Day three of the Rio Games definitely brought mixed emotions for Team GB as, despite adding to our medal collection, we came desperately close to making it a day to remember across a number of different events.
We’ll begin with the positives though as we added two bronze medals to our collection, the first coming thanks to Ed Ling in the men’s trap shooting. He beat Czech competitor David Kostelecky 13-9 to win his first ever Olympic medal.
Our second bronze of the day came in spectacular style from diving pair Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow in the men’s 10m synchronised event. The Chinese pair, who were favourites before the Games, took gold with the USA team coming in second, which left it between the Brits and the Germans for the bronze.
Daley and Goodfellow were the last pair to dive in the competition, knowing exactly what they had to achieve to claim third place. After a great dive and a tense few moments whilst the scores were calculated, the pair then leapt back into the pool in celebration with their score of 89.64 being enough to eclipse their German counterparts.
Elsewhere it was a story of near misses for Team GB as the men’s gymnastic’s team, women’s rugby sevens team and swimmer James Guy all missed out on bronze medals.
In the gymnastics, the British men were in a great position to claim a medal going into the last apparatus, yet an unfortunate mistake by Louis Smith on the pommel horse saw the Russians leapfrog Team GB into second, pushing China down to third and Team GB out of the medals in fourth.
After losing to New Zealand in the semi-finals earlier on in the day, Team GB’s women came up against Canada in the rugby sevens bronze medal match. After beating the Canadians in the group stages, hopes were high for a first Olympic medal in the sport but it wasn’t to be as Britain’s women lost 33-10 which saw the Canadian team take home bronze.
Finally, in the pool in the early hours of this morning, Britain’s James Guy missed out on a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle by the narrowest of margins, just 0.26 seconds. China’s Sun Yang won the gold ahead of Chad le Clos from South Africa and American Conner Dwyer, meaning Guy just missed out in fourth place.
After some great results and a number of near misses, we at Champions Olympic Speakers are already looking forward to day four and hope to be reporting on Team GB adding to their medal tally tomorrow.