London 2012 Olympic Games Diary: 3 August

The gold rush for Team GB showed no signs of abating today. First, Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins powered home in the women’s double sculls. Then we saw some more smooth skilled action in the velodrome from the brilliant team pursuit boys of Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas, and Steven Burke. Finally, Victoria Pendleton pipped her Aussie rival, Anna Meares, at the post to win the women’s keirin in very satisfying fashion.

Also won today were bronzes for George Nash and William Satch in the rowing men’s pair, Alan Campbell in the single sculls, Karina Bryant in the judo, and Rebecca Adlington in the 800m freestyle. Meanwhile the athletics kicked off in the Olympic Stadium with Team GB’s poster girl, Jessica Ennis, doing her chances of heptathlon gold a lot of good with two PBs to lead the pack comfortably after four events. She even broke the UK 100m hurdles record in the process.

The doping issue reared its ugly head again with news that Belarus hammer thrower, Ivan Tsikhan, has withdrawn after testing positive. Meanwhile, a 15 year old US swimmer, Katie Ledecky, blew away her more experienced rivals in the 800m freestyle. Of course when 16 year old Chinese swimmer, Ye Shiwen, did similar there were accusations from US coaches of doping. Presumably they will also be attacking the US girl. Although I won’t hold my breath.

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