The Commonwealth Games - particularly the athletics - have been very enjoyable, not least due to the presence of "Land of Hope and Glory", which is a far better song than "God Save The Queen". I don't generally approve of the disuniting of the kingdom for sporting events, but I'd pick both LoHaG and "Scotland the Brave" over the UK National Anthem. Hmm, that might be an idea if David Coulthard (Scottish) won a F1 race in a McLaren (nominally English, I suppose).
Incidentally, the Northern Irish must get very sick of "Great Britain and Northern Ireland" getting abbreviated to GBR, to say nothing of the inhabitants of our Crown Dependencies who end up making a nominally British team. I want to be a Child Of The World, damnit.
Anyway, the ladies' triple jump has just finished. Round one: first jump, Ashia Hansen sticks a 14.60m+ jump on the board. Nobody touches this. Round six: penultimate jump, a Cameroon competitor sets a PB and Games Record of something over 14.80. Final jump, Ashia Hansen does the best jump of the world this year to sneak the gold by 4cm.
However, it looked worryingly like a foul jump to me, or at least cutting things awfully fine. Do we see the white flag go up? No. Do we get the customary replay with a close up of the actual take-off position? No. Do I think that some home-town judging has been going on here? Not seriously, but it's got me wondering...
Oh, and why on earth do they decide to schedule the men's javelin and the men's shot put at the same time when these are the only two field events which might conceivably physically clash with each other? They've only got six days of athletics (realistically, six evenings of athletics) in which to hold field events and they put the two events on the same field at the same time. Surely not a good decision.
England winning the 4x100m relay, minus Mark Lewis-Francis and Dwain Chambers, is a tremendous (but very pleasant!) surprise. I thought Jamaica had nicked it on the line, actually, but it's very lucky for us that big-chested Darren Campbell knew how to do an authentic sprinters' lean and the Jamaican in the banana tracksuit didn't.