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Olympics: Day Thirteen GB Women’s team results

August 21, 2008

While the British women didn’t manage to win any medals today, we’ve had some good results. Javelin thrower Goldie Sayers threw a PB and smashed her own British record to narrowly miss out on medals with a fourth place finish. While in the diving Tonia Couch and Stacie Powell both qualified for the final, the first time ever that Team GB has been represented by two female divers in an individual Olympic Games final, and then finished eighth and tenth respectively.

Diving:

Stacie Powell and Tonia Couch both qualified for the final of the individual women’s 10m platform competition, the first time ever that Team GB has been represented by two female divers in an individual Olympic Games final. Powell finished 11th and Couch 12th.

At the final later in the day,  Tonia Couch scored 328.7 points from her five dives to finish  fantastic eighth. Her team mate Stacie Powell finished tenth.

“I am really pleased with myself. I was aiming to make the semi-final and to finish in the top eight at my first Olympic Games is a dream come true. I really couldn’t ask for any more of myself than I put into that performance,” she added.

Powell, who scored 303.50 points from her dives in the final, added: “My aim was to make the final and I managed to move up some places in an amazing event. It’s the first time that two British women have competed in an Olympic final and to know we made history is fantastic.”
Athletics:

Javelin final: Goldie Sayers had a terrific competition and just missed out on a medal after throwing 65.75m, which was a new British record and meant she finished fourth.

Women’s 1500m Semifinals: Lisa Dobriskey ran a PB by three seconds and finished third to qualify for the final. Susan Scott and Steph Twell finished fourth and sixth respectively, and miss out.

Read out interview with Steph Twell

Women’s 20km Walk Final: Despite torrential rain, Johanna Jackson broke her own British record to finish 22nd in a time of 1.31.33. This took seven seconds off her own mark set in Melbourne in February.

“I wouldn’t have minded hot conditions, I might have picked a few more off, a few might have ‘died’ off,” she said. “But I was pleased. I’ve got a lot further to go in my training. I only started when I was 18 and I am kind of catching up on the rest of them at the moment. Hopefully I can challenge in another four years time.”

Women’s 4 x 100m Relay Round 1: Emma Ania, Jeanette Kwayke, Montell Douglas, Anyika Onuora ran a good race and finished second so will progress to the next round.

Canoeing: Flatwater

Women’s K1 500m Semifinals: After a sluiggish start Lucy Wainwritght stormed the second 250m to finish second and go through to Saturday’s final.

“I didn’t get a good start again, but then I just kept flooring it all the way to the line,” said Wainwright. “I put pressure on myself because I made the finals in Athens (where she finished seventh), but if I can nail my start then who knows where I could finish? I’m paddling really well at the moment, but all the other girls seem to be going much faster too.”

Cycling:

BMX: Shanaze Reade, who is the favourite for Gold, has had her semi final postponed 24 hours due to heavy rain. After finishing second quickest in the time trials she will get the pick of the starting gates.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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