Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Gymnasts end century wait for medal

The Great Britain team celebrates after winning the bronze medal during the Artistic Gymnastics team final
GB Olympic diving team members Pete Waterfield and Tom Daley finished fourth in the synchronised 10m platform final
Young Tom Daley fans watch and cheer as he appears on the big screen in Plymouth City centre

Britain's men's gymnasts have rewritten the history books by clinching a dramatic Olympic bronze - 100 years after a GB team last won a medal in the event.

The exploits of Louis Smith, Sam Oldham, Max Whitlock, Kristian Thomas and Daniel Purvis sent the spirits of British fans soaring hours after divers Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield missed out on a podium place.

Another highlight of day three of the Games came at the Aquatic Centre hours after the diving when 15-year-old Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, who lives and trains in Plymouth, won a spectacular gold medal in the women's 100 metres breaststroke.

An emotional Meilutyte, who attends the same school as Daley, was left almost lost for words at the end of the race as she tried to absorb what she had done.

The achievement in the gymnastics was tinged with an element of disappointment, as the team was initially placed in silver medal position behind winners China. A successful challenge by the fourth-placed Japanese over marks they had received saw Team GB drop down to bronze after an agonising wait inside the North Greenwich Arena in south east London.

Daley and Waterfield finished fourth in the synchronised 10m platform dive after leading for part of the competition.

Meanwhile, as organiser Locog continued to try to solve the row over empty seats, it said 3,000 tickets from international sports federations were resold to the public overnight.

Director of communications Jackie Brock-Doyle said tickets will be re-sold for seats in accredited areas on a day-by-day basis to make sure they are filled: "We were able to put back into the pot for sale around 3,000 tickets last night. They have all been sold. Where we can, we are going to release those the night before and put them up for sale."

Payment issues at Wembley stadium that left fans queuing for food were also said to have been resolved, and organisers confirmed that locks at the site have been changed after a set of internal keys was lost.

It also emerged that US athletes have begun a Twitter campaign against a rule that bans them from mentioning their personal sponsors. The International Olympic Committee refused to budge over the ban - known as rule 40 - saying it is to protect money coming into the Olympic movement during the Games.

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