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From the Commentator’s Box, Tony Gibb; London Olympics Day Two


So the first day of track competition, and I am buzzing! It’s all hit home, I’m here, at the London Olympics Day Two, it’s weird, being so close, knowing all the people involved…

After an early morning training spin, followed by late brekky, Dave wants to head to the track early and says he wants to try the javelin train from Kings Cross, so after a 20 minute walk in the sun, an eight minute train journey, and another 45 minute walk through the park we arrive at a very very warm track.

Now I understand why everyone wants it hot but you walk through the first air-tight door and one of the 75,000 purple T-shirt brigade will not let you walk through the next air-tight sealed door until the first one is closed.

Anyway, all set, I found our spot in a rather good position right by the finish line, had all my research done, paperwork with me so I started wondering around and saying a few hellos…

Chris Boardman, Rob Hayles… you know – old mates.  Giovanni Lombardi who is a good friend and a top top guy, Scott McGrory who I took my one and only Six Day win with, Fred Magne, Maurizio Fondriest, who Giovanni introduced me to who is just such a nice down to earth guy and just wanted to know where and when we were going out in London, now that could end up messy.