London 2012: Brilliant bronze but dismay for Daley

Great Britain's Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield during the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Final.
Great Britain's Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield during the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Final.
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GREAT Britain won their first men’s Olympic team medal in a century, when they claimed bronze at the North Greenwich arena.

Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis, Sam Oldham and Kristian Thomas scored a total of 271.711 as they produced a stunning team performance in the gymnastics in front of a royal audience.

Britain had initially been awarded silver, but an inquiry into the score of Kohei Uchimura’s pommel horse routine saw Japan claim silver and Britain downgraded to bronze.

China retained their gold medal, with 2008 silver medallists Japan leapfrogging Britain’s score of 271.711 with an upgraded total of 271.952.

Earlier, teenagers Tom Daley and Zoe Smith showed flashes of brilliance as they took centre stage, but failed to get a medal.

Diver Daley managed fourth place alongside Pete Waterfield in the 10-metre platform diving synchro, while weightlifter Smith, despite posting a personal best and breaking a British record, was 12th in the 58kg division.

Daley and 31-year-old Waterfield, who was a silver medallist in 2004, led the competition at the halfway stage.

A pair of errors cost them as teenage Chinese pair Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan claimed victory.

Police confirmed today they are investigating after a Twitter troll accused Daley of letting down his late father following their defeat.

Shortly afterwards, Daley retweeted a message from user Rileyy69 which said: “You let your dad down i hope you know that.” (sic)

Daley responded by tweeting: “After giving it my all...you get idiots sending me this...” Daley’s father Rob died last year from brain cancer.

A Dorset Police spokeswoman said: “Regarding tweets to @tomdaley1994 - we are aware of the issue and we are actively looking into it.”

Zoe Smith should be a medal contender by the time of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and it was considered unrealistic to hope for a podium finish this time.

She set a new British record with a lift of 121kg at the second attempt, having earlier stalled on 90kg in the snatch. The combined lifts, a total of 211kg, exceeded her previous best by three kilograms.

Zara Phillips delivered a stunning performance on her Olympics cross-country debut at Greenwich Park to keep Britain firmly in medal contention.

Her team-mate Nicola Wilson also went clear inside the time aboard Opposition Buzz, while 51-year-old Mary King collected just 1.2 time penalties on Imperial Cavalier.

Rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins showed why they are favourites to land gold in the women’s double scull at Eton Dorney by setting an Olympic-best time on the way to reaching the final. The double world champions destroyed the previous mark, held by Germany for 20 years, by nearly five seconds as they won in six minutes 44.33 seconds.

The men’s four dominated their heat to qualify for the semi-finals, the men’s eight qualified for their final with a repechage victory over Canada and Holland, and the women’s quadruple scull squeezed into their final by finishing third in their repechage.

Great Britain’s men’s hockey team got their Olympic campaign off to a winning start by winning 4-1.