The Center is opened in February 2016
Mondo, as the next Olympic Games approaches, signed a new contract to supply the track for the Brazilian Paralympic Center.
The center was opened in February and is used for training, competitions and exchanges between the teams and to enable the development of new generations, vocational training and advancement of sports science.
With the presentation of the first torchbearers and the route of the Olympic torch, a series of events begins that will accompany us until the opening of the Olympic Games.
On Wednesday, February 24th, press, athletes, sponsors and trendsetters will gather in Rio de Janeiro for the announcement of the first torchbearers and the presentation for the complete route that the Olympic torch will travel before arriving in the Brazilian city for the inauguration of the Olympic Games. During this time participants will discover the music and the uniform that will accompany the torch bearers on their journey.
In Cologne new products for both track & field and turf will be presented.
The 2013 edition of FSB in Cologne opens today, the International Exhibition of amenity areas, sports facilities and swimming pools. A must see for operators in the industry, attendees from all over the world come to find the most innovative solutions in the field of sports, recreation and relaxation, fitness and wellness. Mondo will be present at Cologne, where a series of new products will presented. In the sector of track & field two new solutions will be presented: the new track Mondo Super X 720 and the new Sportflex M.
Mondo Super X 720 is improved, due to innovative research developed for Mondotrack, the official surface of the world championships in Daegu 2011 and eight editions of the Olympic Games until 2004. The new surface has been redesigned with the specific objective of significantly increasing comfort without compromising athletic performance: Mondo Super X 720 provides the best combination of energy return, comfort, safety, durability, both for the competition and for training.
Sportflex M has been specifically designed to provide the best combination of slip resistance, rotational friction for ball bounce, comfort and safety for all applications and multi-purpose outdoor courts. The top rubber layer is engineered with a coefficient of friction suitable for sports that require a high degree of rotational movement. The texture is enhances the bounce of the ball and ensures an efficient flow of rainwater.
During the four days of the FSB, Mondo will also present two new products in the field of turf: the new fiber and single-fiber 4NX Saturn 9000. The innovative line of new generation 4NX is a filament with exceptional features which ensure maximum resilience, elasticity and great performance. The Saturn 9000 single-fiber, fiber-extruded polyethylene anti abrasive, is designed to be competitive and give the player maximum comfort and playability on the field.
Three facilities with Mondo surfaces honored by ASBA for excellence in sports facility construction.
American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), of which Mondo is a member, is the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members that best exemplify construction excellence. The facilities are Louisiana State University’s(LSU) Bernie Moore Track Stadium, JDL Fast Track and the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities.
Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Bernie Moore Track Stadium and JDL Fast Track were named Outdoor Track Facility of the Year and Indoor Track Facility of the Year, respectively—the highest honors in their award categories.
In addition, the LSU venue, located on the university’s Baton Rouge campus, received the award for Outdoor Running Surface in the Distinguished Track Facilities category. JDL Fast Track, Winston-Salem, N.C., was named the winner for Indoor Track Facility in the same category. In both stadiums the Mondotrack surface was installed, the same surface used for 2012 London Olympic Games.
Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities, Phoenix, was honored in the Distinguished Indoor Multi-Purpose Field House category. Mondo rubber flooring is used throughout the facility: Advance in the gymnasium; Bollo Extra on wheelchair ramps and stairs; Mondotrack for the 1/10 mile track; Natura in the foyer, common areas and trainers' area; Sportflex in the exercise equipment area; and Sport Impact in the weight room.
In Venice, we discuss the present and future of sport.
Saturday, October 27th, in Venice, the SBS Alumni Event, titled "Conversations on Tomorrow." is scheduled on board the ship MSC Divina. It is a talk about the current and future scenarios of sport where were invited Andrea Benetton (Executive VP of Green Sport) and Gianni Petrucci (President of CONI) and, as speakers, Mario De Vivo (Commercial Director of Inter Milan), Cristiano Habetswallner (Head of Sponsorship of Telecom Italy), Leonardo Massa (Italy Country Manager market of MSC) and Luca Valotta (Chairman of Virgin Active Italy). The moderator of the debate will be the journalist Lorenzo Dallari. This year is a special edition, as it is the first to be held after getting his SBS (Sport Business Strategies) Master obtained in May 2012, recognition he got after post-graduate product training at Ca 'Foscari Challenge School. Mondo is a partner of the event since they collaborated with Verde Sport on some projects within their sports park division, The Ghirada, which is home of the Master. In addition, he worked on the project of reporting interesting case studies to be provided in the classrooms.
The Paralympic Athletics has performed spectacularly in London 2012.
The Athletics program of the London 2012 Paralympic Games ended with the last major achievements in the Olympic Stadium, a worthy conclusion to an edition of the Games full of emotions and records. The last days of competition have given exciting moments, like the first individual gold medal for Oscar Pistorius, in the 400m T44 final dominated by the South African athlete, which has set a new Paralympic record running in 46 "68. The Cuban Yunidis Castillo, winning the 400m T46, with the new world record of 55 "72, led to three gold medals won in London 2012. Amazing achievements also reached in the last days of the Paralympics by American Tatyana McFadden, gold in the 1,500 m T54, Chinese Zhiming Wang, gold in the javelin throw F40, and Russia's Elena Ivanova, with the victory in the 100m T36. The last race was the athletics marathon in category T54 that saw Britain's David Weir achieved the extraordinary goal he had set for himself before the Games of winning four gold medals. The 33 year-old Weir, had won before the marathon the Paralympic title in the 800m, 5000m and 1500m. An excellent result equaled by the American Raymond Martin, 18-year-old, winner of the 200m, 100m, 400m and 800m T52 in the London Paralympic Games.
Canada and Germany have won the gold medal in wheelchair basketball. In boccia, the grand Paralympic finale for the Brazilian players.
The finals of the wheelchair basketball team has seen a return on the highest step of the podium and another win his first title Paralympics. In the men's tournament, Canada, driven by Patrick Anderson, author of 34 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists, passed 64-58 for Australia, after a hard fought game. The Canadian players, who won in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, had the revenge of the defeat of the Australians in Beijing 2008. The bronze medal went to the United States, which in the final for third place to beat Great Britain 61-46. In the women's tournament, as Germany won his first Paralympic title, defeating Australia in 58-44. In front of 13,000 spectators at the North Greenwich Arena, the German players were dragged by the great performance of Mareike Adermann, author of 19 points. The bronze went to the Netherlands, who defeated the United States 71-47, winners in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. In boccia, the medal has seen impose Brazil, thanks to the two gold medals won at the last day of racing. In the category Individual BC4, the gold went to Dirceu Jose Pinto, and in the final defeated Chinese Yuansen Zheng. In the category Mixed Individual BC2, Maciel Sousa Santos won the second gold of the day for Brazil, defeating in the final the Chinese Zhiqiang Yan. In the category Mixed Individual BC1, Thai Pattaya Tadtong won gold defeating in the final British David Smith. In the end, if was an all Korean final for the Mixed Individual BC3 category, with the victory for Ye-Jin Choi and the silver for Ho-Won Jeong.
Battle of the last two Paralympic edition silver medalists in the women's wheelchair basketball tournament
The battle is on between Australia and Germany in the women's wheelchair basketball final. The Australians beat the United States, defending Paralympic champions, 40-39, at the end of a hard-fought battle, where the Australians got ahead in the third period of the game and the American players attempted a sensational comeback, which failed by one point only. Battling it out against Australia for the gold will be Germany, silver medalists at Beijing 2008, who defeated Holland, following a very tight game, 49-46. The final is scheduled today at the North Greenwich Arena. In boccia, surprise victory from Norway's Roger Aandalen, who defeated the defending champion in the BC1 category, Portugal's Joao Fernandes and will now take on Britain's David Smith in the semifinal. The Thai derby went to Pattaya Tadtong, who beat Witsanu Huadpradit 7-0 and will compete against Brazil's Jose Chagas de Oliveira in the semifinal. In the BC4 category, Dirceu Jose Pinto sealed a tie-break victory against Britain's Peter McGuire, and will play against Eliseu dos Santos in an all-Brazilian semifinal. Stephen McGuire won against Czech Republic's Radek Prochazka, and will now take on China's Yuansen Zheng. Brazil also played a starring role in the BC2 category, thanks to Maciel Sousa Santos, who will challenge China's Kai Zhong in the semifinal. The other semifinal will be between Korea's Jeong So-Yeong and China's Zhiqiang Yan. In the BC3 category, it's a Korean domination with three players going into the semifinals.
The young British athlete Jonnie Peacock won the most eagerly awaited final, the 100m T44
Egged on by the 80,000 spectators at the London Olympic Stadium, the 19-year Jonnie Peacock won the gold in the 100m T44 setting a new Paralympic record of 10”90. Fourth place for Oscar Pistorius who, at the end of the race, gave a hug to the new Paralympic track and field star. Before Peacock's feat, other two British victories had thrown the home crowds into raptures: in the 800m T54, David Weir won his third gold medal at London 2012, after the ones in the 1500m and 5000m; in the 200m T34, Hannah Cockroft repeated the success achieved in the 100m, with the Paralympic record of 31”90. Much like David Weir, Russia's Evgenii Shvetcov also won his third gold yesterday at London 2012: after his triumphs in the 400m and 100m, he sealed another victory in the 800m T36. Five athletes won their second gold in these Paralympics: France's Assia El Hannouni, after the 400m, had a repeat performance in the 200m T12, setting, together with her guide Gautier Simounet, the new world record at 24”46; Germany's Birgit Kober, after her success in the javelin, also won the title in the Shot Put F32/33/34 setting the new world record at 10.25m; China's Zhiming Wang, repeated the success achieved in the discus throw by sealing another victory in the Shot Put F40, setting a new world record with a throw of 14.46m; Cuba's Omara Durand won the gold in the 100m T13, after a victory in the 400m; Ukraine's Iurii Tsaruk won the gold in the 200m T35 with a new world record, after his winning performance in the 100m.
The two Beijing's men's wheelchair basketball tournament finalists are one step away from the London 2012 final
The men's wheelchair basketball tournament quarter finals were held at the North Greenwich Arena. At the top of the standings, the United States beat Germany 57-46, at the end of a hard-fought battle that saw the Americans take over in the last quarter of play with an outstanding performance of 20 points scored. In the semifinals, the American players will take on the defending Paralympic champions, Australia, who defeated Poland, 76-53. At the bottom of the standings, excellent performance by Great Britain, who beat Turkey 75-70. Among the host country team members, Terry Bywater's performance stood out in particular, as he scored 23 points, 5 assists and 13 rebounds. In the semifinals, the Brits will be battling it out with one of the tournament's favorites, Canada, who beat Spain 77-51. In boccia, the individual competitions have started. In the Mixed Individual BC2 category, it was a big day for Portugal, with three of their players qualifying for the next round: Cristina Goncalves, Fernando Ferreira and Abilio Valente. Portugal also played a leading role in the Mixed Individual BC1 category, with its victory in the starting game sealed by Joao Fernandes, defending Paralympic champion. Among the Portuguese's fiercest competitors, there are Thailand's Pattaya Tadtong and Witsanu Huadpradit, as well as Brazil's Jose Carlos Chagas de Oliveira. In the Mixed Individual BC3 category, excellent performance by the Brits Jacob Thomas and Scott McCowan, who will now be facing the world's number one, Korea's Jeong Ho-Won.
First gold medal at London 2012 for Oscar Pistorius, thanks to the 4x100m relay
One of the most eagerly awaited competitions yesterday evening at the Olympic Stadium was the 4x100m relay T42/46, with the come-back of Oscar Pistorius together with his team mates: Samkelo Radebe, Zivan Smith and Arnu Fourie. The race certainly lived up to expectations, with the South African team not only winning the gold, but also setting a new world record with a time of 41”78. In the other finals of the sprint events, two athletes excelled themselves: Italy's Martina Caironi won the gold in the 100m T42 setting a new world record, 15”87; in the 100m T11, Brazil's Terezinha Guilhermina won her second gold medal at London 2012, after the one in the 200m, also setting a new world record with a time of 12"01. Still yesterday, five athletes set the world record in the finals of the throw disciplines: Italy's Assunta Legnante in the Shot Put F11/12, with a 16.74m throw; Cuba's Leonardo Diaz in the discus throw F54/55/56, with a 44.63m throw; China's Dong Xia in the Shot Put F37/38, with 17.52m; China's Liwan Yang who, after winning in the Shot Put, sealed yet another victory in the javelin F54/55/56 with a 17.89m throw; China's Pengkai Zhu in the javelin F12/12, with a 64.38m throw. Gold and world record also for Russia's Gocha Khugaev in the long jump F37/38, with a 6.31m jump.
In the women's wheelchair basketball, the three winning teams of Beijing 2008 will be battling it out in the semifinals
The women's wheelchair basketball quarter finals saw the success of the favorite teams at the outset. At the top of the standings, the United States, defending Paralympic champions, defeated Canada 67-55, after bouncing back from being the weaker team in the first two quarters of the game. In the semifinals, the American players will take on Australia, bronze at Beijing 2008, who sailed through victory against Mexico, 62-37. At the bottom of the standings, Germany, silver at Beijing 2008, defeated Great Britain 55-44 at the end of a very well-balanced game until the last quarter of play. In the semifinals, the Germans will be battling it out against Holland, who secured a victory against China, 59-37. The first medals were awarded in boccia. In the Mixed Pairs BC4, Brazil won the gold, defeating the Czech Republic in the final, 5-3. The bronze medal went to Canada, who triumphed over Great Britain, 8-2. In the final for the gold medal in the Mixed Pairs BC3 category, Greece won against Portugal, defeated 4-1. The bronze went to Belgium, who secured a victory against South Korea, 4-3. In the Mixed team BC1-2 category, the gold medal was won by the favorite, Thailand, who defeated China, 10-5. Bronze medal for Great Britain, who beat Portugal, 7-5.
At London 2012, many athletes are successfully defending the titles won at Beijing 2008
The competitions held yesterday at the Olympic Stadium saw some athletes win their second gold medal at London 2012 and others successfully defend the titles won at Beijing 2008. In the Shot Put F57/58, the gold was won by Alexey Ashapatov, a few days after his victory in the discus throw as well. The Russian athlete thus succeeded in defending both the titles won at Beijing 2008. After winning the 5000m T54, David Weir confirmed his Paralympic champion title in the 1500m T54 as well. The British athlete is aiming to win four golds at London 2012, after the two won at Beijing 2008. In the 1500m T46, the victory, along with a new world record, went to Abraham Tarbei, with a time of 3:50.15. This is the third Paralympic gold in the Kenyan's athlete career, after the two won at Beijing 2008. In the 400m T12 final, France's Assia El Hannouni secured her seventh gold medal, after the four won at Athens 2004 and the two at Beijing 2008. In the 400m T36 final, the gold went to Russia's Evgenii Shvetcov who set a world record with the time of 53”51. This is the athlete's second victory at London 2012, after the success in the 100m T36. To top off the day at the Olympic Stadium was the women's 4x100 relay T35/T38, won by the Russian team made up of Anastasiya Ovsyannikova, Svetlana Sergeeva, Elena Ivanova and Margarita Goncharova. It was the third gold won at these Paralympics for Goncharova.
The pairs and team finals will be held today. The quarter finals get underway in wheelchair basketball
The first medals will be awarded today in the boccia tournament. In the Mixed Pairs BC4 category, Brazil and the Czech Republic will be battling it out for gold, while Great Britain and Canada will play the final for the bronze. In the Mixed Pairs BC3 category, Portugal will take on Greece for the gold medal, and South Korea will play against Belgium for the bronze. In the Mixed Team BC1-2 category, Thailand will take on China for the gold, while Portugal will challenge Great Britain for the bronze. The last games of the qualifying rounds of the wheelchair basketball tournaments were held yesterday. In the men's tournament, all predictions made turned out as expected with the two favorite teams, Australia and Canada, who completed their rounds without a single defeat. In the Group A standings, the Australians are followed by Turkey, United States and Spain. In Group B, the Canadians are ahead of Germany, Great Britain and Poland. The pairings for the quarter finals, scheduled for Wednesday, September 5 are: Australia-Poland, Germany-USA, Canada-Spain, Turkey-Great Britain. In the women's tournament, Group A was won by Australia, thanks to their success in the last game of the round against Holland, now in second place; third place for Canada and fourth place for Great Britain. In Group B, excellent performance by Germany, who completed the round with full marks ahead of the United States, China and Mexico. The standings have resulted in the following pairings for the quarter finals scheduled today: Australia-Mexico, USA-Canada, Holland-China, Germany-Great Britain.
Many of the London 2012 Paralympic stars are very young athletes
Yesterday evening, two young athletes won their second gold medal at London 2012. The first is the 22-year-old Irish Michael McKillop, who confirmed his title as the world's best Paralympic middle distance runner: two days after winning gold in the 800m T37 final, he had a repeat performance and secured himself the Paralympic title in the 1500m T37, setting the new Paralympic record with a time of 4:08.11. Second gold medal as well for the young American Raymond Martin who, at just eighteen years of age, managed to win two gold medals in two days, one in the 100m T52 and the other in the 400m T52. Yesterday, other five World records were set in the finals held at the Olympic Stadium: in the javelin F33/34/52/53, German Birgit Kober had a 27.03m throw; in the 5000m T12, Moroccan El Amin Chentouf ran in 13:53.76; in the 1500m T11, Kenyan Samwel Mushai Kimani and his guide James Boit ran in 3:58.37; in the Shot Put F42/44, Chinese Juan Yao had a 13.05m throw; in the long jump F20, Polish Karolina Kucharczyk had a 6m jump. A great deal of enthusiasm also for Britain's Mickey Bushell, who won the 100m T53 final setting a new Paralympic record with a 14”75 time.
In wheelchair basketball, Turkey and Germany achieved two sporting feats
The last day of the preliminary rounds of the wheelchair basketball tournament will be held today. Group A of the men's tournament is dominated by Australia, at the top of the current standings with full marks, followed by Spain. The United States, currently in third place, suffered a historical defeat against Turkey in the starting game. For Turkey, currently lying in fourth place, it was its first-ever victory against the Americans. In Group B, Canada, according to plan, is still unbeaten and leads the pack, followed by Germany, Great Britain and Poland. All went according to plan in Group A of the women's tournament as well, with Australia who, despite their defeat against Canada, is still at the top of the standings. Behind, with one less game under their belt, there is Holland, Canada and Great Britain. On the other hand, there was a surprise victory in Group B, with Germany's success against the favorites, the United States. The German players are leading the standings with full marks, ahead of the USA, China and Mexico.
Sunday also marked the start of the boccia tournament, with the Mixed Pairs and Mixed Team categories. In the Mixed Pairs BC3 category, South Korea, who won gold at Beijing 2008, lost their first game but then bounced back to claim a victory against the host country Great Britain. Excellent performances by Portugal, Belgium and Greece, winners of their first two games. In the Mixed Team BC1-2 category, Thailand took center stage, undefeated after two matches, as did Great Britain and South Korea. In the Mixed Pairs BC4 category, great start for Czech Republic, Brazil and Canada, still unbeaten after two games.
The first track and field days have recorded some extraordinary performances
The Paralympic Games track and field program has got off to a great start, with a string of World and Paralympic records. One of the new World records was set by Oscar Pistorius in the preliminary rounds of the 200m T44, with a 21”30 run. However, the South African athlete had to make do with a silver in the final, which was won by Brazilian Alan Oliveira. Another great star of these first Paralympic days was Irish Jason Smyth who, by winning the 100m T13 final and setting a new World record at 10”46, confirmed his title as the fastest Paralympic athlete in the world. The results achieved by British athletes Hannah Cockroft and Richard Whitehead were saluted with roaring enthusiasm: the former ran the 100m T34 final in 18'06, while the latter the 200m T42 final in 24”38. In the women's compartment, Russian Margarita Goncharova took center stage as she managed to snap up two gold medals: in the long jump F37/38 and in the 100m T38. In the throw disciplines, other World records were set by Serbian Zeljko Dimitrijevic in the club throw F31/32/51 (26.88m), by Russian Alexey Ashapatov in the discus throw F57/58 (60.72m) and by Polish Katarzyna Piekart in the javelin F46 (41.15m). Excellent performance by Australian Kelly Cartwright as well, who won gold and set a World record in the long jump F42/44, with a 4.38m jump.
The origin of boccia allegedly dates back to ancient Greece
On Sunday, September 2, with the first matches involving pairs and mixed teams, boccia will make its debut at the London 2012 Games. It is a sport with similar rules to bocce and requires great muscular control and extreme concentration by competing athletes. Boccia, introduced into the Paralympic program at the 1984 New York Games, is now practiced in over 50 countries worldwide. London 2012 will see a line-up of 104 athletes, men and women, competing individually, in pairs or in teams. Boccia players are athletes in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy or with a series of motor disabilities; a rating system ensures that athletes competing against one another have similar disabilities. The nation that achieved the best results in the last editions of the Paralympic Games and looking to be the favorite at the start of London 2012 as well is Portugal which, between Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, won 3 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 2 bronze medals; their leading player is Joao Paulo Fernandes, winner of two golds at Athens 2004 and one gold and one silver at Beijing 2008. The home crowds are expecting great things from Nigel Murray, considered by many as the best boccia player in the world.
The excitement is rising for the races of Oscar Pistorius and the other sprinters on the Olympic Stadium Mondotrack
he track and field competitions at the London Olympic Stadium which, until September 9, will see a line-up of 1,100 athletes and 170 gold medals. The athletes, competing in a wheelchair, with prostheses or led by a seeing partner, are grouped into classes depending on the impact of their disability on performance. The classes are numbered with two digits: the first specifies the nature of the athlete's disability; the second indicates the extent of the athlete's functional abilities; the lower the second digit, the greater the impact on the ability to compete. Part of the Paralympic Games since Rome 1960, track and field has given rise to some of the icons of the Paralympic movement, legendary figures such as Louise Sauvage and Tanni Grey-Thompson. Today all eyes will be on Oscar Pistorius, first sprinter to participate in the Olympic Games, who will be defending the Paralympic titles won in Beijing 2008: 100m, 200m and 400m in the T44 category. The 100m T44 final, scheduled on Thursday, September 6, is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the whole Paralympic Games. Everybody is expecting a challenge between the South African champion and the nineteen year-old British athlete Jonnie Peacock, who set a new world record in June of this year, running in 10”85.
The Basketball Arena and the North Greenwich Arena host one of the most popular Paralympic sports
When the Second World War American veterans started playing wheelchair basketball as part of their rehabilitation, nobody would have imagined that, in a short period of time, the sport would have gained so much popularity worldwide. Wheelchair basketball, which is now practiced in over 80 countries, became part of the Paralympic program as from the 1960 Rome Games (the women's tournament made its debut in Tel Aviv 1968). The rules are very similar to those applied to traditional basketball, with players being required to pass the ball or dribble every two pushes of the wheelchair. To guarantee a certain degree of balance in the court, each player is assigned a value ranging from 1.0 to 4.5 depending on the severity of their disability; the sum of the values of the five players in the court must never exceed 14. London 2012 will have a line-up of 12 men's teams and 10 women's teams, divided into two preliminary groups; the teams in the top four places of each group will qualify for the knock-out quarter final rounds. The nations who are looking to be the favorites for winning the title are those who dominated the scene over the last few years, both in the men's and women's teams: Australia, Canada, USA and Great Britain.
The Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony: a tribute to the accomplishments of the human spirit
The Opening Ceremony, held at the London Olympic Stadium, marked the official start of the XIV summer Paralympic. The ceremony, co-directed by Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings, revolved around a journey through time and the great discoveries that changed our perception as to the possibilities of the mind and the human spirit. The show, which opened with an invitation by Stephen Hawking to “look up at the stars” and never lose your curiosity, continued with Sir Ian McKellen who led the way to the character of Miranda, drawn by Shakespeare's “The Tempest”, through a path that also saw the celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Newton's theory and Higgs particle. Key elements of the ceremony were also the athletes' parade, the raising of the British and Olympic flag, the lighting of the Paralympic cauldron by Margaret Maughan, first-ever British athlete to win a Paralympic gold. “Tonight is about welcoming the world to a global Games, an event where we will experience every single emotion, including ones we never thought possible", said Sir Philip Craven, Chairman of the International Paralympic Committee.
A source of inspiration for athletes and populations worldwide
In the days preceding the start of the Paralympic Games, five giant reproductions of the Paralympic Movement took pride of place in some cities of the United Kingdom. The first reproduction (13 meters long and 8 meters high) was installed in Cardiff, outside the town hall; the second (14 meters long and 9 meters high) was inaugurated in Edinburgh with a spectacular operation by some Royal Air Force members; the last three giant sets of the Paralympic symbol were placed in three historical landmarks in London: Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge and Kew Gardens. The Paralympic logo, created by the agency Scholz & Friends and in force since 2003, represents three Agitos (from the Latin meaning "I move") with the three colors that are most widely represented in national flags around the world: blue, red and green. The three Agitos encircle a central point, which represents the focal role of the International Paralympic Committee in bringing athletes together from all corners of the world to compete. "The Paralympic Agitos is an inspiring symbol, uniting athletes and people around the world. To athletes they represent the culmination of thousands of hours of training and reaching the highest level in sport", said Seb Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee.
Mondo is an official supplier of the greatest multinational sporting event in the world for disabled athletes
After the spectacular Olympic Games which were held in early August, more than 4,000 of the finest disabled athletes have gathered in London to take part in the 2012 Paralympic Games, scheduled from August 29 to September 9. Those taking part to the athletics events will benefit from the Mondotrack in the Olympic Stadium in London, the same one used during the Olympics, to achieve their best performance. Three world records, four Olympic records, 64 national records and a multitude of personal and seasonal bests were set on the Mondotrack during the Olympics. Overall, Mondo has supplied the flooring and equipment for a total of 18 Olympic and Paralympic events, ranging from table tennis to wheelchair rugby, and from wheelchair basketball to judo.
From the highest peaks in the United Kingdom to the Olympic Stadium of London
The same enthusiasm that had accompanied the journey of the Olympic flame across the streets of the United Kingdom was renewed with the London 2012 Paralympic torch. Its journey started on August 22, when, from the highest peaks in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, four national flames were lit, then transferred inside mining lanterns in the capitals of the four nations. From August 24 to 27, with the lighting of the ceremonial cauldrons in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast, and the opening of the Flame Festivals, the general public was invited to support the Paralympic torch relay and the Paralympic Games. Following the celebrations, the four national flames reached Stoke Mandeville, the home of the Paralympic Movement, where they were united to form one single Paralympic flame. After the ceremony, the torch embarked on its 24-hour journey towards the London Olympic Stadium where, after travelling 92 miles and being carried by 580 torchbearers, it will light the Paralympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremony which, today August 29, will mark the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Music was the star of the London 2012 Closing Ceremony.
The closing ceremony for the XXX Olympic Games was a huge outdoor festival, a tribute to music, fashion and English culture. Kevin Gavin, artistic director of the ceremony, put together a show with big stars and new talents of the British music, and well-known characters. On stage performed among others: The Who, The Spice Girls, Take That, Tinie Tempah, George Michael, Fatboy Slim, Madness, Jessie J, Annie Lennox, Kaiser Chiefs, Taio Cruz, Liam Gallagher, Brian May and Roger Taylor , Pet Shop Boys, Muse, Emeli Sande, Eric Idle, Julian Lloyd Webber, Ed Sheeran, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. "That of Kim Gavin was a celebration of athletes, volunteers, of London and the whole nation, who helped to organize the great Olympic Games. We have shown the best of us with these Games and have allowed the world's greatest athletes to shine. I would like to pay tribute to the volunteers, participants and the country that have made it possible for the Games to be memorable for the athletes and sports fans around the world, "said Seb Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee. After the ceremony, the Olympic brazier was opened and 204 individual bronze petals, representing each participating nations of the London 2012 Games, have been extinguished. The evening ended with the handover between the City of London and Rio de Janeiro, which will be hosting the Games in 2016.
The last act of the men's basketball tournament has been balanced and fought.
The U.S. men's basketball team has won the Olympic title in London, the fourteenth title of its history, and the fifth since, in 1992, when the Dream Team began the era of the national American team "made in the NBA." They had a victory after a final and tight battle with Spain that was defeated 107-100. There was an even closer score in the final in Monaco in 1972, when the Soviet Union defeated the U.S. 51-50. Among outstanding Americans, the beautiful game of Kevin Durant, with 30 points and 9 rebounds, LeBron James, with crucial baskets in the most important moments of the game, and Chris Paul, who was able to intelligently manage the end of the race. Spain has resisted for most of the game, scoring more points than the opponents in the second quarter of the game and drawing the third, but eventually the power and the physical play of some of the champion U.S. team prevailed. Among the Spanish yet another great performance by Pau Gasol, with 24 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds. The bronze medal went to Russia, who defeated Argentina 81-77. Decisive in the Russian victory, there was Alexey Shved and Andrei Kirilenko, respectively with 25 and 20 points. This is the first Olympic medal won by Russia since the former Soviet Union.
The women’s American basketball team wins their fifth consecutive Olympic title.
No surprises at the North Greenwich Arena in the women's basketball finals. The United States have won easily, beating France 86-50. The American team has won seventh Olympic title in nine competitions, the fifth in a row. The absolute star of the game was Candace Parker, with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but the audience ovation was all for Tamika Catchings, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, that reached their third Olympic gold. France, which has lost only to the U.S. throughout the tournament, has ended with a deserved second place. The bronze went to Australia that, in the final for third place, defeated Russia 83-74, with a great performance by Lauren Jackson, with 25 points and 11 rebounds. For the Australian team it was the fifth consecutive Olympic medal, with two bronze and three silver. Today, the next awaited event is at 3 PM with the men's tournament final between U.S. and Spain, a replay of Beijing 2008.
By winning in London 2012, Anna Chicherova confirms status of high jump queen
With just a single mistake throughout the race, Anna Chicherova has dominated the high jump final. The Russian athlete, bronze medalist in Beijing 2008 and gold at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, won by jumping 2.05 meters on his second attempt, the second and third places went to the American Brigetta Barrett and the Russian Svetlana Shkolina, both with their own personal record at 2.03 m. Russia was also the protagonist in the 800m final, with world champion Mariya Savinova who won with a time of 1:56:19. The silver medal went to the South African Caster Semenya, and the bronze to another Russian athlete, Ekaterina Poistogova. The big surprise of the evening came in the javelin throw, with the success of Keshorn Walcott, Trinidad & Tobago athlete, winner of the Junior World Championships in Barcelona 2012, with a throw at 84.58 m. Also climbed the podium the Ukrainian Oleksandr Pyatnytsya, with silver medal, and Antti Ruuskanen from Finlande, with bronze medal.
The Olympic track competitions end with another world record at London 2012
The Olympic athletics competitions at the Olympic Stadium ended with the extraordinary world record achieved by the Jamaican 4x100m relay team. Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake ran in 36.84 sec., an outstanding time! The silver medal went to the USA team, who achieved a national record by running in 37.04 sec., and the bronze medal to Trinidad & Tobago, after the disqualification of the Canadian team. With this success, Usain Bolt brings the number of consecutive Olympic gold medals to six and the world records he has beaten in his career to eight: three in the 100m, two in the 200m and three in the 4x100m relay. A few minutes before the 4x100m relay, the audience was ecstatic in the Olympic Stadium cheering to the win of the British Mo Farah, who had won in the 10,000 m just a week ago, that was repeated in the 5000m with a magnificent final race: the last 1,000 meters were the fastest in Olympic history of the specialty at 2:25:20. Mo Farah has crossed the line ahead of the Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel and the Kenyan Thomas Longosiwa Pkemei. In the other events of the evening, the American 4x400m team dominated and won the gold medal running in 3:16.87, fourth fastest time ever. DeeDee Trotter, Francena McCorory, Sanya Richards and Allyson Felix-Ross preceded the Russian and the Jamaican relay teams.
The men's basketball tournament final will be USA against Spain. Today the title in the women's tournament will be awarded.
The final of the men's basketball tournament in London 2012 will be the USA-Spain, a repetition of Beijing 2008. Spain, the reigning European champion and second in the world rankings, has suffered a lot to overcome Russia in the semifinals. Below 11 points at half-time, Pau Gasol (16 points and 12 rebounds) and his companions contributed to a great second half, leveling the score in the third quarter and carrying forward the last quarter of the game, winning 67-59. Spain will face the big favorites, United States, now in their fifteenth finals in the history of the Games and seeking their fourteenth Olympic title. The American team did not encounter any difficulties with Argentina in the semifinals, winning 109-83. The eagerly awaited final for the gold medal will be held Sunday, August 12 at 3 pm; the final for the bronze medal is scheduled at 11 am on the same day. Today, it was the end of the women's tournament, with an unprecedented final between USA and France. If it is not surprising to see Americans play their eighth Olympic final, having won six titles to date, the French have surpassed themselves with a perfect tournament to date. The final for the Olympic title is played at 9 pm, while the one for the bronze medal, between Australia and Russia, will be held at 5 pm. Both games will be held at the North Greenwich Arena.
New world record for the U.S. team in the 4x100m relay.
Many were expecting the 4x100m women relay finals to be very fast, considering the performance shown by the American and Jamaican sprinters in the 100m and 200m finals, but the U.S. relay team has exceeded all expectations, breaking the 27-years old world record with a time of 40.82. Tianna Madison, White Knight, Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix were just flying on the Mondotrack surface! The silver medal, with the national record, went to Jamaica, and the bronze to Ukraine. There was a surprise however in the 4x400 men relay finals, with the Bahamas who beat the United States by running in 2:56.72, winning their first gold medal in this discipline. The bronze medal went to Trinidad & Tobago. Four other finals were played at Olympic Stadium on Friday night. In the women's 5000m, yet another battle between Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes, the gold went to Meseret Defar, the silver to Vivian Cheruiyot Jepkemoi and the bronze to Tirunesh Dibaba to. In the women's 1,500 m, historic double for Turkey, with Asli Cakir Alptekin who won the gold medal and Gamze Bulut the silver. Third place went to Maryam Yusuf Jamal, Bahrain's middle-distance runner. In the pole vault, the gold medal was won by the French Renaud Lavillenie, who jumped 5.97 meters, and just behind him there was the Germans Bjorn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe. Finally, the final of the women's hammer throw saw Russia's Tatyana Lysenko set a new Olympic record by throwing at 78.18m, the silver went to the Polish Anita Wlodarczyk and the bronze to German Betty Heidler.
The Kenyan middle distance runner exceeds himself achieving the new world record in the 800 m
A prominent position amongst the big names in the London 2012 must go to David Rudisha, who not only dominated the final of the 800 m, but also improved on his world record, running at 1:40.91. At just 23, the Kenyan athlete, in addition to the Olympic title that he has just won, also holds the Daegu 2011 World title. Young winners of silver and bronze medals: the eighteen year old Botswana athlete Nijel Amos and the seventeen year old Kenyan Timothy Kitum. In addition to the 200 m and 800 m, last night the Olympic Stadium also hosted three other finals. In the triple jump gold and silver went to the expected favorites, the American Christian Taylor, who won by jumping 17.81 m, and Will Claye; the bronze went to the Helsinki 2012 European champion Fabrizio Donato of Italy. In the javelin, the Czech world record holder Barbora Spotakova, won the gold by throwing 69.55 meters, repeating her Beijing 2008 success. Second and third place went to two German athletes: Christina Obergfoll and Linda Stahl. Finally, the two days of competition in the decathlon came to a close with the 1500 m, and the success of the world record holder Ashton Eaton. The American athlete, with 8,869 points, beat his teammate Trey Hardee and the Cuban Leonel Suarez.
Two unbeaten teams will play the final of the women's basketball tournament
The final of the women's basketball tournament will be between the USA and France. The American players defeated Australia by 86-73 in the first of two semi-finals, winning their fortieth consecutive victory at the Olympics. After a suffering first half, the USA dominated the second half, turning the result and earning their fifth consecutive Olympic final, the seventh since women's basketball was introduced into the Olympic program in 1976. Competing against the United States for the gold medal will be France, who played a great semi-final against Russia, winning 81-64. The final is scheduled for Saturday, August 11 at 21.00 (GMT) at the North Greenwich Arena. Today is the turn of the men's semifinals. The match between Spain and Russia will start at 17.00. The Russians triumphed over the Spanish in the qualification round, but the Spanish, reigning European champions and silver medal holders in Beijing 2008, are still the predicted favorites. The other semifinal at 21.00, sees the USA against Argentina for the second time in this tournament, the only team that has managed to break their dominance since the Americans began fielding a national team made up of NBA players in 1992. This took place in 2004, when Argentina won the gold after beating the United States in the semifinals. Eight years later, the South Americans are hoping that history will repeat itself.
The American athletics team won seven medals yesterday
Yesterday was an evening full of big satisfactions for the American athletics team. Together with the gold and bronze medals in the women's 200m, they also won the gold and silver medals in the 110m hurdles and one bronze and one gold in the women's long jump. The 110m hurdles final was dominated by Aries Merritt, the only finalist to run under 13”. Although he did not manage to break the world record, the American athlete, at his first Olympiad, did set a personal best of 12.92. The silver medal went to his team mate Jason Richardson, while the bronze was won by Hansle Parchment, setting the Jamaican national record. Bitter disappointment for Dayron Robles, who suffered an injury half-way through the competition and could not complete the race. The great stars and stripes evening continued in the women's long jump, with Brittney Reese, the favorite at the outset, winning the gold on her first attempt with a 7.12m jump. Russian Elena Sokolova won the silver and American Janay Deloach the bronze. The surprise of the evening came in the women's 400m hurdles final, with Russian Natalya Antyukh snatching the gold by reaching the finishing line ahead of the big favorite, American Lashinda Demus. The bronze went to Czech Republic's Zuzana Hejnova.
USA, Argentina, Spain and Russia are the semifinalists of the men's basketball tournament
Following the quarter finals held yesterday, the North Greenwich Arena court declared the names of the four men's basketball tournament semifinalists. In the first match of the day, Russia went ahead in the first quarter of play and then owned the game against Lithuania, winning 83-74. Excellent performance by the Russian Andrei Kirilenko, who scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The second quarter final was Spain vs France, which turned out to be a hard-fought battle. The result hung in the balance right from the start when France, who only scored 6 points in the last quarter of play, was dominated by Spain, who secured a victory 66-59. On the other side of the table, the South American derby was won by Argentina, who beat Brazil 82-77. The game was very balanced and the Argentineans managed to defend the ten point margin gained in the third quarter of play right until the end. In the semifinals, Argentina will take on the United States, who beat Australia 119-86 in the last quarter final of the day, with Kobe Bryant in tip-top condition. Both semifinals will be held on Friday, August 10: Russia-Spain at 5 pm and Argentina-USA at 9 pm. Today is the day of the women's tournament semifinals. At 5 pm, Australia will attempt to pull off a feat against the United States, gold medal in the last four editions of the Games. In the other semifinal, at 9 pm, France will take on Russia, which they had already faced and beaten in the qualification round. Both teams scraped through the quarter finals and the game should be very well balanced.
After two consecutive silver medals, Allyson Felix wins the challenge against the fastest women in the world
The women's 200m final was expected to be a challenge between American and Jamaican sprinters and indeed it was. In the end it was won by Allyson Felix, who had already shown herself to be in tip-top shape during the qualifications. Silver medal at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, both times behind Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown (who finished in fourth place yesterday), the American athlete dominated the race and was the only finalist to run under 22”, finishing with a time of 21.88. The silver medal went to the winner of the 100m sprint, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who set her personal best; bronze medal for American Carmelita Jeter who, in the ninth lane, was the star of a great sprint final. The men's 200m semifinals were also held yesterday, the outcome of which was very much in line with the predictions made at the start. This evening, many are expecting to see a new world record by one of the finalists, especially Usain Bolt or Yohan Blake, the big favorites for the gold medal. French Christophe Lemaitre, Dutch Churandy Martina, American Wallace Spearmon and the third competing Jamaican, Warren Weir are all likely candidates for a medal as well.
The names of the four men's basketball tournament semifinalists will be known today
There are great expectations for the quarter finals of the men's basketball tournament, which mark the handover between the Basketball Arena and the North Greenwich Arena. It will all kick off at 2 pm (London time) with Russia-Lithuania to continue in the afternoon with France-Spain (4.15 pm). In the evening, the all-South American challenge will be on with Brazil vs Argentina; while the great basketball day will be wrapped up at 10.15 pm with the USA against Australia. Meanwhile, the women's tournament quarter finals were played yesterday, with the last London 2012 games held in the Basketball Arena. At the top of the table, Australia prevailed over China thanks to a last quarter played at the highest level. In the end, the Australians won 75-60 and will now progress to the semifinal to take on the USA, against which they played the final of the last three Olympic editions. The American players didn't encounter any problems in the challenge against Canada, beaten 91-48. At the bottom of the table, the games were very well balanced: Russia beat Turkey right at the end, 66-63, with both teams being pretty much even throughout the whole match; in the last quarter final, France was the underdog for much of the game against the Czech Republic, but then managed to turn it around and win 71-68. The semifinals, Australia-USA and Russia-France, will be held on August 9 at the North Greenwich Arena.
It's game on in the challenge among the best 200m sprinters in the world
The queens of speed will take to the track once again, in a 200m final which is shaping up to be a thrilling one. The challenge will be yet again between Jamaica and the United States, with five of the eight finalists coming from these two countries: Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, winner of the 100m competition, and Veronica Campbell-Brown, gold in the 200m at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 as well as at the World Championships of Daegu 2011, will take on their biggest rivals, the Americans Sanya Richard-Ross, gold in the 400m, Allyson Felix, silver in the 200m at Athens 2004 and Beijng 2008, and Carmelita Jeter, silver in the 100m. The final is scheduled at 9 pm (London time). Right before that, at 8.45 pm, the final of the 400m hurdles will be held, with American Lashinda Demus, gold at Daegu 2011, looking to be the big favorite. At 9.15 pm, the Olympic title of the 110m hurdles will be awarded, another competition that promises to put on a great show. Cuban Dayron Robles, world record holder, will try to defend the gold won at Beijing 2008 against an extremely fierce opposition: the Americans Aries Merritt, gold at the Indoor World Championships of Istanbul 2012, and Jason Richardson, gold at Daegu 2011; Russian Sergey Shubenkov, winner of the European Championships of Helsinki 2012; Barbados' Ryan Brathwaite, gold at the World Championships of Berlin 2009; British Andrew Turner, bronze at Daegu 2011. Before the sprint finals, the final of the women's long jump will start at 8.05 pm, with all odds of being in favor of American Brittney Reese, gold medal in the last two editions of the World Championships, who looks to be likely to secure her first Olympic gold medal.
The fastest ever 100m hurdles in Olympic history was run on the Olympic Stadium track
The evenings of great track and field competitions are still underway at the all sold-out Olympic Stadium arena. Yesterday, the most exciting competition was the 100m hurdles final, with the fastest time ever recorded in this discipline in the history of the Games. Australia's Sally Pearson, silver medal at Beijing 2008 and gold medal at the World Championships of Daegu 2011, won by breaking a new Olympic record, 12.35. The silver went to American Dawn Harper, gold at Beijing 2008, who set a personal best, just like her team mate Kellie Wells, who finished in third place. Emotions were running high in the 1500m as well, with Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi securing the gold by taking advantage of the fall of Kenyan athletes and finishing ahead of American Leonel Manzano and Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider. Other two finals were held yesterday inside the Olympic Stadium: in the discus throw, German Robert Harting, gold at the World Championships of Daegu 2011 and at the European Championships of Helsinki 2012, topped off an extraordinary year by winning the gold medal with a 68.27m throw; in the high jump, Russian Ivan Ukhov, gold at the World Championships of Doha 2010, did not have to face any opponents and won with a 2.38m jump.
The basketball tournaments kick into high gear at the Basketball Arena
The men's basketball has lined up its eight candidates for the Olympic title after the last day of the round of heats, which gave us a surprise in Group B, with Australia's victory against Russia 82-80, thanks to three points scored right at the last second. Despite the defeat, the Russians have retained their group leadership ahead of Brazil, who won the challenge against Spain 88-82. Small satisfaction for Great Britain, who avoided being at the bottom of the pile by winning 90-58 against China, defeated for the fifth time in a row. In Group A, all went according to plan: the USA ended the round unbeaten, securing a victory against Argentina 126-97, while France finished in second place, beating Nigeria 79-73. Fourth place for Lithuania, who beat Tunisia 76-63. The quarter finals are shaping up to be very interesting given the current standings: at the top of the table, the challenge will be a South American one with Brazil vs Argentina alongside the challenge USA vs Australia; while at the bottom of the table it will be an all-European challenge: France-Spain and Russia-Lithuania. All men's tournament quarter final games are scheduled on August 8. Meanwhile, the women's tournament quarter finals will be held today. The competition will start at 2 pm (London time) with the USA looking to be the favorite in the game against Canada; the other quarter final will see Australia take on China at 4.15 pm. The last two quarter finals are scheduled in the evening: Russia-Turkey (8 pm) and France-Czech Republic (10.15 pm), with the odds being in favor of the Russians and the French.
The Organizing Committee is enthusiastic after the first half of the Games
The London 2012 Organizing Committee has taken stock of the situation at the half-way mark of the Olympic Games. The people's enthusiasm and great participation has not waned after the first few days, as shown by the five million spectators who watched the competitions from the stands of the sporting facilities and the over one million visitors hosted by the Olympic Park since the start of the Games. “We have done our best to create the best possible environment for athletes to compete in. It has all been done with the primary objective of giving athletes a chance to express themselves in the best possible way at such a crucial moment of their life”, said Seb Coe, Chairman of the Organizing Committee. Commenting on the “Super Saturday”, which saw as many as 25 gold medals being awarded to Great Britain, Seb Coe defined it as “the greatest day of sport I have ever witnessed”. A success on the web as well, with the London 2012 web site becoming the most visited sports web site in the world, with 25 million visits on Saturday alone. “I’m very proud of the show the U.K. is putting on, of the tremendous performance of our athletes; very proud of my team, which has given its heart and soul to these Games over the last seven years. I am also very proud of our brilliant volunteers who seem to be having an extraordinary impact on everyone they meet”, said Paul Deighton, CEO of the Organizing Committee.
The favorites Isinbayeva and Adams did not win the gold medal
Yesterday evening, the London Olympic Stadium witnessed a series of surprising results in the track and field competitions, starting from the bronze won by Elena Isinbayeva. The Russian athlete, Olympic champion at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, started out as the big favorite in the pole vault final, but had to make do with the lowest spot on the podium in a competition that was also affected by the wind and rain and saw the triumph of the American Jennifer Suhr, with a 4.75m jump, ahead of Cuban Yarisley Silva. Another surprise came from the 400m hurdles final, with the 34-year-old Dominican Felix Sanchez who, eight years after the gold at Athens 2004, with yesterday's success became the oldest ever winner of an Olympic Games sprint event. Behind him were American Michael Tinsley and Puerto Rican Javier Culson, the favorite before the competition. Yet another surprise was the gold medal won by the Byelorussian Nadzeya Ostapchuk in the shot put, with a 21.36m throw. The favorite, New Zealand's Valerie Adams, Olympic Champion at Beijing 2008 and World Champion at Berlin 2009 and Daegu 2011, had to settle for a silver medal, while the bronze went to Russian Evgeniia Kolodko. Conversely, all went according to plan in the 3000m steeplechase, with the defending World Champion, Russian Yuliya Zaripova, securing a gold medal with a time of 9:06.72. The silver was won by Tunisian Habiba Ghribi and the bronze by Ethiopian Sofia Assefa. In the 400m, the World Champion at Daegu 2011, Kirani James, also lived up to expectations winning his first Olympic gold at just 19 years of age. He finished the race in 43.94 ahead of Dominican Luguelin Santos and Trinidad and Tobago's athlete Lalonde Gordon.
The first three days of athletics offered a great show
The first three days of the track and field competitions gave us some great sporting moments at the London's Olympic Stadium, starting from the first medals awarded on Friday. In the shot put, Polish Tomasz Majewski retained his title as gold medalist after Beijing 2008, with a throw of 21.89m. In the women's 10,000m, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba also confirmed her Olympic title, thanks to an extraordinary final that secured her the victory with a time of 30:20.75. Saturday was a day of glory for Great Britain, with the 80,000 spectators of the Olympic Stadium joining in the celebrations for the performance of Jessica Ennis, winner of the heptathlon, Greg Rutherford, gold medalist in the long jump with 8.31m, and Mo Farah, who won the 10,000m running the last lap in 53”. Still on Saturday evening, Croatian Sandra Perkovic won the gold with a 69.11m discus throw, Croatian record. Emotions were running high on Sunday as well, starting from the success of American Sanya Richard-Ross in the 400m, ahead of British Christine Ohuruogu and team mate Dee Dee Trotter. Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova won in the triple jump with 14.98m. Hungarian Krisztian Pars won the gold with a 80.59m hammer throw. Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi won a hard-fought battle in the 3000m steeplechase, with a time of 8:18.56.
The men's basketball tournament rounds will be wrapped up today
The last games of the preliminary rounds of the men's basketball tournament will be held today. In Group A, the USA, who dominated the round of heats, will wrap up the day taking on at the Basketball Arena, at 10.15 pm, Argentina, currently lying in second place. A South American defeat would enable France, in the event of a victory over Nigeria, to rise to second place in the current standings. For the fourth place, the last good spot to qualify for the quarter finals, all odds are in favor of Lithuania, who will be taking on Tunisia, currently at the bottom of the pile. In Group B, Russia, still unbeaten, at 9 am will be playing Australia, already through to the quarter finals, to confirm their leadership position in the round. The most eagerly awaited match of the day is undoubtedly Spain vs Brazil, who will be playing one another to secure the second spot in the standings, currently occupied by the South American team. On the other hand, the game between Great Britain and China will be almost just for show, as both teams are still in search of their first victory. In the women's tournament, the preliminary round games have come to an end and these are the quarter final pairings: right at the top of the table, Australia will take on China, and the winner of this match will be battling it out in the semifinal against either the USA or Canada, depending on the outcome of their quarter final challenge; at the bottom of the table, the winner of the game between Turkey and Russia will take on the winner of France vs Czech Republic. All matches will take place on Tuesday, August 7.
Wonderful performances during 100m Men competition
The most eagerly awaited competition of the Olympic Games lived up to expectations, with as many as three athletes under 9”80. The gold medal victory was sealed breaking a new Olympic record with 9”63. The silver went to Yohan Blake, world champion at Daegu 2011, who ended the race in 9”75, while the bronze was secured by Justin Gatlin, Olympic champion at Athens 2004, with 9”79. It could have been the first final with all runners under 10”, but the injury of Jamaican Asafa Powell, a few meters away from the finish, prevented this from happening. In the women's 100m, yet another success for Jamaica with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who managed to secure her second Olympic gold in a row after Beijing 2008. The Jamaican athlete won with a time of 10”75, ahead of American Carmelita Jeter and team mate Veronica Campbell-Brown.
The American team march on relentlessly
The third round of the men's basketball tournament proved yet again that the USA is a force to be reckoned with, this time against Nigeria. The final score of 156-73 sets a series of records in Olympic basketball history: the most points scored in a game, the most points in a halftime total (78), the highest victory margin (83 points); Carmelo Anthony, with 37 points, broke the record for the most points scored by an American player in an Olympic game. Still in Group A, other NBA champions were the stars of the show: Tony Parker led France to a major victory against Lithuania, 82-74, while Manu Ginobili, with 24 points, made Argentina rise to victory against Tunisia, 92-69. In Group B, the battle between Spain and Russia rages on, although they both risked losing their winning streak. Spain saw Great Britain make an excellent recovery in the last quarter of the game but managed to win by just one point (79-78); same victory margin for Russia, who struggled against Brazil and won 75-74, thanks to an excellent performance by Andrei Kirilenko, scorer of 19 points. The Spanish and the Russians will be going head to head on Saturday to secure a first spot in the tournament round. In Group B, Australia confirmed its fourth place in the current standings by beating China, 81-61.
The last two rounds of the women's tournament could have some surprises in store
The ultimate round of the women's basketball qualifications for the quarter finals will take place today. The day at the Basketball Arena kicks off at 9 am (London time) with the challenge between the two teams who haven't had a single victory under their belt yet in Group A, Croatia and Angola. If the European team manages to nail a victory, they could still have a chance of getting through the quarter finals in the last game against Turkey. However, at this stage of the tournament the future of many teams also depends on the results of the other teams in the round. The most interesting match of Group A will be played at 4:45 pm: China, still unbeaten, will take on Turkey, currently in third place. The USA team is likely to continue its winning streak against the Czech Republic (10:15 pm), who remains optimistic about being able to qualify for the quarter finals after securing a victory against Croatia. In Group B, France and Russia will continue to fight their way to the top of the round until their head to head match in the last game. The French are favorites against Great Britain (8 pm), while the Russians will take on the strong Australians (11:15 am), who are aiming to improve their place in the current standings. In the third match of the round, last chance for Brazil to reach the fourth place and get into the next round, in the game against Canada (2:30 pm), who are currently in the last good position to be able to make it into the quarter finals.
First Olympic day and first medals at the Olympic Stadium
It has been one week since the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and now everything is ready for the track and field competitions. Two finals are scheduled today: the men's shot put, at 8.30 pm (London time) and the women's 10,000m, at 9.25 pm. In the first competition, the favorites at the outset are the Americans Reese Hoffa and Christian Cantwell; in the second, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, world record holder and gold medalist at Beijing 2008, will need to watch out especially from her two team mates Werknesh Kidane and Beleynesh Oljira. The other competitions scheduled are the qualifications and the first rounds of these disciplines: women's triple jump, women's 100m, women's 400m hurdles, men's hammer throw, women's 400m, men's 3000m steeplechase, women's discus throw, men's long jump, men's 1500m. With the start of the competition inside the Olympic Stadium, the Mondotracks also make their debut: aside from the Olympic one, Mondo installed two for warm-up as well: a 400m one adjacent to the facility and an 80m one located under the stadium's main stand.
The numbers for the first few days of the Games confirm the success of the event
After the first five days of London 2012, Seb Coe, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, has taken stock of the situation and come up with the figures. In five days, almost 3 million people attended the Games in a cheerful and safe environment where all spectators have been able to waive the flags of their own country without any problems. The Opening Ceremony of July 27 was watched by 27 million viewers on the BBC and each evening session broadcast in the following days recorded an audience of 8 million people. The London 2012 website records around 11 million visitors on a daily basis and 10 million people have downloaded the Olympics applications designed for smartphones and tablets. “Isle of Wonder”, the sound track of the Opening Ceremony, is at the top of the charts of the most downloaded albums on the web. Meanwhile, the excitement is rising for the upcoming track and field competitions, scheduled for Friday, August 3. It is shaping up to be an extraordinary weekend with a “Super Saturday” where as many as 21 gold medals will be awarded. 'I'd like to say thank you again to (the public) for providing such a special atmosphere for the athletes,' said Seb Coe.
We will finally find out who the quarter finals qualifiers are in the men's tournament
The basketball games rage on relentlessly at the Basketball Arena. Today is the turn of the men's tournament, which will resume at 9 am (London time) with the most eagerly awaited challenge of Group A: France, who had secured a victory with an excellent performance against Argentina, will take on Lithuania, who had fallen to the South Americans in the first game to then bounce back with a victory against Nigeria in the second match. The other two challenges of the round seem to have an easily predictable outcome: at 2.30 pm, Argentina will take on Tunisia, currently at the bottom of the pile, while the USA will once again be the last team to take to the basketball court at 10.15 pm, facing Nigeria who, having scored three points in two games are still in with a chance to go through to the quarter finals. In Group B, the most spectacular challenge should be between Brazil and Russia (4.45 pm), both with a full score after winning the first two games of the round. The match between Australia and China, both in search of their first victory, could be very well balanced. Spain, on the other hand, should sail through easily in the game against Great Britain (8 pm) who are unlikely to secure a first victory against the solid Spanish team.
In the women's tournament, some teams have already qualified for the quarter finals after three games
At the end of the third round of games, the shortlist of the teams through to the quarter finals is now taking shape in the women's basketball tournament. In Group B, France have secured themselves a spot in the quarter finals by beating Canada 64-60. Having won the first three games, the French players have shown themselves to be among the teams with the best shape of the tournament. Australia, silver medal in the last three editions of the Olympic Games, have managed to bounce back from their defeat against France beating Brazil 67-61, the third defeat in a row for the Brazilians. No victory either for Great Britain after three games, as they had to give in to Russia's power, who secured the third victory in a row with a score of 67-61. In Group A, major victory for the Czech Republic against Croatia, 89-70. A success that may prove decisive in the battle to secure a place for the quarter finals. China won their third consecutive game beating Angola 76-52, confirming their leadership in this phase of the tournament with a full score. Following suit are the USA who, as predicted, nailed a clear victory against Turkey, 89-58.
A bird's eye view of the Olympic Games
Among the many experiences that can be enjoyed in London during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, one of the most breath-taking is the visit to the Orbit platform, the artwork designed by Anish Kapoor, chosen as a permanent monument inside the Olympic Park even after the end of the Games. Visitors make their way into an elevator with viewing portholes, passing through the entire structure before reaching the platform 85 meters high. Once on the platform, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the park, the Olympic Stadium and London's cityscape. To conclude the experience, visitors are encouraged to stroll down the spiral staircase that twists through the Orbit, enjoying even more amazing sights. The Orbit's red spiral structure, 115 meters high, intends to represent both London and the United Kingdom. Its construction began in November 2010 and was completed in April 2012. After the Games, Orbit will be temporarily closed until the end of 2013, when it will open again for viewing and go back to being a highly sought-after destination for London's visitors.
The battle to secure a place in the quarter finals heats up
The third round of the women's basketball tournament will be played today. For the teams that didn't shine in the first two games, this will be the perfect opportunity to get back in the game and secure one of the first four spots in the round to qualify for the quarter finals. In Group A, the most important challenge for the rankings is between Croatia and the Czech Republic (8 pm). Both teams lost the first two games and are in desperate need of a victory to have some hope of going through. China is the favorite in the game against Angola (11.15 am), and a victory would place it right at the top of the group with a full score. If things go according to plan, China should be in the company of the USA, which will play the last game scheduled today at the Basketball Arena, taking on the third unbeaten team in the round, Turkey, at 10.15 pm. In Group B, France, group leader with a full score alongside Russia, could be on yet another winning streak against Canada (9 am). Russia is another favorite in the afternoon match (4.45 pm) against Great Britain, which desperately needs a victory to avoid missing out on the first four spots. The most eagerly awaited game of the round will be at 2.30 pm: Australia against Brazil, with the former having to prove their ability to put behind their defeat against France.
Apart from the USA, all teams are on an even keel in the men's basketball
The second round of the men's basketball tournament was held yesterday. The most interesting game of the day was between Argentina and France which ended in favor of the European team, 71-64. Manu Ginobili wasn't enough for the South Americans to sweep to victory, despite scoring 26 points. Among the French, an outstanding performance by another NBA player, Tony Parker, with 17 points and 5 assists. France, beaten by the USA in the first game, have now managed to catch up with Argentina, which had dominated Lithuania at the outset. The Lithuanians have bounced back from their bad start beating Nigeria 72-53. The USA have secured a victory against Tunisia 110-63 and are the only team left unbeaten in their group. In Group B, no problem whatsoever for Russia, led to victory by an excellent Kirilenko against China, 73-54. Spain, after struggling in the first quarter against Australia, nailed a victory 82-70, also thanks to the 20 points scored by Pau Gasol. No joy for Great Britain, which held its own in the first two quarters against Brazil, but was then defeated by a narrow margin, 67-62.
The Olympic Stadium is ready to host the competitions
In the run-up to the track and field competitions, the London Olympic Stadium is back to its original state, with the red Mondotrack once again at the heart of the all the action ready to start with the arrival of the athletes. One of the most delicate operations during the 80 hours of work required to dismantle the huge stage created for the Opening Ceremony was moving the Olympic cauldron to the south end of the stadium. During the transition, the flame was placed in a special miners' lantern overnight. The cauldron was then relit with the Olympic Torch by one of the London 1948 torch-bearers, Austin Playfoot. The structure, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, is 8.5m high and is made up of 204 steel pipes and as many individually designed copper petals inscribed with the names of the London 2012 competing nations. At the end of the Games, each team will have its petal and the cauldron will cease to exist.
In the men's basketball, the battle continues between the first day's winners and losers
The men's basketball tournament will resume today, with the challenge between the first day's winning and losing teams scheduled to hot things up again in the arena. The first competition hosted by the Basketball Arena will be in Group B between China and Russia at 9 am (London time). Another very challenging match for the Chinese team after their defeat against Spain. The Spaniards look to be the favorites in the game against Australia at 11.15 am. The last game of the group will see Brazil, which fought hard to secure a victory against the Australians in the first game, take on Great Britain (4.45 pm). In this case as well, all odds seem to be in favor of the South Americans, however the support of the home crowd could be an extra weapon in the arsenal of the host team. In Group A, at 2.30 pm, Lithuania, after falling to Argentina, will take on Nigeria, which instead secured a victory against Tunisia, albeit by 4 points only. At 8 pm, France, which was able to contrast the American power house, will be slugging it out against Argentina, which put on an excellent performance against the Lithuanians. The day at the Basketball Arena will be topped off by team USA, which could still put on a spectacular show in the apparently predictable game against Tunisia (10.15 pm).
France secures a historical victory against Australia
The second day of London 2012 women's basketball tournament was characterized by a surprising turn of events: France beat Australia, which had only lost against the USA in all games played from 1996 until yesterday. The French managed to pull off this feat after an extra time, securing a 74-70 victory and securing full points in Group B after two games. The other surprise of the tournament is in Group A, where, together with the USA and Turkey, we find also China in first position, after its clear 83-50 victory against Croatia. In the same group, the USA had an easy victory in the match against Angola, 90-38, while Turkey, at the end of a balanced game, managed to beat the Czech Republic 61-57, with the latter surprisingly still at zero points after two games. Apart from France, Group B is topped by Russia as well, which won against Brazil after securing a victory against Canada. Team GB are still waiting for their first Olympic victory as they were defeated by the Canadian team 73-65. The home team are last to bottom in their group at the moment, with only one point difference with bottom-of-the-pile Brazil.
The USA basketball teams give a display of their strength
The first basketball weekend of the Olympic Games has seen the USA teams get off to a great start, legitimizing their role as the big favorites for the gold medal. In the men's event, the USA secured an easy 98-71 victory against France with an excellent performance by Kevin Durant, best scorer with 22 points. Spain, considered by many as the number one opponents of the American team, won 97-81 against China, with a great performance by two NBA players: Pau Gasol and Ibaka. Another great start for Argentina which, led by Manu Ginobili, knocked off Lithuania 102-79. On the other hand, the audience's support wasn't enough for the host team Great Britain against Russia, won by the latter, 95-75. In the other matches, a hard-fought victory for Brazil against Australia (75-71) and success for Nigeria in the African derby against Tunisia (60-56). In the women's event, the USA team snatched their 34th victory in a row since 1992 beating Croatia 81-56. The Czech Republic's defeat against China, 66-57, was the only surprise of the weekend. Russia won a very balanced match against Canada (58-53). Great Britain lost, despite putting up a good fight against Australia (74-58). In the other matches, Turkey beat Angola, and France triumphed over Brazil.
Confirmations and first victories sought at the Basketball Arena
The twelve teams starring in the women's basketball Olympic tournament will be battling it out once again at the Basketball Arena today. In Group A, the USA will be playing an easily predictable game against Angola (at 10.15 pm London time), which lost against Turkey in the first match. The Turkish team will be slugging it out against the Czech Republic (at 11.15 am), which suffered a surprise defeat against China in the first game. The Chinese team will try to secure another victory against Croatia in the first match of the day, at 9 am. In Group B, France, having defeated Brazil in the opening game, will try to put up a fight against the group's favorite team, Australia (2.30 pm). Russia, which defeated the home team on Saturday, will now battle it out against Brazil (4.45 pm), while Great Britain will seek their first victory against Canada (8 pm).
From the 7,500 volunteers to 007, it was a great show
The London 2012 Opening Ceremony lived up to everybody's expectations. Director Danny Boyle put together a perfect show the massive scale of which is also demonstrated by its numbers. On the 15,000 sqm area of the Olympic Stadium, 7,500 volunteers took it in turns between one scene and another, accompanied by 40 sheep, 12 horses, 3 cows and 12,956 props, and used 57,000 costumes. The volunteers took part in 284 rehearsals to prepare for the event in the weeks prior to the Olympic Games. A 1 million Watt system was required to light the show, with 317 km of cable to connect the pixel screens. A total of 7 billion pieces of confetti was released taking all choreographies into account. The Opening Ceremony was watched live by 60,000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium and by over a billion people on TV screens worldwide, including 27 million British viewers (there had been 6 million viewers for the Beijing 2008 ceremony). Another number to add to the list is 007: the most popular secret agent was one of the big stars of the show, with the ironic and spectacular video filmed together with Queen Elizabeth II.
A recap on the key steps of an Opening Ceremony
The ceremonies have been a part of the Games since ancient Greece times, but only in the last decade, starting from Moscow 1980, has the Opening Ceremony become the great spectacle as we know it today, which entertains millions of people around the world every four years. Even if the more artistic part is in the hands of the host Country, there is a strict protocol that cannot be modified and is applicable to every Olympic edition. The ceremony starts with the hoisting of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the host Country, followed by the artistic show which features elements that are typical of the local culture and tradition, together with references to the Olympic spirit. The end of the show marks the start of the more traditional part of the ceremony, which includes the parade of the participating nations, which make their entrance in alphabetical order, apart from Greece that always enters the stadium first and the host Country, which is the last to march in. Once all nations have entered the stadium, the Presidents of the Organizing Committee and of the International Olympic Committee hold their speeches, followed by the declaration of official opening of the Games by the host Country's head of state.
After the Olympic flag has been raised and the Olympic anthem played, an athlete and a judge take an oath on respecting and abiding by the rules on behalf of all participants in the Games. Finally, the Olympic torch is brought into the stadium and passed from athlete to athlete until the last torch-bearer, who has the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron.
All eyes will be on London this evening
The time has come at long last: this evening, at 9 pm London time, the Opening Ceremony will mark the official start of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Naturally, there is a great deal of curiosity on the show that will be put on and the organizers have only revealed a few aspects of the ceremony. First, its duration: it will last three hours and a quarter, with the fastest ever team parade (one and a half hours versus the almost three hours of Beijing 2008). It is known that director Danny Boyle has thrown in music by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Paganini and Mike Oldfield. The evening's presenters will be actors Daniel Craig and Rowan Atkinson. In addition to the information coming from official sources, further details have been leaked by those who attended the general rehearsals. To avoid spoiling the surprise, we will only say that the British national anthem, in honor of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, should be performed in sign language by a choir of deaf and hearing children and that some of the ensuing choreographs should draw inspiration from 007, Mary Poppins, Captain Hook and Harry Potter. We'll have to just wait and see. Happy viewing, everyone!
The perfect opportunity to celebrate a special anniversary
Among the 173 torch-bearers who carried the Olympic Flame through London on Thursday, July 26, there was also Maurizio Stroppiana, CEO of Mondo. The London's Olympic edition is the tenth Olympiad in which the Italian company has participated as Official Supplier. “To be able to carry the Olympic torch on such a special occasion for Mondo as the tenth anniversary of our collaboration with the Olympic Committee was twice as exciting for me - remarked Maurizio Stroppiana -. The Olympic Games represent the height of sporting values and being part of the long relay that will light the cauldron of these XXX Games makes me particularly proud, especially in the knowledge of what this edition means to us”.
Who will win the gold medal in the jumping disciplines?
Aside from the speed disciplines, the London's Olympic Stadium will also host other disciplines that have made the history of the Games. Let's take a look at the favorite candidates for the gold medal in these sports. In the men's high jump, the absolute stars of the show should be the American World Champion Jesse Williams and the Russian Ivan Ukhov; the outcome of the women's competition, after Blanka Vlasic and Antonietta Di Martino have dropped out, is looking a lot more uncertain, with the Russian Anna Chicherova, defending World Champion, being a notch above the others. In the men's long jump, all eyes are on the young German Sebastian Bayer, recent gold medalist at the Helsinki European Championships; in the women's event, the favorite is two-time World Champion Brittney Reese. In the triple jump, the odds are stacked in favor of the American Christian Taylor, gold medalist at Daegu 2011, who will be battling it out, among other opponents, with the Italian Fabrizio Donato, gold medalist at the Helsinki European Championships; in the women's event, the most likely candidate to win the gold is the Ukrainian Olha Saladuha. In the men's pole vault, Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie will need to watch out especially for the Germans Bjorn Otto and Malte Mohr; in the women's competition, the favorite can only be the Russian Yelena Isinbayeva, even if the best score of the season was obtained by the Brazilian Fabiana Murer, gold medalist at the 2011 Athletics World Championships.
Thousands of bells will celebrate the start of the Games across Great Britain
To welcome the day of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, on the morning of Friday, July 27th, Big Ben and thousands of other bells across the United Kingdom will be ringing non-stop for three minutes. This is the performance entitled Work No. 1197, conceived by the Turner-prize winning artist and musician Martin Creed for the London 2012 Festival. The Big Ben will chime more than forty times between 8:12 am and 8:15 am. A historic event, as it is the first time that the strike of Big Ben has been rung outside its regular schedule since February 15, 1952 for the funeral of King George VI. Whoever is in Great Britain tomorrow will be able to participate in the event by ringing any kind of bell for three minutes. And those without a bell will be able to download from the web site www.allthebells.com an exclusive Martin Creed ringtone, Work No. 1372, capable of reproducing the sound of twenty-eight different bells.
Ruth Mackenzie, Director of London 2012 Festival, said: “This initiative is London 2012 Festival’s biggest community project, and we are incredibly excited that the commission allows everyone in the UK the chance to be part of history in the making as we aim to set a world record for the largest number of bells to be rung simultaneously.”
The co-operation between the Olympic and Paralympic committee has been renewed
Sir Philip Craven and Jacques Rogge, Presidents of the International Paralympic Committee and of the International Olympic Committee, have signed an agreement in London to ensure that the Paralympic Games will be held in the same city as the Olympic Games until 2020. This extends an already consolidated co-operation agreement, including the 2018 PyeongChang and the 2020 Games, which will be held in one of the three candidate cities: Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. Jacques Rogge said "I'm delighted to extend our close co-operation with the IPC through to 2020. They have a fundamentally important role in the Olympic movement". Sir Philip Craven added: "This is excellent news for the Paralympic movement, especially coming so close to the start of the biggest ever Paralympic Games in London“. "The agreements secure the continued growth of the movement and our members. Since 1988 we have benefited from using the same venues and infrastructure as the Olympic Games and through this agreement it will continue through to at least 2020".
After the Olympic one, the Paralympic relay is now coming to a street near you!
In two days' time, with the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, the relay that has carried the Olympic Flame from the small town of Olympia, in Greece, all the way to the Olympic Stadium in London, will be drawing to a close. The enthusiasm that has welcomed the passage of the torch through the streets of the British capital will be renewed during the passage of the Paralympic Flame, which will be lit on August 28 at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium and, after a 24-hour relay, will reach London's Olympic Stadium on August 29 to kick-start the Paralympic Games. The flame, which will see the union of four different flames coming from London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, will be carried by 580 torch-bearers, divided into groups of five athletes, travelling 87 miles. Once in London, the relay will pass through some of the city's most popular areas, including: Abbey Road, Greenwich, Regent Street, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Lambeth Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Tower Bridge. Festivals will be held throughout the city to celebrate the passage of the torch.
The Olympic Park is the perfect example of an eco-sustainable project
One of the primary objectives of the London 2012 Organizing Committee was to achieve an environmentally-friendly Olympic edition. Thinking back to what the industrial and degraded area of Stradford used to look like prior to the British capital being awarded with the organization of the Games, that same area where the Olympic Park now stands, one is suddenly struck by the realization of just how much work must have gone into transforming the entire district into one of the greenest areas of the city. Suffice it to say that around 90% of construction waste from the demolition of the buildings present on the territory prior to the start of the works was used to build the new structures. In addition, many of the Games sporting facilities have been designed to be dismantled at the end of the competitions and reused for other purposes. Mondo has also played its part to contribute to a "green" Olympiad: the majority of the materials supplied by the company will remain property of the Organizing Committee, while around 30% will be returned to Mondo at the end of the Games for future use.
Team GB athletes arrive at the Olympic Village
On Tuesday, July 24th, the London 2012 team Great Britain athletes have been welcomed to the Olympic Village in a ceremony that opened with a rendition of British band Queen's famous “Bicycle Race”. The show, which went on with dancing and music, was thoroughly enjoyed by all the team members and the many spectators who attended this very colorful exhibition. At the end of the welcome ceremony, hundreds of people watched the Union Jack flag being hoisted to the tunes of “God Save the Queen”. Some of the athletes interviewed after the ceremony seemed very emotional and, if anything, even more motivated to do their very best in the upcoming two weeks of competitions. Meanwhile, the British government has deployed another 1,200 soldiers who were put on standby last week, taking the total number of troops involved to guard the Games to around 18,200.
A take on the Olympic spirit by twelve leading artists
To celebrate London 2012, twelve of the UK's leading artists were asked to create posters for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The artists, chosen from a first list of one hundred names, were divided into two groups: Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Eachel Whiteread for the Olympic Games; Fiona Banner, Michael Craig Martin, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Bob and Roberta Smith for the Paralympic Games. Every image is a personal interpretation of the artist, and the diversity of the works shows the extraordinary creativity present in Great Britain today. The first Olympic poster in history was commissioned for the Stockholm Games in 1912, while the Paralympic Games had their own representative image ever since the first edition, in Stoke Mandeville. Over the years, great artists of the caliber of David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, have created Olympic posters. The London 2012 posters are on display at London's Tate Britain.
Over four billion people will be following the London 2012 Olympic Games
On Monday, July 23rd, the Chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee, Seb Coe, and the Chairman of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, officially opened the International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre. For the first time ever in the history of the Olympic games, media, radio and TV representatives will all be under the same roof, as yet another example of utilizing spaces to it fullest. Located inside the Olympic Park, the complex will cater for over 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and print journalists, who, with their work and thanks to the aid of the latest technology, will be bringing the Games to four billion people worldwide. The completion of the 275m long, 104m wide and 21m tall building occupying a 29,000 sqm area and with a 4,500t steel frame, required 10 weeks of work. It will also house a shopping area with banks, travel agents, news agents and a post office, as well as a catering area that will serve up to 50,000 meals a day. The building was designed to be converted into offices at the end of the Games.
The British origin of the Olympics and Paralympics
Until September 9th, the British Museum will host a display that tells the story of the production of the medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, from the mining of the metal by Rio Tinto to the creation of the designs by David Watkins and Lin Cheung and production by the Royal Mint. Aside from the medals, 19th and 20th century objects are also displayed, highlighting the longstanding links between Britain and the Olympic and Paralympic movements. To bring to life the modern games, Pierre de Coubertin drew inspiration from the Olympian Games, which first took place in the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock in 1850, and which he attended in 1890, six years before Athens 1896. The Paralympic Games derive from Games held in 1948 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire, for people injured in the Second World War. The mascots of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are named Wenlock and Mandeville in recognition of these two historic events.
Stefania Stroppiana among London 2012 torch-bearers
Among the 140 torch-bearers who carried the Olympic Flame on Friday, July 20, was also Stefania Stroppiana, Mondo Marketing Manager. “I felt truly honored to carry the Olympic torch. The Olympic Games are not just a sporting event but go way deeper into the realm of peace and union among people. To get such a direct taste of the Olympic spirit was a real privilege which enabled me to share a moment of extraordinary sporting and human passion with the city of London and the rest of the world. It was an unforgettable experience and one that I will cherish forever”. Mondo is the “Official Supplier for Sport Flooring and Equipment” of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The duel between the United States and Jamaica resumes in London
The challenge between the United States and Jamaica, which is very likely to be a recurring theme in the men's track and field sprint disciplines, might repeat itself in the women's events as well. In the 100m, all eyes will be on the challenge between the defending Olympic champion and world record holder, the Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser and the world champion, the American Carmelita Jeter; another likely candidate for the gold medal could be yet another Jamaican athlete, Veronica Campbell-Brown. The 100m star athletes should battle it out again in the final as the big favorites in the 200m and in the 4x100m relay as well. In the 800m, the athlete to beat is Kenyan Pamela Jelimo, while in the 1500m, the battle for the gold should be between Moroccan and Ethiopian athletes. Conversely, the outcome of the 5000 and 10000m is not as easy to predict, although the Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba has enough potential to win both competitions. In the 3000m steeplechase, many are betting on the Kenyan Milcah Chemos Cheywa. In the 100m hurdles, the Australian Sally Pearson was the fastest of them all this year and, apart from winning the gold, she is now aiming to break the world record. In the 400m hurdles, the battle for the gold could well be a matter to be settled within the Russian team, with Irina Davydova and Natalya Antyukh arriving in London 2012 as the favorites.
The Olympic Flame's first weekend in London has drawn to a close
After its spectacular arrival in the capital on board a helicopter of the Royal Navy's Commando Helicopter Force, the Olympic Torch, which spent Friday night under lock and key inside the Tower of London, started its journey again from Greenwich Park on Saturday, July 21. Among the 143 torch-bearers who handed on the precious baton along a route that stretched a little over 36 miles was also gymnastics legend and winner of nine Olympic medals, Nadia Comaneci, who received the flame from former basketball player John Amaechi on top of the roof of the North Greenwich Arena, facility that will host the gymnastics competitions and the finals of the basketball tournament. On Sunday, July 22, the flame was carried by 163 torch-bearers for a little over 32 miles. The most spectacular moment was when seventeen-year-old Amelia Hempleman-Adams, the youngest person to ski to the South Pole, carried the flame atop one of the viewing capsules of the London Eye, London's giant panoramic wheel. The last torch-bearer of the weekend was former boxer and heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, who lit a cauldron inside Danson Park, kick-starting the evening's celebrations.
With the arrival of the Olympic Flame in London, the countdown to the start of the Games has commenced
The arrival of the Olympic Flame in London marks the start of the last week before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. In the next seven days, the torch will continue to wing its way through the streets of the British capital, covering 200 miles and passing through the hands of another 982 torch-bearers. Before coming to London, the torch was carried by over 7,000 torch-bearers and visited more than 1,000 communities scattered across the whole of Great Britain. It has been calculated that some 9,000,000 people applauded the passage of the flame and the same enthusiasm is expected in the streets of London, where a huge crowd will surely welcome it in each of the 33 districts of the city. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The arrival of the Olympic Flame is a huge moment for the capital and an incredible opportunity for Londoners to experience, right on their doorsteps, the growing excitement as the countdown to the start of the Olympic Games moves ever nearer".
Who will be the star athletes on the Mondotrack?
The Olympic Games are only seven days away and many are already starting to predict who the star athletes of this edition will be, especially in the Olympic discipline par excellence: track and field. With regard to the men's 100 and 200m sprint events, there are two top favorites: team mates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, followed suit by the Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin, in the 100m, and Wallace Spearmon in the 200m. Jamaica is also a big favorite in the relay events. For the 400m, everyone's bet is on the American LaShawn Merritt, who will however need to watch his back especially from the defending World Champion, Grenadian Kirani James. In the middle distance race, all eyes are on Kenya as the potential winning nation, with Rudisha in the 800m, and the pair Silas Kiplagat and Asbel Kiprop in the 1500m. In the 5000m and 10000m, there are great expectations from the Ethiopian athletes, with Somali-born British athlete Mo Farah as a likely candidate to win a place on the podium. In the 110m hurdles, all eyes are on the Chinese Liu Xiang and the American Aries Merritt; while in the 400m hurdles, the favorite is Puerto Rican Javier Culson, who will need to watch out especially for the British athlete David Greene.
Enjoying the Olympic Games during a picnic
The London 2012 organizers have made it possible, for those who won't be able to get inside the competition sports venues, to enjoy the live performances, competitions and athletes in a truly enchanting setting. A natural amphitheater, Park Live, has been created in the heart of the Olympic Park and equipped with a double-sided giant screen broadcasting live coverage of the athletes' competitions and interviews. This area, which has space available for 10,000 spectators, will be open from the early morning until late evening, thus enabling visitors to visit it before or after the sporting events and perhaps sit down for a picnic. 2012 LOCOG Chairman Seb Coe said, "Our idea for Park Live was to create a green and colorful place for fans to cheer their heroes and soak up the Olympic Park atmosphere. With lush lawns surrounded by wildflower meadows and rustling reeds, a trip to Park Live will be a truly unforgettable experience."
Lots of sport, but also lots of music at London 2012
The London 2012 Organizing Committee has designed an innovative schedule packed-full of (often live) music events to entertain the audiences who will be following the Games. A music library of 2012 songs with five music themes (energy, primetime, extreme, heritage and world stage) has been compiled especially for the occasion. Each theme was tailored for specific sports: for example heritage for Tennis at Wimbledon or extreme for BMX. In addition, the music program “Rock the Games” features a rich calendar of live performances and five new recorded tracks from internationally renowned artists: Muse, Elton John vs. Pnau, Delphic, Chemical Brothers and Dizzee Rascal. To top off the music events, Scissor Sisters and Rizzle Kicks are just two of the artists that are set to play surprise gigs at some of the Olympic venues.
A schedule of events and performances across the UK until September 9
Artists coming from all over the world will gather in Great Britain to take part in the London 2012 Festival during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The program, with over 12,000 performances including dance, music, theater, fashion, food, art or films, promises to cater for all visitors' tastes. The London 2012 Festival is the grand finale of the Cultural Olympiad, which has been running since 2008 involving over 18 million people in the last four years, and will include shows and performances of all kinds, from large-scale to local events. The Festival will be running through September 9, 2012, the last day of the Paralympic Games. Please visit the Festival's web site at http://festival.london2012.com to find out when and where the upcoming events will be held.
The British basketball team takes on the United States
One of the teams likely to get the largest following during the Olympic Games is the USA Men's basketball team for the show they put on at every match. The star-studded team, which can boast champions such as the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have been completing their pre-Olympic preparation with a series of test matches and this evening they will take on the host team, Great Britain, in Manchester. The game against the United States will give Great Britain a chance to test their actual potential before taking on the challenging Olympic round against Russia, Brazil, Australia and China. The USA, the big favorites for winning the gold medal, were entered in the same round as France, Argentina, Tunisia, Lithuania and Nigeria.
A floral representation of the Olympic rings at Kew Gardens
Many displays of the five Olympic rings have been unveiled all over Great Britain in the last few weeks, the most spectacular of them all being the Royal Botanic Gardens, inside London's Kew Gardens. The rings, made up of over 20,000 plants, have a circumference of 15.5 meters each and are visible from the Heathrow flight path. The flowers were planted over a period of five days by a team of volunteers. The flowers used are: Viola “Blue For You”, Viola “Clear Yellow”, Viola “Black Delight”, apple mint and Viola “Red Blotch”. In addition, to celebrate the UK's role in the birth of the modern Olympic Movement, a total of around forty Coubertin Oaks were planted at venues across the whole country. These are trees grown from acorns taken from the English Oak planted in 1890 during the visit of the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin.
The Olympic medals are under lock and key next to the Crown Jewels
The gold, silver and bronze medals that will be draped around the neck of winning athletes will be kept inside the Tower of London for the 805 award ceremonies scheduled to take place at over thirty Olympic sports venues across the whole UK. The mining company Rio Tinto provided eight tonnes of gold, silver and bronze extracted from the mine Kennecott Utah Copper of Salt Lake City, United States, and the mine Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia, to produce the 4,700 medals. The medals were crafted at the Royal Mint in South Wales. Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson said: "For the athletes competing to win these medals, they are as precious as the Crown Jewels, so it is fitting that they should be stored for safe keeping in the same iconic location". Circular in shape, to represent the globe, the summer Olympic medals feature the Greek goddess of victory, Nike, on the front, as she steps out of the Parthenon to reach the host city. The front of the Paralympic medals represents "spirit in motion".
A state-of-the-art walkway lights the way to the Olympic Park
Among the various eco-sustainable projects implemented for London 2012, one of the most interesting ones is the pioneering walkway connecting West Ham Station to the Olympic Park. This will be lit round the clock by the footsteps of spectators passing through. It is made possible thanks to twelve special energy harvesting floor tiles produced by the British company Pavegen, specialized in renewable energy and technology. It has been estimated that the tiles will receive over 12 million impressions, generating 72 million joules of energy, enough to power a small electric car for 397 laps of the Olympic athletics track or charge 10,000 mobile phones for an hour. The power will be used to illuminate the walkway for eight hours at full power during the night, and sixteen daylight hours at half power. The units will also produce an energy surplus of around 35%, which will be stored in the batteries. David Stubbs, Head of Sustainability at the London Organizing Committee said: "We want people coming to the Games to be able to do their bit for the environment and this is a great example where, literally in a few steps, people can actively contribute towards making these Games truly sustainable".
The IAAF celebrates its first 100th anniversary
We are only ten days away from the start of the 2012 London Olympic Games and the world's sporting community is celebrating a truly special anniversary: the first 100 years of the International Association of Athletics Federations. The IAAF was indeed founded on July 17, 1912, only two days after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games, which were hosted by the Swedish capital that year. To celebrate this memorable event with a touch of creativity, the IAAF Centenary Working Group was set up by the President Lamine Diack, giving rise to a few initiatives, including the creation of a location dedicated especially to the 100th anniversary. On the weekend of November 24-25, 2012, Barcelona will be hosting a special edition of the annual International Athletics Foundation Gala, usually held in the Principality of Monaco. The show and dinner party will top off a week packed full of events held in the Catalan city, including the track and field demonstration events and the presentation of the 2012 Athletes of the Year Awards. As yet another way of celebrating the IAAF's 100th anniversary, a Hall of Fame was created alongside the commissioning of a book on the political and administrative history of the Association, as well as the major events and milestones of the international competitions as from 1912. In addition, a commemoration medal and diploma were designed and will be sent to all IAAF member federations, thus giving each individual federation a chance to select and award those who left an indelible mark in the history of sport.
A special welcome awaits athletes at the Olympic Village entrance
On the occasion of the official opening of the Olympic Village, the first Team Welcome Ceremonies have been held, a show that will be repeated every day until the start of the Olympic Games. The ceremonies were created, produced and choreographed by The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT), which will also take center stage with live exhibitions of all the shows celebrating the athletes' strength, determination and courage. In order to get all athletes involved in the ceremony, the artists will be singing, dancing and performing around them, creating a thrilling and engaging atmosphere. Aside from the more theatrical part, the Team Welcome Ceremonies also include more institutional moments, such as the national anthem singing and flag hoisting carried out by the Armed Forces. In preparation for the Olympic Games, over 200 national anthems have been arranged by the British composer, conductor and cellist Philip Sheppard, and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios. The process required 36 musicians and 50 recording hours. The anthems, aside from accompanying the over 100 welcome ceremonies, will also be played during the 805 award ceremonies of the Games.
“Teams from all over the world are coming to London and the Athletes' Village will be their home during the Games. Some of them will be visiting London for the first time, for others this will be their first Olympic experience and therefore their first impressions will be very important. I have no doubt that the NYT will ensure that athletes receive the warmest possible welcome to London and will help set the tone for what might be the most important time in the sporting career of some of those athletes”, remarked Seb Coe, LOCOG President. “The performance of the anthems is one of the most emotional moments of every Olympiad and it was an incredible experience for me as well in Moscow and Los Angeles. I am delighted to have worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to achieve this pivotal moment of the ceremonies during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games”.
Thousands of athletes and officials are expected in the coming days.
With the arrival of the first athletes, the London 2012 Olympic Village has officially opened. An influx of thousands of athletes and executives from the different teams is expected in the next few days: it has been estimated that, during peak times, the village will host up to 16,000 people. The teams will be accommodated in the 2,818 apartments, divided into eleven residential units, each built around a courtyard to provide athletes with private areas to relax in. "We have been working hard to provide the Olympic Village guests with all the comfort they need in order to ensure the best possible preparation for the most important moment in their sporting career”, said Seb Coe, President of the 2012 London Olympic Games Organizing Committee. Although it is the most compact Olympic Village in the Games' recent history, the feeling of open space is ensured by the presence of a park inside as well as its proximity to the Olympic Park. “The athletes coming to the London Games have spent years training for this competition. We now welcome them to a village that is safe, comfortable and well equipped, so that they can focus only on their performance on the big day. And, after the athletes have returned to their home countries, Londoners will take over and enjoy, for generations to come, the extraordinary houses a stone's throw away from the new London park”, remarked Boris Johnson, mayor of London. At the end of the Games, all 'Olympic' accessories will be removed from the apartments and new kitchens will be fitted in to create those new houses that will form the new East Village residential complex. The residents of the new neighborhood will be able to take advantage of the new parks and squares and of the excellent transportation links to the center of London, thanks to Stratford International station, right next to the Olympic Village.
Mondo is the surface for the competition to make the U.S. Paralympic team
Paralympic track and field athletes from the U.S. who hope to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London will first have to make it through the Paralympic Team Trials at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Indiana) June 29-July 1. Those who qualify for the U.S. Paralympic team at IUPUI will compete at the Paralympic Games in London, Aug. 29-Sept. 9, on another Mondo surface: Mondotrack.
Located on the Indiana University campus of IUPUI and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium features a Super X Performance track. The venue’s long jump and triple jump running lanes also are Super X Performance surfaces.
The IUPUI stadium has hosted numerous prestigious track and field events, including the 2006 and 2007 USA Track & Field Championships. It also hosted the 1988 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, where Olympian Carl Lewis recorded a record-breaking performance in the men’s long jump and fellow Olympian Florence Griffith Joyner set a record in the women’s 100 meters.
The Olympic Stadium will be transformed into a typical English countryside.
Just over a month before the London 2012 Games, preparations are underway for the opening ceremony on July 27th. Danny Boyle, artistic director of the event, publicly thanked thousands of volunteers who have been working day and night to ensure a successful event. Boyle has revealed, in a presentation to the British media, the first scene of the ceremony titled "Green and Pleasant". The Olympic Stadium will be transformed into a typical English countryside, with hills, meadows, rivers and typical farm animals.
Mondo and the Stroppiana family will be among the torchbearers.
A little more than a month before the Games, the relay of torchbearers continues with, the Olympic flame through the streets of Great Britain. At the end of its journey, which began on May 10th last month from the city of Olympia in Greece, the torch will pass through the hands of 8,000 people, including those of Stefania Stroppiana (Marketing Manager of Mondo) on July 20th, and Maurizio Stroppiana (President and Chief Executive Officer of Mondo) on July 26th, a day before the opening ceremony. "I'm certainly very excited - said Stefania Stroppiana -. Carrying the Olympic torch is a real honor for me. This is very special since the Olympics are not just a sporting event, but something much more deeply tied to the concept of peace and unity among the nations. I imagine to enjoy directly the Olympic spirit will be a real privilege that will allow me to share, with the city of London and the entire world, an extraordinary moment of passion for sports and humanity. It will be an unforgettable experience that I will always carry with me.
After Greece, the Olympic flame will illuminate British streets
It will be the three-time Olympic medalist in sailing, Ben Ainslie (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), that will be the first one to carry the Olympic torch on British grounds. The athlete will start in the last 70 days of the relay, which started its journey on May 10th from the Greek town of Olympia, and will end on July 27th at the London Olympic Stadium, when the 2012 Olympics will be officially unveiled. At the end of its journey, the Olympic torch will have passed through the hands of more than 8,000 torchbearers, including Maurizio Stroppiana (President and CEO of Mondo Spa) and Stefania Stroppiana (Marketing Manager of Mondo Spa).
Following the tour in Greece, the flame will arrive in Great Britain.
On May 10th, with a ceremony held at the Temple of Hera in ancient Olympia, Greece, the Olympic Torch will be lit, the fire resulting from the rays of the sun. Thus will begin a journey that will take the torch throughout Greece, before arriving in Athens at the Panathenaic Stadium, home of the first modern Olympics in 1896. On May 17th, it will be delivered to the London 2012 delegation. The relay of the Olympic flame continues its journey around Great Britain for seventy days, until the opening of the Games, which will take place at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27th. In its long journey the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers, among which include Maurizio Stroppiana (President and CEO of Mondo Spa) and Stefania Stroppiana (Marketing Manager of Mondo Spa). The first torch bearer will be the Greek Spyros Gianniotis, world champion in the 10 km cross-country in swimming, and he will feel at home in London, having been born in England.
An Irish student won the first competition on the London 2012 Mondotrack.
Friday, May 4th the first official competition was held on the track at the Olympic Stadium in London: the 400m hurdles at the British Universities and Colleges Sports Championships. In front of 4,000 people the Irish student, Justine Kinney, who is pursuing a master's degree at Loughborough University, won with a time of 59.79. "Since this was the first race on this track, I really wanted to win!’’ said Justine. ‘’The track is amazing; it looks like you could fly over it ". The event was also followed by DailyMail which published an interesting article online.
Last test event prior to the Olympics.
On May 8th, the Olympic Stadium in London will host the London Disability Grand Prix, the last test event in preparation for the Olympics. A challenge for some of the world's best Paralympic athletes. A few weeks before the Games, the Organizing Committee will have the opportunity to once again put to the test the facility's main event, which will start on July 27th.
In London, Paralympic test events.
From May 5 to 7 the Basketball Arena in London will host the Paralympic boccia tests, sports very similar to that of bowling that is played individually or in teams. This event will provide an opportunity for the London 2012 organizers to test the new sports complex built for the Olympics. The sports hall has a capacity of 12,000 spectators during the Games and will host an event every day. The playing surface is the Mondo Fast Break System 2. The official competitions of ball, during the Paralympics, will be hosted by the excel Centre.
The countdown continues to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
April 18th will celebrate the 100 days before the beginning of the London 2012 Olympics. In Great Britain athletic clubs have organized events across the nation to give everyone the opportunity to discover and experience the Olympic sports for excellence. All are keenly awaiting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, where the best athletes from around the world will compete on the track Mondotrack in the British capital's Olympic Stadium.
After the Olympics, the British capital will host the World Championship.
The IAAF Council has announced it will host in London in 2017, the sixteenth edition of the World Championships. The British capital beat off competition from Doha. Recalling that in 2013 Moscow will host this important event and in 2015 Beijing.
"We fought hard to make this stage remain an athletic stadium, and now we can all agree that this will happen; going from 85 to 25,000 seats would have made a stage too small, now we will have 60,000 seats and I'm very happy, " said IAAF President Diack Lamie talking about the future of the Olympic Stadium in London, which will host the Olympics in 2012 and 2017 World Championships.
Performance and chills to the presentation of the new Mini London 2012.
The English champion in the long jump J.J. Jegede is a great show, performing in three Mini jump at the London launch of the 2012 BMW car, which took place at the Potter's Field in London. The three cars lined up measured about 6 feet in length; Jegede jumped without a safety net and little margin for error. If you think that normally the jump of a world-class athlete measuring 7 to 8 meters. To allow the athlete to have the right platform and the elevation of the pit with sand was placed at the same height of the roof of the Mini, and the platform was built with Mondotrack 13 mm, a material specifically designed to achieve high performance, was placed free-standing down the 35m runway, .
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A major event opens to the public to present the new stadium and the Mondotrack
Recently held in London was one of the highlights of all the pre-Olympic period, the official presentation of the track to be used for all track and field events in the 2012 London Olympics. The best British athletes and children of the local school West Ham Church Primary School in Newham were able to see and test the track produced by Mondo - Mondotrack FTX, laid in August 2011. "This is a milestone for us - Seb Coe commented, Chairman of LOCOG - seeing the Olympic Stadium come to life is very exciting. Then to see the best British athletes out on the track with the children of a school gives a good idea of the role that this facility will have after 2012. "Red, combined with the gray color for the outer areas, with a dimension out of the ordinary, with a total area of 16,000 square meters, the track affects mainly for its technical specifications, 2008 in Beijing contributed to the achievement of less than 38 records among the world's Olympic and continent category, without regard to the various personal records. With a thickness of about 13.5 mm, Mondotrack surfaces is one of the world's fastest and has been certified to ensure the highest level in the classification of surfaces suitable to host the Olympics and Paralympics (Level 1). "It's been 34 years from our first participation, Montreal 1976 - said Maurizio Stroppiana, Managing Director of Mondo SpA - Still the emotion it elicits to see our beautiful track installed in the place where the Olympic Games will take place is always greater than that previously experienced. "
Today the Olympic track will be unveiled to media
It’s less than a year to the Opening ceremony of the next Olympic Games of London 2012.
A few days after getting its independence Southern Sudan thinks of the 2012 Olympics
The new state of Southern Sudan has been struggling against time to enter the list of countries that will participate in the 2012 London Olympics. The former British colony of Sudan, over the past 50 years has been plagued by famine, coup, terrorism and conflict between the northern (Muslim) and southern (Christian) in the country. After a peace agreement signed in 2005, following a civil war, the southern state gained independence through a referendum that enshrined the separation from the rest of the country. In order to have a National Olympic Committee, needed to participate in the Olympics, serve at least four national federations. Therefore, it is likely that the debut of Southern Sudan in the world of sport will occur with the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow in 2014.
The courts will decide who will detect the system after the 2012 Olympics
The decision of the London football club Tottenham Hotspur to open legal proceedings against the verdict that awarded to another London team, West Ham, the possibility of detecting the British capital's Olympic Stadium Double Step Games of 2012 postponed to August and a ruling from the judges each case on the future of the plant. The uncertain future of the stadium could affect the probability that London is included among the candidate cities the World Championships in Athletics of 2017, as the IAAF will announce the official list on the 1st of September.
Friday, June 10th is dress rehearsal of Olympic Stadium Primo Nebiolo.
After renewing its partnership with the Piedmont Regional Committee FIDAL, Mondo is once again revealed as a sponsor of the International Athletics Meeting in Turin. Two important agreements that further strengthen the close relationship between the Gallo d'Alba company and Piedmont athletics. The twelfth edition of the "Memorial Primo Nebiolo", in fact, will take place on the mantle prefabricated Mondotrack SX generation, innovative material that last year has attracted praise from many athletes and coaches for his skills and performance, while of considerable comfort. The races will see the participation of prominent athletes, such as Simona La Mantia, European champion in Paris 2011 indoor triple jump, the hammer and Nicholas Vezzoni Dayron Robles, the Cuban Olympic champion in the 110 hurdles (2008) and World champion of the 60 hurdles (2010 ).
With less than a year to 2012 the city of London has had a taste of the excitement to sports-related games
Rehearsal for the Olympics started Monday, May 30th on the streets of London, thanks to the athletes who have tested the proposed routes for the marathon and walking competitions to be held in London 2012. Taking advantage of the feast day (Monday was bank holiday in London) many Londoners had a taste of what will be the excitement that the Olympics will bring to town in August next year. The five scheduled events on the streets of the British capital (male and female marathon, 20 km of driving men and women, 50 km of driving men) will be held in Central London and finish inThe Mall. Recall that the athletics competitions in London in 2012, of which Mondo is the official supplier, will be held August 3rd to 12th, 2012.
An agreement between LOCOG - the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games 2012 - and Mondo S.p.A. was signed, making the Italian firm the “Official Supplier for Sport Flooring and Equipment” for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mondo surfaces certified for contributing to healthful indoor air quality
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – May 12, 2009 – Mondo, a global leader in the sports and contract flooring markets, today announced that the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute has awarded the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification to 10 of its rubber flooring surfaces.
The MONDO INDOOR SPORT surfaces that received certification are Advance, Mondoflex, Ramflex, Sportflex and Super X.