The quotes of the day from the London Olympic Games on Monday:
“I am so pleased. It was hard work but a great feeling. The crowd was unbelievable and the best thing is that it is my wedding anniversary today.”
— Zara Phillips, grand-daughter of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, finds a novel way to celebrate her first year of marriage to former England rugby captain Mike Tindall after a successful cross-country phase of the three-day event.
“I kept getting up and opening the drawer the medal was in to check it was real and not a dream. It is so beautiful.”
— Camille Muffat, on her sleepless night after her 400m freestyle triumph made her just the second Frenchwoman to win an Olympic swimming gold medal.
“I experienced a tantric orgasm. It’s the first time in my life I yelled that loud
— Muffat’s coach Fabrice Pellerin has an understated recation to her success and that of Yannick Agnel, another of his charges, whose brilliant final leg saw France to a shock 4x100m men’s freestyle relay gold.
“You can call me Mr Balboa if you want.”
— American world champion Jesse Williams, who scraped into the Olympics after finishing fourth in US trials, compares his underdog status in relation to Russian high jumpers to that of Sylvester Stallone’s character in boxing movie ‘Rocky IV’.
“They are glistening like wet otters.”
— Mayor of London Boris Johnson comes up with a typically colourful way to describe the sight of female beach volleyball players.
“You’ve got to be encouraging more countries to get involved but there are better scullers from different countries who are not allowed to compete because of the different countries you’ve got.”
— British rowing great Steve Redgrave reacts to the sight of Niger’s Hamadou Djibo Issaka being outclassed at the Games.
“Two matches won is good but I am disappointed. I will go and scratch my eyes and face and hit my head against the wall.”
Romanian fencer Anna Maria Branza keeps her Olympic exit in perspective.
“If you want to win big, you’ve got to be prepared to lose big. If you’re not prepared to put yourself at risk, there’s no point being in the arena.”
— British cycling chief Dave Brailsford defends the tactics of his men’s road race team after they failed to deliver gold for Mark Cavendish.
“As for the Cuban clash in the second round, I may have a coach (Jorge Socarras) who is born in Cuba but his heart and soul is now Jordanian.”
— Jordanian light-heavyweight has no concerns regarding the loyalties of coach Jorge Socarras as he prepares for his next bout.
“We’re a team, that’s it, full stop. You win as a team and you lose as a team.”
— British teenage sensation Tom Daley refuses to blame partner Pete Waterfield for costing the pair a 10m synchro diving medal after the older man’s error when they were leading the event dropped the duo into fourth.