Synchro diving pair add bronze to GB Rio haul

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Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow produced a great final dive to win one of two Olympic bronze medals for Great Britain on day three in Rio.

The pair’s 10m synchro success and Ed Ling’s bronze in the trap shooting took Britain’s tally to four and put them 10th in the medal table.

Britain’s men missed out on a team gymnastics bronze, while the women’s rugby sevens team also came fourth.

Hosts Brazil celebrated their first gold with Rafaela Silva’s judo win.

Medal table

Fortune was not shining for Team GB in the eventing, with William Fox-Pitt slipping out of medal contention going into the final showjumping round.

In the rowing, Britain’s Heather Glover and Heather Stanning nearly had their six-year unbeaten run broken by Denmark but a strong finish saw them through to the semi-finals as heat winners.

There was a shock defeat for Irish boxer Paddy Barnes, with the double Olympic medallist losing his light-flyweight bout against Spain’s Samuel Carmona.

How did Team GB fare?

Louis Smith and Great Britain rugby sevens players

It was a case of so near yet so far for the men’s gymnasts and women’s rugby sevens team.

A mistake by Louis Smith on the pommel horse dashed hopes of Great Britain winning a medal in the gymnastics men’s team final. They were fourth going into the final rotation, the pommel horse.

Smith, 27, who won individual silver on the pommel and team bronze at London 2012, came off the apparatus during his routine.

Japan won gold, Russia took silver and defending champions China finished with bronze.

Great Britain also missed out on winning the first ever Olympic medal in rugby sevens competition.

Losing two players from the pitch because of yellow cards cost the team in the semi-final against New Zealand. Canada then swept the British team aside 33-10 in the bronze medal match.

There were smiles over in the Olympic table tennis competition where Paul Drinkhall from Middlesbrough became only the third Briton to reach the last 16 of the event with victory over Croatia’s Andrej Gacina.

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Norwich-born Nick Dempsey, 35, leads the men’s Olympic RS:X windsurfing in Rio after three races at Marina de Gloria.

The 2012 silver medallist won the first two of Monday’s three races, before finishing second in the third. He has a five-point lead over defending Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberghe in the 12-race opening series.

Nick Thompson, in the men’s Laser, women’s RS:X windsurfer Bryony Shaw are also in contention for medals in their respective events.

In the rowing, red-hot favourites Glover and Stanning reached the semi-finals of the women’s pair and the men’s four, who have won gold in the event at the last four Games, easily won their heat.

The men’s and women’s eights and the men’s quadruple sculls team reached their respective finals.

City of God child strikes Brazil’s first gold

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The party does not start until the hosts get a gold – and on Monday Rafaela Silva dominated the country’s news bulletins by getting Brazil off the mark.

Silva, 24, jumped over the barriers to be embraced by colleagues, friends and fans after she beat Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia in the 57kg judo.

BBC Americas editor, Leonardo Rocha said: “Silva grew up in one of Rio’s most notorious favelas, Cidade de Deus – or City of God – not far from the Olympic venue where she won her gold medal. Her family enrolled her in free judo classes when she was a child to keep her away from gang life.”

Silva said: “They said I was a disgrace. Here I am an Olympic champion in my hometown.”

O Globo

There were also plenty of tears at the Deodoro Stadium as Australia won the first Olympic rugby sevens title with a 24-17 win over their Antipodean arch-rivals New Zealand.

Australia’s coach Tim Walsh said remarks made by New Zealand counterpart Sean Horan before the match had motivated his team. Horan said Australia did not like to be pressured, nor did they like the physical side of the game.

“But just because they’re touch players and they wear ribbons and pig-tails and sing songs does not mean they’re not world class rugby players and ruthless in defence and they proved that to everybody,” Walsh said.

Australia rugby

Only a day after Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten suffered a horrific crash in the women’s road race, a track cyclist was taken to hospital after an accident in training.

Australia’s Melissa Hoskins was taking part in team pursuit practice when the crash happened involving three of her team-mates.

Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Amy Cure came off their bikes, as did Hoskins who was carried off the track on a stretcher and then taken to hospital as a precaution.

The team pursuit competition begins with qualifying on Thursday.

Australia women's team pursuit

Melissa Hoskins

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