Katharine Heim, Wednesday 01 August 2012
The Olympics have been underway for one week and all eyes are on Britain as 2012 is turning out to be one of the most talked about Games in history.
It was a rough start as favourite Mark Cavendish disappointed fans when he came in 29th in the Men’s Road Race. The gold went to Alexandre Vinokourov.
Lizzie Armitstead won the first medal - a silver - for Team GB in the women's cycle road race - narrowly beaten by Marianne Vos of the Netherlands, who is regarded as one of the strongest female road racers. Emma Pooley finished sixth in the time trials; she was only 1 minute and 3 seconds behind American Kristin Armstrong who took gold, while Armitstead came in 10th place. Simon Wicks predicted Armstrong’s win but sadly Pooley did not take the silver as Wicks envisioned.
The 5 August is Women’s Sprint Qualification in which Joanna Roswell, born and raised in Cheam, will be competing for gold. Her and fellow teammates Laura Trott and Danielle King alongside are favoured to win first place having broke the world record at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
Currently China and the United States are duking it out for most medal wins, Britain is trailing behind in 14th place but there are still many events left. Britain won its first gold medal courtesy of rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. Bradley Wiggins added another medal for team GB, winning gold in cycling, while fellow team mate Chris Froome also made it onto the podium with a bronze medal.
As Britain’s medal count slowly rises, stay tuned to see who will be the ultimate winner of the Games.