Day 6 - August 203 august 2012, 10:14
Quotes of the day from the London Olympic Games on Thursday:
"It is a relief to win an individual gold. I fell short in the first couple of events, it is cool to do something no other male swimmer has done."
-- Michael Phelps, after becoming the first swimmer to win the same event at three straight Games with victory in the 200m medley. Phelps had already become the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.
US swimmer Michael Phelps. ©AFP
"This is my last time competing. Goodbye Badminton World Federation, goodbye my beloved badminton. You have heartlessly shattered our dreams."
-- China's Yu Yang, one of eight players disqualified for deliberately trying to lose matches to ensure a better draw, bids farewell to sport.
Chinese badminton player Yu Yang. ©AFP
"I crashed, I did it on purpose just to get the restart, just to have the fastest ride. It was all planned really."
-- British cyclist Philip Hindes, seemingly oblivious to the badminton row, reveals how he deliberately fell off his bike in an early round of the team sprint to win a restart. Britain later won gold.
Great Britain's Chris Hoy. ©AFP
"Now and again rubbish things happen and this is one of those."
-- British track cycling queen Victoria Pendleton after she and partner Jess Varnish were disqualified from the Olympic women's team sprint for an illegal changeover.
Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton. ©AFP
"GB Men go down fighting to Argentina"
-- An unfortunate handball headline on a British Olympic Association press release, in a year that marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.
"Probably I'll be rowing for so many years that I'll be too old to become an FBI agent."
-- Susan Francia, a member of the gold medal-winning US women's eight on why she may not fulfil the career she had said she'd like to pursue after he rowing days were over.
"It's no secret that I was sexually abused by my former coach, it was definitely the hardest thing I've had to overcome. I couldn't have done it without the support of the Pedros, my team-mates, my family.
-- Kayla Harrison thanks those closest to her, including coaches Jimmy Pedro Snr and Jnr, after becoming the United States' first Olympic judo champion by winning -78kg gold.
United States' Kayla Harrison. ©AFP
"I love you Mum."
-- Britain's Gemma Gibbons, Harrison's beaten opponent in the final, mouths a tribute to her late mother, who introduced her to judo, after her shock semi-final win over world champion Audrey Tchuemeo of France.
Britain's silver medalist Gemma Gibbons. ©AFP
"I trained, a lot, a lot, a lot. No drink and no girls."
-- And despite his abstinence, Hungary's Richard Bognar still only finished sixth in the men's double-trap shooting final.
Hungary's Richard Bognar. ©AFP
"If any other politician anywhere in the world was stuck on a zipwire, it would be a disaster. For Boris, it's an absolute triumph."
-- British Prime Minister David Cameron's reaction after London Mayor Boris Johnson, a school and university contemporary and possible rival, gets caught on a zipwire during an Olympic event at London's Victoria Park.
British Primce Minister David Cameron. ©AFP