D(rama) day for Australians in London

Drama for Australia in the pool, cycling track and in the street.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australia claimed a few more medals on Thursday night, which is great, but we’d love a few more golds.

Anna Meares and Kaarle Mcculloch won a bronze medal in interesting circumstances. The sprint cycling team originally were out of medal contention, but two shock disqualifications saw them back in the hunt.

A double disqualification of Great Britain and China saw Australia in a race off with the Ukraine. Medal threats Britain were disqualified in the first round for one too many illegal changeovers. China on the other hand were in blistering form. They smashed two world records with times of 32.447 and 32.422 seconds and although slower in the final, they still managed to defeat Germany.

China had their 19th gold medal until race officials wandered over and deducted time from their sprint because of another illegal changeover. The result saw them fall to the silver medal.

Aussie breaststroker Christian Sprenger amazed with a silver medal performance, but underwater footage seen after the race determined winner, South African Cameron van der Burgh, had cheated.

Swimming rules state a breakstroker is allowed one dolphin kick once their hands have separated, but van der Burgh chipped in three and took home not just a gold, but a world record, for his troubles.

It leaves a bit of dirty taste in your mouth, no? Australia is normally great in the pool, but London hasn’t been our Olympics. This only adds to it.

Swimming body FINA refuses to use underwater cameras to adjudicate races even though the equipment has been available to broadcasters for years.

In case you missed it earlier, we covered the third part of the Australian drama when a rower was arrested after he drunkenly vandalised three shop fronts.