A lament for Fumiyuki Beppu

Fumiyuki Beppu

Fumiyuki Beppu

Oh, Fumiyuki Beppu, we hardly knew yu.

Self-described as the Fastest Ninja on 2 Wheels, Fumiyuki was originally in 7th place in the top 50 Olympic name countdown.

That was until I learnt recently about Rich Fellers, a name which, while not as much fun to say as Fumiyuki Beppi, is certainly more suggestive and incredibly well suited to the equestrian endeavour.

So Beppu was bumped.

Because I had scheduled the names in advance, it was too late (and to be honest, too much effort) to re-jig things entirely. Much simpler to perform a straight substitution: Beppu out, Fellers in.

But it’s a shame – near a crime – for Beppu not to appear at all; hence him being bloggified here. It’s such a beautiful name to say.

Fumiyuki Beppu: We salute yu.


Best 2012 Olympic names: 30-21

Nabil Kebbab

Nabil Kebbab

With all due respect to the likes of Chakyl Pfiffer Camal and a horse named Butts Leon, the pick of names 30-21 for me is concerned primarily with counting.

How many syllables is Harinelina Rakotondramanana, exactly? I’ve got ‘Har-i-ne-li-na’ for 5, and ‘Rak-o-ton-dra-ma-na-na’ for 7, giving a total of 12.

Twelve syllables? For one 2-word name?

So awesome.

(21) Sven Knipphals, German sprinter

(22) Chakyl Pfiffer Camal, Mozambican swimmer

(23) Nabil Kebbab, Algerian swimmer

(24) Miao Miao, Australian table tenniser

(25) Azza Alqasmi, Bahraini shooter

(26) Fortunato Pacavira, Angolan canoeist

(27) Butts Leon, horse of Thai equestrienne Nina Lamsam Ligon

(28) Harinelina Rakotondramanana, Malagasy weightlifter

(29) Mamarallo Tjoka, Mosotho (Lesotho) marathoner

(30) Dudu Karakaya, Turkish runner

Best 2012 Olympic names: 50 (+1)-41

Takumi Kuki

Takumi Kuki

And so the Olympics – and my top 50 countdown – have begun.

Over the next two weeks, I’m counting down the best 50 (+1) names at the Olympics. (Yes, it’s technically 51 names, as 17 days of the Olympics x 3 names a day = 51 – but 50 has that nice ring to it.)

Some of the first 11 names are fun to look at (Tim Lips, Lukas Lacko) but my favourites so far have been the ones to say out loud: Carmelita Jeter, and, even better, Takumi Kuki.

Say them out loud, over and over, and rejoice in their great names.

(41) Clark Burckle, US swimmer

(42) Lukas Lacko, Slovakian tennis player

(43) Takumi Kuki, Japanese sprinter

(44) Trell Kimmons, US sprinter

(45) Carmelita Jeter, US sprinter

(46) Heerden Herman, South African swimmer

(47) Moana Moo Caille, French BMXer

(48) Clemens Rapp, German swimmer

(49) Tim Lips, Dutch equestrian

(50) Roxroy Cato, Jamaican 400m hurdler

(50 + 1) Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg, Mongolian boxer