Disappointment for T&T shooter Roger Daniel as he failed to advance out of the qualification round of the Men’s 10 metres air pistol at the Olympics Games at the Royal Artillery Barracks, here in London, England, yesterday. It was Daniels’ third try for glory in the event at the Olympics. He placed 36th overall from 44 competitors of which only the top eight progressed to the final round. Daniel, who was the first athlete on show for T&T at the Games, scored 568 points, failing to match either of his previous Olympic scores of 574 which placed him 27th in Athens in 2004 and 571 in Beijing, China ( 2008). Winning gold was South Korea’s Jin Jongoh, the world record holder with a score of 594, while Italian Luca Tesconi and Andrija Zlatic of Serbia, won silver and bronze respectively. The South Korean marksman overcame a nervy ending to improve on his silver in Beijing. Defending champion Pang Wei of China finished fourth.
Jongoh totaled 688.2 for his second Olympic gold. Tesconi rose from fifth to place second in his first Games, and Zlatic scored 685.2, just six-tenths of a point from matching Tesconi. Jongoh will attempt to defend his 50m pistol title Sunday. Daniel will go after him, looking to better his 33rd place (545) in Athens. Today, T&T’s attention will shift to the Aquatic Centre where swimmer George Bovell will be in action from 11 am (5 am T&T time). He will be seeking his second Olympic medal to add to his bronze which he won at Athens Olympics, in the 200m Individual Medley, finishing behind USA swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Also in the event is Barbados’ Bradley Ally. He will swim in heat one while Frenchman Camille Lacourt, who holds the European record (52.11) , will compete in heat five. Bovell will take to the water in two other events at the London Games, the 50m freestyle and 100m free.
Men's Road Race: 1st- A Vinokurov (KAZ) 5:45:57, 2nd- R Uran Uran (COL) 5:45:47, 3rd- A Kristoff (NOR) 5:46:05
WOMEN'S FOOTBALL (First Round)
BRA 1 (Cristiane 86th) vs BRA 0
USA 3 (M Rapinoe 33rd, A Wambach 74th, C Lloyd 77th) vs COL 0
Men's 400m IM: 1st- R Lochte (USA) 4:05.18, 2nd- T Pereira (BRA) 4:08.86, K Hagino (JPN) 4:08.94
Women's 400m IM:1st- S Ye (CHIN) 4:28.23(WR), E Beisel (USA) 4:31.27, X Li (CHIN) 4:32.91
Women's 4x100m freestyle: 1st- AUS 3:33.15 (OR), NED 3:33.79, USA 3:34.24 (NR)
TODAY'S MAIN EVENTS
BASKETBALL (Men's preliminary rounds)
USA vs France- 9.30am
Spain vs China- 11.45am
Women's Road Race Final- 7am
FOOTBALL (Men's First rounds)
Brazil vs Belarus- 10am
Spain vs Hounduras- 2.45pm
Men's 100m backstroke heats- 6.03am (w/ T&T's Bovell III), Semifinals- 3.28pm
Men's 4x100 freestyle heats- 6.56am, Final- 4pm
Men's 100m breastroke Final- 3.11pm
SPOTLIGHT: (SHIWEN YE)
China's 16-year-old SHIWEN YE set a World record (4:28.23) in the women's 400m Individual Medley (IM) final yesterday, erasing the previous time of 4:29.45.
QUOTE OF THE DAY (YI SILING)
"I was quite...excited the moment the competition came to an end… I can not control my emotion".
China's YI SILING after claiming the first gold medal of London Games yesterday in the women's shooting 10m air rifle event.