The Social Olympics: Triumph, Disappointment in the Pool
The London Games have been dubbed the most social yet, with the organizers encouraging the athletes and fans to use social media. Here are the highlights from day 3.
- Great Britain pinned its hopes for a gold medal on Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield in the synchronised 10-meter platform diving. The 18-year-old diving prodigy Daley was watched by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who took the tube to the Olympic Park.
- The British pair finished fourth, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal, which was won by the U.S. pair of David Boudia and Nick McCrory. An impeccable performance from China saw them take gold, with Mexico taking silver. British diver Tom Daley took to Twitter to thank his fans for their support but soon received an abusive message from one user which he highlighted to his following. The message referred to Daley's father Rob who died last year from cancer.
- Daley received further messages and a 17-year-old has since been arrested by police as part of an investigation into the malicious messages.
- The action continued in beach volleyball, which is based just down the road from Buckingham Palace in the stunning location of Horse Guards Parade. Wall Street Journal Sports Editor Adam Thompson captured this great image.
- At the gymnastics center the medals were decided in the final of the men's team event, but there was still embarrassment for Locog as some seats remained empty.
- China retained its gold medal, with Japan taking silver but it was the battle for bronze that saw the shock. The British team of Daniel Purvis, Max Whitlock, Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas and Sam Oldham managed to win the country's first men's team gymnastic medal in 100 years.
- Team USA, which had been favorites after qualifying, had to settle for a disappointing fifth place.
- Olympic 400-meter medley gold medallist Ryan Lochte was back in the pool to try to add another medal to his collection in the 200-meter freestyle. Lochte, who had narrowly lost out to Frenchman Yannick Angel in the final leg of the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay, was up against his nemesis again. Lochte couldn't avenge his previous defeat and failed to medal, being beaten by almost a full body length by Angel who took the gold.
- In a thrilling women's 100m backstroke final, 17-year-old Missy Franklin took the gold for team USA, narrowly beating Australian Emily Seebohm, who took the silver. Franklin's performance earned her not just a gold medal, but a new rather well known fan.
- British swimmer Liam Tancock, who competed in the 100-meter backstroke, showed that it isn't always about getting on the podium. Getting to an Olympic final is an impressive feat in itself.
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