Nor the battle to the strong, but time and chance happen to them all.
After years of build up and anticipation, the Games of the XXX Olympiad, also known as London 2012, began with plenty of favourites – men and women who were expected to become gold medalist. However, some athletes who were deemed underdogs shocked the world by confirming an important truth in the Bible:
“The race is not always to the swift,
nor the battle to the strong,
nor satisfaction to the wise,
nor riches to the smart,
nor grace to the learned,
but, time and chance happen to them all.”
Mark Cavendish was favourite to claim Britain’s first gold medal at London 2012 but finished 40 seconds behind winner Alexandre Vinokourov. Cavendish, who finished 29th, in the Olympic men’s cycling road race, was the world’s fastest man after winning the 2012 Tour de France.
Cavendish said “we rode the race we wanted to ride but we couldn’t pull them back on [the key climb] Box Hill.”
Spain are the World Cup and European champions in footaball and were expected to dominate all opponents during this Olympics, but Japan humbled the favourites with a 1 – 0 win in their opening match against the “mighty” Spain.
Highly rated Brazil earned a narrow 3-2 win against Egypt, while hosts Great Britain with the best football (Premier) league in the world were held to a 1-1 draw by Senegal.
Team GB Women beat the mighty Brazil 1-0 on a memorable and record-breaking night at Wembley Stadium to finish top of Group E at London 2012 and avoid world champions Japan in the quarter-finals.
France rocketed to victory in the Olympic 4 x 100 metre swimming freestyle relay with a 3:09.93 winning time, leaving the U.S. team in their wake.
The U.S. 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay team included both gold medallist Ryan Lochte and Olympic legend Michael Phelps, but the intimidating line-up ended up winning the silver medal with a time of 3:10.38.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 is a controversial truth; Olympic athletes must accept that “the race is not always to the swift… but time and chance happen to them all.”
Before the London Olympic Fencing competition began, Germany’s Nicolas Limbach was heavily favored to win. Ranked No. 1 in men’s saber, Limbach lost to Russian Nikolay Kovalev in the quarter finals.
Aron Szilagyi was not one of the favourites, but the Hungarian faced down some of the best fencers in the world on his way to winning Hungary’s first gold medal of the 2012 Olympics.
These men were underdogs, but they can proudly claim the key point in 2 Timothy 4:7. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Here is the conclusion of this report: people may see you as an underdog, but you must believe in yourself. Others may give up on you, but don’t give up on yourself.
Turn a deaf ear to those who say you aren’t smart enough, fast enough, tall enough or big enough to make great things happen in your life.