The brightest moments for Team GB today included a surprise bronze for our men’s gymnastics team and a statement of intent from our formidable women’s double scull duo, Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, who smashed the world record in qualifying for the final. Elsewhere our three day eventing team is well-placed after the cross country and the men’s hockey team won a grudge match against Argentina.
But today will mainly be remembered as the day that Tom Daley and his partner, Peter Waterfield, failed to live up to the hype, finishing fourth in the 10m synchronised platform. Indeed our bedraggled stars more generally seemed so near and yet so far. In the swimming pool too we seemed to be getting people into finals without winning medals. Maybe we should stick to using boats. We’re good at that.
The most curious story of the day was the South Korean fencer who, having lost her epee semi-final controversially, decided that she would stage a sit in protest. A crying Shin Lam held up proceedings for over an hour as her team’s challenge to a decision to reset the clock that allowed her German opponent to win was turned down. After finally being led off she re-emerged only to lose the bronze medal fight.