American swimmer Michael Phelps won his fifteenth gold medal yesterday (nineteenth in total) in the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle, making him the most decorated Olympian in Olympic history. After coming second to South African swimmer Chad le Clos by 0.05 seconds just before the winning race, Phelps and his team mates gained an impressive lead ahead of their competitors, finishing 3.07 seconds ahead of France.
Team GB’s men’s gymnastics team took home their first medal in the event ever, being awarded bronze after Japan appealed against a call by the judges, pushing them up from forth place to second, with China winning gold.
Tennis player Joe Wilfried Tsonga also broke an Olympic record for the longest tennis match in history, beating Milos Raonic in just under four hours, taking France into the third round. Andy Murray is also through to the third round after beating Jarko Nieminen from Finland in straight sets.
Meanwhile, it seemed other nations were not as determined to win their games after the Badminton World Federation charged the South Korean, Chinese and Indonesian teams with ‘not using their best efforts to win’, after a shambolic game that ensured the Chinese teams would not meet until the final. South Korean head coach was outraged, saying it was ‘not in the Olympic spirit to play like this’.
Today, Tour De France champion Bradley Wiggins will be competing in cycling time trials in the leafy suburbs of South West London, despite his training kit being stolen from a Surrey hotel he and the rest of the Team GB cycling team are based at.
The Team GB rowing team will also begin their campaign for success today. Women’s duo Helen Stanning and Heather Glover remain unbeaten in 2012 and are arguably favourites in their category, while in the women’s double sculls contest, Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins smashed the Olympic world record in their heats, showing they are a force to be reckoned with. Women’s rowing may well provide Britain with its first gold medal of the tournament.