Armchair Pundit

Olympic Review – Day 3

Alex Chick

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Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield in not quite perfect harmony


Twists and tumbles - For Britain, day three was dominated by the spins, tucks and somersaults of the diving and gymnastics competitions. First disappointment, as a single poor dive saw Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield miss out on a medal; then delight as Britain's men won the country's first gymnastics medal for 100 years, bronze in the team competition.


Great Britain's men won bronze in the gymnastics team competition. A delirious North Greenwich Arena heralded a silver until a Japanese appeal pushed GB back down to third.

Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield finished an agonising fourth in the synchronised 10m platform — they led at the half way but delivered a poor fourth dive of six and finished off the podium.

In the pool, Liam Tancock came fifth in the men's 100m backstroke as Matt Grevers led an American one-two to win gold.

Gemma Spofforth finished fifth in the women's 100m backstroke behind 17-year-old American superstar Missy Franklin.

Great Britain's eventing team are second place overall at the two-third point of the competition. Kristina Cook in fifth, Mary King in sixth and Zara Phillips in tenth all have realistic hopes of challenging in the individual competition.

Ben Ainslie struggled on day two of the Finn class sailing. His sixth and 12th-place finishes leave him third overall.

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins put a marker down for their rivals, opened their double sculls campaign with a win and a new Olympic Record.

The men's four opened their title defence with a strong performance to cruise into the semi-finals.

Zoe Smith set a new British record in the 58kg women's weightlifting final but finished 12th as Li Xueying of China took gold and broke two Olympic records.

Laura Robson and Heather Watson made it into the second round of the tennis tournament at Wimbledon.


Yannick Agnel claimed France's third swimming gold of the Games with a stunning result in the men's 200m freestyle. China's Sun Yang, who won the 400 freestyle on Saturday, dead-heated for second with South Korea's Park Tae-hwan in 1:44.93 while American world champion Ryan Lochte was fourth.


That Japanese appeal — Britain's celebrations after claiming silver in the team gymnastics were suddenly punctuated when news flashed up on the board that a Japanese appeal had been accepted. They had 0.7 points added to their score and rose from fourth to second. Though the crowd booed the appeal appears to have been valid. Kohei Uchimura was charged with a fall from the pommel horse, when in fact he executed a very clumsy dismount, getting both feet down. Hence the 0.7-point difference. But the finer points of the gymnastics rule book were lost on a nation that knows it is never fun to get marked down on appeal.


Ruta Meilutyte - The 15-year-old schoolgirl became the first Lithuanian to win a swimming gold medal with victory in the 100m breaststroke.


South Korea's Shin A Lam was physically escorted off the fencing piste after more than an hour after her team protested a controversial call that awarded a winning touch to Britta Heidemann in the women's epee semi-final. The countdown clock was reset from zero to one second with the scores tied on 5-5, though Shin would have taken the victory through a 'priority ruling' which meant the onus was on Heidemann to score another point. Shin though she was through to the final, but as the clock was reset, Heidemann scored a decisive hit.


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Shin A Lam's tearful sit-in protest


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Sir Steve Redgrave, Denise Lewis, Prince William and Prince Harry watch the men's team gymnastics final

Shooting - Men's 10m Air Rifle - Alin Moldoveanu (ROU)
Diving - Men's Synchronised 10m Platform -Cao Yuan/Zhang Yanquan (CHN)
Weightlifting - Women's 58kg - Li Xueying (CHN)
Weightlifting - Men's 62kg - Kim Un-Guk (PRK)
Judo - Women's Lightweight (52-58 kg) - Kaori Matusmoto (JPN)
Judo - Men's Lightweight (66-73 kg) - Mansur Isaev (RUS)
Gymnastics - Men's Team - China
Fencing - Women's Individual Epee - Yana Shemkayina (UKR)
Swimming - Men's 200m Freestyle - Yannick Agnel (FRA)
Swimming - Women's 100m Backstroke - Missy Franklin (USA)
Swimming - Men's 100m Backstroke - Matt Grevers (USA)
Swimming - Women's 100m Breaststroke - Ruta Meilutyte (LTU)

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Alex Chick will be writing from London 2012 throughout the Olympic Games.

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