprinting elite. His rise to the top would not surprise those who have followed him closely. Now the fourth fastest man ever, he still holds the record as the youngest sprinter to run under 10 seconds, which he completed at 19 years and 196 days. ...

Centre Court at Wimbledon
Centre Court at Wimbledon

There is no doubt that, for many tennis fans, Wimbledon is the most highly anticipated tournament in the tennis calendar. The pristine courts, royal visitors and unconditional support from the masses on Henman Hill make the tournament unmistakable. Amidst the great frenzy, the tennis at SW19 has always provided moments that will long remain in the memory; the 1980 final between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, the dramatic finals between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and the 2001 victory of Goran Ivanisevic are firmly etched in tennis history. Yet, week one of Wimbledon 2012 has shown that the tournament is well and truly creating a new era; one with the Centre Court roof. Fans on Centre Court were no longer worried about the rain and fading light, but instead were treated to matches of the highest quality. ...

Wimbledon 2012: update
Wimbledon 2012: update

For those who read my latest post and then followed the first day of action at Wimbledon, you will have noticed that two of the names mentioned previously are already out of the competition. In my defence, it's quite a surprise that both Tomas Berdych and John Isner have been beaten by their first round opponents! So, I'm going to suggest two more potential threats to the top four's chances and keep my fingers crossed that day two will not upset any more of the Play with Flair predictions. ...

Wimbledon 2012: Who can stop the top four?
Wimbledon 2012: Who can stop the top four?

The start of men's draw at Wimbledon 2012 has been met with great anticipation. The developing rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal has dominated discussion as well as the inevitable debate about Roger Federer's chance of winning 7 titles at SW19. On top of this, Wimbledon will provide the British press with the chance to scrutinise every aspect of Andy Murray's game before asking if it is finally his time to win. So, the men in the top four are grabbing all of the headlines and will continue to do so, but who else can stand in their way? ...

US Open final day
US Open final day

Fans at The Olympic Club in San Francisco should prepare themselves for a great US Open showdown today. Last year, the script was already written for an imperious Rory McIlroy to win his first major and come back from his Augusta disaster. Most golf fans would agree that McIlroy's skill and flair was simply breathtaking. However, this year will be different. With Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk tied at -1 and two shots ahead of the rest of the field, it could become a two-horse race. ...