Vollmer Takes Butterfly Gold In Convincing Fashion

By  //  July 29, 2012

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LIVE REPORT FROM THE 30th Olympiad

(VIDEO: SwimSwamTV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: SpaceCoastDaily.com’s Giles Malone, a native of England and 30-year resident of Brevard County, is in London covering the Olympic Games. He is providing his unique perspective of the games, and his native country, as he travels to the various venues to report back to the Space Coast on all the glamour and excitement of the 30th Olympic Games.

THE OLYMPIC GAMES • LONDON, ENGLAND – Back at the Olympic Swimming venue this evening for more exciting competition. 

Security was very tight today and this was an all-ticket event day where even the members of the press had to have tickets along with their press credentials to enter the arena.

Dana Vollmer took Gold in a convincing fashion in the Womens Butterfly. (SwimSwamTV image)

It was to be a stunning day of surprises from the French.

The crowds outside the arena were also very large again, and the craziest outfit of the day went to a very large man that I met from the Gold Coast of Australia. He wore a wallaby beanie on top of a bright yellow afro and a bright red apron.

I met two young boys dressed in British flags and their parents from Preston in the north of England.

“We are here to see Michael Phelps win another gold,” said young Daniel Holmes and his brother who are members of the Preston Swim Club.

In the Womens 400 Meters Freestyle it was to be Gold for Muffat from France, Silver for Allison Schmidt from TEAM USA and Bronze for the British hero Rebecca Adlington.

Adlington had won Bronze much to the joyous cheers of the British fans. USA’s Allison Schmidt almost took the Gold but the French Muffat held on for first place.

Mens 4 x 100 Freestyle Final – France Upsets USA

In the big showdown of the fastest men in the world, the USA turned first after 50 meters and was marginally in the lead after the first turn.

The crowd was in awe of Michael Phelps as he surged in the second leg with a massive swim and gave the USA almost a 1-second lead as he tagged for the third leg.

The crowd was in awe of Michael Phelps as he surged in the second leg with a massive swim and gave the USA almost a 1-second lead as he tagged for the third leg.

France pulled back to almost even as the final two swimmers launched and the French surged to an incredible and unexpected victory as the French swimmer overtook Ryan Lochte for the Gold.

France won Gold, the USA Silver and Russia won Bronze.

Dana Vollmer Takes Gold In Convincing Fashion In Butterfly

However, the USA did not have to wait long for a Gold in swimming as Dana Vollmer took Gold in a convincing fashion in the Womens Butterfly.

“I focused on what I love about swimming, how much I enjoy it and I am healther than I have ever been,” said Vollmer, minutes after the race.

All in all, it was another great day at the pool with the USA being challenged by numerous rivals for swimming world supremacy.After the first weekend of the Olympics, the medal score is China 12, USA 11 (8 in the pool) and Italy in 3rd with 5.

Stay tuned to SpaceCoastDaily.com for further updates from across the “pond.”

– GILES MALONE

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