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We take our wigs off to you Bradley

ESPN staff
August 1, 2012

Every day of the Olympics, we at ESPN Towers will award gold, silver and bronze medals to the top three moments. Here are our choices for day five...

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On Tuesday Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time, but 24 hours later Bradley Wiggins confirmed himself as the most successful British Olympian.

What a year it has been for "Wiggo", not least for the quite phenomenal sideburns he has grown between the months of January and August. Without those he may only be half the man.

A Tour de France win will go down as his highlight - he was of course the first Brit to win the event, but Olympic gold in the time trial is not to be sniffed at. The fact he won by a country mile merely added to his achievement, although Wiggins isn't happy.

Despite being the most decorated Brit, with seven Olympic medals, he acknowledges that only four are gold. With Sir Steven Redgrave sat on five, Wiggins has already vowed to fight for another in 2016.


Wiggins may have made the time trial look easy, but nobody quite managed to breeze through their task like Italian boxer Clemente Russo on Wednesday.

Russo, a powerful-looking former member of Spandau Ballet (based purely on looks), saw his heavyweight opponent pull out of their scheduled fight.

Nevertheless, he was still made to go through the procedure of walking to the ring, just to have his hand raised before returning to the changing room. Not that he wasted his chance to milk the moment though, holding his fist aloft like he had just taken out the Klitschkos.


The gold medal-winning efforts of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were incredible for Team GB in the women's pair rowing event. Impressive for sheer dominance, and the fact they were the first British gold medal winners of the Games, there was plenty to admire.

However, our bronze medal award goes to the guy in the yellow jersey on the riverbank, who kept pace with the race throughout the 2000m. While many take to their bikes to follow the race, this nutter did it solely on foot, and actually managed to reach the line in third place (in front of the third boat in the water) - rightly earning bronze on our podium.

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