After no medals for Team GB on Saturday, things improved on Sunday. First came Lizzie Armitstead bagging a silver in the women’s cycling road race, although this also saw Nicola Cooke failing to defend her gold. Rebecca Adlington picked up bronze in the 400m freestyle in the pool, also failing to defend a gold. Also the men’s football team despatched the UAE 3-1.
The empty seats fiasco continued as public annoyance at the no-shows for the high-priced tickets grew. LOCOG have now said that they will bring in members of the armed forces, kids, and teachers to fill the spare spaces. News also comes in that the ‘name and shame’ plan that LOCOG floated is a non-starter because of confidentiality agreements.
Meanwhile Team GB’s royal equestrian star, Zara Phillips, finally got to compete at the Olympic Games after missing out on the previous two games because of injuries to her horse, Toytown. But when interviewed after her dressage performance she found herself saying ‘Y’know’. A lot. In linguistics this is known as a filler and happens when a person is thinking what to say but hasn’t finished speaking yet. Here’s the BBC video. Go on. Count ’em. She makes it into double figures.