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The Project online continues its quest to bring you the most biased Olympic reporting in Games history
Australia’s unchallenged dominance of the London Olympic Games has continued overnight when we won a second gold medal. That's right. Second! IN YOUR FACE, WORLD!
The awesomely-named Tom Slingsby won sailing's Laser class on Monday, scoring Australia its first gold in an individual event.
And there could be more glory to come, with world champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen mathematically assured of winning the 49er skiff gold on Wednesday, assuming their yacht doesn’t sink like that Aussie yacht did in the run-up to the 1995 America’s Cup.
Malcolm Page and Mat Belcher are also fancied contenders in the 470 class, with further strong prospects in the women's match racing at Weymouth on England's south coast.
So you can pretty much chalk up four Aussie gold right there.
Slingsby’s win offers him redemption after he went into the 2008 Beijing Games as world champion and hot favourite but crashed to finish 22nd.
"If I didn't do well at these Olympics I'd definitely hang up the shoes," he said, suggesting he will be wearing his soaking wet shoes for at least the next four years.
Australia's only other medal on day 10 of the Games was a bronze at the velodrome, where 25-year-old Olympic debutant Shane Perkins shook off the effects of a virus to win a ride-off for third place in the men's sprint. But bronze with a virus equals gold in our book.
The important thing to realise about these games is that Australia’s gold medals aren’t all showing up in Australia’s tally.
According to News Limited reports, no less than 14 athletes have won gold for other countries while being trained by Australian coaches.
Swim coaches Ken Wood and Denis Cotterell are largely to thank for China’s strength in the pool, while foreign triathletes, rowers, and cyclists have also benefited from Australia’s sporting nous.
Some are suggesting the actions of these highly-paid coaches are treacherous. But here at The Project Online, we take our lead from Phar Lap. Any gold achieved by a foreign-born athlete coached by an Australian is AUSSIE GOLD.
(HG Nelson may care to disagree in his report from London tonight.)
Let’s take a look at the current medal tally.*
*Current medal tally includes medals awarded by The Project online team for actual gold medals won by Australians, or by foreign athletes with Australian connections, gold-medal-worthy efforts by Australians (or people demonstrating Australian-like traits) that did not actually win gold, Australians who should have won gold medals but didn’t, and Australian athletes who offered gold-medal-worthy excuses for not winning gold. The Project Online medal tally may not correspond with the official Olympic medal tally.
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