While Saturday was a day of Olympic gold medal glory for Great Britain, Sunday was, perhaps, a day of very near misses. Team GB won two golds on the day but in four events were a whisker away from clinching the top spot.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson led the men’s Star class sailing until the eleventh and final race, where they needed to finish ahead of Brazil and secure sixth place at least to guarantee gold. They beat the Brazilians…but finished two seconds shy of sixth – a tiny margin in sailing terms – which meant Sweden took the gold.
On the pommel horse, Louis Smith, who was the last gymnast to compete, posted a score of 16.066 – the exact same as event leader Krisztian Berki. But Berki had been awarded a higher execution score despite completing an easier routine – so Smith had to settle for silver.
Andy Murray beat Roger Federer in straight sets in the men’s singles final to win gold, and an hour later was back out on court to compete in the mixed doubles final with Laura Robson. They won the first set, lost the second, then went down in a close final set tie break.
Coming out of the final bend in the women’s 400m final, Christine Ohuruogu was well out of medal contention. A powerful final 100m saw her close the gap on leader Sanya Richards-Ross to within a few paces…but it wasn’t enough. After the race, Ohuruogu said she felt she’d have won if the race was about three paces longer.
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