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London 2012: A look back at the highlights from August 11
Here are some of the highlights from Team GB at today’s (August 11) Olympics.
On a night that saw Mo Farah win his second gold of the Olympics with a win in the 5000m, GB’s only other action was in the women’s 4x400m relay final.
Shana Cox, Lee McConnell, Perri Shakes-Drayton and Christine Ohuruogu ran for GB but could not match their gold winning performance at the world indoor championships, with a fifth place finish.
USA went into the 4x400m relay as firm favourites having ran more than second quicker than anyone else in the heats, and surprised nobody by retaining the Olympic title tonight.
Jess Walker finished seventh in the women’s K1 200 metres final.
“I’m very proud of that,” she said. “I just tried not to come last. I got a good start, and first 100 (metres), but then I just didn’t have that last 100 metres in me.
“It’s either a good first 100 or a good last 100 for me. I need to make little tiny changes and then get it right on the day. But some of these girls have so much more experience than me, so I need to work on that.”
Annie Last of Great Britain showed early promise for a medal by leading for the first lap, but paid the price, dropping back as the race went on. But she held form and finished in a very creditable 8th just three minutes behind Julie Bresset.
French rider Bresset, competing in her first Olympics, rode a commanding race at Hadleigh Farm, taking the lead after two laps before breaking away to lead for over an hour.
The Women’s Sports Magazine