Armchair Pundit

Olympic Review – Day 2

Alex Chick

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A lone group of soldiers watch women's gymnastics qualifying at the North Greenwich Arena

DAY TWO IN A NUTSHELL

Small steps and swimming records - Great Britain got on to the medals table, but are still looking for their first gold. A gutsy performance from Lizzie Armitstead earned silver in the women's road race cycling, while Rebecca Adlington took a creditable bronze in the 400m freestyle swimming.

In the pool, records tumbled despite the ban on the synthetic suits seen in Beijing. South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh set a world record, winning gold in the 100m breaststroke, while the USA's Dana Vollmer torched the 100m butterfly record, becoming the first woman to break the 56-second mark.

LEADING BRITS IN ACTION

Lizzie Armitstead claimed a superb silver medal in the women's road race - she was part of a three-woman breakaway and finished a narrow second to Marianne Vos.

Rebecca Adlington failed to defend her 400m freestyle title, but took a spirited bronze from lane one after qualifying eighth for the final.

Beth Tweddle scored a mammoth 16.133 on the uneven bars to top qualifying for the gymnastics final.

Ben Ainslie's bid for a fourth Olympic gold medal is in excellent shape after a pair of second-place finishes in sailing's Finn class in Weymouth.

GB women's hockey team scored all their goals in the first half as they crushed Japan 4-0 in their group game.

GB men's football team secured their first win of the games with a scrappy 3-1 win over UAE thanks to late goals from Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge.

Andy Murray secured his first ever Olympic tennis victory with a 6-3 6-3 first round win over Stanislas Wawrinka at Wimbledon.

HOT TOPIC

The furore over empty seats at big events continued. Among the 'sold out' events below full capacity were the swimming events and the USA v France basketball match, at which soldiers were brought in to plug gaps in view of the TV cameras. An investigation has been launched, with Locog denying corporate clients are to blame.

PHELPS FINISHED?

Well, finished might be pushing it, but the most successful Olympian history is still waiting for his 15th gold after the USA were beaten into second in the 4x100m men's freestyle relay - on Saturday he failed to win a medal in the 400m IM. The American has five more shots at the top step of the podium, so we suspect he'll get there.

PEOPLE POWER

A cacophony of boos helped force judging review that overturned a judo result. South Korea's Cho Jun-Ho was declared the winner of his -66kg match with Japan's Ebinuma Masashi. ExCel erupted in derision with the disgusted Japanese coach looking utterly flabbergasted. The result was referred to a reviewing commission which gave Masashi the win.

GOOD DAY

France - Two swimming golds for our Gallic cousins. Camille Muffat beat Becky Adlington into third in the women's 400m freestyle, while the men's 4x100 freestyle relay team sprung a huge surprise in knocking the USA off their perch. Not even a basketball drubbing by the Americans could take the gloss of a superb day.

BAD DAY

Paula Radcliffe - The marathon world record holder's hopes of Olympic gold were ended for good by injury as she pulled out of London 2012. After her meltdown in Athens and painful run through injury in Beijing, Radcliffe's greatest dream goes unfulfilled.

CELEBRITY FAN OF THE DAY

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Michelle Obama whoops it up at the basketball as the USA spank France 98-71

IMAGE OF THE DAY

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Marianne Vos crosses the line to win a soaking wet women's road race.

GOLD MEDALS AWARDED TODAY
Shooting - Women's 10m Air Pistol - Guo Wenjun (CHN)
Shooting - Women's Skeet - Kimberly Rhode (USA)
Diving - Women's Synchronised 3m Springboard - He Zi/Wu Minxia (CHN)
Judo - Women's Half Lightweight - An Kum Ae (PRK)
Judo - Men's Half Lightweight - Lasha Shavdatuashvili (GEO)
Cycling - Women's Road Race - Marianne Vos (NED)
Weightlifting - Women's 53kg - Zulfiya Chinshanlo (KAZ)
Weightlifting - Men's 56kg - Om Yun Choi (PRK)
Archery - Women's Team - South Korea
Fencing - Men's Individual Sabre - Aron Szilagyi (HUN)
Swimming - Women's 100m Butterfly - Dana Vollmer (USA) - WR
Swimming - Men's 100m Breaststroke - Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) - WR
Swimming - Women's 400m Freestyle - Camille Muffat (FRA)
Swimming - Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay - France

MEDAL TABLE

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Alex Chick will be writing from London 2012 throughout the Olympic Games.

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