G4S Sporting Partnerships at London 2012 Olympic Games15 August 2012
It was a fantastic Olympic Games for many athletes in the G4S Sporting Partnerships
Five of the G4S 4teen athletes earned the honour of representing their countries at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The biggest success came in the form of Colombian G4S 4teen BMX biker Mariana Pajón, who won her country's first gold medal of the Games, and its second gold medal in history. Leading from the start, Mariana stormed ahead of her competition, which included British hometown hopeful Shanaze Reade and New Zealand's Sarah Walker.
On winning the Gold medal, Mariana said “I can’t believe it. It’s like a dream come true. My whole life I am trying to win this. I want to win it again. I want to go out the gate and win it again. It’s unbelievable… I have to wake up tomorrow and realise what I have just won!”
Peruvian swimmer Sebastián Jahnsen competed in the 200m Freestyle, where he came 4th in his heat. Even though he did not qualify for the semi-finals, Sebastián really enjoyed the experience and said it was one of the best things he's ever done. London 2012 was Sebastian’s first Olympic Games and he hopes to take his experience with him for competing in future Games.
After winning his first bout against Turkey's Selcuk Eker with the highest Flyweight score of the day, Thailand's G4S 4teen boxer Chatchai Butdee lost to Cuban Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana, who eventually went on to win a Gold medal in the competition.
G4S 4teen Nigerian sprinter Obinna Metu came in fifth in his heat in the 100m on Saturday 4th August with a time of 10:35. He ran a great race, alongside Jamaica's Asafa Powell who went on to win the heat, although sadly 10.35 seconds was not quite enough for Obinna to make the finals. Obinna also competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and already has plans for competing in Rio 2016.
G4S 4teen's Juan Maegli qualified for the Laser Sailing medal race and ended the event inside the top ten, as the number nine sailor. It was a great end to Juan's season and provided him with valuable experience for the Rio 2016 Games, on which he has already set his sights.
The Guatemalan commented on his performance, “The London 2012 Olympic Games was a really positive experience for me. I was much better prepared this time, because it was my second time competing in an Olympic Games. It was such an honour to represent my country and to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony.”
Former G4S 4teen athlete Ilya Ilyin gave an impressive Weightlifting performance to win Gold for Kazakhstan in the Men’s 94kg class. Ilya left the G4S 4teen programme 2009 to make way for younger athletes after he achieved success in Beijing 2008, winning his first Olympic Gold medal.
G4S 49ers Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes overcame a rough start to the Games to come in fifth place in their class. The British duo secured first place wins in two of their 16 races, as well as a second and two third place finishes but failed to maintain the consistency throughout the remainder of the competition. The 49er class was eventually won by the Australian crew, taking their country’s Sailing medal tally to four, including three Golds.
Elsewhere in the Games, athletes supported by G4S offices around the World also performed well. As sponsors of the Hungarian Canoe Sprint team, G4S Hungary was delighted to see its team win an impressive six medals including three Golds, taking them to the top of the Canoe Sprint medal table.
G4S Norway also cheered on double Olympic champion rower Olaf Tufte, who gave a strong performance in the Men's Single Sculls Finals. Despite failing to medal in the final round in London, the Norwegian is still a rowing legend having competed in the last five Olympic Games (London, Beijing, Athens, Sydney and Atlanta).
Visit www.g4ssport.com to find out more about the G4S 4teen programme.