Yorkshire Now 10th Overall In Olympic Medal Table
BRITAIN’S rewarding act of painting the mail boxes in the hometown’s of Gold-medal-winning athletes could leave the county of Yorkshire with NO red post receptacles if the Olympic success continues.
Last triumph went to Nicola Adams, who won another gold for GB and Yorkshire – to add to the 10 this ‘land’ of 5.3 million people have won so far. The flyweight boxer from Leeds took out China’s Ren Cancan for the first ever women’s boxing medal in the Olympics.
The previous day the Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonathan, originally from Horsforth near Leeds, took gold and bronze respectively in a photo finish in the triathlon at Hyde Park, and Jessica Ennis, who was born and bred in Sheffield, had, the previous weekend, stunned the world by smashing her personal best and taking gold in front of rapturous crowds in heptathlon.
If that was not enough, cyclist Ed Clancy who was a gold and bronze medal winner in track cycling, was born in Barnsley and lived for most of his life in the Huddersfield area.
Andrew Triggs Hodge, the gold medal rower, was brought up in the Grassington area of the Yorkshire Dales, while fellow gold medal-winning rower Kat Copeland lives in Ingleby Barwick near Middlesbrough, which is traditionally thought of as part of Yorkshire.
Other Yorkshire medalists are Lizzie Armitstead, from Otley, who won Team GB’s first medal: a silver in the women’s cycling road race; Nicola Wilson, from Northallerton, who won silver in the team eventing competition; and rower Tom Ransley, who attended the University of York and rows for York City Rowing Club, and was part of the British men’s eight crew which won bronze.
So, with 10 medals so far, and more contenders to follow, this tally alone already places an independent Yorkshire – a long-time ambition for many of the county’s residents – 10th in the medal table.
Meanwhile Yorkshire Gold Tea didn’t lose any time in marketing their brand with a subtle new ad depicting the words: Yorkshire Gold, after Gold, after Gold . . .
Yorkshire in world medal standings
|2||United States of America||29||15||19||63|
|4||Republic of Korea||11||5||6||22|