Results and Highlights from Day 3 of The London Olympics 2012
Monday, day three of the 2012 Olympics saw British hopes of a Gold quickly fade to fourth for Synchronised Divers Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield. Daley is just 18 and has a Justin Bieber like fan base, with tens of thousands of followers on social media. Waterfield and Daley led the field at halfway through the event, but a mistake by Waterfield saw the Chinese, Mexican and USA pairs pass them for the medals.
The Australian Men’s Hockey Team, the Kookaburras, began their campaign with an emphatic 6-0 win over South Africa, with a hat trick from Jamie Dwyer. Great Britain also had a great start with a 4-1 win over Argentina. In other matches New Zealand went down 2-0 to South Korea, Spain and Pakistan drew 1-1.
In the pool four medals were decided. The Men’s 200m Freestyle was won by Yannick Agnel of France with Teewahn Park of South Korea and Yang Sun of China tying for second place. Ryan Lochte of the USA came in fourth, almost two seconds behind the winner.
Australia’s Emily Seebohm was favourite for the Women’s 100M Backstroke but was pipped at the touch by the USA’s Missy Franklin. Aya Terrakawa of Japan picked up the Bronze. Seebohm appeared highly disappointed after picking up her medal and seemed to be crying in the arms of her mother in the crowd. British girl Gemma Spofforth came in 5th only 0.87 behind the winner in a tight field.
The Men’s 100M Backstroke went to American Matthew Grevers, in a new Olympic record, ahead of compatriot Nick Thoman, Japan picked up another Bronze through Ryosuke Irie.
Stalwart of Australian Breastroke, Liesel Jones, could only manage 5th in the 100M final, in her 4th Olympics. The Gold went to 15 year old Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, her country’s first ever medal in the pool. Rebecca Soni of the USA claimed Silver and Japan picked up their third Bronze medal of the night via Satomi Suzuki.
In the ‘other’ pool Australia lost their opening Men’s Water Polo match 8-5 to Italy, Great Britain went down even heavier 13-4 to Romania, while the USA narrowly beat Montenegro 8-7.