We hope you have all enjoyed the opening few days of the Olympic Games, because we certainly are. We’ve already seen some great moments and some big shocks too.
Big congratulations to Lizzie Armitstead for her excellent effort in the Women’s road race . Just like Beijing 4 years ago, it was this event where Great Britain got their first medal, this time a silver.
Special mention must go to Rebecca Adlington too who swam a fantastic final to pick up a well deserved bronze medal in the women’s 400m. She came into the final as the slowest of all the finalists, and getting a gold was always going to be a tough ask, so we’re very proud of her bronze.
We probably should also mention the disappointment that the men’s cycling team suffered in the road race. Mark Cavendish and the rest of the team got their tactics horribly wrong and finished outside the medals despite being the odds on favourites to win gold in that event. We feel pretty bad for Mark (the only member of the cycling team in Beijing not to get a medal) who never really got a chance to show the rest of the competitors what he can do in a sprint.
So, after the weekend, Team GB have 2 medals (1 silver, 1 bronze). However, there’s plenty more to come. We’re performing very well in the rowing, cycling and boxing so far, as well as the sailing (Ben Anslie is going for a fourth consecutive gold!). We also saw a great performance from Colin Oates in the Judo who, despite finishing seventh, managed to defeat Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar of Mongolia (former World Champion and Bronze medallist).
GBR Medal Total: 2 (29th July)
1 – Silver
1 – Bronze