Here are some of the highlights from Team GB at today’s (August 9) Olympics.
Thanks to a flurry of gold medals today Team GB women’s gold medal tally has shot up to ten. This is a record haul for the GB women who have previously never won more than seven gold medals at an Olympic Games. The previous record was set at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Nicola Adams has made history after beating China’s Cancan Ren in the women’s flyweight gold medal fight to become the first ever female Olympic boxing champion.
The arena at London’s ExCel was packed with both British and Irish fans here to support Adams and Ireland’s Katie Taylor who was fighting second in the lightweight category, and also took gold.
Charlotte Dujardin rode to an incredible individual dressage gold this afternoon, making her the first Brit ever to take the title. Laura Bechtolsheimer also had a successful afternoon, securing bronze.
It was an exhilarating dressage contest today with all three Brits riding for a medal. Charlotte Dujardin was the last to go and rode into the ring knowing that she had to beat the huge 88 per cent scored by Adelinde Cornelissen from the Netherlands.
Dujardin rode a virtually foot perfect test to a mixture of British classical music, which included the chimes from Big Ben. The hugely emotive music simply added to the drama and there cannot have been a dry eye in the house when the final score was announced.
Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Mistral Hojris had already guaranteed Britain an individual medal with a score of 84.339 per cent for her test which was ridden to music from the Lion King. Her score was eventually good enough for her to give her an impressive bronze medal.
Jade Jones performed brilliantly tonight to beat two-time world champion Yuzhuo Houin in the -57kg Olympic final, winning Britain’s first ever taekwondo gold medal.
Jones, 19, from Flint, North Wales, who won gold at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, was in sparkling form as she demonstrated her exceptional talent to the world and a maturity beyond her tender years.
The Women’s Sports Magazine