It was Olympic gold medal glory for Norway this week, winning two gold medals at the London Olympics.
Saturday night belonged to the Ladies who played a closely fought game of handball with Montenegro in the final, winning 26-23. They sealed their victory in the game’s last few minutes with a goal by Linn Jørum Sulland.
The team had an action-packed week to get to the finals. Their first victory was over Brazil, beating them by 21-19 in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Next opponents to fall were South Korea, with a wider margin of 31-25 in the semi-finals on Thursday.
Coach Thorir Hergeirsson had brought back their 'old' trainer Marit Breivik, 57, who helped them secure their thirteenth medal in 15 years.
Erik Verås Larsen won Norway's first gold medal of the week in the Men’s 1000-meter K-1 Canoe, Wednesday. Larsen paddled to victory in 3.26.462, outdoing Canada's Adam Van Koeverden. This is Larsen's second gold, who won in Athens 2004 and took silver in Beijing in 2008.
Norwegian hopes were high for more medals this week but unfortunately, it just was not to be, despite a new sports record for Norway.
Yesterday saw Gunn Rita Dahl-Flesjå off to a poor start. She fell off her bike on the first technical section of the Ladies Mountain Biking at Hadleigh Farm, Essex, and was also dogged by punctures. She retired from the race.
Javelin-thrower Andreas Thorkildsen’s performance was also disappointing, with just two of six throws making it over 80 meters.
Trond Nymark came in 21st place in the 50km race walk. The positive 35-year old from Bergen told NRK that, "I’ve had a fantastic career with some big highlights such as winning silver in the World Championships and coming second on the World Race and European Race. I wouldn't have done anything different."
In Wrestling, Monday, Stig André Berge lost to Hasan Alisev from Azerbaijan in the 60-kilo Greco-Roman class in the eighth finals. Berge told Aftenposten that "I'll never give up. A fighter never gives in."
On the same day, Ole Kristian Bryhn had came seventh in the Men’s 50-meter free rifle three positions (3x40 shots) at the Royal Artillery Barracks in South London.
"I was only two points from a medal, I knew I could get onto the podium, but there were many good shooters who were better than me," he said to NTB.
Finally, Stavanger’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen did set a new, Norwegian running record for the Men’s 1,500 meters, last Sunday, coming in fifth place with a time of 3:35:43. He overtook Arne Hamarsland’s record of ninth place in the 1960 Olympics.
Norway has now ended the 2012 Olympics with two golds, one silver and one bronze. The London Olympics 2012 closing ceremony starts at 21.00 (UK time) this evening.
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