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London 2012 Olympics: Jungle fever strikes at dressage

Mark Alford's Goggle Eyes: Jungle fever strikes at the dressage

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 9 August 2012

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MEDALS TABLE

Dressage riders pick their own
performance music and GB bronze medallist Laura Bechtolsheimer selected
‘Hakuna Matata’ from Disney’s The Lion King.

And if that wasn’t funny enough,
co-commentator Judy Harvey uttered the line: ‘Let’s hope she lives up to
the words of the song: Hakuna Matata. It means no worries.’ Judy cannot
have kept a straight face.

No worries: Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Mistral Hojris in the individual dressage

No worries: Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Mistral Hojris in the individual dressage

THE BATONS AND BRUISES

Dramatic stuff in the heats of the 4x400m relay. Great Britain raced to a stunning win thanks to 20-year-old Jack Green’s inspired third lap.

Jamaica did not finish (injury) and Oscar Pistorius’s South Africa were out after one of his team-mates was forced off the track. They were later reinstated.

Viewers of the main BBC1 feed missed it all, though, it was live on BBC3.

GETTING OUR KICKS

Taekwondo, where have you been all our lives A sport that rewards kicks to the head. The Brits are good at it and there’s on-screen scores — unlike the boxing!

Talking of boxing, why all the fuss about women boxers Taekwondo is brutal and the women get stuck right in.

Getting stuck in: Great Britain's Jade Jones (red) in taekwondo action

Getting stuck in: Great Britain's Jade Jones (red) in taekwondo action

THUMBS UP FOR…

BMX: It was an eclectic afternoon of coverage, switching between dressage and BMX. Greenwich may have had the medals but the bikes had the thrills and spills.

Delectable presenter Helen Skelton said: ‘There’s only one word to describe this event: absolute carnage.’ Er, isn’t that two

THUMBS DOWN FOR…

The 10km swim: It’s becoming a daily gripe but the Olympic Broadcast Service’s coverage of outside events is woeful. As Keri-Anne Payne was racing at the head of the field in the open-water swim, the director cut to the battle for 25th. Criminal.

THE PUNDITS' PODIUM…

Lucy O’Conner, women’s boxing: Timely contributions to the frenetic action. Talks sense and talks quickly.

Steve Cram, athletics: Once a top athlete, now a top coach and pundit. Carries huge weight of authority.

John Cullen, taekwondo: ‘It helps if you’re fluent in Korean,’ said John, which was far from helpful because no-one was. Minority sports need jargon busters.

London 2012 Olympics: Clare Balding is BBC"s best presenter – Mark Alford"s Goggle Eyes

Mark Alford's Goggle Eyes: Balding leads the way when comes to BBC anchors

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UPDATED:

22:13 GMT, 8 August 2012

An emerging rule of these Games is that if Clare Balding’s anchoring an event, it must be important. Wednesday she brought her enthusiasm and knowledge to Greenwich for the showjumping. It’s between Clare and Gary Lineker for the Beeb’s best in show.

Magic moment

Pride of Yorkshire Nicola Adams, from Leeds, was interviewed after reaching today’s women’s flyweight boxing final. She melted hearts when she said: ‘All I want to do is make my mum proud.’

Fight star: Nicola Adams beat India's Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte

Fight star: Nicola Adams beat India's Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte

Thumbs up for…

STAYING WITH BACKMARKERS: The director at the athletics resisted the urge to cut away from the action after the winners crossed the line in the 800 metres heats. Viewers saw three uplifting stories as a result. First, tearful Merve Aydin from Turkey hobbled home more than a minute after the field. Then Palestinian Woroud Sawalha, in a white hijab, ran a personal best time. And finally, Sarah Attar, the first Saudi woman to compete in athletics at the Olympics (left), trailed home. Top television.

Thumbs down for…

TALKING NOT SHOWING: Matt Baker was waxing lyrical about Flying Dutchman Epke Zonderland, who took gold on the high bar with an outrageous routine. The footage has become an internet sensation but the main BBC1 feed failed to show it at any point throughout the day.

Gold: Epke Zonderland's routine became an internet sensation

Gold: Epke Zonderland's routine became an internet sensation

Corner cam

Boxing coverage has rightly been criticised for not carrying on-screen scores during bouts — it still rankles! But praise is due for the camera and microphone bringing us the cornermen’s briefings between rounds. Fascinating stuff.

The Pundits' podium

GOLD: Andy Austin, showjumping: Same course, lots of different horses — it’s a tough job making it sound exciting but Austin and main commentator Mike Tucker do just that. Flawless.

SILVER: Brendan Foster, athletics: As passionate as ever. ‘Mo Farah, Olympic champion. I just love saying it,’ said Foster. We love hearing it, keep up the good work.

BRONZE: Jamie Staff, BMX: Impressed at the Velodrome but his ‘woop that time’ cry was a low point at the BMX track.

Jolly hockey sticks

The best thing on TV The thrilling women’s hockey semi-final penalty shootout in which Holland beat New Zealand. Each player was given eight seconds to beat the goalkeeper. Look and learn, football, this was proper drama.

London 2012 Olympics: BBC triathlon coverage was poor

Goggle Eyes: The Triathlon was good… but the coverage could have been better

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 7 August 2012

The swimming leg of Alistair Brownlee’s triathlon triumph was a complete non-event for viewers. There was no way of telling where the Brit boys were in the wash and the BBC graphics department — poorly served by the Olympic Broadcast Service (OBS) — never thought to help us all out. Poor show.

On his way: Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee (30) emerges from the swim phase

On his way: Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee (30) emerges from the swim phase

GRIPE II…

Everyone missed the moment of controversy in the triathlon when Jonny Brownlee was alleged to have jumped on his bike too soon. And we were still left wondering at the end of the day as the OBS and Beeb failed to broadcast a replay.

GRIPE III: FINAL ACT

Still with the triathlon, as Brownlee raced down the final 500m in the lead, the OBS director inexplicably cut to the race for fourth. Who cared about French duo David Hauss and Laurent Vidal Not even the French.

TRIATHLON PUNDITS’ PODIUM…

Chrissie Wellington: World ironman champ has the credentials and spoke eloquently about the technique of cycling in a rival’s ‘draft’. She was good on Jonny’s penalty, too.

Vicky Holland: GB triathlete lacked the confidence to deliver too much technical insight but was clearly delighted at the result and a little emotional at the finish. Infectious.

Steve Trew: Commentator rather than pundit but knew his stuff. Kept us informed despite lack of broadcast information.

Give us a kiss: Jake Humphrey (right) has impressed with his presenting

Give us a kiss: Jake Humphrey (right) has impressed with his presenting

THUMBS UP…

JAKE HUMPHREY: The 33-year-old expertly marshals the pundits when he’s anchoring live action and hosts round-up shows with a boy-next-door smile. On Tuesday, he rightly branded Laura Trott the 2012 Games’ Becky Adlington. Can’t disagree.

THUMBS DOWN…

BBC1 NEWS EDITOR: Phillips Idowu failed to qualify for the final of the triple jump at 11.25am. Viewers of the BBC1 main feed, watching the build-up to the triathlon, weren’t informed of the big news for almost 15 minutes. Not good enough.

VOLLEYBALL… IT’S A SCREAM

Japan's 3-2 victory over China was a cracking match and well worth its slot on BBC3. The shrieking and squealing from both sets of players, however, must have seen viewers reaching for the mute button.

A-HOY THERE, SIR STEVE

The magic moment of the day was when Sir Steve Redgrave gatecrashed Sir Chris Hoy’s post-race interview with Jill Douglas. ‘I’m coming back, that’s official. Will you be at Rio’ asked Redgrave, with five gold medals. ‘No, no, that’s me done,’ came the reply from Hoy with six.

London 2012 Olympics: BBC"s Olympic coverage

Goggle Eyes: Redgrave too eager to congratulate Grainger after triumph

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UPDATED:

23:52 GMT, 3 August 2012

Golden kiss

Below is the moment Sir Steve Redgrave was a little too eager in trying to congratulate his friend Katherine Grainger on winning her first gold medal at an Olympics. It was a very friendly peck on the cheek.

Tongue tied

Colin
Jackson wasn't lost for words but couldn't find the right ones in the
excitement after Jess Ennis got off to a flyer in the heptathlon: 'I
can't underestimate when I say that was a phenomenal personal best.'
Er… what

On the lips: Sir Steve Redgrave may have been overly eager to congratulate his friend Katherine Grainger

On the lips: Sir Steve Redgrave may have been overly eager to congratulate his friend Katherine Grainger

Thumbs up for… Hazel humour

Hazel Irvine provided the voiceover for a mid-afternoon news round-up. 'On a lighter note, or maybe not,' said Irvine, as 34st 5lb judoka Ricardo Blas JR of Guam flashed on the screen. He weighs 10 stone more than any other athlete at the Games in London.

Thumbs down for… The BBC's reaction to Hindes 'fall' admission

First, Gabby Logan cut in on John McEnroe late on Thursday night just as the tennis legend was about to fume at Philip Hindes's deliberate crash in the Velodrome. Then on Friday, Jake Humphrey, Chris Boardman and Mark Cavendish washed over the subject with mealy-mouthed platitudes.

Prince of Denim-ark

Great Britain's team of men's pursuiters were presented with their gold medals by the Prince of Denmark, who was wearing jeans! I bet our newly crowned Queen Victoria was most unimpressed.

On a lighter note: Guam's Ricardo Blas Jr is the heaviest athlete at the Games by 10 stone

On a lighter note: Guam's Ricardo Blas Jr is the heaviest athlete at the Games by 10 stone

Pundits' form guide

Denise Lewis, heptathlon ………..9/10

Been there, done that, got the gold medal, and exuded that authority in the event when she talked about it.

Steve Redgrave, rowing ………..7/10

Almost lost for words and bubbling when Katherine Grainger won gold, a nice touch from the man who knows all about it.

Michael Johnson, sprinting………….9/10

The best authority on running the Beeb could have recruited. Nice work.

Matthew Pinsent, rowing………5/10

Friendly with the mums and dads but provided little insight.

Mark Cavendish, cycling…………..3/10

Philip Hindes called the integrity of his sport into question. Cav failed to address it.

Mark Cavendish failed to comment on Phillip Hindes admitting he deliberately fell off his bike in the velodrome

Mark Cavendish failed to comment on Phillip Hindes admitting he deliberately fell off his bike in the velodrome

LONDON OLYMPICS 2012: Sir Steve Redgrave wears special sideburns in tribute to Bradley Wiggins

Goggle Eyes: Sir Steve happy to pay special tribute to Wiggins

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UPDATED:

23:53 GMT, 2 August 2012

Sideburn rip-off

Sir Steve Redgrave was sporting his homemade pair of Bradley Wiggins sideburns, fashioned out of tape. The facial adornments certainly made the now second-most decorated British Olympian wince when he ripped them off. Ouch!

Special tribute: Sir Steve Redgrave at Eton Dorney on Thursday

Special tribute: Sir Steve Redgrave at Eton Dorney on Thursday

Ahead of the Games

The tennis schedule may have been disrupted by rain but the umpire in Andy Murray’s game was 90 years ahead of the rest of us. Wonder who will run the bid campaign for London 2102. Lord Coe might be a little past it…

Thumbs up for…

The yellow world record line:

This graphical device, labelled WR on screen, moves with the swimmers down the pool and indicates when they are on for a fast time. The Olympic record (OR) version may confuse the Beeb’s French viewers, however, if they think it refers to ‘gold’.

Thumbs down for…

Information blackout:

No on-screen cumulative scores during the boxing bouts and no on-screen information during the gymnastics to tell us a competitor’s name and their ranking. Why not If it is an attempt to create tension, it is frustrating. The Beeb’s graphics department is getting off lightly at the moment.

SAY WHAT
Hazel Irvine

‘If the scores are tied, there will be a sudden-death shoot-off’

Sounds a bit extreme, Hazel Irvine, even if we are talking about the shooting competition

PUNDITS’ FORM GUIDE…

John Lloyd, tennis ……….8/10

Called strength of Murray’s opponents well and dished the dry humour. ‘He’s made a Horlicks of that,’ said the
commentator. ‘Other branded messes are available,’ came Lloyd’s reply.

Helen Reeves, canoeing………….. 7/10

Suitably enthusiastic and easy to follow.

Nicola Fairbrother, judo…………………..5/10

Must have had an off-day on judo’s biggest Olympic occasion for many years. Normally excellent, but the phrase ‘waiting game’ was all she had for Gemma Gibbons’s fights.

Richie Woodhall, boxing……………9/10

Fantastic, concise commentary of Anthony Ogogo’s bout, adding zest to the upset.

London 2012 Olympics: Zara Phillips" magic moment – Mark Alford

Mark Alford's Goggle Eyes: Phillips becoming Olympics Princess

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UPDATED:

22:13 GMT, 30 July 2012

Magic Moment

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

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

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

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!’