Mark Alford's Goggle Eyes: Phillips becoming Olympics Princess
22:13 GMT, 30 July 2012
Down-to-earth royal Zara Phillips
talking breathlessly after blazing around eventing’s cross-country
course. The crowd roared with delight at the end of her post-ride
interview. She’s quickly becoming the Olympics Princess.
Olympics Princess: Zara Phillips delighted the crowds
The clothes show
After Carl Lewis’s flat cap debut late on Sunday evening, expectations were high for the Beeb’s wardrobe department. But by the pool and looking casual for the morning heats, Clare Balding’s turquoise polo shirt and Ian Thorpe’s ultra-tight, dazzling white top were almost enough to put this viewer off his sausage, egg and bacon buttie… Almost.
Row, row, know your boat
Best insight of the morning… take a bow, rowing pundit Gary Herbert. Ever wondered what those cyclists are up to following the rowers down the Eton Dorney course They are scouting the opposition, according to the 1992 gold medal-winning cox, timing the splits every 250m.
Spies: Coaches and scouts tracked rowers up and down the river
Thumbs up for…
Primetime crew: Gary Lineker is proving to be a consummate broadcaster… Sharron Davies coaxed an interview out of Lithuanian teenager Ruta Meilutyte… P.S. Karim Bashir coped well with the fencing sit-in strife.
Thumbs down for…
The schedulers: While viewers on BBC3 were treated to the thrilling medal-winning climax of Louis Smith and Co, the main BBC1 feed carried Britain’s beach volleyball thumping at the hands of Brazil.
Turn over: The gymnastics heroes were on BBC3
Pundits form guide
Christine Still, gymnastics: 9/10
Authoritative, commands the airwaves and expertly called the team medal chaos.
Adrian Moorhouse, swimming 8/10
Erudite and lets the commentator do his job.
Shirley Robertson, sailing 7/10
Glamorous, fun and — crucially for covering Ainslie — knows what it takes to win solo gold.
Non Evans, weightlifting 6/10
Keeps it simple, keeps us informed.
Sir Steve Redgrave 5/10
Wooden delivery but knows the competitors well and clearly loves the sport.
Leon Taylor, synchro diving 3/10
Plumbed new depths for inanity: ‘If you’re wondering how they set off at the same time, it’s not telepathy, it’s 1-2-3 Go!’