Riders on the storm

August 8th, 2012

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On a quiet day for the Danish contestants, two kayakers made their respective finals and it was heartbreak for the dressage ladies

It was an eventful day at the Olympic Games yesterday with a German discus thrower doing the hurdles, a weightlifter dropping 196 kilos on his own neck and an Algerian runner winning gold in the 1,500 metres, despite having been kicked out of the Olympics for faking an injury.


Kim Wraae, Emil Stær, Kasper Bleibach and Rene Holten Poulsen finished third in the qualifying heats of the four-man 1,000 metre race, and then clocked the sixth fastest time in the semi-finals, just enough to make the final race on Thursday.

Henriette Engel Hansen came second in her initial heat and also the semi-final of the 500-metre singles and will race in the final, also on Thursday.


Henriette Koch and Lene Sommer disappointed on the seas yesterday, finishing 15th and 11th in their two rounds of the 470 class race – a result that sees them sit in 16th place overall moving on to the last three rounds.


The Danish women's dressage team, Anne van Olst, Anna Kasprzak and Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, were unable to defend their bronze medal from Beijing after finishing fourth in the team standings, a fair distance behind third-placed Netherlands. The Danish riders could still get a medal in the individual event on Thursday, with Anna Kasprzak and Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein competing, while Anne van Olst is a reserve.

Five to watch today …

19:00: The border war is renewed in the men's handball quarter-finals as Denmark take on Sweden

21:45: There is plenty of drama on the track tonight with the final of the women's 400-metre hurdles

22:00: Just 15 minutes later there is the final of the women's 200 metres

22:15: And 15 minutes later the men suit up in the final of the 110-metre hurdles

23:15: The dream team are on late tonight, taking on the Aussies in the quarter-finals of the men's basketball



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