The 2012 Summer Olympics in London has had its fair share of big news emanating from the country. From Michael Phelps breaking the all-time individual medal record to China leading the medal count in both total medals and gold medals. That being said, there has also been a good number of surprises.
Countries that no one thought would have a chance are dominating certain sports, individuals breaking records that you never thought would be broken. There's also been some disappointing surprises; athletes that were thought to be locks for a medal finished either just out or nowhere close.
Here are what I consider to be the biggest surprises of these Olympics so far.
Milos Raonic- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Record-Breaking Match
Three hours and fifty seven minutes. That is how long that Raonic and Tsonga played for in their tennis match on the 31st of July. The third set alone lasted for three hours.
They set two records during the course of their match: total games played and games played in the third set. Add in the fact that was a nearly three-hour rain delay at the beginning of the third set, and you had a match you had to wait around seven hours to see the end of.
McKayla Maroney Settles for Silver Medal in Women's Gymnastics Vault
In one of the few gymnastics events I have been able to watch, I caught the end of this event and saw the first of Maroney's final jumps. It was beyond excellent, and the commentators couldn't stop saying that she had the gold in her hands.
Then, on her second jump, she didn't rotate enough, and she ended up falling. At that point, the commentators were saying that she might have just lost the gold. It ended up happening as Sandra Izbasa of Romania came from behind and took the gold medal.
Michael Phelps Fails to Medal in First Final
Yes, Michael Phelps did recover and went to break the all-time medal record, but in his first finals appearance of the Games, he finished .34 second out the medals.
I remember reading the newspaper and there were doubts whether Phelps could be as dominant as he was in Beijing. He obviously wasn't, but still, six medals aren't too shabby, although one more half-second would have given him seven.
Kazakhstan Wins Six Gold Medals
Kazakhstan has been quietly successful in the terms of Olympic Games, winning 46 medals in the Summer Olympics and another six in the Winter Olympics since making their first appearance in 1994. Their previous record for golds in a single Summer Olympics is three, accomplished in both 1996 in Atlanta and 2000 in Sydney. Four of their golds have come from weightlifting alone.
The Games last for another four days, so there is the potential for whole lot more surprises to happen. Who will make them happen? We'll find out in the coming days.