Finally, a gold medal win for Australia!
We finally won another gold!! Tom Slingsby has single handedly doubled our gold medal count and become a national hero overnight by winning the sailing regatta at London 2012. Prime Minister Julia Gillard even got in on the celebratory action!
"Congratulations Tom Slingsby on gold in London. This is a win for all Aussies and especially for us rangas who think red is the new gold. JG" the PM wrote on Twitter. “What a fantastic young Australian who we are all very proud of.”
Slingsby couldn’t hide his joy at winning Australia’s first individual gold of this Olympic campaign, telling reporters, “I’m the happiest guy in the world right now and good luck to anybody trying to tell me that someone is happier than me right now.”
Despite narrowly missing out on gold on a number of occasions, the remaining week of competition could provide Australia with it’s best hopes yet of Olympic glory.
Sally Pearson’s amazing heat in the 100 metre hurdles could pave the way for a potential podium placing in the finals.
"If I'm not nervous, I don't feel ready, so I'm glad I had nerves today -- it means I'm still passionate about it," Pearson told Channel Nine straight after the race. "But it's really bizarre. I've never felt like I am right now. I'm really relaxed and casual and just going to go and get my recovery done and make sure I get something to eat and a nice cold ice bath and watch the rest of the athletics tonight."
Lauren Jackson and the Opals are through to the women’s basketball quarter finals on Wednesday, with the ladies showing no signs of slowing down in their quest for gold.
However, an unfortunate mention must go to German athlete Stephan Feck, who scored 0 for his dive during the 3m springboard competition. Feck lost his footing and did a back whacker into the pool. We hope he is all right!