The final instalment of our Olympic travels. Below is Monday afternoon in the Riverbank Arena for the hockey. We saw group matches between China and Japan and South Korea and Belgium. The former was a thrilling contest. Japan, bottom of the table, snatched a deserved victory against their bitter rivals China (3rd in the table) to ensure that China couldn't go through to the semis and Team GB then didn't need to beat the Netherlands to go through (which is a good thing as they lost later that night). It was slightly surreal to hear a crowd of mostly Brits chanting "Nippon, Nippon, Nippon"!
It is a really fast and physical game. My photos are rubbish though as we were sitting behind the screen (and I'm pleased we were given the speed of the ball).
The Olympic Park was pretty stunning.
And we had a great time.
After the hockey we headed of to ExCel for the second round of boxing. I was very impressed by the regeneration of East London. Nothing like the development below existed when I lived in London in the early 1990's and now it looks as though it has always been there.
The atmosphere in the boxing was excellent. It was not a huge arena so you had great views from all over and the crowds were very boisterous. We saw 5 lots of quarter finals and were lucky enough to see 3 of Team GB's eventual boxing medal winners - Luke Campbell from Hull, Anthony Joshua from East London (both of whom got golds) and Anthony Ogogo who won a bronze. Of those, Anthony Joshua stood out as a star - I tipped him for the gold as soon as we saw him fight. (He's the big chap in the bottom 2 pics.)