Armchair Pundit

Olympic review – Day 6

Alex Chick

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Gold medallist Etienne Stott jumps in to celebrate with silver medallists David Florence and Richard Hounslow

DAY SIX IN A NUTSHELL

Improbable: In the space of five incredible minutes this afternoon, Britain landed two golds and a silver thanks to athletes that nobody was talking about before the Games. First Peter Wilson won the double trap shooting with a nerveless display. Then the truly incredible feat of Britain's two C2 canoe slalom teams, neither much-fancied, winning gold and silver. A third, more predictable, medal followed for Britain's men's team sprint cycling team, but this day belonged to the unsung heroes.

LEADING BRITS IN ACTION

Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott won gold in the men's C2, and were joined on the podium by David Florence and Richard Hounslow to complete a stunning day for British canoe slalom.

Peter Wilson claimed gold in the men's double trap shooting, scoring 188 out of 200 to beat Hakan Dahlby by two.

Sir Chris Hoy won his fifth Olympic gold medal - his sixth medal in total - in the men's team sprint, helped by Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes.

There was disappointment for the women's sprint team of Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish, who were relegated out of the final for an illegal changeover.

The men's pursuit team of Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Ed Clancy and Steven Burke broke the world record in their qualifying run.

Gemma Gibbons became Britain's first Judo medallist for 12 years with a silver in the 78kg category. She beat Audrey Tcheumeo to reach the final, where she lost to the American Kayla Harrison.

Britain's men's lightweight four were narrowly beaten into silver by South Africa in a thrilling final. However, there were no medals for Britain's men's double sculls and women's eight crews.

The men's four and men's lightweight double sculls are safely through to their respective finals.

Rebecca Tunney came a creditable 13th in the women's all-around gymnastics, with Hannah Whelan 24th.

In the pool, Fran Halsall finished sixth in the women's 100m freestyle, while James Goddard was seventh in the men's 200m IM.

Britain lead after the first day of the Olympic equestrian dressage team competition at London 2012, with Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer first and second - but the Germans are not yet properly on the scoreboard.

British middleweight Anthony Ogogo caused the first big boxing shock of the Olympics, upsetting gold medal favourite Evhen Khytrov - but Josh Taylor bowed out of the lightweight competition.

Andy Murray beat Nicolas Almagro to set up a tennis singles semi-final against Novak Djokovic, while Murray and Laura Robson won their mixed doubles first round match.

Sailing intermediate positions: Ben Ainslie (Finn) - 2nd, Women's Elliot 6m - 5th, Men's Star - 1st, Paul Goodison (Laser) - 6th, Nick Dempsey (RS:X) - 4th, Bryony Shaw (RS:X) - 7th, men's 470 - 1st.

GB women's hockey team kept their 100 per cent record with a 3-0 win over Belgium.

GB women's beach volleyball team are out of the competition after failing to come through their 'lucky loser' match.

GB men's basketball team ran Spain incredibly close, but lost 79-78.

HOT TOPIC

Aggro at the Games. Ben Ainslie gets in a war of words with his rivals, Britain's cyclists are embroiled in a 'cheat' row and Anthony Ogogo wins a controversial boxing decision.

MIS-MATCH OF THE DAY

The USA recorded the highest score in Olympic basketball history with an incredible 156-73 win against Nigeria.

GOOD DAY

Gabby Douglas - The smiling 16-year-old American won the women's all-around, the blue riband event of gymnastics, becoming the first African-American to do so.

BAD DAY

Ryan Lochte - The American attempted a remarkable double of 200m backstroke and 200m IM in the space of half an hour, but came unstuck and had to settle for a bronze and a silver behind Tyler Clary and Michael Phelps.

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Team USA's cox goes into the water after their gold medal in the women's eight

GOLD MEDALS WON TODAY

Rowing - Men's Double Sculls - New Zealand
Rowing - Men's Lightweight Four - South Africa
Rowing - Women's Eight - USA
Shooting - Men's Double Trap - Peter Wilson (GBR)
Canoe Slalom - Men's Canoe Double - Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott (GBR)
Table Tennis - Men's Singles - Zhang Jike (CHN)
Archery - Women's Individual - Ki Bo-bae (KOR)
Canoe Slalom - Women's Kayak Single - Emilie Fer (FRA)
Judo - Women's Half Heavyweight (70-78 kg) - Kayla Harrison (USA)
Judo - Men's Half Heavyweight (90-100 kg) - Tagir Khaibulaev (RUS)
Gymnastics - Women's Individual All-Around - Gabrielle Douglas (USA)
Cycling - Women's Team Sprint - Germany
Cycling - Men's Team Sprint - Great Britain
Fencing - Women's Team Foil - Italy
Swimming - Women's 200m Breaststroke - Rebecca Soni (USA)
Swimming - Men's 200m Backstroke - Tyler Clary (USA)
Swimming - Men's 200m Individual Medley - Michael Phelps (USA)
Swimming - Women's 100m Freestyle - Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED)

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

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