Olympic Diary:Day 3

Pride of place for Great Britain went to the men’s gymnastics team. They went into the Games as European champions but very few expected them to come close to the medals. In fact almost every routine was executed as well as they could do and the team finished with bronze medals. It could have been silver but an appeal by the Japanese after their superstar Uchimura almost fell off the pommel horse saw them given an extra 0.7 to take the silver medals.

In the pool Britain’s representatives swam well but missed out on medals. Instead Britain could take some credit for the gold medal achieved by a 15 year old schoolgirl from Lithuania, Ruta Meilutyte, who lives in Plymouth and has a British coach.  She came into the Games completely unfancied but was fastest in each round and broke the European record for the 100m breaststroke on her way to gold. The USA’s Missy Franklin had come into the Games with hopes of seven golds. That chance had already gone but she won the 100m backstroke for the first of what should be many golds. The favourite had been Emily Seebohm who had come close to the world record in the heats. She got slower in each round and had to settle for silver. The French success continued with another gold from Yannick Agnel who had anchored their relay team the day before.

Britain’s hopes for a diving gold were dashed when Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield messed up their fourth dive when leading. They got back up to 4th place but had left themselvs with to much to do.

The cross-country part of the 3 Day Event in Greenwich Park was stopped several times after falls by horses and riders but the British excelled to lie second with the leading scores all very close.

British rowers continued to do well with nearly all crews doing what was required to qualify for finals and semis.

Zoe Smith set a British record in the clean and jerk in the weightlifting. She was 12th in the competition but at 18 has great potential.

The GB women’s volleyball team won for the first time ever in Olympic competition with a five set win over Algeria.

Larry Godfrey reached the last 16 in the archery.

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