Earlier the games, pics of the Chinese swimmer Ning Zetao also popped up on these Interwebs. He made it to the semifinals of the men's 100m freestyle. He also swam on China's two relay teams but both teams were disqualified (don't know why).
Their bromance has been in the news since the men's 100m final.
Last night they took it to new levels in their 200m semi-final.
André de Grasse and Usain Bolt ran away from the rest of the field in their semi-final. DeGrasse caught up with Bolt leading to the exchange of a cheeky grin between the two as they crossed the finish line. And a finger wag from Bolt at DeGrasse as if to say: don't even think of beating me.
It was a great moment: camaraderie and competition in one split second.
The whole incident illustrates why I like Trudeau. He's a fun guy, and seems willing to be a fun guy. Just look at the hilarity in all the spectators.
Why did the comedian do it?
I just did it to take a picture. I thought this would be funny — and partly to embarrass my sons. But it just went crazy. People look at the picture and it makes them happy and they get a kick out of Seamus giggling there too and the security guards giggling. So I don't know, it just seems like a very Canadian moment.
I had resolved to have an early night so the last thing I needed last night was a nail-biting finish to the men's pole vault event.
But what a finish it was!
The competition was interrupted - and restarted - after torrential rain showers bless past the Olympic stadium.
The Canadian world champion fouled out early.
The defending Olympic champion from France sat and watched, passing on the early round jumps.
And then it was down to two: Lavillenie from France, and Thiago Braz da Silva from Brazil - a relative unknown. Guess who the crowd favoured! In clearing 5.93m, da Silva achieved a personal best with a beautiful jump.
Lavillenie then cleared 5.98m setting a new Olympic record in the process and giving him the lead on count back.
Da Silva had no choice but to go for 6.03m - a height he had never cleared before. He cleared it on his second attempt.
Lavillenie failed on both attempts, and then had the bar set at 6.08m. He had no choice if he wanted gold. He did not succeed.
The gold was da Silva's - and the place went wild.
Coda: Lavillenie was clearly disappointed at failing to get gold and took it badly. He didn't go to congratulate da Silva or to join in the celebrations. He made a tweet that he later regretted, retracted and apologized for.
I was sceptical about the idea of Golf at the Olympics but, my goodness, what a nail-biting finish yesterday's tournament provided! Matt Kuchar had a fantastic round to get into third place and win bronze. While he waited in the club house, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson were tied starting the 18th hole. Both shot similar drives that finished dangerously close to rough on the right hand side. They both laid up with their second shots. It was the third shots that made the difference. Stenson left his pitch well short, Rose put his 3 ft from the hole. Stenson had no choice but to try for the birdie and sent his ball well past - leaving him with a distinct possibility of falling back into a tie with Kuchar. He didn't, though, and Rose easily sank his putt for the win and the Gold Medal.
What I ended up linking about the tournament was its truly International nature. Not country had more than 2 players - except the USA who had four. This gave a really diverse flavour to the field and the idea that any one of them could win.
I also liked the fact that the CBC did not use the NBC feed for its coverage. As a result, we saw lots of golf, saw lots of different golfers, and we didn't have to listen to Johnny Miller.
While googling for pictures of the Dutch Royal family in the previous post, I came across this rather delightful picture of the three sisters, from R to L: Queen Margrethe of Denmark, (former) Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, and Princess Benedikte of Denmark.
It's just rather lovely that they're all dressed for summer in a summer garden.