Trust my luck that on the day when there was a virtual gold rush in Britain I was busy doing something else, but it was in a good cause too, as an Olympic Ambassador. While the athletes were exerting themselves to win medals, I was just smiling and looking pretty! No contest then…:o)
But in many ways it was a good day to be British as Team GB leapt from 11th in the medal table to 5th by the end of the day. Considering that we started off at 22nd in the first three days, especially as the host nation, this is some rapid recovery!
Star of the day was undoubtedly Sir Chris Hoy (he carried the British flag in the athlete's parade at the Opening Ceremony) who won his fifth Gold medal with the help of Philip Hinds and Jason Kenny in the Men's Team Sprint Track Cycling final, edging the very talented French team into the Silver position. That sterling performance (with a world record too) placed him on equal part with rower, Sir Steve Redgrave, considered to be Britain's greatest Olympian. Altogether we added six more medals to the haul, including three Golds.
In fact, at one stage, things got so excited in the Velodrome where the cycling took place, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Wills and Kate were see to be hugging each other in delight at the result, completely forgetting where they were. It was a stunning picture of just being a normal couple!
Today, the most exciting part of the Olympic competition begins with the Track and Field events, which is much anticipated, and where there are many medals to be won. The British Post Office will be getting ready to produce many more winners' stamps, we hope
PHELPS MARCHES ON
Elsewhere Michael Phelps of the USA was busy creating history all over again, adding another Gold medal to his tally in the 200m individual medley, making 16, and with 20 medals of his career altogether. Despite Ryan Lochte giving it his best, he could not beat this superman. It means Phelps is also the first man to win the event at three consecutive Games. How inspirational is that, and what else can he achieve? It will be fascinating to see.
South Africa's rowers clinched Olympic gold in the men’s Lightweight Four at Eton Dorney after prevailing in a thrilling finish. Though britain and Denmark were also in contention, James Thompson, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and Sizwe Ndlovu did enough to cross the line first and take the honours.
With America dominating the swimming on this 6th day, the only obstacle to a clean sweep came in the form of Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands who powered her way to victory in the 100m Freestyle.
18 Gold medals were awarded in the following 10 sports:
*Archery (Bo Bae Ki, Korea)
*Canoe/Kayak(2) (Team GB;Emile Fer, France)
*Cycling(2) (Team GB -WR; Team Germany)
*Fencing (Team Italy)
*Gymnastics (Gabrielle Douglas,USA),
*Judo(2) (Kayla Harrison, USA; Tagir Khaibulaev, Russia)
*Rowing(3) (Team New Zealand; Team South Africa; Team USA)
*Shooting (Peter Wilson, Great Britain)
*Swimming(4) (Rebecca Soni, United States; Ranomi Kromowidjojo; Michael Phelps, USA; Tyler Clary, USA)
*Table Tennis (Zhang Jikea, China)
For GB Cycling Track Team….Unfortunately Victoria Pendleton and her team mate, Jess Varnish, were actually penalised for take over infringement and disqualified in the end, robbing Britain of a medal, especially as they had set the second fastest time in the first round.
For China's Team in the Cycle Track….Though its athletes Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang twice set the world record when they qualified, and also finished first in the final, they were demoted to Silver medal and the Gold awarded to germany because of an 'illegal takeover' during the race.
DAY 6 MEDAL LEADERS
1. China 34 Total (18Gold, 11Silver 5Bronze)
2. United States 37 (18Gold, 9Silver,10Bronze)
3. South Korea 14 (7Gold, 2Silver 5Bronze)
4. France 16 (6Gold, 4Silver, 6Bronze)
5. Great Britain 9 (5 Gold, 6Silver, 4Bronze)
(49 countries have won medals. 91 gold medals of 302 available have now been decided.)
For detailed results and LIVE viewings
BBC Sport (videos might not be accessible)
London2012.com (Great pictures)
Sadly, our tube system is not doing the passengers real justice. The main artery to the Olympic Park, the Central Line, packed up on one stage so that a whole section of it had to be suspended. Luckily, there are other routes available, but it just makes everything a little more stressful for the traveller.
The mystery of the woman in red and blue who 'gatecrashed' Indian athletes parade at the Opening Ceremony and caused a minor diplomatic incident with India lodging a complaint, has been solved. Lord Coe has revealed that she is a cast member who performed on the night, Madhura Nagendra, and meant no harm. She got 'slightly over excited' and came out on the parade with the group. She said it was an
"error of judgement" that she ended up walking with the athletes.
"I think I have hurt the sentiments of my people. I apologise," Ms Nagendra said. She added, "I am a proud woman of India with a lot of enthusiasm. I was taken aback by the criticism. I hope this incident will be forgiven and I want to move forward."