Beijing Olympics: Pictures including Tony Blair
- Blair says: “Olympics should be about sport, not politics”
- Official site – Beijing Olympics
- BBC Olympics coverage, pictures and videos
- See Tony on his secret mic & Cherie’s facial yoga exercises
Comment at end
20th August, 2008
BRITAIN NOW HAS 16 GOLD MEDALS – HIGHEST TOTAL FOR 100 YEARS!
Even if you don’t like sport, if you’re not cheering and congratulating our sportsmen and women today, you ain’t British.
We seem to be winning four gold medals a day in recent days, and now, of course, that’s what we expect to win!
Cycling, swimming, sailing, rowing, even running … the last one disproving Aussie jibes that we win everything”sitting down”! We could respond with – “it’s been so easy, we can do it seated”.
Here Tony Blair congratulated our cyclists on their unprecedented success.
Blair said: “It’s been unbelievable, amazing, a fantastic event for the country. They just showed such spirit, such determination and such enormous skill.”
CYCLING GOLD (3 GOLDS)
Olympian Chris Hoy became the first Briton in a century to win three gold medals at the same Games.
He won the all-British men’s sprint final against team mate Jason Kenny, who clinched silver. The Scotsman, with an audience including Tony and Cherie Blair, added to his wins in the team sprint and the Keirin.
He is the first British athlete to win three gold medals in a Games since swimmer Henry Taylor at the London games in 1908.
RUNNING GOLD – 400 metres Christine Ohoraguo
But of course! Why didn’t I think of this?
MEDALS Roll of Honour
At-a-glance medals table
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 16:06 UK
I empathised with this:
‘The former PM did however admit to not having a clue as to what was going on in the Madison race, but the format of the sprints is always a winner. Hoy and Pendleton delivered the cycling teams seventh and eighth medals and strengthened Great Britain’s incredible third spot in the medal table. “The fact is we’ve had a really good Olympic Games, and we can do even better the next time, that’s what we’re aiming for in London,” Blair said.’
The Blair family pictures below are from the Daily Mail where it mentions Blair’s new slimline look.
Most of the comments are nasty and ascerbic as usual at this Tory paper. What can you expect? There is, I am told, though I really couldn’t be bothered reading most of them, a commenter who says that Blair is funding his Olympic trip/holiday through his Sports Foundation!!!
Whoever said that should be wary; it sounds a libellous comment to me.
I sent a comment to The Mail, to try to balance the junk mail they get. But they decided long ago NEVER to use my comments. So, I thoughtfully pasted it here for my readers.
Most of the comments here are depressingly disappointing from my fellow countrymen. Blair was, is the consummate politician and did a great job for this country. History will prove this. PLEASE try your best to be civil.
We ARE British y’know.
In the Olympics, we are winners. And winners don’t moan and groan or harbour bitter envy.
I realise some of you are unable to recognise a winner when you see one.
It takes one to know one. (Thus Mr Blair has no problems here!)
This Is London on Team GB – no, not Gordon Brown (TB, maybe)