Team GB Watch
3 days into the Olympics games and the British team have four medals despite an array of near misses. Hannah Miley in the pool, Richard Kriuse in the Fencing, The Women’s Rugby Sevens Team and the Men’s Gymnastics team have all finished fourth.In additional there was no medal in either road race, Geraint Thomas was well positioned but was one of many riders to fall on the treacherous descent. In the women’s race World Champion Lizzie Armistead was too far behind the leading group as she tried to chase them down and could only finish fifth.
Elsewhere gold medal favourites in the Rowing Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were given a scare by the Danish pair in their heat before coming from behind to narrowly win. The Women’s Hockey Team have won their frst two games against Australia and India, while the men are struggling beaten by Belgium and only got a draw against New Zealand. Strange things have been going on in the Tennis with the Williams sisters out of the Women’s doubles, The Murray Brothers out of the Men’s doubles and Novak Djokovic was beaten my Matin Del Potro in the first round
The first two medals for Britain came within half an hour of each other. Adam Peaty delivered his expected victory breaking the World Record in the 100m Breaststroke final finishing a second and a half ahead of South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh in second. Moments later Jazz Carlin from Wales calmly swam her own race and did not get distracted by the brilliant American Katie Ladecky breaking the World record to hold off Leah Smith take silver in the 400m Freestyle final.
Two further bronze medals have been won today. Ed Ling took Bronze as he defeated Czech shooter David Kostelecky 13-9 in the Bronze medal match after riding his look, needing a shoot out to get to the semi final, he missed and would have been out had Egyptian Ahmed Kamar hit his next shot, but he didn’t and Ling eventually went through. The gold was won by Josip Glasnovic of Crotia beating Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo in the final.
The other British medal came on the diving board after Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellowe claimed bronze after a dramatic final dive. The pair held their breath knowing they needed a score of 84 to take a medal, after what seemed like an age, the score of 89.4 finally came up as the two jumped back in the water to celebrate. The event was won by Lin Yue and Chen Aisen who produced a masterclass in synchronised diving. Amercans David Boudia and Steele Johnson took silver. The British pair had only been diving together for nine months, Daley will be going for gold in the individual event next week.
FULL REPORTS (BBC Sport)