Bube’s Olympic dream gone in 106 seconds

Denmark remains in position to jostle for gongs in the team dressage, handball, sailing and kayaking

Following the surprise elimination of Andreas Bube from the 800 metres yesterday, the remaining medal chances are slim for Denmark, which is bidding for its best Olympic tally since 1948. Currently with eight medals – a total it last achieved in 2004 and 1968 – Denmark lies in 20th place in the table.

Today, Denmark will bid for a medal in the team dressage. The riders are currently in fourth, but some distance behind the top three. And then on Wednesday, there are medal possibilities in the kayaking and sailing, while the men's handball team take on Sweden in the quarter-finals.


Andreas Bube, who won the 800-metre silver at the recent European Championships, was Denmark’s big hope on the athletics track in London. But despite leading for most of the race, Bube disappointed by only finishing sixth in a time of 1.46.40 minutes, well off his personal best.

Sara Slott Petersen wasn’t expected to medal in the 400-metre hurdles but impressed by making the semi-finals in which she finished sixth in a time of 56.21 seconds, missing out on a place in the final. But Slott maintains that she will qualify for the final at the next Olympics in Rio in four years time.


Rene Holten Poulsen qualified for the final of the men’s 1,000-metre single kayak after winning his qualifying heat before finishing third in the semi-final. Poulsen, who won a silver in Beijing four years ago, will be looking to make the podium again in the final on Wednesday.

Kim Wraae and Emil Stær also progressed from their qualifying heat, but a fourth place in their semi-final saw them just miss out on qualifying for the final.


Lotte Meldgaard, Tina Gramkow and Susanne Boidin successfully protested against their Spanish opposition in the women’s Elliot, but failed to take advantage of another chance, losing once again to the Spaniards. They  finished in 10th place, missing out on a place in the quarter-finals.

But Allan Nørregaard and Peter Ørsted Lang are still in the hunt for a medal after finishing third and ninth in the men’s 49er, putting them in third place before Wednesday’s final medal round. The Danes can only hope to win a bronze however, as Australia and New Zealand are too far ahead to be caught.


The men’s handball team recovered from their Balkan nightmare against Croatia the other night to beat the South Koreans 26-24 and finish second in their group, behind the undefeated Croatians. They take on neighbours Sweden in their quarter-final fixture, a match that starts on Wednesday evening at 19:00. If they beat the Swedes they will meet the winner of Iceland-Hungary in the semis.

Tuning in today:

Five to watch today

18:00 – Russia takes on South Korea in the quarters of the women’s handball this evening.

20:00 – The gents will be leaping for silverware in the men’s high jump final

20:45 – A dazzling Brazil take on Great Britain’s ousters South Korea in the semi-finals of the men’s football. Japan play Mexico in the other semi starting at 18:00

22:00 – The final of the women’s 100-metre hurdles

22:15 – The final of the men’s 1,500 metres

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