Medals trickle in for GB
Team GB have started to get themselves a few medals coming into the first full week of competition.
After grabbing a silver medal in the women’s road race, GB have gained medals in the equestrian, gymnastics, rowing and swimming events.
As predicted, GB have been excelling in the rowing, and won their first gold of the 2012 Olympics, courtesy of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the women’s pair. A bronze in the mens eight was also achieved after a very close fight between Germany and Canada, who won gold and silver respectively.
Bradley Wiggins continued his good form from the Tour De France, and although he didn’t win any medals in the road race, he grabbed GB’s second gold on the time trials with a time of 50 minutes and 29 seconds. Chris Froome also managed a bronze medal in the same race, with Tony Martin of Germany separating them.
Zara Phillips and team edged New Zealand to a silver medal in the Team Eventing, but the GB team narrowly missed out on any individual medals.
The men’s team achieved a bronze medal in the team gymnastics, although in controversial circumstances as they were originally awarded a silver, but a protest by the Japanese team, after they were incorrectly given an incorrect lower score, was upheld, and they were catapulted from fourth to second.
GB’s golden girl in the pool, Rebecca Adlington, did fantastically well to get a bronze in the 400m freestyle, and she’ll be hoping to defend her 2008 gold in the 800m freestyle.
Michael Jamieson won a silver for GB in the 200m breaststroke, breaking the British record, although it looked as though he could have reeled in the gold at one point, but didn’t quite have the energy.
It wasn’t all smiles in the aquatics arena, as Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield finished fourth in the diving, an agonising finish after promising opening dives.
Andy Murray has progressed to the quarter-finals of the men’s singles tennis. If he wins just once more, then he will definitely play for a medal!
The football teams are also going along nicely, especially the women as they beat Brazil 1-0 to make it three wins in three. The men need at least a draw against Uruguay to guarantee progression to the knock-out phase of the competition.