Gold-medal winning graph
The Project online continues its Olympic quest to never let accuracy get in the way of patriotism.
The Australian Olympic team is making up for its slower-than-expected start to the 2012 London Games, currently doubling its tally of gold medals every day.
Having sat on one gold medal for a week to trick the other countries into thinking they have the advantage, we first doubled our total on Monday (London time) when Tom Slingsby won his sailing gold.
And we doubled our tally again last night with gold for Sally Pearson in the 100m hurdles, and gold for Anna Meares in the cycling sprint.
At this rate, it can clearly be seen in the graph above that by the close of the Games this Sunday, Australia will have won 128 official gold medals.
Pearson dramatically won the 100m hurdles gold medal while Meares triumphed in her golden grudge match against Brit Victoria Pendleton in cycling's sprint final.
The Project awards Meares an extra gold for beating the Brit in a rivalry that has come to be every bit as important as the Ashes.
Australia now has four gold, 12 silver and nine bronze medals to sit 11th on the official overall table.
(Australia still leads the Project’s exclusive REAL medal tally - see below.)
After displaying her customary cold countenance pre-race, Pearson was forced to wait agonising seconds to find out if she won.
The Queenslander beat American Dawn Harper by just two-hundredths of a second and defied drizzly rain to clock a new Olympic record, 12.35 seconds.
When the result flashed onto the scoreboard Pearson screamed in delight, sank to her knees, crying - then onto her back, then crouched on the track before turning to the crowd.
Pearson's success came within hours of Meares' pluck being rewarded with gold at the cycling track.
Meares was beaten by Pendleton in the sprint final in Beijing, just seven months after breaking her neck.
She sensationally turned the tables in London by outclassing her British rival twice in a row in the best of three final, the first race result - when Pendleton narrowly beat Meares - being overturned by the race judges after the Brit rode out of the sprinter's lane.
"This is the sweetest and most incredible victory of my career," said an emotional Meares.
In other statistically inevitable gold medal marches, Australia's world No.1 men's hockey team trounced Pakistan 7-0 to remain unbeaten and progress into Thursday's semi-final.
But coach Ric Charlesworth has been involved in too many Olympic let-downs to read anything into their undefeated streak.
"I don't think that means anything ... now this is a separate tournament," Charlesworth said.
Ah rubbish Ric, chalk up the gold now, we say.
Australia's women's basketball team also advanced into a semi-final by downing China 75-60.
The Opals, inspired by Liz Cambage's 17 points and seven rebounds, booked a Thursday semi-final against gold medal favourites the United States.
And Australia's K4 sprint canoeists upset world champions Germany en route to making Thursday's medal race at Eton, where the crew of Murray Stewart, Tate Smith, David Smith and Jake Clear will battle Slovakia and Hungary.
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