When it comes to the Summer Olympics medal table, no country is going to top China, Russia or the United States so the race between the rest of us is for fourth place and Great Britain proudly sat there in 2008 much to the distaste of Australia who fancy themselves as a bit of a sporty nation.
That we not only finished above the Aussies but earned 5 more gold medals than them really hurt but not as much as the pain felt by the Australian sports minister who confidently made a bet with the British Sports Minister that she would wear a Team GB shirt at a public event if Britain finished above Australia in the medals table. Nice one, red white and blue suited her.
Not a people to learn from their past mistakes, the latest Aussie sports minister, Kate Lundy, has made the same bet with the British sports minister, Hugh Robertson.
If Team GB wins more gold medals, Lundy has promised to row across Eton Dorney in a British vest. But if the Australians triumph, Robertson has said he would dribble a ball around Australia House in an Australian hockey shirt.
Considering the Olympics are in Britain, we trounced them last time and it's Australia we are talking about, it is more likely that Lundy will be sporting the Union Flag on her chest while holding a pair of oars than Robertson wearing green and gold while trying to weave a hockey ball around traffic but stranger things have happened. Can't think of any off the top of my head but they must have done.
Now, if only we can keep the Australian athletes sober long enough to make our victory even more sweeter...