This was the day that NASA’s rover, Curiosity, touched down on the red planet. You might think that although the parking at the Olympics isn’t great, landing a car on Mars is somewhat extreme. Still, whatever they had to do to get to the action, I guess. Today saw another steady trickle of medals for Team GB with golds in show jumping and cycling, and a bronze for Beth Tweddle in the uneven bars.
The first gold came in an exciting team show jumping final as Team GB, led by 52 year old Nick Skelton, a rider who just seems to get better with age, found themselves in a tense eight fence jump-off with the Netherlands. Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash, and Peter Charles rose to the occasion in this equestrian equivalent of a penalty shoot-out to claim the prize.
Later in the day it was back to the happy hunting ground for Team GB that is the Olympic velodrome. This time it was Jason Kenny, who had arguably had his toughest task in qualifying for the Olympics in the first place ahead of Chris Hoy for the one spot allowed in the men’s sprint. Kenny cruised through the rounds and then demolished France’s Grégory Baugé 2-0 in the final.