Sporting rivalry between Australia and Great Britian

Australia and England have long been sporting rivals, mostly in cricket, but now with Great Britain doing well in Beijing, the country has their eyes on beating Australia in the medal tally.

The head of the Australian Olympic Committee John Coates accused Great Britain’s swimmers of having bad hygiene and was quoted as saying, “It’s not bad for a country that has no swimming pools and very little soap,” after Great Britain won the 400m freestyle gold medal.

The sport’s ministers now have made a bet over which country will do better.

Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe and his Australian counterpart Kate Ellis made a bet over the number of medals each country would acquire during the competition.

They agreed that which ever country finished lower on the medal table, the minister from the losing nation would have to wear its rival’s colours at a big sporting event.

Mr Sutcliffe joked at the time: “It might mean me having to wear an Australian rugby league shirt at Old Trafford, which could be dangerous, but it’s all healthy fun.”

Australia won gold and bronze at the women’s triathlon this morning and is leading in two medal sailing events today. Great Britain has medal chances in the cycling.

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