British gold, or Dutch bronze? Papers in muddle over medals

Aug 8, 2012

Olympic diary: Dutch dressage team mistaken for Team GB, Ennis postbox vandalised


TEAM GB surpassed its performance at Beijing by winning four more gold medals yesterday, taking the tally to 22. The honour of winning the nation's 20th gold, the one that eclipsed the total of 19 in 2008, went to the dressage team. Unfortunately for staff at the Daily Mirror and Daily Express, the riders are not well-known and the paper accidentally published a shot of the Dutch team on its centre page spread, complete with their bronze medals.

Perhaps the reason the dressage team is so unrecognisable is because they come from such remote places. Carl Hester hails from Sark in the Channel Islands, which presents the Royal Mail with a problem after it pledged to paint a postbox gold in the home town of every gold medal winner. The island only has one post box, which is not owned by Royal Mail. Fortunately Guernsey Post has promised to give the box a lick of shiny paint.

The Royal Mail has repainted the golden postbox in the centre of Sheffield honouring heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis after it was vandalised. The box, which became a tourist attraction, according to The Sun, was defaced with graffiti days after being given its new coat of paint. The repair job was done because the monument was a "point of pride" said Royal Mail.

Athletes who have finished competing at the London Games are proving that they are also medal contenders when it comes to partying. Competitors have been spotted out and about at London's nightclubs and Belgian cyclist Gijs Van Hoecke may have taken gold for his efforts at Mahiki this week. The beer-soaked 20-year-old was pictured in The Mirror being carried into a cab by friends after a very big night out.

Britain's showjumpers, who won team gold earlier this week, are back in action in the individual event this afternoon, women's flyweight boxer Nicola Adams will fight for a place in the gold medal match at 1.45pm. Shanaze Reade will try to make up for missing out on gold at Beijing in the BMX final from 3pm and this evening Team GB women's hockey team take on Argentina in the semi-final at 7.45pm. The men's 110m hurdles final is at 9.15pm and Usain Bolt will run in the 200m semi finals earlier in the evening.

The Australian media is in trouble again. After being accused of taking pot shots across the Tasman at New Zealand earlier in the Olympics the Aussie press has now upset North Korea. Melbourne commuter daily mX has been accused of "sordid behaviour" by Pyongyang after it listed North and South Korea as Naughty Korea and Nice Korea in its medals table.

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